South Beach is well-known for its cultural diversity. and fortunately this is reflected in the local music scene. Sometimes that diversity is displayed better than others, and this weekend is one of those times. Friday night the Van Dyke Cafe (846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-3600) hosts the Nicole Yarling Quartet. Yarling's sweet, soulful voice permeating this dark, smoky room makes you forget you're in the subtropics. A couple of acts that draw influences from the Caribbean and even farther south play Friday at Rose's Bar & Music Lounge (754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228): Amereida, plus Delmar Brown and the World Pop Experience. Amereida sounds almost postmodern, with Venezuelan flutist Jorge Guzman and Jamaican vocalist Stephanie Mair creating a new-age jungle sound (think of a tribal Kenny G). Delmar Brown is Sting's former keyboardist; he's got a howl that can blow coconuts out of the trees, and a jazzy world-beat band. And this weekend at Stella Blue they're marking the anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death by holding a Grateful Dead Weekend, with Dead cover bands Crazy Fingers (Friday) and Uncle John's Band (Saturday). If you're not into yesteryear, new age, world beat, or hippie stuff, how about some reggae? Rastaman Johnny Dread gets ire every Sunday at South Beach Pub (717 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-7821).
Yuca. Latin jazz trombonists Juan Pablo Torres and newly defected Cuban saxophonist Carlos Averoff engage you with saucy rhythms and supper-club elegance. 501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 532-9822.
Groove Jet, "Groove Girl." Lots of boys taking rides on the wild side as eclectic locals gather for mayhem and mischief with resident DJs Carlos Menendez, Luis Diaz, and Carmel Ophir. 323 23rd St., Miami Beach, 532-2002.
Glam Slam, "Pump." In the days before Glam Slam was raided, this night was a blockbuster for the boys. Now that the club is back, so are the lines. Hosts Carlos and Jeff, Kitty Meow, and Paloma are on the ropes and DJs Carlos Pertuz and Eddie X are on the turntables for the Beach's preeminent gay night. 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 672-2770.
World Resources. Local group the Tribe leads a multicultural gathering of talented percussionists for a night of African, Haitian, and Brazilian rhythms. 719 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-9095.
English Crown Pub. When a bar's music director has a birthday party, there's bound to be some serious jamming. House band the Fabulous Midnight Band shares the stage with the Mighty Tabbu, Oriente, Lazaro Alfonso, Pete Attitude, Dr. Tim Duffy, and Tom "T-Bird" Schafer for some impromptu playing to celebrate Jose Barroso's b-day. 270 Catalonia Ave., Coral Gables, 441-0204.
Tobacco Road. It's raunch with rock and roll as radio personalities Ron and Ron bring their road show to the Road. Beside the inevitable humor from the morning twosome, look for autographs and giveaways; Bongwater Taffy performs to round out the rowdiness. 626 S. Miami Ave., 374-1198.
Moe's Cantina, "Kooltura Kahlua." Party down with host Bobby Radical and a bevy of beautiful people as this rustic Southwestern watering hole and eatery gets packed from happy hour till all hours. 616 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 532-6637.
Kitchen Club. Get out the whips and chains -- the house gives a $100 bar tab to the person in the best bondage outfit. DJ Carlos Saint Germain churns out gothic, dark wave, and retro tunes. 11220 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, 754-0777.
Twist. The bar for boys, drag queens and more boys, always brimming with excess and overindulgence; DJ Mika does the honors. 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-9478.
Cafe Casablanca, "Identity." If you're up for a late-night and early-morning party, this rave starts at 2:30 a.m. DJs Dmitry, Silver, B. Avant, J-Luv, Stylus, and Storm, plus a live performance by Spiritual Being will keep the nightlife spirit going until well after sunrise. 100 Ansin Blvd., Hallandale, 954-454-8400.
Lua, "Hercules." Cool-groove enthusiasts make a strong showing every week with DJ Radamas pumping out the acid jazz, funk, and soul, too cool for mortal comprehension. 409 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 534-0061.
Bash, "Disco Night." The best in disco, swing, funk, and soul with French DJ Christian. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Starfish, "Salsa Dance Workshop." Feel a little inadequate when your chums start cutting the rug salsa-style? Or perhaps you can already dance but want to get better. Instructions for all levels of salsa are given tonight; practice throughout the week so you can strut your stuff at the club's Friday-night salsa party. 1427 West Ave., Miami Beach, 673-1717.
821, "Rugburn." The newest night in a bar that has something happening every night. Rugburn will take you back, or possibly forward, to instinctive passions as DJ Shannon gets primitive with high-tech jungle, drum, and bass. 821 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 531-1188.
KGB, "Home Cookin'." DJ Rad serves up a host of special soul and hip-hop flavors for a laid-back-locals kind of crowd. 637 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-5420.
Cactus Bar and Grill, "Classic Movie Night." Movies that are classics, or soon will be, are played on the big screen in this new gay libation center. Drink specials and free popcorn will keep you pinned to your seat. 2041 Biscayne Blvd., 438-0662.
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Jazid, "Big Brooklyn Red." Frontman Eli Redbone and his band belt out a plethora of jazz, R&B, and blues tunes. Candlelight, guest players and singers, pool tables -- there isn't anything that isn't done well. 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-9372.
-- By Larry Boytano
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