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How great is it when you find yourself at a party or show that you didn't expect, with BYOB policy and good music? Score! This past Saturday, while the hot ticket was Mos Def at the Adrienne Arsht Center, we opted for something different and headed to Hialeah, a whole world away from South Beach and downtown Miami. The occasion was, I was told, a circus-theme party thrown by a band I never heard before.
Now I wasn't sure what I was going to run into at the Annex, this tiny warehouse space in Hialeah. But I was with "the crew," had some cold and properly mixed cocktails in plastic bottles, and my camera ready to capture anything. It had been a while since we had traveled off the grid, and we were feeling adventurous. But what we found was completely unexpected and to be honest, one of the best times I've had in a while.
This was a CD release party for Radioboxer, a pretty popular local band and there we were, sipping our drinks and mixing it up with faces I had never seen. I loved it already. My photo galleries are always filled with the "the usual suspects" so I was thrilled already. But I few minutes in, I felt total glee, like a pre-teen at a High School Reunion concert.
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The band was awesome, but my heart belonged to Jose, a.k.a Boxwood, Radioboxer's opening act. He's a one-man band layering drum beats, a tambourine, and his voice, creating this heartbreaking sound. Anything that reminds me of heartache instantly makes me a fan.
I left Hialeah with a set of great shots, met new people, heard good music, and appointments with the bands to capture them sometime soon.
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