Love for the Fillmore this thursday !

Love the Fillmore Miami Beach? Show your support Thursday night.

As the beloved concert hall at the Jackie Gleason Theater prepares to celebrate 10 years of bringing exceptional entertainment to town, there’s an ominous cloud hanging over all the hoorays and hoopla: Miami Beach commissioners are pushing to demolish the iconic Fillmore and build an 800-room hotel on the site, which could cast a very sober pall over the party.

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Thursday night’s blowout jam, curated by DJ Le Spam, aka Andrew Yeomanson and mastermind of the Afro-funk electronic band the Spam All-Stars, will be a lively, festive fiesta, to be sure, enhanced even more by the fact that it’s free and open to the public. The concert features Yeomanson’s Modern Tropical Soul Revue, plus the Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, live art by LEBO and cigar rollers.

The good news is that no wrecking balls will commence before the summer of 2018, and the folks at the Fillmore are operating under a “business as usual” plan in the meantime.

Here’s their official statement regarding the situation, provided by a Fillmore spokesperson:

“We’re committed to bringing great live music and events to South Florida and hold a deep appreciation for the storied history, dating back to the 1950s, at the Jackie Gleason Theater and now the Fillmore. Our goal is to continue to bring more great acts to Miami Beach without interruption for many years to come.”

For one night, however, you can forget about the drama over whether or not the Fillmore will be torn down, and let loose and have a great time. That’s exactly what Yeomanson plans to do.

“I’m just gonna go put on the best show that I can, and hope for the best that in another 10 years the Gleason is still a place where people in Miami can enjoy a great show,” he said. Yeomanson’s Revue will consist of Rumberos de la 8 (Cuban traditional rumba), Cortadito (acoustic Cuban son), Inez Barlatier (Haitian), Jason Joshua & The Beholders (soul/funk) and the Lemon City Trio (funk).

“I wanted to try to be as diverse as possible,” Yeomanson said. “That’s the spirit of it.”

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