It's always a cause for celebration when someone is crazy enough to open a new live music venue in the Magic City. For a year, art dealer/local band manager Roxanne Scalia has been transforming an old Miami Herald distribution center on the edge of Brickell into a hip, multipurpose space called PAX MIAMI. For the last few weeks, she's had a well-received soft-opening while she irons out the kinks.
For now, PAX is an organic coffee house by day and an alty latino-friendly live music joint by night. Scalia is adamant on leaving a small eco footprint, so she's promoting her events via you tube "video flyers" as opposed to the tree-eating paper kind. She's ramping up the do-good factor next month, when she plans to implement an ambitious after-school music lesson program taught by local musicians, including members of Locos Por Juana. Amazingly, this program will be free of charge to all students.
By opening a small joint (150 capacity), having a healthy day trade and focusing on the latin rock/funk/alt scene that Scalia has been immersed in for years, PAX Miami has a strong chance to survive in Miami: a notorious rock club boneyard - especially for a major city.
This Saturday, PAX hosts Elastic Bond, one of the many funky projects local guitarist Buffalo Brown is in. Here's the Miami Vice-cribbed video flyer:
And here is Elastic Bond playing acoustic and outdoors on 37th & Biscayne for Big City Breakdown:
PAX Miami is located at 337 SW 8th St, Miami. For more information call: 305 640 5847 or visit paxmiami.com