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Culture Shock: Miami’s Indie Scene Looses Venue Support

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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.
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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.

IMG_0061For 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.

Upcoming Event: 08/31 JojosBlock.com 2 Year Anniversary Jam at Club Eve

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VICE CITY CYPHER & JOJOSBLOCK.COM Proudly Invite You To:

JOJOsBLOCK.COM‘s
2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY JAM !!

Crazy how time flies little did I know my website would reach the 2 YEAR MARK! I have all of you to thank for the support and the genuine love you all give jojosblock.com !

So if we are going to celebrate, we’re gonna do it THE RIGHT WAY .. with a night full of HIP HOP …how its done on the BLOCK !
Hope to see all of there !

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:

*RON SLYDA
*OZZY OZ
*BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE
*FRASER IN THE FLESH
*ROB REGIS
*STIDE PRINCE

$10 Cover SO BRING EVERYONE !

#2YEARANNIVERSAYJAM
#JOJOSBLOCKDOTCOM

—– Shoutout to JojosBlock.com for making 2 years already! I’m so proud of JojoFabs! She has worked hard through the years and this night is going to be one to remember! -NikkiSiixx

Upcoming Event: 03.01.13 – Turn Up The Radio: Knowledge Medina EP Release Party at EVE

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FRIDAY MARCH 1st

Vice City Cypher & JoJosBlock.com

Proudly Present

TURN UP THE RADIO: Knowledge Medina’s “The Radio”
EP Release Party

& MC Battles for $$$$

@ EVE MIAMI
1306 N MIAMI AVE
DownTown Mia 33131

Hosted by

8ch 2 Owens & JoJoFabs

DJ ASHY KNUCKLES on the 1s & 2s

Live Performances By:

* POUYA * FRASER IN THE FLESH * JOEL*LMS * GILL GRAFF * SERUM *

**——– & Guest Of Honor—–** *KNOWLEDGE MEDINA *

Performing Joints from his New EP

“THE RADIO”

MIC CONTROL MC BATTLE for $$$$
$10 to Battle for Cash and Prizes

Beats Provided by KNOWLEDGE MEDINA

Doors Open 10pm / $10 Cover / 18 +

Upcoming Event: 12.15.12 “It Ain’t Over” Presented by Jojo’s Block & Vice City Cypher at Club Eve

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VICE CITY CYPHER // JOJO’s BLOCK // YBFS
Proudly Present

IT AINT OVER….
The End of Year/ World / HipHop Holiday Throwdown
@ EVE (Lounge)
1306 N. Miami Ave Downtown Miami 33131

Hosted by 8ch 2 Oh & The Beautiful JoJo Fabs

DJ Ashy Knuckles
Making sure we Party like its our last Weekend On Earth

Live Performances
11:45 Ked Wess
12:00 GooDMoNeY EnT. ( Yung Spec, Mike Illz, Shawn Makil )
12:15 Com3 Up
12:30 Just This Crew

Special Guest Performance
YBFS CREW
(Slink, Wrychus, G Sosa, G.D.A.)
Promoting the New Mixtape by GDA
GOOD MORNING UPTOWN

+18 // $10 Cover // Doors Open @ 10 pm
Ladies $5 Before 12 // 2 for 1 Drinks Before 12

Upcoming Event: 11.02.12 JojoFab’s Birthday Bash at Club EVE

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VICE CITY CYPHER & JOJOsBLOCK.COM cordially invite you to..

JOJO’s BASH
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.
HIP HOP/ REGGAE / AND SHIT LADIES LIKE TO MOVE TO….

Live Performances
G.L.U.E. MOVEMENT * TAY G * MARII JANE * DASHIUS CLAY
FAM FIRST * BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE

SPECIAL LIVE BAND PERFORMANCE
MIAMI BEAT WAVE COLLECTIVE
* DAVINCCI * OMNISCIENT OM * AG LYONZ *
* BRANDON TOLEDO * CHIP WILLIAMS *

FREE DRINK PASS AND APPAREL GIVEAWAYS ALL NIGHT LONG
Sponsored by EVE MIAMI & REFLECTION DYNAMICS

Thanks to our Sponsors:
DAM FAM RECS.
REFLECTION DYNAMICS
MARKETING WORLD LLC.
RETINADRUM.COM
& JOJO FABS MOM For the Great Gift she gave all of Us.

10PM Party Starts /+18 to Party/+21 to get Bent / $10 Cover

Upcoming Event: 10.26.12 G.T.P.S. Phood Stamps Presents Smoke DZA at Club EVE

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G.T.P.S. (Get.That.Paper.Son) Presents A Monthly Event featuring SMOKE DZA!

October 26, 2012
Club EVE
1306 N Miami Avenue

Performances:
Lex One
Brian Breach
The Benchwarmers
Bourne Star
The Vagabonds
P. Dollasign
Art Morera
LazareSTJames
J5 of LMBYG
Jazzy Jah
& DJ ROB RIGGS

SMOKE DZA

Cover: $20
Doors Open at 9PM

*** HIT ME UP IF YOU WANT THE $15 PRESALE! I HAVE A BUNCH ON DECK. HIT ME UP VIA TWITTER @NikkiSiixx I SAVE YOU $5! ***

Upcoming Event: 09.29.12 THRU THE STRUGGLE at The Lounge Room Club Eve

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Click Flyer To RSVP to this Event

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

PERFORMANCES BY:
VAR
SHAWN MAKIL
FAMFIRST RECORD
BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE ENT.
BLOKAHOLIKS
E R ( VAGABONDS)

****Special Birthday Performance*****
COM3UP ROJAS

$5 for 21 and over
$10 for 18+

Doors open @ 10PM
OPEN MIC @10:30PM
PERFORMANCES start @ 11PM

Come out and party with the team that supports the Local Hip Hop Community!!

Upcoming Event: 09.15.12 Bars And Beats Open Mic – Producer/Artist Showcase at The Lounge Room

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BARS AND BEATS
Open Mic x Producer/Artist Showcase

09.15.2012
DOORS OPEN AT 10PM

The Lounge Room at Club Eve
1306 N Miami Avenue

COVER:
18-20 $10
21^ $5

OPEN MIC IS FROM 10-11:30
PRODUCER/ARTIST SHOWCASE 11:30-2:300

PRODUCERS:
KILLAH TRAKZ
MINDLABS
SCAMZ ON DA BEAT
BONUS

PERFORMING LIVE!
TAY-G
RON SLYDA

SPONSORS:
NIKKISIIXX.COM
FLSP

** [PRODUCERS] **
IF YOUR INTERESTED IN FOR OCTOBERS BEAT BATTLE PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL TO SIIXXNIKKI@GMAIL.COM WITH YOUR BIO- SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS (TWITTER/FACEBOOK) – BEATS

IF YOUR CHOSEN THERE’S A $20 ENTRY FREE WHEN ACCEPTED!

Video: Art Morera VLOG – Show at Club Eve

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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

LINKS
TWITTER
WEBSITE
BANDCAMP

Recap: 08.04.2012 Bars And Beats – Open Mic & Beat Battle at The Lounge Room

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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!

Upcoming Events: 08.03 – Back 2 The Essence (Speakeasy Lounge) 08.04 – Bars And Beats (Lounge Room at Club EVE)

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FRIDAY AUGUST 3, 2012

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
Case Windu
Jabrjaw
CruciaL Chaotic

Hosted by:
George Spits (of Llamabeats)

Spins By:
Dj Nuez

(Age, Price):
$5 21+
$10 18+

SATURDAY AUGUST 4, 2012

AUGUST 4th 2012
BARS AND BEATS
OPEN MIC & BEAT BATTLE
LOUNGE ROOM AT CLUB EVE
DOORS OPEN AT 10PM

SAE Institute Miami
NikkiSiixx

HOSTED BY: Art Morera

OPEN MIC 10:00-11:30PM Spit freestyles or writtens on selected beats

SIGN UP for BEAT BATTLE:
$20 ENTRY FEE when your accepted
Email: Siixxnikki@gmail.com
Submit BIO – BEATS – LINKS

WINNER GETS:
4hour recording session at SAE Miami’s SSL room with @alphabeatmusic
Interview with NikkiSiixx from http://www.nikkisiixx.com/

COVER:
18-20 $10
21^ $5

For free tickets email Showtix@sae-miami.net with your name, phone number and email address

Upcoming Event: 07.21.12 NETWERK & GrindTimeNow at Club Eve

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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.

Upcoming Events THIS WEEKEND: 07.13 & 07.14 Jeronimo’s Lounge, CHALK, Club Eve, Paint-n-Play, and Hoops Bar

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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.

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

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Upcoming Event: 07.08.12 – AftonShows at Club Eve (Various Artists)

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SilentHand | Afton Shows
Proudly Present

PERFORMANCE AT EVE…THE RETURN OF THE HAND
Sunday JULY 8th @ EVE
1306 N. Miami Ave, DownTown Miami, FL 33136
18+ To Party // 21+ To Get Twisted

$11 Adv. Tix // $13 @ Door
Use Code: SILENTHAND707 to receive $3 off ONLINE TICKET PRICE
(Promo Expires June 25th)

TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS VISIT:
https://tickets.aftonshows.com/silenthand

Doors Open at 6:00 PM

with Special Guest NikkiSiix of http://nikkisiixx.com/ will be painting LIVE! Star Wars Theme pieces. Also other pieces will be available for purchase.

Performances by: (24 ACTS)
SILENTHAND
Cyclops x Dayze
Demo
DMG Music Group
& Guests

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