By Billyne Francois
February 13, 2019
Miami is well-known for its different cultures and vibrant scenery. With deep Caribbean roots and influence, the music and arts scene is full of eclectic sounds, sights and flavors for all to enjoy. A growing number of events and festivals like the popular Art Basel in December, Rolling Loud, Ultra, and Afro Roots World Music Festival make Miami a top travel destination for music and arts lovers.
III Points music festival was founded in 2013 by four friends with a goal to represent and unite a diverse music community in Miami. Now in its sixth year, the festival continues to showcase a wide range of music, visual art, film, food, and style with a three-day weekend kicking off February 15. With the community and attendees in mind, III Points organizes a conscious set of events, including discussion panels, art and photo exhibitions. Miami’s Wynwood district provides the perfect backdrop, with colorful murals, boutiques, restaurants, and late-night bars. With over 100 musical performers on six stages, III Points continues to be a growing movement in Miami that provides a platform for local and rising creative artists to share their talent. In 2019, the festival will also partner with Dream Defenders, a Florida activism group that organizes and educates for community civic engagement and transformational justice.
Here are some of the performances we look forward to at III Points:
Friday at 7:45 p.m. – Mind Melt Stage
The Internet, an LA-based group, who originally formed from the Odd Future collective, bring their tranquil and soulful brand of neo-soul and R&B on Friday to the Mind Melt stage. With the talented Steve Lacey on the guitar, the group showcases a full band, bending genres through a lively performance. Since their Grammy-nominated album Ego Death in 2015, the group released their best project to date with Hive Mind in May of 2018.
Friday at 9:15 p.m. – Mind Melt Stage
Indie dream pop outfit Beach House creates a distinctive sound fitting for Miami’s laid-back art scene. Hailing from Baltimore, the duo comprised of vocalist and organist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally has released seven albums since their debut in 2006. The band’s melodically ambient sounds, create a visceral, but comforting soundscape that is ideal for the III Points culture.
Saturday at 8:20 p.m. – Main Frame Stage
Masego is a contemporary artist who refers to his genre of music as “TrapHouseJazz.” His often interactive shows implement his sense of humor and dance, introducing his unique form of modern jazz fusion to the festival and concert masses. Having built a large following over the past few years, he’s an ideal bridge for the younger generation that may not understand or appreciate jazz-influenced music.
Raekwon & Ghostface
Saturday at 10:45 p.m. – Main Frame Stage
Golden era hip-hop icons Raekwon and Ghostface of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan will grace the Main Frame stage on Saturday night. The duo is currently on a national tour and they have a deep catalog of hits in their bag, from the groundbreaking debut Wu album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, to the Ghostface classic Supreme Clientele.
Saturday at 9:45 p.m. – Mind Melt Stage
Fresh off his Grammy performance with Travis Scott, the London-born electronic R&B producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will make an appearance on Saturday on the Mind Melt stage. His brand of experimental electronic music, paired with his hallowing voice and onstage music production should provide one of the most compelling sets of the weekend.
Saturday at 12:30 a.m. – Main Frame Stage
New York-based electronic music producer, Yaeji combines her distinctive brand of house and hip-hop-influenced beats with a combination of both English and Korean lyrics. Her quirky and mellow vocal delivery style will be sure to have the crowds bouncing rhythmically in the Miami sun.
Sunday at 8:00 p.m. – Mind Melt Stage
Devonte Hynes aka Blood Orange has been involved in several projects, including punk band Test Icicles and indie rock band Lightspeed Champion. In 2009, his solo project Blood Orange was born, showcasing an organic blend electronic R&B. His latest album Negro Swan received rave reviews, continuing to push forward his music ingenuity by fusing together elements of progressive R&B and chillwave with roots in hip-hop.
Sunday at 9:30 p.m. – Mind Melt Stage
Erykah Badu’s debut came in 1994 when she opened for D’angelo, and since then she’s left her footprint in the music industry inspiring many new artists in neo-soul and R&B. Her stage presence is mystical, donning iconic garb and often manufacturing her own beats onstage.
Check out the full lineup for III Points Festival in Miami, Florida from February 15-17.