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

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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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Phantom of the Opera's Julia Udine on Final Stop as Christine Before Heading to Broadway

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What's the most popular musical in Broadway history? It's not Cats. It's not Les Miserables. It's not even the Lion King.

Who's the sexiest sewer-diving, mask-wearing music geek? It's the Phantom of the Opera, obviously. The old Andrew Lloyd Webber classic has been performed more than 10,000 times, but when it hits the Broward Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, it'll be something you've never seen before.

A whole new cast of creatives put their touch on the same songs and characters you've come to adore. We spoke with Julia Udine, who made her touring debut in this production as Christine, to learn what makes this interpretation so special, what it's like living out of two suitcases for a year, and how she plans to take over Broadway.

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Anberlin's Christian McAlhaney on the Farewell Tour and Final Album

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It's a bittersweet tour for alt rockers Anberlin. Though on the road promoting its latest album, Lowborn, this will be the band's final tour after 12 years together.

"We got to this place because we're older. We're not in our early 20s anymore," says guitarist Christian McAlhaney. "Some of us are getting married and having kids. We noticed that life circumstances were pulling our band, and we didn't want our music to suffer. We felt it was appropriate to go out when we were still happy with everything. I don't have any kids, but I get it."

It doesn't seem to be an angry, Spice Girls-style breakup. No, McAlhaney says, "touring was amazing and bittersweet. We are extremely thankful for the time we had." Not to mention, the group was cool enough to give its followers one last live hurrah before splitting up and even gave them a heads-up in January on what was to come.

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Amy Fiddler, Former Indie Record Label Entrepreneur Publishes Debut Novel About "the Ultimate Music Fan"

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Emily Shur, compliments of the author

Amy Fleisher Madden, better known to South Florida's punk scene as Amy Fiddler, began a strange journey into self-publication and independent record label operating at the tender age of 16. Her fanzine, Fiddler Jones was indicative of the pop punk '90s with a Cometbus-styled bend that balanced band interviews, reviews, and personal musings with humorous anecdotes about the scene strewn about for good measure.

From the fledgling upstart, undoubtedly fabricated during the heydays of the Office Depot "honor system," Fleisher went on to found Fiddler Records in 1996 that released records by local favorites the Vacant Andys, Milkshed, and the Agency as well as national heavy-hitters like New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, and Juliette Lewis & the Licks.

It's been many years since her hectic teenage years as an entrepreneur and Fleisher has reinvented herself first into the world of advertising and more recently back into the world of publication -- armed with her first novel A Million Miles. We had a chance to discuss her past and the book. And while she might no longer be a local resident, this local girl done good, is proud of her South Florida roots.

See also: The Queen of the Fiddler Records Empire Returns to the Music Biz

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Phillip Phillips: "I Wasn't the Coolest Kid Around"

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When one thinks of skills necessary to win American Idol, guitar playing is not one of them. That was until the 2012 season when Georgia native Phillip Phillips took first prize in part with his renditions of Dave Matthews and Bob Seger songs. Phillips' coronation song, "Home" which you would quickly recognize, became the biggest selling tune of any American Idol alumnus. But before he found success or fame Phillips was just a kid with a guitar.

"When I was 14 I started playing," Phillips told New Times with his Southern drawl. "My brother-in-law inspired me. I played for hours a day. Took it in the bathroom, in bed, to family functions. I started singing when I was 18. People said, 'You sound OK'."

The judges and audiences of the show would consider that an understatement.


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O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge Talks about His Hometown and How to Pronounce the Band's Name

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O.A.R. has been going strong since 1996 and is showing no signs of slowing down. And unlike other bands that switch out multitudes of members, have messy dealings with narcotics, and infamous scandals, the chill alternative act has kept a humble air about it, not allowing fame to get to its collective head. In fact, the band recently visited its hometown in Rockville, Maryland, to get in touch with its roots and film home movies documenting their journey.

O.A.R. will be making a South Florida stop this Saturday at Boca's Mizner Park Amphitheatre. We got to chat with the band's lead singer, Marc Roberge, about the mispronunciation of the band's name and what it was like working with Jeep for the "Jeep on the Rocks" video.


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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"

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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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John Oates Says He Has a "Telepathic Relationship" With Daryl Hall

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John Oates truly enjoys one of the most charmed careers in the entirety of music.

He's successfully weathered 40 years of changing trends, industry fallouts, and the inherent turbulence that comes with a life in the spotlight. He's still one-half of the damned-near universally loved songwriting duo Hall & Oates but recently teamed with other great minds for his solo album, Good Road to Follow.

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

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Danny Ashe Moved to Germany, Started Cygne Noir, Realized His Hispanic Roots

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When Danny Ashe relocated to Germany in 2010, he left behind a tangible void in South Florida's music scene. As a DJ and musician, his presence had been felt in the tricounty area for numerous years with his eclectic sets of rock 'n' roll infused with Motown, postpunk, and pop music. As a musician, his numerous projects furthered his selector ethos with a dark wave/"pop noir" aesthetic with outfits Lunabelle and Marqui Adora.

Moving primarily for new job opportunities in Europe's culinary fields, Ashe has had resurgence in his musical recording as Cygne Noir while balancing new surroundings and his growing family. His latest EP, Smile at the Sun is his most accessible and tropical work to date and betrays the nature of the "black swan" as an object of simple beauty.

We had a chance to speak with him about the release and his current musical climate.

See also: Head Spins: Danny Ashe

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