Jose Elias has been a heavy hitter in the Miami music scene for decades, playing with some of the best Miami bands. Through the years I’ve witnessed him perform with the Spam Allstars, Nag Champayons, Elastic Bond, and Cortadito. Only recently did I learn that Elias is the man who began the Afro Roots Festival 20 years ago; Elias and some friends formed the musical collective the Afro-Polyphonic Space Orchestra and performed at Tobacco Road as a tribute to the music of Sun Ra. All these years later both national and international acts have been participating in the event, and this year includes a performance by none other than the Sun Ra Arkestra.Continue Reading …
At this point Art Week has long since come to an end. The big white tents have come down, the visitors are gone and so is all that precious artwork. While I try to collect my thoughts for this piece I am left to sift through hundreds of photos, business cards, and great memories. I’ve been attending the festivities for nearly ten years now; every year I learn better ways to maneuver from fair to fair but still get completely worn out. This year a cold caught up with me a couple of days afterwards; which is one excuse for my delay in reporting. Here are my four highlights of the week:
The toughest thing about Art Week is trying to make it through the work day knowing I’d rather be at the fairs. Some lucky people take the entire week off in order to burn the candle at both ends and regain the strength to carry on for another day. Fortunately this week has been busy and I’ve had to focus on what I do during the day; that being said arriving to Untitled with less than one hour to close made it impossible to see 1/4 of the fair. I did meet some great people and encountered impressive art works but I will be back over the weekend hopefully with less stress.
It was opening night at Art Miami; the closer we got the more traffic began to crawl and I could tell it was going to be packed. The various groups of lines into the tent were slightly misshapen and unorganized. Upon entering I could see the delay was attributed to an added security measure akin to TSA, replete with concrete Jersey barriers, a metal detector, and wands. The new bay front location appears to allow for larger tents, ample valet parking (with various nearby options), and for those lucky enough to utilize it effectively – the Metro Mover.Continue Reading …
Trying to figure out a solid schedule for Art Week is a challenge, I want to be everywhere at once. Even writing about what I want to see is difficult, I can’t help but rely on my experience from last year. One of my more memorable experiences was at the gorgeously located Untitled, which was just as impressive inside. A spacious and organized layout where you don’t feel claustrophobic or rushed, the art contained therein was cutting edge, well executed, and eye-catching. Located on Ocean Drive and 12 street, Untitled features 137 exhibitors from 26 different countries and is an event not to miss.
Alex Mitow is the co-founder and director of Superfine! who along with his partner James Miille began the organization a little over two years ago. A Florida native, Mitow grew up around the food and beverage industry and made the likely transition into the business, garnering his own success. His crossroads came at a culmination of events including catering an art fair, meeting Miille (an artist in his own right), and reminiscing on early Miami Art Week experiences. The pair decided to take on organizing a solo show in New York, exhibiting Millie’s photographs and the inspiration grew from there.
Michael Mut is a multitasking musician from Hialeah who plays in a couple of different bands around town. We met a few months back at work, where we bonded over the bass guitar and our love of music. Michael plays everything from classic rock to new wave 80’s music but his main project Electric Piquete is a funky Latin fusion that gets your body moving.