Let's send a special shoutout to TDE artist, SCHOOLBOY Q, for taking part in assisting South Florida in restoring one of our treasured venues. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Heineken USA and Indiegogo, conducted crowdfunding campaign to raise money to restore Miami Marine Stadium. The campaign, that aimed to begin restoration on the Virginia Key landmark, which has seen artists from the Beach Boys to Ray Charles, solicited SCHOOLBOY Q and ISAIAH RASHAD, to perform at the Fillmore Miami Beach last week September 29. Everyone in the audience donated to the cause and was able to attend one of the dopest Hip Hop shows ever.
The world-famous ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 Miami - is one where I was supposed to be working...taking photos, conducting interviews etc etc, but at one point I had to sit a camera down and simply party my ass off!!! It was just too much excitement bottled up and just one small weekend and I, plus the hundreds of thousands of EDM music lovers, couldn't contain ourselves. Next year, we need ULTRA all week long. This festival motivated me and makes me never want to move out of Miami. Over the 3-day weekend, ULTRA brought a massive force of energy to the city that will carry us over until Ultra 2016. Check out the highlights from the third and final day!
Yesterday, millions upon millions of music lovers from around the world tuned into twitch.tv/ultra to witness an exciting moment in history - the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, featuring top EDM superstar DJ's on multiple stages. The saga continues today at Bayfront Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. The weather is beautiful. The energy is crazy! EVERYONE needs to experience ULTRA at least once in my lifetime!
Yes this is a Hip Hop blog but I can't deny the wickedness and undeniable presence of EDM. Not to mention the VERY BEST concert in worldwide music history - the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL - that takes place in Miami every Spring. Tonight, Ultra will be streamed live again and you'll enjoy the spectacular show from start to finish! The light and laser show alone goes beyond your imagination and the ambiance of the weekend-long extravaganza is an out-of-body experience. Check out the best moments from Ultra Day 1.
Out of all the music festivals I (and staff) attend each year, by far the JAZZ IN THE GARDENS music series is my all-time favorite! The City of Miami Gardens, Florida treat us each year with performances from legendary musicians and amazing international cuisines. And dare I say that the 2015 JAZZ IN THE GARDENS Line-Up is even better than imagined? Check this out! In the house will be the tantalizing ERYKAH BADU, Hip Hop Icons - RUN DMC, the bad boy of R&B - R. KELLY, the very sexy TONI BRAXTON, super hot MAXWELL, the baddest drummer in the world - SHELIA E, and the list goes on! As a special treat, in this blog post, I've included a short video of TEENA MARIE performing at Jazz In The Gardens back in 2010. This performance is special to me because I had a chance to see Teena live one last time before she passed away. And that's what JAZZ IN THE GARDENS is all about. Creating memories and great experiences that will last a lifetime. Out of all the places in the world, the Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival is the one place you need to be March 21st & 22nd in Miami Gardens, FL.
BEENIE MAN, one of our favorite international reggae stars of all time is the reason we've counting down the days to the 2014 Best Of Best Music Festival in Bayfront Park. And now the time has come! Tomorrow, May 25th Bayfront park in Miami, Florida, it all goes down and for music lovers once again. What's unique about this year's Best Of The Best Festival is that it's 100% Caribbean show. The artist line-up is sizzling! Set to perform on the same stage as 'Zagga zow' Beenie Man includes; Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Cocoa Tea, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Singing Melody, Etana, Elephant Man, Assassin, Bunji Garlin, Edwin Yearwood, Destra, Shal, Marshall, Bugle, Tifa, GBM Nutron, QQ, Nature, and last but certainly not least, Popeye Caution! Are you as excited as we are? Are you ready for some amazing international cuisines in a family-oriented envrionment! Then get your tickets NOW for the BEST music festival of the year!
"PHARRELL WILLIAMS, the 'Happy' singer was joined onstage by Snoop Dogg, Nelly, P Diddy, Gwen Stefani and Busta Rhymes, Tyler, The Creator and Diplo at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, The NERD man was joined by Nelly for 'Hot In Herre', Busta Rhymes and P Diddy for 'Pass The Courvoisier Pt. II', Snoop Dogg for 'Drop It Like It's Hot' and Gwen Stefani for 'Hollaback Girl'. He also played his own guest spots on Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', as well as his Number One single ‘Happy’." - NME He rocked the house!
Last night history was made in California at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday. OUTKAST, one of Hip Hop's best duos of all time, reunited for the first time in 8 years giving us a taste of the old school hip hop that made them kings of the world. Andre 3000 and Big Boi, kicked things off with "B.O.B" from their 2000 album "Stankonia," before taking it back to the 1990s with singles such as "ATLiens", "Ms. Jackson", and last but not least, "Hey Ya".
Where has LISA FORD been these past few weeks? ... Oh that's easy...I've been partying my ass off at some of the nation's biggest and best music festivals throughout this whole month. MARCH MADNESS begins for the last week of the month on the blog where I'll be posting several stories about the JAZZ IN THE GARDENS music festival in Miami Gardens, Florida, and a few other happenings that went down.
It took an event as big as the 2014 SOULFRITO - URBAN LATIN MUSIC FESTIVAL to bring 'one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists', BUSTA RHYMES, Rap God, NAS, and Academy-Award winner, JUICY J, together on one stage in MIAMI! These three heavy-hitters, alongside Puerto Rican actor and King of Reggaeton, DON OMAR, will be performing LIVE at SUN LIFE STADIUM in Miami Gardens this weekend on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014!! The lineup also includes such top names as Latin sensations - VICTOR MANUELLE, HECTOR 'EL TORITO' ACOSTA, PLAN B, SENSATO, CALMA CARMONA, and SUENALO with explosive music by DJ CAMILO, DJ ENUFF, SOULFRITO COLLECTIVE, DJ ENTICE & DJ JUNIOR! The Urban Latin Music Festival is hosted by recording artist and actress, ADRIENNE BAILON, and by the Dominican American presenter of Nuvo TV's 'Stand and Deliver' stand-up comedy show, the beautiful JULISSA BERMUDEZ.