New Documentary Explores The Birth Of Miami's Motown

Sep 11, 2014

During the mid-1960s, Florida A&M University classmates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall had an idea to make records.

Clarke was an art education major and former A&M band drummer. With the business-savvy Pearsall, he founded Deep City Records, Florida's first black-owned record label. They ran it out of Pearsall’s Liberty City record store.

Hear The Beat Of The Coral Gables Senior Center Drum Circles

Sep 10, 2014
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At the Sunday afternoon drum and sing-along class at The Palace in Coral Gables, music is the great healer. It eases niggling worries, soothes aching joints, mends grieving hearts, restores fickle memory.

“Music takes you to a good place,” says instructor Michael Cloyes, owner of Servant Response Entertainment.“It brings back happy memories, happy times. Who doesn’t like to sing?”

Minors Banned From Miami's Ultra Music Festival

Sep 3, 2014

Organizers of Ultra Music Festival, held at Miami's Bayfront Park, announced a big change for future events: no minors allowed.

Event officials say this decision is not solely based on incidents from the last festival. Back in March, security guard Erika Mack was trampled when a crowd knocked down a chain link fence. Also, patron Pena Escoto died from an accidental overdose.

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.

Fuete Billete / Courtesy

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
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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.