Ready for This Jelly?
Not quite your great grandmother’s (or Willard Scott’s) Smucker’s, The Miami Beach EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave., is throwing a new Wednesday night bachannal called Jelly. Inspired by ’90s hip hop, the party starts at Basement Bowl, where the fairer sex can bowl, skate and suck down slushies – all on the house – from 10 p.m. to midnight. Eventually the party will move into the club, yep, the club, where DJ DZA will spin throwback sounds along with special weekly guests including De La Soul’s Maseo who was slated to spin the opening on Feb. 4. The party doesn’t stop until 5 a.m. and will continue for 9 weeks.
It’s that time of the month again, time to Google “8 Track,” “Deney Terrio” and even “Giorgio Moroder,” when The Pop Up Disco emerges from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, February 7 at John Martin’s, 253 Miracle Mile. There, instead of a jig, you can do the Hustle to the tune of a non-stop soundtrack of classic rock blocks and funk flashbacks. The six-month old pop-up disco costs $15 which includes one well drink. The cash-only affair will donate a portion of proceeds to Switchboard of Miami Helpline and Crisis Intervention. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bar at the Albion Hotel, 1650 James Ave. has undergone several transformations, but none have exactly stuck as the one that did back in the Magic Garden era of the halcyon days (Google it, young’uns) until now, we hope. Former Haven beverage manager Isaac Grillo is running the show there now and calling it Repour, which is debuting on Feb. 6 and 7. Repour, we’re told, will “specialize in a quality mixology program,” featuring maybe, just maybe, a few retro-fab Magic Gardenesque surprises from time to time. “All our cocktails make Repour different,” Grillo says, “From complex cocktails and ice to interesting glasses.” The place is open to the public daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will feature an aurally pleasing mix of old school hip hop, rock, reggae and, they say, “pretty much anything cool, and no techno-style at all.” That alone is a reason enough to drink.
Jameson at Bardot
Much like DWNTN Miami, JMSN, pronounced Jameson, is pretty hip right now, a Michigan-based Albanian American singer/songwriter/producer whose sound has been described as “equal parts Justin Timberlake and How to Dress Well.” The success of his self-written-and-produced album, Priscilla, captured the attention of the wanna-be Berry Gordy that is Usher. To hear what all the hype is about, check him out Saturday, Feb. 7 at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave. Tickets range from $12-$16 and are available at http://www.showclix.com/events/8531.