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 and Chachacha with today's Rock, Funk,Ska and Reggae.
The music band was formed in January of 2007, by Eugenio Rodriguez and Guido Milian since then has performed in several Miami clubs. They are now presently in the process of releasing their second album: BARRIOACTIVO TRAIN, which promising to be their best effort so far!!! The band consists of the following:
Eugenio Rodriguez. (Uge): rhythm-lead guitar & vocalist. Born from La 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 rock 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 skill comes as a natural born talent, that is apparent in everyone of his performances. Upon his third year of medical school in Cuba, he leaved the island looking for new horizons. He is a photographer and also composes his own music. After playing in several bands, he decided to join forces with Uge to create what is now BarrioActivo.
Armando Arce: drums, percussions & vocals. He is from Santa Clara, Cuba, cradle of many international Cuban musicians. He graduated from the prestigious Vocacional School of Art. He has worked with quite a few famous musicians, such as Arturo Sandoval, Amauri Gutierrez, Habana Abierta 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 renowned international musicians like Fito Paez, Diego Torrez, Enanitos Verdes, etc. The first time he heard the music of BARRIOACTIVO in 2008, he became one of their active members. He lives in Miami, Florida.
Mario Vasquez: lead guitar & back vocals. Born in Bogota, Colombia. He joined BARRIOACTIVO in 2011, but his contribution to the band on stage has taken BARRIOACTIVO's live performances to a new level. Mario has also share the stage with famous musicians like Carlos Vives and many others. He resides in Miami, Florida.