All of these songs, either in whole or part, were recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. It began as a small studio in the late 1950s and grew into six studios with a global reputation for making hits.
For the past few decades, Miami’s historically black Overtown neighborhood has struggled with crime and poverty. Sharing in that decline was the Lyric Theater, where figures like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie and Celia Cruz once graced its stage.
The old theater, though, has a new vision and through kids programming, hopes to change the image of Overtown emblazoned in the not-too-distant memory of South Floridians.
The unnamed hurricane that devastated South Florida in 1926 left hundreds dead and caused an economic crisis. The powerful storm remained in the minds of survivors and their descendants for years. In 1940, it was commemorated in song by a group of black men from Kenansville, Fla.
You can listen to the rarerecording below, because the Library of Congress last week released it and several other old-Florida folk hymns as part of its "Songs of America" series. The 80,000 tracks pan a century of American culture, with several pieces from Florida.
Due to the live press conference at 1pm this segment did not air live on South Florida Arts Beat. Hear it now:
The Coconut Grove Cultural Arts Program presents: “A Labor of Love Concert” – WHOLESOME, FAMILY-FRIENDLY RHYTHM & BLUES, AND SOUL MUSIC sung by Soul Man Bobby Stringer, with The Special Touch Band; along with friends, The Ladies of Soul performing a Motown Review, and Mr. Jazz Pizzazz – Mel Dancy performing on the baby grand piano. Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., “with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”
08/30/13 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, The Coconut Grove Black Heritage Music Series launches this weekend featuring two local music legends. Catch the details with Renita Samuels-Dixon. Producer extraordinaire, Doreen Marx, shares her excitement about Sunday Afternoons of Music’s new season. Director and Chief Curator, Dr.