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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.

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Upcoming Event: 5/8 – Dope Ent Presents Action Bronson “Mr. Wonderful” FL Tour at Grand Central Miami

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Mr. Wonderful Action 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.
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Recap: BSC x Da Mafia Six x Bizzy Bone n FleshNBone at Grand Central Miami

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wearebscCheck 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

Video Credits:
Videography – @JulioImage
Editor – @NikkiSiixx

NIKKIJOMAZING: S1 EP15 – Interviews DA MAFIA 6IX

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NikkiSiixx x JojosBlock x Womazing brings you NIKKIJOMAZING a weekly hip-hop show brought to you by these four strong women in the hip-hop community. We bring you an exclusive interview with DA MAFIA 6IX!! We discuss favorite horror films, how hard out here it really is for a PIMP, and their upcoming album’s release date WATCH WHAT U WISH FOR. Tune In every Monday for a new episode of NikkiJoMazing. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow us on twitter @NikkiJoMazing.

Upcoming Event: 08.16 – Bizzy Bone & Flesh-N-Bone and Da Mafia 6ix LIVE at Grand Central MIAMI

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10284795_779728232077644_2923681249362425047_oSATURDAY | AUGUST 16th 2014 | 6 PM | 18+

Exposure Kings + Grand Central present

BIZZY BONE + FLESH-N-BONE
performing the hits of
BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY
and
THREE 6 MAFIA n.k.a. DA MAFIA 6IX

Tickets: BUY HERE

Hosted by: THE 2 LIVE CREW

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.

Music by:
DJ HERON

Also performing Miami’s own:
PROBLEM KIDS

Artist Showcase at 6pm:

Will E. Haze and Rabbid
Traumatize and Tone
RED Rum Thugs
Renegade
Phenom
DEFAIM

More info: GRAND CENTRAL | 697 N MIAMI AVE | DOWNTOWN MIAMI | 305.377.2277

Upcoming Event: 08.06 – The MicXchange at Grand Central featuring The Lovely Ebanga

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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!!!

Enjoy our featured artist @TheLovelyEBanga

Hosted By Mimi Roundtheway Sounds By DJ Bre

$5 & $7 Drink Specials All Night !
General Admission $10
Pre-Sale tix $5

Artists: To perform, simply arrive early and sign-up! The performance list is 1st come 1st serve! Performing Artists are ALWAYS in FREE!

Upcoming Event: 08.08 RAKIM Live at Grand Central Miami, FL

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CLICK FLYER TO RSVP!

FRIDAY | AUGUST 8th 2014 | 9 PM | 21+

Addictive Affairs + Grand Central present

RAKIM
Beats & Rhymes Life Party

Tickets: BUY HERE

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’.

Sounds By: DJ Heron + DJ Klassik

More info: WEBSITE

GRAND CENTRAL | 697 N MIAMI AVE | DOWNTOWN MIAMI | 305.377.2277

Visual: Art Morera Vlog – Cut & Scratch Live and Curren$y Show

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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!

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*NikkiSiixx.com was able to gain access to the Curren$y show and it was amazing. So many people came out to support the JetLife Movement*

TONIGHT’S MAIN EVENT!!! ¡MAYDAY! | TECHN9NE | N.O.R.E. at Grand Central

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FRIDAY | AUGUST 31st 2012 | 10 PM | 18+

Poplife + Grand Central present
¡MAYDAY! performing LIVE

$10 advance tickets on sale: BUY NOW

Back from a record breaking tour, back from a Billboard charting album. Back for blood….and we’re bringing friends…Bitch I’m Back (Again)

Alongside special guests: TECH N9NE, N.O.R.E., FLAWLESS REAL TALK, DJ ENTICE, DJ AFFECT AND ¡MAYDAY!’S RESIDENT DJ SHARPSOUND and more…

¡MAYDAY!

More info: GRANDCENTRAL.COM

GRAND CENTRAL | 697 N MIAMI AVE | DOWNTOWN MIAMI | 305.377.2277

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Upcoming Event: 06.22.12 Stalley & The Maybach Family at Grand Central

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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

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Upcoming Event: Mr. X Presents Ketchy Shuby at Grand Central August 6th

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FREE ADMISSION // Complimentary vodka cocktails from 10pm-Midnight

LIVE:

KETCHY SHUBY
http://www.ketchyshuby.com​/
http://www.facebook.com/ke​tchyshuby

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.

alongside residents:

JESSICA WHO
http://www.facebook.com/de​ejayjessicawho

MIKE DEUCE
http://soundcloud.com/djmi​kedeuce

and in the garden …

Music By:

BENTON

$3 frozen margaritas and free pool

Doors: 10 PM

More info at http://www.grandcentralmia​mi.com/

GRAND CENTRAL | 697 N MIAMI AVE | DOWNTOWN MIAMI