September 2016

Chris Blackwell’s Impact on the Cavalier

Chris Blackwell isn’t just a big name in music business, he was also one of South Beach’s highest-profile hotel owners; Blackwell who owned the Cavalier at one point, described it in the past as one of his favorite Miami Beach Ocean front properties. However, his run with this title came to an end 12 years ago in 2004 when he sold The Marlin hotel to The Palms Resorts Group.


Blackwell was a producer, and the founder Island Records; he signed music legends like Bob Marley, Steve Winwood, and U2. His record label was considered one of the most successful independent labels of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s; artists on the label also include: Nirvana, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Melissa Etheridge and The Cranberries (to name a few). He also runs Palm Pictures, an entertainment company, and the Island Outpost resort group, which has property in South Beach.


In the 1980s, Blackwell was one of several investors who bought decrepit buildings in South beach; in fact, he bought 10 Art Deco buildings and had them restored to their original stunning architecture. Six of these 10 buildings were hotels. Blackwell took these small, Art Deco-style hotels, like the Marlin, the Leslie, and the Cavalier, and brought them back to life while turning them into hip and young hotspots for people to stay in South Beach. At this time, the real estate and tourism in the area began to boom, which skyrocketed the property values of the hotels Blackwell had acquired.


By 2004, Blackwell decided he wanted to focus more on his resorts in the Caribbean and Jamaica and sold his last property in South Beach.


In 2015, the Cavalier went through another renovation where it was given a few modern updates and alterations, yet the boutique hotel still possesses its own unique charm and style different from other hotels in the area.


If you’re looking for a place to stay in South Beach, the Cavalier is a gem and is unbeatable in value for its ideal location in the heart of South Beach on Ocean Drive. While staying at the Cavalier, you’ll be in close proximity to the other hotels this music mogul owned, and can have the opportunity to see the magnificent buildings that Blackwell saved. To book your stay at the Cavalier Hotel, call 305-671-1199 or click here.

September Events in South Beach

It’s September – the month where we see the last glimpse of summer. As temperatures begin to drop up North, people are slowly heading down to Florida. Although it’s a tad bit early for snowbird season, the South Beach events are beginning to pick up again. If you’re thinking about heading down to South Beach in September, here are some cool events and happenings for you to check out (besides the amazing beach, of course).

International Ballet Festival of Miami | Aug. 27 – Sept. 11
Sept. 3. – Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
This 2-week event takes place all over Miami but a contemporary performance will be held in Miami Beach on Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Dance companies featured include: Ballet de Antioquia (Colombia); Compania Drama (Venezuela); Ballet Nacional Chileno (Chile); and Miami Contemporary (USA). This is the 21st edition of the festival hosted by the Miami Hispanic Ballet. This festival brings more than 100 artists from more than 20 worldwide ballet companies. There will be a dance film series, art exhibits, book presentations, workshops, master classes, and six live performances.

46th Annual Miami International Auto Show | Sept. 10 –  18
Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
People come all over to view the latest and best in auto technology; it is known as one of the top auto shows held in the fall. More than 40 of the world’s top auto manufacturers show their latest models at this event. At this show, people will see around 1,000 vehicles from newbies to classics. Some manufacturers include: Acura, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, JEEP, Lamborghini, Nissan, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Ford, and many more.

Other September South Beach Events
Il Divo: Amor & Passion Tour| Sept. 20
James Bay | Sept. 21
20th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami | Sept. 1724
Slayer | Sept. 28

Visit South Beach in September

In September, as you can see, there’s plenty of South Beach events to attend no matter what your interests or hobbies are. Not a local? Looking for a place to stay after a long day or night attending one of these events? Stay right in the heart of South Beach nearby these places at the Cavalier Hotel. To book a room, click here or call 305-673-1199 .

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