Miami's Ten Can't-Miss Concerts of the Week
10. Glass Animals. With Gilligan Moss. Tuesday, December 8, 7 p.m. Revolution Live, 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $21.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Dive into the "tropical sounds, languid jungle vibes, and electro-R&B" of Glass Animals as the Oxford alternative hip-hip crew make their South Florida debut at Revolution this week. While SoFla is known for its nightlife scene and pristine beaches, "palm trees," are, according to what frontman and lead singer Dave Bayley told our sister paper the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, what the guys are looking forward to seeing the most. "We're expecting sun, which we don't get in England, so that'll be refreshing. And we're expecting to see lots of alligators."
9. Sinatra's 100th Birthday at Dance Band Night. Featuring the UM Frost School of Music Big Band and their tribute to Frank Sinatra on his 100th birthday. Preceding the live show is a dance lesson from the South Florida Lindy Collective. Thursday, December 10, 7 to 10 p.m. North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-5202; northbeachbandshell.com. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation. All ages.
If Frank Sinatra were alive today, he would have been celebrating his 100th birthday this week on December 12. While the Rat Packer is no longer with us, the Magic City is throwing Ol' Blue Eyes a centennial bash. Going down at the North Beach Bandshell, the evening will coincide with the Rhythm Foundation's monthly Dance Band Night, where you'll get to both listen to the UM Frost School of Music Big Band and their tribute to Sinatra. And also learn a few new dance moves along the way.
8. Sander Van Doorn. With Mednas. Presented by Just Dance. Thursday, December 10, 11 p.m. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via flavorus.com. Ages 21 and up.
There's nothing but "Gold Skies" ahead, Miami! Not just because it's the holiday season, but because Dutchman Sander Van Doorn will be gracing the Fontainebleau's swankiest party hall with his golden club bangers this week.
7. Dark Side Disco. The Force Awakens Premier Party and cosplay contest with Luke Solomon and Dude Skywalker. Friday, December 11, 10 p.m. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Admission is free with costume; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Watch Princes Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo destroy the Death Star at the Pickle's Dark Side Disco. While you'll still have to wait another week until The Force Awakens hits theaters, there's nothing like a little Star Wars party with Luke Solomon and Dude Skywalker to get you even more hyped up for the movie. The force is real. And it wants you to dance.
6. Friday Nite Live. With Psychomagic, Plastic Pinks, the Gun Hoes, Dénudés, and Buffy. Presented by Radio-Active Records, Cheap Miami, and Gramps. Friday, December 11, 10 p.m. Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission costs $5.
“If you could put fun in music, I think that would be [our sound],” Plastic Pinks singer June Summer told New Times earlier this year. And you can put some fun back into your Friday night with the Pinks, the Gun Hoes, and Portland's Psychomagic at Gramps.
5. Woodystock Benefit Festival. With the Expendables, Maxi Priest, Cris Cab, and Bachaco. Presented by the Woody Foundation., Saturday, December 12, 2 p.m., $20-$80. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-960-4600; virginiakeybeachpark.net. Tickets cost $20 to $80 plus fees via woodyfoundation.org.
Jam for a cause and help the Woody Foundation raise awareness for spinal cord injuries at the third-annual Woodystock Benefit Festival. Enjoy live tuneage from local Latin reggae rockers Bachaco, Miami singer/songwriter Cris Cab, reggae superstar Maxi Priest, and the Expendables, who will be playing hits from their latest album, Sand In the Sky.
4. Nick Warren. With Philip Chedid. Saturday, December 12, 10 p.m. Do Not Sit on the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach; 510-550-5067; facebook.com/DoNotSit. Tickets cost $25 plus fees via residentadvisor.net.
Nick Warren, as pointed out by New Times, "has been a working DJ since around the time Avicii was learning how to hold a baby rattle. And as one-half of pioneering production duo Way Out West, he helped forge the sound of U.K. progressive house, blissing out the entire rave generation with transcendent chart-topping dance hits like 1997's "The Gift." But this week, the legendary DJ-producer will be giving all the kids at Don't Sit a proper lesson in house.
3. Live @ Sweat. With Bleeth and Wastelands. Saturday, December 12, 7 to 10 p.m. Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 786-693-9309; sweatrecordsmiami.com. Admission is free. All ages.
"We wanted something that when you heard it, you didn't have anything to relate it to or have some preconceived idea of," Bleeth's Lauren Palma told New Times earlier this year. And as the guitarist of a band made up of former members from local outfit, Astrokats, homegirl knows a thing or two about what she's talking about. Check her out this week as Bleeth tears up the stage at Sweat with Wastelands during the record store's Live @ Sweat concert series.
2. Rick Ross. Presented by 99Jamz Uncensored. Thursday, December 10, 8 p.m. Revolution Live, 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets can be won exclusively by listening to 99.1 Jamz on FM radio.
You may have read what it's like to listen to Rick Ross' new album — with Rick Ross, but now you can actually experience it for yourself, thanks to 99Jamz and the radio station's Uncensored concert series. Just don't expect to have an assortment of Bawse-owned Wingstop chicken wings waiting for you at Revolution. You'll have to buy your own.
1. 305 Fest. With DRI, Lower Class Brats, Noisear, Lysp, Die Choking, Macho Mierda, Caveman Cult, UV-TV, Rubbish, Exit Dust, Wrong, Drul, Die Trying!, Menudo Death Squad, Guilty Conscience, Consular, Snakehole, Speculum, Wrists Grow Cold, Bleeth, Nightwitch, Haochi, Testokra, Crud, Nutcheck, Womanmay, Gouge Away, Nekromaniak, and others. Presented by No Work Records, Idle Hands, and Hardcore for Punx. Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, 7 p.m., $35. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Day passes cost $20 and are sold at the door; two-day passes cost $35 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com.
Enter the Thrash Zone and brace yourself for two days of loud, unfiltered Miami rock at the 305 Fest. As the event's organizer Nayra Serrano recently told New Times, it's gonna be "a piñata filled with mouth-watering candy! AKA a pachanga!"