Everything goes better with Coke

coke open house tickets

As I had previously posted, last Saturday night was a special night for those who long for the nostalgia of 70s Miami, particularly the great music of that era. Coke, the quintessential band of the Miami “open house” scene reunited for the first time in more than 30 years, performing to sold out Elk’s club in Miami.

I was fortunate enough to attend and I have to say it was one hell of a show. Coke took the stage a little after 11:00 PM and they rocked the house.

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To demonstrate the lasting influence that Coke had on many in Miami, here’s a couple of anecdotes. While at the show I was approached by a woman (pictured below) who saw me taking pictures and asked me who I was with. I told her I was there on behalf of Babalu Blog and that we write about Cuban-American issues and lifestyle. Her face lit up and she said, “I have to tell you that Coke played my “quince”, my father even built the stage!”

Georgina Costas (right) with her husband (far left)
Georgina Costas (right) with her husband (far left)

On Monday, two days after the show, I was at the car wash wearing my brand new Coke t-shirt and a woman suddenly asked, “Is that Coke, the band?” I answered that it was in fact Coke the band. She asked if they were playing again and when I answered in the affirmative she said, “Oh my God, that was my favorite band!” Well, if you are like her and you missed the show there’s good news. Coke is planning on playing another open house on November 20th. The venue is still TBD but you can get the latest updates from Stone Promotions on their Facebook page.

Toward the end of the show, in between numbers, the crowd began to chant in unison: ah beep beep, ah beep beep, ah beep beep. They were wanting to hear the signature tune Bang Bang.

Here are some pictures from last Saturday and there’s more below the fold.

Frank Batista (Vocals, Percussion)
Frank Batista (Vocals, Percussion)
Joe Rubio (Vocals, Keyboards)
Joe Rubio (Vocals, Keyboards)

Frankie B. (center) with Manny Salas (from the legendary band "The Antiques", right)
Manny Tejera (Percussion) Frank Batista (center) and Manny Salas (from the legendary band The Antiques, right)

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Chester Rosas-Guyon, Sax and Chuchi Jorge, Trumpet
Chester Rosas-Guyon (Sax) and Chuchi Jorge (Trumpet)
Richard Balseiro, Guitar
Richard Balseiro (Guitar)
Ruben Perez (Drums)
Ruben Perez (Drums)
Larry Masrihi (Bass)
Larry Masrihi (Bass)

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