When the pages of dance music history are written and researchers try to narrow down which areas are most enriched with music milestones, New York City will certainly be high on that list. From Larry Levan and the infamous Paradise Garage to Twilo and Tunnel, the Big Apple has been one of house music's hot spots long before the national explosion. That being said, there are only a few artists around today that were entrenched in the tight knit community that was the early 'club land' and throughout time they have evolved with the changes in music trends and production technology.
March is upon us, and for electronic music fans in Miami, this month beats out Christmas for the most wonderful time of the year. Because not only does March conclude with the largest dance music festival in the country, but each day leading up to Ultra is also equally rage-worthy.
Miami boasts top electronic acts year-round, but we’re calling the official march madness commencement March 16th - the Winter Music Conference Opening Day.
March 16th offers events for everyone, from pool parties to all-night concerts, you will not want to waste one precious moment of these 24 blissful hours.
Face it, all good things things come to an end eventually. We won't get all existential on you, so let's put it in language most revelant to your current lifestyle: Gone are the good ol' days of goons pumping juice in the Tiana Beach parking lot.
Over the last four years, residents of the multi-milion dollar vacation homes lining Dune Road have obstinately (and rightly so) argued from the end of the infamous Neptunes Beach Club, that little shanty of a party place that, once, long ago, hosted headliners who's crowds really brought the alphabet to the party. Recently, increased police presence, random searchs and that damn scary German Shepherd (let's call him Hans) at the door clearly, and we repeat clearly, steered you away from any wrong doing.
It's about that time. Time to put away the mid-day margaritas and get back on tracks. And yes, that's plural, because we know you've plotted out more than one pathway of meyhem to your ultimate goal: gluttony.
So reserve the booze for tomorrow evening at Cielo, when Chus and Ceballos appear to release their new CD Back to Tracks, Vol 2. (Joonbug brought you the news of the release last month, but after all that noontime Patron, we know you've long since forgotten). Prepare for a night of bucolic cowbells, and delicious vocals, as well as that Madrid-tribal sound signature to the duo. All, of course, under Cielo's famous disco ball.
Remember your 20th birthday? Pony rides. Pin the tail on the donkey. You even were the one who broke the piñata
In case you're a little hazy on what exactly happened when you celebrated two decades of life, these childhood activities were at the heart of Nervous Records turned 20 last Thursday at Cielo.
Hey, it's always been about play.
Last Thursdays' celebration witnessed classic house beats mixed with modern rhythms by DJs Tovar, Pierre, CJ Mackintosh, and Kenny Dope. Everyone was in an elated mood, dancing madly under Cielo's disco ball and stimulating strobe lights. Unfortunately, there was no jumping out of a cake, but instead, Sandy B made a special guest appearance to sing her 1993 off the label, "Feel like Singing'." Oscar G and Ralph Falcon, fellow label stars, were also in attendance. Anthony Lamont was there as well (since when he is not ubiquitous) on the microphone, and the Pacha NYC dancers reigned supreme on the speakers in their pink Nervous tee shirts and booty shorts.
Yes, we swear there was no pin the tail on the donkey.
20 years is a long time. Longer than most marriages, cars, nicotine addictions and (nowadays) careers.
20 years ago while most of you were crawling around in your underpants and sucking your thumb, Michael Weiss was busy. Very busy. After finishing Stanford Law school, Michael founded Nervous Records, the independent label that birthed house music luminaries like Danny Krivit, Josh Wink, Louie Vega, Armand Van Helden, David Morales, Roger Sanchez, Paul Van Dyk, and many others. Curiosity and confidence have kept Nervous Records on the cutting edge of the music industry, as they sign ground-breaking artists and help pioneer the evolution of electronica.
It’s been a good long while since anyone set out from Spain to conquer new territory.
506 years, to be exact.
(Pause for drumroll.)
Introducing Chus and Ceballos, perhaps the greatest duo to come out of Spain since Ferdinand and Isabella. Once upon a time (in 2001), Chus and Ceballos followed in Columbus’s footsteps, bringing their distinct sound to the New World (or, more appropriately, your 6-disc changer). Seamlessly blending House and Techno with an unmistakeable percussion beat, Chus and Ceballos pioneered a ship dubbed as “Iberican” across the wide ocean of house music to start a new colony of artists and producers dedicated to a tribal way of life. Hard work toiling the land earned them residencies at the top clubs in the world, including Stereo Montreal, Pacha NYC, Space Miami and many others. (Sans tomahawks.)
You know the feeling. You’ve just left the club and the sun’s blaring down on you. You’re happy you forgot your watch and remembered your sunglasses. You’re not sure what you want to do first: eat or sleep, or attempt both at the same time. What happened last night? (Or, rather, this morning?) Vague memories shaped by strobe lights and smoke give an answer: you were a slave to the dark beat.
Winter Music Conference brings some of the biggest pool parties of the year. This year, Nervous Records presents “Made in Miami” pool party at the Shelborne Beach Resort. Come celebrate Jonathan Cowan’s birthday bash from 12:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 11. Things are going to heat up, and not just because of the sun, with the return of Miami’s “Murk”: OSCAR G, RALPH FALCON, PATRICK M, BEHROUZ, LAZARO, CASANOVA, RONY SEKALY, JON COWAN, EDGAR V, STRYKE, DANNY DAZE. Cabanas are strongly recommended for the craziest pool party of the year! Purchase tickets at www.wantickets.com or pay $40 at the door. Ages 21+ with valid ID.
Shelborne Beach Resort
1801 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
For reservations contact MIAMI@JOONBUG.COM