The brand new year ushers in a new wave of top-notch live performances at The Wynwood Yard’s Simple Vodka Stage, reaffirming the community hub’s commitment to supporting local live music. January 2018 includes an eclectic and energetic lineup of concerts including Afrobeta, Alex DiLeo, Nacho Londono, and Shenzi.
Equally talented homegrown musicians also debut recurring nights of live performances, like First Fridays with Florida folk-star Keith Johns, Yoli Mayor’s monthly shows, and the monthly jam session hosted by Elastic Bond. Meanwhile, the weekly Jazz at The Yard series continues to feature some of the finest musicians in town and Kulcha Shok’s Reggae Sundays keep the vibes going with exciting reggae bands and DJs every weekend.
All events listed below are free unless otherwise mentioned. Visit The Wynwood Yard’s calendar for a list of all events.
Recurring Music Events
First Fridays with Keith Johns | Friday, January 5 |9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
We’re stoked to kick off First Fridays with Keith Johns, a monthly residency with the Florida folk artist. Johns welcomes fellow musicians to share the stage with him, and he’s kicking it off with the smooth style of Roberta Burke and her band. Keith rocks the Simple Vodka Stage afterward with two exciting sets. RSVP here. DJ ClauNine brings the electronic beats afterward, spinning from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A Night with Elastic Bond and Friends| Thursday, January 11 |7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
The 305’s Elastic Bond, masters of mixing tropical rhythms, soul and urban beats, launched their new monthly jam session at The Yard in December. Now, they’re keeping up the energy-filled nights.
Jazz at The Yard | Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 | 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Re-energize your week and shake off midweek doldrums with live jazz under the stars at The Yard. With a thoughtfully-curated line-up by Chad Bernstein of Guitars over Guns and Spam Allstars, the newly-launched Jazz at The Yard series spotlights local musicians and luminaires from Miami’s own backyard. Come support local music and revel in live performances. Savor wine by the glass or the bottle from The Bar at The Yard’s newly curated list. Admission is free!
January 3: Musical Guest Magela Herrera
January 10: Musical Guest Jean Caze and Amédé
January 17: Musical Guest Tim Jago Quartet
January 24: Musical Guest Russ Spiegel Organ Trio
January 31: Musical Guest Troy Robert Quartet
Reggae Sundays | Sundays, January 7, 14, 21 & 28 | 2 P.M. – midnight
Kulcha Shok brings holiday cheer, awesome vibes and awesome reggae in the New Year. Groove to a jam-packed lineup at each Sunday Funday brought to you by the reggae gurus from Kulcha Shok with a series of themed events including Kulcha Kids on the first Sundays of the month, with activities just for the little ones from noon to 2 p.m. followed by regularly-scheduled Reggae Sunday live musical performances and DJ’s until midnight. All Vinyl on second Sundays co-hosted by Peppabox throws you back to turntable days. Surfer Night coasts through every third Sunday co-hosted by the Surfrider Foundation and featuring surf movies. Miami-kissed Kulcha Latino brings the best of both worlds together under one sunny sky on the fourth Sunday of each month. When there’s a fifth Sunday in the month, revel in it with Skavelution, a salute to Jamaica’s ska culture. More info here.
January 7: Kulcha Kids & Musical Guest Tree House
January 14: Musical Guest Red Lyte
January 21: Musical Guest Jahfe
January 28: Musical Guest Pulga Negus Nagast
Special Music Events
When their members aren’t jamming in other top-notch Miami bands like jazzy Lemon City Trio or funky Electric Kif, Twyn is all about experimental music. They treat us to a night of fresh new music, followed by Afrobeta, the masters of colorful electro-funk.
OIGO and Brothers Of Others | Friday, January 12th |8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Adrian Gonzalez, or OIGO as he’s better known, is all about feel-good sounds. He’ll get us grooving when he takes over the Simple Vodka Stage with his one-of-a-kind use of live loops, chill vocals and positive vibes. South Florida rock and blues band Brothers of Others follows with a high-energy jam.
Silent Disco Dance Party | Friday, January 12th |11 p.m. – 2 a.m.
SoundOff Miami is back, and they’re bringing your favorite glowing headphones. The Silent Disco Dance Party features three DJs spinning different genres simultaneously and transmitting right into your headphones. As you dance, you can flip through genres and your headphones glow accordingly. Experience the techy fun and get your ticket here.
Alex DiLeo | Thursday, January 18th |8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Getting his start in South Florida as an indie singer-songwriter, Alex DiLeo has evolved into an uber-talented musician inspired by pop, indie and folk sounds. Come see why college radio stations across the country and indie outlets alike are raving about this young talent when he performs at The Yard.
Jam Cruise 16 Party w/ Turkuaz and Roosevelt Collier | Tuesday, January 16th |5 p.m. – 12 a.m | $10 for Jam Cruise guests, $15 for general public
Turkuaz and the Roosevelt Collier Trio feat. Eddie Roberts give us a jam session that cannot be missed. Blues, rock and roll and soul come together for an energizing explosion of sound. Enjoy the show while indulging in plenty of food options from our on-site concepts. If you don’t know Turkuaz, you will soon—trust us! Get your tickets quick by checking out this link. Please note The Wynwood Yard will be closed unless you have a ticket for this event during this time.
Xperimento | Friday, January 19 |9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Latin reggae with urban soul, that’s what Miami-based Xperimento is all about. Dance the night away under the South Florida stars with their exciting sounds. Their act is followed by DJ ClauNine.
Cortadito and Yoli Mayor | Saturday, January 20th |7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cortadio’s creative take on folkloric Cuban music and Yoli Mayor’s stunning voice are quite the combination. They’re both back this January to get you moving and feeling good. Cortadio takes the Simple Vodka Stage first–make sure you bring your dancing shoes. America’s Got Talent contestant Yoli Mayor gifts us after with some soul-filled tunes. DJ Alan Epps takes over the decks for some electronic vibes after the live show at 11 p.m.
Nacho Londono | Thursday, January 25th |8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
After his release of albums “Arboles Libres” (2010) and “Father” (2012), Colombian native Nacho Londono became one of the most prominent and highly-acclaimed artists of the Miami underground music scene. Catch him doing his contagious mix of folk, experimental music and rock, with a significant splash of Latin flavor, at The Yard.
Black & Creme and Shenzi | Friday, January 26th |7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
South Florida’s music scene is quite exciting. Don’t believe us? Just take a look (or a listen) to Black & Creme, a genre-defying band that manages to mix indie rock, funk and electronic music. They take on the Simple Vodka Stage, followed by Shenzi, another local gem. Shenzi’s members all bring their diverse musical backgrounds to the stage, including soul, jazz, rock, hip-hop and other modern elements.
Leslie Cartaya and Locos Por Juana| Saturday, January 27 |7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
One can say that Leslie Cartaya’s voice is one of the most unique ones in Miami. She can make you feel like you’re listening to an old school Cuban bolero or a modern funk jam. The Palo lead vocalist and talented solo artist in her own right brings her vibrant rhythms to the Simple Vodka Stage at The Yard, followed by cumbia-rock-reggae stars Locos por Juana. The jam session is followed by a DJ set from DJ ClauNine starting at 11 p.m.