The fourth annual GroundUP Music Festival returns to the oceanside North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach, Florida, February 14-16, 2020. Hosted by three-time Grammy award-winning collective Snarky Puppy, GroundUP will feature a special set from the band each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international artists.
Joining Snarky Puppy is iconic singer-songwriter/keyboardist Michael McDonald from The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan performing with Chris Potter, Michael League and Jamison Ross for a special acoustic set, progressive future funk collective Lettuce, saxophone virtuoso Chris Potter as artist-at-large, Grammy Award-winning Mexican folk-fusion singer Lila Downs, powerful jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, jazz drummer and songwriter Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, and more. The Valentine’s Day weekend event also features global artists from Colombia, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Switzerland, and Greece, making it a true exploration of world music.
“My vision for the festival is for people to maybe not recognize many artists on the bill but end up with a list of new artists they've discovered,” said Snarky Puppy’s bandleader Michael League. “That's the dream for me -- to have people come and experience everything blind, in a very pure and open-minded way.”
Hailed by the Miami New Times as “one of the 10 best music events” in Miami, GroundUP will take place once again at the North Beach Bandshell and sprawling adjacent Palm Grove Park and beachfront complex. Fans can swing in hammocks, take in pop-up performances on the beach, and bask in 78 degree weather while enjoying local food and libations in a family-friendly environment. Unlike larger festival grounds, the venue takes less than two minutes to traverse and features only two stages alternating performers allowing the audience to hear every single note from every single artist.
At GroundUP, the line between the artists and the audience doesn't exist. In fact, you may see familiar musicians from the line-up and from around the country in the crowd because this event is stacked with musicians’ musicians. The event pushes the envelope on the typical festival experience by offering fans the opportunity to interact with and learn from their favorite artists. From songwriting classes to improvisation exercises, guitar clinics to percussion circles, attendees can participate in 15+ intimate master classes, workshops and talks alongside their favorite artists.
“With accommodations for fewer than 2,000 fans each day, the intent is to maintain intimacy in order to create an optimal experience for both the audience and artists,” says Miami Beach native and GroundUP CEO Paul Lehr. Attendees travel from approximately 40 states and 40 countries, making it a transformative annual event for South Florida and worldwide audiences.
Stay tuned for additional info on late night performances and workshops.
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GroundUP Artist Lineup
Snarky Puppy - All three nights
Chris Potter – Artist at Large
Michael McDonald with Chris Potter, Michael League & Jamison Ross
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
Flor de Toloache
Krantz Carlock Lefebvre
Edmar Castaneda & Grégoire Maret
Hamilton de Holanda