1. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Oct. 8, Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.
This globetrotting virtuoso Mexican guitar duo combines thundering metal and hard rock power, blistering speed, intricate rhythms and rich harmonies drawn from Spanish and South American music. The unique combination has made them unexpectedly and durably popular among a broad audience.
2. Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Oct. 26, AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami.
Miami’s two pop star sons join forces and return to their home town as they traverse the country — expect lush, expert powerhouse pop, rump-shaking boom, and a whole lotta 305 shout-outs.
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3. Javier Ruibal, Oct. 19, On.Stage Black Box Theater at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.
A rare visit from one of Spain’s leading singer-songwriters, who combines lyrical erudition with wit and a sunny attitude. Part of Fundarte’s new No Borders series of Ibero and Latin American contemporary work.
4. Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Nov. 1, MDC Kendall Campus in Kendall.
Palmieri, a 50-year veteran and pillar of salsa and Latin jazz, brings his salsa orchestra to Miami for the first time. Expect pristine arrangements and superb musicianship powered by gritty old-school swing and street-powered groove. Presented by MDC Live.
5. Gaby Moreno, Nov. 6, University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables.
This terrifically original Guatemalen singer-songwriter, winner of the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist last year, has a gift for haunting, bluesy songs in Spanish and English, with unexpected subjects beyond the usual romantic templates. Part of the Frost School of Music Festival Miami.
6. Diego El Cigala, Nov. 22, Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.
The Rhythm Foundation presents this innovative, charismatic flamenco singer who combines traditional, earthy soul with a open-minded ability to blend other forms of music, as he’s done with tango and his collaborations with Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdes.
7. Milton Nascimiento, Nov. 26, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
This seminal Brazilian singer-songwriter, celebrating his 50th anniversary in music, is not quite as well-known a globe-trotter as his compatriots Gilberto Gil (visiting on April 26) and Caetano Veloso. But Milton Nascimiento’s haunting voice, his blend of jazz and Latin American folk, and his indelibly beautiful melodies make him one of Brazil’s most singular artists.
8. The Nile Project, Jan. 24, North Shore Bandshell in Miami Beach.
MDC Live presents another group from a swell of genre-blurring musical acts from the rich terrain of the Middle East. Founded by an Egyptian ethnomusicologist and an Ethiopian-American singer, the Nile Project brings together young musicians and ancient musical traditions from the Nile River Basin, including Egypt, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
9. Zap Mama and Antibalas, Jan. 24, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay.
The soulful, virtuoso female vocal ensemble Zap Mama joins up with Antibalas (the band that brought the music alive in the Broadway musical FELA!) to range from Afrobeat and traditional drumming to Latin funk and Cuban rhythms.
10. Willy Chirino with guest Carlos Oliva, June 13, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
A new Cuban music series winds up with two artists central to the Cuban sound in Miami; the beloved songwriter and salsa-pop innovator Willy Chirino, and the lesser-known but crucial Carlos Oliva, who with his group Los Sobrinos del Juez was key to the Cuban-Miami sound that emerged in the late ’70s and early ’80s.