As Miamians, we tend to get used to staying close to home. Even a 20 minute drive is already cause for unwanted groaning. But the flip side to living down here also means we can’t say no to a great time. Especially if that great time involves some serious dancing. Thanks to the amazing folks over at the Rhythm Foundation, they’re flooding our city–and our neighboring cities–with some of the world’s best tunes and guess what? Entirely for free. We’re going to be spending a whole lot of time over in Hollywood since the launch of their outdoor concert series at the Hollywood ArtsPark this summer, check out who we’re looking forward to:

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

With the rousing success of the first show in the series by the eclectically-charged Chicano Batman, it’s no surprise that the follow up show would be epically funky. They’re bringing down the New Orleans legends, Dirty Dozen Brass Band who have been setting fire to stages for decades. The powerhouse outfit are masters in r&b, soul, bebop jazz, and of course funk and we know this one will satisfy any FOMO you had missing this year’s Jazz Fest. Plus, each of the shows pair these heavy-hitters with local acts as openers, this time featuring the folkloric native, Inez Barlatier.
Date: May 11th. Tickets: RSVP here.

Monsieur Periné

The third show of the series puts the GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning, Monsieur Periné, back on a South Florida stage, becoming a regional favorite after gracing the North Beach Bandshell’s stage recently. If you haven’t yet had the chance to catch the enchanting and eclectic Colombian band live before, you’re definitely in for a treat. Their music sways effortlessly from gypsy jazz and swing, into folk and psychedelia in a variety of native tongues. For this show, you’ll catch the award-winning latin funk master, Javier Garcia take the stage to kick it off.
Date: June 15th. Tickets: RSVP here.

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá

The final show in the outdoor summer series will easily be the most slammed. Chucho Valdés is a name synonymous with the Afro-Cuban Jazz sound, mastering the fusion genre for over 40 years. This time around, audiences will be among the first in South Florida to experience his Jazz Batá ensemble perform live for a unique show that can’t be missed. The timeless sound with bring about a true sense of nostalgia and keep those in attendance, whether Cuban or not, entertained with the foundations of such a vibrant culture. Catch Cortadito as they get the stage warm.
Date: June 22nd. Tickets: RSVP here.

Cover photo by Robin Hill Photography.