Thomas Wolfe may have written the novel You Can’t Go Home, but Miami’s premiere Cuban folk group Cortadito has quite the audio evidence to the contrary.
They have now released Canciones de Julio, written and recorded with the group’s co-founder Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet, and plan a proper celebration and homecoming on Friday, Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m., at The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29 St. The show will be open free to the public of all ages.
“I’m happy that this project has finally seen the light of day,” group co-founder-producer Jose Elias said about the material that originally was recorded in 2015. “We are looking forward to performing the new material at the Wynwood Yard and beyond.”
The group members went back to their roots and teamed up with Delet for the creation of their second EP release, which features five original compositions written by Julio Cesar, including the classic Casa de la Trova written by his father Julio Rodriguez. The fine work of double bass player Yorgis Goiricelaya from Matanzas, Cuba is featured throughout the recording. Yorgis is the musical director for Albita Rodriguez’s group and also plays bass with the legendary Oscar De Leon.
Founded in 2011, Cortadito has played countless private parties and corporate events, lounges, bars, and festivals. Most recently, the group backed legendary Buena Vista Social Club member Eliades Ochoa at the Los Dells Festival in Wisconsin, the first multi-genre Latin music festival in the Midwest, and soon to be the largest such festival in North America. They also accompanied him at this year’s GroundUp Music Festival on Miami Beach in February.
Cortadito released its debut CD, Abriendo Caminos, in 2012, which, besides covering a variety of Cuban music standards, featured one original composition by each of the artists Delicias Caribeña (Elias) and Te Lo Perdiste (Delet).
For more information about the venue, navigate to www.wynwoodyard.com or call 305-351-0366. For more on the band, visit www.cortaditoson.com.