By Michael E. Miller
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By Michael E. Miller
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Black History, huh? February. Every year since 1976. Black History Month. Read all about it. Or listen to NPR (on WLRN-FM [91.3]), which will feature appropriate programming all month.
Groove King Entertainment and Mr. Productions present Hip-Hop '94 at the Mahi Temple Auditorium (1500 NW North River Dr.) this Wednesday. J. Groove is one of the people making rap happen here, including the Underground Compound (738 NW 62nd St.), which jams every Saturday. Haven't heard of him? That's because nobody covers hip-hop in South Florida. (Pandisc has released so many bass CDs here in Bass Town I've lost count. Did you know that? Not from the press you didn't.) Anyway, the launch concert of Hip-Hop '94 at Mahi features Wu-Tang Clan, Deme-D, Mother Superior, XXXES Weights, Funky Black Sno and the Nation of Hoodz, Solid Waste, and DJ Chris. Call 655-2129.
Third Wish hits Reunion Room tonight (Thursday).
Acoustic nights and jam sessions are so cool (you even read about them in the newspaper), and a couple are starting to really happen. Cafe Bacala at Blue Steel sets the pace every Tuesday evening. Zac and Seven are staging many of the greats, including Diane Ward, Paul Roub, Omine, Louis Jurika, Doc Wiley, Phil T. Rich.... Go and make your own list. Meanwhile, Wednesday nights at Hooligan's (at Briar Bay) are kicking with open mike. All you musicians can go there and be the greats. The rest of us can enjoy.
Germany-based Massacre Records has signed Naked Rhythm. Congrats, guys.
To answer some of my phone calls the easy way: Yes, the Cocteau Twins are scheduled (cough, cough) to play here, on March 2 at the Cameo. And, no, as I've reported here, there will not be a Miami Rocks this year. However, all this week, through Sunday, ASCAP reps are in town scouting. They will select a few of our best bands and stage a showcase in late March or early April. Somebody tell those guys in Natural Causes that they should play their best this week, if they have any shows, because people who can make them rich and famous will be watching. That's a as good a reason as a packed house to play your best. Right.
Madera plays tomorrow (Friday) at Borders at 8:00 p.m. I've seen 'em live, I know the members, and if you dig truly virtuosic playing without regard to genre, be there. This is the real deal.
Note to David P. and also to Carla H.: I'm on the Greg Brown tip soon, I promise. Keep reading. You know I'm the man.
This Monday Itanna plays Plus Five.
Every Monday this month MoJazz Cafe will show classic-jazz footage on big-screen, with historian/musician Eric Bogart serving as host. Beginning at 9:00 p.m., the club will show two hours of clips and then stage two hours of jamming, lead by Bogart on drums. This Monday it'll be the music of Duke Ellington.
Butthorn of the week: A reader -- they exist! -- nominates Nancy Wilson and the organizers of her recent concert, primarily SunBank. "I bought my mom $50 tickets," the complainant says. "That included a meet-and-greet. All the bank people got let in first. It was impolite."
The media circus: Allegedly Tonya Harding's bodyguard was somehow involved in the brutal attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (sorry, I haven't read the newspaper stories about this fiasco). My question: Where the hell was Nancy Kerrigan's bodyguard?
Pet Corner: I'm sure you readers have been following the saga of Sarah, the woman who, out of the goodness of her heart and her own wallet, took an abandoned stray cat (she called it Maggie) for neutering and emergency followup surgery (to the tune of $250, courtesy of some greedhead vet with less heart and a much fatter wallet). Okay, so Hillary calls up and claims to have one of Maggie's kittens (Maggie's Kittens -- great band name). "Yeah, I know Sarah. The cat lived under our apartment building on South Beach. When she had kittens, we left them for a few months, and then we all took one. Sarah sort of looked after the mother. Joel Schantz, the Causes guitarist, took one of the kittens, too. In fact, all of the kittens were taken home by someone. Sarah took one, too." Sorry, Hillary, but my Sarah lives in South Miami, not the Beach. I like hearing about good people doing good things anyway, even if there is no place for such stuff in the newspaper. Plus that two Sarahs thing is freaky. A regular cosmic connection, karma at work. Or at least it's the best I can do. Sorry.