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Overtime: Sounds of Miami Beach

by Joel Linkewer, Communications Intern, The Bass

For over one hundred years, Miami Beach has served as a hub for entertainment, at the intersection of artistic and musical innovation. Both for leisure and work, some of the greatest artists of the past century have ventured to the southern city, establishing a rich history of music and arts, cementing Miami Beach as a cultural powerhouse. Among the most influential venues, hosting stars from around the world, are The Surf Club, The Fillmore, LIV Nightclub at the Fontainebleau, the North Beach Bandshell and New World Center.

While The Surf Club, a popular hangout for stars including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, would often inspire impromptu performances throughout the 20th century, venues like the North Beach Bandshell and The Fillmore continue to draw audiences for generations. In addition to incredible venues and historic legacy, what separates Miami Beach from other musical hotspots is both a breath of genres and a blend of unconventional styles – from house and electronic music at world-renowned nightclubs, to contemporary compositions by the New World Symphony, Jazz clubs and Latin music venues, Miami Beach has it all.

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, aims to continue the longstanding tradition of cultural production inspired by the resonant landscape with the latest edition of the summer late-night program, Overtime. On Friday, July 20 The Bass presents a night filled with contemporary music by three Miami-based visual artists. Monica Uszerowicz, DJ 4 HIRE and Nikki Salcedo will each debut one-hour sets, inspired by Miami Beach’s rich musical history and the broader sounds of Greater Miami.

Uszerowicz, a writer and photographer, will spin a mix of soul, funk, and early electronically influenced beats. The self-proclaimed ‘music nerd’ explains, “whether the songs themselves are lyrically joyful or despairing, there’s a sense of urgent, resonant hopefulness in a lot of these genres. I like that–your body moving and your brain reconciling with the narratives. It’s a good means of escapism.” Salcedo, whose predominant medium is illustration, will present time-lapsed images of plants, played in tandem to house and club music, creating a multi-dimensional composition. DJ 4 HIRE, an alias by multi-disciplinary artist Domingo Castillo, will play songs that describe the mental and physical struggles that come along with contemporary living. Not merely an act, DJ 4 HIRE explains his set will be “a form of communication, protest, and confrontation.”

In all, Overtime’s musical presentation provides an auditory retrospective of Miami Beach’s contemporary musical landscape, creating a truly unique event you won’t want to miss.

RSVP to Overtime!
Overtime is a monthly event at The Bass through September 2018.


Images: Photography by Monica McGivern, courtesy The Bass, Miami Beach.