Hope Sings in Miami

How did all this time go by without telling you folks about the great time Hope Sings had in Miami in April, producing two music events for Sustainatopia 2011?

Well, better late than never!

John Rosser, founder of Sustainatopia, asked us to program some great music around his 7-day conference/culture event that focused on impact investing in Latin America/the Caribbean and women's empowerment. 

And so we did. Our first foray into live events in Miami. And thanks to billboard space donated by Fuel Outdoor (thank you, Michael Freedman) and on-air PSA's from Clear Channel radio stations (thank you, Alih's sister) we were a huge hit!

Saturday, April 2, two great Latin bands - Lanzallamas Monofonico and Elastic Bond wowed the crowd. Both groups are fronted by women: Cintia Lovo (Lanzallamas) and Sofy Encanto (Elastic Bond). They even learned our song from Marta Gomez, "La Esperanza Canta," and sang a duet. The bands did shout out's for Hope Sings all night. It was amazing. See some video below.

On Tuesday, the Van Dyke Upstairs on Lincoln Road was the venue for a singer-songwriter night with some of Miami's best women: Omine Eager, Michelle Forman, daphna rose, and Jill Hartmann. I can't imagine four more different - or gifted - performers. Again, shout-out's galore for Hope Sings and the women we're helping.

A big THANK YOU to all the musicians who helped us rock Miami, and likewise to John Rosser for having us!

Yippee for Omine! Rave for her new album!

We consider Omine part of the Hope Sings family, since she rocked for us at the show we produced in Miami at the Van Dyke last month.

Here's Lee Zimmerman's thumbs up review of her new album from today's the New Times (Broward Cty):

"Then there's Ominé's Whiskey & Chocolate. Ominé Eager, as she's formally known, is a brash newcomer whose new album is as enticing as its title would suggest. Her sultry, soulful vocals lash out above the instrumental fray while bringing to mind Chrissie Hynde in all her sassy exuberance. After jump-starting the set with the robust rocker "Knock," Ominé keeps the energy intact throughout, her only respite coming toward the set's end. The seductive ballad "Come Back to Me," a sympathetic cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," and the album's country-sounding conclusion "Songbird" moot the aggression and guarantee the diversity. Ominé's combination of attitude and ability works well in sync, but credit is also due Perdomo, who applies his usual agile touch while providing both production and a good portion of the instrumentation. The liner notes find her giving several shoutouts to family and friends, noble sentiments that affirm her clarity and commitment."