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ABOUT THE MIAMI BEACH BANDSHELL

The Miami Beach Bandshell is an open-air amphitheater in the heart of the city’s North Beach neighborhood. It has been managed by the Rhythm Foundation - a Miami Beach-based nonprofit cultural organization - for the City of Miami Beach since 2015.

Thanks to a renovation in 2011, the space has been revived to its original splendor. Work on the site continues, with recent improvements to Bandshell Park 

Built in 1961 by Norman Giller and Associates, the Bandshell is an anchor of the North Shore Historic District. The historic district received its 2009 designation on the National Register of Historic Places based on the characteristic style of MiMo (Miami Modernism or MidCentury Modernism), a post-war modern style of architecture.

The Bandshell sits near the site of the first structure on Miami Beach, the Biscayne House of Refuge, built in 1875. Families who lived and worked at the House of Refuge acted as life-savers, traveling up and down the beach after storms in search of castaways from the then common shipwrecks which would occur in the fast changing shoals and reefs of Biscayne Bay.

Since its construction, the Bandshell has served as a community center and gathering place for North Beach residents. Big bands would play on Saturday nights, creating an impromptu ballroom under the stars. In the 1960s, famed variety TV show The Mike Douglas Show filmed on location here during the winter months. In the 1970s, benches were removed and the venue was used as a roller skating rink.

For over fifty years the Miami Beach Bandshell has brought people together in the spirit of community, culture and entertainment

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