“Sometimes, when you support artists, they blow your mind.”
Bandshell Laboratories is an initiative to commission new work, incorporate visual arts into the live music setting, and help artists to launch innovative projects.
The series began with a two-year residency by MIAMIBLOCO, the local Brazilian percussion ensemble. The group held bi-weekly community-focused open rehearsals, sometimes featuring Brazilian master drummers and dancers supplementing the work of bandleader Brian Potts. Each season closes with a Miamibloco Saideira Social, as the group backs up a phenomenal roster of special guests.
In May 2023, we premiered a live score by ambient legend Laraaji, set to a film by marine biology-arts collective Coral Morphologic, edited by Robert Beatty (above).
Capturing the content of the amazing live experience at the Bandshell, and sharing our unique Miami culture with the world! Bandshell Studios is launched to record and distribute concert films, artist interviews and storytelling, and more.
Visit our YOUTUBE CHANNEL, as we continue to roll out new clips.
Programs for Children
Families with children of all ages enjoy programs at the Bandshell year round. In addition, we feature some special programs for kids. These include:
- MIAMI BEACH YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
- Nu Deco Ensemble education concerts + Nu Deco Next youth orchestra
- Zun Zun Children’s Theater
- Nautilus Middle School and Fienberg Fisher K-8 music program’s spring concert
- Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble annual tribute to Doug Burris
- Young Musicians Unite annual gala
- The Children’s Voice Choir annual showcase
- Miami Music Project annual showcase
- Discount tickets for students available through Culture Shock Miami
Applications are open now for 2024 Miami Beach Youth Music Festival, deadline is December 15th. Info at MiamiBeach.rocks.