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Miami Through its Spanish Performing Arts Spaces

Lillian Manzor, Author

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Supper Clubs and the Singing Waiters

     Early exiles also founded nightclubs that tried to reproduce 1950s Havana nightlife such as Les Violins Supper Club and Flamenco Club.
     The space for Les Violins Supper Club was bought and remodeled by Lalito Castro and Manolo Godinez in the early 1960s. During this decade, the restaurant hired many Cuban stars whose first job in exile was as singing waiter or waitress in this "let-it-all-hang-out Las Vegas-style review from Havana in the old days".FN (Sun Sentinel's Robert Tolf  Food, Flamenco Dancers Get An Ole At Miami`s Cervantes
March 10, 1985|The Good Life, Robert Tolf). It was bombed by a tear gas canister on May 26, 1968 by Cuban Power, an anti-Castro terrorist group also known as El Poder Cubano, led by Dr. Orlando Bosch. 

Nestor Cabell  - oral interview: 42:38 – In this clip, Cabell remembers the beginning of this Supper Club, the artists who worked there in the 60s, and the surprise of Anglo-Americans at the shows presented there.
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