It's the weekend before Miami Art Week, meaning the Magic City's streets are about to be inundated with tourists from across the globe. As glamorous as that might seem from the outside, we all know it'll be a nightmare. But much like the Glee episodes your significant other insists on making you watch, you grit your teeth and smile through it, all for love — or the ensuing perks. Either way, enjoy South Florida while it's still ours by catching the Drums at Gramps, Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami, and Riptide Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. You won't really appreciate it 'til it's gone.
"Raw" by the Young Artist Initiative at the Historic Post Office Building. Art Basel doesn't technically begin until next Thursday, but Young Artist Initiative, whose pop-up exhibit "Raw" pairs 15 emerging artists with 15 musicians for a ten-day run, is getting an early start. Its pop-up bar, the Sixth, will open Friday to prepare viewers to interact with works by Stereotank, Anja Marais, and others, which promise elements that invite spectators to touch, smell, and even taste. The bar opens ahead of the exhibit's debut Tuesday. 8 a.m. Friday, December 1, through Saturday, December 9, at the Historic Post Office Building, 100-118 NE First Ave., Miami; youngartistinitiative.com. Admission costs $10 to $100.
icamiami.org. Admission is free.
The Mavericks at Parker Playhouse. Miami's rich history and eclectic population can bear some peculiar fruit. Take, for instance, the Mavericks. With a blend of old-school country crooning, horns that range from mariachi to salsa, and even surfer guitar riffs, the four-piece band plays Americana that might make sense only to all the Southerners marooned here in Caribbean- and South American-drenched South Florida. The band is touring in support of Brand New Day, its latest studio effort. 8 p.m. Friday, December 1, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $34.50 to $67.50.
The Drums at Gramps. Once a duo but now the sole work of leading man Jonny Pierce, the Drums is heading south to grace us with indie-pop angst. Abysmal Thoughts was released this summer and has been celebrated as a return to form for the New York-based project. Exploring heartbreak and the balance of darkness and light, the album could be an indication of a good time — if you think dancing while crying sounds like a good time. 9 p.m. Friday, December 1, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Tickets cost $20.
zoomiami.org. Admission costs $9.95.
Dark Basel at the Ground. All the color and spectacle of Art Basel week can make a goth kid feel isolated. Is there no place in this town untainted by champagne-fueled revelry and garish pop art? Just one: the Ground, which will host Dark Basel, a celebration of South Florida's darker subcultures. Expect a handful of live performances headlined by L.A. bands 3teeth and Vowws, plus a show by fetish performer Val Vampyre and DJ sets by DJ DeadHead and Rippin Kittin. Oh, and a roomful of anti-Baselites in their finest rubber, leather, and fetish regalia. 9 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Admission costs $15.
Riptide Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. While the kids of today spend another weekend elbowing their way through nightclubs and talking themselves past velvet ropes, the 30-plus set will head to Fort Lauderdale to relive their own misspent youth. Riptide Music Festival has lined up a two-day series of heavy-hitting nostalgia acts, throwing it all the way back to the disco era with KC & the Sunshine Band and progressing through the classic '70s guitars of Foreigner, the '80s arena rock of Loverboy, and the '90s R&B of Boyz II Men and into the '00s with Cage the Elephant, Weezer, and Portugal the Man. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, December 2, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 3, in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-889-0875; riptidefest.com. Tickets cost $60 to $400.
arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $25 to $75.
Jarabe de Palo at North Beach Bandshell. Miami sees its fair share of international music, whether it be from the Caribbean, South America, or Europe. But Jarabe de Palo has been blending rock, funk, and jazz with Afro-Caribbean and Latin influences for 20 years, bringing a level of sophistication and experience to the genre you might not be used to. Eight albums and 15 Latin Grammy nominations later, the band is celebrating with a low-key show under the twinkly lights of the North Beach Bandshell. 7 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-453-2897; northbeachbandshell.com. Tickets cost $46.95 via eventbrite.com.
Women Run Wynwood 5K at the Wynwood Yard. Wynwood will be abuzz with the art world's nosiest and most in-the-know during Miami Art Week. But another event will coincide with the art fairs: the Women Run Wynwood 5K. So lace up your sneakers and get to the area to remind the art snobs that the bodies hidden under all of that asymmetrical clothing can do amazing things. This Triple Threat Fit event is an empowerment run, giving women drive through exercise and nutrition. It'll also include guest speakers, vendors, food trucks, and other diversions. 9 a.m. Sunday, December 3, at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; triplethreatfit.com/women-run-wynwood. Admission is free. Sign up for the run at triplethreatfit.com/run-5k.