Music, dancing, and Latin flare came together last Saturday, September 21st, at Redbull’s “Estados Unidos de Bass.” Hosted at Miami’s Wynwood Factory, the evening featured performances from over fourteen Latinx artists, along with a Hookah bar and a whole lot of neon.
Redbull has hosted concerts in cities across the country as a part of their “Redbull Presents” series. The company held “United States of Bass” in Miami back in 2015. It featured performers like Uncle Luke and Egyptian Lover at Gramps bar, also in the Wynwood area.
This concert was different.
“Estados Unidos de Bass,” the Spanish translation for United States of Bass, added the Latin flavor of Miami’s music scene to a traditional club event. Sky Rompiendo, Good Times Ahead, Feid and Mariah were just a few of the DJs and singers to take the stage. From global bass to reggaeton to moombahton, performances went on until 5 a.m.
The venue had two performance spaces to house different sides of Latin musical influences. While one room had a main stage featuring reggaeton singers and live bands, the other held DJs and artists of the global bass and moombahton world. Both had an edgy, retro vibe to match their unique sounds.
A Redbull-sponsored event would not be complete without the namesake energy drink. The beverage of the night for guests over 21 seemed to be a Redbull and vodka mix– on the menu as “Callaita.” Bad Bunny fans can appreciate the name.
Outside the action was a brick terrace overlooking the Wynwood walls and Miami skyline. An open hookah bar allowed attendees to see their pipes in-the-making.
As a media member, I was able to be on the floor with the public, right next to the stage, and in the V.I.P. section. The crowd seemed to bring just as much vibrance and culture to the event as the musicians. Attendees were diverse in age and origin, yet all shared a love for music and Miami. By the end of the night, I had met more new friends than I could count. Hearing both well-known and up-and-coming artists on the same stage was certainly special for this reggaeton-loving gringa. ¡Dale!
words & photo_emmalyse brownstein