Culture Shock: Miami’s Indie Scene Looses Venue Support

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.

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.

A video posted by Aristide Junior (@stideprince) on

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: 7/5 – @PropsAndBonds Presents – RIDIN ROUND N GETTIN’ IT at DRB Miami


Sunday July 5th | Meet @ the DRB Miami
Meeting time 12PM – We Ride at 1PM SHARP
501 NE 1st Ave, Downtown Miami 33132

Presented By Props And Bonds! Independence Day is upon us and to celebrate Will Smith’s victory over our alien overlords (get it? Do you? DO YOU?) we’re introducing a new monthly event called Ridin Round N Gettin’ It. It’s simple, do you like riding bikes? Do you like beer? Do you like riding bikes and drinking beer with awesome people? Then this event is for you! We hooked up with our homies @EricTheAdvantaged and @JayPeezie to bring you a mad chill 12 Mile bike ride that ends and begins with beer and cool people. Best part about it is that as long as you ride with us, you get discounts on DRANKS..lol..see you there!

*Don’t have a bike but want to ride? We have connects so hit us up via FB, Instagram or Twitter DM…VERY LIMITED SUPPLIES AVAILABLE

Music Video: Educated Hustlers – Let’s Ride

Check out the latest music video from Educated Hustlers with LET’S RIDE. Off their upcoming album Southern Fried, which is set to release at the beginning of SUMMER of 2014. Educated Hustlers a hip-hop duo (Timmy-T and J.Write) that reside in Tallahassee, Florida. They’re definitely bringing in that new for the new year.

We got em like Hey,
We got em like Hey,
We got em like Hey
Yeah, My nigga let’s ride,
ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride…

That hook is so simple but the way they delivered it made it super catchy! LET’S RIDE was produced by BackpackBeatz. Very dope vibe that rides out throughout the entire track. The guys look like they had fun, riding around Downtown Miami, chilling with the homie Art Morera, and scoping the nighttime skyline on top of a roof. Thought it was dope that the layers were of different visuals, it just mended great together.

With Southern Fried in the works you should not miss any updates from Educated Hustlers social media outlets:


Tonight: 01/04 Yeah Boy Ent. x Ashley Outrageous Present: Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul at Villa 221

MIAMI!!! Yeah Boy Ent. and AshleyOutrageous.com bring you TDE’s finest, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. It all goes down Friday, January 4th at Villa 221 in the heart of Downtown Miami. With opening sets by A$AP Lotto, J Nics, QuESt & TerryIIDope. Hosted by Low Key (of YouHeardThatNew.com) and sounds by Meka (of 2dopeboyz.com). HIIIPOWER!