MTN | Miami Beach deals for spring break ‘North Sea’ music festival

Gabriel Poblete | MiamiTodayNews

During his comment, Mr. Libbin highlighted the achievements of Gregory Elias, the founder of Fundashon Bon Intenshon, including producing the famous Rolling Stones concert in Havana and financing festivals like Curaçao North Sea Jazz and Holland International Blues. According to Latin Times | Persbureau Curacao

Before Covid-19 enveloped the world, Miami Beach was concerned with establishing activities that would help change its rowdy image during spring break. Last week, the city commission unanimously gave preliminary approval to staging a three-day family-oriented music festival next year during spring break.

Jerry Libbin, president and CEO of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, introduced the festival, to be called the North Sea South Beach Music Festival. He said the chamber was approached by the producers, Curaçao-based Fundashon Bon Intenshon and Live Nation’s Mojo Concerts, about bringing the festival to the Beach in March 2021.

During his comment, Mr. Libbin highlighted the achievements of Gregory Elias, the founder of Fundashon Bon Intenshon, including producing the famous Rolling Stones concert in Havana and financing festivals like Curaçao North Sea Jazz and Holland International Blues. According to Latin Times, Mr. Elias is a corporate lawyer from Curaçao.

“If they meet their projections, they expect to have a financial loss of $2.255 million in year one,” Mr. Libbin said. “They understand as producers of major events that it takes four to five years to even break even, and they’re ready to make that kind of investment in our community.”

Mr. Libbin said the producers will pick up the costs for staging, marketing, sales, talent acquisition, room nights for staff and talent, and safety and crowd control within the gated area.

They’re asking the city to forgo site rent and costs of sanitation, police and fire, which he said the city normally pays during spring break.

Producers would also offer 250 tickets a day to senior citizens and 500 a day to children under 15 who are accompanied by a paying adult.

A ticket for the event is projected to cost $150 and the event is expected to draw 15,000 festival goers a day, said Heather Shaw, the city’s assistant director of tourism and culture. She said that while vetting the producers, she did not find anything negative about them and mentioned that the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau submitted a letter of recommendation.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe owner David Wallack spoke highly of Mr. Elias. He said he and Wendy Kallergis, president and CEO of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, had been discussing the idea of a mega-festival with top talent taking place in the Beach for the better part of a decade, and said Mr. Elias has the talent, resources and expertise to make it happen.

“Now even in circumstances where the timing of this event can be an incredible blessing for our entire city in that it would serve as a recovery renaissance concert as well to just lift the city into almost the days of yesteryear in a way that it’s never been done before,” Mr. Elias said.

Commissioners were supportive of the festival but raised several questions and suggestions. Michael Góngora said he was interested, and recommended festival producers hire as many locals as possible and look to affiliate with the South Beach Jazz Festival. Mark Samuelian said the administration should look at the benefits to the city and the potential for the festival to adversely affect the South Beach Jazz Festival.

City Attorney Raul Aguila cautioned against giving conceptual commission approval without his office properly vetting the festival. However, Mr. Libbin said the producers, short of a contract, need a firm commission commitment so they can get the ball rolling and start booking talent.

Mayor Dan Gelber, sponsor of the legislation, amended the resolution to emphasize that approval of the event was subject to successful negotiations with the city. City Manager Jimmy Morales said he would aim to have a final agreement ready for the May 13 commission meeting.

Founded in 1976, The North Sea Jazz Festival is a yearly festival in the Netherlands that has drawn jazz greats including Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz and Herbie Hancock, and contemporary acts such as Kendrick Lamar, Solange and John Legend.

The Curaçao offspring was created in 2010, and has attracted acclaimed acts such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Alicia Keys.

However, this year’s Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival has been called off. The website reads: “For this internationally competing event, the organizers need at least two world-class acts, preferably headliners that have not performed at Curaçao yet. In the past months it has become clear such acts are not available for this particular period.”

Bron: MiamiTodayNews

5 Reacties op “MTN | Miami Beach deals for spring break ‘North Sea’ music festival

  1. Three-day family-oriented music festival next year during spring break.

    Family orientated en Spring Break gaan niet samen.

    Is de heer Elias wel ooit bij een springbreak geweest? Daar is het vroegere wet en wild niets bij!

  2. GREGORY ELIAS kletst als een kip zonder kop. Want, de onmogelijke situatie van mensen die te midden van overvloed sterven van de honger kan men nergens, no way, nergens schrijnender aantreffen dan in het druk bezochte vakantieoord Miami Beach, in Florida. Binnen loopafstand van een van ’s lands weelderigste hotels in Miami Beach, bestaat een armzalig “ouderdomsghetto”, jawel, waar honderden oude mensen langzaam de hongerdood sterven. Honger drijft velen van hen zelfs tot het plegen van winkeldiefstallen ondanks hun hoge leeftijd, zowel mannen als vrouwen. Sommige restaurants hebben zelfs een minimum-consumptieprijs te hebben ingesteld om te voorkomen dat deze oude arme mensjes een kop koffie van 20 cent kopen en zich dan te goed doen aan gratis zoutjes, zuurkool en tomaten. Er zijn ook zovelen gevallen van oude mensen die achter restaurants en winkels in afval op zoek zijn naar eetbare waar. Triest en zeer pijnlijk om te zien. Bepaalde restaurants schijnen nu hun voedselrestanten apart te houden van de werkelijke afval om dit eerste redelijk hygiënisch te houden. Prachtig gebaar toch??? Gregory Elias prijst en omarmt het North Sea Jazz Festival, (hij krijgt enorm onnoemlijk veel geld hiervoor), maar hij rept geen enkel woord hierover en wijst ook niet op het feit dat met het North Sea bla bla bla de wapenhandelaars enorme hoeveelheid wapens en munitie inslaan, en dat de prijzen (wapens en munitie) enorm stijgen, en dat er vooral reclames worden gemaakt en worden Amerikanen aangemoedigd, aangespoord om zichzelf de nodige rust te gunnen door één of meerdere wapens te kopen. George Bush jr. deed zelfs mee aan de campagne. Speciale voorstanders van wapenbezit én regulering worden aan het werk gezet. En politie commissaris William bergen van North Miami Beach kan erover praten…………………………..

  3. Na de lockdown moet Elias toch echt eens naar de kapper.

  4. ‘In the past months it has become clear such acts are not available for this particular period.’

    Alle respect voor Elias, maar dit is grote onzin.

    De meeste acts op ons North Sea Jazz snoepen, om La Stiwz te citeren, bovenmatig uit de pensioenpot, zijn in de vergetelheid geraakt en hadden hun laatste hit 30 jaar geleden of nog langer terug. Ze worden met de rollator het podium opgeduwd.

    Die willen vandaag nog naar Curacao komen voor een optreden in Hofi Bil tegen een gage van 10 consumptiebonnen, dus hou op met de onzin dat deze acts not available zijn.

  5. Great achievement

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