Ten Best Music-Related Things Under $10 to Do in Miami This Weekend
April Fool's Day may have past, but it's no joke that you're still broke.
Now that the weekend is here, you wish you would have spared all that cash you spent on trying to fool your significant other into thinking you had a sex change - it was a horrible prank idea from the start, but hey, that's what happens when you try to become a prank master.
You may only have a couple of bucks left in your wallet, but that doesn't mean you can't make up for your awful idea this weekend.
Check the cut for the ten best music-related things under $10 to do in Miami this weekend.
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'80s Metal Mania Flashback. With Atomik, Loaded Guns, and Metal Oath. Friday, April 5, 9 p.m., Covenant Music House of Rock, 9851 NW 58th St., Doral; 786-366-7911. Ages 21 and over $5, under 21 $10. Somewhere in between the world of Flashdance, Madonna, and shoulder pads, heavy metal legends were made in the 80s. Poison, Mötley Crüe, Kiss, and others of the ilk, saw their prime during those years. Nearly three decades have past since these guys were in the limelight, but their names still hold weight in the industry. Although you may never be able to see these guys live again, you can watch Atomik, Loaded Guns, and Metal Oath pay homage to these legends. And if you want to create that authentic '80s feel, you can come dressed in your favorite metal attire.
Miguel Campbell. With Alejandro Sab and BAEZ. Friday, April 5, 9 p.m., Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-444-8647; miamieve.com. Tickets $10 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. This guy has been producing deep house beats since the early '90s and at one time, was known as one half of the underground duo HCB. Fast forward the creation of his solo label, Outcross Records, joining the Hot Creations team, and becoming an international sensation with his 2011 hit, "Something Special," and you've got one of the most in-demand DJs of the world.
Noches Tropicales. With Tony Swing. Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; 305-226-8316; miamidade.gov/parks/tropical-nights. Free. When el merenguero Tony Swing puts on a show, you know there's going to be tremenda rumba. Don't believe us? The mami's in his "Hit the Dance Floor" music video seem to agree.
Aries Birthday Celebration. With Max Pela and DJs Brad Strickland, Ryan Evans, and Carmel Ophir. Saturday, April 6, 10 p.m., The Vagabond, 130 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. "Your ambitions are making life a lot more interesting today..." If your an Aries and your ambition is to party hard and celebrate the month of your birth, then the astrologists at Yahoo.com had it right. The Vagabond will be celebrating the birthdays of all you rams out there with BBQ in the garden and music by Max Pela and resident DJs Brad Strickland, Ryan Evans, and Carmel Ophir. Free vodka cocktails from 10-11 p.m. will sure make it an interesting night.
Spam Allstars. Saturday, April 6, 10 p.m., PAX, 1337 SW 8th St., Miami; 305-640-5847; paxmiami.com. $10. It starts off with the timbales. Once the rhythm is set, the trombone and guitar make their way into the music. And then, DJ Le Spam throws in some electronic vibes. Before you know it, you're out on the dance floor shaking that ass. When the sounds of the instruments and vocals that make up the Spam Allstars combine, the result is pure rumba.
PhilanthroFest. With Day Music Died. Saturday, April 6, 12 p.m., Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 786-505-5992; philanthrofest.com. Free. Sure, Day Music Died can be considered one of Miami's best unknown bands - they've been around for more than 10 years and have just released their latest album, Elephant in the Room. But what makes the Miami-based band even better is their sense of giving back. Co-headlining PhilanthroFest, DMD will be donating 50 percent of the proceeds from their CD sales. Talk about good karma.
Bachaco. With Afro Kumbe. Saturday, April 6, 10 p.m., The Stage,170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Ages 21 and over. Ladies free, gentlemen $10. Start with a base of Afro-Caribbean roots. Add in some cumbia, a dash of reggae, a pinch of rock and hip-hop, and you've got yourself a recipe for Bachaco. These guys want to make people dance, forget their worries, and "Feel Good." With their fusion of sound, it doesn't take much for them to do so.
TransAtlantic Festival Wrap Up BBQ & Jimbo's Birthday. With Beatmachines and Mr. Pauer. Sunday, April 7, 12 p.m., Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-757-6693; grampsbar.com. Free. Wrap up an entire weekend of non-stop electro rumba from the TransAtlantic Fest with BBQ, bocce, and even more music by Beatmachines and Mr. Pauer. Arrive early at noon for free beer until 1 p.m. (or until the booze runs out) as Gramps celebrates Jimbo's 86th birthday.
Backyard Boogie. With DJs KeenOne and Y-Not. Sunday, April 7, 3-11 p.m., Wood Tavern, 2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-748-2828; woodtavernmiami.com. Free. Kick it back old school as you DJs KeenOne and Y-Not spin the best in classic disco, hip-hop, funk, soul, and backyard party jams. Take a break from all that boogie with burgers, tacos, ribs, and $5 spiked sweet tea and lemonade and sangria. Sundays never tasted sounded so good.
Bluegrass Jam. With The New River Boys. Sunday, April 7, 12:30-5 p.m., Greynolds Park, 18501 NE 22nd Ave., North Miami Beach; 305-358-1800; southfloridabluegrass.com. Free. If you happen to have a banjo, fiddle, Stetson hat, or confederate flag collecting dust somewhere in your garage, today would be the day to bring them out. Things are going to get a little folky at Greynolds Park as the New River Boys and other bluegrass bands jam out to all things folk and blues. So bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show.
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