While an epic snowstorm dumps on the Northeast, us lucky ducks get to frolic in record breaking temps. This winter has been hotter and rainier than #$%@!. Here’s a sampling of things to do this weekend that are worth your $$$, effort and sweat.

Friday, February 10

International Noise Conference, Churchill’s Pub, 2/7-2/11

It’s the other INC acronym: International Noise Conference! Miami music legend Rat Bastard has been throwing this annual celebration of “noise” for 14 years and it has become an international touring sensation. As the video above demonstrates, you either love the genre or you REALLY love the genre. This mecca of sonic brutality holds residency at Churchill’s all this week and presents close to 200 artists in 15-min or less sets. And it’s all free. Stay noisy, my friends.
GroundUP Music Festival, North Beach Bandshell 2/10-2/12

Another week, another killer program at the Bandshell. This time, courtesy of those fusion-aholics Snarky Puppy who will be performing three nights in a row at the inaugural GroundUP Music Festival. This lovely mashup of national touring acts like David Crosby, Chris Thile and Charlie Hunter also give some shine to our local scene with performances from Electric Kif, Roosevelt Collier, Aaron Lebos and Live! Modern School of Music Band. Tickets are $85 per day or $225 for the whole shebang. Everyone’s gonna be there, bro.

Saturday, February 11

The Blue Edition, Art Bastion Gallery, 6-9pm


It’s Artwalk (duh duh duh)! There will be tons of people and food trucks. Take a break from the clogged street inside Art Bastion Gallery for the opening of the Blue Edition – a series which explores the color blue and its relationship to water. This free gathering features a panel that includes the show’s curator, Nico Kos, artists Home Eleven, Rachel Silverstein of Miami Waterkeeper, and Professor Tamay Özgökmen of CARTHE at University of Miami. Art and environmental conservancy – yes!

Sunday, February 12

Bookleggers presents: Sweet Liberty!, at Sweet Liberty 12-5pm

Our friends from Bookleggers continue to push their books-n-booze combo, this time at Miami Beach watering hole Sweet Liberty. Come for the brunch, stay for the drinks and leave with a free Valentine’s-Day-themed book “sure to get your juices flowing.” Your first book is free and each additional book can be had for a mere $2 or by donating one of your old tomes. Day drinking is officially OK as long as you are compensating with a healthy read.

That’s it for this weekend. Catch you next week at CULTRA 2 on Thursday, February 16 in Museum Park.

Much Love,

The Buskerfest Team