Pedal steel master Roosevelt Collier performing at The Ground Up Music Festival at the North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach. Photo courtesy of Luis Olazabal and The Rhythm Foundation
Outdoor music festivals are a complex mix of art feast, social event, and business. Given its weather, inviting locations and geographic situation as an international crossroads, South Florida would seem an especially propitious setting. It has not been the case. South Florida’s recent music history is littered with ambitious projects that had short lives and inglorious deaths. All of which makes the GroundUp Music Festival at the historic North Beach Bandshell, celebrating its third annual edition Feb. 8-10, even more remarkable.