As if Grand Central didn’t already have the hip-hop game on lock with PeachFuzz, it done added another legit dance party to its roster.
Miami Soul Sessions is hosted by On the B Side’s president Ingrid B, and celebrates the births of all those born under that month's astrological sign. On June 13, along with her B Side Divas, she’s giving it up for the Geminis out there. Those freedom-loving twin types even get in free before midnight. The party features not only hip-hop, but soul, R&B, and reggae, as well as classics and guilty pleasures from the ‘80s to today.
For June, On the B Side also presents the Chicks & Kicks edition of Miami Soul Sessions, which promises, well, females in Nikes? Or maybe some club-friendly Rockettes? A girl can hope.
Ingrid B is a Barbados-born, Miami-bred “preacher’s kid” and “poet’s daughter” who started promoting as a favor to a friend. But she’s stuck with it and says, “I love, love, love great DJs and I miss dance floors.”
She swears by fun, saying, “I believe that no one should leave a party looking as good as they did coming in. Everybody should break a sweat, but not be so sweaty that it's not cute anymore.” And to that, we say, amen.
She actually got involved with Grand Central when she moved her long-running poetry night, the Bohemia Room, to the downtown hangout for its final three years. The wordsmith’s nightlife event went all over the damn town — from Power Studios to Yuca, Cielo, Miami Improv, and Vlada — in its 12 years of existence. And if you can remember all of those places, ahem, then you're a true Miami hero.
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At Chicks & Kicks, A Fly Guy and DJ Johnny Walker Red plan on getting the max out of their spun sounds and the night's assembled Geminis. “People should expect great music and the space to enjoy themselves,” Ingrid says. “If they wanna breakdance, cool. If they wanna do a little two-step, cool. If the wanna hang out at the bar and people watch, that’s cool too. Whatever a good time is to them is fine by me.”
However, she has one stipulation: “I hope they dance all night.” So, chicks, bring your kicks most suited for a twirl, dip, or the Dougie.
Chicks & Kicks. As part of Miami Soul Sessions. Hosted By The B Side Divas. With A Fly Guy and DJ Johnny Walker Red. 10 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via bsideentertainment.weebly.com. Geminis are free before midnight. Ages 18 and up.