Presented annually since 2003, the Rhythm Foundation’s TransAtlantic Festival is going big this year with four days of live modern world music. Starting Thursday with a performance by Miami’s own Psychic Mirrors at downtown venue Blackbird Ordinary and ending Sunday with a BBQ at Wynwood watering hole Gramps, the fest will feature performances at the North Beach Bandshell on Friday and Saturday by Argentine/Uruguayan electrotango collective Bajofondo, Bogota-based Bomba Estereo, the duo of Brazilian emcee Zuzuka Poderosa and San Francisco-based beatmaker Kush Arora, and Miami-based electro-indie-dance group Krisp (visit transatlanticfestival.com for full details).
To enter to win a pair of passes to both nights at the bandshell, simply shout PA’ BAILAR! on the Beached Miami Facebook pagewith a link to this post. We will announce the winner via Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. Until then, here’s Bajofondo to give you a sultry sense of the scene you can expect this weekend.
Afrobeat collective Antibalas is playing at the North Beach Bandshell Saturday night.
The World Music connoisseurs at The Rhythm Foundation are kicking off their annual TransAtlantic Festival tonight with electro dub tango group Tango Conspiracy at Bardot. On Friday, the festival relocates to the North Beach Bandshell for a night of trip hop-cum-samba-jazz-soul by Sau Paulo singer Ceu and latintronica by Tiajuana-based Bostich + Fussible. Then, Saturday night at the bandshell, horn-heavy Afrobeat outfit Antibalas take the stage fresh off anchoring the Broadway production of Fela, which is based on the life story of the genre’s Badass in Chief, Fela Kuti. Antibalas have had other impressive gigs in their career, including opening for James Brown and Trey Anastasio.
Now, I don’t know what happens when you cross samba with trip hop, but after being blown away by the Rhythm Foundation’s inaugural Big Night in Little Haiti, I have a lot of faith in the local non-profit to put on a damn good show. But even if you still have your reservations, fear not! We have two free tickets to give away to the Antibalas show Saturday night, which will otherwise cost you $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All you have to do is scream ANTIBALAS! on our Facebook page to enter the contest. We will announce the winner of the two tickets tomorrow morning. In the meantime, you can check out a few Antibalas tracks on Last.fm.