Brooklyn's Greatest Day Ever Music Festival Coming to Wynwood

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Nine hours of hip-hop and EDM, free carnival games, and food trucks?

Must be the Greatest Day Ever.

Coming from the mastermind behind NYC's BrunchBounce parties, Irvin Benitiez, as well as Henny Palooza, World Famous, Suave Haus, Apt 78, Ashley Outrageous, Norma Now, YesJulz, and Derick G, this Brooklyn-bred bash will be twerkin' its way to the 305 on Saturday, May 9, at a secret location in Wynwood.

The spot will be revealed 30 days before the fest.

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Erykah Badu and Run-D.M.C. Join Jazz in the Gardens 2015

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Erykah Badu is bringing that Baduizm to Miami.

Like Erykah Badu sings: "Bring it over here and let's go back, way back."

The "On & On" and "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" songstress is the latest headliner added to Miami's most mature 'n' sexy music fest, Jazz in the Gardens.

She represents a classic time in R&B and hip-hop, the '90s, when rhymes and beats and vibes weren't faked. Just like Run-D.M.C., the quintessential mainstream '80s rap crew, who repped fun and realness through the golden era.

Badu, Joseph "Run" Simmons, and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels will be joining previously revealed headliners Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, and Maxwell at this year's fest.

It's gonna be live. Just check the cut for JIG 2015's full lineup and schedule so far.

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III Points Festival Announces Dates for 2015, Early-Bird "Prophet Passes" on Sale Today

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If III Points' 2013 debut was the beta test, think of last year's fest as the official all-systems-go launch.

"Year two, you saw the skeleton model of what is going to be III Points in the future," says organizer David Sinopoli. "I think 2015 is our opportunity to create the perfect production."

For those eagerly awaiting news of III Points 3.0, the moment has arrived. Mark your calendar for Friday through Sunday, October 9 to 11. The lineup reveals won't begin until May. But if you're a fest fanatic, you may be interested in the $77 early-bird Prophet Passes on sale today.

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Rolling Loud Music Festival 2015's Lineup: Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, 30 Others

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Action Bronson knows all about Rolling Loud.

Stop sleeping.

"The Miami scene is huge in my eyes," says Dope Entertainment cofounder Tariq Cherif, "and somehow, it's still slept on."

But he and business partner Matt Zingler got a plan for taking the 305 to the world. It's the Rolling Loud Music Festival, set to turn up on February 28 at Soho Studios in Wynwood.

The fest's lineup is stacked. There are underground Miami rap stars like Denzel Curry, Pouya, and Yung Simmie. And there are big, bold names like Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Juicy J, and Curren$y too.

Just check the cut for the full Rolling Loud roster.

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International Noise Conference 2015's 182-Act Lineup

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The pig is squealing. The air horn is wailing. Welcome to INC.

Stigmata. Exploded ears. Underwear full of hot ooze produced by the brown note.

These are just some of the strange side effects of attending the International Noise Conference in Miami.

For the past 12 years, this annual assembly of auditory deviants and incurable exhibitionists has brought blood, pain, shit, and days of din, distortion, and disturbing moments of silence to Churchill's Pub.

The sonic chaos, as orchestrated by local noise-rock legend Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra, continues next month. And here is INC 2015's ever-bloating 182-act lineup.

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J Dilla Weekend 2015's Miami Schedule

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Long live Jay Dilla, Jay Dee, James Dewitt Yancey.

Dilla forever.

It's been nearly nine years since legendary Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla (born James Dewitt Yancey) died, just three days after his 32nd birthday, from a rare blood disorder.

But there's no doubt that Jay Dee's legacy lives. And every year, on the anniversary of his birth, his mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, and the rest of the J-loving world, from the Motor City to NYC to London town, have celebrated Dilla Day.

Now, though, this honorary hip-hop holiday has expanded to an entire weekend. And it's officially moved to Miami. Two weeks ago, Ma Dukes and crew announced the 23-act lineup. This week, they reveal the party plan.

Just check the cut for J Dilla Weekend 2015's Miami schedule so far.

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Jazz in the Gables 2015: Kevin Mahogany, UM Frost, New World School, 11 Others

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Kevin Mahogany kicked off Jazz in the Gables 2015.

Jazz. Before the DJs ruled South Beach, before dance-oriented Latin rhythms commandeered the airwaves, and well before rock 'n' roll seized a sizeable stake in South Florida's live music scene, jazz was king, queen, prince.

Now, though, the Van Dyke is gone. So are Satchmo's and Sandoval's. So are Gil's and the hip hotel happy hours where a jazz musician could make a living and then some. So are so many other short-named, short-lived joints like the club where living legend Monty Alexander cut his teeth and impressed Sinatra.

Thankfully, there are still a few fests like Jazz in the Gables left.

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Miami's Sebastian Solano of Life in Color Makes Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Music

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Life In Color: Sebastian Solano's crowning glory.

"We're a brand that's growing from the bottom up," the Life in Color crew told Crossfade back in 2013, just days before the first-ever LIC Festival was set to splatter neon paint across the Magic City.

"We want to just stay hungry, stay humble, and if all goes well, we'll have something very special that we are going to be able to take across the world."

Almost two years later, this prophetic vision for the LIC brand is becoming a reality. And now co-founder Sebastian Solano has even been named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Music for 2015.

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California's Burger Records and Cheap Miami Bring Burger Revolution Fest to Churchill's Pub

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Join the Burger Revolution! It's tasty!

Rock 'n' roll and buns.

That's what California's Burger Records and Cheap Miami will be bringing to the Magic City when Burger Revolution 3 Fest hits the grill at Churchill's Pub.

"It's like a worldwide festival," explains Cheap Miami's Patrick Garcia of the Burger party. "It's open to every city. If anyone wants to, they can go ahead and participate."

Going down at Little Haiti's legendary rock club on March 7, the bash will include tuneage from Los Angeles' Corners, as well as lots of local faves.

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Monty Alexander Talks Miami Beach Jazz Festival

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For seven decades, Montgomery Bernard "Monty" Alexander has been at the forefront of jazz.

After immigrating to Miami with his family from Jamaica in 1961, it would be a chance meeting at a now-defunct Miami jazz club that would set the wheels in motion for Alexander's five decades-plus as one of the genre's most versatile pianists.

"When I was young and I started to play in Miami, I was playing at a club on the 79th Street Causeway, and one night, Frank Sinatra came into the club with Jilly Rizzo and they heard me playing," says Alexander. "They must've been taken with what I was doing, and that's how I got to New York. They sent me an airline ticket, and I came to the city."

With all roads leading home, even an adopted one, it is no coincidence that Alexander returns to Miami as a now-legendary headliner for the second-annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival.

See also: Miami Beach Jazz Festival's 2015 Lineup: Bucky Pizzarelli, Monty Alexander, Four Others


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