Tobacco Road Demolished, Just Days After 102nd Anniversary

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The empty lot where Miami's Oldest Bar stood for over a century.

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.

See also: Ten of Miami's Oldest Bars

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

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Photo by Adrian Boot/Island Records

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.

See also: Five Reasons Miami Music Fans Should Be Thankful

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

Via Electronic Opus' Kickstarter page
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.

See also: Ten Best Video Game Songs Ever

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Miami New Times Needs Music Writers

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Music writer? Or not? At least he's got the look down.

Has it always been your dream for someone to pay attention to you? Perhaps your parents ignored you as a child? Or you were too afraid to speak up during those awkward teenage years?

Well, that's why God created music journalism, so we could compartmentalize all the painful trials and tribulations of adolescence and pretend all those years you spent listening to Kid A alone in your high-school cafeteria was in preparation for this very moment.

Yes, Miami New Times and Crossfade are looking for contributors. (Therapy not included!) We are seeking writers who are funny, smart, and engaged, clever scribes who understand music, nightlife, and the Miami scene.

Applicants should send a résumé and three writing clips to

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Hush Bar & Lounge Opens on South Beach: "A Good, Local Spot"


Amid the megaclubs and tourist traps that dominate South Beach, it's tough to find a cool, laid-back bar where you can enjoy a few brewskies, chow down on some tasty grub, and jam to live music.

But Hush Bar & Lounge hopes to change that.

"We're definitely catering to industry people and locals," says nightlife vet and business partner Bobby Brandt.

See also: Sidebar Opening in Former PAX Space

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Solange Knowles Headlining and Curating Basel Week Music for Select Art Fair 2014

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Will there be "Lovers in the Parking Lot" when Solange and Saint Heron Records take over Select Art Fair?

No more playing 'round with your heart, Basel lovers.

The artsiest week of the year is almost upon us. And the latest #ABMB tidbit...

Solange Knowles, AKA Saint Records founder and Beyoncé's sis, will be headlining and curating six nights of Basel week music for Select Art Fair 2014.

Oh, and the best part... It's totally free.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Party Guide

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Bizerq and Benchwarmers Closing, "Barely Open a Few Months"

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Bizerq and Benchwarmers owner Cesar Morales, founder of Wood Tavern Group.

Shockingly and suddenly.

Just an hour ago, Wood Tavern owner and Wood Tavern Group founder Cesar Morales announced that he is shutting down both of his most recent nightlife ventures, Bizerq and Benchwarmers.

Located in the former Soho Lounge building at 175 NE 36th St., Morales' club and sports bar were heavily hyped, despite what the proprietor himself admits were "numerous obstacles, frustrations, and delays just to get the doors open."

And now, after being "barely open a few months," Bizerq and Benchwarmers are closed. For his part, Morales blames "exorbitant rent," which he tells Crossfade was $32,000 per month.

See also: Wynwood's Five Best Bars

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Sidebar Opening in Former PAX Space

Categories: News, Nightlife

Photo by Jose D. Duran
Just a tease of Sidebar.

Remember Bar?

It was the nightlife spot on NE 14th Street that became one of the city's most infamous watering holes until it closed in July 2011. A lot of people were involved with it, but the main contributors were Raul Sanchez (now of Peachfuzz fame), Pres Rodriguez, and the onetime Miami gallery OHWOW (which has since relocated to Los Angeles).

Well, surprise! It's back -- sort of.

See also: Sidebar: A Photo Tour of Brickell's New Favorite Hangout

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New Times Is Looking for an Arts and Culture Editor

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Miami New Times is looking for a writer and editor to oversee coverage of all things related to art, theater, and other cultural happenings in America's hottest city. The job entails working closely with a pool of freelancers to produce Night+Day, our weekly print guide to the city, while editing, writing, and helping promote content for our Cultist culture blog. Among the events to be covered are the Miami International Film Festival, the Miami Book Fair, and Art Basel Miami Beach.

This is a full-time position that requires some previous journalism experience, a strong voice, and diverse cultural interests. Only applicants who live in, or have lived in, the Miami metro area will be considered. Full benefits included. Send a cover letter, résumé, and your three best clips to:

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