Winter Music Conference Refuels a Love for Music

Photos and words by Jen Diaz

The energy was undeniable at this year’s Winter Music Conference (WMC) as the streets of Miami flooded with tourists, fans and music lovers alike. You can feel the baselines thump and the loud cheers from Wynwood to Ocean Drive.

Once you get settled and decide on all of the events you want to attend, you begin to realize the choices are infinite and the excitement starts to kick in. At every corner you can immediately tell things are about to get live!

Leaving the cold wintry mix in New York is the best decision you can make, especially when you land to an announcement of clear skies at about 82 degrees. Once the thought of sunshine settles, the chaos of pool parties, day events and beach days comes next. My week was spent alongside two genuine and talented one-of-a-kind music appreciators Miami native, DJ Wasabi and Brooklyn native, DJ Spinna. Passionate discussions on vinyl, house music and the classics were in full swing.

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NYC: Fania Armada Club & Pop-Up Store – May 22-25 @ The 1986

 

Starting next month, the legendary Fania Records will be hosting a Fania Armada club and pop-up store at The 1986 in Brooklyn. The happenings will run from May 22-25, and will bring together an array of Fania music and merchandise for sale along with an all-star lineup of DJs showcasing sounds ranging from Latin soul, funk, boogaloo, salsa, and more.

Headlining DJs will include Louie Vega, Tony Touch, Que Bajo (Gecko Jones and Uproot Andy), and D’Marquesina. And if that weren’t already enough, know that the party definitely doesn’t stop there. View the flyer above for a few more details, and head over to the individual event pages below for even more of the low-down.

Armada Fania Club & Pop-Up Store Line Up:
May 22: D’Marquesina, Whiskey Barons, DJ Turmix
May 23: Tony Touch, Rice & Beans Sound System
May 24: Louie Vega, DJ Wasabi, DNGR GRDN
May 25: Que Bajo, Foglia, DJ Canyon Cody