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Miami - Top Music Venues

The New World Symphony moved into its new home in Miami Beach in January, 2011. This state of the art, $160 million project was designed by Frank Gehry best known for his work at the Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Bilbao. The New World Symphony is located at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

The outside architecture of this building is inspired by its Deco forebears which include the Delano and Sagamore hotels on nearby Collins Avenue. The exterior is not too wild but rather tries to both blend in and draw ones attention inside. To help in this process, the building features an 80-foot-tall window allowing passer- by clear view of the interesting interior. Inside, you will find intriguing architecture which is highlighted by a free-floating flowerlike plaster structure in the interior courtyard.

Across the street, you will find the incredibly inviting new Miami Beach SoundScape. The Miami Beach SoundScape is a two and a half acre city park that is set amidst the Lincoln Road Mall, the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Miami Beach Convention Center and the New World Symphony's New World Center campus. The "ExoStage" at the Miami Beach SoundScape is what is creating all the buzz. The "ExoStage" features a 7,500 square foot grass viewing area which opens onto a huge (75' by 100') viewing wall. The "ExoStage" also has a world class audio system. All of this allows the New Symphony Campus to "Wallcast" live performances onto the screen, free of charge.

To make this area easy to visit, there is also a newly opened, Frank Gehry designed parking garage located on Pennsylvania Avenue just west of the New World Symphony campus. This is a self-service garage that also offers 8,000 feet of high-end retail space and is connected to the New World Symphony campus via a 3rd floor walkway.

Churchill's Hideaway has an altogether different feel to it but it is the premier spot to visit if you want to hear live music in Miami. Located at 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 (305)757-1807 this place was created in 1979 by British expatriate Dave Daniels who wanted a true English-style pub in Miami. While Churchill's lacks the glitz of Miami Beach it does offer a no-frills yet exciting schedule of live music. You can get everything here from live Jazz on Monday's, to Unplugged sets on Wednesdays, to some of the new local rock bands and even melt-your-face punk bands like the Lightning Bolt and the Jacuzzi Boys. You can check out their events calendar at www.churchillspub.com.