Art And Music + Art About Music

It’s that time of month again.  Twilight Notes and Freedom Art are coming together to bring you another night of art and music- literally, this time.  The theme for tonight’s Dialect will show various artists’ representations of their love for the two subjects. Additionally, Twilight Notes DJs will display some select album art from their collections.  Artists include Joseph Baum, Greg Dubois, Sarah Duggan, Luzalma Gonzalez, Erik Michael K, and Jose Lopez.  Eric Pamphile will be DJing, in addition to JAMS (DJs Esoteric and Damask) who will be handing out their new summer mixtape which is a work of art in itself.  Check it out below.

Dialect is tonight, Thursday, July 7 from 8pm-12:30 at Brew 209 SW 2nd Ave FTL

May The Fourth Be With You This Independence Day Weekend

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, probably because we’ve been so wrapped up in the tons of events that have been going on, but here’s a quick roundup of events for this extended weekend.

First + Friday-  For our Hollywood-folk, and those that require a fix of DJs and art before Gallery Saturdays, Downtown Hollywood indie bar PRL will be hosting five DJs and two artists.  As if over 100 different beers weren’t enticing enough.  The event is from 9pm to close.  Check out the above linked Facebook event page for set times.

FTL Beach will be getting another dose of Mas Carne from 12pm-12am on the sand near the Yankee Clipper.  Tunes and good vibes are free, and a donation gets you some grilled grub and beer.  According to this New Times article, donations will also go to the family of former member Julio Buenano who tragically passed away last October.

Local garage rock band ATTN: Radio will playing this week’s Gallery Saturday.  Said to sound similar to The White Stripes and Death From Above 1979, it should make for yet another toe-tapping, hip-swaying night at Green Room.  South Florida Camera Club artists plus Keith LeBlanc, Daniel Korzeniewski, Nick Sears, Marcos Rivera, Monica Pedrique, and Misha Grosvenor’s work grace the walls and there will be live painting by Gina Bentivegna.  As always, no cover, doors at 9pm, $2 PBRs, and free champagne until 11 by RSVPing to

Rocco’s Tacos really wants you to start celebrating a little early for the 4th at their Fiesta Fabulosa block party from 11:30am (ok?) to 2am.  They’ll have $5 margaritas, $3 Coronas, $15 pitchers, a DJ, cover band The Edge, a mariachi band, and, according to the flyer, free Patron “when Rocco is on the bar”.

For the Dub-heads out there, check out Feed Me featuring Skism, John B, Mister Gray, Somejerk and others, at Revolution.  Tickets are $20 at the door and the event is from 8-11pm.

By now you should all be tipsy enough to check out Green Room’s Babble On Karaoke Night without hesitation.  Chances are, most everyone is off Monday so this time you really have no excuse.  Doors at 7, 2-4-1s til 10, or all night if you flash some ITB proof.

Weather permitting, plan to spend the day forgetting this rain-filled week by baking at the beach save some energy to mosey around various events on the beach and last until the fireworks (9pm at FTL Beach).  Music, games, and contests will go on from 12:30pm until nighttime.  Additionally, The Heat’s Mario Chalmers wil be at the Ford Focus display from 4-6pm.

If you prefer something more family-oriented, or perhaps more quiet, have a Hometown 4th of July Celebration by heading over to Charnow Park in Downtown Hollywood for “games master and DJ Tony Tiru” from 1-6pm.  Once you’ve parked and meandered around, you can take a free 4th of July express shuttle from the parking garage at Van Buren and 20th Ave from 4-8pm to Hollywood Beach.  Check out the bandshell which is near and dear to FTLC’s heart and may soon be plagued by a Jimmy Buffet monstrosity. Musical entertainment starts at 6 with country band Rodeo Clowns, and is followed by a Santana Tribute band.  The free shuttle resumes after 9pm fireworks on the beach and stops running at 11pm.  Note that personal fireworks, sparklers, glass containers, coolers, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the beach.

Photos From Ryan Humphrey’s Fast Forward

This past Friday, I DJed the opening reception for the BMX-themed Ryan Humphrey’s Fast Forward at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. In between punk songs, myself and Strawberry Jam were able to snap some photos. Below are some choice pics taken by the latter. The exhibit lasts until August 14th. More info can be found on the gallery’s official website. We highly recommend checking this out.







Seminole Hard Rock Food Truck Roundup

Photos by Strawberry Jam

This past Thursday, 19 food trucks took to a Seminole Hard Rock Casino parking lot for families and foodies to enjoy.  The new event, which apparently will be weekly, ran from 5:30-10pm.  The list of attendees included Aaron’s Catering Express, CheeseMe, ChurroMania, Daddy’s Grill, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Dolci Peccati Gelato, The Fish Box, The Flying Saucer, gastroPod, Grill Master Cafe, Jefe’s Original Fish Taco, Latin Burger, Latin House grill, MexZican Gourmet, Mr. Good Stuff, Ms. Cheezious, The Red Koi, The Rolling Stove, and The Yellow Submarine.   Below you can view some of what we sampled, including fish tacos from Jefe’s and MexZican (we preferred Jefe’s), gastroPod pork tacos, Ms. Cheezious grilled cheese and sweet potato fries, and Dim Ssam a Gogo meat-topped tater tots.  We’ll be sure to post more pics in the future as we got too full before we could check everything off our list (Dim Ssam a Gogo ginger brussel sprouts, CheeseMe mac n cheese pancakes, Aaron’s Catering truffle mac n cheese bites, and sweets from Sugar Rush which was scheduled to attend but didn’t make it will have to wait til next time)

Deaf Poets, Deaf-initely Rockin’

Miami Beach duo Deaf Poets

By Strawberry Jam

In addition to our heartfelt list of Monday afternoon thanks, we’d like to also mention the band that graced the stage of our unofficial, not-so-advertised after party at the Green Room. Throughout the last year, we truly have tried to keep it local, but it’s tough, especially when it comes to bands that really get us riled up, like Miami Beach’s Deaf Poets.

Though we had heard of Deaf Poets before, we didn’t actually get a chance to catch them until this past May’s SW 3rd Ave Music Festival (if you missed out, you missed out, honestly).  Obviously, we felt pretty excited to book them ourselves (on behalf of Mig, I suppose).  And if you haven’t seen them yet, make sure to keep an eye on these guys as you’re about to find out what makes them so pretty cool.

For one, the duo (it’s a two man gig) has got quite some catchy tunes. Granted, they’ve got a few slower ones, but we’ll be damned if they don’t have you toe-tapping to all of them.  Check out Cold Cold Thieves at the end of the post.

Secondly, it’s pretty hard to not be captivated when the passion between these guys is so evident. Not only do they look like they’re super into it, but they almost look like they’re rooting each other on (hey, I guess you gotta make up for a lack of members somehow, not that this band seems like they’re lacking anything). When Chillwave’s biggest critics argue the talent of one guy and his laptop it’s pretty difficult to defend two guys and two instruments.

Which leads us to our next point, how can only two guys make you forget you’re watching only two guys? Watching lead singer Sean Wouters’ amazing footwork is enough to keep you entertained not to mention the previously written catchy vocals or instrumentals. To explain, I have yet to see anyone outside of a major city ballet troupe showcase that kind of intensity and grace.  It sounds cheesy, but it’s not. And once you see, you’ll get it.

If through our wayward writing we’ve lost you, give the below tracks a listen, or just take our word for it and check Deaf Poets out live.