Heineken TransAtlanticMusic Fest 2013

542670_10200862481588262_1567835047_nTonight, The Rhythm Foundation kicks-off their 11thAnnual Celebration of Modern World Music – The Heineken TransAtlantic Music Festival at the oceanfront North Beach Bandshell.

The Heineken TransAtlantic Music Festival showcases the sound of the world right now. The weekend line-up includes live performances by locals such as The Hongs and Krisp, plus a few pretty spectacular international acts like Bajofondo and Bomba Estereo.

Tropicult is showcasing the sounds of the festival online for new and loyal readers alike AND we’re  giving away a pair of tickets (see: Page 3).



Friday April 5, 7PM North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 

The Hongs Multinational Dance Conglomerate
Multinational Dance Conglomerate

“Spreading the Dance/Rock/Electro/House Hybrid – ­One Toe At A Time.”

Miami­ based indie rockers, The Hongs have been making tons of noise this year in the local scene. The Hongs combine the dark and twisty bits of electro-­pop with a dash of sweet nu wave to create a pop/rock dance fusion.

Formed in 2008 by Jamaican ­born musician Gordon Myers, this multinational rock electronic group  has established a high­ energy rock disco repertoire that lures local crowds. The band has always been an expression of diversity, band members have been Jamaican, French, Mexican, Jewish, Costa Rican, Scottish, Cuban and Argentinean.

A few weeks ago, the band announced the release of the self-­titled ‘The Hongs EP’ to college radio stations nationwide and a series of live performances throughout South Florida; including an appearance  later this month in Downtown Fort Lauderdale for the inaugural Block x Blog Music Festival (with the likes of DFA royalty – ­Holy Ghost!).

Watch them set-off the North Beach Bandshell at the Heineken TransAtlantic Music Festival tonight!

“The Hongs are excited to be working with The Rhythm Foundation & honored to be a part of their annual international modern music showcase.” Gordon Myers  



The Hongs EP was produced by Wayne “The Brain” Allison and the Brazilian Girls production team, ­ Jesse Yusef Murphy, Didi Gutman and Aaron Johnston. The entire EP comprised of five tracks previously released as the Delicate Tremors EP in September 2012. A new EP is set to be released in the Summer/Fall of 2013 to showcase a few additional tracks from those collaborations. The lyrics were written entirely by bassist, lead vocalist, and songwriter, Gordon Myers.

“I try taking inspiration from all around me.”

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Friday April 5, 7PM North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 

“Bajofondo, on the other hand, is a chance for both men, and their many collaborators, to be themselves and create music that continues to amaze me — just as they did when I first heard their music at that party all those years ago.” NPR

The Argentine-Uruguayan electro tango collectiveBajofondo  is the brainchild of  Oscar and Grammy Award Winning, producer and composer – Gustavo Santaolalla has brought together some of the best young musicians and artists from both sides of the Rio de la Plata (Buenos Aires – Montevideo), including Juan Campodonico aka Campo and DJ Supervielle. Argentina’s Gustavo Santaolalla produced records for pioneering Rock en Español bands like Café Tacvba.


Across the globe, the eight-piece group is known for a unique blend of classic tango and folk music. Hailing from US Tour that included SXSW, Bajofondo brings their electronic audio and visual elements tonight to Miami Beach for the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival.


Bajofondo has a new album Presente, released in early March 2013. From what we’ve heard, this album seems to have more of a dance-floor vibe than the previous three. Should make for a good time at the Heineken TransAtlantic Music Festival!  Stream the full album via NPR MUSIC: FIRST LISTEN.

Friday, April 5th Official Festival After- Party at Sandbar Lounge, 6752 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


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