Blue Note Jazz Festival Announces Miami Beach Pop Up in June

Article Contributed by The Rhythm Fou… | Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Today, Blue Note Jazz Festival announces a special Miami Beach Beach Pop Up in partnership with The Rhythm Foundation. Taking place over the first two weekends in June at the North Beach Bandshell, the pop-up will feature headline performances from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Robert Glasper and special guests, and Buika.

“We’re very pleased to bring Blue Note Jazz Festival to Miami Beach featuring a star-studded array of iconic and important artists,” Blue Note’s Director of Programming Alex Kurland proclaims. “Our featured Blue Note programming spotlights influential titans of the music industry including George Clinton, Robert Glasper and Buika. With the challenges we've all gone through over the past year, we're grateful to be able to present great music in a truly great community. Cheers to these extraordinary artists, and once more being able to present concerts by Blue Note in the greater Miami marketplace with our friends at the Rhythm Foundation at the famed North Beach Bandshell!”

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will kick off Blue Note’s Miami programming on Friday, June 3. Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.

Latin Grammy Award-winning vocalist Buika performs a hometown show on Saturday, June 4. Buika is a critically acclaimed jazz-influenced flamenco fusion singer from Spain who broke through to mainstream success in 2006 with her second solo album, Mi Niña Lola. Born Concha Buika in 1972 in Palma de Mallorca, a city on the Balearic Island of Majorca, Spain, she is the daughter of a political exile from the former Spanish colony Equatorial Guinea, a small country in Africa. Influenced by her mother's love of jazz, she began her singing career in the clubs of Majorca and the neighboring Balearic Island of Ibiza.

The series will close on June 10th and 11th with a two-night run headlined by Robert Glasper. Glasper is the leader of a new paradigm in jazz, with a career that spans musical and artistic genres, winning 4 Grammys and 8 nominations across 7 categories, as well as an Emmy for his song on Ava Duvernay’s doc “13th" with Common and Karriem Riggins. Most recently he released the third installment of his acclaimed Black Radio series.

Tickets can be purchased at Blue Note Miami Schedule: Friday, June 3 - George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (8PM) Saturday, June 4 - Buika (8PM) Friday and Saturday, June 10-11 - Robert Glasper with Special Guests (8PM)

About Blue Note Jazz Club:
Since 1981, Blue Note Jazz Club has been a cultural institution in New York City and one of the premiere jazz clubs in the world. Blue Note strives to preserve the history of jazz, and the club is a place where progression and innovation - the foundations of jazz - are encouraged and practiced on a nightly basis. In addition to the main acts that feature the likes of Robert Glasper, Pat Metheny, Christain McBride, Joshua Redman, Ron Carter and Chris Botti, Blue Note regularly showcases up-and-coming jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B and funk artists. After 40 years of success, Blue Note continues to carry the torch for jazz into the 21st century in the cultural heart of New York, Greenwich Village.

About the Rhythm Foundation:
We create shared cultural experiences that build and strengthen the diverse communities of South Florida through the presentation of live music. We believe:

● International cultural exchange injects empathy and positivity into the global conversation;
● Cultural activity develops community and builds neighborhoods;
● Miami is a global city, and our artists and audiences are world-class.

Support for the Rhythm Foundation comes in part from the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment of the Arts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Goldman Sachs.

The North Beach Bandshell is generously supported by City National Bank, Ocean Terrace Holdings, Urban Resource, The Broadmore Hotel, Heineken, La Tropical Cerveza and Breezeline.