Seven Worst Miami Music Moments of 2015
Photo by Karli Evans
For the most part, 2015 was a really great year in Miami music. We saw locals conquer during another successful III Points. We saw the rise of the Olympia Theater through stellar performances by Kraftwerk, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sufjan Stevens, and more. We were visited by some of the biggest acts in the world and even some of the best up-and-comers, proving that the days of this southernmost city being overlooked by touring groups may be over.
But every year is made of ups and downs, and while there was a lot to celebrate in 2015, there was also a lot of shit that sucked. People died, institutions fell, and some characters were downright cringe-worthy. Here are some of this year's moments in Miami music we could have gone without.
Mansion in the height of its party palace-ness.
Photo by Karli Evans
7. The closing of Mansion.
We poked a lot of fun at the South Beach megaclub over the years. It was asking for it when management kicked legends like DJ Shadow and Dennis Ferrer off the decks for being “too future” and not playing enough “commercial” hits. Still, we weren't hoping to see the place close down entirely, which is exactly what it did in September. It's since reopened as Icon Miami, but there are surely some sunburnt European tourists still walking the streets of South Beach, asking anyone who will
Diddy is not amused.
Photo Courtesy of Revolt
6. People who insisted on rapping and singing at the Revolt Music Conference.
5. When everyone kept canceling Miami shows.
Remember when D'Angelo dropped that incredible comeback album and your private parts exploded? Remember when you hurriedly bought a ticket to catch the crooner at the Fillmore Miami Beach and your soul hit a high note? Remember the horrible pit of darkness and despair it took two weeks to climb out of when you heard the show was
Grand Central looks even worse by now.
Photo by Jason Shaw
4. Saying goodbye to Grand Central.
It's one thing to close a club and reopen the structure with better intentions. It's another thing entirely to tear down one of the best and only midsized venues in the city because developers would rather stick a parking garage in its place. Grand Central gave this city five years of unthinkable music and unforgettable, sweaty dance moments. It gave us reunions from rock legends, unscripted rap realness, and #RealDJing. Then it gave us the bad news, and it did it suddenly. It announced its end with only a few weeks' notice, and now, it crumbles before our eyes. Where will bands play that are yet too small for the Fillmore but too big for everywhere else? Only time will tell, but that World Center better be fucking worth it. We fear it will not.
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