These Four Bands Are Keeping the South Florida Jam Scene Alive

Miami’s music scene is a conglomerate of genres. Past the late-night dance clubs and dive bars lives a genre of music that was born in the ’60s. South Florida seems to be a destination for jam bands, and many have even set their roots here. The scene continues to thrive with events such as Jam Cruise, GroundUp Fest, and Wanee Festival and venues like the Funky Biscuit and the Fillmore. Here are some bands working hard to keep it alive.

1. Snarky Puppy. The three-time Grammy-winning and Brooklyn-based jazz/funk band Snarky Puppy hosted the second GroundUp Music Festival this past February at the North Beach Bandshell, featuring international jazz, jam, and fusion bands. The three-day event is truly like no other. Masterclasses have been hosted by featured musicians such as Robert Glasper, Victor Wooten, and Snarky Puppy founder, composer, and bassist Michael League. Fans from around the world have flocked for the past two years to witness three days of jams in the cool and tropical Miami Beach weather. Visit