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: 6/27 – THE VOID at LMNT Miami

The Void is back for the twelfth monthly installment. Saturday 6/27 at LMNT Studios (59 Northwest 36th Street) Giving all muse and rebels with a cause a place to play & network!

All about offering something to the creatives, an alternative to the rush of clubs, the Void represents limitless possibilities and no culture or genre boundaries. To all rebels with a cause, muses, ladies who love art, ragers, wanderers, connoisseurs of fun and those interested in networking with like minds.. Meet us next Saturday 6.27 at LMNT in the heart of Miami’s Design District.

This month features 10+ artist displaying work inside of the gallery (Photographers, Muralist, Graphic Designers, Projectionist) Live Performances outside in the courtyard & Dynamic DJs in the main room supplying music that encourages that you show off your dance moves and let loose!

Drink Specials and V.I.P. sections are available, bottles start at just $150. $10 Hennessy/$8 Jack Daniel Specials all night! Get here early 🙂

21+.. Lets celebrate responsibly. Hashtag #TheVoidMiami & be sure to mention @TheVoidMiami when partying with us. LMNT Arts 59 NW 36th st Miami Fl 33127 | from 9p-4a

Post the Flyer, hashtag #TheVoidMiami & tag @TheVoidMiami for a chance to win FREE admission + Drink passes for you and your friends our treat! Hope to see you there!

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Event Recap: MiaJamFest 2015 at LMNT

2ndannualThis passed Saturday, I attended the Second Annual MiaJamFest at LMNT. I would have to say this was over the top compared to last years event. The venue was big enough to fit everyone, a really dope line up of performers, amazing fashion from local fashionistas, and overall a great vibe. MiaJamfest provided a photo booth, vendors to get to know, and gift giveaways from Soles Inc. Man, they even had break-dancing, model runway, large projection screen featuring the talents of the night. Dj Bre killed it with the music he was playing. Shoutout to Webbz, Xali, Lady Llama, and Quest on their bomb ass performances. I have nothing but love for the coordinators of this event Ashley Jones, and her team of women who only work hard. I always have fun at MiaJamFest! If you missed out catch the photos below and if not stay tuned with MiaJamFest for photos/videos to be released.
@ladylama_ performing live at @miajamfest #miami #hiphop #femcee #lmnt #Nikkisiixxdotcom #miajamfest

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Upcoming Event: 02.07 – MIA JAMFEST 2015 at LMNT

2ndannualMIA Jamfest hip hop music and fashion festival returns for its 2nd year at LMNT Arts Miami on Saturday February 7th, 2015. The show will be hosted by J.R Hanlan of Close friends web series and 2klife and Stichiz; 103.5 the beat radio personality! Quest will be the headlining act of the night. Dj Bre will be the man of the hour! Join us for happy hour from 4-7pm including entertainment by Scratch Dj Academy, 1/2 off food and drinks, complementary massages, and more! Come out and enjoy live performances and a fashion show!

Press party will also take place at Scratch dj academy the day before; February 6th,2015.

purchase tickets and RSVP for the press party by clicking this link CLICK HERE


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Upcoming Event: 09.10 HOMEROOM at LMNT (Open Mic)

Calling everyone to attend HOMEROOM!! Welcoming all spoken word poets, wordsmiths, vocalists, emcees, performing artists and lovers & students of the culture! Expressionists, come one come all.

Join us in the celebrating of our community.

Funk provided by STKMUP
Hosted by Aura Jones

7pm. 21+ for entry. $10.
List sign-up between 7-9.

Details on how to sign up on HERE.

Upcoming Event: 07.16 – The Homeroom – Open Mic Showcase (Miami Edition) at LMNT

Welcoming all spoken word poets, wordsmiths, vocalists, emcees, performing artists and lovers & students of Hip Hop culture and a passion for cultivating our area’s art/independent culture. Ready your rhyme books and join us, for the our open mic showcase/networking event & creative community.

Live painting & display by Asif Hoque
Funks provided by STKMUP
Special guest co-host and songstress, Gaby Duran.

We’re hard at work to combat the idea that Spoken Word, though we love dim-lit coffee houses, berets, and incense burning, is solely defined by them. We’re expressionists, and our sole mission is to unify the community of expressionists in South Florida.

+ Doors open at 7pm, performances promptly starting at 9pm.
+ Half-off cover, list-sign up, and Happy Hour before 9pm.
+ + Here’s how to sign-up to perform: HERE

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Upcoming Event: 10/03-05 – 222 Worldwide Presents Three-Day Festival

Miami, FL — October 3-5, 2013 – 222 Worldwide presents a three day festival at LMNT,. The festival will be highlighting the urban underground in Miami, dedicated to the #JUSTICEFORREEFA movement. Headlining the events will be Bizarre Ride II, The Pharcyde Live! featuring original members Fatlip and SlimKid3 and producers, J-Swift and L.A. Jay, as they culminate the album’s 20th anniversary tours.

With an all ages, full activities roster the three-day festival has something for everyone. The lineup includes:

Thursday, doors open at 6PM. LMNT will host the weekly #JUSTICEFORREEFA Committee Meeting, and the official opening of the #JUSTICEFORREEFA exhibit, curated by Enrique “SERO” Cruz and featuring artwork by local writers and graffiti artists, including Atomik, GG, Rage, Quake and many more.

Friday, starting at 7PM, 6th Street Dance Studio will go on location with its TruSchool program, which aims to teach authentic hip hop dance – “Breakdancing. IamYourVillian and Casey Zap present Bum Rush The Spot. MIA skate shop will present the video premiere of Bronze Production’s SOLO JAZZ. & local DJs, including Sno White & Keen One will be spinning a selection of break beats, funk, house and more.

Saturday the festivities kick-off at 4PM. The festival, hosted by Monie Love will feature a full roster of Miami’s own local hip hop artists including ArtOfficial, The Politix and Marcus Blake, and DJs including Affect, Methods and YNOT, leading up to BIZARRE RIDE II THE PHARCYDE LIVE! at 9PM. During the evening there will be performances by local Breakdance crews presented by 6th Street Dance Studio, an interactive digital graffiti wall courtesy of Elevate Management, mini- ramp powered by LMNT & Art Studio & hosted by MIA Skateshop.

The three-day festival is a satellite event of the IIIPoints festival occurring Oct. 3-5, throughout Wynwood. LMNT will be featuring the #JUSTICEFORREEFA exhibit in its main gallery, a TechLab in its production studio, & live music lineup in the 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor space. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit Art Studio Miami, 6th Street Dance Studio and #JUSTICEFORREEFA, to aid in their continuing dedication to the urban youth of Miami.

Tickets for Saturday night’s event can be purchased at EVENTBRITE.

Upcoming Event: 05/04 Dope Ent Presents Juicy J – Stay Trippy Tour at LMNT Miami, FL

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Dope Entertainment Juicy J’s “Stay Trippy Tour” w/ Special Guest A$AP Ferg!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

LMNT (Outside)
55 NW 36 Street
Miami, Florida 3312

Doors open at 5pm, Show starts at 6pm, over by 10pm!

Tickets are currently at presale prices! Buy your tickets NOW before prices go up!