Music Monday: Miami Raised Musicians


Having a successful career in music can be a tricky task to accomplish, but the people of Miami have a special spark and flair that gives them the edge they need to succeed. Miami is a hot city filled with even hotter talent, especially when it comes to music!

Gloria Estefan, Trina, Luther Campbell, Trick Daddy and Jon Secada (to name a few) all grew up in Miami and have had tremendous success in the music industry.

Gloria Estefan attended St. Michael-Archangel School and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami. She also worked at the Miami International Airport as an English/Spanish/French translator in the Customs Department, prior to her success in music.

Trina grew up in Miami and attended the Miami Northwestern Senior High School. She began her career as a model and a rapper in Miami prior to her career taking off when she was featured on Trick Daddy’s second album.

Luther Campbell better known as Luke was born in Miami Beach. Prior to his music career Luke worked as a cook at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, while promoting concerts and bringing together the hottest rap groups in Miami. He also participated in an 8-week study program at the public radio station WDNA.

Trick Daddy, the well-known rapper and producer grew up in Miami as well. After being featured on one of Luke Campbell’s songs from his album, “Uncle Luke,” his career began to take off.

Jon Secada, known as the Cuban American singer songwriter was born in Cuba, but raised in Hialeah, Florida. Secada attended high school at South Florida’s Hialeah High School then went on to Miami Dade Community College before transferring to the University of Miami. He received his bachelors in Music and earned a Master’s in Jazz Vocal Performance.

This list just goes to show, being raised in Miami will give anyone that extra edge they need to conquer the music industry. Miami is due for a new music star! Who will be Miami’s next music sensation? Tweet us some of your favorite upcoming musicians in Miami at @Loop305 with the hash tag #MusicMonday


-Samantha Wagner

Where to be: 6/27-7/3

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Here at In The Loop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us @Loop305 using #WhereToBe hashtag!

6/27/14 6:00pm-11:00pm

Sagamore, The Art Hotel

1671 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Beats N’ Bubbles Spectacle Recordings Launch Event

RSVP: Facebook

6/28/14 1:00pm-2:00pm

Pérez Art Museum Miami

1103 Biscayne Blvd,

Miami, Florida 33132

PAMM Art Storytime

More info: Webpage Link

6/29/14 11:00am-5:00pm

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

1300 Biscayne Blvd

Miami, FL 33132

Social Media Day Miami 2014

Register: Website

6/30/14 9:30am-4:30pm

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL

Butterfly Conservatory

More info: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

7/1/14 7:00pm-10:00pm

The Cabaret South Beach

233 12th Street

Miami Beach, FL

Ricky Williams

7/2/14 8:30pm

Intercontinental at Doral Miami

2505 NW 87 Avenue

Doral, Florida 33172

Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas Comedy

More info: Facebook Link

7/3/14 8:00pm

John Martin’s Irish Pub

253 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables, FL

Team Trivia Thursdays

Music Monday: Concerts


Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate! The best way to celebrate the arrival of summer is with some LIVE MUSIC! For this weeks #MusicMonday we are hooking you up with some of Miami’s best FREE concerts going on this week!

This Monday check out…

The Eric Vick Band

8:00pm 6/23/14

Tobacco Road

626 S. Miami Ave. Miami, FL

This Tuesday check out…

Metro Sound

7:00pm 6/24/14

Bayside Marina Stage

401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL

This Wednesday check out…

JD Dawkins

10:00pm 6/25/14

The Cabaret South Beach

233 12th Street Miami Beach, FL

This Thursday check out…

Winston & Co

2:00pm 6/26/14

Bayside Marina Stage

401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL

This Friday check out…

#Coleworld with DJ Jared Cole

11:00pm 6/27/14

Jada Coles

2845 Coral Way Miami, FL

This Saturday check out…

Motel Mel

7:00pm 6/28/14

The Fish House

10000 SW 56th St. Miami, FL

Have you heard of any great music events going on in Miami this week? Let us know on twitter! Tweet us at @Loop305 with the hash tag #MusicMonday


-Samantha Wagner

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

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

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


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