Miami's Most Anticipated Concerts of 2016 (Updated)
Here's to a year of great concerts, Miami!
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UPDATE: We've added even more anticipated concerts to this list. Check them out below.
It's a brand new year, Miami! And with it, comes 365 days of endless possibilities, new opportunities, and, of course — being that we are the Magic City — great live music.
While the 305's music scene had its fair share of crappy moments in 2015 — the death of Alex Omes, the fall of Grand Central and Mansion, and Stitches in general among them — there's plenty to look forward to this year.
Instead of making promises to eat less pizza, quit drinking, and finally join a gym — which are all great — your music junkies at New Times present you with a resolution you'll actually want to keep: Crash more concerts.
To get you pumped up for 2016, we've compiled Miami's ten most anticipated concerts of the upcoming year. 2016 ain't looking too bad.
19. TransAtlantic Festival. Presented by the Rhythm Foundation. Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. with Beirut, Troker, and Kazoots. Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m. with EMEFE, Psychic Mirrors, Chantil Dukart, and other acts TBA. North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-5202; northbeachbandshell.com. Weekend passes cost $50 plus fees via eventbrite.com. Visit transatlanticfestival.com.
Experience "the sounds of the world right now" at the Rhythm Foundation's 14th-annual TransAtlantic Festival. Going down at the North Beach Bandshell, this year's music fest will bring "the brassy global beats of Santa Fe’s Beirut, the jazzy rock of Mexico’s Troker, and the funk-pop of New York City’s EMEFE to Miami." Local acts Psychic Mirrors, Kazoots, and Chantil Dukart will also join in on the two-day rager.
Mobb Deep has gone through its fair share of drama throughout the years – feuds, jail sentences, '90s-era violence, and ever-changing trends — but the Queens rap duo remains on top of its game. Back in 2014, Havoc and Prodigy celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Infamous — the album that gave the two Mobb members their rep — with the release of The Infamous Mobb Deep. The occasion sparked a tour, which brought Havoc and Prodigy to Miami's Bardot. This year, hip-hop's OG's will be spitting breaks at Churchill's as they make their 305 return.
17. Maroon 5 with Tove Lo and R. City. Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $27.50 to $123 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Maroon 5's music may have taken a different path since Songs About Jane, but truth is, Adam Levine and his crew can — and will — sell out arenas. But there's good news for fans who prefer "Sunday Morning" over "Sugar" — it's been rumored that the band's latest album (set to drop sometime this year) will take on a more classic route. "I think all of us want to make a more traditional record next," M5 guitarist James Valentine said in a Live Nation Q&A Facebook chat. "What do I mean by that? More like the way we made Songs About Jane, just sitting in a room with our instruments and slugging it out."
16. Weezer & Panic! at the Disco's Summer Tour 2016 with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com (http://www.bayfrontparkmiami.com). Tickets cost $35.70 to $71.70 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Is your pop-punk heart fluttering with excitement? Well, it should be. Weezer and Panic! At the Disco will be embarking on a co-headlining summer tour, and the two acts are coming to Miami in June. The even more exciting news is that both bands will be hitting the road with new music. Weezer's tenth studio album (and fourth self-titled production), is set to be released April 1, and Panic!'s latest Death of a Bachelor dropped in January. That gives you more than enough time to learn all the lyrics and scream them at the top of your lungs.
The last time Modest Mouse played Miami, Isaac Brock and his crew sold out the Fillmore Miami Beach. As we saw for ourselves, "there were no fancy lighting rigs. Or LED screens. Or lasers. Just a band and a black, stripped-down stage, occasionally filled with a red glow, soaked in blue light, flooded by flashing white." Expect nothing less this July when the indie rockers hit up Bayfront Park with Long Island emo heroes, Brand New.
14. Florence + the Machine's How Beautiful Tour. Friday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $27.50 to $82 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Florence + the Machine is no stranger to the Magic City. From opening for U2 during their 2011 360° Tour at Sun Life Stadium to playing the carpet at Bardot, Ms. Welch is finally getting the major headlining arena tour she deserves. And we can't hardly wait for her show at the AAA.
The closest Miami has gotten to New Order in the past several years was last April when Peter Hook played Grand Central with his band, the Light. But now, the Magic City will be getting a full dose of iconic new wave — minus Hook — when the English dance-rock band takes over the Fillmore. With a new LP underway, Music Complete, the legendary collective will surely sell out the Miami Beach concert hall, so be sure to get your hands on a pair of tickets before disappear.
12. Pearl Jam. Friday, April 8, 8 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-8000; thebbtcenter.com; and Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $67 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
The only way this concert could get better is if Eddie Vedder would hit up Mac's Club Deuce, run into Sean "Birdman" Gould, and record another round of drunken Birdman Sessions in his studio in Little Haiti. Given that the rockstar never responded to a New Times request for comment about that whole incident, the latter is unlikely. But hey, at least South Florida will get a double dose of Pearl Jam.
11. Iggy Pop's Post Pop Depression Tour. Tuesday, April 19, 8 p.m. The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $64.50 to $105 plus fees via livenation.com.
Sure, you may have spotted him cruising around town in his convertible or hitting up local hot spots like Sweat Records, but chances are you can't remember the last time you saw Iggy Pop live on stage — until now. The retired rockstar has collaborated with Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme for his 17th production, Post Pop Depression. With the album set to drop in March, Iggy will be hitting up the Fillmore in April. Joining the rock legend on his tour (and only Florida show) is a supergroup of sorts, made up of fellow Stone Agers Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen, as well as the Arctic Monkey’s drummer Matt Helders and guitar vet Matt Sweeney.Next Page
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