The grind of a music festival can be overwhelming.
There’s a lot to worry about — water, food, outfits, meeting up with friends, and seeing all the artists that brought you out in the first place. A successful experience ultimately hinges on having a plan.
That’s where Miami.com comes in. With III Points set to kick off Friday in Wynwood, we decided to sift through the lineup and make a few recommendations. The two-day music festival’s lineup is diverse to say the least — how Three 6 Mafia, Thundercat and The Strokes ended up on the same bill will be forever a mystery — but certainly one that has a little something for everybody.
So don’t get stuck in line at the bathroom when these acts are on stage:
In need of a low budget vacation out the country?
Take a listen to Khruangbin (pronounced KRUNG•bin) and enjoy the ride.
Hailing from Texas, the musical trio known as Khruangbin carries heavy inspiration from Thai funk and Middle Eastern soul all rolled up in a psychedelic rock package. While that might sound like a lot of competing elements, it comes across as minimalistic, with no one instrument overpowering the other. Their most recent project, “Mordechai,” added an element that was long overdue: vocals.
Even Jay-Z is a fan; he and Jay Electronica traded verses over Khruangbin’s “A Hymn” on “A.P.I.D.T.A.,” the final track from the latter’s debut album “A Written Testimony.”
9:30-10:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at Mind Melt stage
It’s impossible to categorize the genre-blending artistry of Thundercat.
His music bears a level of eccentricity that manifests itself across a funky bassline he composed. Check out how The New York Times’ Alex Pappademas described him:
“His catalog posits an alternate universe where smooth ’70s FM stalwarts like Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald (who both appeared on his third album, “Drunk,” in 2018) stand shoulder to shoulder with jazz icons like John Coltrane and the Weather Report bassist Jaco Pastorius — and where music built on those juxtapositions somehow resonates as pop.”
Odds are though you’ve likely heard Thundercat’s signature bass before: you just didn’t know it. Remember Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly?” Thundercat’s fingerprints — no pun intended — are all over that project. From Thundercat’s own oeuvre, tracks like “Dragonball Durag” and “Them Changes” showcase an artist who can be just as funny and whimsical as he is introspective.
8:15-9:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mind Melt stage
When you think of the Miami music scene, two sounds likely come to mind: hip-hop and EDM.
Twelve’len (pronounced TWELVE•len) cannot be identified as either. Rather, the Carol City native is an R&B singer through and through — albeit one whose influences appear more rooted in hip-hop than gospel.
Simply put, Twelve’len is for those who enjoy R&B with a touch of hip-hop flare. His debut album “Sugar Hill Express,” released in July 2021, finds him exploring topics ranging from heartbreak to his love for his homies.
5:20-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mind Melt stage
Wu-Tang Clan needs no introduction. The legendary group comprised of the RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killah and the dearly departed ‘Ol Dirty Bastard stormed onto the hip-hop scene in the early ‘90s and changed the game forever. Through a combination of martial arts samples, slang and masterful wordplay, the Wu helped shape the rugged gritty sound that came to define New York hip-hop in the ‘90s.
Although all members are in their 50s, it’s always a pleasure seeing hip-hop royalty in action. And who knows how many opportunities you’ll have to hear “C.R.E.A.M.” live?
9:45-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mind Melt stage
Virgil Abloh is a fashion maven. But can he DJ?
That question will be answered Saturday when the Louis Vuitton creative director hits the stage. A quick scan of his SoundCloud suggests fans can expect an eclectic musical selection: a mix from his “Imaginary Radio Station” collection jumps from Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” to Kanye West’s “Good Morning” to Alice Coltrane’s “Journey In Satchidananda.”
Certainly worth the time considering there’s always the possibility that he throws some Off-White gear in the crowd (There’s a 1% chance of that happening but a boy can dream right?).
9:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 on RC Cola stage
Other acts to check out:
▪ Jamie XX (2:30-4:30 a.m. Friday, October 22 on Main Frame stage)
▪ Kaytranada (12:45-2:15 a.m. Saturday, October 23 on Main Frame stage)
▪ Moses Sumney (6:50-7:40 p.m. Friday, October 22 on Mind Melt stage)
▪ Slowthai (7:20-8:05 p.m. Saturday, October 23 on Main Frame stage)
▪ Three 6 Mafia (11:35-12:35 p.m. Saturday, October 23 on Main Frame stage)
IF YOU GO:
What: III Points
When: 4 p.m.-5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.
Where: Mana Wynwood,318 NW 23rd St, Miami
Cost: $149 one-day general admission/ $249 two-day general admission