This Thursday marks the final installment of MIAMI VINYL, a series of panels on the history of record-making in the titular city, hosted by the Miami Art Museum. The history of local record-pressing and music-making in our city is as dense as it is —perhaps to outsiders — unexpected. And it’s no wonder the panels happened in three separate parts. The last two panels featured heroes both local and national, like DJ Le Spam and Willie J. Clarke, and covered more or less the entirety of the 1960s through the 1990s, touching upon Latin freestyle, the Miami Sound Machine, local punk, and the city’s own funk and soul scene (if you haven’t heard Miami Sound: Rare Funk and Soul From Miami, Florida 1967-1974, you are sorely deprived).
The last installment, led by Sweat Records owner Lauren “Lolo” Reskin, will feature a discussion on local records made in the 1990s through recent years, the burgeoning scene, and its links to the revival of vinyl’s popularity. As it says in the event’s description, “Miami’s current musical climate encompasses far more than what rises to the surface,” and Lolo is the best local genius to discuss its entirety, from Miami to the rest of the Tri-County area. Other featured panelists include equally qualified patrons of rock Arielle Castillo, Romulo Del Castillo, Abel Folgar, and Ted Lucas.
After the panel, hang out for the party led by DJ Maneuvers playing tracks from the panel’s featured eras, and scope the exhibition that prompted it all: “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.” (Smirnoff and Redbull will be providing cocktails, too.)
Where: Miami Art Museum (101 West Flagler St., Miami)
When: 6 p.m. doors/6:30 p.m. panel, Thursday, April 5
Contact: Call 305-375-1704, or visit miamiartmuseum.org,