After travels, Bachaco happy to be home

A Miami band is coming home — and its members couldn’t be happier.

“There is no place like home, and that place is here, Miami,” said Edilberto “Eddy” Morillo, 27, lead vocalist of Bachaco. “The people, our friends, our family, our fans, the food, the weather, the culture — it is the closest thing to paradise.”

Bachaco, which performs Thursday at Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, has brought its reggae, rock and Latin roots music to many countries, from Canada to Argentina, and has shared the stage with such artists as Stephen Marley and the Marley Brothers, Gondwana from Chile, Natiruts from Brazil and Cultura Profética from Puerto Rico. This year alone the band has performed in more than 50 cities.

The band itself is a melting pot. All the members grew up in Miami, with families from Venezuela, Jamaica, Chile, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Bachaco gets its name, Morillo says, from a leaf-cutter ant from the Amazon Rainforest.

“The ant is used by native Venezuelan Indians to create a hot sauce,” he says. So: “Bachaco can be described as a musical picante [hot sauce].”

Morillo founded Bachaco with his brother Jose in 2007. The band also includes Matthew Jacquette, 24, (guitar); Alex Cruz, 33, (trombone); Alexander Coombs, 23, (trumpet); Sebastian Sayavedra, 21, (bass); and Peter Rodriguez, 30, (drums).

After Miami, Bachaco will head to The Backyard Boynton Beach Reggae Festival on Sunday.

“Here we are,” Morillo says. “Home sweet home.”

Bachaco performs Thursday at Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, 7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami; doors open at 4 p.m. No cover charge; 305-669-8577.

Daniela Rios

Jeb’s new style

A team of experts advised presidential candidate Jeb Bush to update his eyewear selection. Those who pay attention to these things may have noticed that, over the past two weeks, Bush’s eyewear selection has shifted from “ordinary middle American” to what some hope will be “leader-of-the-free-world chic.”

Where did he go to update his eyewear game? None other than Miami eyewear destination and celeb favorite, Edward Beiner, Purveyor of Fine Eyewear. Beiner and his team personally styled the candidate while he was recently in town.

Fashion online

Fresh off of the sale of Miami Fashion Week, founder Beth Sobol and financial partner Aaron Perry have launched their newest venture: the Council of International Fashion Designers, a global online business portal with all of the resources for international designers and brands entering the American market. The council’s main objective is “to support education and professional development for the international fashion community striving to do business in the American market and to streamline information and resources for its members.”

Sobol will conduct a webinar at 2 p.m. Wednesday to discuss how people can get involved. To register, go to

Lesley Abravanel