Concert kicks off CityPlace Doral mall opening

While you were out throwing down green beer on South Beach for St. Patrick’s Day, “Chico C” was out west in Doral, Friday night for the grand opening of CityPlace.

Chico was excited to be able to perform at the spanking new outdoor mall during a party that included strolling entertainers, a Vegas like, soaring fountain and light show.

He was impressed by what he saw.

“Doral is a beautiful city full of Latin people,” said the former Gipsy Kings member. “It never used to have a downtown area and now after 15 years they do.”

The French-born musician comes to South Florida often.

“I like to go all over Miami and see the different areas as they have progressed and how modern it is. I also like to go on the beach and enjoy everything tropical.”

Favorite memory — beside rocking it out in the South Florida suburbs?

“My daughter was born here, so Miami will always have a special place in my heart,” he said.