Miami has a diverse music scene, with festivals ranging from hip-hop to electronic and everyone on the pop and rock scene touring through. Our best local musicians show such variety too, with influences in jazz, Latin culture, indie rock and more. — Kimberly Porter

The man behind Teepee is Eric Lopez-Zareno. (Credit:


The Miami NewTimes voted Teepee “Best Solo Musician – 2010.” Real name Eric Lopez-Zareno – Teepee has been slowly building a following on the local Miami rock scene. He has been on the scene for years, playing backup in many garage-style bands. However, his emerging solo act is one to be reckoned with. Described as creepy, psychedelic rock, Teepee never plays the same show twice.

Sammy Figueroa is regarded as one of the world's top percussionists. (Credit:

Sammy Figueroa

Sammy Figueroa has been on the music scene for a long while. He is regarded as one of the world’s top percussionists and has performed worldwide. In fact, he’s performed with Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Miles Davis and the David Letterman Band. However, in 2001, he relocated to South Florida. This move introduced him to South American music, which has greatly influenced his current style.

Deaf Poets is a Miami duo - Sean Wouters and Nicolas Espinosa. (Credit: Deaf Poets)

Deaf Poets

Deaf Poets is a Miami duo – Sean Wouters and Nicolas Espinosa. Wouters is the guitarist and vocalist with Espinosa on the drums. Their sound is self-described as garage-band rock mixed with 80’s punk, and they credit acts such as Elvis Costello to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix as influences for their music. When watching Deaf Poets perform, you’ll notice that these two guys have the on-stage energy of a much larger band. On the local Miami music scene, Deaf Poets is gaining popularity quickly. Their first single, “All Your Lies,” received 1,300 plays in less than 24 hours. And, they have only been playing together for a year now. If they stay the course, they could continue to evolve as some of the best local musicians in Miami.

Boxwood (left) more than a solo act - he is a one-man band really. (Credit:


Boxwood is a local Miami solo act. In fact, he is more than a solo act – he is a one-man band really. His real name is Jose Ferrer and he was voted “Best Songwriter – 2010” by the Miami NewTimes. On top of his contemplative lyrics, he is also an entertaining performer. The guy can get up there and perform a song he is creating from scratch whilst playing a lineup of instruments. It is an incredible transition really, because speak to him in person and you meet a soft spoken, reserved guy – but he opens up intensely on stage with his haunting sound.