Weekend warriors and nightlife gurus converge in Wynwood this weekend as a wild festival dubbed III Points returns for its second run. The three-day bacchanal celebrating music, art and technology is the brainchild of three pillars of the hip neighborhood it calls home. Inspired by the community’s growth and energy, Amir Ben-Zion, Erica Freshman and David Sinopoli are busy curating and promoting with Miami’s homegrown talent in mind.
“This festival is a vital piece of representation for Miami,” said Sinopoli. “Not only for our community here, but for the rest of the world to see that Miami is not just a confetti-dropping, bottles-in-the-air, Vegas-by-the-sea.”
Ben-Zion, who owns Bardot and Gigi, has been working in Wynwood for nearly 15 years. He now sees Miami as a real competitor with major cities like New York and Los Angeles. Along with Freshman and Sinopoli, the III Points vision is to showcase cutting-edge musical acts, across multiple genres and styles with up-and-coming acts from Miami.
“We have such incredibly talented people living, working and producing sick work in our own backyard. This is a platform to showcase it,” said Freshman.
In order to access the main grounds to dance, you’ll have to purchase a ticket, but most of the satellite events around town are free of charge.
“This is a community festival. We want it to be accessible to a wide range of people… Not everything is about money,” said Ben-Zion.
We also hear the main festival grounds will be equipped with a roller skating rink (!).
III Points kicks off Friday, Oct. 10 and ends Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Here’s a well-rounded list to help you navigate the myriad events throughout the weekend:
Pre-Points Happy Hours
The weekend begins with happy hour at a select group of bars in Wynwood. Participating venues will offer a specialty drink for $3.
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
Brick House, 187 NW 28th St., Miami.
R House, 2727 NW 2nd Ave., Miami.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, 2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami.
Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami.
Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2nd Ave., Miami.
Gigi, 3470 N Miami Ave., Miami.
Butcher-Shop, 165 NW 23rd St., Miami.
Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami.
Shikany, 251 NW 25th St., Miami.
Opening of Insta|Still at Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami.
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.
A collaborative still life will be created by a group of artists through the use of found objects and human figures.Easels and tables will surround the still life where the artists and participants can draw the work on display. Each pad and roll of paper will be numbered and available for participants to take once complete. Artists include: Deon Rubi, Michael Clifford, Douglas Hoekzema, Giles Neale, Johnny Robles, Franky Cruz, Sarah MK Moody, Nikki Salcedo, Marilyn Rondon, Yuri Tuma, Diego Guzman, Cristina Gonzalez.
RJD2 Master Class (RJ TEACH U) at Scratch DJ Academy, 450 NW 28th St., Miami.
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Acclaimed producer/DJ RJD2 will give a tutorial on mixing/mastering and producing at the Scratch Academy. RSVP mandatory as space is limited: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lykke Li’s first public show in Miami at the Mainframe Stage at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami.
Time: 8:40 p.m. set
Hercules & Love Affair at the Mindmelt Stage at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami.
Time: 10:40 p.m. set
Tech Talks & Make-a-Thon at The Lab, 400 NW 26th St., Miami.
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Use 3D printers, robotics hardware, and other materials, alongside innovators of all kinds as MIAMade teaches guests to hack, prototype, and build inventions for the music industry.
Open Source Panel Discussion on Lighting & Staging for Music Festivals
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Hear from local lighting, staging, and special effects teams about how to create intoxicating environments for music festivals.
Street Art x Tech with Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM), 350 NW 29th St., Miami.
Time: 1 – 3 p.m., discussion at 2 p.m.
A panel discussion on street art and technology at 350 NW 29th St., Miami. Founder and director of FAAM Fredric Thut will be joined by street art specialist Sebastien Laboureau, gallerist Bernard Markowicz, and Miami-based street artist Abstrk.
Screening of “Third Trinity” with Director and Q&A at The Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami.
Time: 8 – 10 p.m.
Miami Light Project premieres Third Trinity, a film by Teo Castellanos (writer/performer), in collaboration with Tarell McCraney (director), featuring performance work steeped in ritual and musical language/era-related songs.The play tells a unique story of Puerto Rican nationalism, the Drug wars of the late ’80s with a timeless tale of brotherhood.
Mainframe Stage at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami.
Time: 10:55 set
John Talabot, Spanish DJ, producer and electronic musician
Time: 12:30 a.m. set
Jamie XX, a solo act and member of the London-based band The xx
Time: 1:45 a.m.
Opening reception for Johnny Robles’ “Let it Slide” at Spinello Projects, 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami.
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.
Local artist unveils his latest works in a solo exhibition with music by Washed Out.
Pre-Points BBQs offers complimentary food and entertainment at various locations in Wynwood and Miami Beach.
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
Body High BBQ with Jerome LOL, Samo Sound Boy- at Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami.
Okayplayer with Questlove at Wood Tavern, 2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
DFA BBQ with Juan Maclean at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami, FL 33127
Booty Bass & Bounce House with Afro Beta, Otto Von Schirach, Basside with Bounce House, hosted by Veronica Gessa at Brisky Gallery, 130 NW 24th St., Miami.
Just Recognize BBQ with MNKYBSNSS & The Deep at The Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach.
Unfilter, a spoken word poetry slam hosted by Isis Miller at Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Old school and new school hip hop by local DJ Keen One on the Sector3 Stage at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami.
Set time: 10 p.m.
Miami’s own The Hongs on the Skatespace Stage at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami.
Set time: 10:15 p.m.
How to buy tickets?
Visit iiipoints.com to purchase tickets. Prices range from $55 – $99, plus fees.
Where is the actual festival?
Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami.
Where to park?
Official III Points parking will be available at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, and the RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami. Shuttle services will be available from these parking lots.
To see the complete musical lineup and list of event activations, visit iiipoints.com.