Little Havana hotspot to mark 81 years with music festival

Ball & Chain, the notable and world-famous live music venue at 1513 SW Eighth St., will present its second annual three-day music festival in honor of the venue’s 81st anniversary this Labor Day Weekend — Sept. 2-4.

The historic Little Havana landmark originally opened its doors in September 1935 as a thriving live jazz music venue until the 1950s. The retro Cuban speakeasy on Calle Ocho was reopened in September 2014 with an authentic Cuban flare meticulously redecorated in iconic 1950s Miami style under new ownership by Ben Bush, Zack Bush and Bill Fuller.

The anticipated live performances will begin on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon and last until 3 a.m. and will feature more than 100 musicians and deejays.

Featured bands will include: PALO!, Spam Allstars, Magic City Hippies, Electric Piquete, Tiempo Libre, The Politix, Lemon City Trio, Vlade Divak, Leslie Cartaya, BarrioActivo, Calle Sol, Lanzallamas, Brendan O’Hara & the Rescue, SonLokos, Pepe Montes & Conjunto, Elastic Bond, Nick Tannura Quartet, ArtOfficial, Tony Succar featuring Mixtura, Aaron Lebos, Gene Paul and Lucy Grau.

Special DJ sets by: DJ Le Spam (from Spam Allstars), DJ Danny Stern, DJ Danis LaClave and DJ Kenyi.

A special music festival craft cocktail menu will be available. This is event open free to the public. All attending guests will be eligible for exclusive giveaways and raffles.

Before the area became a harbor for Cuban refugees, the bar “On the Trail” (Tamiami Trail) from the mid-1930s to late 1950s was a popular late-night stomping ground for many of the world’s most famous jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker. The revived entertainment venue aims to reclaim its reputation as a power player in Miami’s nightlife scene with a 3,000-square-foot interior and a 3,500-square-foot patio both outfitted for live music.

The music scene at Ball & Chain infuses contemporary sounds with old school jazz and salsa. The venue features live music daily. The iconic bar features a top-shelf and premium liquor bar, signature and special craft cocktails as well as a Cuban inspired tapas menu.

Ball & Chain is open from noon to midnight, Monday through Wednesday; noon to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2- 10 p.m. on Sundays. Happy Hour is Monday through Sunday starting at 4 to 7 p.m. featuring two-for-one specialty cocktails.

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