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Ultra Music Festival 2017 [Photo gallery]

The Ultra Music Festival descended on Miami 24-26 in Bayfront Park, bringing in people from all over the world. Though the popularity of the event has an international audience, they all have one thing in common: colorful costumes. The stranger the costumes, the better. From ballerinas and teddy bears, to tie-dyed t-shirts and bikinis, nothing is too outrageous. Inside, revelers ...

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Teenear Lucas (Courtesy photo)

Q&A: Teenar Renee looks to tear up the Miami music scene [Audio]

Teenear Renee, more commonly known as “Teenear,” is an emerging vocal artist dreaming of making it big in the Magic City and beyond. The 19-year-old Miami native will be touring across Florida and into Georgia as part of the Juice Tour with iHeartRadio. She will also be performing at Rolling Loud, a two-day concert series at Bayfront Park in Downtown ...

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Glades Middle School Jazz Band practices with the new music equipment after the collaboration between Miami-Dade Schools and Music for Your Heart Foundation. Courtesy of Music for Your Heart

Music for Your Heart foundation teaches children ‘What Really Matters’

Two years ago, Felipe Carvajal, a Flamenco musician, moved to Miami from Seville, hoping to expand his international career. He was an established musician in Spain and wanted to leave his footprint into the American music scene. “It was extremely difficult to leave a place where I lived and breathed the music I love,” said Carvajal, now 27. “Certainly, I ...

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Vanessa Guzman, 24, is working on building her career as a disc jockey in Miami with the help of Jordan Sanchez, 27, her mentor and promoter. She has been training with him every week for two months. (Photo by Maria Serrano, South Florida News Service)

DJ sets aside law school to follow his dream and return to spinning records

When Jordan Sanchez was 15, he started practicing to become a disc jockey. But, after playing in some clubs professionally, he decided to leave the DJ world to major in political science. He went on to law school, but something was missing. Sanchez was isolating himself from his closest friends and feeling depressed. Then, he realized his life wasn’t complete ...

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Rodman “Rodddzilla” Davis, at The Void’s art gallery, talks to Miami artist Blake Newton about some of her pieces exhibited that evening. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Young artists, producers say their six-hour gallery parties help fill ‘The Void’

Sean Prosper, his roommate Rodman Davis and mutual friend Ashley Solage have thrown parties in South Florida since they were teenagers. Then, last year, while sitting in a car with rapper Denzel Curry, they thought of creating a networking event that would integrate two creative elements: music and visual arts. Curry came up with “The Void” as the name for ...

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On Saturdays, “La Pachanga” musicians arrive and gather at the patio's lit stage to prepare for the night's Latin musical performance. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Little Havana bar offers Saturday night “La Pachanga” musical event

When Rodolfo Tancredi’s yoga instructor mentioned the bar where she also works, Ball & Chain, he decided to check out the Little Havana establishment on a recent Saturday night. “I go to everything I’m invited to,” said Tancredi, a Venezuelan native, 39. “So I came by to see what was going on.” What Tancredi didn’t know was that he chose ...

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Frangioni

Big dreams come true for Miami students who’ll sing at Phil Collins’ Little Dreams gala

David Frangioni, musical director for the Little Dreams Foundation, mentors the students during one of their weekly lessons in the Photo by Ashlee Nichols. COURTESY OF LITTLE DREAMS FOUNDATION.     By Kathleen Devaney South Florida News Service Read in Miami Herald.   Luisa Maggioni wasn’t born when Billboard hits In The Air Tonight andAnother Day in Paradise were released. ...

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Montaner

Kids with disabilities get special visit from musician Ricardo Montaner.

By Juan Endara South Florida News Service Exclusive   Ricardo Montaner is the founder of La Ventana De Los Cielos, “A Window to Heaven,”  a non-profit organization that aims to promote, advocate and protect the right of children and adolescents with special abilities. The organization, which is located in Homestead, Florida, specializes in physical and intellectual development for those with disabilities by ...

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Alexander Gonzalez, 27, from Hialeah plays the character Oliver in front of the chorus during a performance of Oliver Button is a Sissy, a musical meant to teach kids about bullying, by The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Coral Gables on Feb. 25. (Photo by Chris Curto / Miami Herald)

Miami Gay Chorus performance to highlight bullying

When Raul Morin was 15, he sat in front of the class jock in school, “the wrestler, football player, big, beefy guy,” who bullied him for being gay. “I was the class nerd, the closeted white elephant no one could talk about,” said Morin, now 33. The bully would write the word “fag” on the back of his shirt, in ...

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Lucy Grau performed "Last Dance" for the previous "Noches Tropicales" concert.  (Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation)

Eighth-Annual “Noches Tropicales” concert brings Latin-American music to Tropical Park

On Friday, Cuban-born singer, songwriter and actress, Luisa María Güell, is set to headline the second concert of the free, annual, four-part “Noches Tropicales” concert series, presented by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department The 2013/2014 “Noches Tropicales” concert season kicked off in September, at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, with a Latin Jazz gala starring 10-time Grammy award-winner, ...

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