Prism Recap: Floridian Love
June 21, 2016
Sharp aromatic potencies of jerk chicken and mayi moulin immediately awakened my senses as I strolled over towards the open window on the mural-encompassed walls of NW 71st Street. Hidden in plain sight, Naomi’s Garden Restaurant is a mystical oasis showcasing warm island vibes complimented by some of the city’s best Caribbean cuisine.
Last week I had the pleasure of encountering this rare gem at Floridian Love, the monthly jam celebrating Florida’s musical talent. Before diving into the secret garden, I reached out to long time friend/Head Chief of Floridian Love, Dan Edenburg, to give me some insight on how this vision came to life. “Floridian Love is a grassroots collective, set to curate experiences that raise consciousness and inspire connectivity amongst the community. We first set off to provide Miami with something it was lacking in the music scene, psychedelic funk. My partner, Will Cormier reached out to three of Miami’s finest touring musicians: keyboardist Jason Matthews, guitarist Eric Escanes, and drummer Dave Chiverton. The artists formed a new collaboration for our event called TRIP and have been helping us curate Floridian Love ever since. Besides Will (my partner as well as our sound engineer/sonic guru) and the three band members, our Floridian Love team consists of four resident DJs myself, Kyle Parker, Jacob, and Mikey.”
“Floridian Love is a grassroots collective, set to curate experiences that raise consciousness and inspire connectivity amongst the community. We first set off to provide Miami with something it was lacking in the music scene, psychedelic funk.”
First guest on the roster was none other than Miami’s sacred steel expert, Roosevelt Collier. To a true fan of the pedal steel, you may recognize the instrument that was popularized by Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. Yet to the new audience (and to myself since I have the vision of an 80 year old woman) the steel guitar appears to many as more of a keyboard than a guitar. Lying horizontally, it creates a vibrating, soulful sound from it’s strings; the core to a true blues tune. Playing alongside Roosevelt’s lightning-fast slide work was groove band TRIP, a blend of the most versatile touring musicians Miami has to offer.
The sound? Well let’s put it this way, if you had to miss out on Purple Hatters Ball then you were surely blessed by the Spirit of the Suwannee as Roosevelt pivoted through the keys and TRIP powered through with an infectious bass; the instruments combining into one groovy baptism. A sound that was reminiscent of Umphrey’s McGee’s dynamically chromatic power chords and Tom Morello’s (Rage Against The Machine) blue-scale descent.
In between the jam session, Dan, Jacob and Mikey each curated an eclectic mix of soundscapes that soothed our dancing souls. Revealing a part of themselves through their musical collection as they crafted an auditory journey with a record selection spanning from jazz to funk to acid house
Next up on the bill was San Francisco-based producer Layne Fox; who has been known for releasing some killer records over the last decade as part of noted collective 40 Thieves. As he intertwined programmed electronics with live instrumentation, he took us through a cosmic odyssey on the dance floor. Over the past decade, Fox and his 40 Thieves have gone on to provide to the global rise of nu disco. Most recently, he’s delved into solo material under his Musik Nonstop alias with his forthcoming release on Magic Feet Recordings, where he cooks up the Balearic and dub disco sounds he is renowned for.
Finding ways to create a spark in this blazing city can be tough but where there’s heat, there’s creativity and when you’re thirsty for some locally based innovation, look no further than the little nooks of creativity popping up in places that you’d never think to look.