Buena Vista Social Club

  • Dining

    July 24, 2014

    Let the Food of El Sazon de Cuba Put You in a Miami State of Mind

    It's only fitting they make a perfect Cubano.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    A Tropical Evening With Buena Vista Social Club

    El Social Club de Buena Vista, or the Buena Vista Social Club, is a collection of the best representatives of Cuban music ever to be exported from the island nation 90 miles south of Florida. Back in the year 2000, a documentary following guitarist Ry Cooder into Cuba won an Academy Award, exposing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Lunaface's Hector Del Valle, Concert Promoter Extraordinaire

    If you have ever attended an old-school or underground rap concert in Houston, chances are that Hector Del Valle has been the mastermind behind the show. By keeping his ear to the streets and booking artists on the cusp of blowing up, or choosing former greats who can still pack a venue given the ch ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Sneak Peak at Xuco Xicana

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe Peruvian-style ceviche is garnished with radishes, corn and avocado.​Even though we were already full of queso and ceviche when the entrees came out last night at El Patio, my dining companion and I couldn't help but dig in. "Oh, this tastes just like something ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2010

    Omara Portuondo

    Cuba's first lady of song celebrates her 80th birthday with the world

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Buena Vista Social Club Screens At Domy Tonight

    Greetings from Florida. By the time you read this, Hollywood Shuffle will be well entrenched in the Sunshine State on our annual pilgrimage to visit family, douse ourselves in cuba libres and eat our body weight in Cuban pulled-pork sandwiched and plantains. It's long been a dream of HWS's to visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Latin Music At iFest: Legends, Locals And A Party-Starting Funk Crew

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. Today, a look at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Great Green Room In the Sky: The Grim Reaper's 2009 Musical Roll Call

    ‚ÄčThankfully, 2009 was a sorry year for the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter. Aside from the not terribly unexpected (but still weird) demise of the King of Pop, few bona fide legends went on to the Great Green Room Beyond the Sky. The Rock Death Meter rates rock deaths on a ten-point scale in three c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Top Ten Latin Music Albums of 2008

    Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, it's growing more diverse. More and more unique musical styles are being gobbled up, and that should ... More >>

  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Arturo Sandoval

    Rumba Palace

  • Music

    June 28, 2007
  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Classic Cuban CDs

    Reissues of six classic Cuban CDs

  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    An Avril Afternoon at the Mall

    Lavigne's top-secret tour comes to Katy

  • Dining

    March 4, 2004

    Land of Azúcar

    Japaneiro’s Sushi Bistro & Latin Grill in Sugar Land certainly is living up to its name

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Rock Death in 2003

    Exhuming and scoring last year's pop-music demises

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Ibrahim Ferrer

    Buenos Hermanos (World Circuit/Nonesuch)

  • Film

    April 4, 2002

    Independents' Day

    WorldFest is back with the best films you've never heard of

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    Low Fidel-ity

    There's more than just the Gulf of Mexico between musicians in Cuba and those from Cuba

  • Music

    July 26, 2001


    Flaco Jimenez

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Rick Treviño

    Mi Son (Vanguard)

  • Music

    June 28, 2001


    "The Big E" isn't your typical DJ

  • Music

    May 24, 2001

    Trials and Tribu-lations

    Austin-based salsa orchestra marries ghetto funk with barrio spice

  • Music

    May 17, 2001

    Felix Baloy

    Baila Mi Son: The Afro-Cuban All Stars Present Felix Baloy (Tumi)

  • Music

    January 11, 2001

    Shelf Life

    Long after Britney Oops her way to obscurity, these releases will continue to sing

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Omara Portuondo

    Cuban lounge music

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Red Rhythms

    Maraca and Otra Vision

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    Rock Martyrs

    New Radiohead documentary reveals the insecurities of superstardom