Flo Rida Talks Wrestling Pitbull, Rick Ross, and 2 Live Crew at WWE Raw in Miami

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When we heard that Flo Rida would be hosting WWE Raw, it seemed like, "That ain't gonna work." But the more we thought about it, the more that particular tag team made sense. Both are splendidly packaged celebrations of pop culture, and boy are they entertaining.

Wrestling deals in iconography. And what is Flo Rida but the perfectly anthropomorphized, walking, talking representation of fun club culture? He is Miami's icon!

If our city was in a situation that could be resolved only via body slams, we would send out Flo Rida as our champion. Well, if The Rock weren't picking up his phone, of course.

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Henrix on Bottle-Service Crowds: "Just People Sitting, Ordering Drinks, and That's Not Fun"

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It always seems like the big names of the electronic dance music world come out of Europe. So it's refreshing to see a DJ rise straight out of the 305 and into the national spotlight.

Henrix has been making a name for himself the past few years, touring, making music and collaborating with various artists. With his heavy drops and catchy melodies Henrix has been gaining followers and steadily becoming more popular.

We got him on the phone before his show at Space to talk about his relationship with Miami, the key to a good DJ set and the infamous bottle-service crowds.

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Haiti's Michael Brun Talks EDM Stardom and Launching Kid Coconut Label

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Photo by Michael Raveney

In 1804, Haitian drums booming through the mountains helped the country overthrow slavery and gain its independence.

In 2014, that same throbbing beat has established Haiti-born, Miami-based Michael Brun as an emerging international EDM powerhouse.

And with his own freshly minted independent record label, Kid Coconut, he's determined to further integrate his Caribbean homeland's roots into the international tapestry of electronic dance music.

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Louis Salgar Memorial Benefit at Churchill's: "He Would've Wanted It Noisy and Chaotic"

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
Louis Salgar with his band Secret Arms at the Crossfade Music Series in 2011.

The loss of a great man.

On June 23, 2014, Louis Salgar, a beloved son, brother, friend, musician, and bartender, was shot and killed in his own home by an intruder who'd decided to rob the residence at 8551 NE Eighth Court because he needed food and wanted drugs.

The 29 year old's murder was a horrible crime. But this weekend, his family, bandmates, coworkers, and acquaintances will gather at Churchill's Pub for the Louis Salgar Memorial Benefit, "a long day and night of music, drinks, and togetherness" to celebrate the son, brother, friend, musician, and bartender's life.

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Catwalk Vogue Night: "A Place Where You Can Just Be You"

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 66-photo slideshow of Catwalk.

You've heard the Madonna song "Vogue." Maybe you've seen the cult documentary Paris Is Burning. But have you witnessed Catwalk at The Garret?

It's the only place in Miami where you, the spectator, can just walk in and experience the sensation that is ballroom culture. No matter whether you are gay, straight, black, white, a professional dancer, or just curious -- it's worth a late Sunday night.

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Afro Roots 2014: "Representing African Culture" and Its Offshoots "From Latin Funk to Hip-Hop"

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The Resolvers big-band reggae sound is awesome.

Without Africa, there'd be no Miami bass.

There'd be no rock 'n' roll or hip-hop or jazz or salsa. No Hendrix, Nas, Byrd, or Machito.

In fact, almost every modern music genre can be traced back to that great continent across the Atlantic. And that's why, 16 years ago, Jose Elias threw the first Afro Roots World Music Festival. And that's why, today, it's stronger than ever.

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Overtown Music & Arts Festival: "This Big Annual Event Will Expand Like Calle Ocho"

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Meet Keke Wyatt at the Overtown fest.

Among the great American capitals of black culture, the Magic City has always been a beacon of music, art, and hope.

But you wouldn't necessarily know it by consulting most of the supposed scholars on the subject. They'll talk for hours about Chicago blues, New Orleans jazz, the Harlem Renaissance, and so-called "L.A. race music," but Miami has largely been left out of that national conversation.

Thankfully, the Overtown Music & Arts Festival will pay homage to that rich, too-often untold legacy.

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Slap & Tickle Afterhours Takes Over E11even, Miami's Fanciest Strip Club

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Miami's underground house scene has a new home, though it may not be what you'd expect.

Imagine sipping cocktails while grooving to a three-hour DJ set on a ritzy rooftop, looking out over the heart of downtown Miami while catching the sunrise on a Sunday morning.

Of course, we're talking about Slap & Tickle Afterhours at our city's fanciest strip club, E11even.

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Lisa Leone's Here I Am Captures 25 Years of Hip-Hop Through Photography

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See The Fugees and a quarter century of hip-hop through Lisa Leone's eyes.

Ever since she was a teenager growing up in New York City, Lisa Leone has always had a camera in her hands.

"I started working in high school as an assistant to photographers," she recalls. "Now it's like second nature, like a part of my body."

Throughout her 25 year love affair with the lens, the New Yorker has seen it all. But one of the most significant moments the photographer has captured is the birth of hip-hop.

"It happened naturally," Leone fesses.

"I went to the High School of Art and Design, which was really the high school of graffiti and break dancing," she laughs. "A lot of graffiti artists and break dancers came out of that school. It was before people outside of New York City knew what breakdancing was."

"I was always more into documentary and street photography as opposed to a set up, so I would just document the world around me and take pictures of them 'cause they were my friends."

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Nightmares on Wax Talks 25 Years of Dance Music and "the Adventure of Discovery"

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Most of the seminal acts from the '90s rave era are now but relics of the past. Few remain active on the scene today, and even fewer have continued to cultivate their sound to parallel electronic music's evolution in the new millennium.

Nightmares on Wax, the pioneering project from UK producer George Evelyn, is a formidable exception. With 25 years under his belt, Evelyn shows no signs of slowing down. And N.O.W.'s quarter-century-and-counting musical journey continues to be one of prolific reinvention -- spanning acid house, trip-hop, dub, and beyond.

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