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    Best Posthumous Live Album - Live

    Few local bands were ever more misunderstood, or more hated in certain quarters, than Harry Pussy, whose squalling feedback-drenched performances managed to clear rooms across Miami for a memorable chunk of the mid-Nineties. The more this no-wave tri...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Acoustic Performer - Victor Manuel "Chocolatin" Casanova

    In 1979 Victor Manuel Casanova left Peru with a group of musicians for a tour of the United States that never ended. Over the past twenty years, this Afro-Peruvian singer, guitarist, and caja or "box" player, has performed for Miami's ever-growing Pe...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Caribbean Band - Bahamas Junkanoo Review

    Some say the Bahamians built Miami. Early immigrants, they laid down the first roads and then laid out the towels and sheets for the area's first tourists. The drums and horns of Bahamian junkanoo music certainly have marched willy-nilly through the ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Dealer-Sponsored CD - Con Alma y Vida

    Gaby Gabriel is best known as the long-time leader of the house orchestra at the Fontainebleau Hilton's Club Tropigala on Miami Beach. The exuberant Cuba-born singer/percussionist has developed a musical repertoire to match the diversity of his audie...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Solo Musician - William "Max" Maxwell

    Drawing from a stock of blues standards, William "Max" Maxwell lends Miami Beach's Lincoln Road a touch of cultural credibility. Many the fashion-savvy beachcomber ignores this "old school" busker while he haunts the stretch between Lenox Avenue and ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Band To Break Up, Recombine, And Multiply In The Past Twelve Months - Grupo Nostalgia

    Get ready for a little Cuban chemistry with Grupo Nostalgia. The Latin jam ensemble that won New Times's award for Best Latin Band in 1996 and 1998 has completely transformed itself. The nucleus remains bassist and band director Omar Hernandez. Circl...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Musical Marathon - The Last Damn Parade: Jeff's Parade of Stars 3, December 30, 1999

    One by one 50 musical acts -- that's right, more than 4 dozen -- alighted Tobacco Road's upstairs stage from 9:30 p.m. until past 3:30 a.m. for this starry-eyed, six-hour extravaganza. The show's loving creator was Jeff Rollason, musical son of f...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Jazz Radio Program - The Modern School of Modern Jazz and More

    Musicians around town often complain that Miami's reputation as little more than an international playground makes it difficult for them to play styles that depart from the tourist-oriented mainstream. It's certainly true in the local jazz scene, a g...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Latin Singer - Delia Diaz de Villegas

    Delia's arrival in Miami one year ago is the stuff of fairy tales. Once upon a time on a tropical island, there was a lovely young woman with a voice like a precious instrument. She sang so beautifully that in 1991 she won the prestigious OTI prize f...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Percussionist - Claudio Silva

    In a city of conga players, bell clangers, and maracas shakers, Brazilian percussionist Claudio Silva stands apart. The largest country in Latin America, Brazil also boasts the greatest number of percussion instruments, from the Amazonian rattle to t...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Geek Love - The men behind this season's best shows -- and biggest failures -- blame it all on Regis

    The voice-mail message begins with the caller identifying himself in a clear, sharp tone: "Hey, this is Chris Thompson, executive producer of Action and Ladies Man, and I hear you're trying to get ahold of me...." Long pause. "For some ungodly reason...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 11, 2000
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    Best Live Jazz Performance - Dave Valentin

    How the planet's greatest living Latin-jazz flutist made it in and out of town with barely a passing notice is one of those mysteries peculiar to South Florida. Indeed late this past winter Dave Valentin, woodwind-player extraordinaire, ascended the ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Musical Nostalgia - Night Train

    The shrill whistle, the rumble of the engine rolling down the tracks. It's 8:00 on a Sunday night. Ted Grossman takes his usual seat as conductor of the Night Train on WLRN. As he has every week for 25 years, Grossman leads a four-hour journey throug...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best New Rap Artist - Lee Williams

    As hip-hop continues down its path toward world domination, cash registers ringing loudly all the way, it seems in increasing danger of calcifying. For more and more up-and-coming rappers, pursuing their art often appears simply to be a matter of cho...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Electronica Artist - Phoenecia

    If ever an album title seemed appropriate, it's Ischemic Strokes, the moniker Phoenecia slapped on its most recent collection, which gathered up kindred souls recording for their own Schematic label and placed them alongside the duo's own skittering,...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Reggae Radio Program - Sounds of the Caribbean

    With WDNA-FM's Steve Radzi laying his Reggae Beat to rest after nearly twenty years, the Caribbean radio crown safely belongs to Clint O'Neil, who has provided the tropical soundtrack of choice for night owls since 1979. Aside from those gravel-voice...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Rap Album - Book of Thugs: Chapter AK, Verse 47

    After watching Trick Daddy's last album, www.thug.com, go gold, and seeing his leering mug plastered all over MTV, the Box, and BET, it's safe to say Miami's hip-hop scene has definitely found life after Luke. Not that Trick Daddy himself sounds too ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Underground Rock Impresario - birdman

    Among the warehouses just west of Biscayne Boulevard and north of the Design District lives birdman (a.k.a. Sean Gould). Since graduating in 1987 from Clemson University with an English degree, the six-foot-four blond-haired Gould has been honing the...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Latin Band - Los Mora Arraiga

    Face it, this is a recording-company town. When bands sit down to play, they're more likely to be laying tracks for a CD or mugging for a television camera than working a late-night crowd. Live music is less likely to waft through smoke-filled rooms ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Piano Man - Mike Gerber

    Mike Gerber works the piano as if he had begun playing in the womb. Actually he took to the instrument when he was just two and a half years old. Nearly 50 years later, the keyboardist (blind since birth) never ceases to wow audiences when he attacks...

    on May 11, 2000
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