Beyond the unending, dentist-office-like whir of hundreds of tattoo needles buzzing, the Miami Tattoo Expo will feature another soundtrack: an impressive lineup of local and national music acts. While other South Florida tattoo conventions have relied mostly on rockabilly cover bands and the like, the Miami convention has garnered a reputation for hosting full-on shows on its various stages. Here's a rundown of the schedule:
Friday, January 9: Jay Vega, Piccalo, Charlie Hustle, Unda Surveillance, DJ Laz, and Brisco
Sponsor Power 96's aesthetic clearly dominates Friday's entertainment, kicking off in the afternoon with reggaetonero/rapper Jay Vega. Meanwhile, the king of Power 96, DJ Laz, has a new album to push and no doubt will rely mostly on cuts from it. Let's hope, though, he'll bust out some of his old-school bass jams, which always go down well with any crowd. But the highlight of today will be Opa-locka rapper Brisco. Considering his association with the Poe Boy camp and heavy airplay of his latest single, "Just Know Dat" featuring Lil Wayne, this might be one of the last times he performs such an intimate show before he goes the way of longtime pal Flo Rida.
Miami Tattoo Expo 2009
Miami Tattoo Expo 2009: Friday, January 9, 3 to 11 p.m.; bands begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 10, noon to 11 p.m.; bands begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, January 11, noon to 6 p.m.; bands begin at 3:20 p.m. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20 a day, $50 for a weekend pass. 617-418-7385, www.miamitattooexpo.com
Saturday, January 10: La Vieja Guardia, The New Threat, Thick as Blood, Evergreen Terrace, and Madball
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If Friday belongs to Power 96, Saturday truly belongs to expo cosponsor Eulogy Recordings. The local talent featured here includes the searing, Spanish-language, old-school hardcore kick of La Vieja Guardia, as well as the brutal breakdown-soaked quintet Thick as Blood. From a little farther up north comes The New Threat, an Orlando trio that keeps alive the flame of breakneck Eighties American skate punk à la Minor Threat and Descendents. And finally, avid mosh bros will want to do some extra pre-pit stretches for the evening's headliners: Jacksonville's crushing metalcore fivesome Evergreen Terrace and the legendary New York old-schoolers of Madball.
Sunday, January 11: The Shoreline, Macallee King, JT Money, and Jim Jones
The final and shortest day of the expo offers the most random and least exciting musical lineup of the three days. The early afternoon features the neon-bedecked, studio-polished pop-punk stylings of The Shoreline, an Orlando-based quartet heavy on Warped Tour-ready, radio-friendly hooks. Strangely, they're followed a couple of hours later by the likes of JT Money, the Miami rapper you might remember by his major hit more than a decade ago, "Who Dat." More interesting is the appearance of Jim Jones, one-sixth of the beloved Dipset.