HIT Week: Unexpected Sounds from Italy back in Miami

The Rhythm Foundation is celebrating Italian Heritage month at the North Beach Bandshell as part of their HIT Week Programming. Now, in its sixth year, the music festival event features Italian cooking from local restaurant Puntino, confections from Dolci di Sicilia and wine for sale. Attendees will also have a chance to mix with prominent Italian American cultural institutions.

On Friday the outdoor venue will be jamming to the tunes of Italian pop crooner, songwriter, and bassist Max Gazzé. His single “La Vita Com'è” from his latest studio platinum release

“Maximilian” features horns with up-tempo beats and smooth chorus- style vocals adding to his 25-year repertoire.

Opening the night will be Italian DJ and singer Ainé. In May he released a 13-track project titled Generation One. The tracks are a mix of Italian and English and provide a gentle ride of vocals, piano, and synth. The young Italian plays with a combination of beats and sets lounge style energy with his satin-like voice.

The event is part of an effort to bridge different communities through music. Admission to the family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Karla Arguello The Rhythm Foundation’s communications director said she’s looking forward to the concert even if Miami audiences may not be entirely familiar with the acts.

“At the Bandshell we’re known for bringing world music to Miami and Miami Beach and exposing music to different cultures. For HIT Week its different Italian artists most people are not familiar with, but Italian’s are. We appeal to Italian’s or people discovering new music; it’s always a fun and nice surprise. It always ends up being a good time,” Arguello said.

For past acts, the Hit Week music festival has featured artists like Chiara Civello, Kaláscima, and Le Cardamomó and traveled as far as Rio De Janeiro, Montreal and Los Angeles.

The concert will take place this Friday, October 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. and is presented with support from the Italian Trade Commission, FIMI, and Alfa Romeo FIAT of North Miami.

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If you go:

What: The Rhythm Foundation and HIT Week presents Max Gazzé and Ainé

Where: North Beach Bandshell 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Cost: Free and open to the public

Time: 7 to 10 p.m.

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