Rhythm Foundation’s Multi-Culti Music at the Bandshell

Written By Tracy Fields
November 4, 2017 at 8:01 PM

A New York afro-soul band, a French-Chilean MC and a group led by siblings from the Chicago area are among the stars at this weekend’s Heineken Transatlantic Music Festival at the Bandshell in North Beach.

This marks the 13th time the Rhythm Foundation has presented the annual celebration of modern world music from places around the Atlantic rim: North and South America, Europe, Africa the Caribbean.

“We choose bands that have a multi-cultural foundation and who mix and match the ethnicities, cultures, and artistic traditions of every land touching the Atlantic Ocean, from the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America to Europe and Africa,” says Karla Aguello, the foundation’s communications coordinator.

The two-night event gets under way Friday. Performing that night will be the nine-member Budos Band, which recently released its fourth album, Burnt Offering. The music media outlet Pitchfork described the group, originally from Staten Island, as “so tight and in tune that they’ve basically become this telepathically communicating instrumental hydra that ambushes you into moving your body on its terms.”

Also appearing on Friday are Puerto Candelaria, a Colombian ensemble that performed in January at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Their music, based on Colombian forms such as cumbia, features dance beats and prominent horns. Representing South Florida that night is My Deer, formed a couple of years ago by former Sirens & Sealions songwriter Johanna Viscaino and guitar player Yannick Calleiro.

Saturday’s stars include Wild Belle, led by Elliot and Natalie Bergman. The brother and sister grew up in Chicago but now are based in Brooklyn. Writing for, Matt Collar called their 2013 debut, Isles, “the perfect summer afternoon album, designed for doing nothing in particular besides soaking up the good vibes.”

Ana Tijoux’s parents were exiled in France from the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile when she was born. After moving to Santiago as a teen-ager, Tijoux became part of the city’s emerging hip-hop scene. “In a way, Ms. Tijoux is South America’s answer to Lauryn Hill: equally skillful at singing and rapping and determined to empower everyone, not just herself,” Jon Pareles wrote of her last year in The New York Times. She performed at last month’s SXSW festival in Texas.

Saturday’s South Florida act is Bluejay, which the Foundation calls “the new underground sound of Miami — a mix of indie, tribal, folk, and pop.” Jay Thomas, Oscar Quesada, and Jojo Sunshine offer vocals in three-part harmony as well as a cello, guitar and keyboards. Also appearing that night will be local percussionist JJ Drums.

Each night, there will be an after-show party at the nearby Sandbar Lounge.

The Heineken Transatlantic Festival takes place Friday and Saturday,
April 10 and 11. Performances are scheduled from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the
North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. There will be an
after-party each night at the Sandbar Lounge, 6752 Collins Ave. Tickets are $15
advance, $20 day of show, $27 for a two-day pass. More information and ticket
purchases at or call
(305) 672-5202. 

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