Gilberto de Paz and Tropix to Play a Latin Night at “Free Fridays” Sept. 27


The City of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series and the Gainesville Latino Film Festival (GLFF) have partnered to bring the Gainesville community an incredible Latin night with “el maestro de la salsa” Gilberto de Paz and Tropix Friday, Sept. 27 from 8-10 p.m.

Tropix is a tropical fusion band based in Gainesville, Florida. The band has its roots in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, and performs music from all over Latin America and Spain, along with American standards. From merengue and salsa, bachata and cumbia, to disco and ballads, crossover bilingual songs and everything in between, Tropix entertains you with a variety of Latin sounds. Tropix includes band leader Gilberto de Paz (piano/vocals/guitar), Waldemar Cabrera (vocals/guitar/percussion), Laura de Paz Cabrera (vocals), Bruni Gonzales de Paz (vocals/percussion), Jose “Joe” Rivera Cepeda  (timbales/percussion/trumpet/back vocals) and Sebastion de Paz (congas/bass/percussion).

As part of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, the Gainesville Latino Film Festival features a series of free film screenings, musical performances, public lectures and panel discussions throughout the month of September. It is hosted and organized by the Latina Women’s League of Gainesville, and is one of Gainesville’s biggest and most diverse international cultural events. Dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures, the GLFF’s mission is to create a cultural dialogue amongst Latinos and non-Latinos to discuss universal, cross-cultural experiences. All shows are free and open to the public. For more information on the film festival, visit

Founded in 2005, the Latina Women’s League is an all women, non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) dedicated to contributing to the Latino/Hispanic culture and art in Gainesville. The Latina Women’s League was created as a forum for the discussion of the experiences of Latina women living in the United States.

“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at or 352-393-8746.