Spam AllStars for PULSE at New World Symphony (89 Photo Recap)

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Pics and Words – Jake Katel

What happens when you mix a symphony orchestra, 808 bass, Afro Cuban funk, a capacity crowd, and plenty of Champagne? Friday night at Pulse at the New World Symphony with Spam Allstars!

It was an impressive event with a strong local showing, forever stomping into oblivion that notion that Miami don’t culture.

Shout out to DJ Le Spam for the free tickets, and Christian Reif, conductor, The Spam Allstars, Dru Rutledge, soprano, and Aya Yamamoto on piano. Here’s what it looked like.

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Like so many great nights in music, this one started at the bar.

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A sold out capacity crowd of 1,600 people were ready to party.

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The inside of the NWS was bursting with color tinted light and plenty of activity

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And in the main auditorium, more impressive visual effects were on display

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The line to get in the building took up half of the whole property, which if you know the NWS on the corner near Lincoln and Washington on South Beach, it’s a big space.

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Inside, seating quickly gave way to standing room only.

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But there was plenty of space inside the massive performance area to look over walls in 360 degrees around the main stage.

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In the orchestra pit, all the power of virtuosic instrumentation and acoustic force coalesced into an ocean of musical momentum.

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The rapt audience were all oohs and aahs at the sheer audial potency

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Smiles abounded and the night was energized by sound

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The band played a variety of uptempo numbers complete with swelling crescendos and dramatic cues

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The crowd was mostly all locals, making the great event a success in bringing out the people of Miami for a tremendous force of culture.

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The venue itself is awesome and it would be great to see more programming there like this, where the symphony so seamlessly blends with the streets. For that is what the night had in store with composer Sam Haiken writing music for the Spam AllStars and the orchestra to play together.

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As the drinks kept flowing, the party atmosphere activated the full environment and charged it with positive energy.

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Music, fun, and laughter were everywhere

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And then DJ Le Spam took it to the next level with pure funk, analog circuitry, a mountain of patch cables, and plenty of bass.

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The classical instrumentalists all seemed to get a big kick out of it.

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And so did the crowd

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At times the performers themselves became the audience, like the amazing piano player pictured above who also wanted to watch the show with the people.

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From the dance floor to the balcony, plenty of people watching and a thumping acoustically perfect soundtrack.

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Throughout the night, soloists got their chance to shine and show off their hard won skills on a variety of instruments.

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All the musicians were awesome

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That’s why everyone was so glad to be there

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From couples to singles to families to solos to groups, all were welcome and jamming

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Dressed to the 9’s

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Lookin fine

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And ready for good times

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Front back, side to side, the sound was deep, it went far and wide

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Then there was a short intermission

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That gave everyone a chance to talk about how great it all was

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And where they wanted to go after midnight, maybe the Edition’s Basement for a free drink and and no cover with pink wristband.

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What could we say, it seemed like everybody was in a good mood that night

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Then the intermission ended and the show commenced again

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And the booze kept flowing

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The string section did their thing

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And mad phones went up in the air to capture the moment

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And then everybody got ready for the big performance

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That’s when Tomas Diaz from Spam Allstars came in with some heavy chanting

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And the enrapture continued

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Smoke in the spotlights, and plenty of atmosphere

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Purple lights, heavy bass, mucho ritmo, descarga sinfónico

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And people were still coming in the front door

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Some people like to see the show from the front row, others prefer it as background sound. It’s all good

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Because when the Spam Allstars hit the stage, their frequency reaches the shores of Mali just as surely as the province of Sancti Spíritus, the beach of Vieques, and the sands of South Beach.

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Make no mistake. Their funk is unstoppable.

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Their beat is unbeatable.

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Their drop is undroppable

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They put the heart and soul in heart and soul

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That’s why wherever they go, the people follow

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Invigorated by the fluency of universal truth in every note

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The swing of the sax

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The fire from the brass

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And the orchestra to match

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The music rose like an incoming tide

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And washed over the people in its everlasting bass

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It was smooth and refreshing

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It was stand up and clap worthy

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It was bangin strangin arrangin

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For a moment, the Earth stood still

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And the anticipation made a soundtrack of its own

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Then it was back to the funk

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And making a dance floor out of all available real estate

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On a night that saw bloody war combust in nations half a world away, The Spam AllStars sent a trans Atlantic message of peace, hope, and dance upliftment

 

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Music isn’t just music, music is Everything

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And good music deserves a round of applause

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And then it was back out into the night

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Thank you New World Symphony of Miami and Spam AllStars, that was a lot of fun. Do it again!

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