What a fabulous day of music this was – world-class artists and all free under partly sunny skies! This was the Second Annual South Beach Jazz Festival and the music was fantastic!
(Note: Apologies to the wonderful artists – I put this aside and came back to it four months later so half is a real review and the rest is only photos.)
The past month of lineup announcements by the Newport Folk Festival has been nothing short of fabulous! Of course this is what I have come to expect but that does not lessen the impact of the addition of some favorite artists as well as ones I have never seen but want to see! It seems like we are nearing the end of the lineup announcements, but I believe there are still a few more to come. Stay tuned!
I did not know what to expect from Victor Wooten and Sinbad‘s Fun ‘N Funk Xplosion Tour’s stop at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center for the Arts, but at the least I knew I would experience an evening of great music. Victor is one of my favorite musicians to see live and I have seen him in many iterations, both with his own band and with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. This show was something completely original.
First of all, who knew that Sinbad is an accomplished musician? I certainly did not… I am familiar with him as a comedian, but he played percussion, saxophone and trombone, as well as sang!
Ever since the first time I saw The Oh Hellos at Newport Folk Festival, I try to see them whenever they are in town (wherever my current town may be), so I was delighted when they announced a show at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale!
I was even more delighted when a band to whom they introduced me several years ago in Boston, Family and Friends, was announced as the opener!
The first round of lineup announcements was made today and it’s killer! Some friends as well as personal favorites are on the list and I know many of the others will become artists I adore!
Some of those friends/favorites are: Alejandro Escovedo, American Aquarium, The Black Lillies, Chance McCoy, Dom Flemons, Lindsay Lou, Lula Wiles, Mary Gauthier, Hayley Thompson-King, and Shemekia Copeland, and Sons of Bill.
The text of the press release follows.
Lucky Bostonians! This is going to be a fabulous new series, beginning tomorrow with The Weight Band! Tickets are still available (link is below) and when you go, pick up a copy of their terrific new album!