28 April 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 74 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with Hialeah City Commissioner Paul B. Hernandez.
Grant began by talking about a new development project in Overtown, the “Miami Innovation Tower”. While the project might possibly be worthwhile, special attention needs to be paid to the visual elements on the building exterior to ensure that visual pollution from extensive advertisements does not occur.
Then, Paul B. Hernandez joined the show to talk about the current happenings in the Miami-Dade County’s second-largest municipality, the City of Hialeah. He talked about the governmental structure of Hialeah, where every commissioner is at-large and represents the entire city.
He also talked about how Hialeah is looking to become a new haven for artists in Miami-Dade County by creating a new arts district within the city boundaries. The new arts district will extend along East 10th Ave from 9th Street (NW 62nd St in the county numbering system) to 17th Street (NW 71st St). It will be a place where artists can live, work, and display their art.
Grant Stern and Commissioner Hernandez also gave a brief history of Hialeah. They talked about the financial demographics of the area and the dynamics of real estate within the city.
Finally, Commissioner Hernandez talked about a kickoff event that will happen on May 17. For more information and updates, search the hashtag #HialeahNow or follow @LeahArtsDistrict on Instagram.
Later, Xavier Gonzalez joined the show to talk about the second annual eMerge Americas convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The main event will be Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5. It’s a chance for executives to network and talk about technology.
Special guest presenters include the Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development chief Julian Castro.
At the beginning of the second hour, Grant was joined by local poet Antonia Wright. She talked about her start in poetry and the closing events for the O, Miami poetry festival that has been running throughout the month of April in various places around Miami-Dade. Antonia also shared an original poem, You Must Be An Artist.
Finally, Grant was joined by the Drastic Fanatic and Jose El Rey to talk sports. They spoke about the upcoming NFL draft and whether the top draft pick will be Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariotta, or a dark horse. They also talked about what teams might be trying to move up or down in the draft. They gave their opinions on what approach the Dolphins should take and what holes need to be filled. They guys also talked about the Marlins turnaround and the NBA playoffs.
7 April 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 71 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with blogger Roger Craver, an activist whom the Wall Street Journal called “a assassin of all things right-wing.”
The show began with Grant’s rant on the recent tactic employed by the city of Miami to combat citizens seeking good government who have challenged the city’s actions in court. The City of Miami is fighting numerous court cases challenging it actions by arguing that these citizens who are suing the city lack the standing to do so; in other words, because they are not personally harmed any more than any other citizen, they need to express their discontent at the ballot box, not in court.
For the balance of the first hour, blogger Roger Craver joined host Grant Stern to talk about his background in helping create citizens’ action groups such as Common Cause, the National Organization for Women, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Greenpeace. They also talked about the issues currently facing the city of Miami, including the need for transparency in city government dealings. Roger spent some time talking about how average citizens can get involved in government and become active in achieving change. He also talked about the upcoming elections for the city of Miami commission, primarily the race to replace District 2 Commissioner Mark Sarnoff. Finally, Roger and Grant talked about one of Roger’s newest projects, the Coalition Against Causeway Chaos, which, among other things, is challenging the proposed Watson Island Flagstone development, where developers received a below-market rent for city-owned waterfront property to construct a shopping center, hotel, and marina. However, citizens are questioning the value of the project and the potential traffic impact to the MacArthur Causeway.
In the beginning of the second hour, Grant talked with Ashley M. Jones from the O, Miami poetry festival which will be happening throughout the month of April in various places around Miami. She shared her own poem, Letter to Miami (Using Lyrics from the Golden Girls Miami Jingle). The first big event of the festival happens at the Soundscape Park on Sunday, April 12 from 4pm to 9pm. For more information about all of the events of the O, Miami festival, visit their website at http://www.omiami.org/. You can also follow them on Twitter (@omiamifestival).
Finally, Grant talked about the Marlin’s Opening Day, which included perhaps the first rain delay in a stadium equipped with a roof. He also talked about the Heat, who are in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time in five years because of numerous injuries.
24 March 2015 Brandon Mowry
In this clip from the #OnlyinMiami Show, host Grant Stern was joined by DJ Andres Fresko, a Miami native who is making the circuit in the electronic music scene. He will be performing at this weekend’s Ultra Music Festival, as well as other events in town. He talked about getting started in the EDM music scene and about his recent tour with DJ Carnage. He also shared some of his recent tracks and talked about the creation process for his music. He played one of his newest tracks, a remix done for Borgias, which is so new it hasn’t been officially released. To connect with Andres on social media, connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndresFresko, follow him on Twitter at @AndresFresko or on Instagram at @andresfresko/. You can also find him on SoundCloud at @andresfresko.
13 March 2015 Brandon Mowry
It’s a big weekend of events in Miami. Here are some highlights:
In the 1980s, the city streets of Miami hosted a number of auto races. However, with the construction of the Homestead Miami Speedway, the races travelled south out of the city of Miami. However, auto racing is returning to the streets of downtown Miami on Saturday, March 14 with the inaugural presentation of the Miami ePrix, a motorsports race featuring Indy-style race cars. The twist is that the cars are powered by electricity instead of gasoline. Bea Garcia of race-sponsor DHL stopped by the show to talk about the race and how it works. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit miami.fiaformulae.com/
17th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit at Grand Central
In the past election, Amendment 2 would have amended the Florida Constitution to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes. While it received 58% of the vote, it failed to reach to 60% needed to pass. However, the push to legalize medical marijuana continues. Flash from Ploppy Palace Productions stopped by the show to talk about the 17th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit event taking place Saturday, March 14. The event will feature live music, special speakers, and live art demonstrations. There will also be political action activities, including a signature drive for the petition to include a referendum on the 2016 ballot that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. There will be a voter registration drive as well. For more information and to purchase discounted advance tickets, visit www.ploppypalace.com.
Calle Ocho Festival
The largest block party in Miami (and maybe the country), the Calle Ocho festival, happens this Sunday in Little Havana. In this clip from the #OnlyInMiami show, Tony Lorenzo talks about the festival sponsored by the Kiwanis of Little Havana. The event features music and food, and is a fundraiser for the year-round activities of the Kiwanis, which include full scholarships for deserving college students and summer camps for children, among others. For more information about the #CalleOcho2015 festival, visit http://www.carnavalmiami.com. You can also download the Calle Ocho app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store. Finally, you can follow @Carnaval_Miami on Twitter for festival updates.
12 March 2015 Brandon Mowry
In this clip from the #OnlyInMiami show, Tony Lorenzo stopped by the show to talk about this weekend’s Calle Ocho Festival sponsored by the Kiwanis of Little Havana. The event features music and food, and is a fundraiser for the year-round activities of the Kiwanis, which include full scholarships for deserving college students and summer camps for children, among others. For more information about the #CalleOcho2015 festival, visit http://www.carnavalmiami.com. You can also download the Calle Ocho app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store. Finally, you can follow @Carnaval_Miami on Twitter for festival updates.
10 March 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 67 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured a preview of the Calle 8 festival occurring this weekend in Little Havana in Miami.
7 March 2015 Brandon Mowry
Native Miamian, Sol Ruiz, stopped by the show to talk about her music and her band, Picadillo, who will be performing at Carnaval on the Mile on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8. She talked about how the band got together and about their musical influences. She also shared some recent tracks from their recent album. For more information about Carnaval on the Mile, visit carnavalmiami.com/. Picadillo will be playing on the Le Jeune stage on Saturday at 4:20pm and on Sunday at 3:00pm.
17 February 2015 Brandon Mowry
Miami is a city that always has something to do, and on episode 64 of the Only In Miami Show, we featured two local events coming up this weekend: Eats ‘N Beats and the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival.
The show started with guest host Drastic Fanatic talking with Tony Guerra about the 2015 edition of Eats ‘n Beats, a food and music event which will be held Saturday, February 21 in Miami’s Design District. They were joined by Chef Adrienne, who will be one of the featured chefs for the event. The event features local restaurants and chefs who will be offering samples of their menu. There will also be live music and DJs. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.eatsnbeatsmiami.com
We then turned our attention to another big event coming up this weekend: the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival. The Grassroots Festival consists of live music and dance performances, with stages set up around Virginia Key. DJ LaSpam from the Spam All-Stars called in to talk with Michael Mut about his music and his upcoming appearance at the festival. We also got a chance to listen to some of the All-Stars’ music throughout the show. We were also joined Ed Cardona, from Nag Champayons, who talked about the foundations of the band and their current gigs. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, visit virginiakeygrassroots.org
We finished up the show talking about the current happenings in the world of sports. We recapped the NBA All-Star Game and all of the surrounding events like the three-point contest and the dunk contest. We also talked a little about upcoming transactions, including Amar’e Stoudamire’s departure from the New York Knicks and where he might end up playing for the rest of the season.