For one night only on July 2, the folks of Open-Mic Cabaret at Magnum Restaurant | Lounge will transform the joint into a Roaring Twenties speakeasy.
Here’s are the details from journalist/performer Charlotte Libov:
It was the 1920s and Prohibition was in full effect. Alcohol was banned in the nation but in the hundreds of thousands of speakeasies across the country, booze flowed freely, flappers mingled with gangsters, and the whole scene was so outrageous that this so-called “dry” era became better known as “The Roaring Twenties.”
Had Magnum been around back then this popular restaurant would have been the most outrageous speakeasy of all. This is why legendary entertainer Bill Campbell and his talented 13-member cast, the Speakeasy Singers, will transform Magnum into an authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy for one night only on July 2.
“My grandparents were bootleggers. They passed their stories down to me, and so, using my photographic memory, I have recreated this fantastic time in American history,” said Campbell, who is also a musicologist and reproduces historical eras using music.
During his career, Campbell has headlined, bands and orchestras throughout the United States. In South Florida, he is famous for his regular appearances at the Ritz-Carlton and the Breakers in Palm Beach, as well as at Magnum, where he hosts his regular “Legends of Open-Mic Cabaret” and “The Man and his Music” shows.
The Bill Campbell Speakeasy Singers will perform sizzling Jazz Age music of Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and more. The singers are Amy Arlo, Gustavo Briand, Antonio Domenikos Divine, Claudine Faifer, Rick Jazzed, Neil Kolner, David Kessler, Hannah Lasky, Charlotte Libov, Raymond Estrella, Henry Perez, Marilyn Reitman, and Antonio Stark.
Magnum’s staff is getting into the spirit as well, serving up such Jazz Age cocktails as Highballs, Sidecars and the Bacardi Cocktail, a favorite of thirsty Prohibition-era Miamians whose flew to Havana to imbibe.
The Zagut Guide has hailed Magnum, one of Miami’s most popular restaurants, for offering “excellent food and wonderful service in a joint that exudes a 1940’s N.Y. feel.” The reasonably priced specialties range from authentic Caesar salad and French onion soup to entrées such as owner Jeffrey Landsman’s famous Southern Fried Chicken, as well as steak, fish and lighter choices as well.
The Magnum Speakeasy will be in effect from 7:30 until 11 p.m., serving as a delightful backdrop for a delicious dining experience. There is no cover but reservations for this special event are strongly encouraged.
Magnum Restaurant and Lounge is centrally located at 709 N.E. 79th St., Miami, Fla., 33138. Free, secure parking. Call (305) 757-3368 to make a reservation.