Andrew Bird And Chris Potter Circuits Added To Snarky Puppy’s Third Annual GroundUP Music Festival In Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019

Andrew Bird (full set + GUMFEST version of “Live from the Great Room” series)

+ Chris Potter Circuits feat. James Francies and Nate Smith, to Join:

Snarky Puppy (World Premier 1st Live Performances of New Unreleased Album), Lalah Hathaway (Artist-At-Large), Tank & the Bangas,

David Crosby + the Lighthouse Band, Susana Baca, Ghost-Note & Many More Scheduled

December 20, 2019 – GroundUP Music announces that Andrew Bird and Chris Potter Circuits feat. James Francies and Nate Smith, will join the already stellar lineup for its’ third annual GroundUP Music Festival taking place on February 8-10, 2019, in its beachfront and palm tree filled festival site in Miami Beach (where the winter weather is an average 75 degrees and sunny).

Hosted by three-time Grammy-winning artist Snarky Puppy, the festival will feature a special set from Snarky each day with 3 different lineups, along with the world-premiere of live performances of the music from their upcoming new studio album (planned to be released in 2019 after the festival).   There will also be an eclectic lineup of international superstars from all over the world from Brazil, Perú, Argentina, Morocco, the United States, Colombia, Greece, Ghana, Japan, Sweden, Guadeloupe, Canada, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, and Turkey. The artists joining Snarky Puppy include Andrew Bird (full band set + 2nd set GUMFEST-version of Andrew’s wonderful "Live From The Great Room" series with GUMFEST artists - think: Andrew Bird + David Crosby x 8 = ?);  Lalah Hathaway (Artist At Large); David Crosby + Lighthouse Band; Tank and the Bangas; Chris Potter Circuits feat. James Francies and Nate Smith; Susana Baca; Bill Laurance; Bokanté; Ghost-Note; House of Waters; Lucy Woodward with Frost Studio Jazz Band & Shelly Berg; Innov Gnawa; Michelle Willis; The Funky Knuckles; Maz; New York Gypsy All-Stars ; PRD Mais + Carlos Malta; The O’Pears; and La Perla.  

"After an incredible first two years of the GroundUP Music Festival -- dubbed by some as the Art Basel of Music because of its’ international appeal where nearly 60% of the 10,000+ attendees traveled to Miami Beach for the festival from approximately 40 states and 40 countries -- our goal is to continue to create a transformative annual event for South Florida and worldwide audiences,” says Miami Beach native and GroundUP Music CEO Paul Lehr.  GroundUP will continue to push the envelope on the typical festival experience and break down the barriers between audience and artists with more intimate master classes and workshops and personal interactions with and access to the artists. Added Snarky Puppy bandleader and GroundUP Music founder Michael League, “the mission of our festival has never been to grow in size. It is to create the optimal experience for artist, audience, and staff from years and years of playing festivals ourselves, observing what we love and what we don’t about each. We have an intimate thing happening here- no more than 2,000 listeners per day on festival grounds that take less than two minutes to traverse, and only two stages alternating performers, allowing audience members to hear every single note from every single artist.”

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 2019 GroundUP Music Festival performer David Crosby urged, “I don’t think you’ll get a better shot at hearing real music than at this festival.  It will knock your socks off.” 

Watch a recap of the 2018 festival here

The North Beach Bandshell’s Amphitheater and sprawling adjacent Palm Grove Park and beachfront complex will once again host the festival during the three-day festival with intimate master classes and workshops and personal interactions with the artists, and top local chefs including Michelle Bernstein serving inspired food and libations in the park.  Partner hotel The Alexander will serve as the venue for late night concerts on two stages featuring new artists and surprises.

Special thanks our Miami sponsors and partners since the beginning:  The Rhythm Foundation, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, and Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council.  

Tickets and info at:


Formed in 2003 by bandleader/bassist/composer Michael League, Snarky Puppy is a “D.I.Y. juggernaut” (New York Times) that has won three Grammy awards in the last four years. Through it all, the band has kept a rigorous touring schedule of 100-200 shows per year. They are a collective of sorts, with as many as 25 members in regular rotation.  Each maintains busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, and David Crosby), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s independent label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.


For more information on GroundUP Music Festival, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, or 917.703.8361, or Lena Koorse at GroundUP Music, or 786-395-5238

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