The best time of the week is finally here: the weekend. Miami offers just about every activity this weekend. On the music front, you can catch Skylar Spence at Bardot, Future at Gramps, Jesse Marco at LIV, Phife Dawg at Rec Room, and Fatboy Slim at LIV. On Friday, Sonic Youth singer and guitarist Kim Gordon will visit Miami to chat and perform, while Exile Books founder Amanda Keeley will lead a conversation about Gordon's book and career. Check out Weird Miami Bus Tours' newest exposé: Nightmare Americana, which will survey the retail real-estate industry across Miami-Dade County, including anticipated luxury malls in downtown Miami and decaying commercial spaces in Westchester.
Here's a glimpse at what our city has to offer this weekend, so get up and get ready for another memorable, Miami-style weekend.
- Kim Gordon in Conversation With Amanda Keeley at De la Cruz Contemporary Arts Space (23 NE 41st St., Miami): To music fans, Kim Gordon is best known as the bassist, guitarist, and singer of Sonic Youth. However, the 62-year-old feminist, activist, songwriter, artist, and author refuses to be pigeonholed. Earlier this year, Gordon released her memoir, Girl in a Band, which details her time in the foundational '90s alt-rock band while also examining her life in the arts. This weekend, Gordon will visit Miami to chat and perform, while Exile Books founder Amanda Keeley will lead a conversation about Gordon's book and career.
Skylar Spence at Bardot: Straight from his dorm room to the depths of the internet, Saint Pepsi quickly became one of the biggest names of the internet-inspired, politically charged genre vaporwave. As his peers sampled Muzak and smooth jazz, Pepsi — real name Ryan DeRobertis — appropriated house hooks and disco melodies, which left him a bit of an oddball in the underground community.
Future at Gramps: Michael Barksdale wants you to dance this Friday night at Gramps. Otherwise known as Culture Prophet, the electronic artist under King's Head Records is putting together a night of electro, nu disco, and future funk that he hopes your feet will be powerless to resist. The night is the first of what may turn into a monthly series at Gramps.
- Jesse Marco at LIV: A self-proclaimed city kid from New York's East Village, Jesse Marco took a free fall into the music business at the age of 18 when he began an internship with British music mogul Mark Ronson. He gained recognition after taking a number of opening slots at New York clubs. A year or two later, DJ AM swooped in to manage his career at the turntables, connecting him with gigs in Paris, Milan, L.A., and Miami for clients such as Tom Ford and GQ.
Legends of the Old School at BankUnited Center: Rob Van Wrinkle, better known to fans and haters alike as Vanilla Ice, found success as a kid in the hip-hop world when rap music wasn't supposed to sell more than a few thousand copies. He gained the admiration of his peers and heroes, along with the ire of an industry, and his roller-coaster journey through life has been as hard as it's been fortunate. But four decades and a million self-reinventions have finally brought him to a joyous place: the sixth season of his show on the DIY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project. But he still finds time for music.
Victor Valdez at Wynwood Piano Bar: Wynwood Piano Bar introduces the incredibly talented pianist Victor Valdez to command the room with tipsy sing-a-longs. Guests can enjoy $5 cocktails, beer, wine and tapas from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and complimentary Jack Honey from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. after the show.
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Solid Soul at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Grammy award-winning legend Mavis Staples teams up with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne on the highly anticipated national tour, Solid Soul. The Solid Soul Tour marks her first tour collaboration with Joan Osborne, the widely celebrated singer-songwriter who dominated top 40 radio with her hit song, "One of Us" and whose albums have garnered seven Grammy nominations.
- Guitars Over Guns "Choose Your Sound" Benefit Concert at The Gleason Room - Backstage at the Fillmore Miami Beach: To help raise money to buy instruments for kids as well as expand the program to other schools, Guitars Over Guns will put on a benefit concert this Saturday at the Fillmore. All of the night's proceeds will go to the organization. There will be a silent auction with signed memorabilia from the Miami Marlins and Heat.
- Phife Dawg at Rec Room: Saturday's lineup takes the cake with an explosion of Latin funk and electronic fusion from the Elastic Bond at the Regent, and a triple-tier celebratory performance from birthday boy Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, who will deliver his catalogue of hits while honoring the 25th anniversary of Tribe's debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
- Fatboy Slim at LIV: Hip shakes and booty pops — those will be your "[Weapons] of Choice" when British club-killer Fatboy Slim brings his hardcore beats to LIV this week. Dance like nobody's watching. Actually, dance like Christopher Walken. That's better.
- Weird Miami Bus Tours: Nightmare Americana at Bas Fisher Invitational: The artist-led bus tour will survey the retail real-estate industry across Miami-Dade County, including anticipated luxury malls in downtown Miami and decaying commercial spaces in Westchester. The tour is inspired by the future American Dream Miami Mall, expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors daily and approximately 30.8 million yearly. Encompassing 5.3 million square feet, the mall will house more than 800 stores and services, including nine world-class attractions, two hotels, and more than 100 dining venues.
- Stripped at Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center: Stripped deals with a female lead whose line of business is clothing-optional. But Masha's career as an exotic dancer is only part of the plot. The play tells of her plight as an immigrant and a mother raising a girl alone in the United States. When her daughter is taken away from her, Masha battles the U.S. legal system in her fight for custody.