Over The Weekend - 2 Live Crew, Ringo Starr and Armin van Buuren
The 4th of July weekend was a wet one, with sporadic downpours popping up at inconvenient times. Going to the beach was a gamble, as no one knew whether to bring sunblock or an umbrella. But it was the sudden storm right after sundown on the 4th that probably caused the biggest headache, seeing how fireworks and rain don't exactly mix. Eventually, the skies cleared up, long enough for it to sound like an air raid was happening outside my apartment.
Money Shot One Year Anniversary with 2 Live Crew at The Vagabond
Indie/hip-hop party Money Shot celebrated one year of existence with a live performance by 2 Live Crew, who gave everyone's ass a work out that night. Also if you got there early enough, you got the chance to receive (while supplies lasted) a free limited edition Money Shot T-shirt by Freegums.
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band at Seminole Hard Rock
He may not be Paul or John, but former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr can still entertain a crowd, and he did so Friday night to the packed Seminole Hard Rock.
4th of Jose with Jose El Rey at The Vagabond
Local musician Jose El Rey celebrated the release of his new album A Little Strong with a live performance Friday night at The Vagabond. Pastelitos were given out as Jose gave the crowd a dose of his Cuban sinverguenzeria mixed with electro beats.
4th of July IndepenDance with Armin van Buuren at the Surfcomber
Horror stories of a two-hour queue to get into Space's pool party was the major problem that plagued the event Friday. But once patrons made it inside, scantily clad women and hot beats awaited them. Check out both part 1 and part 2 of the slide show. And needless to say, it's a tad NSFW.
Gilberto Gil at the Fillmore Miami Beach
Brazilian muscian Gilberto Gil led the audience Saturday night at the Fillmore Miami Beach through a retrospective of his entire career. The crowd responded by dancing in the aisles of the venue. Read the full review.
Gameboy/Gamegirl at Poplife
Sound problems plagued the short set by Australian quartet Gameboy/Gamegirl. Still, they managed to pull through and win over an apprehensive crowd with their bratty rap lyrics and kitschy electro beats.