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Working together under the banner of Qool Shows, Miami promoters Oski Gonzalez and the pseudonymous "Queen of the Scene" specialize in shows that go big. Since they met via MySpace five years ago, the two longtime local music lovers have specialized in multi-stage, all-local festivals. The fests usually follow a vague theme, but are always democratic in nature -- anyone with talent can get a shot at playing, regardless of politics, perceived draw, or any of the other usual nonsense. "We promote the events and all the bands as an army of all-stars," says Gonzalez.

Among their slate of recent events was the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Beach Music Festival last month, as well as the annual Kryptonite Metal Festival in Miami, at Tobacco Road. This Saturday, Qool returns to the Road (626 S. Miami Ave., Miami) for another extravaganza, this one dubbed Miamipalooza. This one is meant to have a spring break spirit, and as such, the party starts early -- 3:00 p.m. -- and goes late, ending some 12 hours later.

Still, the afternoon portion is designed to be family-friendly, with kids welcome until 8 p.m. to enjoy more than 40 bands spread across four stages, as well as an art show and various vendors selling locally made wares. The musical performers represent pretty much any genre you might hear in town, from Latin music (Timba Swing) to funk-rock (Urban Rebel) to hip-hop (Andre Bush) to power indie pop (All the Pretty Cars). Children 12 and under are free, and for everyone else, admission is $5. Call 305-374-1198, or visit
Sat., March 10, 3 p.m., 2012


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