Nascent new year’s weekends in Miami can be mellow if you are still sticking to those crumbling resolutions you made a few weeks ago. But just because they’re mellow doesn’t mean they should also be tuneless, which is why you should check out Cassy spinning at 11pm Friday, January 9 at Trade, 1439 Washington Ave. The Berlin-based DJ and musician is a big deal in electronic music, having worked on a collaborative project for Mental Groove known as Cassy & Dave the Hustler. If it sounds like a Beatsploitation flick, it very well could be. Cassy has an inpressive CV, to say the least, and could out name drop even the biggest EDM name dropper who can only dream about working with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Steve Bug. Go hear Cassy drop some tunes so you can drop her name in the near future.
Jazz it Up
From EDM to the original hepcat soundtrack of jazz, the second-ever Miami Beach Jazz Festival kicks off at 6pm Saturday, January 10 at the New World Center, 500 17th St., featuring a stellar lineup that includes 88-year-old guitar god Bucky Pizzarelli, jazz pianist Monty Alexander, bassist Rufus Reid, vocalist Giacomo Gates, violinist Frederico Britos, and the swellest swing and bebop singer, Aria Hendricks, who just happens to be the daughter of Jon Hendricks, the Poet Laureate of Jazz. How’s that for name dropping? Tickets are $46.50 to $176.50 and available here.
And if music isn’t quite making your people come together this weekend, how about an underground-y arty block party in the form of that being thrown at 100 NE 11th St. by Dimensions Variable, an alternative arts organization that doesn’t throw corporately sponsored Art Basel parties. See what we mean at 7pm Friday, Jan. 9, when the organization they will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a block party in the Downtown Arthouse parking lot. There will also be live music by Susie Green and the Miami Music Club featuring Dim Past and Bobby Flan as well as performances by 3PQ, Magnus Siguardson, Maritza Molina and the TM Sisters. You can also buy art and contribute to charity at the same time as the proceeds from the silent auction and $40 tickets go to keeping Dimensions Variable a lot more constant in the years to come.
And finally, to get the wee ones out of their post-holiday and back-to-school blues, head down to Biscayne National Park from 1 pm-4pm on Sunday for the Biscayne Bowl, where football and science fuse together like a star athlete and a lucrative endorsement deal, featuring five free, fun filled activities involving real, not football–dolphins, mangroves, and more. All the action takes place at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328th St.. For more more information, click here.