Miami’s music scene will thrill you with its blend of culturally diverse genres

Miami’s music scene will thrill you with its blend of culturally diverse genres

Music is a common language that manifests itself through a seemingly endless number of trends, all influenced by the culture of different regions of the world. In the United States, the amazing blend of styles that reflect the influence of the traditions of the countries that converge in the city of Miami, create entertainment options that are difficult to replicate anywhere else.

The streets of Miami are alive thanks to the abundance of the sounds and rhythms generated by locals and visitors from different Caribbean, Central and South American countries, who naturally embrace the cultural richness of their homelands. In one corner you could hear jazz playing, on the next one you could stumble on posters for an upcoming rock show. Store owners treat their customers with ballads in order to create a romantic ambiance. It is not difficult at all to find clubs that specialize in hip-hop, reggaetón, merengue or salsa.

The possibilities available to music lovers are seemingly endless! They range from a simple tour of the streets and nightclubs to scheduling a legendary concert at spectacular stadiums like the American Airlines Arena in South Florida.

Origins and influences

During the 1960s, a group of African American artists invested their energy on producing a significant number of vinyl records at Deep City Records, a music label that operated from a record store in Liberty City.

Thanks to the influence brought over by musicians from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and other Caribbean islands, such recordings fused the best that soul, funk and other styles had to offer. Back then, Miami was a hotbed of nightclubs where locals loved to dance and display their enthusiastic creativity through the dazzling garments they wore.

By the early 70's, disco music rose to the top through bands like KC and The Sunshine Band and Foxy, among many others. In the state of Florida, the '80s witnessed the arrival of Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, legendary artists who integrated Cuban rhythms with modern technology. Their hits "Conga" and "Bad Boys" continue being enjoyed by early and newer generations of fans.

After the end of that era, the residents of the city of Miami welcomed the conga and rumba beats originating from Cuba, bachata and merengue from the Dominican Republic, as well as Colombian vallenato and cumbia. Puerto Rico and Panama contributed with a style known as reggaeton, while other Caribbean islands helped introduce reggae, soca, kompa, souk and the contagious rhythms of steelpan and calypso music.

Photo by Gloria Estefan

Legends, icons and leading artists

The prolific music scene in Miami has paved the way for the emergence and exposure of acclaimed artists, who regularly deliver spectacular performances at massive festivals, stadiums and city nightclubs. Due to the availability of social networks, it is now possible for fans and celebrities to establish direct, fraternal and meaningful connections.

One of the artists who rose to such heights was Gloria Estefan, the iconic Latin pop singer and leading voice of the Miami Sound Machine, who emigrated as a young child from Cuba many decades ago. She developed a unique and contagious style that shone through wonderful albums and stunning world tours, granting her an extraordinary level of success.

Another artist who forged his talents amid this phenomenal creative landscape was Ray Charles, who was born in Georgia in 1930 and later moved to Greenville, Florida when he was just a baby. He began to develop his musical prowess when he turned 7, while studying at a specialized school for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine. After living in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, he continued expanding his abilities and artistic horizons by showing a keen interest in contemporary styles such as jazz, blues and country music.

It's impossible not to mention teen pop bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, both formed in Orlando under the guidance of music producer Lou Perlman. Their influence allowed similar vocal groups to gain great acceptance and enjoy tremendous levels of success worldwide.

The momentum provided by South Florida's dynamic music industry, also contributed to the successful career of Pitbull, son of Cuban American parents, born in Miami in 1981. He achieved stardom by adopting a fusion of the hip-hop genre that combined traditional Cuban rhythms with the Miami bass style.

Cultural blends of the 21st century

The reach of the creativity found in this impressive fusion of rhythms and styles continues to grow. Groups and soloists from Florida have chosen to use Miami as an invaluable projection platform that facilitates presenting their styles and record productions to the the rest of the world. From the long list of singers and songwriters who have succeeded internationally in the pop genre, we should mention: Chayanne, Ricky Martin, Juanes, David Bisbal, Laura Pausini, Enrique Iglesias and Luis Fonsi.

New generations can readily testify about the impact caused by reggaeton and urban music. Fervent fans continue to show support for the new styles emerging from Miami, this has created a point of departure from traditional schemes and contributed to the emergence of artists such as: Daddy Yankee, Wisin and Yandel, Nicky Jam, Maluma, J Balvin, Nacho, Zion y Lennox and many more.

There is also a group of excellent local bands that benefit from the support offered by the population living in the state of Florida. The Spam All Stars include nine members of diverse nationalities who combine Latin rhythms with electronic music. The Magic City Hippies, Locos por Juana (tropical Colombian fusion), Inez Barlatier and Kazoots and the duo Deaf Poets shine brightly due to their evident creativity and talents.

The hip-hop and contemporary rap scene of the city continues to impress fans all over the world, thanks to the efforts of artists like: DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Ace Hood, Flo Rida and Trina.

A mecca of electronic sounds and rhythms

Dance music also dominated Miami during the 80s and 90s. Freestyle, a very popular genre during those years, received a strong influence of the pioneering sounds of disco, electro and hip-hop.

Florida has become a superlative host to exciting, international electronic dance music festivals, including the yearly Winter Music Conference and the Ultra Music Festival.

Calendar of music events celebrated in March

This is one of the busiest and most exhilarating months of the year in Miami. The Calle Ocho Festival opens the itinerary of street parties that highlight the richness of the Hispanic culture, promising to make those who come to Little Havana dance! Renowned local and international artists will offer concerts that will elevate the enjoyment of the Carnivals celebrated in the sunny state of Florida.

We highly recommend attending the prestigious Ultra Music Festival, which will take place during the last 3 days of March at the Bayfront Park in Miami. Regarded as the biggest electronic music event on the planet, it will count with the participation of the best DJs in the world.

On March the 9th, the Hard Rock Stadium will host the 15th edition of the Jazz In The Gardens Music Fest. Get ready to witness dazzling performances by distinguished exponents of this genre during an event that has become a milestone in the nightlife of the city.

Discover a treasure of vibrant, live musical experiences by checking the concert calendars listing events for 2019. Your favorite artists and the best American and Latin American musicians will shake the foundation of the monumental concert halls and colorful streets of Miami. We are all waiting for you!