Soul Food Cart at The Stage

Ryan's Tutti Frutti, with Michter's Rye Whisky, Aperol, Crème de Violette and Fresh Lemon.

When Miami’s top live music venue, The Stage, cooked up a new weekend festival focusing on the era when soul music prevailed, organizers didn’t have to go far find their match in food…  As good Design District neighbors, we did not have to think twice and answered the call to roll out the MGFD cart with a southern style menu for the first two days of the inaugural “Soul of Miami Music” from July 29 – 31, honoring the 1950s – 1960s. The Stage’s multi-faceted space will house live musical performances, live art, classic cocktails, and exclusive culinary components from yours truly – all with a modern soulful twist and in collaboration with the badasses at LEBO Studios. Bar manager and resident mixologist, Ryan Goodspeed, will guest bartend with The Stage’s Cricket Nelson, to share contemporary interpretations of classic cocktails from the mid-20th century, including his Tutti Frutti featuring Michter’s Rye Whiskey.  The recipe is now available on its Facebook page to mix up at home.

The primary element of the weekend is a series of live musical performances by a medley of The Stage’s most celebrated acts, both traveling and local, representing the evolution of soul music with a broad range of styles, sounds and influences.

For the food cart menu, and hours of operation, as well as the whole soul fest weekend itinerary, follow the jump…

Soul Food Cart Menu

Crispy Pork Belly Sandwich with spicy mustard slaw $7
Chickpea & Vegetable Stew with jasmine rice $7
Free-Range Southern Fried Chicken, 3 pieces $8
Cole Slaw $3
Georgia Peach & Local Radish Salad with french feta & almonds $5
Junk in the Trunk Brownie $5


Friday, July 29 – The Soul of Miami Music, 21+
9 p.m. till – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink On-Location with Food Cart
11 p.m. – Live performance by Electric Piquete
1 a.m. – Live Performance by the Legendary JC’s
Price: $5 admission
Food: See MGFD’s food cart menu below

Saturday, July 30 – The Soul of Miami Music, 21+ after 9 p.m.
5 – 9 p.m. – “Day Vent” – free daytime backyard BBQ with modern soul music, 18+
9 p.m. till – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink On-Location with Food Cart
10 p.m. – Private Media Reception + Meet & Greet / Unveiling of LEBO’s art exhibit (runs through August at The Stage)
11 p.m. – LEBO LIVE!
12:15 a.m. till – Live performance by Stokeswood
Price: $5 admission
Food: See MGFD food cart menu below

Sunday, July 31 – Blues & Soul Sunday, 21+
4 p.m. till – Ms. Cheezious On-Location with Food Truck – modern soul food menu
Live Performances by:
4 p.m. – Poppa E
6 p.m. – The Gladezmen
8 p.m. – Joel DaSilva & the Midnight Howl
10 p.m. – Albert Castiglia
Price: $5 admission
Food: Ms. Cheezious Food Truck

Featured Musical Acts:
Electric Piquete:
The Legendary JC’s:
Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl:
Albert Castiglia:

About LEBO Studios / Painting as Performance: LEBO harmonically and rhythmically recreates sequences of sound in time by laying down stylized lines combined with vivid palettes to complement his pieces. The Miami-based artist has developed a cult-like following as he demonstrates his cartoon expressionistic style and improvisational process by engaging audiences at collaborative live painting performances at concerts and well-known music venues across the country. The artist unifies an aural and visual experience by creating continuous compositions on canvas. He has shared the stage with headlining musical talent such as the Beastie Boys, Béla Fleck, Burning Spear, Disco Biscuits, Les Claypool, Arturo Sandoval, Thievery Corporation and Wynton Marsalis. During rare LEBO LIVE! performances, the artist works in tandem with a video performance artist (VJ) to captivate the audience with live painting, DJing and synchronized videos.

About The Stage: Nearly halfway to its first birthday, The Stage was voted “Best New Live Music Venue” by the Miami New Times. The new entertainment venue joined Miami’s booming music scene in January 2011 with a state-of-the-art sound system and a platform for intimate live performances on its 200-square-foot stage. Two garage-style doors open the venue to an outdoor courtyard, providing additional space and unobstructed views at every angle. Taking cues from New Orleans, The Stage is a unique and long overdue addition to Miami nightlife. For more information, visit or head to 170 NE 38th Street in the heart of the Design District.

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