Things to do in Miami: Fuller Music Fest in Coconut Grove January 29, 2022

Those who got the chance to take part in Berlin’s late and tragic Love Parade will remember it with joy. The mobile music festival crossed the German capital with buses slowly crawling through the city streets. On the vehicles, DJ’s unadulterated techno exploded, while massive crowds followed.

Dan Travieso, founder of the monthly Coconut Groove party series, hopes to revive the nostalgia surrounding outdoor raves during Fuller Music Fest, an outdoor block party in the heart of Coconut Grove, on January 29th.

With the much-needed renovation of Cocowalk now completed, the increased pedestrian traffic has led to a bit of a renaissance for the historic neighborhood. And while Grove is more commercialized and far from its hippy-port golden era in the 1960s and 70s, Travieso sees Fuller Music Fest as a way to bring community together with a house-music-focused block party.

“It really is a block party,” says Travieso New Times. “We call it a music festival because there are three different areas, but the main party stays in the middle of the street. It tries to bring the community out and show people that Grove used to be the destination of a party and is now starting to come back.”

Travieso sees Grove as an unrestricted territory for DJs. It does not compete with downtown or Wynwood – but it does not have to. Between the restaurants and the remaining vintage shops and bars, Grove’s nightlife is a low-stakes affair with the promise of being home at 6 p.m.

Still, the atmosphere is as captivating as any other nightlife destination in Miami.

Coconut Groove grew out of small block parties and began in 2017 at the now-closed Grove Spot. The event grew in popularity and moved to Tavern in the Grove (now at Barracuda Taphouse & Grill), featuring a number of talented local DJs spinning out late at night. Travieso, a weekend club warrior and new dad, tries to put on a Coconut Groove show once a month.

“As for nightlife, there is little here and there, but not the nightlife most of us are used to,” he explains. “But if I can take it once a month, there might be some consequence.”

The Fuller Music epicenter takes place on Fuller Street, with events taking place at the Sandbar on the Main Highway and Barracuda starting at 6 p.m. 23:00 just after the Fuller Street showcase ends.

“Since Barracuda only sells beer, I figured people could take the infamous walk from Barracuda to the Sandbar,” Travieso says. “I can put some friends on Sandbaren’s terrace, who have a lasting atmosphere. You can hang out at Sandbaren or be where the party is in the middle of the street.”

The event will not show your cousin trying to beat the 40 best hits. Instead, talented DJs will play in multiple venues with a formidable sound system to boot.

“Jason Rault, who worked with me in the past, has great energy and a great sound,” he adds. “He is a co-owner of Nomad Soundsytem and will curate music with an acoustic Function-One sound system.”

The street festivities start at 14.00 with Grove Shaman and ends at. 23.00 with Jason Rault. The lineup is divided into about two-hour slots with five artists. Participants will have access to the Sandbar from kl. 17, where they can enjoy the casual scene with Groove veterans Soto, Atomyard and Kike Roldan. The party will shift to Barracuda with Miami’s disco-loving DJs Beki Powell and Mau in what Travieso describes as a “more Boiler Room experience” from 6 p.m.

“I like putting one person in charge of the stand, there’s always someone playing too long or too short and you have to adjust,” Travieso says. “When I’re having a party, the last thing I want to worry about is the booth. So I told Jason that you handle what’s in there and take it with you that you enjoy playing with or vibe with.”

Complete music party. 14.00 on Saturday 29 January in various places; coconutgroovemiami.com. There is free admission.

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