Asaf Avidan, Black Violin, and Carnaval on the Mile 2014
Photo by Laura Morcate Israel's Asaf Avidan serenading Coral Gables' Carnaval crowd.
Carnaval on the Mile
With Asaf Avidan, Black Violin, Brass-a-holics, Grupo Fantasma, and others
Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Sunday, March 2, 2014
"It's just me playing music. I'm not going to ask anyone to holler. I'm not going to ask anyone to make noise. I'm just going to play some songs."
Those were the first few words from Asaf Avidan, one of this year's headlining musical acts at Carnaval on the Mile.
Little did he know how much Coral Gables' Carnaval crowd truly appreciated his presence that afternoon as he serenaded them with his ballad blues.
Photo by Laura Morcate
There were a number of other performers who joined Avidan throughout the weekend to celebrate this year's Carnaval season in the Gables. And the styles present across the fest's three stages ranged from Latin funk to instrumental hip-hop.
See also: Carnaval on the Mile 2014 (Slideshow)
Photo by Laura Morcate Grupo Fantasma holding down the Douglas Road stage.
On the Douglas Road stage, acts like Brass-a-holics and Grupo Fantasma held it down.
The latter delivered an extremely dynamic performance as one of the many Latin-infused acts on the Carnaval bill. Singing in both English and Spanish, the nine-piece outfit put on a rhythmic display that kept the vibes alive in the early afternoon sun, with original tracks like "Bacalao con pan" and "Gimme Some."
Photo by Laura Morcate New Orleans' Brass-a-holics.
Brass-A-Holics followed, bringing a New Orleans sound to the streets of Coral Gables.
On stage, there was trumpet, trombone, alto sax, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, bongos, cowbells, and much more. The group maintained the high energy of the previous act, tossing off instrumental covers of tracks like "Roar" by Katy Perry and "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley.
Photo by Laura Morcate Black Violin's Kev Marcus, Wil B., and crew.
Black Violin, one of the other headlining acts, followed Asaf Avidan on the Heineken stage. The classically trained duo captured listeners with its instrumental hip-hop as the sun went down on Sunday evening.
The pair played various tracks off 2012 album, Classically Trained, including "Rock Anthem," "A-Flat," and "Virtuoso," all flawlessly performed by Kev Marcus on violin and Wil B. on viola. Joining the Florida natives on stage were cellist Joe Cello, Beatdown on drums, and turntablist DJ TK.
Photo by Laura Morcate
But Avidan was the true highlight of this year's Carnaval on the Mile.
His one-hour set was indeed an emotionally charged performance, as expected. The singer's falsetto tones carry a jagged edge that cuts deep.
"Music is a language and you can use it anyway you want," he told the crowd.