Winter Music Conference

Bar's Diverse WMC Lineup Includes Dubstep, Palmbomen, Dino Felipe, and Barbecue

Bar is like an everybody-knows-your-name-art-gallery where you can buy beer and booze. But they never seem to have PBR for some reason.

​And for a fairly compact watering hole located on the edge of Overtown, the place has hosted a string of impressive musical names like MIA, Ariel Pink, Diplo, none of which will be there this Winter Music Conference. Still, when electronica lovers take over the town this week, and South Beach becomes a nightmare, Bar will be a sweet refuge from the madness.

Kicking off the WMC lineup on March 9, Smut + Bass will present Fin du Monde where apparently they ask no one bring glowsticks, thank the Lord. Get ready for the beginning of a very bass-heavy week with some dubstep by LORN, Dave Betamax, Magoula, DJ Wreck, Methodus, and Chismosa. This event is open to those 18 and older, so children may party alongside "adults."

Miami's own Nightdrive team, who often bring lesser known but talented acts to town, are taking over Thursday night's party presenting Amsterdam's Palmbomen playing what they describe as Italo disco and '60s pop. Expect some visuals with your drugs and synthesizers, you know, just to add to the mood. Maybe you can bring glowsticks to this night? Maybe ironically? The show will also feature a live set by Entresol, DJ Bear, and Laura (of Miami).

Friday night's Zorg Fest 2011 will be quite a sight to hear with the triple release party for the lovable and brilliant Dino Felipe, who just came out with his fiftieth release, DJ Wreck, and Miami music veteran Mr. Feathers, whose debut album is now available on Triangle Earth. The whole affair is hosted by Miami solids Otto von Schirach, Rat Bastard, Romulo Reverb, Ricardo Guerrero, and Alligator Jesus. Other performers include This Heart Electric with DJ sets by Rat Bastard, Toot, Romulo Del Castillo, Zorg, Mr. Pineapple, Karakter, and Jacque Polynice.

Saturday night there will be a slew of indie goodness with Miami bands playing at West Rocks and also some DJs from around town. This show's a little earlier, with bands going on at 9 p.m. There'll be free barbecue to cure all lingering hangovers, with a menu that includes jumbo prawn burgers, which sound bad to mix with booze. The live music lineup will consist of Rebel, The State Of, Pretty Please, Little Beard, and Josh Beech & The Johns from London. Meanwhile, the DJs will be Tara Rocks from London, Black Jesus a.k.a. Mario & Xavier from Modernage, Italo Death Metal from Chicago, local Jesp, and Dan Lancaster of London. Make sure to RSVP.

On Sunday, bring your dancing shoes and earplugs to Down, presented by the Deeper Side, Dubporn Records, Where Were You in '02, FIU, and Ghettophiles. They'll wrap up the week with DJ Rashad who'll be playing Chicago Juke. Also DJing will be DJ Wreck, Parcell, Gray Ghost, Munkz, and Ashworth.

Most shows start at 10 p.m. and all events are free.

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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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