F+M Festival Recap
February 2, 2017
This past weekend, the North Beach Bandshell played host to the inaugural F+M Festival, which was a mix of music-seekers and food and beverage connoisseurs. Weather was definitely a challenge for the festival, but they pulled through for an entertaining weekend.
Saturday was the busier of the two days, the weather having a huge impact as one of the most beautiful days we have had in Miami in a long time. Entering, you can smell the different food vendors in the make-shift food court. From Coyo Taco, Eating House, Craft Social Club and many more, it was epic. I would’ve liked to see even more choices given the “F” stood for “food” but nonetheless, there was something for everyone to munch on while enjoying the music.
The line-up of music on the first day was a unique blend of artists, some local and some big names. Arthur Baker’s DJ set created a nice late-afternoon vibe while festival-goers were hanging out on the sand enjoying their food or just the day’s weather. Los Amigos Invisibles, who played later on, brought the Latin flair so prominent in Miami and brought in a huge crowd of dancing attendees. Followed then by Slow Magic, with his signature mask, really drew a crowd, literally, since he jumped off stage with his drum to perform in the middle of the audience.
Closing out day one was Hot Chip, who haven’t played in Miami in almost four years. They were definitely the most spectacular performance of the day, and rightly so since they were the headliner. What amazed me was how each member would keep switching instruments with the other, showcasing the depth of their talent. Even playing a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”, their performance was one nobody should have missed.
The second days of the festival was unfortunately plagued by the blanket of rain that covered Miami. The weather didn’t stop the festival from continuing on and by the end of the night, it was almost packed. The few acts that I was able to catch that day were definitely worth braving the elements. Jacuzzi Boys were an entertaining local alt-rock band that brought a lot of energy to the stage. Followed by DJ and producer Nosaj Thing and Ghostface Killah, the festival began to regain liveliness.
Bomba Estereo, who closed out the weekend, was another performance that was a can’t miss. Bringing their electronic, Latin jams, the North Beach Bandshell turned into a complete nightclub with people dancing until the very last note (myself included).
Overall, the festival was exactly what I though it would be, a relaxing experience filled with good food and music. I would have liked to have seen more variety in both areas, but I was more than surprised by how well it was put together and how resilient from the weather it proved to be. Let’s see what these guys will “cook up” (see what I did there?) for next year.