You May Change Your Mind About Spam
By Brenton Crozier
The Spam Allstars . . . not the most enticing name, but an incredibly interesting concept and infectious sound. In Miami, it’s easy to find music bringing people together—but usually they’re people who have a lot of common. Cuban cafes have Cuban bands, Haitians, Haitian music, the clubs featuring the sort of ethnicity-free techno that accompanies high heels and high-priced cocktails. But the Spam Allstars are simultaneously emblematic of many things Miami—and breaking all the rules. The band features a DJ spinning beats from South Beach nightclubs, a black jazz sax player from Overtown, a Cuban lead singer and a white trombone player is a PhD student in music. They play a weekly gig in little Havana that attracts a similarly diverse audience.
Check out our documentary about the Spam Allstars and be sure to listen to our new Miami episode, Bridging the Divide.