The first "destination" jazz festival took place in Newport , R.I., in 1954 — multiple days, one stage and gorgeous scenery. These days, Newport is going strong, as is Monterey in California, and the festival model has expanded to multiple stages and far beyond big-brimmed hats and lawn chairs. Still, Snarky Puppy leader Michael League saw a void and an opportunity. After years of performing at festivals around the world, the 34-year-old bassist founded the GroundUP Music Festival in order to bring musicians and fans together in an intimate setting: the beach. Miami Beach, to be exact. At GroundUP, "the line between stage and audiences doesn't really exist," says musician Magda Giannikou, who led a massive drum session on the sand. "It's a very...
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The GroundUP Festival Brings Even More Heat to Miami