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Concert review: Nas and Goodie Mob at the Adrienne Arsht Center

From The Miami Herald’s blog, Miami Music Matters

Hip-hop veterans Nas and Goodie Mob stormed the stage of the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami late Friday with a performance that was light on production value, but heavy on crowd-pleasing rap classics.

The show, put on by the folks who brought the Rock The Bells tour to Miami in 2007 and 2008, was a one-time-only truncated version of the traveling hip-hop festival, which skipped the Magic City in 2009.

 The Knight Hall, a classical music venue which has recently been home to concerts by hip-hop and R&B acts like Mos Def and Ne-Yo, was a less than ideal venue for this kind of show: Opening act ¡Mayday!, with its four-piece band and two vocalists, sounded sharp and clear, while both Nas and Goodie Mob, who had no live musicians and only DJs, suffered through muddled bass and inconsistent sound. Continue reading

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Concert review: Mos Def

From The Miami Herald’s blog, Miami Music Matters

On Saturday night, rapper Mos Def meandered on stage in a slow-to-build performance. But fans open-minded and patient enough to give him a chance (and most were quite eager to), were rewarded with a freewheeling, eclectic performance suitable as the first major hip-hop performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. Continue reading

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