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Stokeswood Frontman Mark Godwin: We Want to Be Part of the Miami Nightlife Scene




    Mark Godwin, frontman for electro-acoustic band Stokeswood, said that the group's roots will always be planted in the ATL, but he and his indie rocker bandmates are trying to become part of the Magic City's alluring after-dark scene.

    "The energy down there is just incredible," said Godwin, the lead guitarist. "It is really easy to feed off, some of our best shows this year have been in Miami."

    He added, "We're trying to make ourselves a part of the Miami nightlife scene."

    The fivesome is gearing up to tackle the 305's premier indie hipster scene with gigs at the Electric Pickle and Vagabond following their stint at The Delano's VIP spot The Florida Room, where they rocked out one Thursday a month. The A-towners said they aren't too worried about experimenting with a new crowd.

    "It's [the Miami scene] really amazing and receptive," he said. "We have always been welcomed in Miami and welcomed to play what we're writing and our original stuff."

    Stokeswood is even taking a cue from the Miami's nightlife scene and upping their tempo a few notches by adding more electronic instruments to keep the city's beat -- and feet -- moving.

    "Every time we play in Miami something beneficial comes out of it," added Godwin. "It is a very, very hot scene down there right now -- and for our music, it needs to be played there."