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This is just the beginning

HEYYYOOOOOO

We're back, better then ever. First pop-up July 6th. I'll give you some details, just cause I like you (keep it on the DL). Headlining, with their first ever collaboration, FIN!FANG!FOOM! x Realliveanimals AKA. Pu$$eidxn. Do I have to say more? 12 people on the band stand, horns, 2 drummers, bass, guitar, synth, the list goes on and on. Fuck me I'm excited. 

Anything else? Oh yes oh yes... We're bringing in 4 other bands, 3 deep house DJ's and an array of vendors and live artists. Their names? HA! You aren't allowed to know yet. Nothing like ruining a perfectly good surprise. 

Let's talk about our future. Pop-ups are the beginning of something bigger. August is looking at a 1,000 person show of local rappers, artists and businesses. In between, a free event. Yes I said free. Nothing like something free right?!? Details up shortly. 

As I said, we're on to something bigger. UMAMI isn't just an event company, we're a movement. Local artists and musicians are under appreciated throughout Miami, the United States and most of the world. Starting in Miami, we're growing to festivals lasting all day (and night). Once we have our mark in Miami, we're moving on. What does that mean? Way more than you think. 

We'll be a radio station, a means for local creatives to connect (UMAMI wave), a youtube channel and ultimately, a platform for those who deserve it. Miami needs us to bring artists to the forefront of society. Artists NEED to be in the spotlight. What they do, create, innovate and change communities through artwork/music is the future of our world. Fuck the politicians with their set of rules, "helping the world" and oldies with money running our every move. Creativity is the future and if we do anything, that's what we need people to know. 

Our future is looking bright. Give us a couple years and we'll be touring Florida. Once that's done, we're going for Georgia, the Carolinas and the US. After that, the world. Wherever we go we're keeping our mission plan. Every city we go to we're talking to locals, interacting with the scene, and helping that city gain passion for creativity. Wish us luck (even though we don't need it). 

Much love from the UMAMI Crew. See you July 6th. 

 

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The most influential chef in the world.

I hate death. I don't think about it and I definitely don't look forward to it. Sadly, it's part of this thing we call "life". For some it comes early and for others, it comes way too late. I believe that life should be enjoyed until you can't anymore. Once I hit pain, please kill me. I'm not trying to have machines keeping me alive. My heart keeps me alive and if it gives up, I give up too. 

You know we always talk about Miami. That's what this blog is for: Have an open dialogue about Miami, it's people, how we communicate, why we communicate and how we can make it better (together!). I've steered off into different directions when I think it's necessary. Today, it's a new level of necessary. If we don't talk about this man, his achievements and how he changed the culinary world, we would be kidding ourselves. 

Anthony Bourdain, also known as Tony. If you haven't heard, he committed suicide last night in a hotel room in Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg is part of the North East province, right on the border of Germany. Once I saw the news, I  got goosebumps. As I'm writing this I'm getting goosebumps. Tony changed my life. His book, Kitchen Confidential, as well as his show "Parts Unknown" were instrumental in who I am today. He showed me the world as it is, in his eyes. I couldn't be more grateful. 

Tony did great things. I'm not going to bore you with his background too much.  He grew up in shitty circumstances. Struggling to get by, Tony turned to drugs. Heroin, cocaine, and a bunch of alcohol used to be his driving force. It's obviously not the best mix. Did it lead to his death? It might've, but one can argue that it made him the man he was. His life experiences, which there are countless of, made him see things in a new light. Especially food.

In his 61 years of living, Bourdain wrote and was part of 45 books, had multiple tv shows as well as working in over 20 restaurants. If that doesn't impress you, what will?

More than being a celebrity chef,  Tony brought together the world. His attitude towards food and people were like non-other. His willingness to try new things, experiment and do whatever the fuck he had to for the people were like non-other. Tony shouldn't be remembered as a chef, he's an ambassador of food, culture, and people. He realized the influence of food in culture and  was the first, in my opinion, to use it to unite the world. Something so powerful that we owe the culinary scene in Miami, and abroad, to him. Rest in peace you beautiful fucking maniac. 

Editor's Note: Tony's suicide is tragic. He's one of hundreds of thousands committing suicide each year (even though each case is different). The US has seen suicide rates increase by 25% over nearly two decades. Twenty-five states have experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%. Not only is this worrying, it tells us something about our society. Are the suicide rates as high in Europe? Asia? South America? We need to think about this. Guns are killing people and have become a huge national debate. Why isn't mental health? Mental health is killing people. We can't blame mental health on individuals. It's a disease we all deal with, even though we don't admit it. 

*How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.*

 

 

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"Visually Causing Ruckus"

As promised, our unknown artist. This man is amazing. I got the chance to ask for his instagram (IG) before he went back to work. He's unstoppable when he's in the zone. Unstoppable in the sense that in 95 degree weather, he's working his ass off.

He's got a mohawk, bleached hair and wears whatever the fuck he wants. His name is @weerdo1994. I'm guessing he was born in 1994 and to all but me, he might be a weerdo. 

Part of the "Fukt Krew" with locals including mutavision, jerryspringer305, registered_artist, and kat_matrina, weerdo1994 does it all. He creates murals,  sells artwork and, if that's not enough, he'll give you a tat or two.

To us he's special. He's got something different. There's great, I mean amazingly great graffiti artists in Miami/Wynwood that we'll get to, but he's first for a reason. Besides being one of the first artists I've approached to continue working and not care about my presence (I think it's great), his art has meaning. It's him.

Check it out. I've seen art from Miami to New York to Amsterdam to Thailand. It's all different and yes, there's a reason it's made. I'm not saying that all art besides his doesn't have meaning. I'm saying that I've seen a lot of art that has a specific meaning without the artist immersing themselves in it. Let's give you an example before I get a bunch of emails saying "UMAMI, you piece of shit. My art and I have meaning!". 

Picasso. I love Picasso. I've written about him before and I've studied multiple of his works. His work has meaning. He experimented and transitioned from piece to piece in movements. As he aged, his art aged with him. I, and hopefully you can see that  certain life periods  address a certain issue, a certain societal value and he, being Picasso, shows how he feels. His art has meaning and he famously shows himself through painting. 

I'm putting Weerdo right up there with Picasso. The more I dig, the more I find. Weerdo brings together his life into artwork. I mean, look at his most recent mural on our IG @umamimusic. He makes the "typical" Miami with pink lettering, palm trees and the Miami sky line not so typical.  I mean, Grim reaper is spray painting the whole thing! What's that supposed to mean Weerdo? I'll make an educated (or uneducated) guess. Weerdo isn't typical. He doesn't see Miami through typical glasses and he sure doesn't want to. Looking at things typically is too easy. Weerdo is out there. He's creating ruckus. 

Side Note: The amazing Weerdo's IG is @weerdo1994. UMAMI contacted him before putting out this blog. He supports UMAMI and kindly asks you to show him love. We don't kindly ask, we're telling you. Check him the fuck the fuck the fuck the fuck the fuck out. Did I say the fuck?

 

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Complicated

People are complicated, locals are complicated, Miami is complicated. With over 463,000 people in the beautiful city , it's hard to make it easy. Well, it can be done (Amsterdam has a population of over a million and we're smoking pot, drinking beers, having a great time). So if it's not population, what makes it hard for people in Miami to be nice to each other, enjoy the simple things in life and chill on the beach with a mojito every weekend..

If I could answer that I would already be a millionaire. Mind you I'm under the legal age to drink in these great "United States of America". 

I'll say this. In Miami, people are different. We don't like the same thing, we don't share the same religion, culture, or background and we weren't raised with the same values. I'm no expert on Amsterdam or Miami but I observe. I see that people in Amsterdam share something. "Well UMAMI, what does that mean?". Thank you self talking me. It means that in Amsterdam kids are raised to be social, adults care to talk to their neighbors (I know right, crazy stuff) and we all help each other. I just blew your mind. I blew my own. This is what Kendrick does to me. Fucking Kendrick, fucking Lamar. Master of all things music. 

Miami, as I've said and most people know (unless you're sleeping under a rock), has almost every ethnicity you can think of. We're raised differently. Different religions, different backgrounds, different economic situations, and ultimately, different cultures. I believe that's what makes us complicated. Simply with many complexities, we're different.

We want to bring Miami together. UMAMI is for bringing us together. We've heard from many communities but we need to represent everyone. Every community in Miami-Dade County (for now) should be represented, shown and participate. We're here for you!

Wynwood has it all... right?

When you have nothing to do in Miami you go to Wynwood. There's cool people (for the most part), some bad ass graffiti, a bunch of bars and restaurants to devour (and great drunk at) and our favorite, all types of people. As we speak I'm sitting at Panther, enjoying a cup of expertly brewed coffee. I mean it better be if I'm paying $6 a cup. 

Wynwood has been through a lot. 20 years ago, Wynwood was a community of locals and even though it's hard to believe, gangs. A typical day in Wynwood  included shootings, an occasional robbing and definitely no tourists. We fast track 20 years and here we are. A bunch of tourists taking pictures, many gallery owners who are leaving because as they say, "people are coming to Wynwood to party", and a used to be hipster community that's turning into Miami Beach. So wtf happened? How did we go from gangs to then a hipster community to now a tourist hotspot. 

Goldman. Tony Goldman. That man right there made Wynwood what it is. He's no artist, no musician and honestly nothing besides an entrepreneur. As you can already tell, I'm not too big of a fan. Why you ask? Haha you don't wanna start down this road but I'm going there! No stopping UMAMI once we get started!!!!

Goldman is a genius. He bought all the property in the Wynwood area, kicked all the locals out and told them to get lost. My favorite story is one I heard from a local, living in Wynwood 20 years ago. She said a lot. I'm telling you a lot, some of which I didn't need to hear (how her brother went to a store that morning and forgot milk for example).

She woke up one morning with a paper on her front door, basically saying that in a week a bulldozer was coming to tear up her home. Great news huh? Anyways, she couldn't believe it (same). She went to the city of Miami, asked what this all was about and to her suprise found out that our man, Goldman, bought the property. With just a weeks notice she had to find a new place, move all her shit out and go on her merry way. 

After hearing this I dug a little deeper. As I suspected, she wasn't the only one. With the beginning of Wynwood, Goldman went on a torment of kicking people out of their homes, knocking them down and building galleries, artwalks, etc. Yes, we approve of the art but no, we can't approve of locals being moved deeper and deeper into Miami. 

This happened, Wynwood came and it was great for a while. Locals loved it, there were some great hole in the walls, graffiti instillations, art galleries and Miamians finally had a place they could call home. As usual, Wynwood started being in all the "Lonely Planets". Slowly but surely, tourists flooded in. Look, before you start thinking we don't like tourists, we don't, but we see their value. Miami can't function without them. We need tourists for our economy, for our city and ultimately, to keep Miami "lavish". What sucks is that they, even though most don't admit it, change everything. Wynwood became overcrowded and people started seeing Wynwood less for locals, and more for parties. Again, that's cool, it's just not what Wynwood was intended to be. 

I'll stop myself here, let you get your head around what I'm saying and continue another day. I don't want to say tomorrow because I know I'm going out tonight. As we all know, who knows where I'll end up? 

                THE GOAT TONY GOLDMAN

                THE GOAT TONY GOLDMAN