Tonight, Stone Groove, a weekly open mic in the heart of Downtown Miami hosted by Marcus Blake and Rod Deal, celebrates 5 years of magic! Carmel Ophir, owner of The Vagabond, often refers to Stone Groove as “The Soul of The Vagabond.”
If you’ve never attended Stone Groove or haven’t in a while, head down to 14th Street TONIGHT and find out why…
“Musically Speaking” Panel (left-right) - Patrick Walsh, Lauren Reskin, Jose Duran, James Quinlan, Laura Sutnick, Carmel Ophir
It was hot out during the III Points Festival in Wynwood, a weekend dedicated to music, art, and technology. It was so hot that even in the aftermath, an objective view of the III Points experience seems stale. A review would feel forced without acknowledgement of my part in it and the effect massive amounts of sweat have on any recounting of any experience. So the very possibility of traditional journalism died of heat stroke.
We had the pleasure of working with Miami visionary, David Sinopoli, when booking some of Miami’s best bands at Bardot, to moderating the III Points music panel, Musically Speaking(scheduled for October 5th). This mover and shaker has nothing but innovation spewing from his brain – and the best part is that his ideas become realities. We had the opportunity to chat with David Sinopoli and hear what he’s all about in this exclusive “Interview Session.” Check it…
On a large screen on the outside of the Intercontinental Hotel, DWNTWN Art Days was advertised for all passerby to see, attracting observers inside. The lobby looked almost futuristic. Glowing square shaped fixtures slowly changed from one eye catching color to the next, lingering on each one for a few minutes before starting to shift.
On screens attached to the fixtures, videos from theWet Heat Project played, showing artists (many of them Miami locals) hard at work at their respective mediums.
There was a time when it would be unthinkable that Sigur Ros would score and guest star in an episode of The Simpsons or release a lyric video – even less that they would be awesome rather than corny. But the time has come and it’s actually a good thing. They used to be more exclusive and now that they’re not, they are doing it in all the perfect and sometimes unexpected ways.
After recently shrinking down to a three piece (they parted ways amicably with their multi-instrumentalist), Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson (guitar and vocals), Georg “Goggi” Hólm (bass), and Orri Páll Dýrason (drums), have released their seventh album. Like all the other Sigur Ros releases, “Kveikur” is beautiful beyond words and their new arrangement creates a sound just as textured as anything before.
Miami R&B singer, Nia Devine, does her own thing. It’s easy for similar artists to fall into the trap of copying one another at the expense of new ideas and feeling. Of course like other performers in the genre, her songs are chill and soulful. Devine stands apart though in both her attention-grabbing songwriting, and the intensely high levels of carnal passion that ooze from every note she sings. All the more appropriate that her upcoming debut album is to be called ‘Sex Tape.’
Set to be released in November 2013, it will be a collection of songs about love and lust and judging from the three song teaser Devine has recently released, the music fits the lyrics.