Plus, the latest on Tropical Depression Fred’s trajectory and a possible rise in FPL rates.
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💦 Miami’s hottest new party concept is making a splash

Plus, the latest on Tropical Depression Fred’s trajectory and a possible rise in FPL rates.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Friday.

And we’ve got a newsletter that’s as festivity-filled as it is news-heavy. Never let it be said The New Tropic doesn’t give you the most bang for your newsletter buck — that’s assuming, of course, you’re a paid Club New Tropic member. 😉 

Read on to see what we mean...

💧 What Miami is talking about 

Take some time this weekend to feel the love and warmth of the Opa-locka Light District. 💖 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @olcdc

💃 There’s been no shortage of exciting developments in Miami music events recently: Tonight, Mishu Music is inviting locals to the first edition of Escala Sonora, the production company’s new concert series spotlighting Latin indie artists. Miami New Times has more details on the fresh concept and this evening’s inaugural act, Mexico City indie group Little Jesus. Should you decide to go, be sure to note that the venue has been relocated from Oak Garden to Gramps.

Meanwhile, III Points is looking to keep your musical itinerary stacked ahead of its proper return in October: The music festival has partnered with Boiler Room for two days of dance music madness during the last weekend of August. The lineups feature a who’s who of international acts and local Miami favorites; tickets to the Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 gatherings can be found via DICE.FM. III Points is also keeping busy with its open house invitation for local acts to join the 2021 festival lineup — applications are due Monday, August 16, and interested Miami musicians can shoot their shot right here.

Last but certainly not least, the North Beach Bandshell has announced it’ll be hosting a brand new two-day music festival in December. The inaugural North Beach Music Festival is set for Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11; featured acts include Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Electric Kif. Tickets for the jam and funk-focused fest can be purchased at this conveniently placed link. 😉

In other news...

🌪 Tropical Depression Fred — or Tropical Storm Fred, who can keep track these days — isn’t projected to be a powerhouse by the time it heads our way, but Floridians should still watch out this weekend. As of writing, we’re still in the storm’s cone of concern and could experience flooding and strong winds these next few days. (Local 10)

🔌 Florida Power & Light’s plan to raise electricity bills over the next four years is being met with pushback by Miamians. Earlier this week, locals and activist groups like Catalyst Miami demonstrated against FPL’s proposal to raise rates by 16.4%. Per Miami New Times, the company originally sought an 18.2 % increase, which would have caused “the average user [to] start noticing their monthly bills increase by roughly $9 starting in January 2022, all the way to $16 by 2025.” The adjusted rate increase would only cost Floridians $2 less than the original plan. The Florida Public Service Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing to approve or reject FPL’s proposal next week; Catalyst Miami and Florida Rising are encouraging residents with strong feelings on the matter to voice their concerns ahead of the review. (Miami New Times / WJCT

🗣 WLRN reached out to hear how listeners are feeling about the pandemic as Florida wrestles with an ongoing explosion of COVID-19 cases. One respondent — Silvio Ortega, a rising junior at Florida International University — felt as though “South Florida, to me at least, is an area where it seems that we usually fall back two steps when we’ve gone forward three." Meanwhile, just as Florida set a daily record for new cases yet again yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said sharing localized COVID-19 data on a daily basis “may not be a bad idea going forward.” Sounds like a novel idea, if only the state hadn’t stopped reporting daily updates back in June. 😬 (WLRN / Miami Herald)

💦 Miami’s hottest new party concept is making a splash with its grand opening today, and we’re not just speaking figuratively: Hot Tub Party & Cinema is debuting tonight in Riverside at Brickell with a screening of Scarface. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and it’ll be following things up tomorrow with a showing of another Miami-set movie that may be less iconic than Al Pacino’s outing as Tony Montana, but is arguably a much better movie: Bad Boys II. We can’t print one of the best lines from the 2003 Michael Bay masterpiece, but we definitely share its sentiment and are ready to dive right in for ourselves. You can check out Hot Tub Party & Cinema’s upcoming itinerary right here, but be warned: tickets cost a very pretty penny. Decadence doesn’t come cheap, baby! 🤑 (Hot Tub Party & Cinema via Instagram / Time Out Miami)

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Promotion from Oolite Arts

🎥 And the People’s Choice Award winner is...

Local filmmakers offered their best ideas through Save the Bay, a public service announcement competition by Oolite Arts to help raise awareness about or highlight solutions for improving the water quality of Biscayne Bay.

The winning PSAs were screened and the public were tasked to vote on their fav.

The People’s Choice Award winner is Alexa Caravia for Video Letter.

The winner receives a $1,000 prize and well-deserved bragging rights.

Get to know the other filmmakers here, see ways to get involved with beach cleanups around the 305, and check out The New Tropic’s interview with Miami-Dade’s first-ever Chief Bay Officer, Irela Bagué.

Watch Alexa’s winning Save the Bay PSA


😋 Nom from a plethora of options at the Food Truck Friday Fiesta at Tropical Park (Southwest)

💃 Cut a rug on Over Under's dance floor as DJ Nyack and Kenny Jones exchange turntable duties (Downtown)


😅 Bring your mat for a free day of fitness classes at the THesis Hotel(Coral Gables)

😂 Giggle at a comedy show celebrating Villain Theater's sixth anniversary (Little Haiti)

🎶 Enjoy a family-friendly performance of "AYITI: Stories & Songs from Haiti" led by Inez Barlatier at the Arsht Center (Downtown)

🛍️ Shop vintage at this Miami-themed pop-up market (University Park)

🎸 Share your love of Steely Dan ahead of the group's Miami Beach residency during "Do it Again," a celebration of bandmates Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's influential strain of pop music bridging jazz, rock, and R&B (Cutler Bay)

🎉 Celebrate Chief Sandrell Rivers' life on her birthday with a spectacular evening of distinctly uplifting music, visual art, poetry, fashion, and more presented by Fantasy Theatre Factory (Miami)


🎶 Rock out to a live performance by Las Nubes along with a DJ set by Robbi Robsta and much more at Miami Girls Rock Camp's finale showcase (Wynwood)

😋 Taste goodies from local vendors at the Vizcaya Farmers Market (Brickell)

😅 Do a downward dog at this free outdoor yoga class on Lincoln Road (Miami Beach)


🌇 Help keep Miami clean during a sunset beach cleanup at Watson Island Marina (Downtown)


🇧🇷 Step onto Miami Beach's most intimate dance floor at Eagle Room and join an all-night affair with DJ Nyack, one of Brazil's most prolific DJ-producers (Miami Beach)

👋 That’s all for this week

Have a safe, restful weekend — see you back here on Monday for the latest Miami Food Pug takeover. 

Take care,

Zach at The New Tropic

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