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Roosevelt Collier says music makes up 70 percent of each worship service at his House of God Church in Perrine, in south Miami-Dade County. Collier grew up in that church, contributing to aural prayers by playing the drums, bass, keys and anything else his cousins and uncles taught him.

But after picking up one instrument, he didn't need any new ones. At 12 years old, he started playing the sacred steel guitar.

"In our church, the steel is the focus," Collier says. "It is what makes that church different from any other church."

04/18/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sweat Records’ founder, Lauren Reskin, talks about the resurgence of vinyl albums and the internationally celebrated 7th Annual Record Store Day this Saturday.


Mike Levine is the composer behind the Topical Currents and South Florida Arts Beat theme music.  His biography from

02/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Johnno Potts of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival previews the world music, dance and art festivities for all ages.

01/03/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, hometown singer/songwriter, Johnny Rodgers, returns to South Florida in concert this weekend at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. We’ll catch up with this busy talent.

Miami's Oldest Bar Turns 100

Dec 31, 2012
Phil Latzman

Editor's note: We've been re-airing some of our favorite stories of 2012. This one is from November.  

In my 22 years living in South Florida, if there's one establishment I can't enough of--it's Tobacco Road.