North Beach Music Festival makes a splash with inaugural event [Photos/Videos]

North Beach Music Festival makes a splash with inaugural event [Photos/Videos]


North Beach Music Festival arrived in Miami Beach this year with a mission: to bring the vibrant national jam group scene to South Florida – an area full of fans but often turned down by tours – for a multi-day festival on the edge of the ocean Bandshell North Beach.

The inaugural event, produced by BPF direct in partnership with The Rythme Foundation, featured two full days of performances on the permanent Bandshell stage as well as a side stage in the adjoining park, with no overlapping sets. Sheltered by quaint palm trees that provided cool shade during the day and a colorful tropical playground at night, NBMF combined the convenience of an urban spectacle, the immersive experience of a ‘farm’ festival, and the windy slopes of the holidays. to the beach in one. attractive live music getaway.

While the views of Miami Beach and the lush borders of the North Beach Bandshell drew fans in, the festival’s artist lineup was what sealed the deal for many out of town fans who made it the trip. Florida favorites like Heavy animals, Electric kif, Tand, and Juke national tour outfits like Spafford, Pigeons playing ping pong, Ghost-Note, The motet, TAUK, and Aqueous to fan favorite conductors and instrumentalists like Marco Benevento, Eric krasno, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, holly bowling, and Karina rykman, North Beach Music Festival offered fans a representative sample of the extended jam circle over the course of two eventful days.

Scroll down for video footage of some of our favorite parts of the inaugural North Beach Music Festival and full photo galleries from the two days of the event.

Those days at the beach

The daytime schedules at the North Beach Music Festival have been organized with just the right mix of settings to ease fans into the long nights ahead. Friday afternoon looked like a tribute to the local scene as Heavy animals opened the Bandshell stage followed by Tand at the park stadium. As Florida fans know, the guitarist Mike garulli performs in both bands, and the afternoon crowd knowingly cheered as he walked from his Heavy Pets gig to his Tand show and jumped right in the middle of the song.

On Saturday the day started with a solo piano staged by holly bowling, which took a respectful and precocious audience on an instrumental journey. Bookended by “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider”, the Bowling Set has also made its way through renderings of Phishing‘s “Divided Sky” and “It’s Ice” and the Grateful death‘s “Althea”.

From there old friends Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee) and Jennifer hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) delivered a relaxed duo ensemble that showcased both their vocal abilities and their lovingly sarcastic and perfectly timed banter. Between covers of songs by Otis redding, Paul Simon, Bob dylan, Derek and the dominoes, Dolly parton, John prine, Blind faith, Amy winehouse, Radiohead, and The Beatles, the comedy duo Hartswick and Bayliss have unveiled the new name of the group (Hartliss), riffed on what might be their nighttime billing (“Butt Stuff”) and goaded the unsuspecting TAUK drummer Isaac teel from the crowd to join in a performance of Cyndi lauper‘s “Time after time”.

[Photo: Andrew O’Brien – Jen Hartswick (left) and Brendan Bayliss (right)]

That sunset in Miami

With the park stage premonitively set up facing east, North Beach Music Festival attendees were treated to jaw-dropping sunsets as a backdrop to the early evening sets by the heroes of the hometown Electric kif Friday and young guitar master Brandon “Taz” Niederauer the Saturday. Electric Kif made sure to add a local Miami touch to their performance, hosting regular Bandshell Brian potts and the Miamibloco set of samba percussion as the sky burned orange behind them.

The horn section takes over

It would be difficult to talk about NBMF without touching artists in general The horn section, the plug-and-play brass trio composed of Chris Brouwers (trumpet), Greg Sanderson (alto / tenor sax), and Josh schwartz (tenor / baritone sax). These guys were all over both stages all weekend, appearing to sprinkle flavor on various different performances. On Friday, the trio jumped onto the sets of The Heavy Pets, TAUK, Electric Kif, The motet, and Pigeons playing ping pong. On Saturday they lent their horns to both Eric Krasno & The Assembly and Aqueous.

While the horns easily integrated into each new setting, they seemed especially comfortable during their watery sit-in. The guest spot began with “Weight of the Word,” the collaborative song by Aqueous, Brouwers, Sanderson and Schwartz that served as the Buffalo-based band’s lead single in 2018. Color pallet LP. After a lengthened version of the tune, Aqueous expanded the reunion of old friends (and former Turkuaz members) by welcoming the singer. Shira elias and guitarist Craig brodhead to the stage for a nine-piece spacer across David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance”.

Aqueous ft. The Horn Section – “The weight of the word” – 12/11/21

Aqueous ft. The Horn Section, Shira Elias, Craig Brodhead – “Let’s Dance” (David Bowie) – 11/12/21

[Videos: Fred Ramadan]

Electric Kif ft. The Horn Section – North Beach Music Festival – 10/12/21 [Full Show]


All my friends

No artist on the North Beach Music Festival’s inaugural lineup has been booked in a vacuum. In fact, if you follow the roots of virtually any law on the bill, they will lead you back to another. From the aforementioned connections to The Heavy Pets / Tand and Aqueous / The Horn Section to the memorable performances of both Karina rykman and Marco Benevento– whose band features Karina on bass – and beyond, the North Beach Music Festival 2021 artist roster was certainly interconnected.

Related: Ping Pong Pigeons Hosts Horn Section, Jason Hann, Over At North Beach Music Festival [Photos/Video]

The family nature of the proceedings unsurprisingly paid exciting dividends. TAUK with The Horn Section, Shira Elias and Jen Harstwick in concert Beyonceis “Crazy In Love”? To verify. The Motet with a parade of guests including The Horn Section, Elias, Hartswick and Jason hann (The string cheese incident)? You bet. A closing festival Spafford and his friends show that begins with an appropriate “All my friends” and features sit-ins by Eric krasno (Eric Krasno & The Assembly), Marco Benevento, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Nate werth (Ghost-Note), and Alric AC housing (TAUK) on the way to a “Whipping Post” final? You got the idea. With so many talented friends (and friends of friends), every moment was likely to produce something special at the North Beach Music Festival.

TAUK with horn section, Shira Elias, Jen Hartswick – “Jupiter”, “Crazy In Love” (Beyonce) – 10/12/21

Spafford & Friends ft. Eric Krasno, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, AC Carter, Nate Werth – “Wipping Post”(Allman Brothers Band) – 11/12/21

[Videos: CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]

The Motet ft. The Horn Section, Jeremy Schon, Jennifer Hartswick, Shira Elias – North Beach Music Festival – 12/10/21 [Full Show]


Marco Benevento – North Beach Music Festival – 11/12/21 [Full Show]


Here’s a fantastic first year for the North Beach Music Festival, with more to come! Check out a weekend photo gallery below via the photographer Andrew O’Brien.


Gerald R. Schneider