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7:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Miami Musician Karina Iglesias Talks About Life During, After 'The Voice'

Credit 2013 NBC Universal Media, LLC

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.

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Music
11:57 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How A Black, Baptist-Raised Man Became A Popular Yiddish Singer

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is not your traditional Yiddish singer in more ways than one.
Credit Courtesy of Temple Israel

This weekend in downtown Miami, Temple Israel is hosting a concert of Yiddish folk music. Nothing unusual there. Except -- the singer is black and grew up going to church.

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Music
7:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hukilau: Where Exotica, Gold Dust And Tiki Culture Meet

Russell Mofsky fronts Gold Dust Lounge, pretty much South Florida's only act devoted to "exotica" music.

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.

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Music
9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Jacuzzi Boys Kick Off Tour At Miami Beach's Fillmore

The Jacuzzi Boys are guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Alcala, bassist Danny Gonzalez and drummer Diego Monasterios.
Credit Christiaan Lopez-Miro

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.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio Performs Live

Bobby Lee Rodgers
http://www.bobbyleerodgers.com/

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.

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Arts
2:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Hits All the Right Notes

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is a community choir celebrating its tenth anniversary.  Here's a few minutes with Executive Director Beth Clark and Artistic Director D. Shawn Berry about the choir and its mission in the community.  For more information, visit yspb.org.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

'Digging' Miami with Bob Carr, Cypress String Quartet, Chef Norman Van Aken & Broward Arts Calendar

Digging Miami

05/03/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll find out where the skeletons are buried – literally. Former Miami-Dade County archaeologist, Bob Carr, talks about his new book, Digging Miami. Charles Greenfield previews the Cypress String Quartet’s Sunday afternoon concert in Coral Gables.

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Documentary
3:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Life and Death Of Cuba's Largest Counterculture Music Festival

Filmmaker Diddier Santos

In 1998, the cultural climate in Cuba wasn't exactly conducive to artistic freedom.  While a thriving underground music scene did exist, official radio and television channels were notoriously selective, only airing artists who echoed the Communist Party line.

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Cuba
1:09 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Jay-Z Stirs Passions About Cuba With New Song

Rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce paid a recent trip to Cuba despite a longstanding trade embargo by the United States.
Credit Vanity Fair

Back from his recent trip to Havana, rapper Jay-Z quickly released a new song, Open Letter, in which he not only addresses controversy about the trip but speaks his mind in a way that is likely to stir up some of the deep passions Americans have toward Cuba and the communist island's tumultuous relationship with the United States.

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Ultra Music Festival
7:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Map: How Far Does The Sound From Ultra Music Festival Travel?

Shaded area indicates the reach of Ultra's sounds. This is not a scientific map, but rather one based on observations. We drew the lines from the point where ambient sounds from the urban environment become louder than the music itself.
Credit Daniel Rivero / WLRN

 

For more than a hundred thousand electronic dance music fans from across the world, Ultra Music Festival is heaven on earth. But tell that to the people who live and work close by.

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Ultra Music Festival
6:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Ultra Might Be Damaging Your Ears As It Rattles Your Windows

A sound level meter reading safe sounds blocks away. Any workplace with a constant level of 90 or louder must provide protection for employees. Ultra employees were provided protection.
Daniel Rivero WLRN

 Standing outside the gates of Ultra Music Festival, an audiologist and her colleague are staring at their sound level meters.  The devices track the decibel level of the atmosphere, giving us some unsettling clues as to how safe the environment is for your ears.

After an extended buildup, the beat finally drops.  As the fans go crazy, the bass starts to pump.  Even a few hundred feet from the stage, casual conversation is strained.

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Emerging Artists
11:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Miami-Based Limited Fanfare Records Succeeds On Rock And Roll, Not Rocket Science

Stallone is one of the bands with local ties on Miami-based Limited Fanfare Records.

Record labels -- the kind that lovingly hand-pick a few bands and release real, tactile product by them -- aren't exactly cash cows in 2013. Yet two years of solvent success shows that Brian Kurtz, the proprietor of Miami-based indie outfit Limited Fanfare, has discovered a niche. In releasing music and promoting concerts by, and even managing, a selected handful of promising underground rock and roll bands, he's managed to move physical units. Imagine!

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music
9:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Fela! An Afro-Beat Musical In Miami

Fela! the musical is based on the life and songs of Nigerian protest singer Fela Kuti.
Credit courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Fela! is in Miami this week. The production is based on the complex life-- and music-- of late Nigerian activist, musician and singer Fela Kuti.

Kuti is known worldwide for founding the musical genre afro-beat. But in Nigeria, he’s known for using his music to protest the country’s military government through the 70s and 80s.

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Under the Sun
2:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Music Interview: Cayos

Local band, “Cayos” is made up of Daniel Laburu and Nick Reyes.
Nick Reyes

Local Band Cayos is an experimental ambient-electronica group. Under the Sun on WLRN had the chance to speak with band members Daniel Laburu and Nick Reyes about what inspires their music.

Both are Miami natives who moved away. Laburu is an architect living in New York.  Reyes is a soldier stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Stiltsville Documentary, Artistic Director Joe Adler of Gablestage, Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero

Stiltsville: Generations On The Flats on WLRN-TV 17
WLRN

03/15/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Debra Hall-Greene speaks about the documentary, Stiltsville: Generations On The Flats, which airs on WLRN TV Channel 17 Sunday, March 31st. Judith Bishop talks with Joe Adler, award-winning, South Florida Artistic Producing Director of Gablestage, about regional theater and his long, illustrious career.

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