III Points festival celebrates local Miami bands

The crowd sang along as Frogs Show Mercy performed their hit single “Hereditary.” | Mhyanif Lozada, PantherNOWThe crowd sang along as Frogs Show Mercy performed their hit single “Hereditary.” | Mhyanif Lozada, PantherNOW

Mhyanif Lozada | Staff Writer

Miami’s local bands played their hearts at the annual III Points music festival, showing attendees the unique blend of cultures that makes Miami’s music scene special.

The two-day festival took place on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 in Wynwood’s Mana Convention Center, opening its gates around sunset to welcome guests. 

Beginning in 2013, the III Points festival’s founders aimed to showcase Miami’s lesser-known music scene. Despite international artists such as Rosalia and JOJI headlining the festival, the founders remember its roots and feature local artists.

Miami is house and electronic music central, so many local artists only needed their laptop, a mixer, and a turntable. But in the middle of the festival grounds, the Vision stage erupted with heavy sounds as Miami’s rock bands started their sets.

This year was indie band Frogs Show Mercy’s first time in the III Points lineup.

Bassist Karl Martinez (right) and lead vocalist Yucky Poor (left) complement each other on stage. | Mhyanif Lozada, PantherNOW

Formed out of a love for alternative and emo music, Frog Show Mercy’s members add their own music influences to the band’s collective sound, like hip-hop and punk.

“They hit us up, and we totally freaked out,” said drummer Javi Nin when asked how the band was invited to perform at III Points. “To be hit up when we’ve been playing for less than a year was an honor.”

III Points contacted artists several months in advance in order for them to secure their spot. The festival also hosted an open house contest for local acts this year, giving the winners a chance to perform.

This year’s open contest winner was alternative rock band Do Not Air, who played their set just after the gates opened to guests.

Do Not Air starts the night with their energetic punk sound | Axel Bruni, Do Not Air

After meeting in high school, the band began playing live shows with other local bands and developed a unique stage presence along the way.

“There’s a good amount of our stage show that’s all improvisation,” said bassist Nahuel Gallardo. “So every time we play our set, people get to see something different every single time.”

The bands listed their favorite local acts such as Mustard Service, who have been playing shows and releasing music since 2015. 

One of the bands mentioned as a favorite was the heavy alternative rock band MOLD!, who played late on the first night of the festival.

Bassist Bronto Montano of MOLD! | Mhyanif Lozada, PantherNOW

The band’s creation speaks to Miami’s unique heritage, which takes characteristics from many different cultures to create a sound not found in any other part of the U.S.

“I moved from Peru, he moved from Peru, we both had bands, and we said ‘Let’s start making music,’” said MOLD! bassist Bronto Montano. 

An issue that all three bands discussed was the lack of venues in Miami. Because of this, the bands consider the festival to be a good platform for local acts, despite the lineup being filled with more popular, international artists every year.

“So many of these artists I grew up listening to in high school,” said Frogs Show Mercy guitarist Lazarus Matus. “I never thought I would get to be on the same lineup as them, which is so cool.”

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