The Good Life Music Show

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


On Wednesday July 25th, The Good Life Music Show welcomed Queen Of The Scene & DJ Oski to their Studio, Along with a live Performance by Eric Vick. Click this link to see the interview, as well as a special premier of THE BOTTOM: A Documentary on the local miami music scene.


Saturday: Qoolfest at the Hard Rock Cafe Bayside
By Arielle Castillo May 11, 2012

Don’t skip over this if none of the names on this bill, featuring dozens of local bands, immediately jump out at you. This is another creation by Qool Productions, the duo of Oski Gonzalez and pseudonymous “Queen of the Scene,” who often mount similar all-local festivals at Tobacco Road. Their m.o. is giving everyone a fair chance based on quality, and not necessarily local reputation, so their fests often feature bands who have just appeared but show promise. With no real genre restrictions, either, there’s always bound to be a pleasant surprise of some kind. We suggest looking out for Planelifter, which features Miami music vets from now-defunct groups like Map of the Universe.

More importantly, this show is designed as a benefit for Team in Training, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s endurance sports-training organization that benefits blood cancer research and support. A dollar from each attendee’s admission goes to the nonprofit, as do the proceeds from an onside raffle. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Hard Rock Cafe Miami, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (inside Bayside). Admission is $6; all ages. Call 305-377-3100

WAJIMA Does A Little 420 at Tobacco Road
by Wajima Rose @
April 21st 2012

Original posting here:


Last night I went over to Tobacco Road, for their 6th Annual 420 Event, hosted by Queen of the Scene, and DJ Oski. They were kind enough to invite to the event. The rain threatened our night, but for the love of all things good music, it stayed away until the very end. Miami is full of some serious musicians, and I was ecstatic whenQueen of The Scene, asked me to be part of the event, just so that I could bring some of the names of our locals, hidden in our very own backyard to you.

Soma, opened up the event with their feel good in your face Funk. Their energy was just the right amount of organic combination, that  kept the Happy Hour goers from closing out their beer tabs.

7 Seas took the patio with the very energetic Future Function.  These boys had their fans moving their heads to every cord of Nicholas’s bass, rocking out to Ryan’s riffs, and stomping their feet to Andrew’s drums.  Miami if you haven’t had the chance to witness 7 Seas live, make sure you do. Their next show will be on May the 4th at, Xtreme Indoor Karting, bring the kids.

Now, I want to share with you something I found in the patio. IKO IKO‘s very own Lead Vocalist, Guitarist, Percussionist, Graham Wood Drout, was performing his Biloxi Blues sound that brings the jambolaya, taste to life itself. What’s more fascinating than watching a crowed of people enjoying good music? Watching a crowed of young adults pack the patio, and appreciating the Blues. Drout, brought his best set list to Tobacco Road that night, giving us the  privilege of listening to ‘Shine On Me’, and leaving us wanting more after ‘Ghost Of Mississippi’. Ghost Of Mississippi, won the ‘Blues Critics Choice’ award for SONG OF THE YEAR in 2006.

The first thing I noticed about Kolabo Sound System’s was that the lyrics were filled with lots of Spanish LOVE. That caught my attention immediately, and it wasn’t  long before the ocean of people took notice as well, streaming in from the parking lot to the front of the main stage. The band had everyone one swaying, and grinding to their reggae rocksteady beat, it was intoxicating to watch, that they too got caught in the moment almost running passed the stage time leaving everyone wanting more.

For those of you who know me, know that I’m addicted to all things vintage, especially music. Now my buddies from The Deadly Blank, are exactly what the vintage Lord ordered. This Trio of pure awesome bliss is infused with the talents of Eric Sanchez on guitar, Carlos Paguaga on drums, and Craig Rittenhouse on vocals and bass. If you haven’t seen The Deadly Blank, then you are comepletly missing out on some serious joy, and WE ALL WANT SOME JOY  IN OUR LIVES, DAMMIT! You can catch them at the Billiards in Miami Lakes on May 2nd, 2012.

First in Fests

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

First in Fests
By Arielle Castillo
Miami New Times March 8th 2012

Working together under the banner of Qool Shows, Miamipromoters Oski Gonzalez and the pseudonymous “Queen of the Scene” specialize in shows that go big. Since they met via MySpace five years ago, the two longtime local music lovers have focused on multistage, alllocal festivals. The fests usually follow a vague theme, but are always democratic in nature — anyone with talent can get a shot at playing, regardless of politics, perceived draw, or any of the other usual nonsense.“We promote the events and all the bands as an army of all-stars,” says Gonzalez.

Among their slate of recent events was the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Beach Music Festival last month, as well as the annual Kryptonite Metal Festival in Miami, at Tobacco Road. This Saturday, Qool returns to the Road (626 S. Miami Ave., Miami) for another extravaganza, this one dubbed Miamipalooza. It’s meant to have a spring break spirit, and as such, the party starts early — at 3 p.m. — and goes late, ending some 12 hours later.

The afternoon portion is designed to be family-friendly, with kids welcome until 8 p. m. to enjoy more than 40 bands spread across four stages, as well as an art show and various vendors selling locally made wares. The musical performers represent pretty much any genre you might hear in town, from Latin music (Timba Swing) to funkrock (Urban Rebel) to hip-hop (Andre Bush) to power indie pop (All the Pretty Cars). Children 12 and under are free, and for everyone else, admission is $5.

Hard Rock Rising bring Battle of the Bands in Hollywood
By Liz Tracy Fri., Mar. 2 2012 at 9:45 AM

Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood was brimming with local music fans last night for the first installment of three Hard Rock Rising battle of the band preliminaries. The winner of each will compete with each other for the chance to perform at London’s Hard Rock Calling music festival in Hyde Park. This might place one of our own onstage with the Boss himself and the E Street Band. Pretty impressive. But, first they have to beat out musicians from 86 other cities around the world. At least there’s a chance.

Also impressive was the list of judges last night. The surprise big name was Lita Ford, which is a real rock and roll goodie. There were also members of Ghost of Gloria, the 2009 winner who is currently signed to EMI and Queen of the Scene.

Bands were voted by fans, so fans were naturally present. Fort Lauderdale’s soulful funky rock band Community Property brought out their people and T-shirts, which they were giving out for free. Hip-hop group The Muthaship, which we might liken to the Black Eyed Peas in that some were dressed in crazy gear and there was lady in the band, had some seriously enthusiastic, screaming friends in the crowd.

The night began with DJ Crash Barbe who mixed electronic music live with two other dudes. It was like nothing we’ve ever heard. He sort of spoke in an OMC “How Bizarre” voice over much of the beats. He announced after the first song that they were going to bring the dustep. The main lyric of one of their songs was “destruction of monkey” and they even did a dubby version of the Who’s “Magic Bus.”

Next was Community Property who got plenty of cheers. They were totally devoted to the performance, sweating and singing. After a song or two, the singer asked again and again if the crowd wanted more. They did. They then covered Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” It was quite an entertaining show. Lita Ford was an instant fan, you could tell when she shook the singer’s hand enthusiastically after the performance. ​

The final act was The Muthaship who started awkwardly with a “Livin’ on a Prayer” cover. It was a little karaoke-esque and seemed like they were trying to appeal to the Hollywood crowd. It worked and it was fun. They are a hip-hop group though and took their jobs seriously once they started performing their own material. One of their songs appeared to be called “You Don’t Know What We’re Drinking,” a funny line. People were singing along. It ended all nuts and the crowd was chanting and wouldn’t stop even when asked multiple times and nicely.

The winner was announced shortly thereafter. The judges preferred Community Property. The band thanked their competition and the judges. They announced, “See you at Tobacco Road!” Though they seemed favored for the win, the competition was stiff. We will likely see them again at the oldest bar in Miami.


Qool Shows’ Oski Gonzalez on Festivals and Inclusiveness; The Ft. Lauderdale Beach Music Festival
By Ariel Castillo
New Times Broawrd / County Grind

Late last week, we posted about the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Beach music festival, which takes place this Saturday at Da Big Kahuna. The intense lineup — some three stages of music all night — and the superwide mix of genres represented therein was a head-scratcher for some. But this is par for the course for the Miami-based promoters behind the show, a team known as Qool Shows and made up of DJ/musician Oski Gonzalez and a partner who prefers to go by the pseudonymous “Queen of the Scene.” “I met Queen on Myspace five years ago and found out she had been promoting and reviewing shows for her website Queen of the Scene for ten years for free and anonymously, just for the love of local live music,” Gonzalez says. “That impressed me so much, I had to meet her. So after a meet and greet, I asked her to come up with her dream event and I would make it happen and get her paid. She came up with Femme Fest, a show for bands either fronted by women or featuring women who play a major role in the band. Our first FemmeFest had 32 bands and 24 vendors.”

Since then, the duo has been putting on similarly large-scale shows in Miami with an unusually democratic musical policy and none of the usual pay-to-play or forced-ticket-sale behind-the-scenes stuff. There are two other things you will never find at a Qool show either: a VIP section or a so-called “main stage.”

“Everybody is a VIP to us,” Gonzalez says, “and a stage is a stage. No stage is better than another. Some may be bigger, some may be smaller, but they’re still all the same.”

So is the event at Da Big Kahuna part of a specific attempt to bring this promotion model north of the Miami-Dade County line? Maybe, says Gonzalez, who most often books events at Tobacco Road in Miami. Qool has, in the recent past, also mounted all-ages shows at Xtreme Indoor Karting in Fort Lauderdale, as well as two festivals — a northern Femme Fest and another rock festival — in Boca Raton.

“We are hoping this festival at Da Big Kahuna is the beginning of a long-lasting relationship. If this goes well, we will do another, then another, then another,” he says. “Maybe Da Big Kahuna can be our Tobacco Road of Fort Lauderdale. Some of the coolest bands are from Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches.”

In his ongoing spirit of inclusiveness, Gonzalez also welcomes the opportunity to work with more venues and bands in both Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Venues interested in putting on live, original local music can call Gonzalez at 305-303-3976 . Bands are further invited to submit materials for booking consideration to Queen of the Scene at Include a bio, a high-res photo with no logos, all email and phone contacts, website links, and, most important, MP3s of the music.

If you’re interested in seeing this kind of show in action, then head to Da Big Kahuna this weekend for the festival. Fort Lauderdale Beach Music Festival. 9 p.m. Saturday, February 25, at Da Big Kahuna, 17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ste. 308, Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $10; age 21 and up.


Fort Lauderdale Beach Music Festival comes to Da Big Kahuna Feb. 25th
By Ariel Castillo

For years, Oski Gonzalez — alternately known as DJ Oski or just Oski — has been hosting all-local multiband festivals in Miami, usually at Tobacco Road. Now, with his partner in Qool Productions, a promoter friend who prefers to go by “Queen of the Scene,” he’s expanding.

Recent months have seen forays into the Keys, with shows aboard pontoon boats in Key Largo. But Saturday, February 25, marks the duo’s most extensive undertaking in Broward to date. The first edition of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Music Festival features three stages in and around Da Big Kahuna, with performances by some 21 artists. The genres represented pretty much run the gamut of the various genres represented on the tricounty scene, from Cuban party music — courtesy of Timba Swing — to radio-styled hard rock — 1000 Pounds of Thrust — and beyond.

Probably the best-known to County Grind readers from among these is Rich Kid Sound System, a fresh act whose members’ hometowns span South Florida and whose tastes span danceable genres. The group manages to combine indie rock, a little bit of hip-hop, and electro for a catchy pop sound that’s poised for mass appeal. Download its song “Hey! Young Girl!” below.

The festival runs from about 9 p.m. to the wee hours — last call’s at 4 a.m. — which means under a dollar an hour for entertainment, as admission is $10. If you really want to get into the beach theme, though, come in a bikini for free entry. Yep, we’re pretty sure that counts for men too. Why not?


Miami Music Festival, Yet Another Failed Music Festival
By Ric Delgado



I’m not sure if the let down is quite as big as with Future Classic Festival, but from all reports, it seems as if Miami Music Festivalwas yet another poorly organized event, and some going as far to call it a “scam against artists.”

I personally didn’t make it out, but what first grabbed my attention was an annonymous comment on a post I had put up about attending a Filmiami Meeting where they asked for brainstorming ideas from the local Music community:

“An unknown number of bands paid $35 JUST TO BE CONSIDERED to play at the event.”

“Bands were forced to sign contracts stating that there would be no sound checks done at the festival and that any sound adjustments would be done to the taste of the sound technicians”

“So what did a performer get out of playing this event? One would guess exposure, right? Nope. No bio information or genre categorizing detail was included for any of the bands in any of the fliers or event program booklets that were handed out.”

Oh boy… here we go again.

Of course, annoymous comments posted on blogs should usually be taken with a grain of salt, until I read reviews from the Queen of the Scene and the Miami Herald’s Jordan Levin.

Here is QOTS’s full article, which will later be part of South Florida Indie Mag Aristocats.

The worst part of reading QOTS’s review is how much I felt I could relate to her excitment for a big Miami music event.  I suppose it’s something that we learn to live with in Miami, getting your hopes up that someday someone can pull off a well run, non-scammy Music Festival — and perhaps what I always forget to mention are several successful local Festivals that do go off quite well, like Wallflower Gallery’s yearly Medical Marijuana Benefit FestivalNotorious Nastie’s 420 Music Festival, and Tobacco Road’s Festival Celebrating 420 to name a few (interesting how two 420 Festivals are successful here, wonder what that means about South Florida?).

From QOTS:

“So I heard about MMF about 4 months ago. I was so excited, I immediately contacted the email address on the website asking how I could be involved. I didn’t know who was putting this event together, so incase they didn’t know, I told them who I am and what I do. I mentioned that I would love to have a “QUEEN OF THE SCENE” stage and if that wasn’t possible, I would love to have a vendor booth and if that wasn’t possible, just slap my logo on the website/flyer and I would gladly promote the event for free. I wanted, no, I HAD TO be a part of an event called “THE MIAMI MUSIC FESTIVAL“.”

Also, and this was something that I had been wondering the whole time before the event, but where was the promotion?  At least Future Classic Festival had an enormous marketing campaign.  I first saw fliers for FCF being handed out at an Incubus concert.  But as QOTS puts it:

“Promotion for MMF was not very good. Bands were not told of their time/venue until about 3 weeks before the festival. So even without MMF promotions, the bands couldn’t even promote themselves.

Yeah, MMF had a commercial on TV. Only a few 3AM spots on certain cable channels. I myself never saw a commercial, except for online. And Despite my “beef” with the event, I still wanted to promote the local music scene and support the bands involved, so I blasted the youtube version of the commercial online and even on the front page of my website. They also invested in some big vinyl banners. Yet walking on south miami avenue, I had people and cars stopping to ask ME what was going on, even though the banners were right in front of their faces! I would talk to friends (many of whom are musicians) that had no idea about MMF. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!?!?! This event should have been finalized and promoted in-full months ahead of time. Not just the name of some festival that is happening, but ALL THE INFO should have already been available to the public. And not just available, but SHOVED DOWN THEIR THROATS!

So, to set up the scene: they’re denying participation from other promoters or people who want to take part in the event, and then their own promotion of the event is almost nonexistant.

QOTS then goes on to say that admission was as high as $150 for the whole event, to $10-$15 per venue, even though it was being set up as “attend as many different places as possible,” in the vein of SXSW and other city-wide music festivals.

She then also writes about the problems with inexperienced and disinterested Sound Engineers (a major downfall of FCF as well).

If that weren’t enough, I went over to the Miami Herald‘s blog, Miami Music Matters, and read over Jordan Levin’s post on the MMF as well.  To sum her words up in a sentence, it was half-assed — not the best bands, not well promoted, and done all over the place.

Crossfade’s Arielle Castillo doesn’t give her high praises either.

Not surprisingly, I woke up this morning to find an email from Filmiami titled Miami Music Festival Wrap UP, where they boast about how well the event went, and then link to this web page.  Compare that to the photo’s on Queen of the Scene’s page and the over-hype cycle begins once again.

But, if anything there’s something to be said for perseverence, and even though MMF doesn’t want to admit that this years festival was a failure, at least they are moving forward to try again next year.  Hopefully, they’ll learn from their own mistakes and the mistakes of what others have attempted.  Don’t overhype, don’t overcharge, and do the groundwork!  Present things fairly and realistically, and don’t put in a halfassed effort.

Maybe next year will bring some real festivals.



All Hail The Queen

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


All Hail The Queen – Queen of the Scene
By Jennifer Garcia


Scorpio,right? I get a really nice vibe from you. You can be a best friend or the meanest bitch, says DJ Oski, as way of introduction. He is candid and direct, two necessary qualities if attempting to make Miami a music mecca for aspiring musicians.

Local promoters, Queen of the Scene and DJ Oski makeup the music power duo behind Colossal I, Femme Fest, and the Rock. Queen and Oski met online a few years ago and it was their shared disdain of the local music scene that led them to build a music alliance.

Our hope is to give local bands a platform to perform and grow, explains Queen. Its hard to find live and original music in Miami. Together they launched a series of music events where unknown local musicians can cultivate a following, and showcase their talent in venerated locations such as Tobacco Road and Churchills Pub.

We dont want lazy artists. If you are a local band and you dont promote, you are playing to no one. Just deaf ears, says Oski. On this night, Queen and Oski are busy preparing Tobacco Road for Colossal III, a two day event where over 30 bands will perform.

We want to unify the scene. We dont have a specific genre of music. Reggae, hip hop, metal, rock, latin — people and music will cross pollinate, excitedly explains Oski.

So far the formula has worked. Venues throughout Florida have taken notice and are clamoring for the big audiences and ticket sales their events generate.

But, for Queen and Oski, it comes down to brass basics: Ultimately, we are just music advocates, says Oski.

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