Sun Ra Arkestra in Concert on Miami Beach 4/7

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Sun Ra Arkestra and Morikeba Kouyate Mark 20 Years of the Afro Roots World Music Festival April 7

Event at North Beach Bandshell begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all ages; tickets available online

Miami Beach, FL – March 13, 2018 – The Afro Roots World Music Festivalcomes full circle for its 20th anniversary celebration, featuring  Sun Ra Arkestra in concert on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33141).  The music begins at 7 p.m.with special guest Morikeba Kouyate. Tickets are available online at bit.ly/2BtQdOq. This year’s edition of the festival, which is curated and run by the non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture (CAC), features more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, in venues from Jupiter to Key West.

“The whole concept of the Afro Roots Fest initially came together as a tribute to Sun Ra himself,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of CAC. “I had just seen the film A Joyful Noise and it inspired me so much that I put together a band called the Afro Polyphonic Space Orchestra and created the festival around it.”  Fast-forward twenty years, and the tribute has evolved into a successful yearly musical and cultural community program.

Directed by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Sun Ra Arkestra are musical torch-bearers for the late, great keyboardist and big-band innovator born Herman Poole Blount. The Arkestra carry on the traditions set by the cosmic philosopher, complete with full costumes and the “Songbook from Saturn”. They maintain a busy touring schedule and continue to release albums, beginning with 1999’s Song for the Sun. Learn more at www.sunraarkestra.com.

Kouyate, a native of Senegal and an Afro Roots Fest favorite, is a Kora master and a trained Griot, meaning he maintains a tradition of West African oral history through songHis handmade instrument is a captivating 20-string, harp-like beauty, which he wields powerfully in his melodic storytelling. Click https://youtu.be/n0O4eqU-wcA to view a clip of him at the festival’s 16th incarnation.

Named one of “South Florida’s Ten Best Music Festivals” by the Miami New Times in August,  the festival will continue the celebration of its 20th anniversary with a journey into the Florida Keys for the first time on April 28 at the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District (151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33060.

The Miami Beach show is made possible through the support of the MiamiDade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami Beach Cultural ArtsCouncil, and is being presented in part by MDC Live Arts.

For more information, ticket links and the full performer lineup, please visit www.afrorootsfest.com or call 305.672.5202.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities for individuals of all ages and social backgrounds.

CAC also produced the A Day at the Beach Concert Series, which enjoyed a five- year run, in addition to co-producing the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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19th Annual Afro Roots World Music Fest Coming 4/7 & 4/22

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19th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival Features Salif Keita April 7 and Vieux Farka Touré April 22

Both events to be held at North Beach Bandshell, with the Touré show dovetailing into the TransAtlantic Music Festival

Miami Beach, FL – March 21, 2017 – As one of South Florida’s longest-running musical events, the Afro Roots World Music Festival presents some of the most exciting pan-African musicians and celebrates the spread and evolution of the Dark Continent’s culture. This year, the festival’s 19th, performances are spread out over two weekends at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141) and feature the “Golden Voice of Africa” Salif Keita on Friday, April 7, followed by the “Jimi Hendrix of the Sahara” Vieux Farka Touré Saturday, April 22. Tickets for day one are available here: bit.ly/ARWMF19; day two tickets are available here: bit.ly/ARWMF19-2. Start time for both is 6 p.m.

“This year certainly promises to be one of our best, and I’m truly excited about showcasing Salif Keita and Vieux Farka Touré, two world-class artists and musicians,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of the Miami-based non-profit Community Arts & Culture. “Our mission with this event has always been to foster an appreciation and understanding of African music and culture, and we feel we have two outstanding examples, and more.”

Keita is considered Mali’s most well-known singer / songwriter, seamlessly combining R&B, rock and jazz into one pan-ethnic sound. Born to a royal family, the artist was disowned by his father upon announcing his intention to purse music. He first rose to prominence as part of the Rail Band, which was renamed Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux, before embarking on a solo career in 1984. He has since released more than a dozen recordings, including 2012’s Talé, his latest.

Touré is another Mali national whose sound can be described as ancient West African desert blues meets modern rock. As the son of another well-known guitarist, Ali Farke Touré, he cut his professional teeth as part of the backing band for kora master Toumani Diabaté. Originally a percussionist, he switched to guitar and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist, spanning 12 years and nine releases, he latest being 2015’s Touristes, a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin

The support act for April 7 is Cortadito, Miami’s Cuban folklore masters. On April 22, Sinkane (Sudanese jazz / funk / rock) and Symbi Roots, the all-female Haitian rara band, are both scheduled to perform. A special “Road to AfroRoots” warm-up concert by the Antilles Music Ensemble also takes place at the North Beach Bandshell on March 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. This event coincides with the monthly Food Trucks & Music Night presented by the City of Miami Beach. This show is free and all ages are welcome.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org/afro-roots-world-music-festival or call 800.838.3006.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities for individuals of all ages and social backgrounds.

CAC also produces the A Day at the Beach Concert Series, which is going on five-plus years now, as well as co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area at-risk children.

For more information, visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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Fred Wesley Headlines “A Mid-Winter’s Funk Fantasy”

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James Brown Band Alum Fred Wesley Headlines “A Mid-Winter’s Funk Fantasy” February 4

Funk forefather to appear with his band The New JBs, plus Roosevelt Collier, DJ Le Spam and kids from the Guitars Over Guns Organization

Miami Beach, FL – January 10, 2017 – When the legendary James Brown issued his famous early 70s edict to “Make It Funky”, trombonist Fred Wesley answered the call. As the leader and musical director for Brown’s renowned backing band The JBs, Wesley is largely responsible for the arrangements heard on some of the Godfather of Soul’s biggest hits. Wesley and his band The New JBs will headline “A Mid-Winter’s Funk Fantasy” on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141).

Hosting the show is Miami-based non-profit organization Community Arts & Culture, which fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities. Founder and Executive Director Jose Elias offers: “I’m truly excited to offer this funk-tastic lineup that not only includes one of the genre’s godfathers, but also features locals Roosevelt Collier, DJ Le Spam, as well as Guitars Over Guns, who do great work with at-risk youth here and in Chicago.”

The event is part of the ongoing A Day at the Beach Concert Series, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary last fall. Tickets are $30 and available online through http://bit.ly/DATB2017MWFF; doors open at 5 p.m. and the show is all-ages.

An active recording and performing artist in his 70s, the Columbus, GA-native Wesley also served as arranger for another standout funk act, P-Funk. He led the Horny Horns and also collaborated on solo projects by fellow JBs alums Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis. Fred has also recorded and performed with Count Basie, as well as on solo outings by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, and countless other names. This will be The New JBs’ first-ever performance in Miami.

Collier is also known as “The Dr.” because of his mastery of the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the “sacred steel” tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live shows. He’s notably performed alongside artists such as the Allman Brothers, Los Lobos and the Del McCoury Band. A favorite on the jam band scene, Collier will be backed by the Phunk Phactory on February 4th.

Andrew Yeomanson AKA DJ Le Spam is an award-winning musician, producer, and funk selector. When not recording local acts, he works to preserve and restore classic R&B and funk at his home studio City of Progress. Yeomanson also leads the premier Miami Latin funk band the Spam Allstars, who recently released a highly-anticipated collection of songs called Trans-Oceanic. He will be spinning records from his collection of rare 45s in between the live acts.

Guitars Over Guns Organization (or GOGO) is the brainchild Dr. Chad Bernstein. Founded in 2008, the volunteer project has offered music and mentoring at seven schools in Miami and Chicago. They work collaboratively with schools and communities to deliver high-impact, arts-based mentoring programs to empower at-risk youth. The GOGO kids ensemble will be performing live, marking the first time many of them will be showcasing their skills in a professional setting.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org or call 800.838.3006.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities for individuals of all ages and social backgrounds.

CAC also produces the Afro Roots World Music Festival, one of the longest-running events of its kind, as well as co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area at-risk children.

For more information, visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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A Day at the Beach Series’ 5th Anniversary is 11/26

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A Day at the Beach Celebrates Five Years of Music at the North Beach Bandshell November 26

A Day at the Beach Concert Series, presented by Miami non-profit organization Community Arts & Culture (CAC), will be celebrating five years of music on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the North Beach Bandshell. Location: 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141.

Scheduled to appear:

Nil Lara
Elastic Bond
Birdman’s Clambake
Aaron Lebos Reality
DJ Ephniko Dialecto

In addition, there will be live painting by local visual artist Amos, crafts for sale by various vendors, and a full liquor bar.

CAC aims to foster appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures. Show is all-ages; admission is $5. For more information, visit www.CommunityArtsandCulture.org.

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18th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival 9/3

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Chicago Afrobeat Project and Aurelio Martinez Co-Headline Afro Roots World Music Festival September 3

Nigerian rhythms and Garifuna culture highlight the 18th annual event to be held at the North Beach Bandshell  

Miami, FL – August 16, 2016 – The 18th annual Afro Roots World Music Festival, one of the area’s longest-running concert series, will take place on Labor Day Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the historic North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139). Co-headliners Chicago Afrobeat Project and Honduran Garifuna artist Aurelio Martinez will be supported by locals Uma Galera plus DJ Moses. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the first act will go on at 5:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and available online at bit.ly/ARWMF18 at that price until September 2. Admission on the day of the show is $25; all ages are welcome.

The Chicago Afrobeat Project has emerged as one of the genre’s most prominent and successful touring American acts, having mastered a sound that successfully weaves the uniqueness of the Chicago music scene with a distinct Nigerian style of music. The group previously collaborated with drummer Tony Allen (Afrobeat granddaddy Fela Kuti‘s drummer), and are currently promoting their latest release Nyash Up!, which is their fourth official album. It incorporates elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like musical arrangement, rock, jazz and funk.

Also featured at this year’s festival is Aurelio, who was born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras’ Caribbean coast. He may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in the Garifuna tradition, which encompass the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors. Specifically, he is a descendant of a group of shipwrecked slaves who intermarried with local natives on the island of St. Vincent who were deported to the Central American coast in the late eighteenth century. The artist also served his community for years as a legislator.

Local openers Uma Galera are an experimental reggae band who play Latin-tinged grooves laced with rock, funk, ska and more to create what they call “world soul music”. Their fitting name means “one crowd”, as their bouts of musical improvisation inspire unity and grow good vibes. Spinning the best from the different eras and sub-genres of world music will be DJ Moses, a mainstay of the festival for more than ten years now.

The festival is produced by local non-profit organization Community Arts & Culture  and is generously bering underwritten by the Knight Foundation, theFlorida Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Event sponsors include Ocean Terrace Holdings, Blackwell Rum, 7th Circuit Productions, and the Rhythm Foundation.

For more information, visit www.AfroRootsFest.com.

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Jazid Celebrates 20 Years of Live Music June 11

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Jazid Celebrates 20 Years of Live Music with Jahfe and Inna Sense June 11

 

Miami Beach’s longest tenured night club celebrates two decades of live music during one special night

Miami, FL – May 3, 2016 – For 20 years, Jazid (1342 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139) has truly been “all about the music.” From their beginnings in 1996 as a jazz club featuring Bobby Stringer and MichelleMcCloud, to the early 2000s residency by the Spam Allstars, to Wednesdays featuring Locos Por Juana (2007-2012), to Suenalo Saturdays 2004 – 2012, to the Reggae Sundays currently dominated by Jahfe and Inna Sense (both of whom will help the club celebrate 20 years). On Saturday, June 11, 2016, Jazid will be celebrating two decades of live music by hosting two of the area’s most irie reggae bands. Music begins at 11 p.m., cover is $10 and 21 and over are welcome.

In looking back on his time as owner, Daniel Wohlstein offers: “My favorite performance was Suenalo March 4, 2006, the very day after I bought the club. I was so happy and I had such a good time and remember I sitting in the middle of the dance area my business partner Carlos Rojas, and club was simply packed up to the stairs. The little club that could has endured and persevered.” Wohlstein bought the club from founders Chezare Mazoli and MichelleMcKinnon.

Co-owner Tony Alarcon offers: “I see Jazid as a Mecca for musicians and DJs from all genres and cultures. It is basically the CBGB’s of Miami, a culture in and of itself, an ecosystem of sorts. It is a real place for real people in a town glittered with pretentious and capitalistic aspirations. Jazid has withstood the test of time and will continue to do so for many years to come.”

A duo comprised of Sha Shanon and Esther Fortune, Jahfe is an international powerhouse pop-roots-rock-reggae band whose rising popularity and following is due to their take charge attitude and uncompromising conscious message. Jahfé dedicates its voice to speaking out against the injustices that plague the world today, and have been featured in documentaries about domestic violence, and worked to increase awareness about the Darfur genocide, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and many of the other untold stories of injustice in the world. They released a new 420 single April 20th called “Ganja Luv”, which is streaming from their website at jahfemusic.com.

The brainchild of vocalist Jimi Dred, Inna Sense has built a solid music career around a riveting stage show with a repertoire of captivating original songs. With the highly anticipated release of “Everything Included”, the group is ready to take the world by storm. They have been delivering high energy shows to loyal fans across the United States, from California to Miami, Hawaii, the Caribbean and even in the royal halls of Monaco. The music delivers a rootsy, heart-thumping groove that is impossible not to dance to, and their members have worked with well-known artists like Julian Lennon, Kymani Marley,Blues Traveler, Inner Circle, Maxi Priest and others. For more information, visit innasense.com.

Some of the club’s notable past honors include “Best Small Music Venue” and “Best Reggae Night” by the Miami New Times, “Best Live Music of South Florida” by AOL City Guide and “Mejor Musica en Vivo en La Playa” by OceanDrive en Espaňol. Notably, Quiet Riot played Jazid at some point during the last two decades. Some of the more high-profile visits have been by JamesHetfield from Metallica, Shakira, Ricky Martin and Fito Paez.

Perhaps the most notorious visit and performance was from none other than the late, great Prince. In 2008, the Purple One dropped by and sat in with Xperimento on a Wednesday, then with Suenalo the very next Saturday; a photo of the Suenalo session has been circulating in the media recently.

DJ’s for the evening of June 11 are Lance-O (Kulchashok), Swaggah (NYC), and Vendetta (MIA). For more information, visit www.jazid.net or call 305.673.9372.

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Third World Headlines A Day at the Beach Concert 4/16 & 17

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Third World Headlines the Two-Day April Edition of the A Day at the Beach Concert Series

 

Miami Beach, FL – March 30, 2016 – Community Arts and Culture and Intune Productions present the spring edition  of A Day at the Beach concert series, two days of music, art and kid-friendly activities at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33141) on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016. Presale tickets for day one are $20 (http://bit.ly/DATB0416) and $30 the day of the show; doors open at 2 p.m. Day two is free and open to the public, with activities beginning at 12 noon.

 

The reggae ambassadors Third World headline the first day of music, which will also feature performances by Jo Mersa and Yohan Marley, Big Harvest, Uma Galera, and a special performance by the Miami Latin funk and worldbeat band The Baboons, who are celebrating the release of their new CD titled Spanglish.   DJs Gravy and Tom Laroc will be spinning music between sets, and there will be a selection of food, drinks, and goods for sale.

 

Third World has blazed a trail in reggae music, performing and recording together for more than 40 years. Jo Mersa and Yohan, grandsons of the legendary Bob Marley and eldest sons of Stephen Marley, represent reggae music’s next generation of talent. Big Harvest and Uma Galera play authentic roots rock reggae ripe with soulful guitar riffs and sometimes augmented by horns; they are bi-lingual English and Spanish.

 

The Baboons create a seamless fusion of all the worldly influences found on the streets of their hometown into a global gumbo with a unique Miami sound. Spanglish is their third full-length album. Laroc is known as a leading East Coast video DJ; Gravy creates unique environments and brings diverse groups of listeners together through his rice and peas collective.

 

Day two will feature yoga with Afrobeta, one of Miami’s premiere electro-pop bands and a frequent performer at Ultra Music Festival, “Mommy and Me” yoga with Nicola, a performance by the Guitars Over Guns organization’s students and alumni (GOGO), the Gypsy Latin sounds of Tamboka, and the Monkey Village All Stars celebrating their 15th Anniversary and DJ sets by Ephniko in between it all. GOGO volunteers work with at-risk youth at area schools, mentoring them with music.

 

Monkey Village is a collective of musicians that lived, jammed and performed together, giving rise to several local mainstay groups, including Suenalo. Ephniko also collaborates with several prominent Miami groups and makes music with his own project, the Patacon Conspiracy.

 

A Day at the Beach Concert Series is underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, and the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional support comes from Blackwell Rum, Shake 108, Rock the Moon Productions, Dancehall USA, Large Up, Moksha Family Arts Collective, 7th Circuit Productions, and Elation Vodka.

 

For more information, visit the brand new dabmusicfestival.com website or call 786.218.6854.

 

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

 

Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures by educating individuals of all ages and social backgrounds through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities.

 

CAC also produces the Afro Roots World Music Festival, one of the longest-running events of its kind, as well as co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area at-risk children.

 

For more information, call 786.218.6854 or visit dabmusicfest.com.

 

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Guitars Over Guns Benefit Concert 11/21

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Guitars Over Guns Holds 2ndAnnual Benefit Concert to Raise Funds for Music Education and Mentoring Initiative

MIAMI, Nov. 5, 2015 — Guitars Over Guns, a Miami-based nonprofit that provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music education and performance, announced today that it will hold its second annual Choose Your Sound benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 21st from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the Gleason Room backstage at the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139). Tickets are available for $100 General Admission and $175 w/ VIP After Party and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/GOGOCYS2015
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Guitars Over Guns (GOGO) president and co-founder Chad Bernstein launched the organization in 2008 to formalize the ad-hoc mentoring that he and other members of the Miami band Suenalo were providing to local middle-schoolers. In partnership with Communities in Schools, the country’s largest dropout prevention organization, GOGO delivers a results-based, scalable model for bringing the joy and discipline of music-making to young people facing adversity in high-risk environments. Through its weekly programs, professional musicians forge positive relationships with students through one-on-one mentoring and instruction in music theory and performance.

“Our program is making meaningful changes in the lives of kids who don’t have the same opportunities that many of their peers enjoy,” said Mr. Bernstein. “Not only does Guitars Over Guns develop musical ability, but it helps our kids establish self-confidence, leadership and the ability to connect with others in an extremely positive way. The Choose Your Sound benefit concert helps raise money for our cause so that we can spread the transformative power of the arts to more students and schools in South Florida and beyond.”

Currently GOGO serves 125 students in Miami at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School,Citrus Grove Middle School and North Miami Middle School, including new young talents in the recently instituted art and dance programs. GOGO also has a presence in Chicago, with 26 kids participating at UCAN Academy, an alternative therapeutic day school for children who have suffered severe trauma. GOGO is also providing music mentorship at Evergreen Academy Middle School, where enrollment is 13 students and growing. “Some of Miami’s most talented acts will lend their support to our mission and join us for what promises to be an amazing evening of entertainment,” said Mr. Bernstein.

Presented by the Miami Marlins Foundation, and with support from Somos TV, the Choose Your Sound benefit concert will feature an open bar sponsored by Afro Head Rum, Tito’s Vodka, Bombay Sapphire and Lagunitas Brewery. Musical entertainment will be provided by local bands Locos Por Juana and Tony Succar with appearances from special guests and student musicians from the GOGO program. Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6 South Florida will host the event.

“GOGO isn’t just about becoming a better musician – it’s about being a better person,” said Santamarie Arocho, a student in the Guitars Over Guns Program. “I changed a lot throughout the years I’ve been in GOGO, and the person I am today is nowhere near the person I was three years ago.”

For more information on Choose Your Sound and to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/GOGOCYS2015. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the event, please contact: Chad Bernstein at chad@guitarsoverguns.org or at 847.420.6327. Follow GOGO on Twitter @guitarsoverguns and join the conversation by using #chooseyoursound.

ABOUT GUITARS OVER GUNS
Guitars Over Guns is a Florida-based non-profit organization that was launched in 2008 by musician Dr. Chad Bernstein to formalize the ad-hoc mentoring he and other members of the Miami band Suenalo were providing to local at-risk middle-schoolers. Our mission is to help young people living in negative and dangerous environments to discover the life-changing power of music through a structured program of music instruction and strong mentoring relationships with professional musicians.

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Happy birthday, Jazid!

For nearly two decades, the little club at 1342 Washington Ave in Miami Beach has been about “all about the music.” That’s not just some catchy tagline – Jazid has been a live music haven for countless local bands. Everyone has played or held a residency there: the Spam All Stars, Suenalo, Locos Por Juana, Xperimento, Electric Piquete, Jahfe, Inna Sense, Bachaco…the list goes on.

They are, in the words of owner Daniel Wohlstein, “Miami Beach live music survivors.” He contines: “We’ve seen lots of clubs come and go, Jazid is still around to offer the best live bands in town. I invite everyone to celebrate nineteen great years of music and good times with two of our favorites, Inna Sense and Xperimento.”

The venue is celebrating Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. Cover is $10 and door time is 10 p.m. both nights. The Oski Foundation will be opening the night on Friday. The respect the club and this event are getting is evident in the coverage they received from the major news and entertainment publications this week:

The Miami Herald and Miami.com weekly column “Velvet Underground,” deftly curated and written by Lesley Abravanel, prominently featured the event.

Click on the image to read the online version:

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Here’s what the print version looked like in the June 12, 2015 Herald Weekend section:

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Here’s another mention later on in the section, this one a Miami.com Music listing:

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Over at the Miami New Times, the weekly Crossfade blog feature “Ten Under $10 Weekly Party Guide,” put together by Laurie Charles, named the event one of its top attractions for the week. Click on the pic to jump to it:

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Here’s a little bit more about the featured acts:

Inna Sense is an explosive live reggae act that has been relentlessly touring the east coast of the United States, California and Hawaii recently, all in support of their 2012 release Everything Included. Their rootsy, heart-thumping groove is impossible not to dance to, and their members have worked with well-known artists like Julian Lennon, Kymani Marley, Blues Traveler, Inner Circle, Maxi Priest and others. For more information, visit innasense.com.

Xperimento recently celebrated five years together by releasing a live album called En Vivo. They tour the U.S. frequently, are getting ready to record new material over the summer, and will soon be re-embarking on a U.S. Armed Forces Entertainment tour later this year. Their members have toured and or recorded with Prince, Oscar D’Leon, Jose Feliciano, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean, Paulina Rubio, Mika and Alejandra Guzman. Click www.xperimento.com for more information.

Some of the club’s notable past honors include “Best Small Music Venue” and “Best Reggae Night” by the Miami New Times, “Best Live Music of South Florida” by AOL City Guide and “Mejor Musica en Vivo en La Playa” by Ocean Drive en Espaňol.

For more information, visit www.jazid.net or call 305.673.9372.


Jazid Celebrates 19th Anniversary 6/12 & 13

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Jazid Celebrates 19th Anniversary June 12 and 13 with Inna Sense and Xperimento

Miami Beach’s longest tenured night club celebrates nearly two decades of live music

Miami, FL – May 26, 2015 – For almost 20 years, Jazid (1342 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139) has been “all about the music.” The award-winning nightclub is celebrating its anniversary with a special weekend of live music, featuring local reggae powerhouse Inna Sense on Friday, June 12 and Miami’s Latin reggae / urban soul meisters Xperimento on Saturday, June 13. The music both nights begins at 11 p.m., cover is $10 and 21 and over are welcome.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be Miami Beach live music survivors,” says owner DanielWohlstein. “While we’ve seen lots of clubs come and go, Jazid is still around to offer the best live bands in town. I invite everyone to celebrate nineteen great years of music and good times with two of our favorites, Inna Sense and Xperimento.”

Co-owner / operating partner Tony Alarcon offers: “Jazid has long been a South Beach institution and I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of it for almost as long as it’s been around, both as musician and employee. There really is something for everyone, whether you are into dance music, hip-hop, reggae or alt rock. Here’s to nineteen more great years.”

“The place really lives up to its reputation of being a multi-cultural mix of Latin and American jazz, funk, cumbia, reggae, rock, and more,” says booking agent OskiGonzalez, whose band the Oski Foundation is also set to appear June 12. “If you haven’t been here in a while you should definitely check it out.”

Inna Sense is an explosive live reggae act that has been relentlessly touring the east coast of the United States, California and Hawaii recently, all in support of their 2012 release Everything Included. Their rootsy, heart-thumping groove is impossible not to dance to, and their members have worked with well-known artists like JulianLennon, Kymani Marley, Blues Traveler, Inner Circle, Maxi Priest and others. For more information, visit innasense.com.

Xperimento recently celebrated five years together by releasing a live album calledEn Vivo. They tour the U.S. frequently, are getting ready to record new material over the summer, and will soon be re-embarking on a U.S. Armed Forces Entertainment tour later this year. Their members have toured and or recorded with Prince, OscarD’Leon, Jose Feliciano, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean, Paulina Rubio, Mika and Alejandra Guzman. Click www.xperimento.com for more information.

Some of the club’s notable past honors include “Best Small Music Venue” and “Best Reggae Night” by the Miami New Times, “Best Live Music of South Florida” by AOLCity Guide and “Mejor Musica en Vivo en La Playa” by Ocean Drive en Espaňol.

For more information, visit www.jazid.net or call 305.673.9372.

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