BARRIOACTIVO is made up of 5 guys that drive to keep the traditional rhythm of Cuban
music alive, while fusing it with other genres to create something new and unheard of.
Their music is a combination of Son, Guaracha, Rumba, Songo, Mambo and Chachacha
with today’s Rock, Funk, Ska and Reggae.
The band was formed in January of 2007 by Uge (Eugenio Rodriguez). In the same year their
first album “BARRIOACTIVO”was released with very good critic reviews and they have been performing in several Miami clubs. Now presently a second album “BARRIOACTIVO TRAIN”
is about to come out which promises to be their best work so far!
BARRIOACTIVO consists of the following:
Eugenio Rodriguez (Uge): rhythm guitar and vocalist. Born in Habana, Cuba. He studied
French language and literature at the University of La Habana. He won in 1995 the Cuban
National Award for Poetry“David”. He took part in various alternative bands in Cuba and
Mexico, but moreover he is the writer, composer and musical director of BARRIOACTIVO’s
songs. He has resided in Miami, Florida since 2002.
Guido Milian : bass guitar, back vocals and co-founder of the band. Born in Camaguey, Cuba.
His musical skills come as a natural talent that is apparent in everyone of his performances.
He is a photographer and also composes his own music. After playing in several bands he
decided to join Uge to create what is now BARRIOACTIVO.
Armando Arce (Pututi):
drummer and percussionist. He is from Santa Clara, Cuba; cradle of many international Cuban musicians. He graduated from the prestigious Vocational School of Art, and has worked with
quite a few famous musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Pablo FG y Su Elite, Habana Abierta,
Tiempo Libre, etc. He currently resides in Miami, Florida.
Carlos Huerta : trumpet player from Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Graduated with honors from the
Vocational School of Art in Cuba. Carlos has played for important International musicians like
Fito Paez, Diego Torrez, Enanitos Verdes, etc. The first time he heard the music of BARRIOACTIVO
in 2007 he became one of their active members. He lives now in Miami, Florida.
Mario Vasquez : Lead guitar and back vocals. Born in Bogota, Colombia.
He was the last to join BARRIOACTIVO in 2011, but his contribution to the band on stage has taken
BARRIOACTIVO’s live performances to a new level. Mario has also shared the stage with great
famous musicians like Carlos Vives and many others. He resides in Miami, Florida. [+]