Miami's Ten Can't-Miss Concerts of the Week
10. Premio Lo Nuestro with Pitbull, Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Thalia, Prince Royce, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Yandel, Maluma, and more. Thursday, February 18, 8 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $59 to $102 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Check out los mejores de los mejores en música latina take over the American Airlines Arena as Univision brings its 28th-annual Premio Lo Nuestra to the 305. Featuring performances from Pitbull, Marc Anthony, Thalia, and some of the biggest names in the industry, this year's PLN will also honor Carlos Vives with the Award of Excellence.
9. Erick Morillo with Patrick M. Friday, February 19, 11 p.m. Story Nightclub, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2424; storymiami.com. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via flavorus.com. Ages 21 and up.
"I’m going to try to bring soul back to what’s happening right now in dance music," Erick Morillo told New Times last year when asked about his label, Subliminal Records. "I love that dance music has done what it’s done in America, but now that it’s become the dominant culture, I think it’s time for people to start opening up their minds a little bit and realize that it’s more than just progressive house and pop records on top of those." Check out the new and improved Morillo as he takes over Story Nightclub this week.
8. Guitar Gods Festival with Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot, and more. Friday, February 19, 4 to 10 p.m. North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-5202; northbeachbandshell.com. Tickets cost $35 plus fees via eventbrite.com.
What do retired rock stars do when they want to relive the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll of their glory days? Call up their fellow retired rock buddies and put on a Guitar Gods Festival, of course. Watch Yngwie Malmsteen play his "Apreggios From Hell" as Nicko McBrain, Gus G, Rudy Sarzo, and other rock legends of the ilk join him at the North Beach Bandshell.
7. Virginia Key GrassRoots Music and Dance Festival with Afrobeta, Bachaco, Bluejay, Danay Suarez, Donna the Buffalo, Juke, Ketchy Shuby, Locos Por Juana, Magic City Hippies, Spam Allstars, Suénalo, Telekinetic Walrus, and more. Thursday to Sunday, February 18 to 21, 9 a.m. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-960-4600; virginiakeybeachpark.net. Tickets cost $30 to $120 plus fees via virginiakeygrassroots.com.
Roots, world music, Latin, R&B, reggae, and zydeco — one of the country's most diverse music festivals is back! Going down at the Virginia Key Beach Park for the fifth year in a row, the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival will be making its four-day return to the Magic City this week. With camping, workshops, booths, and even kids activities, this will be one fest definitely worth going to.
6. Bryan Adams: Get Up Tour. Saturday, February 20, 8 p.m. The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $67.50 to $99.50 plus fees via livenation.com.
Bryan Adams may be known for his great American classics like "Summer of '69," "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," and "Please Forgive Me," but after more than 30 years, the Canadian singer is still belting out hits. This week, Adams will be taking over the Fillmore Miami Beach as he brings his Get Up! Tour — named after his 13th studio album which was released in October — to Miami.
5. Bermuda Beach with Otto Von Schirach, Nastie's Jew Tang Clan, Salim Rafiq, and Master Feathers. Friday, February 19, 10 p.m. Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-534-1009. facebook.com/killyouridolmiami. Admission is free. Ages 21 and up.
Twerk it up con el "Tipo Tropical" as Otto Von Schirach and Nastie's Jew Tang Clan turn up the bass and ratcheteria at Kill Your Idol for Bermuda Beach. ¡Dale!
Happy Birthday to the Pickle!
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4. The Electric Pickle's Seven-Year Anniversary. Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com.
Miami's favorite Wynwood hangout is turning seven! In celebration of its birthday, the Electric Pickle will be throwing a two-day rager jam-packed with music, dancing, and lots of booze. The party kicks off on Friday with live music from Ketchy Shuby, the Hongs, the Grey 8s, and MillionYoung, along with a DJ performance from Eagles & Butterflies. On Saturday, Soul Clap, Doc Martin, Will Renuart, Patrick Walsh, Arremer Jack, and a special guest will take over EP for the night; a Get Lost-style daytime rager complete with gourmet breakfast at 7 a.m. on the newly sheltered Pickle Patio tops off the fete. Here's to many more!
"People like to party here," DJ Craze told New Times last year, hinting at the core identity of the Magic City. "Over the years, that’s always been the thing. It’s a vacation spot. It’s tropical and very dance-oriented. I grew up on freestyle and Miami bass, and I didn’t really know what hip-hop was until the mid ‘90s. It’s always been a party vibe, from the Miami bass days to even the moombahton days to now." Embrace the 305's party rep and the dance music that makes this city so great with Craze himself at Rec Room.
2. Mutemath with Nothing But Thieves. Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $22 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
After a four-year hiatus, Mutemath's latest video, "Monument," hits fans right in the feels. Inspired by Charles "LaLa" Evans — an 82-year-old man who transformed his home into a memorial in honor of his wife of almost 60 years, Louise, after she died in 2011 — the video and theme of the their latest album, Vitals, is a reflection of how the New Orleans band has grown throughout the years.
1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: The River Tour. Tuesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-8000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $55 to $150 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Whether you're a huge Springsteen fan or simply a music lover, Bruce Springsteen will forever be the Boss. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of his fifth studio album, The River, and release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection — which includes 52 tracks on four CDs with unreleased material, along with four hours of never-before-seen video — Springsteen will be returning to South Florida and performing The River in its entirety.
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