You might recognize the surname Ronson thanks to the three famous siblings attached to it. Charlotte Ronson is a well-known designer, while Samantha Ronson is a semi-talented DJ better known for bedding damaged starlettes.
Then there is Mark Ronson, the producer and musician. The Brit was responsible for Amy Winehouse's massive breakthrough success, Back to Black. His extensive knowledge of funk, jazz, soul, and hip-hop give him the cred few, er, white boys, apart from Justin Timberlake, ever seem to get.
Ronson is also a respected musician in his own right. His 2007 cover album, Version, brought him plenty of success in the UK and earned him a BRIT Award for Best British Male Solo Artist in 2008. The album featured borrowed tracks from acts like Coldplay and Britney Spears, and guest appearances by Lily Allen, Daniel Merriweather, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Robbie Williams. His newly released follow-up, Record Collection, ditches the covers for original songwriting but still features plenty of guests.
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While seeing Ronson performance live is a treat, all we're getting from him during his Basel appearance at LIV is a DJ set. However, his solid music background still makes it a performance worth catching.
Mark Ronson with Ross One, Contro, Jessica Who, and Blue Jemz. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami. Doors open at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $30 via wantickets.com. Call 305-674-4680 or visit livnightclub.com.