Join At ArtsLaunch 2018

Free Musical Entertainment, 100s of Arts Organizations Gather Saturday

Michelle F. Solomon

Photographer: CHRIS CARTER will join more than 100 of South Florida's cultural organizations in a day to celebrate the arts at ArtsLaunch2018, a free annual celebration to kick off Miami’s arts season and celebrate the Center’s official box office opening on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Created in partnership with the local arts community and DWNTWN Art Days, ArtsLaunch 2018 includes a Community Village featuring more than 100 of South Florida’s cultural organizations, mini performances, interactive workshops, chef demos, kids’ activities, walking tours, food and beverage vendors, live bands and DJs, and more.

Stop by and meet contributors, and pick up brochures and information about arts groups presenting some of the best in South Florida performance.

There is also entertainment including freel live music from local bands and DJs on the Thomson Plaza for the Arts throughout the day with a grand finale concert at 6:30 p.m.

The entertainment line up includes.


Voted Best Latin Band in 2017 by Miami New Times! LOCOS POR JUANA (@LocosPorJuana) is a Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated bilingual band, most notably recognized for their high- energy live performances and unique fusion of reggae, funk, cumbia, salsa, and rock. The band, featuring Itawe Correa as its charismatic lead vocalist, talented guitarist Mark Kondrat, innovative drummer Javier Delgado, and electrifying bass player David Pransky, write and produce all their music. For more information, please visit:



JAHFÉ (@Jahfe) is an international powerhouse pop rock-reggae band whose rising popularity and following is due to their take charge attitude and uncompromising conscious message. Representing the power of the youth and the wisdom of roots culture, the music of JAHFÉ not only reflects diversity but the true ability of conscious music to connect to people of all backgrounds. Now in their musical prime, JAHFÉ specializes in a hard-driving, dubbed-up hybrid of rock and reggae that, in its best moments, rise to a visceral frenzy that few reggae acts of any era could hope to match. The band is fronted by lead vocalist Esther Fortune, a ferocious whirlwind of power and energy, a raw dominant and commanding dynamo who is impossible to contain when she hits the stage. Together with Sasha Sanon (band leader, percussionist and lead singer) and Lady D (a technically trained mezzo-soprano with a vocal range spanning more than three octaves) they produce euphonious harmonies and interweave over the expertly constructed reggae grooves skillfully. For more information, please visit:


For the past two decades, Kumi (@DJ_Kumi) has earned a reputation as a DJ capable of taking audiences on a musical journey through hip-hop, house, soul, afrobeat, funk, breaks, Top 40 hits, Latin, dance classics and more. Throughout his career, Kumi has DJ'd with Maseo from De La Soul, Madlib, Mndsgn, Peanutbutter Wolf, J-Rocc, Elijah Wood, Zach Cowie, Quantic (and Ondatropica), Jeremy Sole, Nicodemus, Matthew Law, Benji B, Jaques Green and Tall Black Guy. He currently has two Miami-based radio shows on – "The Pick Show," which is an open format show that caters to many different genres, and "Brainville," an avant-garde Jazz show.


Plus, performances, staged readings, screenings and workshops will be offered all day:

  • A Cappella Corner featuring local high school groups
  • Centro Cultural de España Miami
  • City Theatre
  • Delou Africa
  • Florida Grand Opera
  • Greater Miami Youth Orchestra
  • Jolt Radio
  • Magic City Opera
  • Miami City Ballet
  • Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Musical Fairy Tales
  • New World Symphony
  • Radio Lollipop
  • South Florida Center for Percussive Arts
  • Zoetic Stage

Also, on Saturday, Sept. 8 starting at 10 a.m., the Adrienne Arsht Center’s box office officially opens, offering the first opportunity for the public to purchase tickets to a variety of performances included in the Arsht Center’s 13th season. Fees on all individual show tickets will be waived for all who purchase in person at the box office exclusively during ARTSLAUNCH2018. Tickets may also be purchased through the Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at (fees apply).

Updates on ArtsLaunch. can be found at

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