GroundUp Music Festival

GroundUp Music Festival

The date for this annual event has passed. A new date will be provided when available.

$109 GA 1-Day | $289 3-Day

The GroundUp Music Festival is unlike any music festival you’ve been to. As opposed to many festivals, where attendees fight crowds to get a far-off glimpse of an artist they’ll likely never meet, GroundUp is intensely personal. The festival is a place where you might find yourself on a hammock in a palm grove next to a beloved musician, or dancing on the beach at an impromptu jam session by a favorite band. And, rather than performances only, GroundUp offers people the unmatched opportunity to take masterclasses from the artists they’ve just seen perform.

What the Festival Is All About

GroundUp will be held at the intimate North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach from May 6-8, 2022. With just over 1,800 tickets sold each for day of the festival, it ensures that everyone has a great seat. GroundUp is the brainchild of Snarky Puppy bassist Michael League, whose band will be headlining each night of the festival with never-before-heard music. In addition, the festival will include an array of acts from all genres, from jazz to World Music to R&B. GroundUp is a music lover’s music festival, and though the names on the bill might not be the same as those on the Billboard charts, the experience is far beyond what most festivals offer.

Who Is Playing at the GroundUp Music Festival in 2022?

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the style of music at GroundUp. The lineup is heavy on jazz acts, from bluesy stuff by Roosevelt Collier to the more pop-inspired Thai-Swedish singer Sirintip. There’s percussion-heavy music by Antonio Sanchez & Bad Hombre, alongside alternative R&B by Moonchild.

Other performers include House of Waters and Michelle Willis on Friday; GroundUp Artist-at-Large Eric Harland, Kimbra and Louis Cole on Saturday; and Emily King, the Nth Power and Chris Fishman on Sunday.

The festival is scheduled so that no bands are playing at the same time, meaning you won’t ever have to choose between acts.

What Else Happens at the GroundUp Music Festival?

The live performances are merely the outward-facing showcase of the GroundUp Music Festival. What makes it such a unique event is the opportunity fans have to interact with their favorite artists. That doesn’t just mean shake-and-repeat meet and greets, either. Many artists hold masterclasses on everything from instrumentation to improvisation. In a previous year, Doobie Brothers lead singer Michael McDonald held a class in songwriting.

Beyond the classes, GroundUp has a secluded, shaded palm grove with hammocks, where fans and performers alike go to relax. You’ll also find classes and workshops on the sand as well as inside the Bandshell’s indoor areas. Late-night concerts go as late as 4 a.m., and it’s not uncommon to find bands performing at nearby hotels after hours.

Admission, Food and Drink at the GroundUp Music Festival

Tickets to the GroundUp Music Festival are available for $109 per day, or $289 for the three-day festival. In addition, GroundUp offers premium tickets that include access to the beachfront VIP area and the air-conditioned Artists’ Skylounge. Here, you’ll hang in the same space as the performers, and with instruments on hand, the odds are good you’ll catch them warming up or jamming out. Premium ticket holders can also leave and re-enter the festival as they wish. General admission ticket holders can re-enter before 6 p.m.

The festival offers onsite bars and food from numerous local chefs. No outside food or drink is permitted. The show is open to all ages and, as music festivals go, it’s one of the more family-friendly events.

By: Matthew Meltzer | March 17, 2022

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