North Beach Bandshell concerts canceled due to Surfside building collapse
The horrific collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in the early morning hours of June 25 sent emotional shockwaves to Miami-Dade and the nation. On Monday, the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed that 27 people had died and more than 115 were still missing.
The condo collapse has a ripple effect on local businesses, including entertainment venues like the nearby North Beach Bandshell.
Thursday, the Rhythm Foundation – the local non-profit cultural organization that manages the open-air concert hall with a capacity of 1,300 seats located opposite North Beach Oceanside Park from the site of the Champlain Towers – announced that all music events scheduled for July have been moved postponed or canceled altogether as local authorities and rescue teams use the site and Bandshell Park for ongoing relief efforts. In addition, the nearby Unidad Miami Beach Community Center next to the site on the south side of 73rd Street along Collins Avenue is used as the command post for the Miami Beach Police Department. According to a spokesperson for the Rhythm Foundation, access to the area has been restricted due to the number of emergency vehicles in the area.
“We were able to relocate the majority of the performances planned for July to the bandshell. By canceling just a few, ”said Greg Johnston, director of marketing and communications for the Rhythm Foundation. New times. “It was difficult as it was the first year of our Seaside Summer Performing Arts Celebration. We had to work quickly to find new venues for these performances, but we have some great partners in Miami who make the process a lot easier.
After the June 25 meltdown, the Rhythm Foundation quickly moved their June 26 concert with Big Freedia and the Soul Rebels to Space Park. The Miami Beach Music Festival Orchestra’s Independence Day Celebration Concert, which was scheduled to launch on the statutory holiday weekend on Friday, July 2, has been canceled.
Summer seaside events scheduled throughout July that have been postponed include the Miami Salsa Battle: Timbalive verzus N’Taya (new date to be determined); Beach Skate with Love Below and Roller Skating Vibes (new date to be determined); The eighth annual Flamenco Sephardit de Siempre Flamenco (postponed to September 26); MiMo Weekend (postponed to summer 2022); and Tribute to Daft Punk by Nu Deco Nucleus (postponed to September 12).
Other events planned for July including Orchestra Miami’s Tribute to Astor Piazzolla (July 9), Festa Julina with Forró da Gabi (July 10), Boy Pablo with special guest Vanessa Zamora (July 24), Xanddy Samba & Summer (July 25 ), the 25th annual Miami Ballet Festival (July 31) and an evening with Julian Marley (July 31) will take place on their respective scheduled dates at a different location to be determined.
While most of the group’s July events will take place at a later date or at another location, the loss of a month from the venue marks another major hurdle in the Rhythm Foundation’s route. The events industry has been ravaged by COVID-19 and guidelines that banned public gatherings until early this year. The bandshell began 2021 by hosting an in-person audience at a limited capacity and has since been able to raise the bar to full capacity as more Floridians receive COVID-19 vaccines.
After an upbeat start to the summer, the recent tragedy has also brought a new sense of shared uncertainty for Miami Beach residents, especially those who live and work in the neighborhood around the collapsed condo. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced on Friday evening that she had signed an emergency order to demolish the remaining part of the building, as structural engineers informed her that the rest of the apartment also risked a potential collapse. (The building was demolished on Sunday evening.)
“We definitely felt the shift in energy,” said Johnston. “The residents are very worried, and rightly so. This has been a difficult situation for the community and we are grateful to be able to help. We can’t wait to bring live music – once again – to North Beach. ”
Fans and ticket holders should visit the Rhythm Foundation website for details on rescheduled or moved events.
North Beach Bandshell. 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786-453-2897; northbeachbandshell.com.