Miami Wins: A Handful of Local Success Stories Pt. 1

April 24, 2017



By Prism Prism

Okay so we all love ragging on Miami and all its faults. Yeah, yeah, the traffic and housing, we know. But we’re here to disrupt the hate and bring in some positivity. We’re here to rack up some pretty awesome Miami wins that have happened in just the past month alone. So take pride in your city (however small that pride may be) and check it out:

A massive group of Miami-Dade locals are challenging our city to break out of its comfort zones and build real relationships across lines of difference. From May 22nd to 31st, dive into the awesome power of Connect Miami for their county-wide kickoff! We are thrilled to support them and the 10 Days of Connection, a challenge for all of us in Miami-Dade to connect with others who are not like us, in whatever way we’re ready.

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Rarely has the world had the opportunity to witness Gorillaz live. Well, you will now. Earlier this week, III Points Festival announced possibly the best news we’ve heard all year: they’re playing their first-ever Florida show at this year’s festival in October. After the Zika/Hurricane Matthew blow in 2016, this is a huge win for local festival. If their other two headliners are just as epic, we’d say get your tickets now before they’re gone.

Who doesn’t like a little reggae to get them through the day? The kind of daytime vibes that make you feel all warm inside. That’s how Miami local Cris Cab makes us feel, and now all of YouTube too. His latest single, “Turn Out the Light” featuring the rising reggaeton star J Balvin has passed over 1.2 million views and climbing. A big win for Cab and our city, find out why it’s so catchy here.

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This year’s crop of Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today and our city’s very own Miami Herald took home two awards! Staff coverage of the Panama Papers, the international investigation that exposed how crooks and millionaires use the secret world of offshore companies, and the mordant political commentary of editorial cartoonist Jim Morin in a year rife with material won the newspaper their first two prizes since 2009. Congratulations to the dedicated journalists and the entire publication for making our city proud!

It’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of the local music scene, as little as it may be represented across the country. So when Bonnaroo announced its full lineup, you can only imagine how stoked we were to see Miami’s own Magic City Hippies on the list. That’s right! Our city’s getting repped this summer at the world-famous music festival alongside tiny names like U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Flume and more. The guys deserve a huge hometown crowd out for them!

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In partnership with Heiga Recording Studios, FilmGate Miami announces the launch of the Downtown Media Center, Miami’s first collaborative space for digital-content creators, filmmakers, and talent. The center will officially open April 13 and will house a stage for talks and private viewings, a creative green-screen studio, co-working areas, production offices, a casting stage, and a gallery/workshop space for artists. Read all about it on Miami New Times.

For decades, the laser light show at the Miami Science Museum’s Coconut Grove location was a beloved attraction among locals. Tens of thousands of (not always sober) Miamians spent countless hours staring at the planetarium’s ceiling and taking a journey across space and time while Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon played. After the old location closed, it seemed all classic rock hope had been lost. But fear not! They return on June 2nd at the brand new museum planetarium in Downtown Miami. Find out more here.

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Driving around the city, it never fails to amaze us how many lots go otherwise unused for years. In an amazing turn of pattern, the Omni CRA and the team behind the Grand Central skate park will be activating 7 acres of empty lots and are transforming them into a pop-up park starting this Friday. Live music, markets, a mobile library, and art installations will have a new home for all the community initiatives we love to see grow in our city. Congrats to the whole OMNI Park team, can’t wait to see this grow!

Ask anyone working within the “scene” if they know the name JJ Colagrande and their face will light up. A serial supporter of all things great in the city, we’re so excited for his latest literary venture: Jitney Books a new micro-publishing press committed to bringing local stories to life through Fiction and Memoir. Mingle with him, authors, and artists at their official launch tomorrow. Congrats, JJ and all of Miami’s writers!

Guitars over Guns Recording Sessions at Noisematch Recording Studios

Guitars Over Guns has been saving lives one music class at a time, and their 2015-2016 season was bigger than ever. The highlights of the game-changing non-profit’s year include empowering 400 students at 10 locations in Chicago & Miami, being featured on both The Steve Harvey Show and People Magazine, students from Evergreen Academy created GOGO’s first Chicago music video, and The Knight Foundation awarded them with a Knights Arts Challenge grant. Congrats to Chad Bernsetin & the whole GOGO team for making Miami proud!