Dear Neighbor,

Today is World Music Day!

Every year on June 21st more than 1,000 cities in over 120 countries around the world celebrate music! Also known as Make Music Day   and   Fête de la Musique , the event originated in France in 1982 and is commemorated on the day of the mid-summer solstice with concerts and events all free and accessible to the public.

In honor of World Music Day , I have put together this newsletter on all things music in Miami Beach to help you stay in the know and to celebrate the musical arts today and throughout the summer!

Happy summer solstice.  
And may the music always live on in Miami Beach!


Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán
Buskerfest Miami, LiVE! Modern School of Music , Magic City Opera, Lincoln Road BID , the Rhythm Foundation, French Embassy Cultural Services , Miami Design Preservation League, Guitars Over Guns , and the Miami-Dade Public Library System among various others are coming together to celebrate World Music Day and encourage Mami Dade County to band together to listen and play in free public concerts throughout the county. 

Check out the Miami Beach venues below!

The full schedule of events is available at
MMM on Lincoln Road
MMM on Ocean Drive
MMM at the North Beach Bandshell
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Lincoln Road is where Miami Beach comes together. 
Not only is it THE place to shop and eat, but Lincoln Road has now also become the place to listen to some quality beats! 
New World Symphony Pop-Up
On January 30, Miami Beach’s New World Symphony performed a free one-hour set of Beatles favorites live on the rooftop of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage on Lincoln Road. The concert is a tribute to the 50 th anniversary of The Beatles’ famed rooftop concert atop the Apple Corps headquarters in London in January 1969, their last concert.

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Upcoming Lincoln Road Activations

Zumba powered by Baptist Health South Florida
  • Every Tuesday at 6:00pm
  • 1111 Lincoln Road Ground Level Stage

Pioneer Winter Collective -
Seven to the Seventh dance performances
  • June 24: noon to 3pm - 1111 Lincoln Road ground-level
  • June 24: 7pm to 10pm - Euclid Oval/Folly

Camp Rock Music Performances
  • Every Friday (June-August)6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • 1111 Lincoln Road Ground Level Stage Euclid Oval/Folly

International Ballet Festival Performances
  • August 2 and August 9: 5pm to 10pm
  • Euclid Oval/Folly
Miami Beach would not be the destination city it is without our iconic Ocean Drive. In addition to its renown cabaret entertainment, Ocean Drive has recently added some amazing open-air lineup to its mix!
#oceandrivemb #enjoysobe
Two free public events put on this year by the Ocean Drive Association in collaboration with the City have been well-attended and a success!
Do not miss their 4th of July celebration!
Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day with a full 50 piece orchestra by Miami Classical Music Festival playing the
1812 Overture during the annual Fireworks display. 

The fun will continue on Friday during the Red White and Blues celebration as Rachel Coba Blues Guitarist and Singer brings her band to Lummus Park
July 5th at from 5-6:30 with a second set immediately following at
The Clevelander.
National Salute to America's Heroes - Music Explosion
After two full days of celebrating and honoring our brave servicemen and women during the Hyundai Air & Sea Show, Ocean Drive hosted the Music Explosion concert series featuring Miami native FLO RIDA. 

The beautiful sea-side stage also saw performances by the U.S. Air Force Max Impact Band, the U.S. Army Band, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, Young Musicians Unite, Andre Archat and LV, culminating with a special night-pyro parachute demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team during a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
Miami Beach has PRIDE!
Yet another Miami Beach Pride has come and gone, continuing its legacy of great musical events and activations. 

The week-long celebration in April features a two-day festival, a world famous Pride Parade, galas, special events and multiple dance parties throughout the City.
The Betsy Hotel

And let's not forget the musical and artistic lineup provided by
The Betsy Hotel. With thousands of art pieces, poetry rail and library, the hotel is home to a robust calendar of art and cultural events each month ranging from jazz to opera. The monthly Culture Crawl makes this location a regular stop, and this year, The Betsy will be host to 14 of the Miami Classical Music Festival's award-winning musicians as artists-in-residence! 
North Beach has continued to evolve and is quickly becoming a crowd favorite greatly in part to its new activations! In addition to the North Beach Bandshell’s lively weekly lineup, the activations at the Normandy Fountain have been hits! 

Make sure to check out the First Fridays at the Fountain concert series and the upcoming last Salsa Saturday !
First Friday's Concert Series
Salsa Saturdays
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Prism Activations
The City of Miami Beach, in partnership with Prism Creative Group, is bringing new activities to Rue Vendome. Past events include a Soulful Sunday Brunch tribute of Motown favorites, Milonga at The Fountain with True Tango that transformed the Normandy Fountain for a taste of Argentina, and Rhythm and Flow with NoBe Yoga as part of a wellness series with a tranquil sunset yoga flow paired with local musicians.

Don’t miss Timeless Soul on Thursday September 5 th for a night of live performances, acoustic music and an al fresco selection of local treats and eats.
Miami Beach is home to many music festivals and dance congresses. Our beautiful weather and multi-cultural community naturally attract a diverse array of events. The list of musical events could be endless, but check out these festivals that make our city shine even brighter.
Miami Classical Music Festival
The Miami Classical Music Festival is an intensive training program for the next generation of classical musicians, all of whom will conduct close to 80 concerts June 4 through July 28, 2019 .

Over 300 young classical musicians will enchant listeners visiting The Betsy Hotel, Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road this summer with passionate performances and pop up events, blanketing Miami Beach with rich classical music. 
GroundUp Music Festival

The GroundUp Music Festival is a three-day event concert series held in February that also includes intimate master classes, workshops and personal interactions with the artists. Returning for the third time to The North Beach Bandshell, the festival was hosted by three-time Grammy winning band Snarky Puppy and featured a special set from the band each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international artists all day long.
Youth Music Festival

The City of Miami Beach and The Rhythm Foundation have teamed up over the past three years to showcase the talent of our area youth at the Miami Beach Youth Music Festival. Performers under the age of 18 pour their hearts out on two stages during the one-day festival which also features family-friendly activations. The festival highlights school ensembles and local headliners, and entry donations support local youth music education. Next year’s festival will be held on February 29, 2020.
South Beach Jazz Festival

A jazz festival unlike any other, the South Beach Jazz Festival takes pride in featuring talented jazz musicians with disabilities who raise public awareness of persons with disabilities while performing in open-air venues on Lincoln Road.
Winter Music Conference

The Winter Music Conference will return to Miami Beach’s Faena District next March as part of Miami Music Week , bringing with it a refreshed perspective and insightful programming to bring together a new generation of industry professionals and music consumers.
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater begain in 1950 when guests from around the world would come to watch song and dance performances. This gem of our community has continued to stir up excitement to this day with the biggest names in live entertainment!
Check out June and July's line up below.
City Hall has been busy this year. Read on to learn more about important music-related ordinances and discussions.
Ambient Music in Miami Beach
At the request of both residents and area businesses, I have introduced an initiative to create equity between recorded ambient music (not louder than a normal speaking conversation) played on stereos at restaurants – something that is already allowed – and ambient music to be played in person by musicians. 

The item was discussed at this month’s Land Use & Development Committee and will be discussed again during the July 24 meeting. 

Please attend two upcoming Town Halls to learn more about alternative options to my original proposal which has been further refined to include strict operating rules, the ability to revoke a permit if rules are violated, a limited number of permits, fines, and the possibility of a pilot program.
High Impact Weekend Regulations
Following a very difficult Spring Break season, your Commission led by Mayor Dan Gelber adopted strict ordinances to better control special events and high impact weekends.

We adopted an ordinance preventing third-party promoted parties. We gave the City Manager a toolkit he can utilize during high impact times, including the ability to close down sidewalk cafes, the toughening up on underage drinking and under-21 admission to clubs and bars, and the reduction of noise within the entertainment district. Additionally, we passed increasing penalties for selling liquor to underage individuals and voted to allow police to continue stricter enforcement of open container laws and to exercise their discretion and arrest unregistered vendors on public property.

It is our hope that these measures alongside better regulation and penalties for scooter violations will help us manage crowds and avoid illegal behavior on South Beach.
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Ultra Music Festival

In our efforts to consider quality and world-renowned events to bring to Miami Beach, your City Commission discussed the possibility of engaging the Ultra Music Festival and hosting a boutique version of the event during March 2020. 

Even while the Commission decided against further considering this particular event for next year, it opened up the dialogue for more positive and thoughtful programming in the future.

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Your City Commission agreed earlier this year to allow the Miami Beach Pop Festival to take place on iconic Ocean Drive this upcoming November. Organizers revealed yesterday that the inaugural weekend-long festival will feature headlining artists Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee and Kygo among a long ever-growing list of international performers.

In addition to a world-class roster of entertainers, the festival will incorporate various sustainable event practices focused around eliminating plastic, sea level rise issues, environmental research, and the creation of awareness behind the benefits of solar power.

With three stages on Ocean Drive, the event will accommodate approximately 35,000 people each day with special 20% discounts for Miami Beach residents who purchase festival tickets and packages. You may begin to register and purchase tickets as of today by visiting

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more details about their lineup and logistics.

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John E. Alemán | City of Miami Beach Commissioner | 786-459-7111 |