The sprawling event space Soho Studios, in the heart of Wynwood's warehouse district, seems to be just made for massive, all-night parties. Still, the venue is cavernous indeed, and few promoters have been able to truly pack it into a critical crowd mass.
So we salute the promoters of the Sunset Music Festival
for trying, and they have two factors on their side in the good fight. One, they successfully mounted the event last year in a smaller space, so this year counts as an expansion, not as a shot in the dark. Two, the event is all ages, which widens the potential pool of attendees, and gives the underage crowd something productive to do, to boot.
The acts across the festival's planned five stages are all electronic, and all local -- some names you've heard of, and plenty you probably haven't.
The big stars here are George Acosta
, once hailed as the city's trance god, but who's continued to enjoy a healthy career since, largely outside of Miami. A local set by him is actually a coup for Sunset.
The other big headliners here are late-night gods Ralph Falcon
and Cato K
, who, with an event cut-off time of 4 a.m., are playing earlier than they're probably used to.
Filling out the bill are scores of up-and-comers. We can particularly recommend house femme fatale Cristi 10hagen
and breakbeat diehard Johnny Dangerously
, among others.
Sunset Music Festival. With George Acosta, Ralph Falcon, Cato K, and others. Event runs from 4 p.m. Saturday, July 31 to 4 a.m. Sunday, August 1. Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $35 general admission, $80 VIP in advance from wantickets.com. All ages; 954-274-0972; sohostudiosmiami.com