The Miami Music Festival Opens With A Clang

By | November 12th, 2010 | 5 Comments
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From West Palm Beach, the Pangea Kidz closed down the Miami Music Festival's disappointing opening night at Cafeina in Wynwood.

When I went to pick up my press pass for the Miami Music Festival yesterday, the MMF staff made a sincere defense against its critics, which include The (Other) New Times, local musicians, and us. MMF staffers told me the fact that many of Miami’s bigger and/or better acts (Rachel Goodrich, Jesse Jackson, Sloane Peterson, Jacuzzi Boys, etc.) are not on the roster is immaterial because the Miami Music Festival is not necessarily meant to showcase Miami music, but rather to present live music to Miami. They said the disparaging comparisons to other, bigger music festivals like SXSW and CMJ are erroneous because those festivals are further along in their respective evolutions — the implication being MMF would get “there” eventually. Finally, they conceded the MMF of today is not perfect, but contended that one could not expect it to be in only its second year.

I agree with this last point. Developing a grade-A music festival doesn’t happen over night, particularly in a city like Miami whose music scene is still wriggling in its infancy. So it was with an open mind and reasonable expectations that I attended last night’s MMF opening show at Cafeina in Wynwood. But even with the bar set low, it was a disappointing night.

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Diamonds In The Rough at the Miami Music Festival

By | October 17th, 2010 | 3 Comments

Boasting only one nationally known band and few local stars, the diamonds in the Miami Music Festival lineup are few and far between. Here’s a guide to help you in the treasure hunt. You can also click HERE to find out why all the bands you’d expect or hope to see in the lineup aren’t.


MMF really gets going on Friday, Nov. 12, but there are a few bonus performances on Thursday at Cafeina, in Wynwood.

Mike Mineo @ 11 p.m. (inside) – When Mineo puts his mouth to the mic, make sure to hold onto your pomegranate mojito. Named Best Male Vocalist of 2010 by the Broward New Times, Mineo combines a velvet delivery with a smart, playful approach to songwriting. Mineo’s songs are informed by the classics, showcasing arrangements from blue-eyed soul (“Peaceful Daze”), light jazz fusion (“Easy Livin’”), and classic pop (“Truth Plagues Plato”).

So Timeless @ 11 p.m. (outside) – Smooth Bay Area big band soul-hop with a blaring horn section and organ grinder. So Timeless is a 20-plus piece outfit, and even if the whole crew doesn’t make the trip from the West Coast, you will be dancing. They perform again on Friday at midnight, same place.

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October 2010 Art Walk: Meatloaf, liquor, and owl monkeys

By | October 8th, 2010 | 4 Comments

For those of you planning to head over to Wynwood and the Design District Saturday night for Art Walk, here’s an itinerary that will satisfy your cravings for food, art, and drinks. Make sure to check out the map at the bottom of the post.

Art Walk Miami in Wynwood and Design District.


Joey’s is the place to dine in Wynwood. With solid Italian eats in an indoor-outdoor setting, it’s great for top-notch Art Walk people watching.

Joey’s, 2506 N.W. 2nd Avenue

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