Serving a delectable menu of fresh Florida seafood in a room rocking with solid waves of jazz and blues — in Miami, that can only mean The Fish House, 10000 SW 56 St. (Miller Road).
Its appropriately named “BackRoomLive” weekly spotlights world-class artists with outstanding South Florida musicians on stage before enthusiastic jazz and blues aficionados who love homemade seafood dishes accompanied by exotic choices in beer and wine.
But those plaudits aren’t the full story about this unique place. Angela Rivero, the “mom” ownership of what she fondly calls “a mom and pop restaurant,” adds still another reason why The FishHouse attracts crowds to “party with a purpose.”
Known for raising awareness and much-needed funds for many worthy causes ranging from breast cancer to diabetes, Angela’s projects du jour are Crohns and ulcerative Colitis. Truly living up to her name, she helps those in need and currently, the need struck close to home.
Angela’s niece, Erika Montoya, diagnosed with ulcerative Colitis at a young age, led to a decision for a colostomy, an exhausting procedure filled with pitfalls and dangers. Only Erika’s strong will and faith enabled her to overcome the disease. She now lives Colitis-free with a J-pouch instead of a colon. An accomplished photographer and her unique works are on display at The Fish Houseare available for purchase. Just as with other worthy causes supported by Angela, all proceeds go to fighting this debilitating and often fatal disease.
It’s also why The Fish House attracts headline groups and artists like Grammy Award-winner Federico Britos on violin; Luz Marina Salazar, vocals, and Ian Muñoz on sax; Bob Wilder on the piano & Bonefish Johnny on the guitar, Grammy Award-winner Ira Sullivan on drums, and Mac & the Ringbinders featuring The Cat Daddies Band “Classic Blues;” vocalist Rachelle Coba with Jimmy Daniel, drums, James Kidwell, guitar, Motel Mel, keyboards, Michael Wainwright, sax, George Caldwell, bass, Walter Alum, drums; Miss Betty Padgett, vocals.
David Leon, a young sax player who also wears a producer’s hat, shares his thoughts, “Having played at The Fish House for eight years, I know it’s an excellent opportunity for young musicians who wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to appear alongside a professional.”
Few, if any, South Florida venues create mouth-watering seafood dishes, great service and exhilarating jazz and blues listening while offering everyone a chance to “party with a purpose.”
The Fish House welcomes walk-ins and reservations. For best near-stage seating, call 305-595-8453 in advance.