Miami Record Store Days: 1975-2000

Alex Jimenez and Grand Central present

Miami Record Store Days: 1975-2000

Nuclear Valdez, Forget The Name, Charlie Pickett, Jim Camacho (of The Goods)

Sat, April 19, 2014

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

Grand Central - Miami

Miami, FL

$10.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Miami Record Store Days: 1975-2000
Miami Record Store Days: 1975-2000
SATURDAY | APRIL 19th 2014 | 5pm (Early Bird) | 6pm (GA)

Alex Jimenez + Alan Jackowitz + Grand Central present


Peaches Music, Specs Music, Q Records, Yesterday & Today Records, Open Books & Records, Blue Note Records, Extremes Music & News, Yardbird Records, Kowtow Music, Happy Note Records, Magic Minstrel, Viscount Records, Esperanto Music, Discount Records, Record Land, Sid’s Records & Tapes, Twin Sounds, Uncle Sam's Music, Vibrations Records & Tapes, Revolution Records


Benefiting National Parkinson Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Hosted by Judie T from 97GTR and BIG105.9
Sounds by DJ Alan Trueba

*Record Collector Fair:
Dealers please email to reserve your table now.

*Photo Exhibition featuring the work of Tony Landa, Jill Khan, Mindy Hertzon, Karen Wideen, Laura Kukus and Teajay Smith

*Live Performances:



JIM CAMACHO (of The Goods)


More info:

Nuclear Valdez
Nuclear Valdez
Rock band Nuclear Valdez was formed in Miami in 1985 by singer/guitarist Froilan Sossa (aka Fro Sosa) and bassist Juan Diaz. They gigged around building a grassroots following and linking up with lead guitarist Jorge Barcala and drummer Robert Slade LeMont. Contrary to a common assumption, their moniker had nothing to do with the Exxon oil tanker disaster, but was simply a joking nickname for a former coworker of Diaz's with an explosive temper. The band signed with Epic Records at the end of the '80s and released their debut I Am I in July 1989. I Am I's ringing guitars and earnest political themes quickly linked them with socially conscious rockers like the Alarm, with whom they would soon split a stage on an early episode of MTV Unplugged. Lead single "Summer," a soaring commentary on the Cuban revolution of 1959 (Diaz, Barcala, and LeMont are all Cuban-American), received substantial MTV airplay but was not a chart success. Their follow-up, 1991's Dream Another Dream, was far more complicated in structure, drawing on the band's Latin roots; the shift in style failed to click with U.S. fans and the group went on an extended hiatus. At the end of the '90s they began writing together, and in 2000, with Dan Ceratelli taking over Barcala's guitar duties, they began recording the tracks that would become their 2002 indie label release In a Minute All Could Change.
Biography by Joseph McCombs

Background information:

*Band did MTV promo spot with video director Paula Grief. *Performed on an early episode of MTV Unplugged with Members of The Alarm.
*Opened for numerous groups that came through their home base in Miami: Living Colour, Jane's Addiction, Dead Milkmen, Ronnie Wood, Hoodoo Gurus, among others.
*The band did an extensive tour of the USA opening up for The Hooters.
*US Tour followed by an intensive European tour as the supporting act for The Church.
*Song "Dance Where the Bullets Fly" from the second album is used in one of the season finales of Melrose Place.



I Am I (1989, Epic/CBS Records) – including the radio hit Summer
Dream Another Dream (1992, Epic)
In a Minute All Could Change (2000)
Forget The Name
Forget The Name
FORGET THE NAME was founded by Jose “Pepe” Tillan (bass), Carlos “Freak” Alvarez (guitars/vocals), Kenny Nunez (drums) and Albert Menendez (keyboards); four South Miami High School friends who shared a passion for music. Their first club gig ever was at The Beat Club, a short-lived teen club on Bird Road (South Miami). The band soon realized that they needed a front man, and Osvaldo “Ozzie” Rodriguez was enlisted along with Mayrelli Gonzalez, who became the keyboardist of the band for a short period of time after Albert left to pursue other interests.

Their first demo was recorded at Sync Studios on Biscayne Blvd. The band played around town at all the popular nightclubs: Flynn’s, The Beat Club, Fire and Ice, Strawberries, etc. Kenny Nunez left the band and was replaced for a short period of time by Bobby MacIntyre on drums. Ozzie and Mayrelli left the band and Rene Alvarez joined as their new singer. The once synthpop sounds were replaced with more guitar. Freak departed the band to pursue other musical interests and was replaced by Michael Lashinsky, who at the young age of 19 was an extremely accomplished guitar player. The band played live at all the Dade/Broward County clubs (Penrods, Churchill's, Woody’s, Club Nu, Club Beirut, Club 1235, Squeeze, City Limits, The Plus 5, The Treehouse, Village Inn, etc).

After about a year of playing together, Kenny was permanently replaced by Derek Murphy, a music major at the University of Miami. Derek and Michael contributed greatly to the band's new direction. This new sound was being shaped by their love for jazz, folk and even classic rock. This experimental and improvisational music was primarily driven by Michael’s and Derek’s accomplished musicianship. Forget the Name ceased to exist for about one year with the departure of Jose. The remaining members formed “Life” and continued to perform around Miami. This lineup was short lived and Jose was asked to re-join the band and change the name back to Forget the Name.

By now, the band was one of the top bands in the Dade/Broward original music scene; playing with top draws such as Nuclear Valdez, KRU, Natural Causes, Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in clubs such as City Limits, Washington Square, Cactus Bar and Grill, Island Club, The Button South, The Treehouse, etc. The band recorded their first official cassette-only release “Water and Walls” once again at Sync Studios (now in North Miami). Their record release party was hosted by Rich Ulloa at local hotspot Yesterday & Today’s Records and the cassette became a favorite among the burgeoning South Florida music scene. After about two years, Michael Lashinsky was replaced by Rafael Tarrago.

The band quickly recorded a follow-up cassette-only release entitled “The Subtleties of Anger.” This acoustic recording featured a darker and more intense side of the group. Rafael’s hard rock background brought a new energy into the band and their new songs. This was followed by stronger live performances which made this latest version of the band a top draw in Dade County. Forget the Name went into the legendary Criteria Recording Studios to record their first full-length album “Stones for Steven” (which should have been called Stones for Stephen, but Jose messed up the title…). The record was released on cassette and CD and it became a hit all over the Florida local music scene.

By now the band was filling local clubs, not only in Miami, but also in Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando. "Stones for Steven" was embraced by the press and was key in helping the group win the highly coveted Best Rock Band in publications such as New Times, Jam Magazine, Rag, etc. The band did two tours of the East Coast, officially changed their name to FTN (they were tired of all the jokes…) and started to record a follow up EP at Criteria.

Sadly, at the top of their game and with a finished album, FTN called it quits. Members past and present went on to achieve success with music, the music business or in private industry. Founding member Albert Menendez is currently on tour with Shakira as her main keyboard player and resides in New York City. Carlos "Freak" Alvarez continues to make compelling music in Miami while working a prosperous day job. Rene and Derek went on to form a group called Milkcan. Rene then left to front Sixo and still does sporadic shows in Miami. Derek relocated to NYC and then to Atlanta, where he currently lives. He works as a session drummer and tours with Angie Aparo and with Teitur. Rafael Tarrago played with other artists in the Miami area including Jim Camacho, Nuclear Valdez and is doing some studio work and putting his own project together (The Rafael Syndrome). Jose became an artist manager for Nil Lara (Capitol Records) and Pepe Alva (Warner Bros). He now works as a senior executive for a media company based in Miami. After fourteen years of not playing music, Jose formed a project named Popvert. Their first EP was called “Drive Thru Happiness” and is currently working on finishing a second release entitled “Infidelity Park.” FTN reunited for the first time in twelve years to perform fours songs for Jose’s 40th birthday party, which took place at the Polish American Club. It was a fun night for the many members of this former Miami mainstay.
Charlie Pickett
Charlie Pickett
To Charlie Pickett, a guitar-playing native of Dania, FL, punk rock meant old Rolling Stones and mid-'60s garage rock more than the Ramones and Sex Pistols, and that devotion to a hyped-up roots rock sound was what made Charlie Pickett such a fine performer. With his backing band the Eggs (later called the MC3), Pickett was an anomaly in the era of punk aggression and new wave marketability, playing covers by British old-wavers Johnny Kidd and the Pirates and Manfred Mann when the prevailing cry of underground rockers was "no future." Still, Pickett's unobtrusive, straight-ahead style endeared him to both punks and new wave thrill-seekers, and after a so-so debut live LP (Live at the Button), he quickly fired off a couple of good-to-great records steeped in a blues-influenced, roots rock sound with plenty of guitar fireworks supplied by John Salton. Pickett's best moments came in the mid-'80s recording for Twin/Tone under the watchful eyes of producer (and ex-Suicide Commando) Chris Osgood, who finally gave Pickett the kind of muscular, grimy sound he needed. (This sound was very reminiscent of what Jimmy Miller gave to the Stones on Exile on Main Street.) But moderate success and the support of enthusiastic rock critics was all Pickett could muster. His last LP, The Wilderness, was good, but received little acclaim, and by the '90s Pickett seemed destined to remain a regional phenomenon.

"Situating themselves at the crossroads where Johnny Thunders and Son House intersect, Charlie whipped up a bad voodoo vibe of heroin rock and midnight blues. These guys were one of the undiscovered giants of the late eighties." —Peter Buck, R.E.M.

"Pickett forged his brawling-roots mix of Johnny Thunders, Sun Records and trailer park Lou Reed in Florida bars, then bottled it to in-your-face effect on hot vinyl...That rattle 'n' smack now sounds raucously prescient. like a long-lost high-time link between the Replacements and the Drive By Truckers." —David Fricke, Rolling Stone

"At the time only Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club was coming close to Pickett and company’s jagged blend of punk-blues. Bonafide Southern-fried junky rockandroll exiled from main street with due cause, this here was the real dark side – death letters, America on horseback, Flannery O’Connor’s mayhem and Old Testament retribution – dangerous music that would ultimately be cleaned up and packaged to the public under the rubric Americana many years later. In hindsight they fairly blew their jangly brethren out of the water." —The Scene

If you accept the premise put forth by Keith Richards that the title of "greatest rock and roll band in the world" is determined on a nightly basis, then we want to tell you about some guys that owned it on quite a few nights in the 80's, a band that, for a variety of reasons, fell through the cracks and never got the recognition they deserved.

Rising out of the fertile and groundbreaking underground music scene of the Southeast in the early 80's, CP and the Eggs (and later the MC3) were all motorcycle boots and sneers, and rode a squall of throat-grabbing feedback and Stonesy musical middle fingers. They were as much Thunders and Reed as anything country and their tales of scoring in Miami projects ("Overtown”), cowboy dreams ("A On Horseback") and laconic survivors' humor were unlike anything being heard on the nascent college rock circuit. For proof, check out “Liked It A Lot,” the love song that didn't just hurt, but had a streak of existential horror in it that STILL raises the hair on our battered souls.

Like a handful of other bands of that era, whose underappreciated and under-known work continues to resonate in strange and unprecedented ways today, these musicians flew under the radar, worked without a net, without a blueprint, without direct forebears and with little regard for the musical bones they picked over.

Charlie Pickett and his boys took the understanding of roots and rock and morphed and molested it and came up with something utterly original. Their fearless dismissal of stylistic straitjackets was pure punk and emblematic of a time when the rulebook had been tossed out and the possibilities seemed as endless as the horizon Charlie wrote about riding towards.

"If you love rock 'n' roll at its purest and greasiest, rock that lurches and staggers and soars, you'll recognize a kindred spirit in'll strike a Pavlovian chord that will remind you of so many great nights in so many great bars with so many great bands, some of whom you may only dimly remember as well. But it's that feeling, that power surge, that conviction that rock just can't get any better than this – that feeling is what you can never forget."—No Depression
Jim Camacho (of The Goods)
Jim Camacho (of The Goods)
One of South Florida’s most renowned singers, songwriters and multi-talented musicians, Jim Camacho marks another milestone in his distinguished career with the release of a new five-song EP, Everywhere (Forward Motion/Broken Records), his first collection of new songs since his critically acclaimed album Beachfront Defeat in 2009. The latest chapter in a varied and distinguished career, Everywhere finds him working with a talented group of musicians, including co-producer, engineer, Forward Motion label chief and multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo and longtime drummer Jordan Welch. As is his penchant for expanding creative possibilities, he also commissioned noted artist Jon Stucky to create not only the EP’s cover (a digital manipulation of an image taken by photographer Keith Rouse), but original paintings for each of the set’s five songs. In addition, a music video will be filmed to accompany each track.

Highlighted by its irrepressible opening track, “Big Little World,” Everywhere provides yet another example of Camacho’s extraordinary talents, skills he’s demonstrated in his recordings and concerts, as well as his active involvement in theater, film, television, and radio. The recipient of numerous awards – including New Times kudos for “Best Songwriter” and “Best Acoustic Performer” as well as the publication’s recognition for best album of 2009 – Camacho has not only been an integral part of the South Florida music scene since the late ‘80s, but also an emerging talent on the national stage.

A tireless and talented troubadour, Camacho first made his mark in the Goods, a band that was widely acknowledged as one of the most impressive outfits to emerge from Florida’s southernmost realms. Proteges of the late, legendary producer Tom Dowd, the band released five albums throughout the ‘90s, including the iconic rock opera 5 Steps to Getting Signed, which won the prestigious “Album of the Year” honors at the Florida Jammy Awards. The single “I’m Not Average” from their critically acclaimed album Mint reached number one on the Radio & Record charts in Florida, and eventually led to a major label signing with a division of Polygram Records and an extraordinary biographical documentary which aired on VH1.

Continuing to expound upon the engagingly melodic stance he procured with the Goods, Camacho went on to release three highly anticipated solo albums in the new millennium, garnering the Gold Remi award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for his song titled “Houdini.” In addition, he occasionally performs as part of Hail Mary, a side project with longtime friend, gold and platinum record recipient and Grammy certified singer/songwriter/guitarist Jody Marr, guitarist Dylan Schiavone and drummer Jordan Welch. The group’s self-titled debut was released in 2009.

Aside from his individual efforts, Camacho’s also contributed to the several film and television soundtracks, including the Grammy nominated, “Tom Dowd & the Language of Music,” Paris Hilton’s “Pledge This,” and “Fatboy,” nominated for “Best Use of Music in a Documentary” accolades at the Sundance Film Festival. What’s more, his song “I Don’t Need You Anymore” (from the album Beachfront Defeat) was featured prominently in the soundtrack for the hit ABC family show “Pretty Little Liars,”

Not content to stop there, Camacho also plans to workshop a new family-friendly musical that is currently in development with Emmy Award-nominated producer and performer Noel MacNeal, a performer on the long-running children’s series “Sesame Street” for almost thirty years who honed his craft working alongside puppetry legends Jim Henson and Frank Oz. MacNeal’s other career credits include “The Muppet Show,” as well as the role of Bear on “Bear in the Big House” on the Disney Channel. Camacho and MacNeal first worked together in 2012 when the two men co-wrote a play that was performed at New York’s Bronx Zoo.

Camacho marked his entry into theatrical realms, and specifically the musical stage, with his well-received original musical, Fools’ Paradise. The production was previewed in Miami and New York, and a full scale workshop — directed and choreographed by the celebrated artistic wunderkind Jonathan Cerullo — received a full staging for an audience of producers and investors. That was followed by Camacho’s second original musical, Guru, which had its preview in Miami. More recently, he created, composed and premiered the critically acclaimed children’s musical The Cavie Islanders & The Troll. The original score was released on Y&T records.

Camacho has toured extensively in recent years, performing at such notable venues as Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theater, and the Mirage Hotel, in addition to participating in high profile tours by such national acts as John Legend and Alicia Keys.

An extensive series of concerts, including a summer tour, is planned in support of the Everywhere EP.
Venue Information:
Grand Central - Miami
697 N Miami Ave.
Miami, FL, 33136