08/29/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop catches up with Executive Director and Chief Curator extraordinaire, Bonnie Clearwater, of the Nova Southeastern University - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Contributor Charles Greenfield speaks with the new, interim dean of the FIU School of Music, Dr. William Hipp. Chef Norman Van Aken serves up A Word On Food and our Broward arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Assistant Director of the Broward Cultural Division.

08/22/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Ensemble-In-Residence at FIU’s School of Music since 2004, the Amernet String Quartet, performs live from WLRN’s Studio A. This award-winning group, born of Juilliard students, has traveled the world performing and educating since 1991. They are committed to the music of our time and aim to enlighten the concert experience through their innovative programming.

Henry Stone had soul. Henry Stone had rhythm. Henry Stone had beats.

Henry Stone had an ear for what music people wanted to listen to, dance to and buy. He died August 7 in Miami. He was 93.

Stone came to Miami in the late 1940s, recording musicians and releasing their music, including that of a young Ray Charles. In the 1960s he founded TK Records.

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Play the video above. The song starts with sandy synths and bass worthy of any indie-electronica act coming through Bardot, until about 24 seconds in. The beat skips a bit and the bass gets harder beneath the first bar of Fuete Billete's rap.

And it's in Spanish.

Wanna Hear Rock 'N' Roll? You Might Have To Leave Miami

Aug 6, 2014
Young Deville / Courtesy

Electric Piquete is a Latin jazz and fusion band out of Miami. But when the band started in 2007, it performed as a traditional rock trio with guitar, bass and drums.

Michael Mut, the bass player, says his band just wasn't booking enough gigs, so they decided to change their sound.

For the first time, the Overtown Music and Arts Festival won't only have live musical performances, art exhibits and free food; you can also get your drivers license renewed. 

Yvette Harris, a spokesperson for the event, says the service is being offered because going to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a license renewal is sometimes a challenge for some locals.

"It's a really good way for the community to tap into resources," she says. "It's something to offer to those who need it."

07/11/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jaye Abate, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale non-profit, ArtServe, joins us with info about their RedEye Reboot, an explosion of live art and entertainment scheduled for Saturday the 19th. Judith Bishop previews Mad Cat Theatre’s exciting new season. Bill Becker talks about his underwater festival in the Lower Keys.


06/27/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, will an old Miami music pub get its own documentary? Only a Kickstarter campaign can pull it off. Find out more from film makers Franco Parente and Angel Eva Markoulis. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese describes a new season of delights coming up for The Symphony of the Americas. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the new Spanish film that garnered 6 Goya Awards, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, opening soon in South Florida. Chef Norman Van Aken whips up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

Little Haiti Rock City

Filmmaker Franco Parente first went to Churchill’s Pub in 1991. He was 17. He snuck in to see Young Turk, a Hialeah band just signed to Geffen Records.

“I remember being scared out of my mind from the car to the front door,” Parente recalls. “I knew to avoid that neighborhood and I couldn’t believe that they were doing a show there. [But] I had the time of my life and came back the following week.”

Now, Parente is documenting the 34-year history of the iconic Miami pub in “Little Haiti Rock City.”


06/20/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Catch the exceptional Jazz Rock of Aaron Lebos Reality as they perform compositions from their latest recording, Turning Point. That’s Friday on South Florida Arts Beat featuring Aaron Lebos Reality at 1:00pm.

DJ Le Spam Tries To "Preserve The Art Of Analog"

Jun 18, 2014

  Andrew Yeomanson, also known as DJ Le Spam of the Spam Allstars, is looking to preserve the art of analog recording at his studio in North Miami. At City of Progress Studios, Yeomanson not only records bands on vintage equipment -- like Hammond B-3 organs and MCI tape machines -- but transfers digitizes all the audio.

His project earned him a spot as a finalist for this year's Knight Arts Challenge.

06/13/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, musician/composer Russell Mofsky of the band Gold Dust Lounge drops by to give listeners a preview of the band’s new recording, Lost Sunset. Born out of a successful Kickstarter program, Lost Sunset will have its official debut Saturday, June 21st in Miami.

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The music of several Caribbean island nations will play this Saturday at Young Circle Park in Hollywood, for the Colors of the Caribbean festival.

The event will celebrate the eighth anniversary of Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

The free family celebration will include performances by Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Wonder and reggae-roots group Midnite, from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

06/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, TV and event producer extraordinaire, Larry Rosen, talks about Miami-Dade county’s most successful Jazz series, the 7th annual JazzRoots coming to the Arsht Center.

The Last Sunday Afternoon Of Music In Miami

May 28, 2014
Courtesy of Sunday Afternoons of Music

After 33 years, Miami's classical music series Sunday Afternoons of Music has seen its final afternoon. 

The event was founded by husband and wife Byron Krulewitch and Doreen Marx. They brought artists from all around the world to South Florida. Each season had seven shows for children and seven shows for adults.