MIAMI — South Beach’s sexiest beach bash took Miami’s SoFi district by storm on Thursday as Robbie Rivera presented his seventh annual Juicy Beach party on the infamous Nikki Beach. Midway through the marathon 17-hour Miami Music Week event, the bikini-clad crowd was treated to back-to-back-to-back sets by Joachim Garraud, Alex Gaudino and, of course, Rivera.
Garruad debuted massive new tracks from his upcoming album, Invasion 2011, bringing his signature edgy stab synth (fans know it from his work on David Guetta tracks like “World Is Mine” and “Love Is Gone”). Garruad’s sound is captivating, and the enthusiastic crowd responded by waving hands and fists high in the air.
Next to hit the decks was Gaudino, who wowed the crowd with remixes of Katie Perry’s “Firework” and the Foreigner classic “Cold as Ice,” as well as his latest smash, “What a Feeling,” featuring vocals by ex-Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland. The Italian spinner took a well-deserved bow after his set before a sea of roaring fans.
And then there was the epic, two-hour set by the man who gave life to the chic soiree. MTV News caught up with Rivera just before he got onstage and he warned us he was about to bring the thunder.
Kicking off with his classic piano-infused bomb “Bang,” Rivera inspired the crowd to sing along as they rushed to huddle close to the stage. After Rivera’s remixes of Kings of Tomorrow’s “Finally” and Pete Yorn’s “Young Folks,” the pace turned furious. One of the major highlights was a violin performance by Micah, which when matched with Robbie’s furious beats, rivaled the string work of Boyd Tinsley. Yes you read that correctly, a violinist at Miami Music Week — the wonders never cease. And if you weren’t at Juicy Beach this year, know that it’s a must-see event for the next time around.
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