Past Meetup

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound [Cinetopia Film Festival]

This Meetup is past

9 people went

Michigan Theater

603 E Liberty St · Ann Arbor, MI

How to find us

Meet before AND after the film by the staircase in the main lobby.

Location image of event venue


South Florida has been home to several music movements throughout the years, from 2 Live Crew and Miami bass to the Latin sounds of freestyle. But there may be one you don’t know about. In the mid-60s, Miami had a burgeoning soul scene to rival Motown in Detroit or Stax in Memphis. Started by producers Johnny Pearsall and Willie Clarke, Deep City Records was home to artists including Clarence Reid, Betty Wright, and Paul Kelly. While they may not be household names, all three had hit songs. Deep City was the first black-owned label in the state of Florida; unfortunately, artistic disagreements eventually led to its demise. Deep City: The Birth of Miami Sound is a fascinating look at a forgotten portion of American music history. Now, several decades later, the label’s inspiring story is finally getting the attention it deserves.

57 minutes. Not Rated. Film starts at 4:30 PM in Screening Room.

After the film we will go out to eat at Bar Louie and watch the Belmont Stakes on their TV's.

Please bring $1 to help cover annual Film Meetup dues.