The Stage Grand Opening in the Design District

By | January 8th, 2011 | 5 Comments

Stokeswood headlined The Stage

Hunting down the GastroPod last night for a Dirt Dawg fix, I happened upon the grand opening of The Stage, an open-air music venue and bar in the Design District (170 NE 38th Street). It was about midnight and Stokeswood, a sincere but tame Atlanta quintet, had the stage (lowercase). Inside, the brick-walled space was crowded with yuppy Miami having a fabulous time. I spent most of the night by the Pod chatting up The State Of songstress Steph Taylor, who not only plays a mean synth but can assemble a Dirt Dawg with the best of ‘em. As for my first dive into The Stage — the latest edition to “Miami’s booming Music Corridor” (whatever/wherever the hell that is) — I guess I won’t write it off after a single visit. With its open layout and good location, it has inherent potential as a venue for some good music. But if opening night was any indication, The Stage may just become another place where Miamians go for expensive drinks and mediocre music. In which case, I’ll be by the food truck.

Here are some pictures from the opening.


The State Of’s Steph Taylor manning the Gastropod.






You there

Photos by Robby Campbell

5 Comments on “The Stage Grand Opening in the Design District”

  1. 1 Tweets that mention The Stage Grand Opening in the Design District | Beached Miami -- said at 9:49 am on January 8th, 2011:

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  2. 2 Shale Blue said at 2:15 am on January 9th, 2011:

    It’s okay to be fabulous!
    WHO ARE YOU, Mr. Jordan Melnick? Lay off the haterade…

  3. 3 Jordan Melnick said at 9:26 am on January 9th, 2011:

    Don’t think I said anything about anyone being fabulous. And doesn’t the question “WHO ARE YOU, Mr. Jordan Melnick?” answer itself?

  4. 4 Uncle SCotchy said at 11:26 am on January 9th, 2011:

    expensive drinks? maybe you are used to hialeah divebar prices,,,but the drinks there are the cheapest for miles around.
    more important to the new venue,,,how was the sound there? did you notice?
    or were you too uncomfortable listening to a band you aren’t familiar with and hanging out with “miami people” that you had to run back to the food truck,,talk to your friends,, and stuff your face?

  5. 5 Jordan Melnick said at 1:07 pm on January 9th, 2011:

    A comment as cute as your pseudonym, Unc. What are “Miami people”? What’s Hialeah have to do with it? How was the sound? In my recollection, it was good. The band I didn’t care for. That OK with you? As for Steph — yeah, she’s a friend. But I had about 10 more inside. It was the atmosphere I didn’t care for. Not that I was miserable. You may notice the post compliments the layout and leaves open the possibility that The Stage will become a good venue if it avoids some common Miami nightlife pitfalls. I hope it does.

    As for friends, I assume you are chummy with The Stage owners, or perhaps one yourself. I understand the impulse to stand up for a pal. Good boy.

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