Local Hero: Andrew Yeomanson

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Andrew Yeomanson is a Miami based DJ, better known as DJ Le Spam of Spam Allstars.

Who has been your most influential mentor?

There are a few.  Carlos Suarez and Michael Dean who have always turned me on to great records.
Producer Susan Rogers gave me a lot of encouragement and lent me the money to make the first Spam Allstars Cd.
My manager Melanie Masterson.. and others.

How did you get to where you are today?

I decided many years ago I wanted to work at what I was most passionate about, since making that decision,
I have been following along a path.. which leads up until now.

How did you get to be a community leader?

I don’t know the answer to this.
I try to do a good job and help out when I can.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully a bit farther down that path!

What about this city inspires you?

Miami’s many contradictions. The people of this city, and the music they brought with them.

What is your favorite thing about Miami?

Our lush tropical flora and fauna.

Miami should be… trying to preserve more of it’s classic buildings.

Miami could be… under water in 50 years.

Miami wants to be… more.

Miami needs… better public transportation for all.


Public Art Wednesday: Spotlight on Ileana Collazo


Ileana Collazo is an extraordinary artists who is currently residing in Miami.  Born in Cuba, she has lived all over the place, including Spain, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts.  Ileana’s passion for art began when she was a child in her grandmothers garden.  She drew inspiration from the beautiful and colorful flowers that her grandmother planted.

She began her artistic journey writing poems and fiction.  Eventually her art became her paintings and she was inspired to create her “Night Gardens Collection.” Today Ileana’s art includes digital paintings, geometric excursions, bursts of abstract shapes and colors and GRAMFFITI, which she describes as the first graffiti made by a grandma, for which she was baptized.

Ileana describes her paintings as, “her gift to the world and everyone who falls in love with them.”  She explains that her artwork represents the twists, turns and bumps that we all face in life.

Today, Ileana lives in Miami with her husband Miguel, her four dogs and her one cat.  She continues to make and promote art at her Collazo Art Studio.

Check out the artwork done by Lleana: Here!   

Who is your favorite artist in Miami? Tweet us at @Loop305 with the hash tag #PublicArtWednesday and they could be featured in our next blog!

-Samantha Wagner

Talk About it Tuesday: UberX and Lyft Controversy


UberX and Lyft Services are currently illegal in Miami, but stopping them from being used may be harder than the Miami-Dade law enforcement for sees. In short UberX and Lyft are similar to hailing a cab except you can just download an app on your phone which allows you to name the location you want to be picked up and the location you want to be taken too. UberX and Lyft have a large emphasis on customer service. In their training they focus on the importance of making riders feel comfortable so they want to use the service again. An interesting thing about Uber and Lyft is that at the end of the ride the driver and passenger rate their experience in the car. Allowing for drivers to know if the passenger is inappropriate or driver, vice versa.

Though UberX and Lyft services are currently illegal, drivers don’t seem to be afraid to continue working. Caught drivers will be fined up to $2000, but the companies stated that these are just another start up cost for them. They feel confident that eventually their services will be legal.   Cab drivers are currently frustrated with these new forms of transportation, but are at a loss for a solution. In the end everyone is just trying to make some extra money. New York City and Boston, to name a few are two cities that have currently embraced the UberX and Lyft car services and it has worked out nicely for them.

As Miami residents how do you feel about the new UberX and Lyft services being legalized? Do you think it will hurt the current public transportation system, or do you think it will just allow people with more options? Let us know on twitter! Tweet us at @Loop305 with the hash tag #TalkAboutitTuesday


-Samantha Wagner

Music Monday: The Fillmore Miami Beach



Miami New Times, “Best Of” awards for the year of 2014, recently awarded the Best Rock Club to The Fillmore. The Fillmore actually got its start back in 1950 when it was called The Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium. People flocked from all over to watch music, comedy and dance performances including Frank Sinatra, who used to be a regular at the Auditorium in its day. In the 1960s The Ed Sullivan Show, the Miss USA pageant and The Dick Clark show were all filmed at the Auditorium. In the 1970’s The Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium got a makeover and a new name when Morris Lapidus renovated it. The new Miami Beach Theatre of Performing Arts became home for touring Broadway shows such as Timbuktu, Gypsy and West Side Story! In the 1990s the theatre had more musicians performing at it, with artists such as Seal, Marc Anthony and Lenny Kravitz drawing in the crowds. In 2007 the theatre received its final makeover as it underwent a multi-million dollar renovation operated by Live Nation. The now Fillmore hosts some of the biggest names in music.

If you haven’t made it to the Fillmore yet now is your chance!

Follow this Link for the Fillmore’s concert calendar and follow them on Twitter for daily updates!

What’s your favorite music venue in Miami? Let us know on Twitter, tweet us at @Loop305 with the hash tag #MusicMonday


-Samantha Wagner

Where to be: 7/25- 7/31


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!

Friday, July 25, 2014 10:00pm – 5:00am

Dating & Looking Singles Mixer

Fifty Ultra Lounge

485 Brickell Avenue,

Miami, Florida 33131

Eventbrite Link

Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00pm – 2:00am

Fashion X Music Event Series

SLS Hotel Hyde Beach

1701 Collins Ave,

Miami, Florida 33139

Webpage Link

Sunday, July 27, 2014 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Summer Fashion Bash

The Social Lubricant Lounge

167 NW 23rd St,

Miami, Florida 33127

Webpage Link

Monday, July 28, 2014 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Peruvian Independence Day

La Mar

500 Brickell Key Drive,

Miami, Florida 33131

Webpage Link

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:30am – 10:00pm

National Lasagna Day

BRIO Tuscan Grille

14576 SW 5th Street,

Pembroke Pines, Florida 33082

Webpage Link

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Free Legal Corporate Entity Workshop

Miami Entrepreneurship Center (MEC261)

261 NE 1st Street,

Miami, Florida 33132


Cost: Free

Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Last Builder and Sugar Cane Alley

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

1103 Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, Florida 33132

Webpage Link


Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 17 Pop-Up Social Event 8/19/14

Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 17 Pop-Up Social Event
Tuesday, August 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm
RiverOfArtWeb17SOULTongue & Cheek
431 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139, Map
Tickets: $10 with Advance RSVP using discount code “SOUL” ($20 regular price without RSVP)

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and artists. More than just an art show, more than just a networker, this is a true cultural social gathering. We use the power of the arts to bring people together to create a community greater than the sum of its parts.
Instagram Hashtag: #RiverOfArt

Featured Artists: Monique Lassooij, Judith Mistor, Alejandro Cuadra, Prince Aderele

Featured Charities: Indie Film Club, Whereby.US

Music by DJ Hank Justice

Supported by Fabulous MiamiYOMiamiSocialMedia305PARK ProjectYou and I Are Love

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week. Tongue and Cheek will be providing complimentary tastings and 10% off dinner after the show! The modest $10 door fee goes to support Life Is Art’s mission.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing.

Monique Lassooij
Monique Lassooij was born and raised in The Netherlands and moved several years ago to Miami, Florida. Her paintings hang in numerous private collections in the US and abroad. Ms. Lassooij finds her inspiration in colors and how those colors affect the subject whether she is painting on canvas, wood or a wall. Her subjects are often not placed within a context-giving background, allowing a single or combination of colors and geometric shapes to illuminate the chosen topic.

Judith Mistor
Ms. Mistor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Detroit and Marygrove College, and is the Ceramics/Sculpture teacher at a private secondary school in Miami, Florida. She is an associate artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex, also in Miami, and an artist member of the Detroit Artist’s Market. She also has membership in the NAEA (National Art Educator’s Association). Ms. Mistor’s exhibition credits include: University of Detroit, Marygrove College (Detroit, Michigan), Detroit Artist’s Market, Gallery 24 (Bal Harbour, Florida), Brockway Memorial Library (Miami Shores, Florida), Mid-Hudson Arts and Sciences (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), One Biscayne Tower (Miami, Florida), Bakehouse Art Complex (Miami, Florida), Kavachnina Contemporary Gallery (Miami, Florida), Sculpt Miami (Art Basel satellite fair in Wynwood Arts District, Miami, Florida), Violeta’s (Coral Gables, Florida), Best Sculpture Award in the Pembroke Pines Ninth Annual Juried Competition (Pembroke Pines, Florida), the Garden Building in Miami Design District, and Miami Country Day School, where she created two permanent ceramic installations. Her work is also in a number of private collections.

Alejandro Cuadra
Alejandro is a Costa Rican born Fine Artist and Graphic Designer who is currently living in South Florida. When he moved to Florida he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Art and Art Education from the Miami-Dade College and a Bachelor in Graphic Design from Miami International University of Art and Design, but to a large degree his education is a self-taught. He is an artist who enjoys working with different media, among them: color pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, oil, acrylic paint and photography and digital art. Alejandro currently works as a graphic designer and as a freelance artist and illustrator. His art is a mixture of dreams and surrealistic memories. Alejandro uses art to express his inner feelings through enigmatic images. Among the themes that he prefers to create are fantastic scenes, science fiction concepts, religious ideas, collages, childhood memories, figure drawing, surrealistic landscapes, and artwork of animals and nature.

Prince Aderele
Prince Adérelé from the Royal Lineage of HRM Oba (King) Rufus Adesokeji Aderele Tewogboye II, The Osemawe of Ondo, Yoruba Empire, Nigeria, a multi-talented performing artist whose work is well known and respected on two continents, as an accomplished Visual Artist, Master Percussionist, Sacred Yoruba Choreographer/ Dancer and Arts Educator. Int’l Artist in Residence with the Osun’s Village & African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor Initiative in Miami, Florida. The Osun’s Village & African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor Initiative is a project Of Community Builders HDC, an Int’l Not for Profit/Mutual Benefit Organization based in South Florida.

Indie Film Club
We are a startup South Florida film collective with the goal of empowering emerging creatives and innovative projects through low cost film screenings, craft-specific workshops, production support and creative meetups. Through creative friction, we activate the stories of tomorrow.

WhereBy.Us designs smart, creative experiences for locals. We work with organizations and companies around Miami to build unique media content and innovative events that unleash group creativity and get people engaged in ideas—whether they’re simple or complex, serious or fun.

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About In The Loop 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture.

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.


Local Hero: Andrés Ponce



Andrés Ponce is currently the producer of the Elastic Bond Band.

Who has been your most influential mentor?

My parents and two good professors I had: Francisco Domingo and Roy Pritts.

How did you get to where you are today?

By doing what I love, working hard and persevering at it and having a bit of luck too ;)

How did you get to be a community leader?

By working hard on the Miami music scene with Elastic Bond and other musical collaborations. Now we get to promote and represent our local Miami community whenever we travel. I am proud to be also a leader as a stepfather and doing musical workshops with kids whenever there’s an opportunity.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself somewhere nice with proximity to nature, loving my family, making music and enjoying life the best that I can.

What about this city inspires you?

All the immigrants that came here pursuing their dreams and leaving past lives behind.

What is your favorite thing about Miami?

Its winter, the beach and the different cultures that coexist here.

Miami should be…  a great place to live

Miami could be… more unified

Miami wants to be… real and find its own identity, but it’s challenging when corporations want to keep building casinos and Walmarts here.

Miami needs…  more arts and music programs for its people, better public transportation





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