"Everybody's working' for the weekend." Oh, Loverboy, you may have been wrong about a lot of things, but you were sooo right about that.
The weekend is finally here and you can't let it go to waste. Because before you know it, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will disappear as quickly as Loverboy and the rest of the '80s.
That doesn't mean you have to blow every single dollar of your hard-earned cash on beer and parties.
Here is Crossfade's ten best music-related things to do this weekend under $10.
Paella Feast. With Conjunto Progreso, Friday, April 12, 7 p.m., Fritz and Frantz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables; 305-774-1882; bierhaus.cc. Free. Why a German restaurant would throw a paella fest with Latin bands is beyond us. But if that means eating a delicious Spanish-style concoction of seafood and rice, with a side of fine German beer, and really good Latin dance music, then why not?
Megatropolis & Manifesto Double Album Release Party. With Iron Ora, Chris Black, LMS, Thousand, Pages & Kinetics, Knowledge Medina, and DJ Heron. Friday, April 12, 10 p.m., Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 784-444-8647; miamieve.com. $5. When hip-hoppers Serum, Oz Arc Raider, and Stijn Beats combine skills, you get Megatropolis. And when emcee Manifesto drops a new solo album reminiscent of Biggie Smalls and holds a double-album release party with the guys of Megatropolis, the roof just might cave in.
Jacob Jeffries Band. With Suzanna Choffel. Friday, April 12, 9 p.m., The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. $10. If we could play a soundtrack to those carefree summer days spent drinking on the beach, it would be Jacob Jeffries Band. There's just
something about this crew's music that cheers you up and makes you wanna grab a stranger and dance your happy ass off. And if you've had a rough week,
these guys are just what you need.
Beatmachines. With Smurphio from Afrobeta. Saturday, April 13, 10 p.m., Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave.; 305-374-1198; tobacco-road.com. These guys are a lil' bit EDM, hip-hop, and Latin music. And like a machine, they generate beats as if it were their business. Unlike most EDM music makers, though, the Beatmachines dudes create their sound with keys, drums, beatbox, and percussion, sans computers or sequencers.
His & Hers Art Walk Edition. With Andrew Ward and DJs Ray Milian and Aramis Lorie. Saturday, April 13, 11 p.m., The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free. You can dance. Or you can sit on one of the comfy couches and watch cult classics films projected on the wall. Or you can dance to old-school jams spun by Andrew Ward, Ray Milian, and Aramis Lorie, while watching cult classics, and downing down $5 His & Hers cocktails and $8 PBR & Jameson combos all night. It's a win-win-win situation.
Art Walk & Blue Sphere After Party. With Tom Laroc and DJ Equal. Saturday, April 13, 10 p.m., Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-438-0792; cafeinamiami.com. $5. Sure, dancing is great. But when you combine DJ sets with matching visuals, it's like starring in your own music video. That's exactly what it will feel like when Tom Laroc puts on an A/V show at Cafeina for the Blue Sphere opening reception afterparty. Admire the works of Deborah Mitchell, Xavier Cortada, Nancy Martini, and other artists exhibiting nature-themed works, then stick around for the real party.
Pangea Kidz. Saturday, April 13, 9 p.m.; Hard Rock Café, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-377-3110; hardrock.com. Free. This hip-hop duo doesn't rap about diamonds on their neck because ain't nobody got time for that. Instead, these guys rap about a jungle on their neck. Why you ask? Well, according to their bio, the goal is "to unite the world-culture through tasteful sound." In the spirit of unity, Pangea Kidz will be putting on a free show. Feel the love.
Day at the Beach. With Elsten Torres, Cleaveland Jones, Electric Piquete, Miami School Of Rock Preview Show, and Mr. Itagui. Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-867-2370. Free. When local artists like Electric Piquete and Mr. Itagui get together to play on the beach, you know it's gonna be one massive jam session. Did we forget to mention it's free? Sundays can't get any better.
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Miami Heat Watch Party. With music by DJ G Cue. Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m. Will Call, 700 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-577-4900; willcallmiami.com. Free. We don't mean to sound cocky, but dayum, the Miami Heat are a bunch of badasses. LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh, and gang set the record for the second-longest winning streak in the history of the NBA with 27 straight victories. And then Wednesday, they set a franchise record with 62 wins. (We're hoping that Sunday night will mark the 64th victory.) Watch el Heat take on the Chicago Bulls with $20 Miller and Coors buckets and pre-game, halftime, and post-game sounds by DJ G Cue.
The Beatnuts. With Salazar, B Dope, Garcia, Serum & Manifesto, Omnicient, and DJs Klassik, Heron, Black Snow, and PP ArmStong. Sunday, April 14, 9 p.m. Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., 786-444-8647, miamieve.com. $10 donation. If you've ever felt guilty for partying too much, this is the night when you can redeem yourself ... with even more partying. Except you'll be partying with the Beatnuts and other hip-hop stars for a cause: the college fund for the late Steve "Mic Rippas" Dorces's daughter. The Mic Rippa's dream was for his girl to go to college. And although he's no longer around, his dream can come true, thanks to the goodwill of fellow party people.