Celebrate « Fête de la musique » in Little Haiti, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables!
Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982 as a new holiday celebrating the summer solstice on June 21st.
It has evolved into a global music festival, featuring free music in the streets, fields and concert halls across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The festival showcases all styles of music from traditional and classical to world music, choral and jazz, electronic and new trends. The concert themselves – always free – range in scale from individual street musicians and club shows to massive carnivals and all day extravaganzas in open field stadiums.
The Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Miami has organized Fête de la Musique in Miami since 1997 with local partners.
This year, the event will take place in the Haitian Cultural Center in Miami; taking part of the monthly event “Big Night in Little Haiti” organized by “Rhythm Foundation”.
- In Miami, at the Haitian Cultural Center
To start at 6 pm and welcoming all music lovers, an open stage gives you the opportunity to perform your favorite instruments for a large enthusiastic crowd in a beautiful scenery.
If you want to spin out this music night, don’t forget to register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified musicians or beginners, jazz, rock, classic, electronic music … all styles and ages are welcomed! Between bands, enjoy DJ Mack of Mizikpam.
The Open Stage will be followed by a Main Stage, from 8 pm to 10pm, with programmed artists including the renowned artist Stevy Mahy from Guadeloupe, coming especially for the occasion. In addition, you can enjoy in the gallery the spectacular show presented with Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Project: Discover Haiti (free and open to the public).
- In Coconut Grove
The Miami Conservatory of Music will also celebrate Fête de la Music in Coconut Grove. The last editions on December and June 21st, 2012 were a success, gathering many people and more than 20 bands.
Musicians will be located throughout Coconut Grove on sidewalks, in courtyards, inside restaurants and clubs, for the public to stroll about and listen for free. Guide maps will be distributed in restaurants and handed out by red beret topped guides on the streets.
The current line-up includes: Brazil Rose Max (Brazilian Jazz), The Rodiles (Rock), Munera (who has participated in the Paris Fete de la Musique), Fernando Ulibarri (Jazz), Sunshine Stompers (Folk), Earthshine Duo (a regular on WLRN), BarrioActivo (Latin Rock Fusion), Bobby Hunter & the Cuda Allstars, Ghost of Grayhound (Rock), The Grove Drum Circle, Choral Cubana, Adrian Gonzalez (Folk/Pop), Eddies Miami Groove, Jubal M.D. (Reggae) and Peter Betan.
- At the Sofitel Hotel
- At the Dante Alighieri
The French Division of the Dante Alighieri will also celebrate the Fête de la Musique in Coral Gables on Tuesday, June 18th from 5:30pm to 7pm. Come discover some famous French composers and timeless songs with information on the artists and their work. This free event will be accompanied by a fine degustation of French treats. The Società Dante Alighieri is located at 300, Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables.
We look forward to meeting you there, sharing our passion for music, and enjoying the first day of summer, let’s hope, in company of the sun!
Article published June 12, 2013.