This week is the 10th anniversary of the opening of Sweat Records, Miami’s preeminent local record store. But Sweat is more than just a record store. Through its first decade, the shop has become a community hub in Little Haiti. Its coffee shop is one of the best in town, and it promotes and hosts local events throughout the year, including live music, art openings, community events (like the regular weekly meetings of Emerge Miami), and all sorts of assorted 305 weirdness that makes Miami awesome.
The store’s biggest annual event is Sweatstock, Miami’s premiere local independent music festival. On Record Store Day, the festival brings together great bands, DJs, and locals for food, drink and fun. Last year, more than 2,500 people rocked out at Sweatstock, and the next iteration coming on April 18, is poised to be even bigger. Tonight, we’re pitching in free cupcakes at the Sweatstock Pre-Party Fundraiser to keep this important local music showcase free for Miami.
Join us at Churchill’s Pub starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Sweat will raffle off a brand new Audio-Technica turntable, a $100 Sweat Records gift card, and two $50 bar tabs courtesy of Sailor Jerry. Plus, you’ll get $3 Rolling Rock and the first 50 guests will get complimentary Sailor Jerry “Get Sweaty” Punch. Sweat will also collect musical instruments and accessories for 1308 Productions, which runs musical education programs for kids in Haiti. Bring a donation, and you’ll get in free.
Plus, we put together a playlist of local bands and DJs at tonight’s show and some of the acts slated for Sweatstock 2015 to get you pumped for the party.