Those of us who were privileged to be present during that time can appreciate the frustration of not being able to
know the history of our musical roots here in Miami. No books or Google searches can produce any information on
this period , a time when we were defining ourselves musically.
We had embraced soul music and rock  as the " listeners",  but we wanted to make our own music, a style that would
reflect our ethnicity  and our ability to adapt. Groups like
Earth,Wind and Fire and Santana would influence us ,and
we would take those styles and fuse them together.  Musical groups formed in our High Schools when friends from
Band class got together to jam in their parent's garage or " Florida Room"  The " OPEN HOUSE " was born out of
necessity,we needed a place to show off , our clothes ,our shoes , our  " Muelas". We needed to show America we
could take all it offered and make it our own.  According to Legendary radio personality Maria Cristina Ruiz of
Super Q
" The pioneers of the Open Houses, were the  late  Eddy Martinez, and Francisco Calvo.  They were strong
promoters at the time plus, Martin Roque and the late Ray Aviles who came down from New York and partnered  with
Eddy Martinez.  They used to have dances , TRES ORQUESTAS POR EL PRECIO DE UNO! " was their tag line .It
is unclear where the term " Open House " originated, but it meant  "all where invited " and we  ALL went.
We know the names Boa,Trapp,
Heaven ,Mantrap,OUI,Mint, Unit 3 ,Antiques, Coke,Rapid Transit,Unit
3,BABE,Pearly Queen, Adam's Apple,Clockwork, World of Matter ,Ecstacy,
Queen's kids,Warlock, Heroes of
Cranberry Farms,
Shuffling Kind, Trap,The Warlocks,Wildwind, Majesty, and those who were destined to stay just
jamming together in their parent's spare bedroom. These were our superstars with a twist, they sat next to us in Math
class. They had grown up with us, we could hear them practicing from our backyard, but most of all , they were our
own. Latin teenagers mostly from Cuba
arriving in the US in the early and mid sixties,still Cuban at heart ,faced with
the reality that they would never return to their birthplace , but with the desire to make our mark and be noticed as
contributors to this great land. Although I must give credit where credit is due, a few local Gringos did  pave the way
and they are also recognized on this page.
.  Who in Miami didn't skip school once to attend a Mantrap or Heaven concert in the Miami High auditorium? Where
else could they come up with something so official  sounding as National "Skip ' day? The word got out somehow and
we all showed up at the South Beach Pier. We would also show up at Club de las Americas, Salon Sofia,Electrician's
Hall. Our Lady of Lebanon, Polish American , and anywhere we knew the guys would be at.  Of course we need to
mention
Carlos Oliva y los Sobrinos del Juez ,Willy Chirino , Hansel y Raul and the Miami Sound Machine all talented
artists that defined the " Miami Sound " to the mainstream . It was these groups that bridged the generational gaps that
existed between us and our parents , musically , if only for a brief moment in time.
When Disco exploded on to the scene it made these "
Open House " groups shine even more. Groups began adding
local female vocalists ,that would solidify their male fan base . Their  playlists were as fresh as the newest Bo Crane
Disco report .The faceless songs we heard hundreds of times a week  on the radio now had a group of young men to
interpret the feelings of that particular song.   The Cuban Dick Clark of course was WRHC's
Enrique de la Maza who
hosted the popular AM radio show  " El Show de Rikki Tikki " on a local level de La Maza was a key figure in the
promotion of the Open House scene early on, later by  Leo Vela,Maria Cristina Ruiz, Mike "in The Night ' Triay, Albertico
Rodriguez, David Verjano and all of the Super Q team.
This page is an attempt to record some of that history ,through recollections of those of us who were there in some
capacity either as DJ,musicians,or the audience that supported it all.  If you were part of that scene and feel you should
be mentioned here please contact me . My mission is to amass the most complete history of that time.Any comments
,pictures or information  are always welcome.
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These Events are not just concerts,or dances ,they are much more than that. They are the "fingerprints" we leave behind for others to know  " We were
Here" We created a scene,only 90 miles from a country that wanted to oppress us,and came to one that allowed us the freedom to express ourselves in
every way possible. Music was the way a few of us chose to communicate our feelings. We were not influenced by one particular thing,we were influenced
by everything,because it was all new.
Saturday May 14,2011 was a cross section of who we are,it defined us as a community. Young and Old sitting and of course Dancing ( because you
couldn't help it) side by side.
Walking in to the Fire Tower in Doral ,you were greeted with 2 Stages ,a sight not seen here in Miami since the end of the Open House Era in the early 80s.
The Mantrap stage ,with it's unmistakable black Logo Banner,could have easily been mistaken for any of today's modern rock bands. Having the honor to
be the official DJ for these events,I welcomed the crowd as they walked in with the sounds of the 70s.... Barry White,Al green,Marvin Gaye,The Stylistics,the
mood was set. The magic was beginning to happen.
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Recognizing influential  Miami musicians  and personalities from the 70s
Mantrap gave it's fans a special performance in a "concert"
setting at the Roxy Theatre. It was nothing short of
spectacular,the sound ,the lighting everything was in place for a
magical evening of Disco .