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.
13 days 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...
5 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 ...
6 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...
9 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...
10 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. ...
11 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...