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.
All that said, the event was a success and Mishu Music group should be applauded for a job well done. The bands and DJs selected were top notch and the location for the event was excellent. I hadn’t had the opportunity to see the majority of the bands perform prior to the event, so I am thankful. My highlights are reflected in these photographs. The Flaming Lips stole the show by transforming the beach into a far off galaxy and with each song they implemented a bizarre stage stunt. At different times Wayne Coyne and his mates were surrounded by giant inflatable creatures. One highlight was a tribute to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” during which Coyne sang from within a large bubble. At the song’s finale he rolled out into the audience for a crowd surf. This performance by the Flaming Lips will remain one of my top three musical memories of my entire life.
Friday, November 18, 2016