Happy New Year, Miami!
Now get your ass up and Moov to the beats of the Wailers, Revolvr, DJ Irie, Avenida Zero, and David Puentez.
We're talking about the Moov Festival, the first New Year's Day music fest in the 305, bringing local faves and international acts to Bayfront Park.
"It's something to start the year off in a positive way," says Lance Joubert, the mastermind behind Moov. "We wanted to provide Miami with a multi-genre music festival to cover reggae, Latin, electronic, and rock."
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There will be three stages of music: the Pink Stage, with enough uhntz-uhntz to make you wanna fist-pump all day; the Blue Stage, featuring chilled-out reggae, Latin, and rock vibes; and the Green Stage, starring fresh, up-and-coming talent.
"If you like reggae, there's reggae. If you like Latin, there's Latin. If you like electronic, there's electronic. There's something for everybody," Joubert says.
From the fusion of genres representative of the people who live in the Magic City to the Art Deco-inflected neon pink and blue logo, everything about Moov is inspired by Miami.
"We [wanted to define] what our product was and used the environment that we live in to adequately represent and accentuate Miami," the festival founder explains.
"We wanted something that was progressive and represented movement in music and in lifestyle, and we feel that Moov is a great word. It's like a movement. [Our logo] is two little eyes looking at people as well, and when you're doing something different, you're moving."
Unlike other music fests that bring already established headliners to the 305, Moov is looking to support rising stars.
"One of the biggest things we feel is an issue for young talent is that they don't get the opportunity to get showcased on a big stage," Joubert states.
"One of our focuses is to look for good local talent to play in a larger production. We want to serve as a stepping stone in assisting them in growing in their careers."
And while the music plays a huge role in the fest, Moov is also about promoting cultural awareness and enlightenment.
As Joubert points out: "We have a German co-headlining, a Hungarian electronic act, and Jes, who's American, and Avenida Zero, who are Latin, and the Wailers, who epitomize reggae culture, and we have progressive rock.
"We're open to presenting stuff regardless of where it comes from," he adds, "and that's where we feel we are paying tribute to cultural diversity. We want Miami to take ownership of it and appreciate it."
"I personally love live music and interacting with like-minded people, and I can't think of a better way to spend New Year's Day."
Moov Festival 2014. With Revolvr, David Puentez, the Wailers, Leslie Grace, DJ Irie, Jes, Stiletto, Droids, Stillwell, Avenida Zero, Noel Sanger, Afrobeta, Hor!zon, Joseph Areas, Dayride Ritual, Atrasolis, and others. Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The fest starts at 11 a.m. and runs till 11 p.m. Tickets cost $49 to $250 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 786-409-2364 or visit moovfestival.com.
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