Miami Bands of The 70s – Mantrap and Coke Reunite, But What About The Antiques?

by Maria Tojeiro Gonzalez on August 11, 2010

This is the story of the return of the Open House in Miami. I’m sure there are undoubtedly other versions of this story because I haven’t been the only one yearning to see the Miami bands of the 70’s reunite again. So if you have a different twist to my story – or completely different story as to how this came about – I’d love to hear from you. Share it by entering it in the comments section below for all to enjoy.

- This is how the story goes according to my recollection… Click the play button on the video below to get the full story.

Remember to leave your comments below. We’d love to hear from you. C’mon… don’t be shy now.

On April 25th of 2009, there was an Alumni High School Dance at Immaculate/La Salle High School (Miami.) The featured band was “Spill The Wine” with a special appearance by “Blast From The Past” — Frank Batista (former Antiques & Coke) and Luis Serrano (former Miami Sound Machine.)

Everybody was having a good time and enjoying the evening since there were no chaperons this time. I went armed with my digital camera and took plenty of pictures, but there was one picture in particular that has to do with my story.

This is what happened–

In this picture is Arturo Blanco (Peewee), Manny Salas and Frank Batista — Three of the original members of the Antiques.

Arturo Blanco, Manny Salas and Frank Batista

Arturo Blanco, Manny Salas and Frank Batista

The Antiques was one of the most predominant bands of that era. They are the band EVERYBODY remembers. There were many good bands, but the Antiques touched our hearts in a special way. Maybe it was the sound of the Hammond organ or maybe it was their light show. I can’t really put a finger on it – I just know they did.

When I published the picture on this blog (MusicMiami.org) I included an inset – in the lower left corner – of the studio picture of the original Antiques, and on lower right corner, an inset of the LP “Sincerely Antiques” and I wrote the following about this picture;

The Antiques– “This picture is worth a million bucks to me because it takes me back to the time I was about 15 years old. I would go to great lengths to see these guys play. They were The Antiques and they made a profound impression on many of us who grew up in Miami during the early 70’s. Some of their hits include “Va Cayendo Una Lagrima” and “Dias Como Hoy” composed by Armando Manzanero.

The Antiques were the first group of Cuban American youths in US history to have a 1st place hit in the Latin Music Charts and quickly became teen idols. If I have my way, one day soon we’ll get to see these guys reunite for a special event and take us back one more time to those years we remember all to well.

Pulling off something like this won’t be easy. Some of the band members have moved away and others have career commitments, etc. But I find it really hard not to think about the possibility. If you’d like to see this happen too, please leave your comment at the bottom of this blog post. I would love to hear what you think and gather some ammunition to fire these guys up. — — I’m counting on you!”

Next thing I know Nelson Correa is writing to me saying he too would love to see some of the bands reunite and he might start this whole thing. Well, as they say in the movies… The rest is history.

– Just a few months later the buzz starts about Mantrap reuniting and before we knew it – on December 11, 2009 – Mantrap made a come back and rocked the house at Club Renaissance.

The club was packed with excited fans, anxious to relive the Miami Open House experience once again. I had never seen before the line at the door at Club Renaissance so long than that December night. What’s most admirable is that I thought this would be a one-time thing, but it hasn’t stopped since.

They debuted a new CD titled “Lost Memories” which is superb. Jackie Molinares and Miguelito Martin are enchanting performers and a pleasure to watch along with the rest of the band.

As if that wasn’t enough, now the band Coke – or Los Coke as we called them back in the day – have reunited and are performing together with Mantrap in the most anticipated event of this year.

This my friends, is THE Open House of The Year.

The Miami Open House of The Year!So I want to give credit where credit is due, and thank Nelson Correa for starting this whole thing again and allowing us a second go-around at a Miami Open House experience. Who would of thought we’d be dancing to Mantrap and Coke live at an Open House again?

So if Mantrap pulled this off – and now Coke is back too – I’d like to think anything is possible… And if anything is possible I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to believe The Antiques could also reunite and perform with Coke and Mantrap at the next Open House.

– I think most would agree we could call it the Miami Open House of THE Century – and have it take place at The Electrician Hall or some venue that can hold close to 1,000 people.

Folks, if you’d like to see this happen make your voices heard. Leave your comments below and tell The Antiques it’s time. We’ve heard all the reasons why it can’t happen, but I think it’s time to talk about the possibility.

Here me out Antiques—Your Miami fan base will support you 100% and we will all be eternally grateful. It will give you guys an opportunity once again to appreciate the impact you had on the Cuban-American youths at that moment in time in the history of this city.

The band Coke reunited - or Los Coke as we knew them.

The band Coke reunited - or Los Coke as we knew them.

If you haven’t watched the video at the top of this page, scroll up now and click the play button. The video tells the story in full color and ends with the band Coke and lead singer Frank Batista at a practice session rehearsing for the August 14, 2010 Open House. Enjoy!

Frank Prieto

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Viviam Santelices August 12, 2010 at 5:29 am

What happened to the Warlocks. They were HOT too. You should have them there also, although some are no longer with us.

The drummer, Tony RObledo is a prominent accountant in the Doral area. Ramon Casales is also in town ask Luis Serrano they are friends.

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NELSON CORREA August 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

THANK YOU FRANK FOR THIS GREAT VIDEO AND FOR THE RECOGNITION YOU HAVE GIVEN ME THAT SO FAR NO ONE ELSE HAS. YOU TALK ABOUT GOING BACK TO THE ELECTRICIAN’S HALL. WE HAVE LOOKED INTO THAT BUT THE LACK OF PARKING AND THE FACT THAT THEY DO NOT ALLOW ALCOHOL COMSUMPTION MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD AN VENUE THERE.

MANTRAP AND MAJESTY REUNITE FOR ANOTHER SUPER OPEN HOUSE ON NOV 6 AT THE MIAMI SPRINGS COUNTRY CLUB. I THINK OUR FANS WILL LOVE THAT OPNE TOO.

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Susana November 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I saw The Antiques at electricians hall, I believe. I was about 14 years old. I remember all the bands playing many different venues, churches like Sta. Cecilia, La Imaculada, Electricians Hall and others that I have forgotten. I have the Sincerely Antiques album, the Coke and their later Opus album, and such rare albums of that time such as the Spanish band Barrabas (some real gems)! Of all the open houses I went to with my little brother and mom or friends mother as chaperones, by far The Antiques were my favs. To this day I pull that album out and hit the turntable to remember my “juventud” ! =) Yep, an “old school” cubanita de Hialeah here ! Blessings to all.

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Manny December 28, 2010 at 6:03 am

Thank you for the reply, yes I have to make it to one of the open house comming soon, I must drive from Naples to Miami but is it woth it, I used to live smack in front of Sant Cecilia church all I had to do was cross the street and I was there, yes one sad thing Santa Cecilia church just went into foreclosure, sure will miss all the good times there. Hope to see all of you at the next open house…..

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Liz Bestard August 12, 2010 at 6:11 am

I would love to see Antiques, Coke, Mantrap, Clouds, (Alma) all the other bands from the 70′s reunite. I grew up with this music and I still have their albums (LP). My husband and I cannot make it for this Open House, but we’ll go to the next Open House. I will tell all my friends about this. I love the 70′s music !!!!!

Thanks

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Isa Ramos Quinones August 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

Love to have the chance to see all the old bands back together again. Even if its for only one night. Count on my being there Saturday night.

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Tony Pedraja - Stone Promotions August 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Frank, Great web site!! – As you may know, Stone Promotions manages the band COKE, we are also the Producers of the August 14th Open House with COKE and MANTRAP, DJ Alex and Mike in the Night. This MEGA OPEN HOUSE will have great music by two great Open House era bands and a special surprise visitor that many Fans will remember. There has been such a great response to the newly generated Open House Movement that the August 14th Open House which is taking place at a venue that holds nearly 500 people is now SOLD OUT!. To this effect, we have scheduled another Open House, this time with COKE and QUEENS KIDS for November 20th. The venue will be in Miami at a location to be determined shortly. This time we are giving everybody ample time to reserve their tables or admission early, this time Fans can reserve entry in advance for couples if they wish! … In order to reserve admission or tables for the November 20th Open House we are asking Fans to send us an email to stonepromos@gmail.com with the words RESERVE NOVEMBER 20 on the Subject line. No payment is required at this time. We already have over 200 Reservations with just 3 days public notice we urge all Open House Fans (especially those that missed the August 14th Open House) to send us their reservation requests as soon as possible.

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Lina August 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

An Antiques reunion would be GREAT. I was the biggest groupie of all of the open houses (groupie in a 16-17 year old Lourdes Girl way in Miami in the 70s). I was the conventional girlfriend of the most unconventional member of the Antiques.
I know many, many (many) people today would definitely like to see an Antiques and other band reunions and performances. I hear it every time I go somewhere, on fb, etc.
I have my tix for tomorrow night :-D and looking forward to it. So many people that didn’t get them are trying to buy them now. Good business for scalpers! Just kidding. Anyway, that is an indication that people want to see/hear the bands from the past.
Electrician’s Hall — is that still standing???
So, someone, please keep this going.

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Frank Prieto August 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hi Lina,

Thank you for your comments. I like how you categorize the kind of groupie you were :-) The Electrician Hall is still standing, but there are other issues that prevent an Open House there – see Nelson’s Correa comment above. We’re definitely trying to keep this going. Thank you for doing your part. This is exactly what I’m asking people to do. To come here and share their stories of the Open House days so we can get the Antiques to reunite – even if it’s for a one-time event. Like Joe Rubio from Coke says: It would be called “THE MOTHER OF OPEN HOUSES.”

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Tony Pedraja - Stone Promotions August 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

Coke and Queens Kids are up next November 20th. The Antiques and Coke would also be an incredible event!……..Post your support for a Coke/Antiques Open House (or concert) on our Facebook Page “Stone Pro” and lets see what happens!

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Ramon Mejido August 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Frank,

Just a quick note to thank you for the great job you’re doing in helping to revive this great tradition of ours. Count me in on your effiorts to get the Antiques back together. I voice my hope that this will happen every time I see Manny (and Manny, if you’re reading this…consider it “voiced” again…)

It’s fantastic to see the outpouring of people at these events. When we (Majesty) had our debut this past November 17th, we filled the venue to capacity and actually had people drive away because they couldn’t find a place to park. Tomorrow’s Coke and Mantrap event sold out quickly, and we’ve had terrific response to our upcoming projects. I think people are excited about bringing the good times back. We’ve dedicated the past 30 years to the kids, work, etc…now it’s time for fun again, yes?

We’ll have the privilege of, after all this time, once again appearing with Mantrap on November 6th at the Miami Springs Country Club, and look forward to the opportunity to share the stage with other great bands of the era, including Coke, Pearly Queen, and The Antiques, with whom we played many times “back in the day”.

I wish you much success in your efforts and offer you my support in any way I can.

Thanks!

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Frank Prieto August 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Ramon, it’s funny because this has been brewing for more than a year now. Mantrap started it, and now that Coke is reunited too there’s only one logical next step, right? :-) We’ve got the momentum started now we just need to keep it going. I’m looking forward to the next two Open Houses coming up. I can’t believe I’m dancing again at Open Houses in this great city. Thank you for the kind words and for your support. I want to thank all the local musicians of the 70′s we grew up with for keeping the music alive. They say to remember is to relive, but remembering while reliving takes it to whole different level.

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EC Ryder August 14, 2010 at 8:13 am

How exciting. Being a Miami High graduate back in the early 70′s and remember being dragged to one of the open house jams, was pretty special. Found out about the reunion a bit late. Hope there’s another concert in the future, and more of the surviving members will be performing. For anyone interested in seeing photos and reading comments by some of the musicians, check out http://www.limestonerecords.com. go to limestone lounge link, 70s/80s, Latin bands… (Yesterday and Today Records still has some copies of some of the old Miami bands…..)

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Frank Prieto August 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Hi EC Ryder,

If you missed this one don’t worry because there are two Open Houses coming up, but the tickets are selling fast so don’t wait too long. Mantrap and Majesty will be performing on November 6 at the Miami Springs Country Club, and Coke and Queen’s Kids are performing on November 20th. The venue will be in Miami at a location to be announced soon. If you want to get the latest updates enter your name and e-mail address above the first comment and I’ll send you the latest news and ticket info. Thank you for stopping by. Hey, I’m Stingaree too. :-)

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Lilly Rodriguez August 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

Frank: Thanks for posting this Fabulous Video. We are all looking forward to the Antiques reunion!!!! A great Blast from the Past!!!!!WOW!!! Would love to see all these bands again. Great music from Miami!!!!! Waiting for more details…….

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Frank Prieto August 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I know Lily. Can you imagine. It’s not impossible you know… Especially with the help of people like you and Maria. Thank you for stopping by and doing your part.

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Ileana August 20, 2010 at 11:57 am

Very nice and awesome news, I cant wait to see what Mantrap is up to and how they have evolved from those great musical days. Have you guys heard Majesty yet. I went to see them at lakes Cafe and they sound really really good. Nothing like ive heard before from all the bands of my times. When are they playing again does anybody have any info on what venues their playing. How about having all these great bands together for a one time reunion concert.

Thanks.

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Frank Prieto August 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Hi Ileana, I haven’t seen Majesty perform yet, but I will on November 6th. Check out the review of the Super Open House that took place on August 14 and make sure to look in the comment section. Both Nelson Correa (Mantrap) and Stone Promotions (Coke) tell you how to get ticket information for the up coming Open Houses.

Now we’re working on reuniting The Antiques. Stay tuned for more because the Miami Open Houses are BACK! :-) .

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Ramon Mejido August 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Hi Ileana,

Thank you for your kind words. We’re so glad you enjoyed our performance at the Lakes Cafe last month and hope to see you there again this Saturday, August 28th, when we return once again for an encore performance. We’re doing some songs we couldn’t get to last time and we’ve added a couple of new surprises which some fans have asked us for. We’re going to have even more fun than last time!

If you’re interested in tickets for our reunion with Mantrap (and we hope you are), please send an email to tickets@musicbymajesty.com and you’ll receive an order form and details on the event. This is being held at the beautiful Miami Springs Country Club on November 6th. After 30 years, we look forward to once again appearing with Mantrap. This is going to be a special evening for sure.

You can follow Majesty on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Majesty/128180270529544 where if you click on the “Events” tab, you can see our upcoming event schedule.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you there on November 6th!

Ramon

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Marilyn Llana September 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

I was wondering, when you will be doing another one? I have people from out of town that planned to come to Miami just for that.

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Lissette Dittmar September 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

Would absolutely love to see The Antiques get back together for a couple of appearances.

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Stone Pro September 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

The next Stone-Pro OPEN HOUSE with COKE and QUEENS KIDS is set for November 20th at the German American Club in South Miami. Please send us an email (stonepromos@gmail.com) for reservations and/or information. Being that we are so close to the Holidays, we have teamed up with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation to collect toys for needy children during this event so please don’t forget to bring a toy!

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Elsa Maria October 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Let me know when the next open house will rock on …..
70 rock on…

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Stone Promotions October 11, 2010 at 10:07 am

Elsa Maria, our next Open House is set for November 20th at the German American Social Club 11919 SW 56th Street Miami Fl 33175. This Open House will feature COKE AND QUEENS KIDS!…. The music will start at 9PM. Advance Ticket prices are $25.00 and tables are $400.00. Table purchases include 8 admissions. We are teaming up with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation for this event to collect toys for underprivileged kids for the upcoming Holiday Season so please try and bring a toy if you can. No stuffed animals please! – Please send payment to Terry Narganes 6952 SW 159 Court Miami, Fl 33193 to obtain Admission or tables. You can also visit our Facebook Page “STONEPRO” or email us at stonepromos@gmail.com for additional details.

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Arabia Lopez November 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

Hi, I’ve beening attending the Mantrap performances since earlier this year and I’m one of many of their fans. They are great performers. I attended the Coke/Mantrap Open House and just last night attended the Mantrap/Majesty Open House. Both Open Houses were spectacular! I look forward to attending the Antiques Open House since they were one if not my favorite band back then. I attended many Quinceniera Parties, and the bands of choice were The Antiques and Los Cokes. Nelson Correa has brought many fond memories to those of us that grew up in that era. Thanks Nelson for all the wonderful memories and great times we’re all having with Mantrap! And, thank you for this website and what your doing for the return of the Miami Open House Bands.

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Frank Prieto November 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

Arabia, thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments. I planted the seed back in April of 2009, but it was Nelson who picked up the ball and ran with it. Mantrap started it all last December and it’s been non stop with Coke, Majesty, Queens Kids – and now the Antiques!

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Angel Rodriguez November 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

Great work on this website… This is the music that Miami remembers…. Keep up the awesome work….

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Frank Prieto November 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Thank you Angel. I think the timing was just right this year.

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Millie Corton November 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

I heard that there is an event this coming Saturday, 11/13/10 at the Ramada in Hialeah (Mantrap Live At Casanovas with Legends of Super Q Reunion) and I’m trying to get info. Can you provide?

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Stone Promotions November 9, 2010 at 1:55 am

Reminder! – We are just two weeks away from the Coke and Queens Kids Open House. This time we have booked a very large dance hall that has the capacity to hold up to 800 guests so there should be plenty of room but you never know so get there early!

Tickets for the November 20th Open House with Coke and Queens Kids are priced at $25.00. Tables are $400.00 (includes 8 admissions). The event will be held at the German-American Social Club on Miller (SW 56th Street) and 119th avenue in South Miami. As previously indicated, this is a very large venue with plenty of space for dancing and a large and secure parking lot.

There are two ways to pay, via check (send us an email for instructions), or you can simply pay at the door. Cash only at the door please. Credit cards can be used for food and beverage purchases.

Being that this Open House is the last one before the Holidays, we have joined forces with the Marines Toys For Tot’s Foundation in an effort to raise funds and collect toys for the underprivileged children in our community so please bring a toy if you can. No stuffed animals please!

We also have a Facebook page, you can find it by typing in “STONE PRO” on the Facebook search bar. There is also an Event Page set up for the Open House and you can find that page by typing in “OPEN HOUSE with COKE and QUEENS KIDS”. Please do not hesitate to send us an email or call if you have any questions.

Stone Promotions
305-903-4484
stonepromos@gmail.com

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Ileana Abreu November 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

Saturdays open house was a total success/sort off. I saw a lot of old faces and it was nice seeing some familiar faces from back in the days. I am a bit disappointed that Majesty did not go on sooner. Mantrap was great however they dragged out their show a little much longer than expected. I felt like I was going to a Mantrap show and not an open house venue. And a lot of the of crowd thought the same way. Does anybody know when Majesty or pearlie queen is performing again. Id love to catch a good show.
Thanks,
Ily

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Oscar Saavedra November 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Ileana,
Last Saturday’s event was a bit one-sided this is true and MAJESTY, too was VERY disappointed, especially our founding members… As it was supposed to go, MAJESTY was supposed to perform between 10:30pm and 11pm and we all were patiently waiting. There were things that were out of our control and we could do nothing but hope we could give our loving fans the show they deserved. I hope my singing did the band justice. I believe I am only as good because of my brothers in arms. As MAJESTY’s new lead singer I can say this, we play for all of you (our fans), we play because we love music, we play because its in our blood and who doesn’t love a great party, right? “WE’RE MAJESTY….and WE’VE COME TO PAR-TAYY!”

When MAJESTY performs next we will make sure that things will be as smooth for you (our fans) and for the fellas in the band. On behalf of MAJESTY, we apologize if you were not at all pleased with Saturday’s performance, I assure you, it could not be helped.

***On a good note though, there might be something brewing with another reunion band….or is that, bands? Hmmmmm…..you’re gonna have to wait and see….feel free to pass by our FACEBOOK page for further info. I hope this helps put things in perspective. MAJESTY loves ya Ileana and thanks for supporting us. GOOD THINGS are COMIN’!!!
With the most sincerest regards,
OSCAR SAAVEDRA!
MAJESTY-lead singer

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Pedro Llanes November 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Oscar, I know you are a professional and would not trash anyone but we as fan can. What this band “mantrap” did to Majesty was disrespectful and unprofessional. I will never attend any dances or venues where these people are playing. They are selfish and want to take the show as they were the only ticket in town. I hope you guys hook up with a band like “Coke” or “Perly Queen”. Coke will be better ’cause they are a name Band, not no bodys like this unknown mantrap. We are behind you brother.

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Oscar Saavedra November 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Pedro,

Thank you so much for the support, bro. MAJESTY always maintains a very high level of respect and honor, even to those that do us dirty. Thank you for your comments, they do mean alot to us and also, thank you for being a loyal MAJESTY fan. We appreciate all of you that give us the much needed encouragement and support to keep going and continue making our gigs and performances that you and the rest of our ever growing fan base deserve. There will be more DESCARGA fun time music vibes to come, I assure you. Thanks again. Welcome to the MAJESTY party!!!

Your pal,
OSCAR SAAVEDRA!
MAJESTY-lead singer

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Angel Hernandez November 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Ileana I know how u feel, as a matter of fact I’ve to the Coke & Majesty Open House were this Mantrap played and they’ve done the same thing. It’s like they want to force themselves as the main attraction, and lets face it, they’ve never been a main attraction anywhere. I was so mad that I left even before Majesty started playing for it was very late and I got tired of listening to ths band play the same style music over and over and over, like they were in a loop. I’m going to the Coke Open House next Saturday where I can listen to two name bands and have fun.

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Marilyn Vega November 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Majesty you guys were great as usual. But this other band Man..somthing? did an injustice to you guys. Why did they played for so long? Esa musica de caballito que estaban tocando estaba de madre. You guys should get with better known acts that I’m sure you can get around this town. It was frustrating waiting for you guys to start playing and listening to those Jokers! We love you Majesty!!!!!!!!!!

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Stone Promotions November 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

ANTIQUES!!! – FEBRUARY 5TH…….VISIT “STONE PRO” ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES ON THIS LONG AWAITED EVENT!!

or send us an email: stonepromos@gmail.com

Your Open House Central!!!!

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Manny Alonso December 24, 2010 at 7:52 am

I cant believe all this.. its like going back in time to the 70’s when we used to see every friday or saturday in Hialeah Santa Cecilia church local bands playing and to relieve all this again wow…. too bad I live away from Miami, but I will certainly make an effort to come to miami and see these bands again please please antique reunite we need to see and hear you again….. I remember when I was 13 my cousin and I would go to open houses yes I was under age but who cares…. we used to follow El Conjunto Universal everywhere I hope that the remaining members of Conjunto Universal would reunite again and sing all those wonderful songs that made me dance….. thank you Mantrap and Coke….. live long and rock ……

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Frank Prieto December 24, 2010 at 7:53 am

Hey Manny, el Conjunto Universal IS REUNITING!! Get the latest details here —> La Universal.

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Susana December 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Merry Christmas to your and yours Frank ! Blessings, Susana

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Susana December 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Hi Manny ! I must have been at to a least a couple of those Antiques open-houses at Sta Cecilia ! Who knows if we spoke to each other there ! I must have been about 14 yrs old and was with my friends, mom and little brother ! Unbelievable. I’m taking out my turntable and my Antiques album today ! Merry Christmas & blessings to All !

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Maria January 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Hi Frank,

Please let me know who from the original Antiques will be performing at the February 5th concert. A friend told me that only Manny and Joe will be there. What about Ramon, Alberto, Arturo, Frank, and Pepe? We have a big group going but they want to know who is going to be there before they buy their tickets. Thanks!

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Martha Maria Balsinde February 8, 2011 at 7:28 am

WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! I can’t believe I’ve run into this website! Thank you man for doing this, and I only wish I would’ve found this earlier to be there. We need to have them get together again, Please! My father was a trumpet player for Orchesta Riverside in Miami, with Lionel Fernandez as the director. I dated, George Rionda a guitarist; Tony Gundin a drumer; was friends with Jorge Marcos from Clouds, and met Hansel & Raul back in the days. What memories…my world…and how far I’ve gotten from the world. How sad, yet how happy to have found this again.

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Frank Prieto February 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hi Martha,

I’m glad you found us :-)

There’s a great FREE concert taking place on Friday, February 18th, 2011. Three very popular Miami bands of the 70′s are reuniting for a great cause. Check it out… Click here for all the details.

By the way, if you want to get notified of the upcoming “Miami Bands of the 70s” events sign up here. It’s FREE and we don’t spam you.

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Renier R February 28, 2012 at 12:14 am

Great reading — I played with George Rionda for about a year – mostly at Club Lesabre — then he went with Clockwork — they sounded good too – with Alex Cobos on bass — did some demo tapes too. where is he?

Well say hi to him for me Renier (twin)

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Mario Perez February 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I have a great idea for an open house venue! The cafeteria at Imaculata LaSalle. Im sure that this would be a great venue right by the bay.

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juan roca jr February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

WOW!!!! Talk about a blast. Now I find out. Actually I heard about the antiques concert an hour prior to the event. Strange as my name is Juan Roca Jr.; I had a prior commitment.
As a teen I lived a block away from where they practiced, at Arturo’s uncle. El Puyi’s home. Everybody had a nickname back then. I heard about Chevy several years ago. I can vividly remember Tio Tony at the door working admissions. I remember the Hammond B3 with the Leslie that Manny played. I played the bass back then and used Arturo’s to practice in that garage with our other neighborhood friends across the street from Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church. Keep us informed of future opportunities to reunite.

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juan roca jr February 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh by the way I went to LaSalle for 11th and 12th grade too….

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Abel Cubero May 11, 2013 at 8:05 am

Juan Roca , I haven’t heard that name in years. How are things going for you? I remember the LaSalle days with your friends as well mine, Eddy Cancela, Angel, Jesus, Edward Hernandez, Manny Echevarria, Mitch Stage and many more. Have you kept up with any of these guys? Let me know.

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Gisela, Maria, Charo February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm

We went to Corpus Christi with Eddy Diaz. The Antiques played at
“mis quince” in 1969. My sister Charo’s quince in 1970 they also played in the Electrician Hall. We also went (with chaperonas) to all those “open houses” at the Electrician Hall, etc. It would be great for all those bands to get together again.

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Rey Fernandez February 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

Trivia question: What was the name of Eddy Diaz’ original band before joining the Antiques? He was the organist with the band.

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Renier R February 28, 2012 at 12:15 am

The Music Tones!! lol… Ecstasy members later ;-)

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Manny May 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I love that the Warlocks are getting together, they played at my sister’s 15. My favorite all time was Heaven, can you work on getting them together? That would be fabulous!!

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Cool Cats June 6, 2011 at 7:41 am

For all of those that where asking for the Warlocks well they too are back together and will be performing on June 18 at the Elks Lodge along with COKE.

As for Heaven, Manny Im sorry but i do not belive they will be getting back together…

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Stone Promotions June 7, 2011 at 6:07 am

Conjunto Impacto will be performing on June 18th in Miami.
Click here for details
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001692860099

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Rey Fernandez February 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

Trivia question: Eddy Diaz was the organist in his band before joining the Antiques as lead singer. What was the name of his Band?

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Stone Promotions February 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

The next OPEN HOUSE is set for FEB 24 at CLUB RENAISSANCE. Join MANTRAP, DJ CIRO LLERENA and JIMMIE E DISCO for a great evening of music and fun! Don’t forget to check our Facebook Page “STONE PRO” for details on live music from the best bands in Miami.

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Renier R February 28, 2012 at 12:17 am

Mantrap was then a second rate band — we all called them los ninitos — the little kids — trying to learn — I guess it takes time to pay your dues!

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Ana February 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

Could you please try to see about getting Heaven together, they were my all time favorite. Any news on them?

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Barbara May 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

OMG- just reading some of the comments really took me back to those days when my mom (La Chaperona) would take me to Santa Cecilia, Electricians, The Hialeah Auditorium, etc, to dance. It was live and we were wearing satin with some funky platforms. This was what I looked forward to every weekend and chaperones did too because they had fun as well. Thanks for reminding me of all the other bands like heaven and mantrap too. Peter Fernandez recently played at Majic Casino recently and I heard it was really nice. Lets get these guys together and have one big open house!!!

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Frank Prieto May 4, 2012 at 7:25 am

Barbara, thank you for your comments. Yes, Peter Fernandez performed at Magic City Casino back in November of last year and it was an incredible event. You’ll find two videos of that Open House concert on this page. Enjoy! :-)

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Barbie July 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hi Frank.. Can you confirm that Mantrap and Coke will be performing on July 27, 2012 at Club Ren. Thanks.. This was my music growing up and would love to see them again… ps i love your blog

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Frank Prieto July 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Hi Barbie, I’m glad you like our blog… YES! Mantrap and Opus (COKE) will be performing on Friday, July 27 at Club Renaissance.

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Nelson Castro January 17, 2013 at 3:20 am

Mr.Prieto: I just signed up today so I guess I’m the new kid on the block, and just wanted to thank you for taking me back to my youth. I remember me and my cousins and friends hitting every Saturday night the open houses all over Miami, Sofia,The Electrician Hall,The Dupont Plaza, Man oh man those were the good times. As I sit in my living quarters here on a cold snowy mountain in Afghanistan, you brought me back to those warm balmy nights when we would put on our platform shoes, baggy pants and the shirts with the wide collars and elastic waist bands or the pullovers with glitter on them. I can’t wait to get back home. I want to ask you a question that I have been asking people on web sites, and I think you night have the answer. Is there anybody or anywhere that they make the digital remasters or remakes of all those albums,Antiques,WildWind, Pearly Queen,Coke,Conjunto Universal,Adams Apple,etc. I had them all but you know the deal that was about 100 years ago. If you can help I would appreciate it my friend. Gracias por las memorias Mr. Prieto

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Frank Prieto January 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Nelson, thank you for stopping by from such a far corner of the world. I’m glad we could warm up your spirits in spite of the bitter cold you experience in those mountains. I don’t have an immediate answer to your question about the remastering, but I’ll see if I can find out anything. Stay safe my friend!

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Nelson Castro January 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

Man if you get Antiques to perform I will stop whatever I’m doing or whever I am in this world and I will be at that concert rain snow or shine. They were one of my favorite bands back in the days. Rated them up there with Carlos Santana, Malo, and War!

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Nelson Castro January 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

Man if you get Antiques to perform I will stop whatever I’m doing or where ever I am in this world and I will be at that concert rain snow or shine. They were one of my favorite bands back in the days. Rated them up there with Carlos Santana, Malo, and War!

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Rey Fernandez January 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

Hello Frankie, glad to see another posting from you, keep this one alive my brother.

Hey, here is a bit of trivia for you and your readers:

Eddie Diaz sang with the Antiques for a period of time, what was the name of Eddie’s band before he went to the Antiques and what instrument was Eddie playing with his band?

Chew on this one for a while.

Abrazos.

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Ana January 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Have you yet heard anything about Heaven? They were awesome!

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Hector Macias March 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Thanks for bringing back to me some wonderful memories of these great Miami Bands of the 70′s I loved their music and still do today. I recently purchased and downloaded a copy of Sincerely Antiques, and Coke the original album. Immagine my excitement of being able to find these two classics again, since I no longer have the 8 track or vinyl version of those albums. I do not live in Miami anymore, but I do visit on ocassions. I would love to see any and all of these great bands perform, since I never had the opportunity to do so then. Specially the Atiques. Thanks again, and I am glad that I found your blog.

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Nelson Castro March 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Mr Mecias : I would like to ask you where did you purchase these albums, especially the Antiques Sincerely I have been asking and surfing the web but could not find anything. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Abel Cubero May 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

Nelson I like you had been searching the internet for years looking for this album. I finally found it with the Coke album also. Reply back of how to get in touch with you.

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Manny May 15, 2013 at 8:16 am

Hey guys please let me know where can I get those two albums coke and antiques, all I have is some of the songs that I downloaded from utube… please send me the link so i can purchase these albums…. also if you know where to get conjunto universal.. thanks

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CARY MONCADA April 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I would love to see these bands play again in an open house, bring my kids with me so they can experience it. It would be amazing please guys pull it together.

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Gloria S. Alvarez May 15, 2013 at 2:28 am

Oh YES! My most two coveted albums I posses are COKE and ANTIQUES!

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