"Bass Rock Express" was the first international Miami bass hit, and it opened the floodgates for the rush of quad-heavy records that followed. The song was co-produced, engineered, arranged, and vocalized by Amos Larkins II for MC ADE, and William "Billy" Hines on 4-Sight Records in 1985. Amos prod ... More >>
Henry Stone, king of the record business, passed away peacefully August 7, 2014, in Miami. Throughout almost 80 years of wildly prolific musical activity, the 93-year-old had a hand in every aspect of the music business and was a true pioneer of independent manufacturing, promotion, and distributio ... More >>
Cinco de Drinko might be donezo, but that doesn't mean you should stop drinking. All right, maybe cut back on the tequila for the next couple of weeks and take up something a little lighter instead. How about some cider? Yes, cider. And no, not the cider abuela gave you for Nochebuena. Rekorderli ... More >>
Feeling refreshed this breezy morning? Well you should be 'cause it's a short work week! And what's better than having to wake up at an ungodly hour just to sit through bumper-to-bumper traffic, as you head to your dark cubicle to respond to countless emails and deal with pesky co-workers only four ... More >>
Pretty Lights is launching his new live show in Miami, as part of this weekend's two-night Basslights stand, featuring the kind of set that has never before been attempted in the history of live music production. The Colorado buddha head will be bringing, along with his five-piece band, an analog s ... More >>
Timmy Thomas is in a Hialeah warehouse slapping palms with a Cuban Santero named Oba Frank Lords. In the back room, there's an altar with a straw-hatted guajiro sculpture standing by a sacrificial blade. Up front, in a 12-foot-by-12-foot production studio with little more than a computer, keyboard, ... More >>
Scoring one of Jimi Hendrix's chromatic gauze button-downs on eBay won't be smooth sailing. But how about a band T from the closet of a local South Florida music legend? The first Churchill's T-Shirt Swap Meet will be a congregation of the sort -- peruse the collection of Miami godfather of noise ... More >>
I slam a 16-ounce can of Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor, take a big hit off a joint of brown weed, put pen to paper, and write a line. "She got a booty, though/She can't fit it through the door," I rap. "Plus, she a stripper now/Working for that booty dough." Then I bark into a microphone, and Jake the D ... More >>
It's Friday and come 5 p.m., you'll want to run out of the office as if you were escaping the zombie apocalypse. You rush home with the intention to get ready for one of the last parties of WMC, but then realize that you blew all your money on all the other parties at the Clevelander, Shelborne, an ... More >>
In the 1970s, Miami's TK Productions sold hundreds of millions of records around the world. Yes, hundreds of millions of records around the world. They were all cut in a tiny eight-track studio in Hialeah by a close-knit team of musicians and songwriters. The family worked together on each oth ... More >>
Remember the good ol' days when the Florida Marlins played at Sun Life and the blinding sight of tens of thousands of empty orange seats mocked the athletes toiling inside the echoing, empty stadium?It was throwback day in Miami Gardens on Saturday, as Canes fans -- still burned by a horrific beatdo ... More >>
Miami can trace its royal bass lineage all the way back to '80s booty clappers like Maggotron and the 2 Live Crew, if not earlier. Does the '70s disco-funk groovage of Miamians KC and the Sunshine Band count as booty bass music? They did pen the 1976 hit "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty". ... More >>
Hundreds of people hungry for good food and music filled the pews of the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church on Saturday afternoon for the second annual Gospel Brunch, organized by Overtown Music Project.As Bishop Margaret Reynolds (who, by the way, is a former backup singer for KC and the Sunshine Band) w ... More >>
On Saturday, musicians and community leaders will gather to celebrate one of Miami's oldest and most historic communities, Overtown. It was once known as the "Harlem of the South," a community filled with artists, writers, and musicians. There were many music clubs and ornate churches filled with so ... More >>
James Brown: Miami booty shaker of his generationIf you think the hits of Gloria Estefan, 2 Live Crew, and Pitbull are Miami's sole musical contributions to the world, then you've got another thing coming. Over the years, the 305 has been a veritable bastion of the international recording indus ... More >>
Overtown once rocked with the sounds and soul of musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie. A hotbed of music and culture, Overtown's heyday has passed, but not entirely. This neighborhood just northwest of downtown Miami is being revitalized, with help from Amy Rosenberg ... More >>
"I'm not Rush Limbaugh!"Between 1974 and '78, America's youth got hooked on a truly putrid form of faddish dance music called disco. The shirts were sickeningly shiny. The pants were excruciatingly tight. And Miami's own KC (born Harry Wayne Casey), along with his Sunshine Band, provided the s ... More >>
Maybe you haven't heard his obscene lyrics or witnessed his outlandish shows. But trust us, you love Blowfly. He's the filthy soul uncle of Miami. And appropriately, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid is 69 years old. Dressed to impress in a crazy superhero Lucha Libre getup, he's not only a local hero. He's ... More >>
Bobby Stringer, who captivated the crowd. This weekend,, dozens gathered in the 115-year-old Greater Bethel AME Church to witness the talents of locally born and raised gospel musicians.Amy Rosenberg of the Overtown Music Project, organized this beautiful event to support a jazz and blues resi ... More >>
Photo by Riki AltmanKC wasn't really shaking any booty, but he had a few girls on stage doing the job.It's no secret that different types of crowds are attracted to particular events offered during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Those who love schwag and want to drink their ticket pric ... More >>
The Swell Season brings stirring songs to the Fillmore.
Richard Finch in custody.Busted in Licking County, Ohio, Richard Finch, co-founder of KC and the Sunshine Band, is being held on a $250,000 bond after his arrest Tuesday on a charge of "gross sexual imposition."In other words, the way he likes it is with underage boys. Finch acknowledged inapprop ... More >>
What would the world be like if Ozzy had never put that "vocalist seeks band" flyer in the record store, which caused soon to be guitar-god Tony Iommi to call him up? Ozzy joined Earth, which later became Black Sabbath, and the rest is Heavy Metal history. Do you feel me? I am talking about fate a ... More >>
In this video, CNN's Larry King interviews James Brown and they talk about Henry Stone, the man who made Miami a global musical force. Stone was the first person to sign James Brown, and among the first people to record Ray Charles. As a major distributor of black music in Miami, starting in the '5 ... More >>
Rush- er, KC- valiantly burps down a heart attack during his July 4 concert at Landshark Stadium Since 2007, the Marlins have held their "Super Saturday" free concerts after Saturday night home games in a ploy to get people to attend games even if not for the baseball. The concerts sometimes s ... More >>
The original nasty rapper celebrates his 70th at PS14.
Get groovy with KC and the Sunshine Band.
Okay, let's go mano a mano over this one
Rock & Roll/JAM at MAM
Miami's Grammy Booty
The Hialeah Music Festival
May 6 - 12, 1999
First came teen superstardom, then years of troubled obscurity. Now Betty Wright is seeking to balance music, family, and faith.
He was a rebel without a pause, a record spinner and a mindbender, fast and free. He died at age 22.