When you've got a bunch of talented artists and crazy shows to check out, living in the Magic City can be somewhat of a struggle.
But this week, your music experts at New Times present you with a challenge, one that will require strategic planning and critical pacing: to hit up this week's five best concerts, starting tonight with Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique at Grand Central and ending with Sunday's Tortuga Music Festival up in Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Best of luck, party people.
Talib Kweli & Immortal Technique. The People's Champions Tour with Niko Is, CF (Constant Flow), and Hasan Salaam. Monday, April 6, 7 p.m. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $22 to $25 plus fees via ticketfly.com. All ages. The People's Champions are bringing "This American Life" to the 305. And as hip-hop revolutionaries, Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique are gonna speak the truths of inequality, poverty, and The Beautiful Struggle smack in the heart of downtown MIA.
Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band. Thursday, April 9, 8 p.m. Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; cruzanamphitheatre.net. Tickets cost $29 to $129 plus fees via livenation.com. "Pace yourself," "drink coconut water," and take a trip to "Margaritaville" with Mr. Florida himself, Jimmy Buffett at the Coral Sky Amp.
Heineken TransAtlantic Festival. With Wild Belle, Budos Band, Ana Tijoux, Puerto Candelaria, My Deer, and Bluejay. Presented by the Rhythm Foundation. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 6 p.m. North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Single-day tickets cost $15 plus fees, and two-day passes cost $27 plus fees via flavourus.com. All ages. Visit transatlanticfestival.com. Experience the "jazzy funk, Afro-soul big band, and Chilean hip-hop" of Wild Belle, Budos Band, Ana Tijoux, and Miami's global music fest right on the sandy shores of the North Beach Bandshell.
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Fadenfest. With Trick Daddy, Otto Von Schirach, Nunhex, X3SR, Sandratz, the Gun Hoes, Orange Flight, Guilty Conscience, Jacuzzi Fuzz, and others. Friday, April 10, 8 p.m. LMNT, 59 NW 36th St., Miami; 305-572-9007; lmntartsmiami.com. Tickets cost $17 plus fees via eventbrite.com or $20 at the door. Ages 18 and up. Turn up with "Miami Mayor Trick Daddy and the Magic City's tripped-out bass weirdo, Otto von Schirach" at Eric Faden's hardcore punk and booty bass birthday rager, Fadenfest.
Tortuga Music Festival. With Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Sublime With Rome, David Nail, the Mavericks, Colt Ford, Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, Frankie Ballard, Chase Bryant, the Dirty Guv'nahs, the Cadillac Three, Old Dominion, Maddie & Tae, Nikki Lane, Brooke Eden, Drake White and the Big Fire, Judah & the Lion, and others. Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 11 a.m. The festival is located at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Single-day tickets cost $99 plus fees and two-day passes cost $165 to $799 plus fees via tortugamusicfestival.com. Visit tortugamusicfestival.com. Pour some Jack in your Cherry Coke, blow that smoke on Saturday (and Sunday) night, and party like crazy "American Kids" with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and country's biggest superstars at the Tortuga Music Festival.