The Nine Greatest Father Figures in Miami, in Honor of Father's Day
The owner of Churchill's Pub, Dave Daniels is a father to all in Miami's music scene. Many bands played their first set in the venue, kids went to their first show, and when they were old enough, had their first drink at the pub's copper-topped bar. And they never left. If Dave and his Little Haiti pub has given anything to the city, it's a reminder that a little grit never hurt anyone and that substance always wins over style.
"Mr. 305" is the Miami dad who will be the first to tell you just what an amazing father he is. Hell, we even gave him the keys to our city. But, his city parenting seems like a lot of sizzle without much steak. He's the pops who never too far from his "Father of The Year" coffee mug, but when it's time to make it out to your piano recital, well, it turns out he has to shoot a Dr. Pepper commercial. Maybe next time, sport!
The actual "Father" of Miami, Henry Flagler is the dad who passed on when you were really little. There are tons of artifacts you can go through, but can you really say that you knew the man? Only if you paid attention in History class.
The oft maligned Britto and his ubiquitous art around Miami suggests the kind of Dad who tries to connect with his moody, artsy children by taking up their interests as well. This always backfires. Especially when you create inescapable multimedia miasmas. Even if you don't have Daddy issues, there's something about his work that makes you want to scream "you just don't get me!" then slam your door and blast "The Downward Spiral" for days on end. Expect a generation of pretty good industrial bands to come from his Miami parenting.
Otto Von Schirach
Like the Bob Dylan to our Dude from The Wallflowers, Otto is unquestionably the dad who is way cooler than you. This is a blessing and a curse. He'll introduce you to awesome music and be down to help you build a volcano for Science class, but when it comes time rebel as all kids do, it may prove difficult. You'll wind up on the other side embracing your cool roots or you'll turn a 180, get your CPA, and settle in the suburbs with a decent 401k. Either way, the result of solid Miami parenting.