Miami Music Festival: Day Two, Strike Two

By | November 13th, 2010 | 8 Comments
Fernando Perdomo at MMF

Fernando Perdomo, left, shredding for a sparse crowd at Tobacco Road.

After the Miami Music Festival’s disappointing opening night, my plan was to go to Tobacco Road for a promising Miami triumvirate: Madame Omine, Fernando Perdomo’s Dreaming In Stereo, and Arboles Libres (all signed to Perdomo’s Miami-based label Forward Motion Records).

Perdomo sat in with Omine on the outside stage, his guitar work adding a controlled frenzy to her rollicking roadhouse blues. Probably the foremost pleasure of the night was seeing how much Perdomo enjoys himself on stage. The rumpled man wields a wicked ax and routinely tosses off riffs that give standard chord progressions new life. Perdomo is an incorrigible local (see “I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A.”) who has done more than his fair share for Miami’s music scene, and it was good to see him get his rocks off on stage — his own Forward Motion-sponsored stage — at a venerable Miami venue.

Problem was, I was one of only about 30 people watching (29, if you don’t count Perdomo’s mother). Attendance at the other MMF stage upstairs was even worse. In fact, there might have been more people inside watching the Portland-Oklahoma game, seemingly oblivious that a music festival was underway, than there were at the two stages combined. So Perdomo and Omine gamely sent their musical energy out into an empty night, and in return they got a round of applause befitting a show-and-tell presentation.

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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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