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.
Mr. WonderfulAction Bronson will be making his return this summer for his upcoming ‘Mr. Wonderful‘ World Tour. If you came out to Rolling Loud or have seen Bronson live in the past, you know he always delivers a crazy show especially when a crazy fan jumps on stage. He’ll be performing all new material from his DOPE debut album, Mr. Wonderful, in addition to his classics. This will be his only Florida date on this tour so you don’t want to miss this. Tickets go ON-SALE this Friday at 10AM.via DOPEENT.COM Follow @RealDopeENT instagram to see how you can win a FREE ticket to see Action Bronson live at Grand Central Miami.
Check out the exclusive Recap of Bone Thugs N Harmony (Bizzy Bone & FleshNBone) x Da Mafia Six x and of course hometown homies BSC (Beautiful Struggle Crew). They performed live at Grand Central Miami on August 16th 2014. The show was crazy! View the recap and don’t forget to Follow BSC on IG/Twitter: @WeAreBSC and their website WEAREBSC.COM
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop groups selling 50 million records. The hip hop group from Cleveland, Ohio are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group received the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song “Tha Crossroads”. Since its conception in the early 1990s, they have been honored with other numerous awards. Bone Thugs are the only artist to do acts with Eazy-E, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun.
In 2013, it was announced that five of the six original members of Three 6 Mafia, DJ Paul, Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca, Lord Infamous and Gangsta Boo, were reuniting as “Da Mafia 6ix” with plans to release an album. Da Mafia 6ix released their first mixtape in November titled 6ix Commandments. The tape was almost entirely produced by DJ Paul and featured Yelawolf, 8Ball & MJG, Krayzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, SpaceGhostPurrp and HCP affiliates Lil Wyte, Skinny Pimp and La Chat, among others. It debuted at number 34 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #5 on iTunes.
Pssst….. College students : Need extra cash or a tablet for Fall semester? We’re giving away 1 tablet, gift cards, and more at #TheMicXchange! Doors Open at 8pm. Arrive early and buy your $2 raffle ticket for a chance to win the #CollegeHeadzRaffle!!!
One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.
Eric B. & Rakim’s classic album Paid in Full was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006, while Rakim himself was ranked #4 on MTV’s list of the Greatest MCs of All Time. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that “Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs — perhaps the greatest — of all time within the hip-hop community.” The editors of About.com ranked him #1 on their list of the ‘Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007)’. Rakim began his career as the emcee of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, who in 2011 were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, The Source ranked him #1 on their list of the ‘Top 50 Lyricists of All Time’.
UPDATE: On December 17th, 2013 he opened up for Curren$y at Grand Central, Downtown Miami. Prior to the show, Art was interviewed by DJ Radamas on the Cut & Scratch Live! Finale web-show. The song Art’s performing is called “ON DECK” you can find that track on his EP “Morera” via iTUNES.
Stayed tuned for Art Morera’s Upcoming Full Length ALBUM “Around Midnight” which will be available on 01/12/2014 via iTunes! Don’t miss out!
Bugatti Dreams & The Miami Group in association with Maybach Music & Blue Collar Gang Present Stalley & the Maybach Family Performing live Friday June 22nd at Grand Central (697 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136). Opening sets by Ray Da Great, The “Polar Bear Mack” Miami’s own J. NICS, & New Wave R&B sensation Steven A. Clark. Hosted by Mimi The Dreamer & Gio Baby, Special Confirmed Guests include Gunplay, Young Breed, Duece Pound, Scotti Boy, & Sam Sneak of MMG. Special Invited guests include Meek Mill, Wale, & The Teflon Don Rick Ross. Doors open at 10:00 p.m., $25 Advance Tickets can be purchased at WantTickets.com/StalleyGrandCentral
Ketchy Shuby is made up of six members whose roots range from Jamaica, Cuba, and Puerto Rico to Broward and Dade counties. Formed in 2008, the outfit has quickly created a buzz on the live circuit by combining new sound with old soul to earn its “downtown” moniker. “It’s jazz, it’s ’60s rock, Afrobeat, reggae, ska…” explains the group’s lead vocalist and guitar player, Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez, AKA Jay.
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