The festival gods answered our prayers in fall 2013 when a great music festival was bestowed upon the Magic City. Though III Points is still young, its exponential growth and killer lineups have become a badge of pride.
As the music, art, and technology fest continues to evolve and gain national recognition, it remains true to its ethos of shedding light on locals. There are 135 painfully long days before music lovers can once again dance at Mana, giving music lovers ample time to get to know some of the local bands and properly prepare for a weekend of madness. But who's counting?
Here are five local III Points bands you can see right now:
Their shows are loud. Their crowds are unapologetically rowdy. It's one hell of a time.
Photo by Mimi Starr
Plastic Pinks at Churchill’s Pub
9 p.m. Friday, June 2, at 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com
The Plastic Pinks are no strangers to the stages of III Points. These dudes are ridiculously full of energy, and we can always count on them to bring the party in true Miami fashion. Their shows are loud. Their crowds are unapologetically rowdy. It's one hell of a time. The garage-rock outfit will head out on the road this summer after kicking off a tour at Miami’s favorite sweat-and-beer-soaked hangout, Churchill's. So get ready to dance your ass off. But don't be surprised when the band's vocalist, June Summer, gives you a run for your money with his moves. The show is 18 and over and starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover. Check out the full lineup on the Facebook event page.
The duo are staples in Miami's music scene.
Photo by Walter Wiodarczyk
Holly Hunt at Sweat Records
7 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at 5505 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-693-9309; sweatrecordsmiami.com
Holly Hunt has been crushing skulls on tour with fellow local band Crud. New Times recently proclaimed, "Holly Hunt has made psychedelic-drone fans out of just about everyone with at least one working ear." Both bands will be back in Miami to annihilate the senses at their all-ages homecoming in Little Haiti. Holly Hunt's bandmates, drummer Beatriz Monteavaro and guitarist Gavin Perry, are staples on Miami's music scene. They made their III Points debut in 2016 and will return this year for round two. If you're still saving your coins for a III Points ticket, you're in luck: The show at Sweat Records is free.
III Points vets, Deaf Poets.
Photo by Brian Hernandez
Deaf Poets at Churchill's Pub
6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com
Summer is endless around these parts, and we're #blessed. Before or after the Holly Hunt mayhem at Sweat Records, trudge over to Churchill's for Miami's Endless Summer fest, where III Points vets Deaf Poets will perform. The Endless Summer lineup includes local and out-of-town bands curated by Showskii Records and the garage-rock duo's lead vocalist, Sean Wouters. Tickets cost $7 presale online and $10 at the door.
Catch Seafoam Walls at Make Music Day.
Photo courtesy of Seafoam Walls
Seafoam Walls at Make Music Day
8:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, on Lincoln Road at Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-673-3330; lincolnrd.com
As Floridians, it's our duty to spend Miami's first official day of summer standing under the palms and swaying to the mellow sounds of Seafoam Walls. Make Music Day, an annual worldwide celebration, will make its mark on Miami's kookiest road. The free Summer Solstice event will host two stages on Lincoln Road — the Euclid Circle Stage and the 1111 Stage (1110 block) — presenting an eclectic lineup of locals. New Times recently caught up with the four-piece and chatted about III Points, concepts, and its upcoming album due out in the fall.
Wastelands at Sweatstock 2015.
Photo by Monica McGivern
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Wastelands at Gramps
9 p.m. Friday, June 30, at 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com
This psychedelic-punk trio is a force to be reckoned with. Dubbed "Miami's finest purveyors of the shred" by Gramps, these scene favorites never fail to put on a memorable show. The band consists of familiar faces Alex Nuñez (guitars/lead vocals) Ale Campos (bass/vocals), and Eric Hernandez (drums). They're bringing their show to Wynwood and will probably tear the roof off our beloved Gramps. Catch Wastelands with out-of-towners Tall Juan, Ben Katzman's Degreaser, and others. Don't miss out.