The Ten Best Underground Parties of Miami Music Week 2016

German duo Andhim will swing into Treehouse on Thursday.
German duo Andhim will swing into Treehouse on Thursday.
Courtesy of Andhim

If all you do during Miami Music Week is chase marquee names from party to party, you're doing it wrong.

At its core, this week has always been about discovering new acts and sounds. The days of Daft Punk spinning at local clubs and poolside are certainly over (yes, that happened in the early '00s), but there's always a chance you'll witness the nascent career of the next great electronic music superstar. MMW is also an opportunity to see established acts live in the States instead of on a Boiler Room video.

So ditch the Dutch DJs and American EDM acts for the week — they'll be at Ultra anyway — and venture out to the best underground and alternative dance music events happening around Miami.

Waze & Odyssey
Waze & Odyssey
Courtesy of the artist

10. Waze & Odyssey. With Amtrac, Citizenn, Gene Farris, Jesse Rose, and Jonas Rathsman. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; 1306miami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $20 plus fees via epoplife.com.

London's Waze & Odyssey have been making beautiful music together since 2011, but the deep-house duo's big break came when its underground hit "Bump & Grind," a reworking of R. Kelly's 1994 song "Bump N' Grind," bubbled up to the mainstream. However, while their contemporaries, like Disclosure and Duke Dumont, have become bona fide stars, Waze & Odyssey can still be enjoyed in more intimate settings. They'll also kick off 1306's first Miami Music Week with a showcase by W&O Street Tracks, their record label, to highlight Waze & Odyssey and friends' beatmaking skills.

Acid Pauli
Acid Pauli
Courtesy of the Leverage Agency

9. The Leverage Agency & Friends. With Acid Pauli, Eduardo Castillo, Satori, Viken Arman, and others. 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Basement Miami, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; basementmiami.com. Tickets cost $30 to $40 via basementmiami.com.

According to the Leverage Agency, its artists "will perform only in venues with top-quality sound, top-quality hospitality, and respect for what we all love, a night full of lasting memories and musical journeys." That's a noble goal, especially in dance music's money-over-everything mindset. But Acid Pauli and Eduardo Castillo couldn't have picked a better venue than Basement Miami, which despite its ultra-posh setting has a legit sound and lighting system.

&Me
&Me
Courtesy of the artist

8. Keinemusik Showcase. With &Me, Adam Port, David Mayer, Till von Sein, and others. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets cost $10 to $20 plus fees via residentadvisor.net.

Labels are like family, but thanks to hectic touring schedules, DJs don't get much quality time with their labelmates. Berlin-based Keinemusik might have one of the tightest music collectives, and at the Electric Pickle, &Me, Adam Port, and David Mayer will be able to come together for the best family reunion partygoers will ever have the chance to attend.

David Morales
David Morales
Courtesy of the artist

7. Def Mix Presents Our House. With David Morales, Quentin Harris, Hector Romero, and Sean Cormac & Chili Davis. 10 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Yuca, 501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-532-9822; yuca.com. Tickets cost $15 via eventbrite.com.

The lure of EDM acts is strong this week, but anyone would be remiss for not honoring those who laid the groundwork for today's industry. David Morales was spinning house music when it was still in its infancy and became a regular at places such as Paradise Garage and Ministry of Sound. If you're tired of hyphen house subgenres — progressive-house, tech-house, tropical-house — catch Def Mix, who'll deliver dance music in its pure, unadulterated form.

Jamie Jones
Jamie Jones
Courtesy of the artist

Upcoming Events

6. Paradise Miami. With Jamie Jones, the Martinez Brothers, Steve Lawler, Lee Foss, Bob Moses, Matthew Dear, and others. 10 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; manawynwood.com. Tickets cost $35 to $50 plus fees via residentadvisor.net.

These days, there's nothing "underground" about Jamie Jones, but the Hot Creations boss is still delivering some of the most interesting records out there. His recent EP, This Way!, was a total throwback, and it's reason enough to still pay respect. Paradise Miami returns to Mana this year with another amazing lineup outside of a certain music festival that rhymes with "Shmultra."



Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >