About me:THE BAND

Formed in and by the gritty Miami suburb of Hialeah, FL, Electric Piquete has always been driven by a shared love of Latin jazz, funk and fusion and a mutual respect and admiration among the musicians. Two long-time friends, drummer/percussionist/vocalist Ed Rosado and bassist/vocalist Michael Mut, first began rehearsing, composing and arranging together in the summer of 2007. After a succession of temporary players, eventual members Chris Correoso on guitar and Rich Dixon on trumpet and flugelhorn joined the duo. After spending the better part of 2008 honing their sound and repertoire, the band made their live debut at the yearly Hialeahfest in the fall.

At the beginning of 2009, EP began a run of extensive live dates throughout South Florida’s circuit of bars, clubs, shopping malls, lounges and music festivals that continues today: notably the now-demolished Tobacco Road, Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, the Hard Rock Café and downtown Miami for the inaugural Miami Music Festival, Dolphin Mall, Jazid, Art in the Park, The Stage Miami, the Poorhouse, the Funky Buddha Lounge, Hollywood Beach Theater, ArtsPark at Young Circle, Carnaval on the Mile, Calle Ocho, the Miss Carnaval Miami beauty pageant and many more. The band added Raymond Ayala to the lineup on congas in 2013; his son and teenage prodigy Steven Ayala occasionally joins the band on timbales, forming a blistering father and son percussion duo. Latin Grammy-winning keyboardist Pepe Montes came on board in 2014, and tenor saxophonist joined shortly after. The band sometimes utilizes the services of trombone ace Jose Miranda.

The band’s unique sound and intense live performances earned them the Best Latin Band award from the Miami New Times in and also got Miami.com to take notice that year, and they responded with a glowing Band of the Hour feature. EP has also made a half-dozen appearances on the musical radio and webcast program Sound Theory Live, first broadcast locally on 88.9 FM and on www.wdna.org globally, later heard exclusively on www.WynwoodRadio.com. Electric Piquete’s unique sound also earned them an interview and performance of their original song “En La Playa Giron” on the plaza of the old Miami Herald building for a special report about the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which gave the group great exposure and forever tied them to a significant historical event. The resulting interview and performance can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/25676465.

Also noteworthy: EP played the Miami International Auto Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center in the fall of 2011 and the company managing this event subsequently licensed the group’s original song “Fonquetazo” for use in a “Vida Lexus” promotional video, which can be viewed here: http://vidalexus.com/Mas.html?nav=Header. Electric Piquete served as the house band on Fusion TV twice and the Miss Carnaval Miami pageant three times.

The band released their self-titled, seven-song debut in March of 2011, featuring five original songs, one cover and one remix — by the Latin Grammy nominated musician and producer DJ Le Spam, featuring performances by two Spam Allstars – and was feted with a well-attended CD release party at The Stage Miami. The group is currently back at work with DJ Le Spam in his City of Progress Studio recording a full-length follow-up, from which they have already released a holiday single “Little Conga Boy,” the studio version of “En La Playa Giron” and a cover of the Cheo Feliciano classic “El Raton,” featuring a Spanish rap by Raymond. EP’s music is available for sale on iTunes and Amazon.com and streams from www.soundcloud.com/ElectricPiquete.

Electric Piquete continues to expand their national and international reach through high-profile local and regional performances in 2015.
Member Since:July 11, 2009
Last Login:February 5, 2015
Location:Hialeah, FL
Birthday:March 13


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Mon 9/21/2009 12:49PM

Best Latin Band

Electric Piquete
Mon 9/21/2009 12:46PM

Electric Piquete

By Rayme Samuels

Self described fusionistas, Electric Piquete capture the perfect balance between Latin rhythms, funk and rock.  The Miami based pack chose their name in order to reflect a nod to electric rockers like Jimi Hendrix and Chick Corea while Piquete refers to the Spanish slang for a crew.