SMDCAC Cabaret Weekend to feature jazz, comedy

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay, presents The Comedy Zone with John Carfi (Opening Act Rahn Hortman) on Friday, Jan. 22, 8:30 p.m., and Sammy Frigueroa Presents “A Tribute to the Music of Cal Tjader” on Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for The Comedy Zone are $20 and tickets for Sammy Figueroa are $30 in advance and $35 on day of show.

Tickets can be purchased on line at or by calling 786-573-5300.

John Carfi is a veteran of standup comedy starting at the famous Comedy Store in California. He has since performed his comedy headlining comedy clubs, theaters and casinos throughout the United States, developing his own unique crazy style, captivating audiences and keeping them laughing.

In addition to having appeared on numerous television shows — including Comedy Central’s Standup Standup, Entertainment Tonight, The Ricki Lake Show, The Statler Brothers Show, Rascals Comedy Hour — John also hosted his own morning rock radio show on WZZO and was a writer for Joan Rivers. He has performed in concert with Dennis Miller, Michael Bolton, Kenny Rogers and many others.

Multiple Grammy nominee and legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered to be the premier percussionist in today’s Latin jazz. After more than 20 years as one of the world’s most sought-after sideman —playing with artists such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Mariah Carey, David Bowie and many others — Sammy found his own voice as an artist and has led several bands of South Florida’s finest virtuosos. His fourth album, Imaginary World on Savant Records, was released in June 2015. On this evening, Sammy and the band will be paying tribute to the original “cool Latin jazz” of vibraphonist Cal Tjader and the music he created with Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo. Tunes such as Salsoul, Mambo Terrifico and the Continental create a tropical atmosphere and will display Sammy’s dizzying multi-rhythmical virtuosity against the cool celestial sounds of the vibraphone.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.

More information about the center and its programs can be found at

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