When mentioning the name “Overtown”, you probably won’t get the best reaction. Like most neighborhoods here in Miami, it has its issues. But the truth is Overtown is a historic part of the city that is rich in culture with loyal residents. On Saturday July 14th, Headliner Market Group in partnership with the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency and City of Miami District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon came together to bring us The Overtown Music and Arts Festival. The purpose of this exciting festival is to promote economic development, enrich community involvement and bring a sense of pride to Overtown.
The annual festival has been going strong for 5 years straight. Located between N.W 3rd avenue and 11th street, the streets came alive early with vendors, food trucks, art exhibits and a slew of activities for the kids and adults alike. There was something for everyone young and old. The slime station was a big hit. The little ones were given the opportunity to make slime in every color. There was a chill and paint area, an oversized puzzle board, and more than one bounce house. Even the smallest of little ones had the opportunity to participate. The most exciting part of the festival was the musical guests. The Youth stage had performers age appropriate and tailored to kids and young adults. Performers included Young Gordon, Felix, The Trainerz, and Ayo and Teo. People were even given the opportunity to take pictures with Ayo and Teo after the performance. The kids waited happily in line for their turn. The main stage had all of the R&B lovers on cloud 9. Micheal Sterling, Jon B, K Michelle, Musiq & Ginuwine had the crowd on their feet. The best part of this feel good event is it ended without a single altercation. If you missed it you missed a treat and I hope you’re there next year.