It sucks to be broke.
Especially when Ultra Music Festival, only the best EDM festival on Planet Earth, is going down, and your friends, who were lucky enough to score tickets, are constantly reminding you of all the missed fun by posting pictures of Tiësto, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia on Instagram.
Luckily, you live in the Magic City, a place where the parties are endless. And even though you may not have hundreds to splurge this weekend, you can still party like EDM royalty.
Check the cut for Crossfade's ten best music-related things to do in Miami this weekend under $10.
Kendall Morgan. With DJ Damion Yancy. Friday, March 15, 8 p.m., Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. Free. It's never too early to start the weekend. Especially if happy hour starts at 3 p.m. And includes $5 bites. After you've downed several drinks, stick around for the indie-pop, Lumineers-esque sound of Kendall Morgan. After Morgan takes the stage, resident DJ Damion Yancy will take on the turntables.
His & Hers: Slap & Tickle Edition. With Pirate Stereo and Santiago Caballero. Saturday, March 16, 11 p.m., the Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free. The Garret's weekly His & Hers party proves that you don't have to wait for Ultra, Miami Music Week, or the Winter Music Conference to dance to great music. In the spirit of the season, they're cranking it up even more this weekend with Pirate Stereo and Santiago Caballero. If the music doesn't do it for you, then the $5 cocktails and drink specials should do the talking.
For Your Pleasure. With DJ Alex Caso, Loose Joints, and Mr. Brown. Saturday, March 16, 11 p.m., Gramps, 176 NW 24th St, Miami; 786-752-6696; grampsbar.com. Free. Get loose with the funky beats of Loose Joints in the back room while DJ Alex Caso spins his hits out front. $4 Bud, High Life, and Tecate, and $8 Bud and boot of Old Forester Bourbon will put you in the right mood to boogie.
Free Bass WMC V.1. With FreQ Nasty, Monk, Hallucination, Tampa, $uper Geniu$, Juan BassHead, Jumanji, Merlyn, Exzakt and Shade, Bebe, and Miami Beat Wave. Saturday, March 16, 11 p.m., Chalk, 1234 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1712; chalkmiami.com. $10. If in some crazy world it were possible for rock, hip-hop, and dubstep to have a kid, the off spring would be FreQ Nasty. He'll be sharing the floor with other hard hitters including Monk, $uper Geniu$, and Juan BassHead. Bring it on, Ultra, bring it on.
Keeping it classy at the Mezzanine
The Mezzanine. With DJ Supersede. Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m., Cafeina, 176 NW 24th St, Miami; 786-752-6696; cafeinamiami.com. Free. RSVP required at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the bar world, three years is the equivalent of 10 years. And Cafeina is celebrating it's milestone with the unveiling of its new upstairs lounge, the Mezzanine. Redesigned as a 1920s-inspired speakeasy, DJ Supersede will be inaugurating the Mezzanine's turntables, as the bar opens overflows with free cocktails.
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St. Paddy's Pub Crawl Miami Beach. Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m., Rok Bar, 1905 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-397-8804; rokbarmiami.com. $5. This may not be music related per se, but it's not everyday that you get to go on a SoBe pub crawl for only $5 while enjoying two-for-one well drinks, $4 draft beers, and $7 shots at the beach's hottest clubs and bars. So in the spirit of the Irish, drink up.
King Britt. With Eric Paredes and Will Buck. Friday, March 15, 10 p.m., Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com. Tickets $10-$15. They don't call him King Britt for nothing. He has trotted the globe introducing the world to his tribal-fused-EDM sound, has had his music has appear on the True Blood soundtrack (which was nominated for a Grammy), and has remixed hits from Radiohead, Miles Davis, and Curtis Mayfield, to name a few, and all prove that yes, indeed, he is King. He'll be bringing his royal rhythms to Bardot along with Nadia Harris on the vocals, Michelle Fragoso on the piano, and Philibert Armenteros on the percussion.
St. Patrick's Day Street Party. With Deck 52 and U2 by UV. Friday, March 15, 5 p.m., John Martin's Irish Pub, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-445-3777; johnmartins.com. Free. The streets of the Gables will transform to the Emerald Coast as John Martin's will be kicking off St. Patty's Day weekend with a massive block party with endless Guinness, Jameson, and U2 cover bands. Drink your way through Miracle Mile as Deck 52 and U2 by UV play Bloody Sunday and Beautiful Day all through the night.
Mi Casa Su Casa Party. With Julius the Mad Thinker, Raphael Moraes, Oscar P., Keith Evan, Risk Sound System, DJ J-ME, Peace, Terry Thompson, Fruto, David Sabat, Oso, Helen Ting, Kafele Bandele, Kid Capri, and Rich Medina. Sunday, March 17, 10 p.m., the Vagabond, 130 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. $10. Every time Julius the Mad Thinker takes the stage, it feels as if the DJ is playing Jedi mind tricks on you. At first, his music gets inside your head and you enter some sort of trance. Then you are awaken by the rhythm and find yourself shaking your ass on the dance floor. You can't blame the guy. Good dance music usually has that affect.
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Carribbean Breeze Sundays. With Don Sha and the Lalibela Band. Sunday, March 17, 10 p.m., the Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Free. Reggae and Red Stripe. It's like taking a trip to the Caribbean without ever leaving the city. This cool, island vibe swings by the Stage every Sunday with music by "Miami's Reggae Don" Don Sha and the Lalibela Band. Originally from Colombia, Don Sha began his solo career in 1999 after a visit to Jamaica where he was greeted by the reggae star, Mr. Easy. The rest was history. He performed solo throughout South America in 2001 and later created the Lalibela band in 2004 to back him at live performances. Combine these good vibes with beer and drink specials, and you've got yourself a breezy Sunday.