Hair of the Dog Fest Is Miami's Musical New Year's Eve Hangover Cure

On January 1, you'll roll over in bed ready to swear off the booze forever. But when it comes to hangovers, we tend to have the memory of a goldfish, so on January 2, we're guessing you'll be ready to kiss and make up with your ol' pal whiskey.

Showskii Records, a local collaborative for everything music-related, is on a mission to help you get back on that drunken horse with an offer of the Hair of the Dog that bit you. In this case in particular, it’s a night of local music and giggle water because, really, nothing goes better together.

Composed of founder Alba “TheDopeMia” Rubio, Claudia “Bad Wolf” Rodriguez and Arminio “Crocodile Deathspin” Rivero of SunGhosts, the Showskii team recently spoke with us about how it plans on spiking your Saturday night and what more the collective has in store for the future.

New Times: For those who don’t know, what is Showskii Records?
Alba “TheDopeMia” Rubio: I founded Showskii four years ago. It all started off as a music blog, writing about artists and music and just doing little reviews and stuff. Then it turned into me doing press and photography. I started getting gigs from local bands as far as doing their promos and things like that — just doing creative projects with them. That later transformed into booking and producing my own shows, and just this year, we have added two special people to the team now.

Claudia “Bad Wolf” Rodriguez: I think the main goal is that we just want to be a one-stop source for music. Booking, we can help you with that. We can review albums — we can do this, we can do that. Not just Miami, but we can even expand nationally. 

How did each of you get involved?
Rubio: To tell you the truth, one of my ex-boyfriends. He started it for about a week and then I took over, and it has been four years now. At first, I started off not really having the knowledge about what press or doing media was exactly. I started learning as I went along. It’s not really so complicated for me to go for it because it’s something I’m really passionate about. I think it’s a really beautiful, creative field to enjoy. Whenever I’m doing something within it, I don’t even feel like I’m working.

Rodriguez: It’s ’cause I love music so much. I have absolutely no talent whatsoever, so at least this way I feel like I’m contributing in some way, which is cool now that we’re also doing booking. I get a lot in the music industry without actually having to perform.

Rivero: My main dream has always been to be a rock star. That would be the best, but I don’t like to be a one-trick-pony. I like to dip my toes in anything I can. I want to be like Dave Grohl. If I can direct in the future, I’ll do that too.

Tell us about the Hair of the Dog Festival this Saturday night at Churchill’s.
Rivero: It started out that SunGhosts was releasing an EP and we needed to throw a show, but I didn’t want it to be all about SunGhosts. I just wanted to throw an awesome show, so we came up with Hair of the Dog. [On the EP,] it’s a taste of the album we’re coming out with in May. We don’t want to make everyone wait more ’cause you guys have been waiting for three years.

Any last words?
Rodriguez: I’d just love to grow festivals. This is our first really big festival that we’re throwing together. I’d love to repeat this next year and have it bigger. It’s a puppy right now, but we want it to be a Great Dane.

Showskii Records presents Hair of the Dog with SunGhosts, Heavy Drag, Dénudés, Palette Town, Milk Spot, Long Shore Drift, the Filthy Casuals, Left-Handed Jacket, In Occulus, and Trench. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, January 2, at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; (305) 757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission is $7. Ages 18 and up. 

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