Latin funk. Fusion. Jam band. Multicultural cocktail. The sound of Miami. Afro-Latin-Baby-Makin’-Descarga-Funk. These are names that have been used to describe Suénalo, and they are all on the money. To a point anyway, because even the lengthy hyphenated description the band came up with themselves to describe their hard-to-pin-down style all fall short of the true breadth of what they represent.
It’s the result of a 10-year process of compromise and of growth between some of South Florida’s most talented musicians, who come together and share an ideal: that music should move their audience. Suénalo’s roster is stacked, with eight fulltime members boasting chops to rival anyone anywhere. Their lineup is a who’s who of brilliant musicians who have not only made their immovable imprint on Miami’s local music scene, but well beyond. Driving the sound are musical director Carlos Guzman on bass; vocalist/MC Amin De Jesus; vocalist Michelle Forman; sax and flute player Juan Turros (formerly a member of David Lee Roth’s and Maynard Ferguson’s bands); Chad Bernstein (also of Spam Allstars) on trombone and conch shells; percussionist Allan Ramos; and guitarist Eric Escanes.
Suénalo’s notoriously raucous performances have not only taken over South Florida, where they’ve played venues all over the city to consistently packed houses, and dominated local festivals like Calle Ocho, Langerado and Carnival on the Mile, but also extended their reach beyond, to cities like New York, New Orleans, North Carolina and Chicago.