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Miami-based Cortadito will take the stage during Afro Roots on Saturday, April 27. CONTRIBUTED

Audiences in Islamorada can enjoy three days of multicultural music with an all-star South Florida lineup of artists Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, during Afro Roots Fest. 

All performances will take place on the outdoor beer garden stage at Florida Keys Brewing Co., 81611 Old Highway. The music fest is free for music lovers of all ages. 

The annual celebration of Pan-African and Caribbean cultures and music opens Friday at 6 p.m. with Jean P. Jam’s special blend of world beat music called Deep Roots, combining African, soca, Caribbean and reggae influences into a unique amalgamation. 

The Saturday show will begin at 6 p.m. with vibrant Venezuelan music by Venozonix, accompanied by Venezuelan dance group San Juan USA. Then, Miami-based Cortadito will take the stage, performing their signature “son montuno” brand of Cuban music reminiscent of the famed Buena Vista Social Club.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Manny Swagg will deliver his unique blend of Latin jazz, Afro-Latin beat, Caribbean folk and traditional Cuban music; Swagg will be followed by Stella Fusion’s smooth cumbia salsa funk from Colombia.

Florida Keys Brewing Company’s locally brewed and island-inspired beers will be available for purchase, along with food truck fare. 

The Islamorada performances conclude Afro Roots Fest’s 26th annual season of music events throughout South Florida. The festival is staged by Community Arts and Culture. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to increasing understanding through the cultivation, preservation and presentation of diverse cultural music and arts offerings. 

Afro Roots Fest is sponsored by Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, Islamorada Community Entertainment and the Florida Keys Brewing Company.