What makes for a good music scene? Diversity, appreciation, and open minds. Sounds a lot like those of us that reside here in this lovely “State” of Dade County. Maybe that’s why we get some of the best concerts/shows/festivals down here. Home is where a local show is I always say. My most recent home was at the Bruise Cruise Kick Off Party at Grand Central (697 North Miami Avenue). February 24th marked the beginning of an awesome year for many low-fi, surf pop, noise band fans. (You’d swear they came out of the wood work for events like these.)
Grand Central is definitely the place to be as of late. Their events vary from DJs like Diplo and Major Lazer, to your local screamo\punk band.
Arriving at the event known as “Bruise Cruise” the smooth melodic rhythms of Surfer Blood’s “Take It Easy” fills the streets just outside the club. Inside is an atmosphere that begs for the summer time to arrive once again. Look around and find not only die hard fans, but members of bands to perform that night just relaxing with a beer and a cigarette before they go on stage. The smell of the food cart selling hot dogs, burgers, and chicken strips outside is absolutely overwhelming, I’m sure even for those vegetarians. Grand Central is quite lenient with their policies. You go through the typical bag check and are then warned that there is no re-entry, no moshing, stay of the stage and so forth. These rules apply until the music takes over. (I was head-butted three bands in)
At Grand Central anyone is welcome…18+ of course. Bruise Cruise took over Miami on Thursday night and left us begging for more. Those lucky enough to attend the ACTUAL Bruise CRUISE itself took this little memory with them for the trip. Grand Central was full of “floating vibes” (Surfer Blood song reference) and I’m sure their next event will be just as great if not better. If I had a choice of clubs and or venues Grand Central would have to be in my top 4.
Public parking and private lots. $7 parking; prices may vary. Food, drinks, a huge bathroom with enough space for all the drunkards. Check it out sometime. You just might have a blast.
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“Comienzos” Arboles Libres
Arboles Libres has really made their mark on South Florida. With their own special brand of psychedelic Spanish rock, these guys flow so perfectly with each other, it’s insane. Juan Ignacio Londono, Anthony Genovese, and Eddie Moreno each contribute their personalized funk into the sounds that are the “Free Trees”, the English translation of Arboles Libres.
They’ve been featured on the cover of the Miami New Times, played countless shows all around SoFl, and speaking from personal knowledge, catching an Arboles Libres set is the most hypnotizing and amazing feeling I’ve ever experienced. You should do yourselves a favor and a catch a show or two. And I dare you to TRY and not get drawn in the positive vibes of these three guys. Get used to seeing them, they’re definitely not going anywhere.
“305 Anthem" Pitbull ft. Lil’ Jon
Miami is full of so many diverse people seeking to express themselves anyway they can. Dade County has plenty of venues where poets, comics, and musicians can share their need for self expression. Venues like the infamous Churchill’s Pub, to Tobacco Road, and the lovely Sweat Records. But the place to be these days is words and wine. A humble “hippie” gathering that you’d think was a secret society. Come to think of it I was asked last Wednesday if that’s what it was.
Words and wine is held every Wednesday at around 8pm at the obscurely placed American Legion Hall (6445 NE 7th Ave). On these lovely Miami nights the parking lot is packed with cars, and people of all ages. The sight of people carrying and unpacking instruments (and the faint smell of marijuana) let’s you know you’re in the place. Upon entering the American Legion you can feel the great mellow vibes. Practically anyone can get on stage and share what they’ve got. Just sign up on the open mic roster and wait your turn. To be quite honest Words and Wine has come an awful long way from being held in a house with just a few people gathering, sharing the healing power of drums and poetry. There’s live painting, and people from so many walks of life you’re guaranteed a good time…sober or not. Great people and the beer isn’t too pricey either. Let’s say you’ve had your fill of poetry and such. Hang out by the bar and play some pool of just join in any random group of people playing instruments and singing. You really have nothing to lose but your voice. This is a beautiful place where people come to be heard. Where they come to enlighten and share with whoever is willing to open their hearts and minds. You don’t have to be a musical prodigy or a person of many words to hop on stage. All you need is is some spunk and a reason. This is by far one of the greatest ideas I’ve seen blossom over time. Don’t be a stranger to Words and Wine. Who knows where else you’ll find a place to get drunk for $2 before 12am, free of police, and packed with music and kick ass people.
Photo credit: Dee Delgado
We’ve all heard the phrase, “No two snow flakes are alike.” This can easily be applied to all 35 cities found in Dade County. Each city has events that it is known for. Ah, beautiful Miami; you have you’re typical south beach club head, then you have your more sophisticated downtown Miami club goer, and of course the classy hipster that only comes out at night if the art is right.
Let me take you to Miami’s very own design and art districts which have quite a knack for drawing in tourists from far and wide to share their love of art, fashion, and music. It’s a beautiful thing when people go out of their way to celebrate self expression. Traverse to a place somewhat unreal where your imagination can run rampant. Just over the Venetian Causeway, West of Biscayne Blvd, in the heart of Wynwood amongst warehouses and the ever so popular Wynwood Walls you’ll find what is known as Wynwood Art Walk. This is where “hipsters” and art collectors unite. The city life moves fast and each month creeps up on you a little quicker than the last. Held the second Saturday of every month, come out to this artsy block party of epic proportions that stretches from NW 23rd street to NW 29th. I can’t think of a better way to “waste” my Saturday night than to bombard my brain with art. And not just Miami’s widely known street art/graffiti but art from the guy next door who just enjoys creating to pass the time to the well known artist who exhibits art all over the world . This is basically art collector heaven. Wynwood Art Walk is a showcase of galleries that exhibit and promote contemporary visual art such as paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, multimedia, and ceramics. As I arrive to the busy streets where this outdoor soiree is held the energy is explosive. Just walking into Wynwood Walls takes me to another world where OBEY and black lights reign and i never want to leave. The inhabitants of this world are so full of life, intriguing, and eclectic as the day is long. Get too drunk and lose your friends whilst looking at art? No worries, Just mosey on down the street, purchase some of the street vendors infamous grilled cheese sandwiches and pick up a new group of friends along the way. The night is young.
With private parties, open bars (if you know where to look) and live music along with breath taking street art and galleries; expect nothing short of a good time. There’s never a dull moment due to the chances of stumbling upon drunk interesting people who are there for the same reason as you. To experience the unique art and beauty that you probably will not be able to find anywhere else but in the one and only Miami Dade County.
Photo Credit: Miami New Times (miaminewtimes.com)
Ding ding. The bell has been rung and the match is about to start. In the blue corner, famous for it’s heavily commercialized nightlife, South Beach! In the red corner, not that famous… and actually a bit obscure, stands Miami nightclubs. The age old question, (well, not exactly “age old” more like, until you find a good fake I.D. and you spread your club hopping wings. But I digress.) Which group of clubs are better? South Beach or Miami clubs?
Let’s take a look at the clubs located in South Beach. Cameo, BED, Liv, Mansion, Rokbar, Florida Room. The name of the game here is TOURISTS. People flock from all around the globe, to Florida to specifically make the trip down to our wonderful county. Of course it helps that mainstream acts from Lil’ Wayne to Will Smith to less known bands like Against Me! and a few others, all made it a point to mention this place. Thanks to the glorification of rappers and movies like “Scarface” and “Bad Boys”, these clubs have a sort of aura surrounding them. A sense of, fantasy. Where absolutely anything may happen, and probably HAS happened. With mainstream club bangers coming at you rapidfire, endless stream of expensively priced alcohol, and girls ranging from “the Hills”, to “Bad Girl’s Club” and the gentlemen, all quite honestly look as if they’ve stepped out of the pages of an Ed Hardy catalog. All of these a hop, skip and a jump from countless hotels, motels and hostels. So let’s just conclude with the fact that all of these above places are geared toward the tourist, curious to know just how “poppin’ bottles” might feel like.
Take a ride over the bridge however, and transport yourself to a completely different world. Hipster ladies and gents, decked out in their finest skinny jeans, ironic t-shirts, American Apparel hotpants, and of course the ever present thickly rimmed black fake prescription glasses. I dare you to Google “hipster glasses” and not know exactly what I’m talking about. Miami clubs are full of these. With places like the Vagabond, White Room, Tobacco Road, and little dives such as the Electric Pickle, one could say it’s a bit hard trying to drive by and not see an interestingly dressed individual or two. The music in these places are in my opinion so much better than those of the typical South Beach club. The DJ’s on this side of the tracks took their time to remix, blend, and make a set, that will challenge your dancing skills and make you just cut loose and sing along. Drinks on this side are moderately priced, and you can actually get the bartender’s attention for more than a nano second. Sure the hipsters get a bit annoying with their chatter of finding the rarest vinyl on the internet, or their interpretation on what Holden Caulfield was actually going through in The Catcher in the Rye. But the atmosphere is chill, and whatever lucky tourists that may find their way over, can experience the flipside of Miami-Dade nightlife.
Both sides put up quite the fight, and each have their strong points. But the only sure fire way one can figure out which side won, is to go find out themselves. The great thing about our clubs, is that there’s always room for one more.
When you think of a city in the US, one of the first things you think of is how you are treated when you visit that city. Recently Miami was rated in the Top ten “Rudest” cities in the US. When I read this I actually started laughing out loud. 305-ers are not rude, we are just misunderstood. Dade County is an action packed, fast paced county that doesn’t have time to sit around and wait for time to just pass by. Yeah, so we are a county filled with aggressive drivers (this topic will be covered in another post) and different nationalities that each possess their own temper and patience scale. But as a whole, Dade county is filled with short fused residents who don’t have time to deal with slow paced, cautious driving, overly friendly, don’t know where the fuck they are going tourists. If you are from the 305 you know that the residence of Dade county have a certain charm about us. SWAG would be the best way to describe it. That SWAG is fast paced and when you are used to it you realize how amazing it is. You see that everyday is an adventure. Dade county is full of excitement from sun up, to sun down.
Have you ever been to North Florida? The term “Slow as Molasses” was definitely created there because it seems that everyone who resides out of Dade county has no where to go and they are gonna take their time to get there. Even the way they talk: “HEYYYY HOWWW Y’AALL DOOOIIINNN’” Ugh, gives me chills just thinking about it. So before I get 305 aggressive about the rest of Florida all I am trying to say is that when you are from here you don’t think anyone is rude because we all share that fast paced SWAG. So I want to change the recent survey and say that on the SWAG scale the “State of Dade” is NUMBER 1!
305 love -Adam H
Fashion has always been an intregal part of identifying where in the world you were. Berets and striped shirts have always been associated with France, colourful skirts and folksy patterns with Mexico, and those beautiful flowy sarees with India. But step in to Miami-Dade County and see if you can figure out where you are. An afternoon here and you’ll have no idea where you might be.
Dade is made up of 19 cities, each boasting their own local trends. Take a drive down to one of the club capitals in the US, and take in the lights and noise that is South Beach. But apart from the heavy bass and club music filling the night sky, take in the sights. Sky high stilettos and mid thigh form fitting dresses that should have an application process in order to wear it. Some girls just aren’t cut out physically to wear a mini-skirt. Just saying. Hot pants and fishnets for the ladies, bedazzled Affliction button downs, tight dark wash jeans, designer shoes or the hottest new sneakers for the gentlemen. There’s a reason why the Jersey Shore cast felt so “at home” here. Make your way over to Opalocka however, and find yourself in a completely different atmosphere. Did you think Tall tees (Buy 4 for $20 at Champs!) were no longer a trend among young men? Not around here they’re not. Tall tees, Nikes right out of the box, baggy jeans and fitted caps are the uniform. One would have thought this style of dress went out of style long ago, when hip-hop music sort of mellowed out, but it’s still alive and thriving down here.
These are just a few basic examples of course, but the best way of knowing what I’m talking about is seeing it for yourself. The sheer diversity that Dade has among it’s inhabitants is refreshing to say the least. I love knowing that when I step outside my door, I’ll never know what I may see. Hispanic, Jewish, African-American, European, all of these nationalities and religions have contributed to the 305 way of dress. Each personality comes shining through whether you’re in a bikini top and cutoffs, skating past an Orthodox Jew in head to toe black wool or casual jeans and a Ralph Lauren polo to dinner in Coral Gables.
Miami-Dade County is a melting pot of fashion. One should be so lucky to dip in and take a bite.
305 ♥ xo,
When driving through the Sunshine State heading south bound, coming from North Florida, the scenery is an extension of the deep south. Cows, Massive crosses, Anti-abortion billboards, and cracker barrels are staples of North Florida. As you continue heading south you begin to start seeing civilization as you approach Palm Beach and North Broward.
Then it happens… You see the beautiful sign that can only slightly prepare you for the world you are about to enter. It is music to my ears. “Now entering Dade County.” I hope you brought your passport because if you aren’t a resident of this county you will start to feel like you’ve traveled to a different planet. No my friend you are still in Florida, but it is hard to fathom that one county can be so opposite of the rest of the state in which this marvelous county resides in.
This blog is going to showcase those differences. We are going talk about what makes Dade County’s residence throw their “305’s” in the air representing an area code, when no other county in the country showcases that sort of pride. Dade has its own style,culture, music, food, etc..
We are going to cover it all. We will be highlighting selected people every month who we feel embody the 305. So this inaugural post is setting the tone and letting all of my fellow Dade County residence know that we are nothing like the rest of Florida, and should be proud to live in “The State of Dade”.