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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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Arts
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Young Musicians Band Together Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Flickr/Eddie~S

The stands in front of the teenagers’ chairs hold the same sheet music – the theme to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  But each of the young musicians has a different story to tell about anti-gay bullying.

Like the bi-sexual flutist, who says she’s pretty much been bullied all her life.

And the gay saxophonist, who describes how it “really gets to you inside and sometimes you start believing what people are saying.”

Even the heterosexual clarinetist is not immune.  She feels too many of her classmates use the word “gay” to describe something bad.

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Holiday Music
2:36 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Jingle Jams: Curated Holiday Playlist

Someone took Santa's violin.
Credit Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

LISTEN TO THE STREAMING JINGLE JAMS MIX HERE

For the last 14 years, WXPN host and producer Robert Drake has programmed and hosted a 24-hour holiday-music marathon called The Night Before, aired from midnight to midnight on Dec. 24. We decided this year to put more jingle in the jangle and create Jingle Jams on XPN2, a 24/7 stream of holiday music.

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Cuban Politics
7:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Cuba To Ban Reggaeton In Public Places

Daddy Yankee, and other reggaeton musicians, will be banned from Cuba soon.
Credit S, Flickr

The Cuban government officially doesn't like reggaeton. As some of you know, reggaeton is that mix of Jamaican dancehall music and Spanish hip hop that you hear blasted through car speakers all over Miami and in almost any club you go to in the city.

I would say reggaeton is an acquired taste, but the Cuban government was some pretty serious feelings about this.

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