In 1979 local Miami band “Mantrap” ( founded by Nelson Correa) changed their name in order to perform at local nightclubs. Almost 40 years later Correa assembles many of his original members as well as a few who have played with him throughout the years and creates his new band ” Nightshift” Their debut, standing room only performance at Miami’s Bru’s Room on Bird Road was a celebration of friendships and music. I had the pleasure of introducing the new band as they began their first set with a classic and never before performed ( by a local cover band ) Disco hit ” In New York” by Passion, the rest was a collection of the 60s and 70s funkiest hits. ” We tried to come up with a set list that was unique, songs that would move your feet but at the same time touch your heart ” says Correa. The band performed a variety of styles ranging from the Doobie Brothers to Earth Wind and Fire, one of the highlights was their performance of the Dramatic’s ” What you see is What you get ” which was a crowd favorite and a gem rarely heard at any of these events .Emi Jimenez’s vocal range allows the band to perform many hots of the era ,unaccessible by other groups. Luis Gutierrez nails every authentic keyboard sound heard on the original records.Lina Arguelles and Rali Guanche’s percussion rounded out an ensemble of seasoned musicians adding their own energy to the all the songs. There is definitely an audience for these types of bands on the local scene. The demographic that follows these groups have long abandoned the nightclub scene but is still yearning for a night out. This age group was raised on music , and dancing was a Friday and Saturday night ritual that had disapeared until a few years ago when Correa revived the open house scene of the 70s.
Nightshift’s members Nelson Correa, Emi Jimenez, Luis Gutierrez, Special participation by Lina Arguelles ( Legends 5 ) and Rali Guanche. The group gave away their new CD ” After Hours” at the show that included a mix that I produced specifically for them.
DJ Alex Gutierrez