On Saturday, January 11, 2014 Ploppy Palace Productions and NORML of Florida will be hosting the 16th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road. This event will raise funds for NORML of Florida’s (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), Patients Out Of Time’s, United For Care’s and The Silver Tour’s medical marijuana campaign and the protection of patients’ rights. Currently there is a statewide campaign to change the medical marijuana laws in Florida that includes legislation in the Florida House and Senate as well as a statewide petition drive. As part of this three stage extravaganza, some of South Florida's top bands, spoken word artists and community activists will join together for patients’ and physicians’ right to use medical cannabis.
As a testament to the diversity of supporters for this cause, there will be a broad variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, reggae, folk, vocal harmonies, hip-hop, funk, experimental, tribal rhythms, traditional Peruvian, world beat fusion, psychedelic grooves and various interactive jams.
Johnny Dread, Sweetbone, The Baboons, The Nag Champayons, Tamboka, Teri Catlin, Nature’s Fury, Ydiz, UOM, Kuyayky, The Tribe, Rhythm Flow, The Int’l Language, Sound Healing Orchestra, Kiki Sanchez, The Weeds, Fresh Air, Mr Grim Reapa, Orion, Ann Hoffman, Omine, Orrin Bolton, Steve Minotti, Deep Water Willy, JD Danner, Kazoots and more will be showcasing original music.
Alonso, Soulflower, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, Rio, Jonathan Rose and other spoken word artists will be presenting innovative spoken word poetry with musical accompaniment.
In addition, Elviza’s Rockabelly Hippies featuring Elviza, Symphony, Stacy Oh, Sofia Luna, Alina and other dancers will be performing a variety of dance and movement pieces to energetic, rhythmic percussion and ambient tones.
Coconut Grove Jugglers Exchange will be juggling various items and entertaining the crowds with a festival vibe.
Lucky Bruno will be performing with a distinctive flair as a costumed stiltwalker.
Anastasia Sultzer will be showcasing a special marijuana activist video that will be projected during the show.
Plus Anibal Fernandez, Linx, Eva Ruiz, Alvaro Santamaria and other creative artists will be rendering a live painting demonstration to visually complement the music.
Irvin Rosenfeld and Elvy Musikka, legal medical marijuana patients and Directors for Patients Out Of Time, will be describing their experiences with obtaining medical marijuana through the federal government.
The 16th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert will also feature a selection of community speakers who will present information about the issues including South Miami City Commissioner Walter Harris, Ric Margolius - Senior Circuit Court Judge, Norm Kent - National NORML Chairman, Artie Kornfeld - original Woodstock producer, Steven Machat - CMI Music, Michael Minardi P.A., Sara Yousuf - criminal defense lawyer, Dr. Jeffrey Kamlet - Addiction Specialist, Dr. Linda Kaplan - MD of Ophthalmology, Robert Platshorn - The Silver Tour, Ray Strack - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Seth Hyman - Becca's Program, Omar Contreras - ACLU of Greater Miami, Jayne King - Florida Green Party, Eric Stevens - United for Care, Angel Hernandez - Americans for Safe Access and other concerned citizens.
NORML of Florida, United For Care, Patients Out Of Time, The Silver Tour, I’m a Patient Not a Criminal, The Florida Green Party and various other organizations will have informational booths with literature and handouts to help educate about community issues and the medical marijuana campaign in Florida.
The event will work to raise funds and awareness for NORML of Florida, The Silver Tour, Patients Out of Time and the United For Care medical marijuana campaign to protect patients’ rights. Previously, a person's right to use medical necessity as a defense to marijuana charges has been upheld by several appeals courts in Florida. Marijuana has proven therapeutically useful in treating numerous medical conditions including muscle spasticity, arthritis, MS, and the nausea related to AIDS and cancer chemotherapy. In 2010, the City of South Miami passed a resolution to support medical marijuana on a statewide and national level - this is the first city in Florida to endorse the issue - since then 2 other Florida municipalities have also passed similar resolutions. Currently there is medical marijuana legislation prepared for this session in Florida. There is also an active petition drive to show public support for medical marijuana in Florida. At the moment, there are 20 states and Washington D.C. that have laws allowing marijuana to be used as medicine.
In addition there will be vendors and small businesses promoting and selling their merchandise, including The Wallflower Gallery, Moksha Boutique, Shamanic Harmonics, Brickell Smoke Shop, Man With The Magic Hands, Progressive Rags, Photography Is Not A Crime, Not Fadeaway Tiedye and selected independent enterprises.
Production support provided by Ploppy Palace Productions, 7th Circuit Productions and Modern Galaxy Films.
The 16th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road is currently looking for supportive sponsors and unique vendors to help to build up the community outreach and contribute to the cause.
The 16th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road is sponsored by Ploppy Palace Productions, NORML of Florida, Brickell Smoke Shop, SFGN, AcidFlyers, Moksha Family Arts Collective, Unity Is Change, The Wheel Party, Event Rhythm Management, The Wallflower Gallery and Artists for Community Evolution.
Saturday, January 11, 20145:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
626 South Miami Ave., Brickell305-374-1198 www.tobacco-road.com
21 Years Old + with ID
Admission is $ 12.
DISCOUNT Advance tickets available.