The 15 Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert Series is more than a show - it part of a global movement and a mainstay in cannabis activism! The benefit concert will be held at Tobacco Road on March 2 from 6PM to 3AM.
Tobacco Road is the appropriate – if not perfect – place to hold the event.
A little History
Considered Miami’s Oldest Bar, The Road has survived several Miami land booms, Al Capone, Prohibition, and the Great Depression, the country at War, deadly hurricanes, the Mariel Boatlift, race-riots, cocaine cowboys, and the rise of South Beach. The Road has been a speakeasy, gambling den, gay bar, strip joint and blues bar. The two-story structure remains virtually unchanged since its inception in the early 1900s. And while ownership has changed, the primary purpose of the establishment – a neighborhood watering hole – has always been the same.
Turn of the century – 1930s
The original address was 1812 Avenue D before the city changed its street names in 1920. During its early years, the establishment was a bakery that presumably served as a front for a speakeasy during Prohibition. A secret room hidden behind a bookshelf on the second floor was used to store liquor. While Prohibition was in effect from 1920 – 1930, Dade County was voted to be Dry in 1913. In the 1920s and 30s, the second floor speakeasy was also thought to be used as a gambling den.
In the early 1940s it was purchased by an infamous racketeer and bookie from New York who named it Tobacco Road. During this decade, the Road became a nationally known gay bar and the focus of local outrage. It was shut down by the city’s Morals Squad for “lewd, wanton and lascivious behavior” a charge that referred to its female impersonators and male strippers. The military responded by declaring the Road off limits to all its personnel – a ban that was lifted in 1986.
In the decades that followed, the bar operated under the names Chicken Roost, Chanticleer Restaurant and Shandiclere. In the 1970s, it was sold to a former Miami police officer, who renamed the bar back to Tobacco Road.
1980s – Today
In 1981, Governor Bob Graham ordered a drug raid on Tobacco Road and the bar was again temporarily shut down. In 1982, the bar was sold to its present owners Michael Latterner and Patrick Gleber. The neighborhood was tough and so was the Road. The parking lot was an abandoned field with homeless squatters and a crack house was located across the street.
National blues and jazz acts began playing the bar, including George Clinton – The King of Funk, Koko Taylor, The Queen of the Blues, David Bromberg – Legendary Songwriter & Performer, John Lee Hooker – An American Blues Roots Treasure, Dr. John – Personification of New Orleans and Albert Collins – Blues Guitar Master.
Tobacco Road gained a new reputation as a popular hangout with downtown professionals, celebrities and tourists. Today Tobacco Road continues to champion Miami’s local music scene with live music seven nights a week.
About the Medical Marijuana Concert
This is an opportunity to gather & show solidarity for marijuana law reform. This event brings together patients, doctors, policy makers, lawyers & an assortment of concerned citizens. Since the series started, there have been great strides & successes for medical marijuana - currently 18 states plus Washington D.C. have approved marijuana as a medicine.
This is your opportunity to get involved & make a difference! Please contribute to this event so the barbaric and outdated laws in Florida change! This is a group project & the results benefit everyone!
Sponsored by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) of Florida and Ploppy Palace Productions, the event promises great progress, great bands & entertainment and a great time.
The event will work to raise funds and awareness for NORML of Florida, The Silver Tour, Patients Out of Time and the PUFMM medical marijuana campaign to protect patients’ rights.
The list of entertainers can be found here. Change is coming Miami. The question is do you want to stay in the dark ages or be a part of the solution? Again, here’s the info:
Saturday, March 2, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
626 South Miami Ave., Brickell
21 Years Old with ID
Admission is $12. Discount advance tickets are available also.
For more information, email Ploppy Palace Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe, guys and gals.