“Blast From The Past” Live From Miami’s La Salle Pop Music Festival – Celebrating 40 Years of Rock by The Top Bands & Musicians in So. Florida.

by Frank Prieto on May 30, 2009

The ILS High School Alumni Dance on April 25, 2009 was truly a “blast” from the past. I made sure to carry my camera with me so I wouldn’t miss a beat. The band Spill the Wine played the stage with many great songs and Frank Batista and Luis Serrano closed the evening stirring up the crowd to a frenzy. Check out the video and pictures to see if you recognize any of the high school “kids”.  ;)

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment at the bottom of this page. We’d love to hear from you.

 

The band “Spill The Wine” delighted the crowd with songs from the 60′s and 70′s.

The band Spill The Wine
Faithful fans enjoy “Blast From The Past.”
A night to remember.

A night to remember.

The Paparazzis where there too.
A picture for the album - 40 years of Rock by the top bands and musicians in Miami.

A picture for the album - 40 years of Rock by the top bands and musicians in Miami.

At one time all the musicians took the stage and jammed for us. It was great!
Jam session in progress.

Jam session in progress.

The crowd had a great time reminiscing the good old days and enjoying their favorite tunes.
The crowd enjoying a Saturday night out without chaperones. Yahoooo!!!

The crowd enjoying a Saturday night out without chaperones. Yahoooo!!!

The fans did not want to go home. “More… we want  more!!!” they cried.

Everybody was having a great time with Blast From The Past.

Everybody was having a great time with "Blast From The Past."

“Put your hands in the air and act like you just don’t care.”

The crowd letting loose.

The crowd "letting loose."

A special thanks to the event coordinator Cindy Cutler for making it happen.

Luis Serrano, Cindy Cutler, Pepe El Flaco and Frank Batista.

Luis Serrano, Cindy Cutler, Pepe "El Flaco" and Frank Batista. A special thank you goes to Pepe "El Flaco" for furnishing the "Blast From The Past" video for this blog post.

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!

Three of The Antiques - Arturo Blanco (Pewee), Manny Salas and Frank Batista.

Three of The Antiques - Arturo Blanco (Pewee), Manny Salas and Frank Batista.

Here’s Arturo Blanco (Pewee) with his lovely wife Elsita Blanco. Elsita has discovered the fountain of youth but she won’t share it with the rest of us. Pictured with them are old friends.

Teresita and Arturo Blanco with...

Elsita and Arturo Blanco with friends.

Nancy, Maria Eugenia and Mayra

Nancy, Maria Eugenia and Mayra

Here I am flanked by talented forces.

Frank Batista with Frank Prieto (your truly) and Mr. Galaxy- Luis Serrano

Frank Batista with Frank Prieto (yours truly) and Mr. Galaxy- Luis Serrano

Mr. and Mrs. Galaxy enjoying a cozy moment.

Luis and Josefina Serrano

Luis and Maria Eugenia Serrano

Old friends getting caught up.

Bill Urbizu, Luis Serrano, BLANK and Frank Batista

Bill Urbizu, Luis Serrano, Alcides and Frank Batista

You can tell a lot about a man by the tie he wears. Check out Frank Batista’s neckwear.

Frank, BLANK and BLANK

Frank Batista with Maria Elena & Carlos del Valle

Everybody was happy to see old faces and get reunited with old friends.

Frank with Victor Angulo from the band Spill The Wine and Bill Urbizu.

Frank Batista with Victor Angulo, lead guitarist with "The Queen's Kids" rock band and Bill Urbizu.

Here Mr. Galaxy shows off his cool blazer. The man… the myth… the legacy.

Frank Batista, Mr. Galaxy and Frank Prieto

Frank Batista, Mr. Galaxy and Frank Prieto

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanne June 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Hi Frank, Wish I could have been there. It looked like such a good time and all of you guys are soooo talented. Definitely want to know when the next event will take place so I can put on my schedule way ahead of time! Keep on playing. Just amazing and brings back so many great memories of the “good old days”!!

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juan June 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

great frank nice pic brings back memories great job on the web site real very nice thanks for thinking of me love you man juan

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Raul Murciano, Jr. June 22, 2009 at 8:43 am

I am so sorry I was out of town for what was obviously a fantastic event. What a flood of memories and flashbacks! Wow!!!

Please keep me in the loop for future excursions back to a simpler era!

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Fabio Martin (ILS'75) June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

Sorry I missed all the action. I will definitely try harder to make to the next one. Please keep us posted.

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Frank Ibarra July 1, 2009 at 5:57 am

When it happens again, I will definitely be there.

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Millie Figueredo (ILS'74) July 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I heard it was a blast! Unfortunately, I was out of town, but I definitely plan to be at the next one!!!

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Ileana Bustillo July 22, 2009 at 6:35 am

Brings back alot of memories and goose bumps!!!! Sorry I missed it, let me know of any new events!

Ileana ILS 73

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DJ Alex Gutierrez August 4, 2009 at 9:04 am

I would to have one of these nights at one of the clubs I spin at. I’ve been a Dj since those times.
Alex

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Frank Prieto August 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

Alex, thank you for stopping by. I’ll talk with the guys about your suggestion. By the way… I just checked out your website and I was blown away. I can get lost in it for hours just reading about old times. Great mixes too. Nice job! I’ll add you to the list so you get notice of the upcoming events. Stay in touch.

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Peter Fernandez August 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

Frank, what a great blog you have here! I just found it by accident. I never for the life of me can understand why we couldnt find some serious people from our “era” who today are outstanding professionals working with big companies with powerful positions who can arrange for some serious sponsorship for a “reunion” concert featuring the music of Coke and the Antiques. I sang with both bands Im alive and kicking. Im willing to do it with or without all the original members if theyre not available. Ive always wanted to do it if it was done right! Our generation deserves nothing less than the best. Wish you continued success in everything you do my friend.
Peter Fernandez

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Frank Prieto August 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Peter thank you for your comment. It’s not only music to my ears, but to the ears of all who lived the era here in Miami. The open houses, the high heel shoes, the chaperons and of course the music of Coke and the Antiques. When I see bands like the Eagles and Chicago reunite for a PBS special, I say why can’t we do the same thing on a local level with Coke and the Antiques? Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for such a reunion. I think we’re closer than ever before. I agree it has to be done right and maybe that’s why it’s taking so long. I’ll keep doing my part to keep the flame alive.

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Gabe Vales September 1, 2009 at 9:22 am

I was blessed to have worked with the post generation of El Grupo Los “Coke” turned into the “OPUS” group which transitioned from “OPEN HOUSES” into the World of CLUBS and DISCOTECHS.

My job as a newly hired lead vocalist at that time was to try and replace The voice and shoes of Frank Batista who out of his own volution was moving on to other ventures at that time.

Even though I tried with all my soul and might to do my best, it soon became evident that it would be an impossible “feat” ( no pun intended) and that no one nor anything would ever be able to replace the Soulful-Golden voice and True-Grit of Frank. Batista.

Having said all this as an introduction, I was wondering if anyone is in touch with Hipolito Garcia (guitar), Ruben Perez (drummer), Tito (organ) or Victor (Viti) Rodriguez (trumpet) of Coke.

Grace & Peace to all,
gabe

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NELSON CORREA September 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

HI FRANK

YOUR BROTHER IN LAW JOSE GAVE ME THIS WEB PAGE INFORMATION. I AM THANKFUL THAT HE DID. THIS IS GREAT STUFF. I WAS AWARE OF THE ILS DANCE AS CYNDI HAD MENTIONED IT TO ME. SHE LIVES IN KEY BISCAYNE WHERE I WORK AS A POLICEMAN. UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE I HAD TO WORK I WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND. I WAS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MUSIC AND WOULD HAVE ENJOYED DOING SO.

I PLAYED FOR MANTRAP BAND BACK IN THE 70′S. WE RECENTLY GOT SOME OF OUR MUSICIANS TOGETHER AND REDCORDED SOME SONGS FROM OUR UPCOMING CD CALLED “LOST MEMORIES” WE RECORDED THE OPUS CLASSIC “BEWARE” AND THE ANTIQUES UNFORGETABLE HIT “DIAS COMO HOY” BOTH SONGS WERE SANG BY JOE “TITO” RUBIO WHO WAS THE KEY BOARD PLAYER FOR COKE, OPUS AND THE ANTIQUES. HE LATER JOINED MANTRAP IN 1978 AND PLAYED WITH US UNTIL 1980 WHEN THE BAND STOPPED PERFORMING. THE SONGS HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO FIT TODAY’S STYLE OF MUSIC BUT NEVER LEAVING OUT THE FLAVOR WHICH MADE THEM CLASSICS.

VISIT http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MANTRAPBAND FOR PICTURES FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT PLUS THE RECENTLY RECORDED SONGS.

GOD BLESS
NELSON CORREA
BASS PLAYER
MANTRAP BAND

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NELSON CORREA September 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

GABE

TITO FROM COKE HAS RECORDED NEW SONGS WITH MANTRAP. I STAY IN TOUCH WITH HIM. HE HAS A BAND CALLED HARMONY AND WHEN THEY PERFORM POLITO, RUBEN, ARIEL AND ALL THOSE GUYS GET TOGETHER AND GO SEE HIM PERFORM.

NELSON CORREA
BASS PLAYER
MANTRAP BAND

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Jorge Sardinas September 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Hey Guys, Glad to see Mantrap is alive and well but I was wondering what ever happened to my old Jr. High and Hialeah High School buddy Emilio Jimenez. He sang for Mantrap around 1977. He can be heard on “El Dia que te Conoci” He taught me a lot of good guitar and was one of my best friends. I totally lost touch with him after High School. I would really appreciate you guys getting back to me. Thanks

Jorge Sardinas

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NELSON CORREA September 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm

HI JORGE

UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM EMILIO SINCE 1979. I WISH I HAD SOME INFORMATION TO GIVE YOU ABOUT HIM. YOU CAN SEE PICTURES OF EMILIO ON THE BAND’S MY SPACE PAGE. HE WAS A CLASSIC SINGER AND CERTAINLY PUT MANTRAP ON TOP OF THE CHARTS BACK IN THE 70′S WITH HIS VOICE.

NELSON CORREA
MANTRAP BAND

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NELSON CORREA September 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm

BTW: FRANK,
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE VOICE ON THE NEW MANTRAP TRACKS “NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE” AND “DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING” IS ONE OF OUR LEAD SINGERS AND DRUMMER RAUL RODRIGUEZ WHO PLAYED THE DRUMS AND SANG MOST OF THE SONGS FOR THE BAND “WILDWIND” IN THE EARLY 70′S?. THE BAND “WILDWIND” PRODUCED AN ALBUM IN THE EARLY 70′S AND RAUL SANG MOST OF THE SONGS ON THAT ALBUM. THEY HAD A HIT ON THE SPANISH RADIO STATIONS WITH THEIR RENDITION OF THE CLASSIC OLD BOLERO SONG CALLED “NOSOTROS” WHICH WAS SANG BY THEIR OTHER SINGER JOE AGUILA. ( MAY HE REST IN PEACE ).

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THAT BIT OF INFORMATION.

NELSON
MANTRAP BAND

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Jorge Sardinas September 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Thanks Nelson , Please keep my E Mail in case you ever come across anyone that knows anything about Emilio.

Jorge

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NELSON CORREA September 23, 2009 at 7:32 am

MY PLEASURE JORGE,
MY EMAIL IS COACHNELSON12@YAHOO.COM SEND ME AN EMAIL SO I CAN HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

GOD BLESS
NELSON

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Kiki Bacaro October 24, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Oh my, what a blast from the past. I went to St. Timonthy’s and St. Brendan’s and attended countless open houses in Miami in the 70′s. I would LOVE to see/ hear the Antiques and/ or Coke play again. Let me know if you manage to swing this!

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NELSON CORREA November 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm

MANTRAP IS TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER A BACK TO THE OPEN HOUSE NIGHT EVENT IN DECEMBER. IF IT HAPPENS, YOU WILL SEE IT HERE.

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NELSON CORREA November 16, 2009 at 9:28 am

HERE IT IS, THE EVENT EVERYONE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR. “BACK TO THE OPEN HOUSE NIGHT” WITH LEGENDARY BAND MANTRAP WILL TAKE PLACE DEC 11, 2009 AT CLUB RENAISSANCE LOCATED AT 2340 SW 32 AVE. DOORS OPEN AT 9:00PM. $10.00 CHARGE AT THE DOOR.
DON’T MISS THIS MEMORABLE EVENT WITH MANTRAP AS THEY PERFORM SONGS FROM THE OPEN HOUSE ERA.

PLAYING WITH MANTRAP ARE:
RALY GUNACHE FROM PEARLY QUEEN, BABE AND CACHE.
MIGUELITO MARTIN FROM CLOUDS, MIGUEL JAVIER Y FANTASIA, AND CONTINENTAL BRASS.
PEPE “EL FLACO” ESKERT FROM WILDWIND, BOA AND NOW SPILL THE WINE.
JACKIE MOLINARY WHO SANG WITH MIGUEL MARTIN IN CLOUDS PLUS ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF MANTRAP.

THE CLUB IS ANTICIPATING A HUGE CROWD FOR THIS EVENT MAKE SURE TO COME EARLY BEFORE THE CLUB GETS PACKED AND THEY SHUT THE DOORS.

HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE. STAY TUNED TO THIS WEB PAGE FOR MORE UPDATES FROM FRANK.

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Nelson Diaz November 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Hello Frank,
Wow, I am speechless found this web site by accident. I was there myself in the good old days when Miami was exploding with talent. I played drums for Carlos and Javier Oliva for about three years, but remember clearly seeing the Antiques and Coke performing. Peter Fernandez was the man, the king of Miami back then.
I live in New York City and I have been here now for 20 years. What triggered this search tonight was that my girlfriend and I were talking over a glass of red, about my times in the Miami Music scene during the 70′s and 80′s. And for some crazy reason Coke and the Antiques popped up. Also, the band Heaven. They were great too! I use to live across from Rolie the drummer of Heaven. He was a big inspiration to me, he was older and he had the crystal Fibes drums, the Camaro and the bon bon babes. Well it is 1 am and it is time to hit the pillow.
All I have to say, I am proud that I witness and participated in Miami’s true revolutionary sound and it’s beginning in pop culture. We made it happen, we did it with fun,passion, uniqueness and with nothing. And made something BIG for others to jump in like Gloria and the new ones etc.. We did it the “old fashioned” way, a substance that today totally lacks in these mediocre’ strange times that we are living. By the way, if anybody has any news on Heaven or about Rolie, please let me know. nelsondiazart@yahoo.com thanks!! AND THANK YOU FRANK FOR THIS!!……

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Frank Prieto November 24, 2009 at 6:14 am

Nelson, I’m so glad you found us. This little corner of the internet was created to keep the memories of that Miami era alive. What has been most gratifying for me is to listen to many of those musicians still get together and jam live here in Miami. You ought to subscribe to get the latest happenings. I’ll see if I can get you any info about Heaven or Rolie. Thank you for sharing your memories. My best to you.

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Nelson Diaz November 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

Hello Frank,
Thank you so very much on your prompt response. I did not sleep last night, full of memories and dreams. Your article took me on flying carpet back into the 70′s. It is our responsibility to keep the early years of Miami’s music alive. It is definitely music history at is best.
I will subscribe to your blog and will pass your link to others. Let me know, what are your plans to keep this energy alive. Let’s not forget we has the CA culture have a lot of resources and passion. And at the end of the day we bat for our own. Lets keep the memories and musical wealth of the Miami era alive in the hearts of many for years to come. Best to you. GREAT JOB!

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NELSON CORREA December 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FRANK FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND PROMOTIONS THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN MANTRAP. THE BACK TO THE OPEN HOUSE EVENT IS GOING TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE. MAKE SURE TO POST PICTURES OF THE OPEN HOUSE ON THIS PAGE

NELSON
MANTRAP BAND

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Barby January 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Dear Nelson, I am totally lost for words. For Christmas, my husband gave me a turntable so that I can record music from my records to CDs. I fondly admired several of my old LPs (Heaven, Antiques, Coke, etc..) and decided to look this up in the internet. I found your site and can’t tell you how excited I was! I used to live in Miami and graduated from Miami High in ’78. I clearly remembered Mantrap…Great great music! How many times I danced to your music. I tell everyone that the best times of my life was living in that era in Miami. Seeing France Joli in concert, Foxy at the Holiday Inn, Celi Bee, Cerrone, Salsoul Orchestra and places like Honey for the Bears, Stefanos, (one club in Ft. Lauderdale (?)) then clubs like Cats and Ensign Bitters. And who could ever forget songs like Casanova Brown, I love NY, Bang Bang, In the Rain, Pillow Talk, Color My World, I Do Love You, Miami Heat Wave and so so many others. I remember school breaks and how my friends and I spent them in Miami Beach or Ft Lauderdale.

I have a huge collection of records for this era and consider them one of my most cherised memories. I tell others that unless you lived in that era, you wouldn’t understand. The Miami disco era and local music of that time cannot be duplicated. Things were so much different than they are today. People used to really “deck out” when they went out to the openhouses and discoteques. When I hear the music and see that a few of us are still around, my heart truly smiles. Hopefully, the next time Mantrap performs, I can go to Miami and attend. Thank you for your site and for keeping the memories alive! Best wishes.

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NELSON CORREA January 11, 2010 at 7:37 am

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND MANTRAP RETURNS TO CLUB RENAISSANCE FOR ANOTHER BACK TO THE OPEN HOUSE NIGHT. THE LAST ONE WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. WE WILL BE AT CLUB RENAISSANCE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010. THOSE WHO MISSED THE LAST MANTRAP PERFORMNACE DUE TO CHRISTMAS PARTY COMMITMENTS CAN NOW COME AND SEE MANTRAP. HOPE TO SEE ALL OUR FANS THERE. ALSO, STAY TUNED TO THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE UPCOMING PERFORMANCE AND FOR SOME MEMORIES OF THE MANTRAP DEC 11 EVENT.

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Gonzalo January 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I can’t believe I found this blog ! – I was searching for some info about Miami 70′s bands in general. I still have some flyers from the early seventies from Hungarian Hall, Electricians, PBA, Fireman’s Hall etc… Featuring Queen’s Kids, Antiques, World of Matter etc.
BTW – there is a blog that gives some info on World of Matter from Hialeah if any one is interested.
If anyone is interested in pics of the flyers, I can post.

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Frank Prieto January 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Gonzalo, I’m glad you found us. It’s great you have that memorabilia. Miguelito Martin is writing a book about the bands of the 70′s in Miami. You ought to get a hold of him. And DJ Alex Rodriguez has a nice summary of the bands of the 70′s on his website. Check it out.
 
 

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Emilio Jimenez February 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hi all, I am Mantrap’s original singer and the one singing in the recording of Suavecito. You can’t imagine how shocked I was to see this!! It’s awesome that you have put this together and it brigs back awesome memories. I would love to get in touch with my old buddies!!! Please write me back.
I no longer live in Miami, but visit often.
Keep the momories alive!! Those were amazing times!

Emi

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LEO D March 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Hello to the awesome crew from the ANTIQU NELSON, FRANK BATISTA, MR GALAXY, EL PEEWEE,PEPE (EL FLACO),FRANK PRIETO EN FIN a todos esos que representan nuestro MIAMI,guys you dont know what a moment in time i captured listening once again the rithym of those songs and sweet lirycs form the days of the ELECTRICIAN , EL SOFIA, EL CLUB DE LAS AMERICAS,LOS OPEN HOUSE en el HUNGARIAN,EL MUNICIPAL DE HIALEAH donde primero vi yo a los QUEENS KIDS con THE WORLD OF MATTER wow those unforgettable days i also play music since i was very young and was amazed to hear you guys again it took me baaaaaack to THE 70s hey and im so sorry i could not attend i was in tampa at the time but please let me know when another such event is going to take place and where let me know firsthand so i can be there LOVE YOU GUYS AND KEEP UP THE GOOD SOUNDS YOU ALWAYS PUT OUT GOD BLESS YOU ALL and thanks to him for being able to participate in this comments hope to hear from you LEO DIAZ

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