Worlds of influences are brought to life propelled by a love for the urban rhythms of
Cuba, Jamaica, New Orleans funk and Miami soul.
Signature arrangements, mash-ups and
high-energy performances inspire you to move and
sing the songs you love, making
bassist Ariel DLP and vocalist Nikki Guerra & her cajon a much sought-after musical force.
DOO WOP (That Thing)
Performed live at Papa's Raw Bar in Pompano Beach, FL | 2020
Performed live at ER Bradley's Saloon West Palm Beach | 2020
Performed live with our full band at the SOBE Seafood Festival | 2019
Powerhouse vocals merge with deep energetic bass grooves and pulsating rhythms to move and inspire audiences both young and old. Activist at heart, Cuban-American vocalist Nicolle "Nikki" Guerra has a strong background in creative arts therapies which permeates her every performance. From New York to Miami, Nikki's command of the stage emanates a message of healing and self-empowerment through her music. Deeply connected to her Cuban roots, yet worldly relevant, Nikki's mass appeal and charisma radiates through dynamic inspirational vocals and musicianship.
Cuban musician Ariel de la Portilla [DLP], is an eclectic multicultural bassist and songwriter working in the contemporary music scene. Greatly influenced by early Rock n Roll, Funk, Blues, Jazz and Cuban Son, Ariel is equally inventive on both electric and acoustic bass. Ariel has worked as a freelance musician in New York and abroad for more than 15 years, in addition to the Southwest Virginia region.
When home in Miami, Guerra Grooves regularly performs at venues from West Palm Beach to Key Biscayne, including The Commodore at The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Papa's Raw Bar, and E.R. Bradley's, as well as for special events at The Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Brickell City Center, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, and Viernes Culturales on Calle Ocho, just to name a few. Other favorite home venues include Jada Coles, 1 Hotel South Beach, Le Chat Noir, and many more.
While COVID has shut down The Commodore, here's a little bit about what we created there from 2018-2020:
Guerra Grooves at The Commodore in The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove
Guerra Grooves created a following that quickly became know as "the best kept secret in Miami",
with celebrities and residents alike coming to see the band on Friday & Saturday Nights from 9:00pm-12:00am.
Click here to see Guerra Grooves on the The Folk & Acoustic Show with Michael Stock on 91.3 WLRN, Miami's NPR station.
Nikki Guerra Sings The National Anthem for the Miami Marlins
June 2019 | Marlins Park | Miami, FL
"A Force of Nature" - Bill Carson, WJCW
Nikki and Ariel also share musical endeavors with world-jukebox band HOLLER JAKE, featuring
Grammy-nominated cellist Dave Eggar and Grammy-nominated drummer/producer Chuck Palmer, playing regional venues like The Barter Theatre and The Willow Tree, and festivals such as Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Floyd Fest, Rhythm & Blooms and Gathering in the Gap. HOLLER JAKE's debut album "The Waiting" was released in May 2018 to wide acclaim.
2018 brought a collaboration with legendary rock band FOREIGNER, on their 40th Anniversary Foreigner LIVE Tour, in which Dave & Chuck arranged and directed the orchestra, with Ariel on upright bass for the US cities.
Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL.
The EP Cellogram was released in July 2018 which features the Holler Jake band on Eggar's track "Rodeo",
with Nikki Guerra on vocals and Ariel DLP on electric bass.