Miami Beach, FL was host to the first WimBash event of the calendar year 2013. From January 18 – 20, Doug Wimbish, as musical curator, and the WimBash Music Festival Series partnered with the Miami Design Preservation League and Art Deco Weekend to provide an eclectic three days of music which pleased the widest and most discerning of musical tastes. Art Deco Weekend sees Miami Beach’s world- famous Ocean Drive even more energized with 300,000 visitors who support the local establishments and the hundreds of vendors while enjoying the music, parades, lectures, tours, fashion, events and the Art Deco that is uniquely Miami Beach. Under the musical direction of Doug Wimbish, local and international visitors were entertained starting with a Friday evening of Jazz (directed by virtuoso violinist Christian Howes) continuing through the weekend with the sounds and flavors of reggae, funk, rock, country, pop,soul, hip-hop, dance and more. The high energy Latin horns of local Miami favorite Suénalo joined by Doug and others from the WimBash musical family closed out the weekend’s festivities on Sunday with an electric performance that had all smiling and dancing around the beachfront stage.
Conducted by virtuoso violinist Christian Howes, Friday’s evening of Jazz program began in the 1920s Deco era with vocalist John Martin and the Decotones, followed by Sarah Jane with The Christian Howes Band. The show was set to continue with the more contemporary jazz and blues sounds of Adam Falcon,and Beverly Lewis & The Mixx, before Christian Howes was to close the show with his all-star band and fiery, classical-leaning violin.
Saturday’s music program saw the intensity level rise with the introduction of Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish, the event’s Musical Director and host. Doug assembled an eclectic group of local and WimBash Family musicians and bands, delivering a headlining, entertaining mix of pop, rock, jazz, fusion, reggae, funk, and dance. Calling his musical collective the Doug Wimbish Sound Sysyem, Doug was joined by both longtime (Vinx, Will Calhoun, Keith LeBlanc, Tara Harrison, DJ Rampage Global, Adam Falcon) and new collaborators (Ms. Lauryn Hill keyboardist Michel Ferre), for a retrospective set of his own repetoire including Tack>>Head,Jungle>>Funk and Head>>Fake classics. Also performing to round out the day’s music adventure were guitar sensation Ladell McLin with David Pastorius & Keith LeBlanc, Alex Baugh & The Crazy Carls, John Fifield with The Christian Howes Band and David Pastorius with Local 518.
Staying in the patriotic moment into Sunday, after Earth Code's instrumental set, Tim Charron and his band moved the day forward with their All-American brand of country rock. Then, flying in from Maui, Ras Li’l’ Dread and The Fyah Blaze Band brought their Hawaiian flavored Jamaican reggae to the beach
party, followed by Florida Native Alex Baugh’s homegrown Florida surf pop, Philadelphia Phantasm’s free-minded, power-tool rock, and finally Miami’s own Suénalo and its unforgettable fusion of jazz, rock,hip-hop, rap, funk and Afro-Cuban horns.
Finnish rock & opera star, Tarja Turunen, surprised Doug with an appearance at the WimBash!
Doug Wimbish Soundsystem
DJ Rampage Global
John Martin & The DecoTones
Sarah Jane & The Christian Howes Band
Beverly Lewis & The Mixx
Alex Baugh & The Crazy Carls
Ras Li’l’ Dread & The Fyah Blaze Band