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14th Annual Transatlantic Festival Gets Kicked up a Notch

Live music fans, get excited! The 14th annual Transatlantic Festival is set to take place on April 8th and 9th. A grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is allowing for an expansion

live performances at the bandshell

Live music fans, get excited! The 14th annual Transatlantic Festival is set to take place on April 8th and 9th. The Rhythm Foundation, a Miami-based non-profit organization in 1988 that aims to increase the exposure of international artists in South Florida, produces this yearly event.

The show is being held at the North Beach Bandshell, located at 7275 Collins Avenue, beginning at 6:00pm on both nights. A grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is allowing for an expansion of the festival this year. New additions will include video screenings on the North Beach trolley, performances in Bandshell Park and after parties at various bars and clubs in the neighborhood. This year’s line up has many exciting artists, some of which will be performing in South Florida for the very first time.

2016 Lineup

*Beirut: Combining elements of indie-rock and world music, instruments in this band range from drums, trumpets, violins and mandolins to French horns, ukuleles…just to name a few. Make sure to head to the festival to catch them in their Florida debut.


*Troker: This group of six from Guadalajara, Mexico will be treating us to their unique take on jazz rock. Their unique combination of DJ scratching, funk drumming and horn lines have created a one-of-a-kind sound that has been heard on stages at SXSW and Glastonbury music festival.


Kazoots: Miami natives with Haitian roots, the members of Kazoots have created a sound that takes notes from psychedelic blues, traditional Haitian music, and indie beats. Led by singer Inez Barlatier, her incredible voice has been compared to the likes of Tracey Chapman and Adele.


EMEFE: Standing for Music Frees All, this ten-piece band from Brooklyn, NY is led by Miles Arntzen. Their afro-rock tunes are infectious and have been known to ignite dance parties wherever they’re heard.


Psychic Mirrors: Born and bred Miamians, this group dishes up some good old-fashioned boogie music – you won’t be sitting still through this set!


Chantil Dukart: Growing up in Colorado and Alaska, Chantil is now based in Miami, performing a blend of funk, jazz, mo-town, and R&B. She studied at the Frost School of Music and the University of Miami, and has been writing her own lyrics since the ripe age of 7.


*First time performing in South Florida

Communications Director for The Rhythm Foundation, Karla Arguello, says “We are thrilled to have Beirut at the Bandshell for their Florida debut. It’s a show we have been trying to make happen for a very long time so I think the 14th edition of TransAtlantic Festival will be a very special one.”

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Since 1988 The Rhythm Foundation has been presenting concerts in South Florida, focusing on their mission as an organization of increasing multi-cultural awareness through live music. They work towards helping their audiences have a better appreciation for different cultures, with a focus on those cultures already closely connected to South Florida –Brazil, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. On average, the organization produces fifteen concerts a year, taking place across different venues throughout South Florida. This year’s Transatlantic Festival is estimated to draw in a crowd of over 1,000.

Bandshell silent headphones

Patrons jamming out to silent headphones; a big hit at last year’s event!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, as well as complimentary water provided courtesy of Surfrider Miami. This all-ages show makes for a great family outing – feel free to bring your little ones! Children under age six will be admitted at no cost.

Tickets for the show range from $20 – $35. Weekend passes are $54. Click here for more information or to purchase your tickets.

North Beach residents will be granted complimentary admission on Saturday by showing a valid I.D.

Click through photos from last year’s event


Photos courtesy of The Rhythm Foundation


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