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Nine South Florida Music Venues You've Probably Forgotten About

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5. Miami Baseball Stadium (AKA Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium).

The Baseball Stadium is long gone now, replaced by a far more modern stadium. Back then, however, baseball was even less of a big deal in Miami than it is today, which is certainly saying something. This was pre-Marlins, of course, and the stadium was located in the shadow of downtown, just across I-95. It wasn’t exactly the most popular place to go. Nevertheless, it did have its share of stars come through, with Steve Miller and the Stephen Stills/Neil Young Band chief among them. (Sadly, Young decided to desert the tour the day before the scheduled show, leaving Stills to carry on alone.) The most ill-fated event to occur there took place when the Who performed and drummer Keith Moon opted for a preshow appetizer of horse tranquilizers, causing him to collapse at his drum kit and spend several days in a South Florida hospital.
4. The Flick.

Situated next door to the UM campus, the Flick was South Florida’s premier folk club throughout the '60s and early '70s, consistently ranking among the best coffeehouses in the country. The list of luminaries that performed there is truly impressive: Joni Mitchell, Steve Goodman, Fred Neil, Vince Martin, and comedian Gabe Kaplan, among many more. The place was shuttered in the mid-'70s only to be replaced by the Titanic Restaurant and Brewery, a place which still hosts bands of the local variety. A 2014 reunion brought many of the Flick alumni back to celebrate with music and memories, but sadly, it seems that era of Miami music history is over.
3. Orange Bowl.

Here’s another South Florida landmark that gave way to modern development — and not necessarily for the better. Today, the controversial Marlins Park sits where the Orange Bowl stood. Once, however, the Orange Bowl was not only a local landmark but a nationally recognized one as well, the only venue in our area equipped to handle bigger bands like the Rolling Stones, who made a stop there during an early '80s tour.
2. Miami Beach Convention Center.

Back in the '70s, the Miami Beach Convention Center was a far different establishment than it is today. It was much better suited for watching concerts than it was for hosting car shows. My memories of the place are tainted by ill-fated encounters — watching Led Zeppelin around the time of the band's second album and having my view blocked by a pillar placed directly in front of my seat. Then there was the time when my then-girlfriend and I went around to the stage door and insisted we were on the backstage list, only to have a Miami Beach cop reply by shoving his fist into her stomach. Not nice, Officer.
1. Miami Arena.

The most obvious example of the city’s lack of foresight has to be the once-lauded arena that stood just west of Biscayne Boulevard in a neighborhood where parking your car sometimes resulted in an ominous encounter with local panhandlers. Initially, however, it was touted as Miami’s newest and best sports and entertainment facility. Cuba's Los Van Van nearly caused a riot when they performed there in '99. A few years later, it was abandoned over concerns of the safety of its setting, and a new arena was built next to Bayside. Seems like a waste of money, but then again, who’s to argue with the Heat?
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Lee Zimmerman