Apr 22

Miami, FL – April, 21, 2012 - I woke up to a wet forecast and then had a quick gloomy peak outside, ugh, to confirm. But, with everyone’s favorite “day” being celebrated around the country, I decided to give-it-a-go and head over early afternoon-ish on the ol’ Biria. Just as I was heading out the door, Liam called and enquired about the day’s schedule -a great day was ahead - Sweat Stock! (i.e. Woodstock, get it?) 3rd Annual Sweat StockRecord Store Day!

Live Music/Food/Vinyl-Record Sale/Etc. the whole shebang! (FREE!) Good to see all the bands I’ve been hearing about on the radio at one event, amongst friends and fellow residents. Laid back, perfect crowd-mix, great foodie selection, pleasant police folk, (semi?) supportive neighbors and various curious onlookers.

DId I mention it was Miami resident Iggy Pop’s birthday today? We quickly discussed the origins of … “a sunny place for shady people”, pilfered from the original; “The Riviera isn’t only a sunny place for shady people.”W. Somerset Maugham / from - Strictly Personal, p. 156 (Doubleday, Doran and co., inc., 1941)

*very special thanks to Sweat Records … and all the bands/sound/workin’ folk … Schweet!

Apr 16

April 13-15, 2012

Went down on Friday with the Spam Allstars to Key West, FL …

A gig at the Green Parrot – always a good trip.

Good folk, great place. *AJ (Pilot)/Ash (Co-pilot)

Apr 11

April 9, 2012 / Miami Beach, FL – A perfect evening to take/post some local shots, below 15th down to South Pointe

blue fish?

… I should of gone for a swim? Nice new & improved walkway at the MB/HQ (11th & Ocean) … lookin’ good, a little late, but very nice – and functional.

… In the morning, early!

Special thanks to all at Abraxas (Beer&Wine – 407 Meridian Ave. – (305) 534-9005) for the well-timed beverage. (Haven’t been in ages and  I don’t know why? … Comfy.)

Apr 10

Marley – from Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland, & Touching the Void) is the life story of musician, revolutionary, and reggae legend, Bob Marley. Spanning his life from his early days to his rise to international superstardom, the film was made with the support of the Marley family and features rare footage, performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.” …

April 9, 2012Le Spam was kind enough to give me an extra ticket to the film premiere of Marley, conveniently located 5 blocks up the street on Lenox Ave., at the Colony Theater.

Cedella Marley and slew of others from the Marley/Florida circle of friends were there. Here accepting an proclamation/award for Bob Marley Day (Annual/Dade) from Miami-Dade commissioner M. Gongora.

Good to see local hero Robert Platshorn (with his lovely wife, Lynne) and other nice local folk.

…and a general crowd shot, with Lee Jaffe (pink tee), the Wailers harmonica player, and Billy Corben (Director/Rakontur, leather jacket) and a slew of others.

… Opens at O-Cinema 4/20!  = ;-)  

Did I mention that I thought it was brilliant? No fluff – a man with a guitar and a message. *TUFF GONG approved.

Apr 6

… “Part one of this three-part series, hosted by Andrew Yeomanson, producer, Miami music historian and DJ Le Spam of Spam Allstars, examines the years preceding the rise of the disco era in the early 1970s.” …

The series that started with The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl at the MAM, a couple of weeks ago, continues this fun look back on the Disco history of vinyl in Miami – the producers, manufacturers, talent/artists, distributors, buyers, etc. … “the music biz in its glory”.

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6-9pm MIAMI VINYL: The History of Record-Making in Miami Part I: The 1970s and earlier.

April 5, 2012 – Panel discussion begins 6:30pm, doors open 6pm (limited seating):
Willie J. Clarkelegendary Miami producer and songwriter
Jeff Lemlich – Music historian; author of Savage Lost: Florida Garage Bands, The ’60s and Beyond; founder of Limestone Lounge Florida Music Forum
Henry Stone – founder and owner of the famed TK Records, home of disco stars KC and the Sunshine Band; known for defining the “Miami sound” since the 1960s.

Some big players present, Willie Clarke & Henry Stone (pres. TK Records) going through a lot of fun stories, of what it was like back in the day and who some of the people they worked with back then.

Good to hear collectors/historians Andrew Yeomanson & Jeff Lemlich tell their side as a fan/collector that paints a picture of a Miami Music landscape, called the Miami-sound. Great gathering of various different people, from different corners of Miami.

*thnx Smirnoff.

Apr 5

Wednesday April 4, 2012 - Started with a local, Miami Beach Hi-Tidespre-season baseball game at Flamingo Park.

All on a perfect night for baseball & a movie …

… then, up the road to the (new) New World Center. A perfect night to take in a classic movie - Citizen Kane! Here’s the shot just before we witness Kane’s fury and he goes into demo-mode …

post-Cockatoo, that scene that makes sure the viewer is paying attention …

… on Kane’s deathbed …


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