The popular home to some of North Beach’s popular live music concerts has once again opened for business. The Capital Improvement Projects department of the City of Miami has just completed a nine-month long renovation of the historic bandshell. And by all accounts, it is favorable.
“I love the way it looks now,” says long-time Beach resident, Mary Levine. “I have been coming to concerts here for years and I will continue to do so.”
The Bandshell has an expanded backstage, new theatre lighting and the stage has been made larger, thus opening it up to a broader scope of events.
Many locals have spent time at the bandshell, listening to World music concerts put on by local concert promoter, The Rhythm Foundation. Bands like Antibalas, The Spam Allstars, Bomba Estereo and even the Brazilian Film Festival have all been a part of its history.
Plans are still up in the air when it comes to making the venue profitable and members of the city’s finance committee are discussing ways to attract more community attention and how to fund it. Ideas bandied around include live performances, a Friday skate night, a street vendor fair and a weekly movie series. Commissioners are hoping to have a some final proposals by next month.
“We need Miami beach to really put some effort into livening up this place.” said Levine. “It needs a whole new wave of youngsters to enjoy this place as much as I have.”