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City of Miami fireworks (Courtesy of the city)

Places to go for Fourth of July for FREE

Celebrate your Independence Day with friends and family at some of these South Florida hotspots! You’ll find games, music and live entertainment at all of these events, and most of them are FREE!   The Biltmore Hotel Bring a blanket, throw a football around and enjoy the music and food trucks available to guests on the golf course around the Biltmore ...

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Ken Davidoff on stage at the 50th anniversary of the Miami Pop Festival (Photo by Lukas Alzate)

HistoryMiami celebrates iconic rock ‘n’ roll festival with renowned photographer and Jimi Hendrix’s Brother

HistoryMiami Museum hosted the 50th anniversary of the Miami Pop Festival on May 19. The museum exhibited photographs taken by Ken Davidoff during the festival in May 1968. Special guest included Leon Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix brother. Ken Davidoff photographed Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and other legendary rock artists of that era. He revealed a never-before-seen set of pictures that detailed ...

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AnastasiaMax performing at Cash Out, Fort Lauderdale (Photo by Lukas Alzate)

A local band formed by two siblings debuted their first EP

AnastasiaMax, a band formed by 15-year-old Anastasia and 19-year-old Maxamillion Brenner, hosted a release party in celebration of their debut album at Cash Only, a bar in Fort Lauderdale. With the help of Joshua Diaz, music producer and band member of KIDS, the siblings were able to create their EP The Haunt. AnastasiaMax will be going on tour across the ...

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Heavy metal dad and his band spread awareness and raise funds to fight cystic fibrosis

Meet Diego Sandoval, the bassist for the heavy metal band, Sevensins. A Cuban native who came to the United States when he was 24, Sandoval now headlines shows at bars and motorcycle clubs with his friends. But the love he has for his band is nothing compared to the love he has for his son, James. When James was born, Diego said ...

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Elaborate face painting is a defining characteristic of dancers participating in the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos.

Dia de los muertos in Miami [Photo Essay]

History Miami Museum and the Mexican Consulate celebrated Dia de los Muertos on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican tradition that honors the dead through lively festivities. During the celebration, guests painted their own sugar skull and viewed an altar created by the Instituto Cultural de Mexico. Guests were also able to taste authentic Mexican food and ...

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The Gramps bar in Wynwood neighborhood of Miami (Photo via flickr)

Benefit held in Wynwood for music students

Eight local bands of various genres came together to perform at a benefit concert for music students in the Caribbean affected by the recent hurricanes on Sunday at Gramps in Wynwood. Jeffrey Sadowsky, owner of the Music Talent Association in Miami and creator of the concert, said he partnered with the bar’s owner to hold the drive. “Nobody’s talking much ...

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Angel Zoila Perera (Natalie Sarracino/SFNS)

“The Leaf Magician” entertains on Calle Ocho [Video]

It’s 1965 in El Oriente Cuba. Angel Zoilo Perera grabs a green ficus leaf from a tree, presses it between his lips, and begins to blow, but becomes dizzy. His brother-in-law does the same but shows him how it’s done. His life was changed forever. Perera or “El Mago de la Hoja” (The Leaf Magician) plays the greenery as an ...

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“Mike the German” poses in his lederhosen – common attire at Oktoberfest celebrations.

Grovetoberfest hits Coconut Grove [Photo Essay]

Coconut Grove’s annual Oktoberfest celebration – aptly named Grovetoberfest – took place on Oct. 14 and featured over 500 craft beers, stouts, lagers for lederhosen-donning attendees to sample as they strolled along the newly opened Regatta Park. This year’s theme was Back to the Future and the festival even had its very own DeLorean. — Photos by Adrian Dominguez, South Florida ...

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An acoustic guitar (photo courtesy Public Domain Images)

Making it in the Magic City music world

Six local bands including Hometown Losers, Top Tier, Happy Hour, Stay for Tonight, and Harvey, came together to perform on Oct.13 at The Fish House where they shared their stories behind Miami’s local music scene. Stay for Tonight, a five-piece band with two vocalists, are in the final stages of releasing their debut single and describe themselves as a “mixed ...

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A young woman in bikini blows a kiss at the camera. (Photo by Luis Centeno / SFNS)

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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