'Twas the Friday before Christmas, when all through the Magic City, every single club rat was raging.
With peppermint shots a plenty, visions of dollar signs danced in their heads. No, they weren't being haunted by Holiday bills just yet, they were celebrating the arrival of the Holiday weekend and partying it up with money left to spare.
And if you too wanna join in on the cheap pre-X-Mas shenanigans, check out the ten best things to do under $10 this weekend, from A Very Miami Christmas with !Mayday! and Afrobeta at Grand Central to Enrique Iglesias at the Thompson Hotel.
See also: Miami's Six Best Club Parties This Week
Fam, Friends & Heads: An Electric Pickle Co. 2014 Holiday Special. With DJs Diego, Minksy, Ramon Crespo, Will Renuart, Andrew Ward, and Arremer Jack. Friday, December 19, 10 p.m. The Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets are free via eventbrite.com. Because it's just not the Holidays in Miami without fam, friends, and a free party at the Pickle.
See also: Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week
¡Suenalo! With DJ Andie Sweetswirl. Friday, December 19, 11 p.m. Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Free. Do the "AfroLatinBabymakin'DescargaFunk" and Keep It Groovin' with one of the best Latin rock bands of all time, ¡Suenalo! at Ball & Chain.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
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Dan Hosker Music Continuum. With Charlie Pickett, Humbert, Mr. Entertainment & the Pookiesmackers, Bosie Bob & his Backyard Band, Jacuzzi Boys, Ian Hammond, Aquafly, and others. Friday, December 19, 9 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. $7. Celebrate the life and legacy of one of SoFla's underground rock 'n' roll guitar heroes and help Kreamy 'Lectric Santa's former vocalist and violinist Priya Ray get a handicap-accessible van at the Dan Hosker Music Continuum.
Photo by Daniel De Las Casas
A Very Miami Christmas. With ¡Mayday!, Afrobeta, and Artime. Saturday, December 20, 10 p.m. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 18 and up. Have yourself a Very Miami Christmas with the 305's own hip-hop crew, ¡Mayday!, "romance/electro/funk" masters Afrobeta, and party boy Artime at Grand Central.
Fiesta Navideña. With Locos Por Juana and Mr. Pauer. Saturday, December 20, 10 p.m. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. $10. Celebrate la Fiesta Navideña, Miami style with lots of música y baile from Locos Por Juana and Mr. Pauer, and $6 Captain Morgan.
Brainwash. With the Galactic Effect, Treznik, Yodabyte, and Cash Gorden. Saturday, December 20, 11 p.m. The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $5 with RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org, or $10 at the door. Ages 21 and up.
Enter the "audio and visual classitronica universe" of the Galactic Effect as Treznik, Yodabyte, and Cash Gorden brainwash you with their electronic beats at the Garret.
Danay Suarez. Saturday, December 20, 9:30 p.m. Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave. Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket. Check out Crazy Hood Film Academy DJ EFN and rapper Garcia's doc, Coming Home: Cuba, which explores the world of Cuban hip-hop at 8 p.m. After seeing her on the film, catch Danay Suarez live in action at 9:30 p.m. And in true Christmas spirit, there will be a collection for #Tech4Cuba, Raices de Esperanza's campaign to help spread technology to the youth of Cuba, so bring your old cell phones, USB chords, chargers, and all that good stuff.
My Deer. Single release party with Culture Prophet. Saturday, December 20, 10 p.m. Railroad Blues, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 786-516-3393; railroadbluesmiami.com. Free. My Deer has a "Story" for you. Discover it as the Miami indie rock collective celebrates their brand new single with Culture Prophet at Railroad Blues.
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Pitbull's New Year's Revolution 2015. With Enrique Iglesias. Sunday, December 21. Thompson Hotel, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-793-8519; thompsonhotels.com. Filming pre-taped segment at 6 p.m., then airing on Fox December 31 from 8 to 10 p.m. and also following the local news from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free ticket requests can be made for pre-taping session via 1iota.com/Show/424/Pitbull's-New-Years-Revolution. Ages 18 and up. It's not everyday you get to see Enrique Iglesias for free. You can thank yo' chico Pitbull and his New Year's Eve Revolution 2015 pre-taping session for making that happen... As long as you're lucky enough to snag a pair of free tix. But even if you aren't, you can
hate on every single person catch all the recorded action on NYE on Fox.
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Post 305 Fest Mayhem. With Antifaces, Wrong, Caveman Cult, Drül, Eztorbo, Hellmass, Bulletproof Tiger, and DJ Nico Suave. Sunday, December 21, 9 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Free. Brace yourself for post-305 Fest mayhem with all the hardcore punks and rockers at Churchill's.