There must be five dozen happy hours all over Miami, Wood Tavern in Wywood has one of my favorites. Tuesday nights there are free tacos & half off drinks, Wednesdays there are free drinks for the ladies from 5-8pm with 50 cent wings. Friday night DJ Kumi is more often than not spinning all of my favorite Hip Hop jams in the back patio & all drinks are half off from 5-8pm. The vibe Kumi creates with his positive energy and song selection make this the best night at Wood; where else can you hear Souls of Mischief, Eric B. and Rakim and Tribe Called Quest in one set?
Living in Miami we are blessed to have quality art and entertainment events occurring nightly; this past Saturday was one of those nights with multiple great options. Fortunately the three events that interested me were within a close proximity to each other, which enabled thorough enjoyment of them all.Continue Reading …
On Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM, Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale will host Lop-Off Sessions at Pink Noise. This fifth edition of “one-day, site-specific performances organized by Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel of Pocket of Lollipops“, features an all-female lineup including Bison Twins @ 4:00PM; Tete-a-Tete @ 4:40PM; Lori Garrote @ 5:15PM; Bows & Ties @ 5:55PM; Haochi (Didi and Ana Farina) @ 6:35PM; Margaret McInroe @ 7:15PM; Soety and Honey Henny Lime @ 7:55PM; and Raffa Jo @ 8:35PM:
Invited musicians will record one song each on location at the Pink Noise: Flexing the Frequency exhibition in the galleries of Girls’ Club. These songs will then be made available as a compilation album titled Layers of Simple Machines (Lop-Off #5). Each band will have up to 30 minutes to knock out the song. The public is invited to watch on as an audience, respectful of the sound recordings taking place.
Girls’ Club might seem like an odd location for an experiment in pulling back the curtains on the process of recording an album. But, as I learned, experiments in art and artists’ processes is exactly what Girls’ Club was designed – or, perhaps, non-designed – to do…
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.
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.
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