Jazid's 17th Anniversary: "It's a Special Place, It's Like a Shrine"
Locos way of saying thanks to Jazid for 17 years of good vibes.
South Beach nightlife prides itself on throwing the top A-list bashes in town, attracting celebrities, Miami's elite, and superstar athletes alike. But amid SoBe's glittering cluster of megaclubs, there is a joint that's stood the test of time -- Jazid.
Having called Washington Avenue home for 17 years, it is the only spot on the beach that remains solely dedicated to live music.
"Music is hard business," says Daniel Wohlstein who owns the SoBe gem. "It's costly and sometimes not that appreciated. So it has been a major accomplishment, seriously."
Although the club has seen a lot of changes throughout the years, from management to the crowd, there is one thing that's remained constant -- Jazid's loyalty to live music.
"It's love and passion," attests Tony Alarcon, part-owner and manager.
He has been managing the club for almost seven years, but has been in the music biz since he was a teenager.
"I know the band vibe and I know clubs," Alarcon says. "I get it. I know how both sides work. All Jazid really wants is great bands and music. I look for bands that take themselves seriously. If a venue doesn't help its bands, then the venue won't get anywhere."
And great bands and music is what the regulars at Jazid have seen throughout the years, including Latin Grammy-nominated Locos Por Juana.
"Jazid is the place that's been around since the beginning," says Locos' long-haired guitarist Mark Kondrat. "It's a special place for us. It's like a shrine. We go there to let loose, let go, and play music."