While the University Of Miami's pop concert programming has been known to host semi-edgy alternative acts like Girl Talk and The Godfathers - the non-classical acts sponsored by their esteemed Frost school of music over the years are usually about as challenging as a six-piece puzzle. Schools as tiny as Bard and Vassar host a multitude of cutting edge acts every year. By contrast, Toots Thielman's harmonica (best known for the theme to "Sesame Street" is the heaviest thing that's rocked (the on campus) Gusman Hall in memory.
The 26th annual SEAMUS electronic music festival seeks to change all that. Starting this afternoon, 120 acts will perform, for free, by 10PM saturday night. This necessitates a rather bizarre schedule that starts at 8:30 AM(!) Friday morning for a slate including Kansas-based sound designer/composer Kip Haaheim. Even more bizarre is presenting a lifetime achievement award to avant garde music legend Laurie Anderson at Key Biscayne's most infamous tourist trap, The Rusty Pelican. Sure, the RP's views of downtown are spectacular. But at this rate, by the time SEAMUS pays tribute to Aphex Twin, the awards ceremony will be held on a glass bottom boat at Pennekamp Park.
Anderson will briefly sing for her awards supper as part of a Gusman lineup that begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday. For more details, click here.