With a pres­ence in 327 ci­ties, So­far Sounds’ not-so-se­cret so­ci­ety lets mu­sic lovers dis­cover emerg­ing lo­cal and na­tional voices.

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY CARLA TOR­RES

What do Twi­light lead­ing vam­pire Robert Pat­tin­son, the elec­tropop duo Syl­van Esso, and in­die rocker James Bay have in com­mon? Be­fore they were rec­og­niz­able names, they all per­formed for in­ti­mate crowds in liv­ing rooms. This is the gist of So­far Sounds, which de­buted in Lon­don circa 2010 and has since be­come a global phe­nom­e­non, cur­rently pro­duc­ing four shows a month in Miami (and aim­ing for 10 in 2018).

So how do you get in? First, you ap­ply for tick­ets through the web­site (for each event, tick­ets are dis­trib­uted via a draw­ing, and the num­ber of guests al­lowed in de­pends on the size of the venue). If you’re cho­sen, you’ll be no­ti­fied of the se­cret lo­ca­tion the day be­fore the show. Pre­vi­ous lo­cal jams have been held at Trop­i­cal Vinyasa, at Vi­nos in the Grove, and even in a Brick­ell City Cen­tre res­i­dence. Upon ar­rival, you’ll be in­formed of three sim­ple rules: lis­ten (like, re­ally lis­ten)—that means no talk­ing dur­ing the per­for­mance and ab­so­lutely no tex­ting (rule num­ber two)—and stay for all three acts (se­lected from a ros­ter of lo­cal and na­tional mu­si­cians).

The gath­er­ings—which, by the way, are Byob—draw an eclec­tic and un­pre­dictable au­di­ence of au­dio­philes in search of new sounds and artists who are ea­ger to share their mu­sic while prac­tic­ing the craft of per­form­ing on a stage. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll be able to say you saw the next Prince per­form live just a few feet away from you. Per­haps even in the com­fort of your own liv­ing room (yes, you can also ap­ply to be a host). so­far­

left: Sofilla and her band play a So­far Sounds show at Daza Records in front of a mu­ral by Odo­bostu­dio and Mu­tavi­sion. right: So­far Miami alumna artist Jahzel Do­tel. bot­tom: Miami mu­si­cian Gene Paul thanks the So­far Sounds crowd for its sup­port.

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