Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year for his contributions to the world of music. He's won nine Grammy awards and an Emmy. He's also collaborated with legends like Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis, and contemporary stars such as Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys.
08/16/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Two time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/musician, Elsten Torres, and his band perform original compositions from his latest recording, Waiting For Clouds, featuring beautiful, melodic tunes of life and love. Enjoy the multi-genre, original music of Elsten Torres Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.
07/05/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, a new documentary, Viva Mango, airs on WLRN TV, Channel 17 starting July 10th. Mango expert Larry Schokman and documentary co-producer Keyvan Antonio Heydari talk about the world’s most beloved fruit. Chef Norman Van Aken serves up A Word On Food.
Hi America! We hope you are enjoying your day off. A select few of us are in the studios running a radio station today, but we have been rocking out to some of favorite Fourth of July songs to make it all a little better.
The only instrument you notice walking into Juanes' sun-dappled home on Key Biscayne is an upright piano, covered with lesson books for his daughter Paloma, 7, who on this weekday morning is sprawled on a sofa, along with siblings Luna, 9, and Dante, 3, in pajama-clad, spring-break bliss.
The 19 Grammy Awards, racks of guitars and other trappings of the 40-year-old Colombian rock star's career are in his recording studio upstairs.
To many serious musicians, reality TV singing competitions — American Idol and all the variants trailing in its wake — don't rank highly.
And Miami's Karina Iglesias considered herself very much a serious artist, gigging around town since 2002 with as many as eight different bands, hustling both the covers and original circuits to support herself as a professional musician.
By night, she performed with as few as two and as many as 20 people backing her up, lighting up both clubs and corporate events with her bold, soulful voice.
Like those of many ‘70s children, even Russell Mofsky’s earliest memories are colored by a touch of psychedelia.
“I grew up with a healthy overdose of classic TV shows, westerns, spy movies, and monster movies,” he recalls, along with the surreal cartoons and children’s shows that ruled the era. (See, for example, the entire oeuvre of Sid and Marty Krofft.) And even after doing time in the skate-punk scene as a teenager, Mofsky, now a voracious record collector, always turned back to the slightly weird.
The perennial proclamation, “rock ‘n’ roll is dead,” is itself a near-expired idiom. While electronic music genres may dominate – especially here in South Florida – there is still demand for the raw, body parts-to-sound tactility of a guitar, bass, drums and voice.
The Jacuzzi Boys are emblematic of this desire for a stripped-down, musical physicality, a cultural fixation traceable to Chuck Berry’s rhythmic licks and Elvis’s suggestive hips.
05/17/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz Rocker, guitarist Bobby Lee Rodgers returns with his trio featuring Don Coffman on bass and Thomas Damon on drums. They’ll perform Jazz standards and compositions from his latest CD, Fire Fly.