Antonio Adolfo Quartet Performs Live

Sep 13, 2013
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09/13/13 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy a live studio performance by the Antonio Adolfo Quartet. With an A-list rhythm section of Jamie Ousley on bass, Claudio Spiewak on guitar and Carlomagno Araya on drums, they’ll perform Brazilian Jazz standards and original compositions from Mr. Adolfo’s latest recording, Fine Mixtures.” Catch South Florida’s finest Brazilian Jazz sounds with the Antonio Adolfo Quartet Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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09/10/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 40 year hit parade ride of the Bee Gees, with rock biographer David Meyer (The Bee Gees: The Biography).  The brothers Gibb began their unique harmonic careers in Australia.  They moved back to England and international stardom. They sold some 250 million records, were the darlings of the disco era, and of course, had strong South Florida ties. Who can’t hum a Bee Gees pop classic? Tune in for Topical Currents and a Bee Gees retrospective Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN.



Gloria Estefan, the poster girl of the Latin music scene in the 1980s and '90s, the frontwoman for the Miami Sound Machine and the singer who made Middle America get up and conga...


GLORIA ESTEFAN: (Singing) Doctor, I've got this feeling inside of me, deep inside of me...come, shake your body, baby, do that conga. No, you can't control yourself any longer. Come on, shake your body, baby...the rhythm is gonna get you tonight.

Rapper Kanye West got paid a reported $3 million to perform at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Video of last Saturday's performance was posted on Instagram — and resulted in a flood of criticism.

Getting Your Head Around Climate Change Through Music

Sep 5, 2013
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It’s often said that life influences art. And for composer Carson Kievman, life in low-lying South Florida led to a symphony about climate change.

Kievman was composer-in-residence for the Florida Philharmonic during the 1990s, and he now runs the SoBe Institute of the Arts in Miami Beach. But the idea for his symphony, titled “Biodiversity,” came from a scientist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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.

Children's Hospital DJs Spin A Dose Of Joy

Aug 19, 2013



There are close to 70 radio stations in Miami, but one of them isn't like the others.


UNIDENTIFIED DJ: You're listening to Radio Lollipop.

SIMON: Radio Lollipop has sky-high ratings and a devoted audience. It broadcasts from inside the Miami Children's Hospital to its 300 young patients. Reporter Judith Ritter paid a visit.

JUDITH RITTER, BYLINE: Most radio DJs don't look like Dazzling Dave, especially when he wears his red superman cape.


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.

When she was 8 years old, Natalie Cole went to Mexico City with her father. And while Nat King Cole’s daughter was accustomed to his stardom, she was startled by the adulation he received.

“The people thronged to see him as we were walking the streets — he was like a king,” says Cole, leaning back on a sofa at a Wynwood music studio last week.

It was her first trip to Mexico, but the city’s plazas and her first piñata were less memorable than the crowds’ enthusiasm.

From the favelas of Brazil to the main stages of North America, legendary Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge will perform a free show this Saturday at the Hollywood ArtsPark.

Opening sets are by the Brazilian Voices choir and Rose Max's samba set.


Meet the latest unexpected international arrival on Miami's rock scene: Hipnosis, straight from the semi-illicit metal scene of Havana.

On Monday, July 22, the six-member group likely became the first full band of its heavy ilk to plead asylum in the United States.

07/19/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Chef Allen Susser joins us to talk about his favorite charity, Share Our Strength and its big fundraiser to help feed hungry kids all over the country, Taste of the Nation South Florida. Our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, gives us his Summer CD Review. Chef Norman Van Aken offers A Word On Food and Bill Nix delivers his Palm Beach County arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every 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.

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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.

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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.