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Local Bands Display “Miami Sound” During Carnaval on the Mile

March 07, 2011 By Carlos Miller in Miami: Things to Do  | 7 Comments

Miami is generally not known for its live music scene, but that’s not because we don’t have musical talent.

It’s because most people down here treat the local musical talent as they do the local sports teams.

If the teams or bands are not making it to the playoffs or signing huge contracts, then the locals couldn’t be bothered.

And that’s unfortunate because our music scene has evolved to reflect Miami’s culture and diversity, an eclectic fusion of Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, hip hop and rock worthy of national attention.

On the bright side, this means that you could have checked out a multitude of local bands for free this past weekend without fighting heavy crowds at Carnaval on the Mile, the annual Latin jazz festival on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

But since you didn’t, you can still check out some of these bands in the above video.

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Above: Matt Jacquette, guitarist of Bachaco, a Miami band with roots from Colombia, Venezuela and Jamaica.

Although more than 30 bands performed on three stages over the weekend, including longtime jazz favorite Spyro Gyra as well as other acts from New York, San Francisco and New Orleans, I highlighted nine local bands in the video.

I’d be interested in knowing which of the nine you liked best.

I like all the bands I featured in the video, but I especially like ArtOfficial, whom I discovered that day. I also like Batuke Samba Funk, whom I also discovered that day.

I’m also a big fan of the Spam All Stars and Locos por Juana, both whom I’ve been following for years.

You can check out some of those bands during this weekend’s raucous Calle Ocho festival, but you will definitely be fighting heavy crowds this time.

The Calle Ocho festival will also present more prominent acts such as one of our favorites, Pitbull, as well as bunch of salsa, cumbia and reggaton acts.

And for the first time in its 33-year history, the Calle Ocho festival will feature country music, so that should be interesting considering it was only two years ago that locals turned rabid on Pitbull after he refused an encore.

We can only imagine how they’ll react if they are forced to listen to country music.

Photos and video by Carlos Miller


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Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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7 Comments on

"Local Bands Display “Miami Sound” During Carnaval on the Mile"

Steve says:

Carlos! Thanks for supporting our local music scene!

Posted on 03/08/2011 at 8:07 AM

FredTheCatTravels says:

That was really great Carlos and thanks for sharing!  I liked Brendan O’Hara, Xperimento, and DJ Lee Spam and the Spam All Stars.

Posted on 03/08/2011 at 2:22 PM

Mario says:

Great article & pictures Carlos.  I’m surprised Suenalo wasn’t there. Le Spam and Locos por Juana play a lot at Transit Lounge and Jazid. Actually, some of the guys from Locos por Juana also play in Experimento.  Lanzallamas and Conjunto Progreso are pretty good too.

Posted on 03/08/2011 at 4:15 PM

Carlos Miller says:

Thanks guys! Suenalo was there, but on Saturday as was Palo (what’s up, Steve!) and I was there on Sunday.

It really is a great event and I’m surprised more people don’t attend. And the ones that do attend seem more interested in walking up and down the Mile eating food and checking out the art, than listening to the music.

But it’s really well organized and definitely worth checking out.

Posted on 03/09/2011 at 11:30 AM

Nathan Smith says:

’I am astonished Suenalo wasn’t present. Le Spam and Locos por Juana engage in recreation a group at Transit lie around and Jazid. Thanks!

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 4:11 AM

Smith Poul says:

Wonderful live music show. I am really astonished to see that more people don’t attend. I am also surprised to see that Suenalo was not present. Thanks for your post.

Posted on 03/30/2011 at 5:04 AM

Sair says:

Wow, looks like it was a terrific live show.  Hope I’m in town for the next Carnaval!

Posted on 06/27/2011 at 12:31 PM

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