A Taste of Miami Music: The Local Artists You Need to Hear

It’s no secret that Miami is a hub for nightlife and dance music. While local superstars like Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias wear Miami pride on their sleeves, there are plenty of other South Florida artists making big waves at smaller venues.


If you’re looking for more Miami musicians to liven up your playlists and add to your event agenda, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six local artists heating up the Miami music scene.

  • SunGhosts

    After being named the Readers’ Choice Best Band in Miami by the Miami New Times in 2015, it’s no surprise that SunGhosts rose to local indie rock fame. The band formed in Miami in 2013 and has been playing surf-inspired indie rock for Florida crowds ever since.


    With a style likened to something between The Strokes and late Beatles psychedelia, the band is sure to take the national spotlight soon. You’d be wise to catch SunGhosts at one of their many Miami shows. For more info and show dates, visit https://www.sunghosts.com.

  • Patrick and the Swayzees

    If you love the soul of Motown and the energy and moves of Bruno Mars, Patrick and the Swayzees is the band for you. The group might’ve gotten its start in Key West, but Miami helped launch Patrick and the Swayzees to greater South Florida fame.


    With an old-school feel and a frontman with electric dance moves, Patrick and the Swayzees bring in crowds of all ages. The band has toured several cities across the U.S., but South Florida fans can often catch them right here on home turf. For more info and show dates, visit https://www.patrickandtheswayzees.com.

  • Firstworld

    Miami clubs are known for their high-energy EDM-soaked scenes. If you’re looking for something a little more chill, Firstworld may be right up your alley. Think of an ’80s movie soundtrack mixed with modern trance.


    Firstworld’s music is available on Spotify, and the Miami group brings its dreamy sounds to stages across South Florida and beyond. For more info and show dates, visit https://www.facebook.com/1stwrld.

  • Yoli Mayor

    Sometimes dubbed the Cuban Adele, Yoli Mayor is a Miami-based artist with a promising career in the works. After appearing on America’s Got Talent in 2017, the 21-year-old artist launched into the national spotlight. The young singer is now recording her soon-to-be-released EP and preparing to take her show on the road.


    With a smoky vocal style, Mayor can imbue every room she performs in with the feel of an old-time cigar bar. If you’re looking for new soul music that reminds you of the past, Mayor is definitely worth keeping your eye (and ears) on. For more info and show dates, visit https://www.yolimayormusic.com.

  • Palomino Blond

    Attention all Miami garage rock lovers: Palomino Blond is the rising local band you’ve been looking for. The band consists of four young artists who came together in the Miami suburbs to create music that ventures into rock, doom and something entirely unique.


    Though the band only formed in 2018, their angsty lyrics feel like they’ve been steeping for much longer. Palomino Blond performs frequently in Miami. For more info and show dates, visit https://www.facebook.com/palominoblond.

  • Aldo Salvent

    While this award-winning saxophonist didn’t get his start in Miami, Aldo Salvent now calls South Florida home. The artist made his way to the States after studying music in Cuba, earning international titles and a professorship with the National University of Costa Rica along the way.


    Jazz lovers can hear Salvent perform in the Miami area, where he frequents Lagniappe and other venues. The saxophonist’s album is also available on Spotify. For more info and show dates, visit https://www.facebook.com/aldosalventmusic.

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