Dope People Doing Dope Sh*t: Part III

October 9, 2015admin

“Those who have learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively, have prevailed.”
– Charles Darwin

Miami is becoming an energetic powerhouse where every idea, every innovative thought can be manifested into fruition. Derived from a place of pure passion and an unparalleled love of creating, more visionary projects ooze from the woodwork into public knowledge and the eventual support of trustful and creative minds thirsty for more cultural opportunities within the city. Through hard work, assertive ambition, and a whole lot of boldness, many artistic characters are collectively elevating the value in Miami’s intellectual real estate, even if it doesn’t know it yet.

Ever so slowly, Miami’s image is shifting from that of a vacationer’s dream and a promoter’s oyster, to a creative Mecca where bright minds and curious souls can find refuge in the relatively untouched artistic landscape. Like the characters that make up its own population, our city is filled to the brim with diverse happenings on a daily basis. And the cup runneth over. But behind each of the movie-screenings, underground musical performances, and intimate discussions is a group of enterprising individuals without whom the words “Cultural Renaissance” would not be thrown around so lightly. Check out our third edition of the city’s dopest figures doing dope, well, sh*t.


III Points Present
When the city was direly in need of a counter-culture awakening, III Points unleashed a new lens through which to see music in Miami. They brought in some of the most influential artists like LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Young Turks’ Jamie XX and planted them onto stages that made music of that caliber the norm in the city. Pairing sounds with innovative visual and performance artists, III Points transformed concerts from creative experiences into a way of life.
The Dopeness: Their shining gem of a music, tech, and arts festival that’s currently going into its junior year this weekend. Filled with headliners like Nicolas Jaar, AlunaGeorge, Shlohmo, Toro Y Moi, Bonobo, Ghostface and a heavy support of local acts, this is the most anticipated music festival of the year for us. And it happens in our very own backyard.


Bakehouse Art Complex
Before Wynwood became known as “mural city” or “art walk,” artists all around the city sought refuge in quiet (and relatively inexpensive) warehouses or studios at which they honed their craft. After the boom in popularity, the neighborhood’s image transformed entirely, welcoming locals and tourists alike on a daily basis. But creative institutions like the Bakehouse Art Complex have stood their ground proudly for over 30 years, and aren’t changing any time soon.
The Dopeness: Coming on 3 decades of a Miami art scene presence, the Bakehouse is undertaking its largest exhibition to date. From October 15th – the 28th, they will be welcoming Pablo Picasso’s “La Tauromaquia” collection of 26 etchings dedicated to the art of bullfighting. Buy your ticket for the grand opening featuring live music, tapas, sangria and more. Now that’s artistic education!


Alma Dance Theater
Dance is the physical manifestation of emotional experience. In a city where rhythmical movement plays a central role in many of its populating cultures, Miami’s dance stage struggles to find its voice. Enter: Alma Dance Theater. Four principal female dancers meet the tangible vision within Marissa Alma Nick’s choreography, where her and her team’s ideas speak so loud, they flood all the senses. They not only dance on screen and off, but they offer community classes, workshops, and training regimens for budding dancers, sharing their gifts with the world and keeping ever so poised while doing so.
The Dopeness: Their latest undertaking takes a seductive turn with a very special Halloween rendition of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado” in CASK. The performance is entirely immersive and audience members are encouraged to wear all black. It’s a two-night affair so make sure to experience it here.


Juan Paz, Senior Director – Digital Strategy & Music Marketing at Sony Music Latin
Ever wonder why an artist keeps popping up on your feed or hits you unceasingly through Pandora? How do musical acts “burst” onto a scene as if by magic, snuggling their way into your head with a fresh image and infectious tunes? There’s a whole team of intelligent musical minds behind that, playing the game of chess that is marketing an artist, checking your every move. And behind that team is an empowering leader like Juan Paz over at Sony Music Latin.
The Dopeness: In case you didn’t know, Sony Music Latin’s headquarters is based out of Miami, now known as “The Gateway to the Americas.” And with dozens of nominations for this year’s Latin GRAMMYs, their hard work is being rewarded in-kind. Juan Paz is the guy behind Bomba Estereo‘s colorfully tribal “Fiesta” and their new route on Amanecer. He’s uncovering an alternative way to showcase musical talent by breathing life into their music in a way that gives it a mind of its own.


The team behind Sweet Liberty
Among many other things, Miami’s going through a cocktail revolution, and not one as pretentious as you’d expect it to be. Talented chefs and restauranteurs are taking the time to pick the brains of knowledgeable bartenders to develop well-rounded joints that hit well every time. That’s where Sweet Liberty comes in. The love child of Regent Cocktail Club’s John Lermayer (Blackbird Ordinary) and Michy’s, David Martinez.
The Dopeness: Not only have these guys proven successful in their taste around the city, but they’ve set their taste buds on a developing area on Miami Beach near the Bass Museum, an atmosphere already thick with artistry. Sweet Liberty will be your favorite neighborhood cocktail bar, subtly elevating your taste with every sip and every bite. Visions like these transform themselves into every sense, spreading far and wide across the city, rounding out our aforementioned cultural elevation with a kick.