Caribbean Marketplace Grand Opening 7/18/14

Caribbean Marketplace Grand Opening
hiresofficialcaribbeanmarketplacelowresJuly 18, 2014, 4:30pm – 7pm
Caribbean Marketplace
5925 NE 2nd Ave
Miami FL 33029
(Beside the Little Haiti Cultural Center)
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The re-establishment of this Marketplace is a collaborative effort of the City of Miami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

The 9,500-square-foot space will include a refreshment and concession area, as well as, gift shops, art and craft vendors that reflect the beautiful diversity of the Caribbean. Low rates, technical and marketing assistance will be provided to all vendors. It is anticipated that new businesses will be created in this cultural hub, resulting in employment opportunities for the local community. A media plan has been put in place to promote the market to locals and international tourists. Government entities from the Caribbean community are encouraged to have cultural representation within this newly renovated space. Vendor applications are currently being reviewed.

The CMP will be opened to the general public Thursday to Sunday from 11am – 11pm

The venue is available for private events, community gatherings. State of the art sound and lighting are available in the renovated space.

16th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival 8/9/14

16th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival
Saturday, 08/09/2014 – 08:00 pm –
10360770_10152150400211485_7504105030852512144_n7th Circuit Studios
228 NE 59th Street,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: $10 – $15

Local non-profit organization Community Arts and Culturewill once again celebrate African music and culture through at its yearly signature event called the Afro Roots World Music Festival on August 9, 2014. This year’s incarnation, the 16th overall, features an explosive lineup of local, regional and international acts, including headliners Suenalo (Miami), The Resolvers (Deerfield Beach), Morikeba Kouyate (Senegal), the Miami Street Band (Miami), Ephniko (Colombia) and DJ Le Spam (Montreal / Miami). The all-ages concert will be held at 7th Circuit Studios (228 NE 59th Street, Miami, FL 33137) beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at; admission is $15 on the day of show.

“I’m proud and excited to present the 2014 Afro Roots Fest lineup once again featuring Senegal’s Morikeba Kouyate plus local favorites Suenalo, the Resolvers, DJ Le Spam and more,” says Community Arts and Culture’s executive director Jose Elias. “We feel the event has been getting better each year and this lineup is surely a testament to that. We are looking forward to celebrating the wide-spread influence that Africa has on music and continuing the mission of Community Arts and Culture, which is to foster an appreciation of the arts and culture through education.”

Kouyate, a 2012 Afro Roots Fest performer, is a seventh-generation Jali (Griot) who has performed professionally for more than thirty years throughout the U.S. and internationally as a solo artist, enticing audiences young and old with exciting music and engaging stories. He performs in his traditional Mandingo language, providing translations in English and French. Kouyate’s two releases, The Music of Senegal and Mandingo Royals & Warriors Folklore are traditional and contemporary songs and stories which share the 700+ year history of the Mandingo people.

Suenalo’s “AfroLatinBabymakin’DescargaFunk” has been literally moving fans since the band’s inception in the early 2000s, positioning them among the most-popular acts originating in Miami and making their performances a top local draw. Their unique mash-up of Latin, Afro-Caribbean, funk, hip-hop and R&B influences today defines the “Miami sound” and has earned them much press coverage and accolades such as the Miami New Times’ Best of awards for “Best Latin Rock Band”, “Best Latin Band” and “Best Band – Reader’s Choice.” Their releases include Collages (2003), 2006’s Suenalo, 2009’s Live at Transit and this year’s single “305”, which precedes an upcoming new full-length.

The Resolvers coined the phrase “Big Band Reggae” to describe their sound, which combines classic Jamaican roots and lively New Orleans stylings. Brother and sister Ojay and Sahara Smith (children of Ernie Smith) both take turns on lead vocals, fronting the band that features a blistering four-piece horn section. Their live shows have been described as”explosive” and “must see” and the band has gained the reputation as a premier reggae act. The band released an EP called Big Band Reggae in 2012 and continue to tour nationally in support of it.

Ephniko is a bilingual songwriter, DJ and emcee originally from Columbia and now residing in Miami. His style has been compared to Mos Def, the Orishas and Damian Marley and is a self-described “hip-hop educator/researcher” who does workshops with youth programs at area festivals, juvenile detention centers and schools. Ephniko released his debutEscribo Lo Que Vivo in 2008, a mixtape called Dig in 2010 and his music has been featured on more than a dozen and compilations since. He continues to DJ and tour South America to this day.

The Miami Street Band is probably best-recognized for their on-court performances in the NBA as the Miami HEAT Street Band. They play everything ranging from pop, Latin, hip-hop, R&B and even custom songs based on requests. Not just musicians, they are entertainment group who dance to every song, perform intricate routines and even provides crowd interaction from sing-a-longs to limbos. The Miami Street Band can range in size from 10-50 players.

Andrew Yeomanson is also known as DJ Le Spam, musicologist and founder / leader of the Spam Allstars. An extremely skilled musician, he also played guitar and toured in local legend Nil Lara’s band and today serves as producer for local and international acts from his North Miami-based City of Progress Studio. His vinyl collection numbers more than 10,000 and covers a broad spectrum of genres from Latin to funk, Afrobeat, hip-hop and R&B. He and his group tour the U.S. constantly, playing large music festivals, and are currently working on a new release, the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2007’sElectrodomesticos.

The Afro Roots World Music Festival is sponsored in part by the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Sponsorship packages are still available and CAC is accepting tax-deductible donations for the day-of-event fundraising raffle.

For more information, please call 305.757.7277 or visit



Founded in 2002, Community Arts and Culture, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, aims to foster 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. They provide underserved areas with an outlet to participate in outreach programs and to nurture an array of local artists whom exemplify the diversity found in the South Florida community.

CAC produces and co-produces several events during the year including the A Day at the Beach concert series, the Afro Roots World Music Festival and Elements of Culture, Festival of the Drum and Let the Children Have Music and Dance events.

For more information, visit, email or call 786.218.6854.

Gabel at Big Night in Little Haiti celebrating Fete de la Musique 6/20/14

Gabel at Big Night in Little Haiti celebrating Fete de la Musique
Friday, 06/20/2014 – 06/20/2014 06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
BNLHjune14eflyerLittle Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59 Terrace,
212 NE 59 Terrace, Florida 33137
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Cost: Free

Fête de la Musique, a global celebration of music on the summer solstice, comes to Big Night in Little Haiti this month on June 20 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. The inspiration behind Fete, which began in Paris in 1982, is to welcome summer with free music. Prior to the main stage concert by popular young Haitian kompa group Gabel, there will be an open stage for the public to make music. Gabel began with a bang in 2006 – prestigious Kompa Magazine named the young Haitian group “New Band of the Year”. They have lived up to the promise – their fourth studio album will be released this June; they have 12 music videos, have played at two karnavals and are touring throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the US.

Average Joe Art Sale, Summer’s Here edition 6/1/14

Average Joe Art Sale, Summer’s Here edition
Sunday, 06/01/2014 – 03:00 pm – 08:00 pm
10171126_697142720346247_1642508342963530826_nYo Space
294 NE 62nd St,
Miami, Florida 33138
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Cost: Free

The whole idea behind these Average Joe sales was to make it possible for everyday people to be able to support their local artists by presenting art work in a laid back environment at affordable prices.

We have a new batch of visiting artists, along with our Resident Artists selling everything from original works, to limited edition prints, and merchandise for any budget, from $5 all the way up to $500 (Disclaimer: Resident Artists may have more expensive work in their studios)

Cog Nomen will be back with us this month, playing their electronic psychedelic tunes around 5-6pm.

This month we have a new featured installation created by one of our returning favorite visiting artists, Danny Ferrer, so make sure and stop by to check that out.

Resident Artists:
-Lorie Setton:
-Ivan Roque:
-Chy Tea Shoulin:
-Ramzi Adek:

Visiting Artists (list still in the making, will update as it gets finalized):
-Ian Fichman:
-Cory Hunter:
-Diane Hanson:
-Ill Surge:
-Raul Santos:
-Carlos Alejandro:
-J. Bellicchi (REMOTE):
-Ernesto Kunde:
-Rei Ramirez Fine Art:
-Danny Ferrer:

So come support some talented local artists, or just come for the ping pong, old school video games, and good conversation; either way you’re bound to have a nice, fun, relaxing day.

Photographs of Big Night in Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Center on 5/16/14

Big Night In Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Center on Friday,  Friday, May 16, 2014. May is Haitian Heritage Month, featuring the rasin (roots) group Boukman Eksperyans in concert. The exhibition in the gallery was Haiti by Design, presented with the Haitian Cultural Alliance. Haitian cuisine by Leela’s Lakay and Prestige Beer and Clairin Rum from Haiti at the bar.

Wow what a wonderful evening, the music was amazing and a awesome crowd everyone dancing and have a wonderful time.  Love this event…Big Night In Little Haiti is every third Friday, if you have not been you really should go.

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Carla Fache Open Her Studio At The Fountainhead 5/17/14

Carla Fache Open Her Studio At The Fountainhead
Saturday, 05/17/2014 – 06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
InviteStudioFountainhead Studios
7338 NW Miami Ct,
Miami, Florida 33150
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Cost: Free

Miami, FL May, 2014- Miami artist Carla Fache will be opening the doors of her Art studio on Saturday, May 17th

Visitors will have the opportunity to have an intimate look inside the artist’s studio and learn more about her new works.

In her studio, Fache will have some of her recent works in exhibition. Among them, “La Otra Mirada” an acrylic 3D painting, big paintings and a new installation.

“Opening the doors of my studio is like opening the door of color to my canvas’s mental space”, explains Fache.

Carla Fache is a chilean born, Miami-based visual artist who explores the frontiers of color, space, balance and matter, through her paintings and installations.

Her work unfolds the juncture of parallel scenarios that occur simultaneously to quotidian realities, providing dimensions of escape against the society status quo, leverage a reconnection through her canvas portals.

Color is essential in Fache’s work; she explores its infinite combinations and balance through careful blending primary and secondary colors, re- contextualizing the concept of coexistence, time and universality; a return to the essential.

Her work employs a variety of materials including traditional canvas, but also introducing unusual artifacts, expanding outside of the two-dimensional plane of the canvas and into the surrounding environment.

Her more recent exhibitions include: Florida Museum for Women Artists, The Invisible Dog Art Center-New York, Armory Art Center- Palm Beach, Cambridge Art Association-Boston and Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Some of the places where her work has been exhibited are: CIFO Cisneros Fontanels Arts Foundation, The Bass Museum of Art, Deering Estate at Cutler, Lowe Art Museum, MOCA and Coral Gables Museum to mention a few.

Fache’s work has been included in many publications, such as: “Celeste Prize International 2011” New York, “White Hot Magazine”, “New York Art Collectors Book” NY, “Five centuries of Art” LA, “Libro de Arte Ibero Americano Contemporaneo” Argentina, “Studio Visit Magazine” by New American Paintings, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Knight Arts, Miami New Times, SunPost, Sun-Sentinel among others. Her work is included in important private and corporate collections.

Artist website:

Boukman Eksperyans at Big Night in Little Haiti celebrating Haitian Heritage Month 5/16/14

Boukman Eksperyans at Big Night in Little Haiti celebrating Haitian Heritage Month
Friday, 05/16/2014 – 06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
BNLHMay14web1Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59 Terrace,
Miami, Florida 33137
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

A very special night to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month, featuring the legendary Haitian rasin (roots) group Boukman Eksperyans in concert.

In the gallery, Haiti by Design, presented with the Haitian Cultural Alliance.

Open studios next door in the Haitian Cultural Alliance.

A rocking after party at 7th Circuit with the Moksha Roots Allstars and special guests.

The night will featuring delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Lakay, ice cold Prestige Beer and Clairin Rum at the bar, and more. Have you tried Clairin? It is a uniquely Haitian rum, imported to the US for the first time!

The hands-on art activities for kids are sponsored by Positive Impact Foundation / Kose Famn and Bass Museum of Art.

Big Night in Little Haiti takes place every 3rd Friday, free, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Major support is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Additional sponsors and partners include Prestige Beer, FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIAT of North Miami, BonBagayLakay, AmericanAirlines, The Miami Foundation, City of Miami, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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