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.
2 months 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 ...
3 months 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...
6 months 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...
7 months 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. ...
8 months ago | Interviews
On an ordinary fall afternoon in 1968, Clarence Reid was putting the finishing touches on "Don’t Make the Good Girls Go Bad," the followup to his first R&B song, "Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do [And Still Be a Lady]." "We had momentum with the pr...