MIA Music Summit 3/24/14

MIA Music Summit
mmsMarch 24th, 9am-9pm
New World Center
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tickets are available until March 9 for $199; $299 thereafter.
Students with a valid ID can purchase tickets for $99.

The MIA Music Summit will bring together innovative music and tech entrepreneurs, record executives, music journalists, hackers and musicians to share and build new ideas in the digital music space. MIA Collective will host the event with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The inaugural event will be held at New World Center in Miami Beach. The conference aims to establish Miami as a hub for digital music startups by connecting the South Florida technology and music communities with each other and global leaders. In addition to Knight, the event is supported by Gold Sponsors Senzari and Choose Digital, and Silver Sponsors .CO, SESAC Latina and Mobile Roadie.

“The MIA Music Summit is another reflection of the diversity of budding entrepreneurs contributing to the momentum of Miami’s startup community,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami. “By showcasing and fostering local talent, the event provides an incentive for further growth, while attracting new ideas to this emerging space.”

The summit will host speakers from prominent companies including Cory Ondrejka, vice president of engineering at Facebook; Martin Varsavsky, founder of Fon; Eric Sheinkop, co-founder and CEO of Music Dealers; Mahbod Moghadam, co-founder of Rap Genius; Marc Zimet, Viacom vice president of music and talent; and Alfonso Perez-Soto, senior vice president at Warner Music. Discussions will address topics at the intersection of music and technology, such as crowd funding, Big Data, social media, music and branding, music licensing and next generation music hardware. Some of the hottest music startups from around the world, such as Splice, Wahwah Networks and Jukely, will also demo their projects. In addition, there will be high-tech music performances by Nagual Sounds, winners of Midemlabs 2014, and Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

“We are beyond thrilled to have been able to gather such an amazing lineup of speakers in the first edition of the MIA Music Summit,” said Demian Bellumio, a partner at MIA Collective. “I’ve been developing Senzari into a globally recognized digital music leader from Miami, so it is very important to do everything I can to help this ecosystem evolve. There are a lot of building blocks in the community already, from tech entrepreneurs looking for big ideas, to record executives searching for talented engineers, and the MIA Music Summit could be the place where the right collisions can take place to spark creation of other future startups.”

The MIA Music Summit will also host the MIA Music HackDay from March 22-23, which is open to technologists, engineers and programmers. The music hackathon will be held at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, which is a co-organizer of the event. Special prizes for the best use of APIs will be awarded from Choose Digital, MusicGraph, Senzari and 3scale. The hackathon will close with Miami’s first “Startup Battle of the Bands,” in which local startups will showcase their digital musical talents. Live music performances from a variety of Miami artists and others can be expected throughout the weekend.

Derrick Ashong of Fusion, the Miami-based Univision-ABC channel, will emcee the event. Ashong has joined forces with “Made in the Lab,” a new Miami-based advisory service for tech startups, and Stan Jakubowicz, an award-winning filmmaker, to create THINC (Technology in Harmony with Narrative and Creativity), a multiplatform series of town-hall conversations with leaders, artists and innovators. THINC’s first guest will be Cory Ondrejka, who will be interviewed by Ashong at the event in a town-hall conversation format, which will be webcasted live. In addition, THINC will document Ondrejka’s experiences as he visits Miami—from judging the hackathon and interacting with the local developer community, to the in-depth town-hall conversation.

Support for the MIA Music Summit forms one part of Knight Foundation’s efforts to attract talent and create new opportunities by strengthening Miami’s emerging community of entrepreneurs, startups and makers.

About MIA Collective
MIA Collective is comprised of a group of Miami entrepreneurs, angel investors and professionals active and committed to fostering the growth of Miami’s media, art and technology ecosystem. The goal of MIA Collective is to develop thought-provoking events that support the growth of this ecosystem by educating, inspiring, and facilitating networking opportunities for members of the community.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

Photos of the Bird Road Art Walk by Mr Q 305

There’s nothing like a cool Miami night to enjoy a stroll around the Bird Road Art District. No matter what style of art you enjoy the Bird Road Art District has it all. Add to that wine, hors d’oeuvres, Capoeira demonstrations, Cuban Rap music (raw, uncensored protest songs at their best; sung with the pain that only living under oppression can project)…and did I mention the coolest rolling art gallery you ever saw…
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Problem Kids Win Ultimate Miami Band 2013

Super Talented Problem Kids are the 2013 Ultimate Miami Band

Let us set the f*cking record straight: Miami has a fantastic local music scene! If you are unaware of this it is because your musical taste blows or you do not frequent awesome local music venues like PAX and The Stage to experience these kick-ass bands. TheProblem Kids or (PK) are an incredibly talented band that symphonically intertwines hip-hop, roots rock and Caribbean salsa into sick tunes. This past Thursday November 7th, PK ruled supreme at the Ultimate Miami Band Contest at Magic City Casino and took home the $5,000 prize. They played their new addictive single  “My Ami”, which has a great chance of becoming the official 305 Anthem. They also rocked out with superb renditions of Oasis’s “Wonderwall” and a new take on Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” called ” Bitch Don’t Kill My HIGH”, which we believe is waaaaaay better than the original. Sorry, Lamar. PK had the whole venue bumping and sincerely deserved the title they took home, Congrats Kids!

Problem Kids jammed out against Cuban fusion band Barrioactivo, Latin Cranberries style Odas and ska/reggae fusion band Stop The Presses. After the four bands competed, the 2012 Ultimate Miami Band winner Magazine Society performed. The Gin Blossoms lit up the stage after with their classic hits and the Problem Kids were then crowned the victors. It was a great night of new and old musical talents blended into a cool competition that gave locals the chance to become aware of some very talented Miami bands. Good Luck Problem Kids.You talented ninos deserve to blow up.

Check out Problem Kid’s dope tunes with this clickable link. 

Meet Grammy and Billboard Winners at IDA Pre-Gala Reception 7/17/13

Meet Grammy & Billboard Winners at IDA Pre-Gala Reception
idaWednesday, July 17th, 2013, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Will Call
700 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132
Investment: Free

Tickets Online
RSVP: join@miamibrickellchamber.com

Parking: $5
Dress Code: Business Attire

Join Miami Brickell Chamber as we host the Pre-Gala Reception for the IDA Program. Fun Starts @ 7:30pm. Amazing Music Talent Showcase & Meet IDA’s Grammy & Billboard Award Winning Mentors (Jon Secada, Rudy Perez, Mark Hudson & David Frangioni). Enjoy some Lite Bites & a Welcome Drink. Free Chamber Event.

Remember the IDA Program Official Gala will take place on Thursday (next day) @ AVENUE D Downtown Miami.
For more info regarding the IDA program, please visit www.IDAprogram.com

After 38 Years, Henry Stone returns to Booty Shakin’ with Booty Shakin’ Time by Jake the Dog

Henry Stone is back with the Booty! The newest release from Henry Stone Music – “Booty Shakin’ Time” – recalls the first “Shake Your Booty” almost 40 years ago.

Word from Henry Stone: 38 years ago, I was sitting in the office with KC and the Sunshine Band and had to pick up a third album after two #1 worldwide hits. We were talking about “Shake Your Booty” and everyone thought it was too dirty. But I told them we were going with it. Three weeks later, it was another #1 hit. Now, 38 years later, we are still shaking our booty with “Booty Shakin’ Time”!

Jake The Dog was raised on the heavy boom of Miami Bass and the booty shake of the Goombay beat. Booty Shakin’ Time is his tribute to the sounds of rap and bass that he grew up on. The record is executive produced by dance music pioneer Henry Stone, features Miami Bass pioneer Joe Stone, and is produced and engineered by George “Chocolate” Perry, the bass player from the Bee Gees. Now, that’s a lot of bass!

EP CD available at henrystonemusic.com, Downloads available on iTunes and many other services.
Facebook Link

Booty Shakin Time EP

Havana Fusion Underground at PAX by Bob Quesada

The sound is flawless. The melody emanating from the twelve musicians known as: Charanga Tipica Tropical is as good as good will ever get. This is a cohesiveness which can only be achieved after nearly forty years of playing together. It is the fusion that we know as “salsa”, being played the way it was meant to be played; with violins, flute, piano, trombones, bass, and of course: percussion, plenty of percussion.

On the dance floor some of the best dancers anywhere are going all out. Now, this is not the watered down stuff that you see on some tv shows, nobody here is dancing for ratings, they are dancing for the sheer enjoyment of moving their bodies to the rhythm of the music, and the moves are simply amazing. The dance floor is big enough to accommodate pros and amateurs alike, everybody has a smile on their face.

“Havana Fusion Underground” is the brainchild of Rene Gueits, a salsa dancing master himself and owner of “Salsa Lovers”, Miami’s premier salsa dancing school (98,000 students so far…and counting). Gueits has brought together the band, cigar rollers, a dance art exhibit, a dance showcase by the salsa lovers student team and even a latin food truck to make this an unforgettable event in what could easily be described as the most eclectic place to party.

We are at the Performing Arts Exchange or “PAX”, a venue preferred by some of the best known international artists such as Ricardo Arjona, Chino y Nacho and Gaby Moreno just to name a few. There’s reason for these artists to want to perform here. Roxanne Scalia, one of the founders explains it this way: “PAX is about finding the authenticity in art…everything we book at PAX is very scrutinized…we are an independent performing arts center…we focus on latin and world music …we have over 740 yards of acoustic sound” she adds: “My whole intention of opening this place is I want every customer to walk out with something more… when you give good art, you walk out that much smarter”.


To find out about Salsa Lovers:  www.salsalovers.com

To find out about events at PAX:  www.paxmiami.com

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CALL TO ARTISTS! DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 30th. Fundraiser benefitting Camillus House is seeking artwork for display.

The Miami Artists Exchange is proud to announce “Covers for the Cold”, a fundraiser benefiting Camillus House at Will Call Miami, Friday Dec 14th.

The purpose of the event is to collect warm clothing/ food

donations as well as cash donations to feed and clothe our city’s

homeless population during our winter months, when temperatures

unexpectedly dip.

The night will feature live local bands performing cover songs as well

as original music, visual art displays, comedians, a raffle, and

silent art auction.

We are seeking artwork with themes of :







for display and sale during the show. Please let us know if you would like to donate a piece for the silent auction.

We are also seeking live painters and body painters.

There is no commission for any artwork sold. Donations benefiting the fundraiser will be at the artists discretion and greatly appreciated.

Please send images of the pieces you would like to submit to:





Thank you so much for your support!


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