South Florida Ukulele Festival 2014 Proves Ukes Rule This Weekend

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The sound of the ukulele simply harkens Jazz Age college swains courting flapper damsels in canoes or Tiny Tim on The Tonight Show (and where is Miss Vickie now)? Wrong.

There's a whole lot more to the teeny, tiny instrument than fits the stereotype, according to the folks at the Florida Ukulele Network (F.U.N.), and they're out to prove it this weekend at their Third Annual South Florida Ukulele Festival.

See also: Ten Famous Fans of the Ukulele


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PRL Hangover Sundays Are Back With Big Bass

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Next weekend, Theoryon Records will relaunch its weekly Hangover Sundays at hopping hot-spot PRL Euro Cafe off Hollywood Boulevard. If you've been to PRL -- and you likely have -- you know that atmosphere is abundant at the cozy hangout. That's a principal reason why the label's Ryan De La Torre decided to host his early-night party there again.

"The vibe at PRL is very underground and laid-back with a splash of art," he points out, adding, that there are "over 100 beers on tap with such exotic names as: Delirium, Zywiec, Framboise or Skull Splitter..." You get the idea. There's plenty of finely titled brews.

But the mood of Hangover Sundays is truly guided by the music it showcases. "I decided to do it early so that when people come out, they can really hear and take an educated listen to the music versus getting to the club after midnight and focusing more on raging out."

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Death Jam Posse Brought Out Fort Lauderdale's Ratchet Side at Laser Wolf Record Premiere

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Ian Witlen

The bass was so heavy they literally had to tape the amp down. A dog without a leash, minding its own business, wove in and out of the legs of bar-goers as he pleased. Smoke filled the air and booties popped. It was a Death Jam Posse party at Laser Wolf.

On Saturday night, booty bass trio Death Jam (a.k.a. Young Lauderdale, Mr. Belvedere, and Da $wap $hop Kid -- formerly known as Bleubird, Jabrjaw, and Protoman) took over the craft beer hot spot bar Laser Wolf. They subsequently dominated the Fort Lauderdale scene for the evening. People gathered to celebrate the release of their new 7-inch, Death Wolf, a tribute to the bar itself -- the spot where the VMA-worthy music video was shot and premiered.

See also: Death Jam Posse at Laser Wolf (Slideshow)

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Basel 2013: Fool's Gold Day Off With Trick Daddy, A-Trak, and Danny Brown

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Photo by Marco Torres

Fool's Gold Day Off
With Trick Daddy, A-Trak, Danny Brown, and others
Mana Wynwood, Miami
Sunday, December 8, 2013

They called it a Day Off, but that shit was lasted from early in the afternoon till way after dark.

The insta-midnight feel inside Mana Wynwood's warehouse setting helped dancers forget the sun was beating down on sad souls outside. And thus, we raged harder than any regular day party ever could.

As is the current trend, there was more hip-hop vibes than longtime Fool's Gold fans may have expected, but we here at Crossfade were definitely pleased. A surprise guest appearance from Danny Brown made our night, and of course, the 305's legendary Trick Daddy reminded us that "we do our own shit," and Miami still runs the scene.


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Basel Castle 2013: Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Travis Scott, Robb Banks Killed It

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Gon' Basel Castle surfing with Travis Scott.

Basel Castle 2013
Grand Central Park, Miami
Saturday, December 7, 2013

In the past, the setting for The Overthrow's Basel Castle extravaganza had been a slightly cartoonish, sort of fragile-looking fortress in Wynwood. But that shit is dead, son.

Last year, the overcrowding got outta hand. So for 2013, the party moved to Grand Central Park, a grassy field across from Grand Central Miami.

There was one big main stage, some skate ramps, fashionable phone gear for sale, a Red Bull tent, and of course, a whole slew of street art.

See also: Basel 2013: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Sheek Louch Turn Up Till Closing Time

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Basel 2013: Tegan & Sara (and Big Fans Puking in the Sand) at VH1 and Scope Party

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Photo by Ian Witlen

Tegan & Sara
VH1 and SCOPE's ART + MUSIC + BEACH Party
SCOPE Pavilion, Miami Beach
Friday, December 6, 2013

At 8 p.m., the massive oceanfront tent that houses one of the largest auxiliary fairs during Art Basel Miami Beach week, Scope, closed its doors for the night. Nearby, a long line formed to enter a fenced-off bit of sand. The beautiful people and their benefactors jockeyed for position to get inside the invitation-only VH1- and Scope-hosted event.

Once inside, they were greeted with a candy apple station. There was one table where you could buy tacos, another with sushi, sweepstakes to win a Fiat -- that would also get you on the car company's mailing list -- and a cash bar. The only aspects of the party that did not involve commerce were the luxurious bathrooms set up in trailers and the main attraction, Tegan & Sara.


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Palm Beach County Musician Takes Spotlight at America's Got Talent Audition

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Ralph Giunta
The One Man Band

This past weekend, crafty folks from all over came to our humble corner of the U.S. They traveled to the Miami Convention Center to show off their goods to the America's Got Talent producers at the season 9 tryouts. But it was one of our own musicians that stole the spotlight in a big way. Palm Beach County live music staple Jason Cardinal had been preparing for his tryout for some time, and it looks like having his eyes on the prize might be paying off.

It's important to inform you that Jason is not your typical tiki bar acoustic cover act. He's a walking one-man band. The guy plays four instruments at once: guitar, an electronic drum kit with two pedals (one for bass, one for snare), harmonica, and a crash symbol he hits with drumstick that's attached to a motorcycle glove on his strumming hand. Say what? Oh yeah, and all that while he's belting his little heart out. What Jason produces is a true performance, not just a sing-a-long. Cardinal hopes this will catch the eyes of the AGT judges and help push him into the spotlight.

See Also: America's Got Talent Live Wowed Crowds at Kravis Center, West Palm Beach


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America's Got Talent Live Wowed Crowds at Kravis Center, West Palm Beach

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Dana Krangel
AGT FTW.

America's got a lot right now. America's got shut down. America's got Miley Cyrus on SNL. But what's the one thing we can count own to make us proud? America's Got Talent. The top contenders from the show's eighth season rolled into the Kravis Center on Saturday and showed off their special skills to a packed house

American Idol sends their top 10 on tour with AGT catching on more recently. Seven of their one-time opponents (including the winner) have been hitting the road hard. A testament to its family-friendliness, the crowd at Kravis was full of families who were kind of freaking out. It really felt like all that was missing was Howard Stern and Howie Mandel. Live, interactive performances made you feel like part of a show, as did the stage set up. Totally different from watching the show parked on your couch.

See Also: Howie Mandel Likes "to Be Taken Off the Beaten Path"

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Respectable Street's 26 Year Anniversary with Cold Cave, Jacuzzi Boys, Beach Day, Everymen and More

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Ian Witlen

South Florida has a truly difficult time sustaining venues. Between the driving distance (frequently between counties) required to reach most of these venues and the general nature of our local economy, the area is one of the least hospitable environments for live music in the history of the universe. So, when a venue celebrates its 26th year in business, it's totally proper cause for a jubilant celebration that flows into the very streets that surround.

Respectable Street Cafe has hosted countless memorable parties and concerts of both the regrettable and joyous sorts for over a quarter of a century. Were the club a breathing human being, it would still be nursing a hangover from Saturday's festivities, and probably admit that it only kind of sort of remembers years 18 to 24.

See also
- Cold Cave's Wesley Eisold on Boyd Rice: "He's an Original, a Poet"
- PHOTOS: Respectable Street's 26th Anniversary Block Party


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Action Bronson - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - August 17

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
Action Bronson getting lit during his last Fort Laudy stop in 2012.

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Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Better Than: A judo stunt show at the Cannabis Cup.

Blowing on a blunt rolled longer than Mutombo's finger, Action Bronson strolled out onto the Revolution Live stage in Fort Lauderdale, hair slicked back, breathing in the moment.

He took with a few more puffs and then started his set with "Alligators" off his recent release SAAAB Stories.

See also:
-Action Bronson: "It's Back in Style Again to Sound Like You're from New York"


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