By LESLEY ABRAVANEL
Miami is becoming a real artist's colony lately. First we get Art Basel, and now, the first-ever Miami Music Festival, a three-day gathering of artists created in the likeness of Austin's famous South By Southwest and featuring a slew of performances by musicians of all genres at places like Transit Lounge and Tobacco Road.
Best of all, many of the music showcases aren't solely reserved for conventioneers. BMI's Pop Rock Showcase at Transit Lounge on Friday has a sizeable program featuring several buzzworthy bands: Alexander, Alex Cuba, Jacob Jeffries, Awesome New Republic, Fancy Me Yet and Mirror Pal. Shows start at 8 p.m. and go until 2:30 a.m. Entry is free for registered festival attendees but only $10 if you don't have a fancy nametag. For more events and schedules go to www.miamimusicfestival.org