The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: Residente.
Thursday: Residente.
Photo by Ruben Salgado Escudero
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Pants are not the bottoms of choice in a tropical climate, which is why you'll see everything from biking shorts to thong bikinis covering the privates of Miami citizens. No Pop decided to immortalize this wide variety of attire in its Pants Zine, which consists of photographs of guests at the Standard from the waist down. Head to the fashionable Miami Beach hotel to celebrate the release of the zine's second edition and get your extremities up on their virtual collection. 6 p.m. Thursday at the Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; exilebooks.com. Admission is free with RSVP. 

If you've been to a concert in the past ten years, you've no doubt had this experience: Already craning your neck to see over a thick crowd, you're dismayed to have your favorite performer eclipsed by a sea of shining iPhone screens. That won't happen at the Listening Den. For this night of music with Miami native Keith Johns and Atlanta singer Macy Todd, there are strict rules to be present and respect the performers onstage, whether that means putting your phone away or ordering drinks well in advance. What a concept. 8 p.m. Thursday at Ace Props, 398 NE 78th St., Miami; prismcreativegroup.com. Admission is free with RSVP at eventbrite.com. 

As part of the Puerto Rican group Calle 13, rapper and artist Residente has won 24 Latin Grammies while remaining politically charged and artistically independent. He's made films, met with South and Central American presidents, and fought for Puerto Rico's independence, all while attracting tens of thousands of fans from around the world to his group's concerts. He'll be flying solo for this show in Miami Beach, but if you're looking for hip-hop of the socially conscious, Spanish-language variety, you won't want to miss this one. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $65 to $85.

Friday: Heart's second anniversary.
Friday: Heart's second anniversary.
Stuart Tracte Photography


You might have seen it at your local bookstore — the nondescript cart full of cellophane-wrapped or pastel zines, chapbooks, and printed materials of all kinds known as Exile Books' pop-up. But the nomadic lifestyle makes one weary, so the independent book seller and publisher is settling down in Little Haiti. For Exile Books' grand opening, the shop will unveil a mural by artist Lawrence Weiner and launch programming to include art by local women artists and access to design and content consultation. Support the growth of this hometown literary institution by joining the party. 6 p.m. Friday at Exile Books, 5900 NW Second Ave., Miami; exilebooks.com. Admission is free. 

Few songs get most '90s kids all in their feelings. Sure, everybody knows the lyrics to "Juicy," and they'll even put away their pride for "Spice Up Your Life," but play the first few chords of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls, and the waterworks start flowing. If you want an evening of women crying and dudes with sweeping bangs, head to this concert in downtown. 8 p.m. Friday at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontpark.amphitheatermiami.com. Tickets cost $25 to $80. 

You already know Heart for its techno benders and jungle interior even if you don't quite remember everything you've done there. To celebrate two years of uhntz, the nightclub is throwing a double feature of electronic music royalty. Two Years of Heart will begin with Toolroom Records founder Mark Knight this Friday, followed by Detroit native Stacey Pullen Saturday. Expect support from other DJs to keep the party going as long as physically possible, typical of one of the best clubs in the world. 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Heart, 50 NE 11th St., Miami; 617-580-2889; heartnightclub.com. Tickets cost $10 to $30 per night. 

The Pickle has been a haven for fans of house, techno, and minimal. To celebrate Four Years of Sünde, the club will present a lineup that includes Spanish DJ and label owner Javier Carballo. His experience spinning all over the world should be enough, but Carballo will also get support from an international group of DJs: Madrid's Alex Serna, Puerto Rico's Diego Devoto, and Brooklyn's Steve Amoroso. 10 p.m. Friday at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Admission costs $10 to $20. 

For the past two years, Calle Ocho staple Ball & Chain has been celebrating its birthday with a festival of epic proportions, and this year is no different. Over the course of three days, the Ball & Chain Music Festival will present more than 20 bands and four DJs to keep the Chain bumping with Latin beats. If it's a Miami band you're looking for, you'll find almost all of them here, including Palo!, Electric Piquete, Electric Kif, Spam Allstars, SonLokos, and Elastic Bond. So here's to 80 more years of Caribbean music in the Magic City. Noon Friday through Sunday, September 3, at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.

Saturday: Kendrick Lamar.
Saturday: Kendrick Lamar.
Courtesy of artist management


Whether you've been a fan since the first Friday movie or only vaguely know him from the one time you watched Rush Hour, you'd probably recognize Chris Tucker's yelp. Tucker didn't stop at martial-arts comedy, though, as evidenced by his role in Silver Linings Playbook and his return to standup. Peep what the comedian has to say about his famous friends and life, no doubt with his characteristic energy. 8 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Tickets cost $30 to $70. 

Respectable Street remains West Palm's live music and hip dance stronghold. And with print papers shutting down across the nation, PureHoney Magazine is still publishing articles and local concert showtimes in a beautiful package that doubles as a keepsake. Together with Voltaire and Subculture Alley, these powerhouses of sounds and substance are putting on Bumblefest, presenting 22 bands, including Deaf Poets, Pocket of Lollipops, Peyote Coyote, and Jellyfish Brothers, on four stages for two days of well-curated, crowd-pleasing shows. 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; purehoneymagazine.com. Admission costs $5. 

Fela Kuti was a Nigerian Afrobeat multi-instrumentalist and human-rights activist whose legend continues to inspire those making art and political change in every country and medium. Coconut Grove gallery Kroma Art Space is celebrating his memory with Felaspora, which brings together visual artists' of the African diaspora and displays their creations September 3 through November 4. Further demonstrating Kuti's impact, related speakers, workshops, and performances will expand minds and focus on the way art can heal and be revolutionary. 7 p.m. Saturday at Kroma Art Space and Studios, 3670 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; kromamiami.com; felaspora.com. Admission is free with RSVP to felaspora@gmail.com. 

It's not Kendrick Lamar's fault that he makes other rappers in the game right now look like jokes — there just aren't many lyricists out there who can snatch our proverbial wigs like Kung Fu Kenny. Though the artist has far from shunned Miami — he performed here during Art Basel and Rolling Loud — our appetite for the living legend is voracious enough that he can make a killing here every few months. If you're ready to be humbled, whether for the first or the third time, you can catch Lamar on his Damn tour this weekend. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $75.50 to $434.

Friday: Ball & Chain Music Festival.EXPAND
Friday: Ball & Chain Music Festival.
Michael Marko


Not everyone thinks of pairing tequila with country music, but the two are actually a tasty duo. This Sunday, Tequila Bay Country Music Festival, hosted by Loud and Live, will blast through Miami Marine Stadium Park. And it has some big names to spice up your mezcal margarita with a little twang, including Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Montgomery Gentry, Tyler Farr, and RaeLynn. With food, booze, and strumming guitars, Biscayne Bay has never seen so many cowboy hats and cutoffs. And that's saying something. 11 a.m. Sunday at Miami Marine Stadium Park, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; tequilabayfest.com. Tickets cost $55 to $150. 

Miami is a hotbed for electronic music. The promoters at BLNK CNVS are dedicated to making sure that continues to be a fact. With Deadbeats Miami, they'll present Zeds Dead, Slander, Space Jesus, and other EDM notables. At this 18-and-older event, they'll fill the massive Mana Wynwood with sound, lights, smoke, and unforgettable beats. 9 p.m. Sunday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; facebook.com/BLNKCNVSPresents; bit.ly/DeadbeatsMIA. Tickets cost $30 to $35.

The dimly lit, boozy South Beach bar Foxhole is ready for the onslaught of Labor Day partiers. Each year, the watering hole fills with regulars and those looking to explore what SoBe has to offer in terms of hookups and intoxicants. DJs Rascal and Tony G will man the decks till 5 in the morning, so dancing will ensue. 9 p.m. Sunday at Foxhole, 1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach; foxholebar.com. Admission is free. 

Caribbean culture has always dominated South Florida, but lately it seems the cultural tide is rising for those born in the nearby tropical islands. This Labor Day, there are multiple ways to enjoy Afro-Caribbean heritage, but the chic way is with Ankara Miami. The group is dedicated to redefining African cultural trends and, thus, is putting on the Afrobeats Day Party. DJs Aya from Cameroon and Jumbee from Trinidad will spin soca, dancehall, compas, hip-hop, and R&B. Wear your finest African prints for the steamy weather. 4 p.m. Sunday at Tapelia Brickell (El Capo), 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami; ankaramiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP by September 2 before 5 p.m., $10 after 5 p.m., and $15 at the door. Ages 21 and up. 

Can you believe Green Day formed in 1986? The band of onetime young punks headed by Billie Joe Armstrong is no longer young but is still wearing eyeliner and touring. The group will hit the amphitheater scene at Coral Sky and around the country in support of its 12th studio album, Revolution Radio. Catfish and the Bottlemen will also perform. You might not know any of Green Day's new tunes, but your Dookie favorites will probably still make Billie Joe's set list. 7 p.m. Sunday at Coral Sky Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; livenation.com. Tickets cost $27 and up.

Friday: Exile Books' grand opening.EXPAND
Friday: Exile Books' grand opening.
Philip Lique


Thanks to the Cheeto-in-chief, the less American America becomes, the more we love American pastimes like baseball. It's because we're craving the stuff that traditionally has united us, like enjoying hot dogs, stale peanuts, sunshine, and the crack of a bat. The Washington Nationals are in first place and hoping to get injured players back in the lineup soon, but the Miami Marlins have been playing better since the All-Star break. The Fish are within sight of a wildcard spot. Giancarlo Stanton has a chance to hit 60 homers for the Marlins, so these are exciting times! 7:10 Monday at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; mlb.com. Tickets start at $12.


When the thermometer begins to drop a degree or two, right before the weather gets a little chilly, it's a great time to explore a Full Moon Paddle Tour with iPaddle. On Pelican Island, part of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve, you can catch September's corn moon, marking corn harvest season everywhere but Miami. But because the island is accessible only by boat, you'll have to get there by kayak or paddleboard, with lanterns lighting your way. It'll be a magical evening with gazebos, barbecue pits, and s'mores — a perfect night if ever there was one. 8 p.m. Tuesday at iPaddle Miami, Pelican Harbor Marina, 1275 NE 79th St., Miami; ipaddlemiami.com. Tickets cost $49 to $98.


Indie music became pretty mainstream some time ago, and Modest Mouse was one of the outfits to bring its poppy alt aesthetic to the radio airwaves for an audio overload. Though the group hasn't had a ton of hits, "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty" remain two of the most memorable songs of the early '00s. At the Fillmore Wednesday, catch the bandmates singing their dance-worthy rock tunes and plenty of other songs they've penned. 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $46.50. 

Peak '80s cheese was marked by an anything-goes attitude among British musicians: Boy George, for example, or David Bowie in Labyrinth. But nobody pulled it off quite like Adam Ant, especially in light of the pop-rockabilly hits he crafted. If you own a frilled blouse and a corset, bust them out for Ant's show; if nothing else, the getup will help support your back while you dust off those moves you put away 35 years ago. 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $37.50 to $47.50.

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