Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week
Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour. With Vance Joy. Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $36 to $197 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Taylor Swift is possibly the world's most influential pop star. The 1989 superpower has more followers across social media than the population of Germany, her music vid for "Blank Space" has more than 1.2 billion views on YouTube, and when Kanye West snatched the mic from her hands at the 2009 VMAs to say she did not deserve the award, the POTUS called him a jackass. But even with all that power, T-Swift manages to "Shake It Off" and remain one of the classiest acts in music.
JR JR may have formerly shared the same moniker as a NASCAR driver (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.), but the two really have absolutely nothing in common. And that, apparently, as singer Daniel Zott told our sister paper, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, is part of the fun of the whole arrangement. "It’s funny because it’s been a long – it’s been coming for a while," Zott said of the band's recent name change. "We’ve already called ourselves that for a long time, JR JR. A lot of our merch, a lot of the lights whenever we play shows says JR JR, so in a lot of ways that’s what it already was."
Ben Folds. With the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Presented by Festival Miami. Friday, October 30, 8 p.m. University of Miami's Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr, Coral Gables; 305-284-2438; miami.edu. Tickets cost $35 plus fees via miami.edu.
Ben Folds may have dropped out of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music back in '85 after flunking a final exam with one credit to go before graduating, but that didn't stop the then-percussionist from reaching multiplatinum success as a singer/songwriter and pianist. Now, Folds is returning to his alma mater to perform his critically acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
Halloween Night with Nelly. Afterhours with Konflikt. Saturday, October 31, 11 p.m. E11even Miami, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-305-6611; 11miami.com. Tickets cost $30 to $50 via 11miami.com. Ages 21 and up.
Nelly's got "The Fix" for you this Halloween, and it comes in the form of smooth, sexy beats, bright lights, and boozy treats. All you have to do is check out the Louisville rapper, who recently dropped his latest single with Jeremih, at E11even this week.
Black Violin. Presented by Festival Miami. Sunday, November 1, 4 p.m. University of Miami's Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr, Coral Gables; 305-284-2438; miami.edu. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via miami.edu.
Black Violin is on a mission to kill all "Stereotypes" and unite people through music. "Although I wish it [labels] didn't exist," Black Violin contemplates in their latest music video. "I'm kinda glad for it because now it gives me a goal, something to try to debunk. The reason I smile onstage is because I know I'm crushing people's perspective of not only what a violin could do or what music could possibly sound like but also of what a black man is capable of." Preach.
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