New Times Music Showcase Announced for Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2015

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Meet New Times and our 15 bands at CGAF 2014.

Do the Peacock.

'Cause Miami New Times just became the musical party planner for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

Today, CGAF (that's the fest's catchy new acronym, pronounced see-gaf) announced the New Times Music Showcase, a three-day, main-stage lineup of over a dozen national and local bands set to perform February 14 to 16 at Peacock Park during this year's 52nd annual event.

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U.S. and Cuba Normalize Relations: "We're Going to See a Renaissance of Cuban Music"

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Two flags, flying side by side, from Coming Home, a documentary by Miami's Crazy Hood.

"Isolation has not worked," President Barack Obama said today in his address on U.S.-Cuba policy. "It's time for a new approach."

At the same time, Cuba's Raúl Castro, speaking to his own country from the capital city of Havana, delivered the news of the two nations' plans to normalize relations.

These announcements came in the wake of Cuba's release of American Alan Gross and a Cuban U.S. spy in exchange for the three remaining members of the "Cuban Five" spy ring jailed in Florida.

Under the Obama's "new approach," the U.S. will reopen its embassy in Havana. Travel restrictions for Americans will be eased. (However, tourist travel still isn't allowed.) And the ban on importing Cuban cigars and certain other goods will be lifted.

Diplomacy, travel, and trade between the U.S. and Cuba will affect the lives of millions. Average citizens. Businesspeople. And yes, musicians too.

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30 Richest Musicians of 2014

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Miley is smiley 'cause she made $36 million in the last 365 days.

Glitz. Glamour. And obscene, seven-figure weekly paychecks.

Such is the life of the rich and famous pop tarts, rock stars, rappers, and superstar DJs who enrich our lives with their inspiring music, spectacular tours, semi-nude Instapics, and endless drug-taking, DUI-ing, sex tape-ing antics.

Can you imagine making $100,000 a day? Well, even the poorest among Forbes' highest-paid musicians of 2014, like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, pull down that many greenbacks every 24 hours.

Others, meanwhile, mint that much moola in 60 minutes. All day. All night. All year.

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Phil Collins' Little Dreams on Canceled Concert: "He's Sorry to Have Disappointed His Fans"

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After a four-year stage absence, Phil Collins was finally set for a comeback concert.

During Art Basel Miami Beach week, he would perform "three or four songs" as part of a gala to benefit the Little Dreams Foundation, a youth scholarship and mentoring program that he founded with ex-wife Orianne Collins-Mejjati.

But then, on the night of the show, Collins canceled, after keeping attendees waiting for hours. He apologized and provided a vague illness-related explanation. But many who'd paid $103.50 to $353.50 felt cheated, especially since Little Dreams and the singer seemed to wait till auctions had ended to break the bad news.

Just now, Collins-Mejjati has issued a response regarding her ex-husband's health, the Little Dreams gala, and the backlash.

See also: Phil Collins Cancels Comeback Concert at Little Dreams Gala During Art Basel Miami Beach

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Phil Collins Cancels Comeback Concert at Little Dreams Gala During Art Basel Miami Beach

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At 11:30 p.m., a gaunt, bespectacled Phil Collins walked on to the stage of the Fillmore Miami Beach, flanked by his ex-wife Orianne Collins-Mejjati and their young son, to tell the sold-out Little Dreams Gala crowd that he had to cancel his performance.

It was to be Collins first concert in over four years. He had suffered from nerve damage in recent years, as well as pancreatitis from alcohol abuse, but no specific reasons were given for why he would not be singing last evening.

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Sandbar Coconut Grove Becomes Hot Rock Korean BBQ Joint, Thanks to Bar Rescue

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Goodbye penny beers?

Over the weekend, Sandbar Sports Grill, a beloved college kid and locals hangout in Coconut Grove that's famous for its one-cent Miller Lites, was invaded by Spike TV's Bar Rescue.

Hosted by bar-and-club expert Jon Taffer, the reality show specializes in "giving failing nightlife establishments one last chance at success."

Another of Taffer's talents... Pissing off the regulars who don't want their favorite boozing joint to become some smarmy marketing gimmick.

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Tobacco Road Demolished, Just Days After 102nd Anniversary

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The Road is rubble.

Last month, the infamous century-old boozing establishment at 626 S. Miami Avenue slung its final beer and a shot. The Last Call Closing Party ended with bleary eyes and empty glasses at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning.

Over the weekend, Miami's Oldest Bar celebrated its 102nd anniversary.

And today, it was demolished.

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Marley Family Launches Bob Marley Natural, "World's First Global Cannabis Brand"

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As Bob Marley once said: "Herbs are good for every-ting."

Indeed, mon. And now Momma Marley and many of Bob's children have actually gotten into the ganja-selling game.

The family just launched Marley Natural, "the world's first global cannabis brand," set to start peddling product to potheads and Rastas in "late 2015."

There will be "heirloom cannabis strains, including some of Bob's Jamaican favorites," as well as "cannabis- and hemp-infused lotions and balms" and all kinds of weedy trinkets.

See also: Bob Marley: The Story of Selling Reggae's Biggest Star to "the White World"

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Cash Money Records' Birdman and Slim Giving Away 1,000 Turkeys in Little Haiti

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Cash Money founders and real-life brothers Bryan "Birdman" and Ronald "Slim" Williams.

Crows squack. Doves coo. Turkeys gobble. Birdman goes brrrrrr.

We're talking about that big boss dawg Baby Birdman of the Cash Money crew, and he's ready to act fowl all over the streets of Miami. No, he's not bringing any static, but he is bringing 1,000 turkeys to needy families, so even the poorest among us can enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

It's Baby, his brother Slim Williams, and Cash Money's third-annual Turkey Giveaway at Little Haiti Soccer Park, going down Friday, November 21, and it's the best way they know to give back to the community that helped them get through their own tough times.

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BT and Tommy Tallarico Announce Electronic Opus Dance Music Symphony for WMC 2015

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Electronic producer BT (right) and video-game composer Tommy Tallarico.

"Electronic producers aren't real musicians" - Haters

Get ready to eat your words, "real music" enthusiasts... Because Grammy-nominated electronic producer BT is teaming up with video-game composer Tommy Tallarico (AKA that dude who transformed your childhood into high art with Video Games Live) to re-create 12 favorite tracks from his decade-spanning career into full orchestral masterpieces.

It's his Electronic Opus, a dance music symphony. And BT's lifelong dream culminates in a first-ever performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Sunday, March 29, during Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week. Oh, it is sweet to live in Miami.

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