III Points Festival

Ten Local Acts to Watch at III Points 2017

Ten Local Acts to Watch at III Points 2017
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Gorillaz. Nicolas Jaar. The xx. No doubt audiences are excited about the headliners and national acts performing at III Points 2017, which begins next Friday, October 13, and continues through the weekend.

However, since its inception five years ago, the festival has always given local acts a chance to share the stage with the top billing. What began at least partially as a cost-saving measure has turned into one of III Points' best features. No other music festival on this scale gives local acts a chance to perform to large crowds. Sure, shaking Churchill's Pub's crumbling walls is a must for any local band, but a larger stage puts a brighter spotlight on the music coming out of Miami.

So do yourself a favor: Don't stroll into the festival late to catch only the bigger acts. Make a day of it and show your support for the amazing bands, DJs, producers, and others who call these swampy lands home.
Byrdipop. When Poorgrrrl made her debut in 2015 at the festival, behind her stood a shadowy figure manning the boards. That was Byrdipop — real name Andrew Byrd — who has helped Poorgrrrl with the music production of her grifter-meets-rapper-meets-performance-art hybrid. Byrd has been actively DJ'ing around town since then, but if you've never caught him live, now is the time. Byrd's production sometimes delves into the absurd, but he knows when to pull back before it descends into complete chaos. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, October 13, on the Main Frame stage.
Photo by Mickey Humo
Jaialai. The four-piece band will make its festival debut this year, and it's no surprise why III Points invited the band to take part. In its short existence, Jaialai has released its debut EP, When I'm on the Run, whose title track is the perfect introduction to the group's pop-meets-psychedelic-rock sound. And though the band is new, its members — Jose Vinicio Adames, Oscar Sardinia, Mario Lemus, and Richard Boullon — are local music veterans. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 13, on the S3ctor 3 stage.
click to enlarge Seafoam Walls - COURTESY PHOTO
Seafoam Walls
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Seafoam Walls. A perfect representation of today's postgenre music, Seafoam Walls describes its sound as jazz and indie and shoegaze and hip-hop. And technically, yes, it's all of those. It's hard to describe the group's sound, apart from calling it highly layered and melodic. What began as a solo project by vocalist and guitarist Jayan Bertrand has extended to a four-piece, but as Bertrand told New Times in May: "The band is probably going to expand." 6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 13, on the Mind Melt stage.
click to enlarge Deaf Poets - PHOTO BY SYLVAIN VON K
Deaf Poets
Photo by Sylvain von K
Deaf Poets. This duo packs quite a wallop in live performance. You can't help but wonder if there are more musicians behind the curtain helping round out the sound. But rest assured Deaf Poets is made up of just Sean Wouters and Nico Espinosa. The two released a new album, Lost in Magic City, this year and have been touring extensively. What have they learned on the road? You'll have to catch them live to find out. 6:50 to 7:20 p.m. Friday, October 13, on the S3ctor 3 stage.
Danny Daze. He calls Miami home only part-time these days — Berlin is his base when he's in Europe — but Danny Daze has been repping the 305 hard since he's blown up on the dance music scene. He's one of the rare local acts listed higher on the bill than some national performers, and for good reason: Daze has become a force to be reckoned with, releasing cuts on the highly respected Kompakt label as well as his own imprint, Omnidisc. His latest Kompakt release with German producer Shokh, "Aire," is a slow burner that crescendos to an instrumental call-and-response. 12:25 to 1:55 a.m. Friday, October 13, on the Main Frame stage.
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