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. Their world music curation is moving beyond Miami once again as they take over the beautiful Hollywood ArtsPark this first quarter of 2020. 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 for the year. They’re bringing some of the world’s creative music legends to South Florida and, as always, pairing them with local bands that blend well with the night’s overall sound. Check out who we’re looking forward to:
“Brooklyn’s own Afropop-funk-dance big band Antibalas, is probably your favorite band’s favorite band. The 12-piece plus ensemble ranges freely through all kinds of funk, Afro-Cuban music, loping rhythms of Ethiogroove, Caribbean dance, punk rock, and extraplanetary cosmic jazz. And that’s in addition to having been credited with introducing Afrobeat (in the tradition of the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer, bandleader and activist Fela Kuti) to a global audience.”
Local funk and soul outfit, Scone Cash Players is set to open.
“Dubbed “one of the most talented keys players of our time” by CBS Radio, Benevento has released six critically acclaimed solo albums over the last decade, performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Newport Jazz to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and worked in the studio and on the road with a long list of musical innovators from the world of jazz, funk and groove.”
Local progressive jazz and rock outfit, Electric Kif is set to open.
“Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. The quintet, claims funk, soul, blues, gospel, rock ‘n roll feel good music as their influences. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy.”
Who said funk music can’t be dirty and wholesome at the same time? Brother-sister duo, Lawrence have created a home for themselves in the world of Vulfpeck-ian jams where lyrics are as witty and creative as the riffs that carry them. From New York City to the West Coast, their upbeat blend of soul, funk, and pop has gotten addictive to say the least. Their songs are infectious and will have your hips shaking as wildly as the smile you won’t be able to wipe off your face.
The best part about it? Even more acts will be added to the lineup so RSVP to these free shows and keep your eyes peeled here.
Cover photo by Broward Palm Beach New Times.