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8 Apps to Help You Survive Ultra Music Festival in Miami

March 15, 2018

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Get ready to celebrate 20 years of Ultra Music Festival! Whether you’re a local or visiting Miami for the festival, here are useful apps to make the most of your experience.

  1. Ultra WorldWide App

Ultra Music Festival launched the updated version of their app on Monday. It features profiles on all the artist performing this year, a list of prohibited items, a FAQ section, and an interactive passport. The passport section awards you points, based on your attendance to Ultra Music Festival events. You can earn silver, gold or platinum status. Though it’s subject to availability, platinum status can land you access to special viewing platforms for select artist performances. Bonus points can be attained if you attend an Ultra event on a continent outside of your home area.

  1. Yelp App

Before and after your full days at Ultra, you may want to fuel up on food. Yelp lets you filter by what’s hot and new in Miami, price, delivery, offering a deal or whether the place is open. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, you can choose to filter places from ($) one dollar sign to (4) four dollar signs. Guess how many dollars sign to eat at Salt Bae’s new place?

  1. Cash App

Keep your friends! Let’s face it, sometimes your friends want to pick up the first round of drinks. If they keep insisting to pay for your drinks, do them a solid and send them cash via the Cash App. You know, in case they’re the type of friend to keep tabs.

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  1. Uber App

You probably already use this app. Now, Uber is offering an Express POOL option to save you money. It has you walk a little to a meeting point, but offers a more inexpensive fee for pool rides, fewer detours and a more direct route to your destination.

Images courtesy of Uber
Images courtesy of Uber
  1. Pay by Phone App

If you’re getting to the festival by car, make sure to have the PayByPhone app for mobile parking payment. Save time by adding your Vehicle Type, State, License Plate and a card on file for payment. If you’re lucky enough to find metered parking near the Bayfront Park mayhem, you’ll be able to quickly pay for your parking spot on the app and receive notifications to extend your parking time. Own a smart watch? You’ll be able to view notifications with a “flick of da wrist.” If you’re staying on Miami Beach, you’ll need the Park Mobile app to park in that area. Yes, a different app. Miami likes to be extra.

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Image Courtesy of PayByPhone
  1. Google Photos APP

Back up and sync your phone’s photos on the Google Photos app before attending the festival. If you party hard, do this as insurance that you will have your photos in the google cloud. You know… in case you accidentally jump too high on the Swedish House Mafia’s comeback set (not confirmed, just rumors) and your phone happens to fall out of your pocket. Thank us later.

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  1. Sound Hound APP

At the festival, this app will help you identify a song you enjoyed from a set. You may currently have Shazam, but Sound Hound picks up sounds in loud areas. You can sing a song that you don’t know the lyrics to and it will deliver the results. Remember that most artist launch new music at Ultra, don’t expect it to pick up tracks that may not be online yet. It also has an integrated assistant, you can say “Okay Hound, play Let You Down by N.F.” and it will play a snippet of the song for you. If you connect your Spotify, it will play the whole song or music video.

  1. MDT Tracker APP

If you’ll be relying on public transportation, Miami-Dade County has the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker. This app is useful for planning your trips, estimating travel time, locating a bus route, viewing Metro Rail’s arrival/departure times and more.

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Image Courtesy of MiamiDade.gov

Take a few minutes to set up these apps to enhance your Ultra experience. While at the festival, share your photos on social media using hashtags: #20YEARSOFULTRA and #MiamiCrowd

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Bad Bunny Debuts New Apple Music Up Next Film in Miami

March 9, 2018

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By Nancy Ortega

In April of 2017, Apple Music launched a mini-documentary series entitled Up Next. The monthly series focuses on up and coming artists. Each launch brings apple music users mini-documentaries, a latest album release, a live performance, and an interview.

It’s latest launch, features Puerto Rican Latin Trap Artist, Bad Bunny. The 24-year-old artist who previously worked as a supermarket bagger, was nominated for Best Urban Song and Best Urban Fusion Performance at the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards. This year, he is nominated for iHeartRadio Music Awards in the Best New Latin Artist category.

Last night, more than 400 Bad Bunny fans got to experience the artist’s Apple Music Up Next film and eight of his hit songs at an intimate performance at Bar 1306 in Miami. Bad Bunny got the Miami Crowd rowdy with Tu No Metes Cabra, to start his set at 9:40 p.m. Sporting a black Supreme beanie, white sunglasses and a diamond Cuban-link chain paired with a Chinatown Market Global Warming Tee.

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Bad Bunny poses backstage at Apple Music Celebrates ‘Up Next’ Artist Bad Bunny with a concert for fans at Bar 1306 in Miami, Florida on March 8, 2018. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images for Apple Music)

The rest of his set list included:

  • Sensualidad
  • Diles
  • Krippy Kush
  • Dime Si Te Acuerdas
  • Amorfoda
  • Soy Peor
  • Chambea

The artist surprised the audience by bringing out Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, De La Ghetto to perform the song Caile. Bad Bunny concluded his performance by thanking his fans for his growing stardom and asking them to not forget that he is out there representing every Latino.

To close out the night, Apple Music Latin Programmer, Jerry Pulles brought out a candle-lit cake for the artist and had the crowd sing Bad Bunny Happy Birthday. The Apple Music Up Next film is available today on Apple Music.

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MIAMI, FL – MARCH 08: Bad Bunny receives a cake on stage at Apple Music Celebrates ‘Up Next’ Artist Bad Bunny with a concert for fans at Bar 1306 in Miami, Florida on March 8, 2018. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images for Apple Music)

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Ultra Music Festival RESISTANCE Line Up 2018

February 28, 2018

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Every year, Ultra Music Festival makes its way to Miami and gives us a lot to talk about. From the chick that made out with a tree, to the naked Asian guy and more. This year will mark UMF’s 20th anniversary with RESISTANCE returning to take over two areas at Bayfront Park.  Think of it as a festival within festival.

Carl Cox, the global ambassador for RESISTANCE will host the Megastructure on Friday, March 23 and 24. You can expect performances by Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Josh Wink, Nastia, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber & Paco Osuna and a debut appearance by Pan-Pot.

At Arcadia, ‘the Spider’ will include performances from Better Lost Than Stupid (Davide Squillace, Mattias Tanzmann & Martin Buttrich), Chris Liebing, Guti b2b wAFF, Hot Since 82, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler), Nic Fanciulli, Patrick Topping & Special Guest, Sasha & John Digweed, Stephan Bodzin (live) and more.

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You can check out the other DJ stage lineups here and purchase tickets.

Follow along on social using #20YEARSOFULTRA

 

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The David Grutman Experience

February 26, 2018

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For a second year in a row, David Grutman partnered with Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village for The Dave Grutman Experience. Right between the two signature Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents, Grutman curated the ultimate Sunday Funday. Festival goers enjoyed bites from his favorite South Florida spots including OTL and KOMODO as well as sips by N1CE Cocktails.

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It’s always a party with Grutman present. Those in attendance included his wife, Isabela Rangel Grutman, filmmaker, Michael Bay, Larsa Pippen and Cedric Gervais.

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Alesso began bumping sounds around 3:30 p.m. He kicked off his set with the hit song “Is that for me” featuring Anitta. The crowd went wild when he began mixing “More Than You Know” by Axwell and Ingrosso. Even Michael Bay took the time to record pieces of Alesso’s set on his phone.

Alesso SOBEWFF

 

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J Balvin Wants You to Bob Your Head

June 30, 2017

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Currently moving, shoulders and hips. The new 2017 summer song by J Balvin “Mi Gente” is geared toward breaking cultural barriers. It speaks on being non-discriminatory. You hear J Balvin singing lyrics in Spanish that translate to English as “my music doesn’t discriminate anyone, so let’s move.”

The colorful video aligns well with the theme of the song. J Balvin continues to put out content that changes the music world with mixed rhythms.

When asked whether he’d ever work with Eminem, to who he use to get compared to because of his hair style, he simply answered “hopefully.”

 

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Bacardi Bay’s Sound of Rum w/ Major Lazer

May 29, 2017

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On May 26th, Bacardi launched a limited edition rum in collaboration with Major Lazer. Together they hosted a summer kick off event at Bacardi Bay. The event took place on Virginia Key Beach with four pop up restaurants serving up island inspired cocktails. Miami’s most influential crowd snapped pictures at branded backdrops with coconuts imported from Thailand.

Diplo danced alongside his stage dancers to caribbean beats, while Jillionaire snapped pictures with guests before they hit the stage. Major Lazer took the stage at around 9:45 p.m. with Walshy Fire kicking off the musical set and firing off giveaways toward the crowd. Chanel Iman sat atop a speaker bouncing away at the American electronic music.

Hundreds gathered in front of the stage until late catching the trio (Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire) play their favorite tracks. The tracks included Africa Now, Run Up, Despacito remix and more.

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Music

Exclusive Interview with Mozart La Para

May 4, 2017

Miami Crowd caught up with Mozart La Para at the 2017 edition of Miami Bash. La Para is Roc Nation Latin’s first signed artist. La Paras’ most recent hit song Fiesta y Vacilon (party and fun), reached more than 1.9 million views to date. The song speaks on having fun with no strings attached.

La Para’s energetic and fun personality, transcends into his upbeat musical vibes. He spoke about his next track, including lyrics such as “I came to put order.” He gave the meaning behind his song Primero Que Kanye. He claims to be receiving the latest sneakers before Kanye. He states to be connected to the Adidas brand, this being the reason as to how he receives the Yeezy sneakers before public release. Clarifying that the Yeezy’s are Kanye’s collaboration with Adidas.

Being the first artist signed to Roc Nation Latin, we asked whether a collaboration with Jay-Z could be in his plans. To which he responded, “Could be.” The music genre is filled with newcomers and Mozart states he keeps uniqueness by “swimming against the current.” He aims to not make music that the audience wants, but rather innovates to bring his audience a new style of music. His goal is to pull his audience in with his multifaceted music style.

He will appear in the upcoming Made in America music festival alongside Jay-Z, J Cole, the Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Marshmello, Migos and more.