For the last two years Miami’s Indie Scene has taken a toll on where or when a local hip-hop showcase will happen. One of the biggest concert venues GRAND CENTRAL in downtown Miami has announced they’ll be closing their doors on September 26. And before a mass amount of supportive venues have shut down as well: The Stage Miami, LMNT, Club Eve, The Nest, The Goose Lounge, and the list goes on and on. We may call this a local entertainment recession right now.
Here’s a bit more information on me and my experience with Miami’s Indie Scene. I’ve coordinated events in Miami and West Palm Beach areas since 2011-2014. With my accounted history I’ve coordinated about 50+ shows that were artist showcases, networking events, artist listening events, beat competitions, open mics, anniversary parties, The Walking Dead Viewing Party called iScream Sundays, and even a yearly event called Blogfest. I would say I was a lucky promoter guaranteeing venues at no cost because of the quality of the show I was providing. The bar will make their money off drinks and I’ll cover the events expenses with what I made off the door. As the years passed the harder it was to get a show booked, venues I previously worked with wanted to start charging me $1,500 to book a show on a Wednesday night, they would never give me weekends considering my crowds supported me more on the weekends. Also my budget wouldn’t allow me to cover these expenses which made it even harder to book shows.
For the last two months I’ve partnered up with PropsAndBonds who’ve coordinate monthly events within the Miami Scene and also coordinating Vice City Cypher’s Saturday Mic Live at Catalyst. From January-August I was living in California, I came to visit and was hoping to coordinate my sites 5 Year Anniversary show. I asked for their help and we’ve came up short. Every venue PropsAndBonds met with said they would love too but can’t since they’re going to be closing down due to higher rent costs within the Wynwood community. Which startles me because this is where the new Miami reached out to and helped grow from what it was. No one would have set foot in this area 10 years ago but now it’s the talk of the town. But will it still be considering now venues are no longer interested in working with the hip-hop community. Even though it’s been difficult we’re still working hard to make this event happen and give an amazing show with the best hip-hop artist we know.
The harder it is for a promoter to book shows will make it even harder for an upcoming artist to get some time on stage or be able to present a live show in-front of a real audience. As you see as artist you need to come up with creative ways to get your performance out there. There’s an artist who I know that goes out of his way and performs live on the street with a mic connected to a speaker. He’s name is Stide Prince and he calls these pop-up performances The FUCK YOUR VENUE TOUR. But there are issues with doing these type of shows you need a permit from the City of Miami. Or they will shut you down.
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I feel that we all need to come together in working to getting more shows coordinated and get more possibilities for the independent artists to perfect their craft. If you have any ideas or know any venues that will be interested in working with me contact me via Twitter at NikkiSiixx.
VICE CITY CYPHER & JOJOsBLOCK.COM cordially invite you to..
JoJoFabs Official Birthday Jam
Join us as we celebrate the Birth/ Life/ and Success of a Sister who Supports South Florida Hip Hop to the Fullest. She just wants to be surrounded by great people and great music….so lets make her Birthday Wish come true. Come thru & Party!!!
**DJ ASHY KNUCKLES** Providing the Dance Floor Fire.
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FREE DRINK PASS AND APPAREL GIVEAWAYS ALL NIGHT LONG
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10PM Party Starts /+18 to Party/+21 to get Bent / $10 Cover
VICECITY CYPHER & JOJOSBLOCK PRESENT
“THRU THE STRUGGLE” @ EVE (SIDELOUNGE)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 @ 10:00 pm
After a 2 month Hiatus the team that brought you the SUMMERS’COOL series is back once again to showcase some of the HOTTEST independent Hip Hop Acts of South Florida and introduce you to some new talent that you’d be wise to look out for.
All in a great Hip Hop party vibe setting.
DJ ASHY KNUCKLES on the 1s and 2s keeping the party live
BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE ENT.
E R ( VAGABONDS)
Check out the latest video VLOG from Art Morera. He discusses Miami’s Music Scene and it’s hip-hop history. I really like how the whole video sums up the entire night with great audio documentary over the clips. Pretty dope you get to learn a little bit more on Art. Feels like your watching a mini-movie.
Don’t forget to download his latest project the Arthur EP
Check out my recap footage from 08/04/12 Bars And Beats. This time around we brought you our open mic where artists spit freestyles/writ-ens and a Beat Battle. 8 producers competed PeterJay, Jammah, Mindlabs, Ayentee, Produced by Pr1me, Frantz Mza, Mr. Nixon, and DJ TR3S. Congratulations to Ayentee! The winner will receive 4 hour recording session at SAE International SSL Room with mixing/mastering by Alphabeat Head Instructor from SAE. During the process I’ll be recording an interview with the winner. Stay connected and subscribe to NikkiSiixx.com for updates on upcoming Bars And Beats Events!
Golden Underground is back at the Speakeasy Lounge with the first of many dope hip hop events in this “Back 2 The Essence” series. This time, we bring you 5 of some of the illest acts out of Broward/Palm Beach County. And of course, MC’s and B-Boys are welcome to get down before the show starts. What better to do on a Friday night than attend a dope Hip Hop show?
Performances provided by:
PHIL (“DROWN” Album Release)
The BenchWarmers Clique
George Spits (of Llamabeats)
SATURDAY AUGUST 4, 2012
AUGUST 4th 2012
BARS AND BEATS
OPEN MIC & BEAT BATTLE
LOUNGE ROOM AT CLUB EVE
DOORS OPEN AT 10PM
Check it out tonight! At Club Eve we are bringing you two events in one venue. The Annex room will obtain GrindTimeNow’s Tryout Tour for 5V5. In the main patio room is going to be my NETWERK Event. We got some ill battles, dope performances, and cool people coming through to show support. You should do the same if you have nothing else to do tonight.
There’s a lot going on this Weekend in Miami, Florida. You gotta atleast come out to one of these exciting events! We start off with Happy Hour at Jeronimo’s Lounge, Celebrate 8and9 Owner Ray G’s birthday at CHALK in South Beach, then Summer’scool July Edition at Club Eve. Then on Saturday we have Paint-n-Play during Art Walk, Art Walk after party at Club Eve featuring a full range of entertainment, and then Celebrate ER’s Birthday and others at Hoops Bar.