Over the weekend, the Performing Arts Exchange held a final show and said goodbye to the 305 scene.
"THANK YOU MIAMI!!!" PAX tweeted just hours before its last party. "FAREWELL WE LOVE YOU!!! SUPPORT YOUR LIVE MUSIC."
During its 30 months on Calle Ocho, the club and founder Roxanne Scalia welcomed an ambitiously international roster to its cozy, stripped-down stage.
There were true legends, like hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. There were stellar Spanish-speaking acts from all over the globe, including France's Sergent Garcia and Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux. And there were carefully curated recurring live-music nights, such as the Afro-Caribbean-focused Tumbao Fridays and the Colombian-showcasing Sopita Series.
Of course, though, the reason why PAX also earned New Times pick as Best Venue for Local Acts was its unwavering dedication to Miami-bred and -based music of all kinds, from beloved regulars like Conjunto Progreso and Elastic Bond to Grammy-recognized artists like Mr. Pauer and Marlow Rosado.
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The local acts were always thankful. The local fans too. And undoubtedly, PAX's closing represents a real loss for Miami's live music scene.
As Conjunto wrote in a Facebook farewell: "Thank you Roxanne for a great place for us to share our music. I know I speak for a lot bands that will miss your dedication to local bands and I know that we all wish that you would give it one more year. Thank you for your support of Conjunto Progreso, Spam Allstars, Suenalo, Locos Por Juana, Elastic Bond, Luis Bofill, PALO!, Los Herederos and all the bands who graced your stage. We will miss u!!!"