The Bayfront Jazz Festival will kick off its inaugural edition in Miami’s Bayfront Park on April 30 (International Jazz Day) and May 1. Appearing over the two days at the open-air FPL Solar Amphitheater are Roy Ayers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola, and Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music. The oceanfront venue, which normally holds up to 10,000 people, will only have an audience of 1,500 in order to maintain both social distancing and the appropriate health and safety protocols. In addition, the concerts will be streamed live through EluvioLIVE and available on mobile, desktop, tablets, Apple TV and Roku TV, all in 4K. Partial proceeds will be given to hospitals fighting COVID-19.
The event is produced by Melrose Media. “Artists and audiences crave for live music in an outdoor venue and we had to fight to make that event happen,” said Manuel Molina, the company’s managing director, in a press release received by JazzTimes. “We took engagements with the venue and the City to protect our audience with masks, gels and social distancing,” His co-producer Amos Rozenberg added, “We wanted to bring back live jazz in the heart of the Miamians and feed their souls with iconic musicians’ vibes. There will only be 1,500 happy people in the venue but everybody likes the sunshine. So everybody will be able to follow that hybrid event on a livestream.”
In addition, the Bayfront Park has a 500-panel solar installation, which generates about 250 kilowatts of emissions-free energy.
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