There are plenty of things we can never prepare for ... A speeding ticket, the zombie apocalypse, a horrible Vidal Sassoon haircut.
The weekend, however, isn't one of things, especially when we here at Crossfade lay the ground work for you. So sit back, relax, and check out the ten best music-related things to do under $10 this weekend.
Celebrating the Life of J Dilla. Presented by Beats & Rhymes Fridays. With DJs Klassik, Heron, and Self Born. Friday, February 7, 11 p.m., The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Free. J Dilla's life may have been cut short, but his vision carries on. Celebrate the world-wide day dedicated to the Detroit hip-hop producer with DJs Klassik, Heron, and Self Born.
See also: Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week
Pase Rock. With Robb Riggs and DZA. Presented by Peachfuzz. Friday, February 7, 11 p.m., The Garret at Grand Central, 697 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free. We "ain't got not time for your bullshit," so keep it real with LA rapper Pase Rock, Robb Riggs, and DZA at "your girl's favorite party."
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
The Official Skinny Puppy After-Party. With DJs Trebla, Gio Ardito, Benton G, and Mikey R. Friday, February 7, 11:30 p.m. Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-752-6693; grampsbar.com. Free. Can't get enough of Skinny Puppy and their torturous electro-industrial rock? Neither can we. That's why were gonna keep the good times rollin' and head on over to Gramps for the official after party. Be sure to keep your ticket stub for a free drink.
Layzie Bone. With DJ Heron and two stages of hip-hop including ACC, Heightz, and others. Saturday, February 8, 4:20 p.m., The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. It's "Layzie Bone up in this motherfucker, ya hear?" So get your shit together and head over to the Vagabond for an all-day hip-hop showcase with two stages of music featuring the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony rapper, DJ Heron, and other lyrical masters of the ilk.
The Secret Garden. Art Walk Exhibit and After Party with Signal Flow, Jeremy Ismael, Dan Carraway, and William Reyes. Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m., TSL Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; tsllounge.com. Free before 10 p.m. with RSVP at eventbrite.com. Head on over to the Secret Garden and get your arty party on with smooth uhntz-uhntz from Touch of Class Records DJ Signal Flow, visual art from Daniela Estrada, and free Tanduay Rhum from 7-9 p.m.
Bob Marley Tribute Night. With Locos Por Juana. Saturday, 9 p.m., The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. $10. If Bob Marley were alive today, he would've just celebrated his 69th birthday. The legendary reggae artist may be gone, but his legacy is still very much alive. So jam with Locos Por Juana as they pay tribute to the man who revolutionized the genre. In the words of Marley himself, "don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright."
The Lovers Key. With Slippery Tim. Saturday, February 8, 10 p.m., 700 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-577-5900; willcallmiami.com. "Well worn and a little ragged around the edges, but full of warmth and heart ..." That's the soulfully rich, vintage sound of the Lovers Key.
Jesse Perez's Kama Sucia Album-Release Party. With Mika Materazzi. Saturday, February 8, 11 p.m., Do Not Sit on the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-450-3809; facebook.com/DoNotSit. $10. Prepárate, because tonight we're gonna throw un tremendo "Pastelito Party at Leon Medical Center" with a "Hialeah Chongita" all in celebration of Miami bass veteran Jesse Perez's Kama Sucia debut.
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Some Kind of Nightmare. Everything We've Got Tour with the Alarmists, the Crude Brood, and Marvlec. Sunday, February 9, 9 p.m., Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. $5. Put on your plaid, bust out your combat boots, and make some noise with the California punk rockers, Some Kind of Nightmare.
Reggae Sundays. With Jahfe and Inna Sense. Presented by Kulcha Shok Muzik. Sunday, February 9, 11 p.m., Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-9372; jazid.net. Free. Smooth reggae vibes from Jahfe and Inna Sense and an ice cold beer ... That's what you call a perfect Sunday.