The Ten Best Bands Playing Labor Day Weekend in Miami
Get on your dancing shoes. It's Labor Day weekend.
Photo by Monica McGivern
Labor Day in Miami is a welcome respite from the daily grind of traffic and work, but it's also an extra day of the week to spend the cash you worked so hard to earn. It's also the beginning of the end of summer, which means that — finally — the music scene is starting to pick up a bit in the 305.
In a destination entertainment capital like Miami, the long weekend is packed with invitations to overpriced clubs with overpriced bottles and rooftop parties full of girls wearing the same makeup to the pool that they wear to the office. But For those who aren't club kids, want to skip the money drain, or just want something new to try this Labor Day weekend, we offer another option: live music. The holiday weekend is
10. Peyote Coyote. 37 Years of Churchill’s 5 Day Music Festival. 6 p.m. Saturday, September 3, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; (305) 757-1807. churchillspub.com. Admission is free.
With a name like Peyote Coyote, perhaps you'd expect a
9. Magic City Hippies. Ball & Chain Music Festival. 12 p.m. Friday, September 2, at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., Miami; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.
Would a weekend music guide be complete without Magic City Hippies? These guys love our city so much they made it their namesake, and lately have been seen at venues all over Miami on the regular. While Ball & Chain’s Music Festival lineup skews mostly toward Latin music and jazz, the venue couldn't pass up the chance to add the indie funk Hippies to their Sunday lineup. The band recently released their slightly NSFW music video for “Fanfare.” Here's hoping they bring some half naked tennis to the stage this weekend.
8. Slow Coast. 7 p.m. Sunday, September 4, at Open Stage Club, 2325 Galiano St., Coral Gables; (305)-441-7902; openstageclub.com. Tickets cost $5 at the door.
Sometimes you just need to sit at the bar and listen to some good
7. 18th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival with Uma Galera. 5 p.m. Saturday, September 3, at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; (305) 672-5202; NorthBeachBandshell.com. Tickets cost $15 via brownpapertickets.com.
Uma Galera is an eclectic band that embodies the melting pot of cultures and sounds Miami is all about. The group's music runs the gamut from ska and funk to a more
6. Spam Allstars. Ball & Chain Music Festival. 12 p.m. Friday, September 2, at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., Miami; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.
If you live in Miami, chances are you've seen Spam Allstars play whether you realize it or not. The band is known for their
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