One of the industry’s hardest hit by the pandemic and its social distancing solution is music. The future of in-person concerts, festivals, and shows is uncertain and that dire situation will have last effects on everyone in the industry–especially musicians who rely on income from regular bookings and performances. Miami’s music scene has already been operating on a lifeline, but it’s venues like the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center that are working hard to keep the local musical spirit alive.

Earlier this month, the arts center launched a new weekly virtual showcase–SMDCAC Sessions featuring local musicians with close ties to the cultural destination. Every Thursday until further notice, some of Miami’s most talented musical minds will have a digital platform to share their sounds with the world. No longer will local microphones and amps stay silent, and every musical genre will see its fair share of representation.

More than just an opportunity to showcase the breadth of our music scene, SMDCAC is also ensuring these musicians are rewarded for their talents. Each artist will, as usual, receive compensation for their performance as well as a call-to-action that accompanies each video so that audiences can donate to the musicians directly and play a role in supporting their livelihoods.

Courtesy of SMDCAC

This Thursday May 28th, jump into the concert with a takeover by Albert Castiglia, the critically-lauded American blues guitarist and singer. You’re in for a treat every week after that with something in the bag for every music lover. From smooth jazz vocals by Nicole Henry, zesty Flamenco performances by Siempre Flamenco and Flamenco Puro, to a funky, progressive jazz show by Miami’s own Aaron Lebos, it’s bound to be a good time. Other performers include: Martin Benjerano and Wendy Pederson and Jim Gasior.

SMDCAC Sessions are streamed live on their Facebook page every Thursday evening at 7PM. Make sure to look for the “virtual tip jar” that goes directly to each artist. More info on this Thursday’s performance here.

SMDCAC Sessions

Cover photo courtesy of Aaron Lebos.