By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Miami Beach Youth Music Festival, is now on its third year, and it not just promises to deliver great musical performances, but also a talent competition. Presented by the city of Miami Beach, and The Rhythm Foundation, it will take place this Saturday March 9th, from 5PM to 10PM at the North Beach Bandshell in Collins Avenue.
The entrance fee is five dollars, of which all proceeds will go to benefit musical programs and schools such as the Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble, Nautilus Middle School Music Academy and Young Musicians Unite.
The festival will feature two stages, and will be headlined by “SPAM Allstars” and South Florida’s own “Foom.” Auditioning on the main Clark D. Burris stage, will be the thirteen youth performers selected from over thirty talented musicians who auditioned.
They are: Avalanche, Danna Luna, Dulce Blood, Four Now, Groovy Anchovy, Miami Beach Jazz Combo, Miami Beach Rock Ensemble, Nautilus Jazz Band, Peach, Ripcord, South Miami Jazz Band and Subtle Band.
The judges include Laura Quinlan of the Rhythm Foundation, musician Stephen Gibb and music industry executives, Rudy and Betsy Perez.
City commissioner John Elizabeth Aleman said, “I want to congratulate everyone who submitted their audition entries, the quality and quantity of artists just confirms how important it is for the City of Miami Beach to create an opportunity like this for the kids.”
Adding, “Since its creation three years ago, this festival has grown from a local talent show to a major production and I’m excited to see how it continues to evolve and grow in the years to come.”
The second stage, or Garden stage will also feature talented musicians that are developing their music careers, such as Isabella Velasquez, Malena Kingston, Mihi Singer, John Andrés Alemán and Mark Charnetski, among others.
Asides from the performances, the festival will offer several fun activities as well. Attendees will be able to explore their inner artists with an instrument petting zoo hosted by Young Musicians Unite, and The Bass will show how to make your own instrument.
Other non-musical activities for the whole family include a pop-up skate park, food trucks, and a playground featuring life-size Legos.