It's finally here! Record Store Day (and cough, 4/20) is right around the corner. And that means tons of great acts are ready to get down and dirty with all y'all Miami music lovers.
Whether you're looking for rock, punk, hip-hop, jazz, synth-pop, booty bass, or Latin, there's the perfect party with the perfect lineup at the perfect price. Hell, there's a whole block party and you don't even have to pay to be a part of it!
What the hell is more perfect than that?
Uncle Luke with Problem Kids. Friday, April 19, at the Stage, 170 N.E. 38 St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. The show starts at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $10 at the door. Ages 21 and up. Uncle Luke is a real Miami hero. He helped set the musical foundation of this city in the '90s as part of the 2 Live Crew, and now he keeps the place in line as a regular columnist to the Miami New Times. He still has plenty to be nasty about, and he'll be getting rough and rowdy with Problem Kids, the same Problem Kids who just stuck it to Jay-Z. This is good home-grown hip-hop, 305 style.
Esperanza Spalding Friday, April 19, at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets cost $35 to $95 plus fees via arshtcenter.org. All ages welcome. This silky-smooth singer grew up in Portland, and at 28, she's highly decorated, perhaps one of the most respected modern jazz singers in the country. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011, the first Jazz singer to do so, as well as Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2013. She blends the influences of her diverse background together to create something wonderful, relatable and full of pride. If you can appreciate real singers, don't miss it.
Million Young with Boxwood. Friday, April 19, at Will Call, 700 N.E. 2 Ave., Miami; 305-577-5900; willcallmiami.com. Head by south Florida-native Mike Diaz, this indie fuzzpop duo make the kind of music that brings dreams to life. Emotional, danceable and just plain fun, Millionyoung have been buzzing about the country for the past few years, and they're always stepping up their game. Catch them now before they head out on another nation-wide tour next week!
Sweatstock + Record Store Day with Otto Von Schirach, ANR, Beatmachines, This Heart Electric, Cog Nomen, Komakozie, The Astrokats, The Cost, Jean Jacket, Juan Basshead & MC Jumanji, Ray Milian, Never Yawn, Sun of Soul, Mamey Disco and more. Saturday, April 20, at Sweat Records, 5505 N.E. 2 Ave, Miami; 786-693-9309; sweatrecordsmiami.com. The show starts at 9 a.m., and there is no charge. All ages are welcome. Record Store Day is an honored tradition, and you shouldn't even have to think about how to spend it. Sweat Records is Miami's premiere destination for wax junkies and beat freaks, and they open up their whole block, in collaboration with Churchill's Pub, to bring great music, food, people and art together in one old-fashioned free-to-the-public block party. If you really love music, it's the only place to be.
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Del the Funky Homosapien with Bachaco. Saturday, April 20, at Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-995-5050; miamieve.com. Tickets are $20 at the door. Ages 21 and up. Del is a classic American rapper. He's most famous for his work with cartoon-rock back the Gorillaz, but he's got 10 awesome albums that he's released on his own. His career spans two decades, multiple critically acclaimed collaborations and more funky thought-provoking subject matter than most artists can ever dream of. He'll get you higher than you've ever been on his words alone!