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💃 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)