Steve Aoki at Grand Central May 17

Steve Aoki is the DJ equivalent of Shamu. If you're in the first ten rows, you're gonna get splashed.

It used to be that you had to worry about only some sweat and a champagne shower. Of course, though, Aoki's gotta keep raising the ante. So there's a good chance that you front-rowers are gonna get some cake in your face at Grand Central this Thursday. And it won't even be your birthday.

That's not Aoki's only switch-up surprise, though. Breaking with his standard party plan, the DJ, producer, and Dim Mak boss is leaving South Beach and hitting downtown Miami to rage with SoFla's teenage ravers. Yes, he'll play his Warp remix. Yes, he'll blow a load of bubbly during the drop on "Pursuit of Happiness." And yes, he'll let you eat cake. But the crowd's gonna be a little younger and wilder than usual.


Steve Aoki

10 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; Tickets cost $30 plus fees via Ages 18 and up.

Honestly, it's hard to believe how much young adults love Aoki till you've witnessed it in person. The average 18-year-old just can't help admiring a professional food-fighter. And we don't blame them. So if we sound bitter, it's not because we don't enjoy the epic show Aoki puts on. We're just jealous that we don't get to throw cake around for a living.


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