Alberto de la Portilla
Alberto de la Portilla is a native Miamian who enjoys telling stories about the Magic City. In 2012, he launched the Miami music blog Long Play Miami. His work on local R&B legends is featured in the book Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC & the Sunshine Band.
1 year ago | Longform
On a recent Monday night at Coyo Taco in Wynwood, DJ Oscar G opens his weekly residency set with a gradual ascent of deep-house beats that drown out conversations at the bar. Standing next to him is an imposing figure — Oba Frank Lords, dressed in...
1 year ago | Culture
When Mohamed Moretta read New Times' recent story remembering the Beat Club, a strip-mall hot spot in Westchester that once hosted big-name acts such as Gloria Gaynor and Exposé, he noticed something was missing: himself. Moretta, who has built a ...
2 years ago | Miami Music
In the Miami-Dade suburb of Westchester sits a shopping center on Bird Road whose name makes an idyllic reference to the local demographics: Las Americas Plaza. From 1983 to 1985, in a corner of the parking lot, there was a teen nightclub known si...
2 years ago | Interviews
In 1990, when Miami radio station 99 Jamz (WEDR) erected a 100,000-watt transmitter, its newly boosted signal carried not only across South Florida but also, with enough ingenuity and patience, to the gritty, coastal Havana suburb Alamar. Over the...
2 years ago | History
Every morning, Larry Mobley drives to the Tamarac Community Center to exercise. At 77 years old, he likes to stay fit. After his workout, he takes a shower. He would prefer to have his own bathroom facilities, but for now this routine will do. ...