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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: 04.21 iScream Sundays Open Mic x Hip-Hop Showcase

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iScream Sundays: Hip-Hop x Open Mic x Ladies Night

Doors Open at 8PM
21 +
FREE ENTRY!

OPEN MIC:
5 mins sets! All genres welcomed, Comedians make us laugh, & poets tell us how you feel ♥ Sign up is with NikkiSiixx at The Venue. As soon as doors open sign up is available.

Ladies Drink Free 10PM-12AM

Live Performances By:
RippaDaKid
Brian Goode
PeterJay
Khaalid

Event Recap: 02/24 iScream Sundays at The Goose Lounge

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Recap of NikkiSiixx.com event iScream Sundays on 02/24/13. Featuring The Walking Dead Episode on all flat-screens and wall projector. Live Performances by Glocky Davis, Gill Graff, Unheard Of, JKillahCash, and Brenton Brown. Every Sunday at The Goose Lounge 3008 Grand Avenue FREE SHOW 21+ Ladies Drink Free 10PM-1AM

Upcoming Event: 04.07 iScream Sundays at The Goose Lounge

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iScream Sundays: Open Mic x Hip-Hop Showcase

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

21+
NO COVER FREE SHOW!

Drink Specials!
LADIES DRINK FREE 10PM-1AM

Doors Open at 8PM

OPEN MIC:
5 mins sets! All genres welcomed, Comedians make us laugh, & poets tell us how you feel ♥ Sign up is with NikkiSiixx at The Venue. As soon as doors open sign up is available.

Live Performances:
YOBYDREN
BONUS
KNOWLEDGE MEDINA
FRANTZ MZA

Brought to you by: NikkiSiixx.com

Upcoming Event: 03.31 iScream Sundays Presents Beautiful Struggle LP ‘Life As We Know It’ Release Party

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iScream Sundays Presents: Life As We Know It Release Party
Beautiful Struggle x NGG x BSC x NikkiSiixx.com

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

FREE SHOW x NO COVER x 21+

Doors Open 8PM
The Walking Dead Episode Airs 9PM
Party Starts 10PM

Drink Specials All Night!

LADIES DRINK FREE 10PM-1AM

Live Performances:
Kooley Jones
Beautiful Struggle

Upcoming Event: 03.24 iScream Sundays – The Walking Dead Experience at The Goose Lounge

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iScream Sundays

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

21+
FREE EVENT — NO COVER

The Walking Dead Experience: We’re watching The Walking Dead on all Flat-screens & Wall Projector Airing Episode at 9PM

Open Mic: 5 mins sets! All genres welcomed, Comedians make us laugh, & poets tell us how you feel ♥ Sign up is with NikkiSiixx at The Venue. As soon as doors open sign up is available.

Performances:
Blaine
Tay-G
YNG
85 Band

Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Upcoming Event: 03.17 iScream Sundays: The Walking Dead Experience at The Goose Lounge

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iSCREAM SUNDAYS
The Walking Dead Season Three Episode FOURTEEN
The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

21 +++ FREE EVENT

Doors Open at 8PM
The Walking Dead at 11PM (We’re going to be watching the show on the wall projector and all the flat-screen tvs)
Live Performances Before and After The Walking Dead Episode

Performances:
WebbzCX
Cush Arrue
Jean Verite
Ebanga The Songstress

Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Interview: Unheard Of

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Check out the exclusive interview with a group called Unheard Of. They had a chance to perform at iScream Sundays brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com At The Goose Lounge. Unheard Of discusses their experience at iScream Sundays, The differences from Tampa & Miami crowd, and their current project “WordPlay”.

Sponsors:
CSBA – Concert Show Booking Agency
NikkiSiixx.com – Underground Hip-Hop & MORE

Event Recap: 02.10 iScream Sundays The Walking Dead Experience

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Check out the recap footage of iScream Sundays 02/10 at The Goose Lounge. We come together to watch the Mid-Season Premiere of The Walking Dead on all the flat screen televisions and on a wall projector. Live Performances by Ebanga The Songstress, Art Morera, Mercy & Bishop, and Silent Hand. Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Upcoming Event: 03.10 iScream Sundays The Walking Dead Experience at The Goose Lounge

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iSCREAM SUNDAYS
The Walking Dead Season Three Episode THIRTEEN

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

21 +++ FREE EVENT

Doors Open at 8PM

Open Mic from 9-10PM Sign up with NikkiSiixx when doors open we have 6 slots of 5 min sets to give away.

The Walking Dead at 11PM (We’re going to be watching the show on the wall projector and all the flat-screen tvs)
Live Performances Before and After The Walking Dead Episode

Performances:
Mic Flo
Rob Regis
Kairo
J-Toven
King Docious & Impact Lincoln

Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Upcoming Event: 03.03.13 iScream Sundays at The Goose Lounge

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iSCREAM SUNDAYS
The Walking Dead Season Three Episode TWELVE

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

21 +++ FREE EVENT

Doors Open at 8PM
The Walking Dead at 11PM (We’re going to be watching the show on the wall projector and all the flat-screen tvs)
Live Performances Before and After The Walking Dead Episode

Performances:
Art Morera
Quest
Bizzy Crook

Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Upcoming Event: 02.24.13 iScream Sundays The Walking Dead Experience at The Goose Lounge

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iSCREAM SUNDAYS
The Walking Dead Season Three Episode ELEVEN

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

21 +++ FREE EVENT

Doors Open at 8PM
The Walking Dead at 11PM (We’re going to be watching the show on the wall projector and all the flat-screen tvs)
Live Performances Before and After The Walking Dead Episode

Performances:
Glocky Davis
Gill Graff
Brenton Brown
Unheard Of
JKillahCash

Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Recap/Interview: Rolls Royce Rizzy at #iScreamSundays on 1/20/13

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Check out the recap video of NikkiSiixx.com event #iScreamSundays at The Goose Lounge in Coconut Grove, FL. Interview with @RollsRoyceRizzy & Live Performances from @DashiusClay @NickLondonTV @EricBiddines

Rolls Royce Rizzy talks about his experience at #iScreamSundays, the Miami Hip-Hop Scene, his current project GOD GOT ME, and his crew The Private Club.

Upcoming Event: 02.17 iScream Sundays The Walking Dead Experience at The Goose Lounge

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iSCREAM SUNDAYS
The Walking Dead Season Three Episode TEN

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

Doors Open at 8PM
The Walking Dead at 9PM (We’re going to be watching the show on the wall projector and all the flat-screen tvs)
Live Performances at 10:30PM

OPEN MIC: I have 5 slots available for 5 MIN SETS
Meet me at the venue at 8 to book your slot. We are accepting any genre music & comedians. Open Mic will start right after we watch The Walking Dead

Performances:
Vagabonds
GoodeTrakz
Rel.B
Ron Slyda

Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Upcoming Event: 02.10 iScream Sundays #TheWalkingDead Mid-Season Premiere at The Goose Lounge

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iSCREAM SUNDAYS
The Walking Dead Season Three Episode Nine

The Goose Lounge
3008 Grand Avenue

Doors Open at 8PM
The Walking Dead at 9PM (We’re going to be watching the show on the wall projector and all the flat-screen tvs)
Live Performances at 10:30PM

Performances:
SilentHand
Ebanga
Art Morera
Mercy & Bishop

Brought to you by NikkiSiixx.com

Event Tonight!: 02.05.13 – SBHW Presents A.B.E. (All Black Everything) Birthday Party at The Goose Lounge

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A.B.E. (All Black Everything) is the dress code for the evening!
Come out and celebrate The birth of King Docious, along side with South Florida’s up and coming artist, spins from our featured D.J’s, and a fun night!
The event will be hosted by the infamous Ceasefire!
Performances:
DINO
GERMZ
IMPACT LINCOLN
JAY MONTRA
KING DOCIOUS
JOHN LEWIS
& SPECIAL GUEST