If Tobacco Road were a person, it would be pinching the nurses at Shady Pines and talking smack about Eliot Ness while it cackled its dentures off.
The city's oldest bar/restaurant/café turns 94 on November 17, an occasion that will be marked by an eight-band Miamipalooza on three stages. "The building is over a hundred years old," says Mark Weiser, Tobacco Road's talent buyer for the past 24 years. "It's been everything: off-limits to servicemen during World War II due to its reputation as the most lascivious bar in the southeastern United States; hangout for Al Capone; secret gambling and speakeasy joint in the Upstairs Cabaret during Prohibition."
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For as long as Weiser has been part of the joint's package, there has been an effort to establish Tobacco Road as a national rock and roll landmark, with live music seven nights a week. The lineup scheduled for the anniversary bash includes Latino-funk-hoppers Spam Allstars, Suénalo Sound System (past winners of Miami New Times's Best Local Latin Rock Band), and 2006 International Blues Challenge winner Joey Gilmore.