Velvet Underground: A daytime salute to Overtown with music and art and Swim Week cascades through South Beach

ARTcade South Beach


Celebrating its rich musical history with a day-long festival beginning at 11 a.m. and going all the way until the eve (7 p.m.), Overtown’s Music & Arts Festival at NW 3rd Ave. between 8th and 11th Streets is free and open to the public Saturday, July 19. Featuring a headlining performance by R&B singer  Raheem DeVaughn, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his single “Woman.” In addition to DeVaughn, there will be performances by Keke Wyatt, Deep Fried Funk Band, Larry Dogg (no relation to Snoop Lion as far as we know) and more. For more information go to


It’s that time again, the time of year when everyone in Miami is an expert in the swimwear biz and even if they’re not, they pretend to be very serious when gawking at the shows. For those who are admittedly there just to party and admire the bodies beautiful, the exclusive Sunset Rendez Vous party will take up residency from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19 poolside at the W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave. The party, sponsored by the deelish Whispering Angel Rose and Perrier, will feature fashion shows, entertainment, art and an allegedly “exclusive” guest list. To RSVP or at least inquire about whether or not you pass muster, email your full (real) name to info@sunsetrdv.ccom.

Guns ‘n’ Rose

Not all Swim Week parties are exclusive, snooty and allegedly VIP only. Take the one starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at The Freehand, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, for instance. Not only is it winning just for its cheeky name–Guns ‘n’ Rose–but it is open to the public, no cover and the fashionably early get free rose from 2 to 3 p.m. That, and free swim make for a cool party, Swim Week or otherwise.

Kitschy Club

Instead of plastering your face to your cell phone while out and about, consider a beer and a 25 cent game of, say, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Frogger, Pac Man, Gallaga, Qbert and a host of other retro arcade games at South Beach’s spanking new ARTcade, 235 12th St. Yep, housed in a former gallery, the lounge fuses classic arcade games, $1 pool games, art shows, craft beers and music. The walls are plastered with works by local artists–the first show, More Than 2, is by Venezuelan artist Nestor Paz. As for the games, there are more than 60 to choose from at the “multicade cocktail terminal.” Game on.

Mod Squad

Although Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., has been sold, the grit, grunge and grime of raucous rock and punk nights past live on with a new Thursday night party, Mods & Rockers, featuring live music by bands including The Crude Brood, Dyslexic Postcards, Pans Permia, Soundclass and Dennis Britt. Back porch tropical beats will be spun by Umber Bandi-Ville and audio provided by the legendary Rat Bastard. According to one of the night’s promoters, the equally legendary Gary James, the night will be full of “Rock and roll old skool–the 60s on up to current English rock as well as motorcycles, models, fish and chips, a pint and a song.” Cover is a very modish–er, modest $5.