Heineken TransAtlantic Festival
|Country and Region||United States — Florida|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Miami, Florida, USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
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The Heineken TransAtlantic Festival (April 27-30, 2011) grabs a fearless hold on the punk travels and dubbed-out grace of a generation of new musicians from Mexico to Brazil, from Brooklyn to Nigeria. Then it transports them to Miami Beach’s best kept secret: A swooping mid-century bandshell right on the beach, in the heart of the city’s North Beach historic district. It’s an oceanfront portal into the funky, club-friendly sound of Miami, the northern capital of Latin America and a burgeoning hotbed of cross-cultural creativity.
The risky, emerging, yet imminently fun music of the Festival contrasts beautifully with the friendly neighborhood feel of the venue itself, the North Beach Bandshell, freshly spruced up and renovated just in time for this year’s performers. And beyond the wall behind the stage is one of the most beautiful beaches in the city. The oceanfront setting speaks of a Miami that flies under most visitors’-and many locals’-radars: a vibrant multicultural community with low-key flair.
The bandshell sits on Ocean Terrace, a street that’s just two blocks long, a real contrast to the glitz and neon of South Beach’s Ocean Drive. It’s known for its vibrant street life, diverse immigrant communities, thriving farmer’s market-and some of the best cheap eats in town. Hipsters, young families, and hardcore Festival devotees love to pop out of the venue for a quick empañada, a treat from a bustling bakery, or some of the city’s best Latin American food.
The Festival’s longevity and genre-bending artists have helped it gain a passionate local following, one that crosses the city’s deep generational divides and often fractured ethnic scenes. “We originally wanted to connect a younger audience with global music,” Quinlan recounts. “We’ve done that, and now they’ve started showing up at more traditional shows during the year, while older, dedicated audience members now come to the Festival.”
|Festival Dates||April 4 - 7, 2013|
At its heart, The Heineken TransAtlantic Festival is about what springs from the imagination of kids that grew up on rumbas and raves, who can leap from norteño to electro in a single bound. It’s the sound of second-generation Miami, a city that embraces everyone from sultry Spanish singers who adore reggae to Cuban hip hop.
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