The Roots played a monster of a set at the Knight Concert Hall on December 31. Barely taking breaks between songs they charged back and forth on the stage, at times jumping or dancing in sync. They performed hit songs spanning the lifetime of the band including: I Shall Proceed, The Fire and You Got Me. The highlight for me was Seed 2.0 fused together with my favorite Curtis Mayfield song Move On Up! During the one calm in the set, the touring DJ immediately broke into a Prince audio sample “Dearly beloved…” riffing on Let’s Go Crazy and flowing into Everything She Wants by Wham honoring the deceased artists in a funky mash up. Earlier on, another George Michael tribute was led by a sax solo of Careless Whisper. Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson played an outstanding solo which gave me a whole new appreciation for the Tuba. The full breadth of The Roots is lost in the TV transmission, where in comparison the energy of Questlove‘s drumming, Black Thought‘s lyrical mastery, and the intensity of the horn section is fully realized live and direct.
- What better way to ring in the New Year than a night filled with bass and tropical aliens! The Wynwood Yard hosted the Tropicalien NYE Bass Drop with the impressive line up of: Galactic Effect, Telekinetic Walrus, Otto Von Schirach, Curious Jorge, and Afrobeta. The yard was packed with patrons rump shaking their way into 2017.
Thank you for tuning into Episode Two of Profiles with the Huffer Collective, comprised of Jason Handelsman (Handelsman), David Anasagasti (Ahol Sniffs Glue), and Jacob Katel (Swampdog). I’ve been following Anasagasti’s work as Ahol Sniffs Glue for nearly a decade and recently learned about his teaming up with Handelsman and Swampdog through their exhibit, Save Yourselves at Locust Projects. For our featured conversation I met Ahol and Handelsman, and Swampdog joined us by phone.
Save Yourselves is the collective’s largest and most formal work to date; a fifteen foot tall, custom built shelving unit shaped like a pyramid. The shelves are overflowing with hundreds of personal effects contributed by each member linked by the unifying theme of societal decay. I spotted antiquated electronics, dozens of printed photos & flyers, TVs looping different home videos, musical instruments, and sketches. The first night I visited with the collective they guided me around the pyramid, pointing out significant objects then providing the history of the relic. One example that stands out was a photo of President Nixon together with Elvis, which Handelsman related to Donald Trump’s recent encounter with Kanye West. Be sure to stop by Locust Projects to experience Save Yourselves as often as you can before it disappears on January 21.
Welcome everybody, thank you for tuning into Episode One of Profiles with Master Feathers! For the inaugural episode I had an early morning meeting with Master Feathers in his undisclosed lair deep in the heart of Miami. He was in full costume for our conversation while we talked about his involvement in the Bermuda Triangle and performances with Otto Von Schirach. Your next opportunity to see Master Feathers in action with his crew is coming up December 31, so be sure to make it out to Wynwood Yard for the Tropicalien NYE Bass Drop to ring in the New Year with some of the best local music in the city including: Serious Jorge, The Galactic Effect, Telekinetic Walrus, Afrobeta, and Otto Von Schirach! To get you in the Christmas spirit, please follow this link to Otto Von Schirach‘s latest video Jingle Bass shot by the good people at Miami New Times.
The Centro Cultural Español Miami (CCEMiami) have been putting on stellar cultural events in Miami for several years. I’ve had the pleasure of attending: the Micro Theater, gallery openings, musical presentations, and just a couple of weeks ago: Recent Cinema from Spain. As a follow up to the Recent Cinema from Spain series CCEMiami presents the United States premier of “La Guitarra Vuela. Soñando a Paco de Lucía”, a film by Javier Limón & Jorge Martínez .
The film is a musical journey of the protagonist “La Maestro”, a guitar built by Mallorca based Luthier, Antonio Morales. Morales built the guitar specifically for Flamenco great, Paco de Lucia who tragically died of a heart attack at age 66, prior to having a chance to play it. The camera follows “La Maestro” which travels through 9 countries in 2 continents, for thousands of kilometers. In these travels the guitar is played in homage to de Lucía by some of the legend’s respected friends and fans including: Caetano Veloso, Alejandro Sanz, and Alain Perez . The movie will be screened at the historic Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami this Friday, December 9 at 7pm. For a short time you can RSVP for comp tickets to this address: rsvpcinemafromSpain@egeda.com
For our third and what appears to be our final adventure at Art Week, we were back at the beach with our good friends. As most Miami locals do, we arrived later than initially planned and entered The Deauville at a quarter to one to enjoy NADA. This hotel on the north end of Miami Beach is best known for hosting the Beatles’ second Ed Sullivan performance and is a sight to see. At first glance,the 50’s retro appearance from Collins somehow conflicts with the chic and modern interior design, but at the same time ties together beautifully.
Nearing the end of my flu, or whatever this ailment has morphed into, the plan last night was to stay around the Wynwood neighborhood and see as much as we could prior to the closing of the bigger fairs. We are fortunate to live close enough to walk to the Midtown tents.
Ladies and gentlemen, I came down with a horrible flu over Thanksgiving weekend and I am really behind in my Art Week “to do list”. The good news is, I was well enough to make it out last night. The bad news is after going out last night I backslid and I feel horrible as I type.
I digress, allow me to get back on track. Last night, after getting home from our day jobs, my lady and I got out the door and straight into a Lyft. I realized how lucky we were that Camilo was driving against the grain of stop and go traffic to Aqua, while everyone else was slowly inching towards Wynwood or Little Haiti.
The Mezcal experts at El Viejo Indecente have teamed up with a group of local Miami artists to design limited edition labels to adorn their uniquely shaped bottles. El Viejo Indecente is a labor of love for the Lucas family, who have been producing Mezcal in the town of San Isidro Guishe for three generations. Featured artists for this collaboration include: JC Rodriguez, Gianna DiBartolomeo, and Eleazar Delgado to name a few. The bottles will be on display at the Albion Hotel for the next two weeks then heading down to a gallery in Oaxa. Come out to the Albion in South Beach tonight to meet the artists and enjoy a delicious punch mixed with the award winning Mezcal.
The Albion Hotel is located at 1650 James Ave., Miami Beach
Ten days ago the House of Creatives Music Festival took place at the Miami Beach Bandshell Park. Why am I waiting until now to write about it? Because I had no vehicle for the last several years and the festival inspired me to do something about my voice.
The two day festival combined some major international acts with some of our local greats. Two separate stages were set up, one at the bandshell and the second was erected on the beach. November 18 included: The Moon Caravan, The Grey 8s, The Drums and Cold War Kids. The November 19th lineup had Millionyoung, Pompeya, Small Black, Crystal Castles, and The Flaming Lips. The music was solid throughout the entire weekend, with the closing acts surpassing my expectations.
Though the good out weighed the bad for this event, I would like to point out a few growing pains: the proximity and route from the “Bandshell Stage” to the “Beach Stage” which forced the non-VIP folks to plan well in advance how to distribute the time between the two stages. I found myself cutting my time short at the bandshell in order to find a spot on the beach. There seemed to be a weak turn-out for some of the lesser-known bands and DJs, because of conflicting scheduling with the bigger name acts playing on the beach. I believe having the event on a Saturday and Sunday versus Friday and Saturday may have given more people an opportunity to show up as well as stagger the schedule out a little more. Lastly I believe the high ticket price may have deterred many local music fans from entering the grounds. I was locked in with the early bird pricing, which should have been extended for a longer period.
Friday, November 18, 2016