All Shook Up: Miami's Glory Days of Music

WLRN Channel 17. October 24th, 2008. 7:00 p.m.  WLRN Channel 17. Miami Art NewsOn October 24th, WLRN Public Television will present the public screening of their newest documentary, All Shook Up: Miami’s Glory Days of Music, at the historic Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. The Deauville, also highlighted in the documentary is where legendary performers including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin often held court and where the Beatles made history when they appeared in their second US performance, broadcast live on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The event will feature a VIP cocktail reception, the film presentation, followed by live music and dancing with "The Fabulons", to celebrate the electrifying, rich history of music here in South Florida during the 50s and 60s.
 
All Shook Up: Miami's Glory Days of Music is a one-hour documentary that traces the rich history of music in Miami. Never before has there been a local South Florida production that captures the deep and robust musical landscape of the 50s and 60s that only Miami can claim.
 
In the days before heavy metal and hip-hop, Miami was at the heart of a dynamic growing music industry. Considered America’s winter playground, the land of palm trees and sunshine, it was and still is a hotspot for tourists, entertainers and locals seeking a taste of the good life. Hailed by many musicians and recording stars as the "most unbelievable place to be", Miami’s rich musical background has patiently waited to be discovered by a wider audience.
 
Told by those who lived it, witnessed it, played it and created it, this musical journey will be categorized by geographical areas and divided into four locations: Downtown, Overtown, Coconut Grove and Miami Beach. Through in-studio interviews, rare photos, original recordings and archive film, the musical setting of 50s and 60s South Florida will unfold. The cutting edge sounds of Rock-n-Roll and Rhythm-n-Blues re-invented music and marked the birth of two of popular music’s most influential archetypes, Motown and The Beatles. Miami, with its solid reputation as "the place to see and be seen" was at the forefront of this musical odyssey.
 
From the Downtown Olympia Theater where Elvis Presley had the audience "All Shook Up" to Overtown’s Knight Beat at the Sir John Hotel where racial tensions were combated by the revolutionary voice of Billie Holiday, popular music was abundant throughout South Florida. In the hippie Mecca known as Coconut Grove, the political landscape was changed forever by the folk music of David Crosby and Joni Mitchell. Redefining the term American Royalty, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra set Miami Beach ablaze. The Beatles Invasion of the 60’s brought screaming teens to their knees as the Fab Four brought their signature sound to South Florida along with Ed Sullivan who recorded two episodes with the Beatles at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. Miami had fame and the famous had Miami. Persons wishing to attend the event on October 24th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., should RSVP to 305.350.7973 or email mdomenech@friendsofwlrn.org.
 
All Shook Up: Miami's Glory Days of Music
The Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue
Miami, FL 33141
305.865.8511
www.deauvillebeachresort.com

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