30 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Miami has a vibrant music scene, and one local band has recently received industry recognition for their work. Steve Roitstein, from PALO!, stopped by the show to talk about the band’s recent successes. PALO! was nominated in 2014 for a Latin Grammy, was featured in the documentary Miami Boheme which won an Emmy award, and has recently been nominated for a “big” Grammy. Steve talked about the differences in perception between the Latin Grammy and the American Grammy. He also brought along one of the band’s recent tracks, which was featured on the show. To learn more about PALO!, visit their website, “Like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter (@gopalo).
29 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Fabi Patiños, lead singer of Lanzallamas, stopped by the show to talk about his band, their influences and inspirations, and the upcoming projects and performances. The group will be performing at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, which takes place February 19 to 22 and features live music and dance. Lanzallamas is a Miami-based group that mixes Afro-Latino rhythms with electronica and world beats. Their energetic music might make you want to get up and dance. Follow them on Twitter @lanzamusica or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanzallamas.
27 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 61 of the Only In Miami Show featured a special commentary from Grant Stern on developments in Tallahassee, where Governor Rick Scott unilaterally demanded the resignation of Gerald Bailey, the former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose agency is tasked with investigating government dealings to ensure accountability and transparency. Grant urged all Floridians to stand up for good government.
Adam Gersten, the bar barrister from Gramps (@grampswynwood), joined the show to talk about the joys and challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his time as an assistant state attorney in Key West and being involved in the public sector. Additionally, Adam and Grant spent a good deal of time speaking about the state of politics in the city of Miami and about growing up at the New World School of the Arts.
Also in the first hour, Megan Hull called in to discuss the plan to release genetically modified mosquitos into the Keys to combate Dengue Fever, which actually can’t be found in the Keys. The plan is to release sterile males to mate with the native females to produce offspring that will die off. This may endanger the natural balance and have undesired effects up and down the food chain. The Only In Miami Show will stay on top of this story and keep you updated.
In the second hour, Grant was joined by Fabi Patiño of Lanzallamas. The group will be performing at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in February, and Fabi talked about their inspirations and influences.
Grand then heard from Steve Roitstein, of the Afro-Cuban Funk Band PALO!, who have been nominated for a Grammy for their album PALO! Live. He talked about the differences between the Latin Grammys (for which the band was nominated in 2014) and the “big” Grammy awards.
Finally, Grant was joined as always by the Drastic Fanatic to discuss the wide world of sports, including a little football game coming up in Phoenix this weekend. They also talked about the goings-on in the NBA, including Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat (can anyone say, “Hassanity?”).
23 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Miami is blessed with lots of local musical talent. One such local band is Telekinetic Walrus, whose lead singer, the Time Zookeeper, stopped by the show to talk about the bands influences and inspirations, as well as the upcoming Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, which features all kinds of musical groups performing on four different stages. The Time Zookeeper also brought along some of the bands recent tracks, and he discussed them and the impetus for their creation. For more information about Telekinetic Walrus, you can visit their website, “Like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter (@tkwalrus). For more information about the Vigirnia Key Grassroots Festival, follow them on Twitter (@GrassrootsMiami).
20 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 60 of the Only In Miami Show began with host Grant Stern talking about a concerning situation in Tallahassee where Governor Rick Scott, whose administration and agencies (and quite possibly the governor himself) are being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), unilaterally forced the head of the FDLE to resign. Conveniently, the only person authorized to investigate this potential abuse of power is Rick Scott, who will likely not spend a great deal of time investigating himself! It is up to us, the citizens of Florida, to demand good government and transparency in its dealings.
Grant was then joined by Yeshi Milner of Miami’s Power U Center, an organization dedicated to organizing community involvement to preserve neighborhoods, fight for reproductive justice, and address a whole host of other social issues facing our community. She spoke at length about the non-indictments of Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer who performed a non-sanctioned choke hold on Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY, eventually leading to Garner’s death. She also talked about the protests that were organized in Miami during the Art Basel festival in early December and about the recent revelations that the North Miami Beach police department was using mugshots of people they had arrested for target practice in their gun range. A protest at the headquarters of the North Miami Beach police department (16901 NE 19th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33162) will be held on Tuesday, January 20 from 6pm to 9pm.
Grant was also joined by Marta Viciedo, founder of the Transit Action Committee. She spoke about the 2015 Transportation Summit sponsored by the Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust, which will be held on Thursday, January 22 on Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. She also spoke about the purpose of the Transit Action Committee, which advocates for smart growth when it comes to transportation improvements in Miami-Dade County.
The first hour concluded with an interview with Howard Tonkin, a citizen activist who has been opposing national retail giant Walmart’s plans to build a supercenter in North Miami. The problem with their plan is that the land on which they are planning to build is in the middle of a residential area. Building a Walmart there would subject residents to delivery trucks using residential streets to access the store. Not only that, the land in question is notorious for flooding. Walmart plans to elevate their land, meaning that the water will gather in the neighborhood streets, causing more flooding issues for residents.
At the beginning of the second hour, The Time Zookeeper, lead singer for local band Telekinetic Walrus, stopped by the show to talk about the band and about the Virginia Key Grassroots Music Festival, which is coming up on February 19.
Finally, the guys talked sports, including the NFL Conference championship games this past weekend and the upcoming Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
13 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 59 of the Only In Miami Show began with host Grant Stern presenting an editorial comment on the subject of free speech in the wake of the shootings at the headquarters of the political magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. He argued that free speech is essential to a democracy and must be protected, even when tragedies such as this occur.
Grant was then joined by the Sixth Floor Trio, a group of musicians who originally met at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The trio is responsible for producing the Garden Music Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden, which concludes this coming weekend. They talked about their beginnings as an ensemble and how they began getting involved with the festival. They then performed a couple of their tunes live on the air and talked about their plans for the future.
At the beginning of the second hour, Renyel Rivero joined the show to talk about Federico Britos about their latest recording project, Hot Club of the Americas, which can be found on CD Baby and also in the iTunes store for digital download. Finally, the gang talks sports, including the impressive Heat win against the Clippers.
27 October 2014 Grant Stern
It starts with this irony: Wynwood’s middle school doesn’t have an art department.
Due to budget restraints the Art’s Program was eliminated.
Jose De Diego Middle School is located on the cusp, but basically in Wynwood atat 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami.
Over 600 kids, grade 6-8, ages 11-14, are being denied access to the arts because there’s no money to hire a teacher.
For that matter, there’s no music program either.
It wasn’t always like this.
There’s a room at the school filled with 20 Kawasaki keyboards and grand pianos collecting dust.
There are closets filled with art supplies.
How can the most burgeoning art neighborhood on the planet have public schools that don’t teach art or music?
This is the question Patrick Walsh and Robert de los Rios asked themselves. If Wynwood is truly an outdoor museum, these two dudes are its greatest docents.
They do things not for money but because they care about the hood.
They understand the tragic irony.
Imagine you’re a student at JDD Middle; you’re surrounded by warehouses and walls painted in the most vivid ways imaginable, constructed by the world’s most treasured and talented artists.
Your schoolyard is literally in the world’s largest outdoor museum yet you can’t learn how to paint or draw in school.
Talk about being on the outside looking in. Talk about the gentrification of the future. It’s not acceptable.
It’s a crime that an art neighborhood has public schools without art departments.
What needs remembering, almost constantly, is that the residents of Wynwood and its surrounding neighborhoods — Edgewater, Allapattah, Brownsville, Overtown — are poor minorities.
Eighty-nine percent of students at JDD Middle are eligible for free meals. In 2014, a family of two needs to make an annual income below $20,449 to be eligible for free meals.
Fifty-three percent are Hispanic, and 46 percent are black; these students and their families need to feel included in their own neighborhood.
They need to be a part of what’s going on and they need access to an education.
There is a Special Event being planned for JDD Middle during Art Basel, it will be big and very inclusive.
It starts, of course, with art. The school itself will be used as a venue.
Starting around November 25, the walls of the school will be painted by an army of international and local artists. We’re talking big name artists like David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face and over 30 more confirmed.
There will be a concert on December 6 featuring an internationally popular musician.
There will be a raffle for a chance to win art and merchandise.
Other artists may donate pieces and if they do they will be sold privately. It only takes one or two pieces from some of these guys to generate hundreds of thousands (buzz is some big dogs know about this project and approve).
The rest of the community is lending a hand.
Gallery owners like Robert Fontaine, Gregg Sheinbaum and Anthony Spinello are paying for the lifts so their artists can work. Liquitex is donating the paint.
This is the beginning. It’s just coming together.
The goal is to raise $500,000 with all proceeds going to the school to hire teachers. Their vision goes beyond this school with the premise that this “template” could potentially be applied at other schools.
I wish this project the best.
This is awesome and it’s totally grassroots community engagement.
Coming soon, students at JDD will be bragging because their facilities are getting a serious makeover that might just make them the coolest looking middle school on the planet.
Just imagine how those barren white walls will look after Art Basel, only a few short weeks away.
Follow J.J. Colagrande on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jjcolagrande
10 February 2014 Grant Stern