Gummdrops, Wynwood-based Booking Agency, Takes Over Third Thursdays at Stache

Courtesy of Dean Taha

Wynwood during a Second Saturday art walk might poetically be described as a veritable Dionysian bacchanal of now sound and inner vision. Or, less poetically, as the loudest party in the largest outdoor street museum in the world. This night is unlike any other night anywhere ever, thanks to the creatives who live, work, play, and prey in the hood named Wynwood and to the people who enable those creatives.

Few are as essential to the wow of Wynwood as Dean Taha. As a board member at both Rhythm Foundation and Biscayne Waterkeeper and among the hierarchy of Ground Up Collective, Taha is in on everything from world music to saving the world. But it is as founder and head of Gumm­drops, a booking and management agency, that he influences the way the world's gonna turn. Why? Because Gummdrops reps the racketmakers who ensure the visualists get heard throughout Miami and beyond.

To that end, Gummdrops will be taking over programming at Stache 1920's Drinking Den on the third Thursday of every month, culling talent from Taha's roster. New Times sat the man down at the Butcher Shop, and asked him to bring us up to the minute.

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Dirty Heads' Duddy Talks About Anti-Bullying Song "Silence"

Dirty Heads mixes hip-hop, ska, rock and pop to create a smooth sound that hits hard. The Huntington Beach, California, band is making a stop at Culture Room this week for two shows supported by the indie pop of Rome and surfer-turned-musician Makua Rothman.

Dirty Heads just released its fourth album Sound of Change. "It's bigger, it's broader, we want to try something different with this album," explains vocalist and guitarist Duddy. This evolution came from expanding the band's inner circle. "Working with different writers, producers, and trying new things," Duddy says.

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Compa Is the Next U.K. Bass DJ to Invade Too//Future: "Make Sure the Sound System Is On Point"

Too Future keeps bringing the bass.

Where's the best place to hear world-class bass music in South Florida? Would you believe it's Fat Cat's in downtown Fort Lauderdale? You would if you've ever been to Too//Future Mondays, the monthly party that packs more talented U.K. DJs into its beer-soaked walls than a Miami megaclub.

No bullshit, if you're looking for foundational dubstep, old-school drum 'n' bass, or just something deep, dark, and minimal, Too//Future is the only serious option. It's brought Younsta, J:Kenzo, Author, V.I.V.E.K., and more to the Fat Cat's humble stage, and now, it's pumped to bring Manchester's Compa for some atmospheric, ambient bass that's as beautiful as it is heavy.

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James Taylor and the All-Star Band Come to BB&T Center in Sunrise

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Nobody defines the sensitive singer/songwriter more than American musician James Vernon Taylor. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a warm, approachable singing style, Taylor took a different approach to music than that of the '60s protest folk singers. Rather than chanting about oppression, the maladies of society, or the violence of war, Taylor's tunes shifted the public's glance inward. He wrote soothing, introspective numbers about loss, heartbreak, love, friendship, and self-discovery (it wouldn't be a stretch considering him a proto emo rocker) that helped America recover from the great hangover that was the 1960s.

Taylor first rose to prominence in 1970 with the endearing track "Fire and Rain," a strikingly personal song that dealt with the suicide of a childhood friend and Taylor's time spent in a mental institution. This dark number eventually landed at number three on the Billboard charts and led the way to Taylor's second album, Sweet Baby James, a massive, breakout success.

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Gunplay Headlines Wynwood Hip-Hop Festival in Miami

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via Gunplay MMG on Facebook

Gunplay is a dreadlocked, sharkfaced cannonball. He's a roar of ink and clapping rifles. He's a hurricane of felonies, swirling in a tempest of arrest reports. It's possible that this is the Miami rapper and Maybach Music henchman's life: When he walks in a room, police dispatchers send investigators.

Every time he sneezes, the FBI writes it down. Whenever he shoots a hole through a stop sign, it's no more news than a bird chirping. He might smoke so much weed that forest fires get jealous, and drink so much bubbly, his blood type is carbonated. He's probably snorted so much blow, white lines in traffic see him and run. His gun is so big, he could call it Kareem Abdul. He's got so much money, G.W. Bush could invite him to play golf. And he's such a thug, chickenheads may cluck at his feet like birds waiting for seed.

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Jim Camacho Talks Little Haiti Rock City, The Mouse King, and Touring With Linda Perhacs

Photo by Fernando Perdomo

Welcome to the Swamp.

Nope, we're not talkin' Tim Tebow's breeding ground up in Gainesville -- we're talking the 2014 Miami Book Fair International's pop-up lounge. And performing at this year's Swamp is Miami composer and adult alternative singer/songwriter Jim Camacho.

Joined by fellow SoFla music legends Charlie Pickett and Rob Elba, the Swamp will also be presenting a special screening of the trailer for Franco Parente's upcoming Churchill's Pub documentary, Little Haiti Rock City, where Camacho and his crew share their unforgettable moments at the Little Haiti gem.

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Big Guava Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

Alex Markow

The only thing sweeter than a guava is a Big Guava Music Festival.

Though you might not be able to cram the massive Tampa event into a pastelito, you can now pencil in the concert's 2015 dates.

Going down Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, the Big Guava will once again land at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and the Florida State Fairgrounds.

See also: Coastline Festival 2015 Announces Lineup: The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and Others

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Coastline Festival 2015 Announces Lineup: The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and Others

Photo by Ian Witlen

Coastline Festival is back!

And for its sophomore return, the fest is trekking the SoFla coast, bringing a "Craft Cove" village, "Food Frontier," and "Isle of Art" to the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on Sunday, February 22, 2015, and to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg the day before.

While the select beer, gourmet grub, and art of Coastline is pretty exciting, the music is where all the hype is at. That's because the guys over at AEG, Pop2Life, and Ledge Entertainment are bringing the experimental psych-rock of the Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and a slew of other indie acts to the 954 next year.

Check the cut for the rest of the line up.

See also: Tortuga Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

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Howling Winds Premier New Tunes at Cans & Bands II Tonight

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For the second year in a row, Lavola frontman and mastermind Julian Cires has teamed up with the Palm Beach County Food Bank and the local music community to create a night of rock 'n' roll philanthropy.

Cans & Bands II, held tonight at Propaganda, will feature four premium local acts that can be enjoyed all for the low price of $5 or three canned goods. All proceeds raised will go the PBC Food Bank, which has the daunting task of collecting and distributing food to agencies from Taquesta to Boca Raton and as far west a Pahokee to feed the hungry and homeless.

"I wanted to put my efforts behind something directly proactive and beneficial to my hometown," the affable Cires told New Times recently. Cires tells us last year's even was a modest success, collecting more than 223 pounds of canned food and more than $288 worth of donations, and he is expecting fans to come with even more of a charitable intent this year.

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Matisyahu Returns to South Florida This Saturday

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Photo by Mark Squires

You might have trouble recognizing the Matisyahu who will be performing Saturday at Mizner Park Amphitheater.

The New Yorker born as Matthew Miller shot to fame with his reggae/rap/rock hybrid "King Without a Crown." The song cracked the Top 40 in 2005 and transformed Matis­yahu into an unlikely celebrity as the Hasidic star who could kick a rhyme while donning a beard, sidelocks, and yarmulke.

The 2014 model looks completely different. He cut his hair, shaved his beard, and removed the religious garb. In an interview with Miami New Times earlier this year, he expressed frustration about the rejection he faced for changing his beliefs. "It can be painful when you put yourself out there and open up your heart and people don't get it. Or worse, they put out a lot of judgment. It's difficult when people think I betrayed the Jewish people or fell off the boat."

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