music

Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Ultra Music Festival For Beginners: A Five-Step Guide

Organizers are already testing the lights for Ultra Music Festival downtown.
Credit Sammy Mack

This Friday marks the beginning of a nearly two-week sprawl of events surrounding Winter Music Conference, and what's come to be known unofficially as "Miami Music Week." It's a time when the entire world of electronic music descends on Miami in a frenzy of industry palm-greasing and parties.

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Aired 3/13/13 on WLRN Channel 17
9:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

I Dreamed A Dream...About WLRN!

Fresh off of the success of the 2013 Oscar nominated film, join WLRN and an all-star cast featuring Nick Jonas and Lea Salonga for a tribute to the 25th Anniversary of Les Miserables at the O2 in London, England! With a cast of over 500 musicians and actors, it is the musical event of a lifetime!  Tonight at 8pm on WLRN Channel 17!

Subtropics Festival
10:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Subtropics Festival Will Explore 'How Sound Speaks About What’s Around You'

The Subtropics festival's events, which span across two weeks, will feature improvisation, custom electronic instruments, or unusual acoustic techniques. 'The music functions as a way to help you understand how sound speaks about what’s around you, help you connect with your environment, in ways that we don’t when we’re simply being intellectual or visual,' said Gustavo Matamoros, festival director. 'The ear is our gate towards connecting with things.'
Credit Russell Frehling

For ArtburstMiami.com.

Since its launch in 1989, the Subtropics festival has offered South Florida a multi-day event focused squarely on experimental music and sound art. This year the two-week Miami Beach festival starts with a symposium on sound and architecture, then relaxes into a series of concerts.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Virginia Key Grassroots Fest, pianist Valentine Lisitsa, Oscar Preview and Friends of Chamber Music

(l-r) Donna The Buffalo, Inner Circele, Keith Frank, MC Yogi, Rusted Root
www.virginiakeygrassroots.com

02/22/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Johnno Potts describes music, art, dance and workshops coming to the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival this weekend. Classical pianist and YouTube sensation, Valentina Lisitsa, talks about her long career and her upcoming Festival of the Arts Boca performance.

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Nakatani Gong Orchestra
2:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Tatsuya Nakatani Brings Gong Music To South Florida

If you are percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, you take ten gongs, make your own bows, truck them around the country, and assemble an ad-hoc ensemble in each city to magnify that experience into something acoustically mind-blowing.
Makoto Takeuchi

For artburstmiami.com

A gong hangs suspended from its stand, light dancing across its bronzed surface, each hammered dent hinting at some mysterious overtone waiting to be released. If you grab the right mallet and strike it, that light turns into sound, the complex interplay of indentations drives the air, caresses your eardrums, and vibrates your body. The sound swells, fills the room, and gradually dissipates.

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Prose and Politics
4:03 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Icon Tego Calderon Mixes Prose And Politics

Puerto Rican hip-hop artist Tego Calderon outside his studio, El Sitio, in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 2:02 pm

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Alt. Latino
12:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Boricuas In The House: New Music From Puerto Rico

Mima.
Yarimir Cabán Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:03 am

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Public Library
2:15 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Go Ahead, Download Those Songs – But Legally, Through Miami-Dade Library

The Miami-Dade Public Library System now allows card holders to download up to three free songs a week from a digital collection of 3 million.
Credit Pixomar / freedigitalphotos.net

They can’t charge you late fees for this service.

The Miami-Dade Public Library System now allows card holders to download up to three free songs a week, and keep them indefinitely.

The music service, Freegal, features a collection of about 285,000 artists and 3 million songs. It tracks each user’s downloads and resets every Monday.

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Arts
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Miami Guitarist Aaron Lebos: Don't Use The F Word

Aaron Lebos (left) with Jim Gasior, keyboards; Eric England, bass; and Rodolfo Zuniga, drums.
Credit Brian Fernandez

When Miami native Aaron Lebos was a kid, his parents told him to choose between violin and piano. "I chose piano," he says, "obviously." But his big brother played electric guitar, and he wanted to too. He thought it was "cooler." Eventually, he got his hands on a guitar of his own and made his way through jazz studies programs at Miami Dade College, University of Miami and FIU. 

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Musical Tribute To Spec's
6:49 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Swan Song For Spec's Music Stores

Herald Music Critic Howard Cohen Still Keeps His Eye On Helen Reddy.
Credit Howard Cohen

In 1973, future Miami Herald music critic Howard Cohen burst into the Spec's Music store on South Dixie Highway in Coral Gables with of all the energy of a 10-year-old about to begin a 40-year habit.

That's because he was.  

He and his mother had piled into their 1971 yellow Ford Pinto for the express purpose of taking home Helen Reddy.  At least in the form of her hit single, "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)." 

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Miami Dish
10:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Interview: Overtown Music Project’s Amy Rosenberg

Amy Rosenberg

In this occasional column, we chat with people in South Florida who don’t work in the food business about what and where they eat.  

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Overtown Music Project
7:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

How Music Is Coming Back To Overtown

Amy Rosenberg
Credit Overtown Music Project

The Overtown section of Miami was the heart and soul of music during the early to mid-1960’s.

It developed as Southern and Bahamian blacks relocated to Miami area to work on Henry Flagler’s railroad.

As they prospered, so did the club and performing arts scene.

Other venues included the Rockland, Palace, the Harlem Square Club, the Cotton Club, the Ritz Theater, the Mary Elizabeth Hotel and the Sir John, to name a few.

These clubs and theaters featured the great artists such as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Billie Holiday, and Cab Calloway.

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Miami Rap
8:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Jin, 'The Chinese Kid Who Raps,' Grows Up

After a failed career at home in the U.S., the Chinese-American rapper Jin found an unexpected second chance at stardom on the other side of the world.
Louis Trinh Courtesy of artist

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 7:25 pm

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World Music In Miami
7:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Femi Kuti Followed Dad's Dangerous Road To Afro-beat Stardom In Nigeria

Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti can sing as well as play the saxophone, trumpet and organ. He is entirely self-taught.
Credit TheArches/Flickr

    

This Sunday, Nigerian Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti will be performing in Miami. Femi is known for using music to protest against the Nigerian government -- a legacy he inherited from his father, the legendary Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti.

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Classical Yogi
4:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

New World Symphony Hosts Its First Yoga Night

The combination of newage exercise and classical concert is unexplored territory for New World Symphony.
Jessica Meszaros

In its latest experiment with performances and outdoor spaces, New World Symphony will host an evening of music and meditation this Friday.

The symphony is partnering with lululemon to produce a night of classical music and yoga training on the 11th at 7 p.m. 

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