Ruiz and her band, Sol and The Tribu, play Miami’s musical/cultural mosaic: soulful funk and urgent hiphop, rootsy Cuban guaguanco and rumba, Caribbean swing and futuristic electro-dance. Positive Vibration Nation is partly based on Sol and the Tribu’s 2020 pandemic-era concept album Miami 3050, where six musicians journey here from the future to find their cultural, ancestral and personal roots, then unite to unlock their super powers. The percussionist releases the ancestors. The bassist is a teacher. Ruiz’s character is La Barbara (a gesture to Santeria deity Chango), who discovers how to channel the power of the sun through her voice and her music.
“Deep inside us we have a superhero and we have to unlock it,” says Ruiz. “Through the music we connect with our roots and our powers.” But we have to do it together. “Through unity we gain our powers. We don’t become superheroes unless we unite.”
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.