Best of Miami 2011: Best Live Music Venue

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In anticipation of the upcoming Best of Miami issue hitting newsstands June 16, here is a sneak peek at one category and its winner.

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Best Live Music Venue
Grand Central
697 N. Miami Ave.
Miami 33136
305-377-2277
grandcentralmiami.com


Miami needed a midsize venue. After Studio A's closure in 2008, it was evident. The city lacked an adequate place to host midlevel national acts that dare to trek to the farthest reaches of the Florida peninsula. The only alternative was Fort Lauderdale's Revolution Live or Culture Room, but it was unfathomable to think that a major metropolitan city like Miami couldn't have its own music venue of similar size. So it was with much joy that everyone welcomed Grand Central into the fold when it debuted during Winter Music Conference 2010. Nite Jewel of Italians Do It Better and Brooklyn's Tanlines popped the venue's live-music cherry, and since then, acts such as Major Lazer, Kid Sister, Nitzer Ebb, Surfer Blood, the Drums, Crystal Castles, Sleigh Bells, and Golden Filter have performed in front of the venue's signature LED curtain. Local acts have performed too -- among them Afrobeta, Jacuzzi Boys, Modernage, Little Beard, and Old Wives Tale. Getting tanked ain't cheap, though. Well drinks cost $9. But the price includes auto-gratuity -- that's right, you don't have to leave extra dollars for a tip. Also, check into Foursquare for regular drink specials.

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Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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Mariteremachin
Mariteremachin

So people paid a cover big deal..hold on while I get my violen. If you are 18 years old and paying a cover plus its open bar for ladies till 3 so what! I was at the event also and as for the mgmt screaming out f u! Its their stage and their sound system. I do not work there but I frequent it on occasions. Stop crying if u dont like the club go to the cacaroach infested dives in little haiti...or u can go to other clubs which smell of piss and merry liquer bottl es so dumbasses think its top shelf!

Anonymous
Anonymous

At the time of that show, there was definitely NOT any open bar for ladies until 3. I think that's a recent thing to try to drive business. Also, the security there sucks, something that is much discussed. The sound system and production values are great, and we do need this place, but the owners/staff/etc. need an attitude check because the vibe in there is not welcoming at all, even if you come ready to spend $$. Everyone who works there seems always on edge and just waiting for an opportunity to let loose with the roid rage. 

Nemo
Nemo

i have been there on multiple occasions and have never had an issue with security, promoters, management, or bar staff. where are you getting this roid rage thing? how is the place not welcoming? methinks you're just talking out of your ass.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Personal observation at the multiple shows and events I've attended there, which is a lot, because they do score plenty of good bookings. The bartenders are average Miami bartenders and I can't speak to the management but I have seen the security guards rough up people unnecessarily for dancing to a rock band, kick people out for supposed offenses that seemed to stem more from wounded male pride, etc. There also should be a better system for making sure patrons leave safely. I've seen them guards refuse to walk unattended females back to their cars when asked which is just crazy, there are so many of them working and it's a sketchy neighborhood. 

Chris
Chris

I went to this venue one night to see Surfer Blood, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Hooray for Earth- all bands that were superb that night, but the show ended quite interestingly when the lead singer from SB- a South Fl native- complained that all the bands agreed to play at the venue for free under the stipulation that there would be no charge for entrance, all the while Grand Central was charging everyone 20 bucks a head to come in (and there was quite a crowd). They later asked for a beer while performing on stage and they brought them a bill for $6. The band called out the owners onstage, calling them d-bags and you could hear them retaliate from the "VIP" section in the back with FU's- classy. Sure, this may be Miami's only mid-level music venue so I can see why they would be recognized by default, but it definitely should be recommended to NT readers. I definitely have not gone back since. 

Nemo
Nemo

wait a sec. surfer blood played the 20th anniversary of poplife. there was no way this event was ever going to be free. was it solicited as such? i don't remember that being the case. management there can be a bit headstrong and standoffish at times, but this is miami and it is nowhere near south beach douchebaggery levels. the beer thing is a bit much, tho.

Getyourstereotypesright
Getyourstereotypesright

Hipster hangout? Do people even know what hipster means anymore? Grand Central may be a lot of things, but it's not a hipster hangout; that would be BAR.

Nemo
Nemo

yeah the term has been diluted to mean just about nada these days. whoever refers to gc as a hipster hangout is a dumb ass.

Darby
Darby

Nitzer Ebb? What is this 1992?

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Nitzer Ebb show was actually awesome and it was PACKED.

Suckit
Suckit

fuck this hipster hangout. 

Stfu
Stfu

Fuck your hipster face!

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