Here at the Miami Arts Review we’ve grown very fond of the Betsy Hotel for its dedication to injecting arts and culture into public space. As Art Basel returned to the city for its 2015 winter run, South Beach’s dining and entertainment scene featured a plethora of venues to enjoy live music, but few are so committed to ensuring the quality of the Betsy Hotel’s (Mostly) Jazz live music series. Twice weekly, and more frequently during Art Basel, hotel guests, diners at BLT Steak, and the savvy music aficionado are privy to an array of world-class musicians presenting in the lobby’s performance space. Continue reading (Mostly) Jazz swings at the Betsy on SoBe: Art Basel and Beyond
Nobody recovering from Saturday night is ready for a repeat Sunday – may we recommend a hair o’ the dog and some breezy reggae to help you unwind and nurse that head. The Annex is poised to be your new go-to for lazy afternoons now that Scratch DJ Academy has moved in with their “Roots Meltdown” fixture every other Sunday. DJ’s New Sheriff, Freddy Selector, and Goldie-Knocks serve you hours of reggae and dancehall curated from their impressive collection of vinyl on hand.
The open air venue offers overhead coverage to keep you vibing regardless of the temperamental Florida weather, while all of the eclectic decor and seating is outfitted by owner Steve Harivel’s other venture, Ace Props (that sofa you’re lounging on may have done some time on a movie set). A handful of taps offer rotating local brews and Estrella as the house special. Order some re-envisioned Italian fare and peruse the solid wine list while you relax.
Now back to the music: for a five hour block, biweekly, the three DJ’s trade off sets to keep the rhythm coming while you imbibe and unwind. Very exciting in particular is the up and comer and Scratch alumna Goldie Knocks, a Canadian raised Cubana who can’t stand still while she spins. Once your headache’s feeling a little better, you might even wind up dancing with her. Be sure to come through to celebrate Canada Day with her at their next session.
Roots Meltdown will be happening again:
July 1st, 4-9 pm, and
Every other Sunday this summer
@ The Annex
44 NE 29TH ST.
Miami, FL 33137