Beirut is an American folk pop band fronted by Zach Condon. Opting out of high school, Condon traveled through Europe, immersing himself in Balkan folk and Gypsy music. Back home in Albuquerque, he recorded the songs that would make up the landmark Gulag Orkestar largely on his own, playing accordion, keyboards, saxophone, clarinet, mandolin, ukulele, horns, glockenspiel, and percussion. An immediate sensation with next-generation folk-loving indie music fans, Beirut has released several CDs, accompanied by sold-out dates worldwide. This is their Florida debut concert.
If Salvador Dali ever made a heist movie, then Mexico’s Troker would provide the perfect soundtrack. The six-piece group arose in the frenetic grooves and playful jam sessions of the underground jazz scene of Guadalajara. Their music is a blend of the composed and the improvised, where metal riffage merges with powerhouse funk drumming and DJ scratching, and horn lines pull from jazz and mariachi. Troker was the first band to play two consecutive years at the West Holts Stage at the legendary UK Glastonbury Festival. In 2014, they were both SXSW and WOMEX official showcasing artists. They are now touring internationally, as well as developing their own silent film project,The Grey Automobile.
EMEFE has been making people dance uncontrollably since 2010, when the eight-member collective started as a horn driven, instrumental project with heavy afrobeat, funk and jazz influences. Frontman Miles Arntzen (a member of Antibalas) has evolved the group into a hybrid that opens the band up to exciting collaborations. EMEFE’s beats have been compared to a cross between Fela Kuti and Prince, with vocals reminiscent of the Talking Heads’ candor and the Beach Boys’ lush pop sensibility. The NYC-based group is visiting Miami Beach as part of a tour that kicks off at SXSW.
Miami boogie supergroup Psychic Mirrors employs a mountain of synths, keyboards and drum machines in addition to the traditional bass, guitar and vocals set-up. At the center of the group is the one of a kind Mickey de Grand IV, whose love of low-slung boogie and synth-fun was on show at the 2015 edition of the Academy in Tokyo and the Red Bull stage at SONAR in Barcelona. While the adjectives irreverent, imaginative and psychedelic all apply here, the best description comes from the band itself: “On some next level.”
A little bit voudou, a little bit rock and roll. Indie-Haitian group Kazoots is led by Inez Barlatier, in partnership with Jayan Bertrand. The lifelong friends grew up with their fathers’ iconic Haitian roots band Kazak in the 1990s. Kazoots fuses the two young musicians’ love of indie rock and folk music with percussive Caribbean rhythms, creating a fresh new sound. Jayan’s playing style ranges from psychedelic-blues to soukous, and beyond, complimenting Inez’ amazing voice.
Chantil is a young singer who moved to Miami from Alaska, to pursue a music degree at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami. She has been writing music since she was 7 years old, and as her playing morphed through classical music, jazz, and popular music, so did her writing. Her band CHANTIL AND THE DUKES OF ART plays a mix of funk, jazz, mo-town, and r&b that complements her signature vocals.
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Friday March 25th, 8PM
Concrete Beach Brewery
Come kick off the 2016 TransAtlantic Festival with us. [details]
North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33141
An iconic MiMo open-air amphitheater next to the beach, the North Beach Bandshell is home to the TransAtlantic Festival since 2003. Some F.A.Q.’s:
- All ages are welcome at the Bandshell – children under 6 are admitted free to the Festival
- Please leave your pets home. Service animals are welcome at the Festival
- We have concessions for sale inside the Bandshell – no outside food or drinks, no coolers
- The Bandshell has open-style bench seating – no need to bring your own chairs
- Parking is available in the municipal lot at 73rd Street & Collins Avenue, across the Street (Free after 6pm!). When the lot is full, find street parking near the venue.
- Hot Satellite Pizza brings their wood burning pizza oven and cranks out the most delicious pizzas, hot and fresh just for you.
- The Plant MIA has amazing veggie delights.
- The full bar is run by Crown Concepts and will feature Concrete Beach beer, other details..
- , our partner in #plasticfree sustainability goals, is selling souvenir metal cups (which include a bar discount for you) and also providing free water at their table
- Videos by TransAtlantic Festival artists will be featured on the free North Beach trolley [details]
- During the Festival, catch video and still images by artists [details] on the LED Marquee on Collins Avenue
- Saturday April 9th, 6PM in Bandshell Park, Acroyoga from [details]
- Saturday April 9th, 6:30 PM in Bandshell Park (just outside the Bandshell), enjoy a sunset raga by Rajesh Bhandari (tabla) and Rajesh Ramoutar (sitar) atop the Beatles Mandala. Artist Kevin Arrow created the glass mosaic piece for the City of Miami Beach’s Art in Public Places program to commemorate the Beatles visit to Miami Beach in 1964.
Inside the Bandshell:
- Surfrider Miami, our long-time partner in #plastic-free sustainability issues, will be selling re-usable metal cups that will give you a discount on bar purchases. They also are providing free water at their table
- Custom screen printed festival t-shirts and artist merch
- Food vendors Hot Satellite Pizza and The Plant Miami, plus a full bar
- Cartoon artist [details]
Friday April 8: [details]
Saturday April 9th [details]
THE SERIES PAYS TRIBUTE TO MIAMI AS A TRUE MODERN TRANSATLANTIC CAPITAL, A CROSSROADS OF THE AMERICAS AND EUROPE.
Detail from Beatles Mandala by Kevin Arrow, City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places, Bandshell Park, Miami Beach
NORTH BEACH BANDSHELL
TRANSATLANTIC SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
The TransAtlantic Festival, now in its 14th season, is produced by The Rhythm Foundation.
Support is received from the John S and James L Knight Foundation’s Knight Art Challenge, Concrete Beach Brewery, Jack Daniel’s, Atlantic Broadband, City of Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, and Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.