Miami Old School at Alcazaba – A Night To Remember.

by Frank Prieto on July 3, 2009

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If you missed the event at Alcazaba Night Club on March 28th you missed a memorable one. Little did I know at the time that it was to be one of the last events before Alcazaba closed it’s doors for good the following week.

The event was organized by Execumar’s Maria Martinez and I’ve got to say it was one I’ll remember for a long time.

Not only did we dance to Carlos Oliva and Frankie Marcos live, but we also had the pleasure to hear two of the lead singers of the unforgettable Antiques sing for us that evening. First Peter Fernandez performed with his energetic style followed by Frank Batista who took the stage with the legendary Luis Serrano (formerly with Miami Sound Machine.) Let me tell you something… If you are a Maimi music lover aka “cabaretero” you would’ve loved it.

You see, it’s not often I get to share a night of music and dancing in the company of the talented musicians we have grown up with.

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Frank Batista, Carlos Oliva, DJ Alby and Luis Serrano

That evening I had an opportunity to chat with Carlos Oliva one on one for the first time. I’ve always been impressed with his ability to connect with the audience. When he’s on stage the crowd is not only dancing but dancing with a big smile on their faces. Carlos Oliva’s trademark smile is contagious and makes the crowd feel welcomed and appreciated. That mixture of talent and “buena gente” has earned him the love of his fans for many years. I told Carlos that he ought to write a book of the many anecdotes and experiences he’s had in his impressive career. If he does I would definitely buy a copy.

Carlos Oliva delighting the audience with "Pelotero la Bola!"

Carlos Oliva delighting the audience with "Pelotero la Bola!"

Frankie Marcos took the stage and made playing the flute "look" easy. He was great!

Frankie Marcos took the stage and made playing the flute "look" easy. He was great!

Celso Delgado, Peter Fernandez (Antiques,) Diana with DJ Alby, and Frank Batista- "Blast From The Past" (Antiques.)

Celso Delgado, Peter Fernandez (Antiques,) Diana with DJ Alby, and Frank Batista- "Blast From The Past" (Antiques.)

I had the pleasure of meeting Celso Delgado that evening by accident. We were standing next to each other close to the stage when Peter Fernandez was introduced as a former lead singer of the legendary Antiques. When Peter takes the stage and starts singing, Celso turns to me out of the blue and says; “Hey wait a minute, this guy looks too young to have been singing with the Antiques.” I couldn’t help laughing because Peter Fernandez is not only known for his good looks, but for staying in shape and not showing his age. I promised Celso that I would not only introduce him to Peter, but I would also have him meet Frank Batista who was the original lead singer of the Antiques. This was quite a treat for Celso as it was for many of us who would give anything to see the Antiques reunite for a special event. I’m still trying. 🙂

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