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. 

Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. She heard about the orchestra when some of the musicians visited her school.

"I brought my dad, my stepmom," she says, "my sister, my brother and my sister's cousin ..."

That's the thing about this orchestra, says conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega: The children are bringing the parents.

Listen to the audio below.  This week on Night Train, Ted Grossman takes a trip down memory lane with WLRN's Ed Bell, Seth Bramson, and Charlie Cinnamon sharing stories of South Florida music, the clubs and rare recordings.