Doc Martin. in el Bolero Room. Friday, October 23, 10 p.m. The Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up.
"Unlock Your Mind" and enter the Sublevel with Doc Martin at the Pickle. Brace yourself for some serious beats as the DJ, as described on his bio via Resident Advisor, spins a sick mix of everything from "deep house vocals that have much depth, to funky tribal bass lines mixed with threads of acid, and rare classics."
Carter Family Death Fest: Southern Discomfort. With the Dade County Pine Quartet, the Wilson Slayers, Curious Hair, WD Miller and the Revolvers, Joy Adams, and Raffa Jo. Friday, October 23, 9 p.m. Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission costs $5.
Though one of the most influential old-time southern Appalachian folk and gospel groups, the Carter Family’s music, as pointed out in a recent New Times article, "has never truly received the recognition it deserves beyond roots music cognoscenti." Celebrate the sounds of "one of the most under-appreciated, yet influential roots music ensembles of all time" at Gramps' Carter Family Death Fest: Southern Discomfort. Hosted by former New Times music editor Liz Tracy, the night will feature tuneage from local acts and there's sure to be some sing-alongs.
Empresarios. With Marlow Rosado & the Tucán Band and Mr. Pauer. Friday, October 23, 8 p.m. El Tucán, 1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami; 305-535-0065; facebook.com/ElTucanMiami. Admission costs $10.
Vibe out with Empresarios as the self-proclaimed Kings of Tropicaliente bring their unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub, and house to El Tucán. Internationally known for their track, "Sabor Tropical,” which was featured on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game, los músicos will have you bailando till dawn.
United States of Bass. With Uncle Luke, DJs Laz, Craze, Egyptian Lover, Assault, Sliink, and others. Presented by Red Bull Music Academy. Saturday, October 24, 10 p.m. Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free with an RSVP via eventbrite.com. Ages 21 and up.
Pledge allegiance to the United States of Bass as Red Bull brings beats, booze, booties, and a whole lot of bass to Gramps. Featuring 2LiveCrew's Uncle Luke, Power 96 mix master and "pimp with the limp," DJ Laz, the Magic City's three-time World Champion DJ Craze, Detroit's freak-nasty DJ Assault, and grand-bass-daddy Egyptian Lover, to name a few legendary basstastic acts, this rager is hyped up to be the best party the 305's seen in some time. Don't miss it — unless you want your Miami card revoked forever.
Halloween Pool Party. Saturday, October 24, 1 to 6 p.m. Vagabond Hotel, 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-400-8420; thevagabondhotel.com. RSVPs are sold out via thenewtropic.com. If you did not RSVP, there will be a waiting list at the door; those in costume will get priority access. Ages 21 and up.
Go bobbing for apples in your Chewbacca (or Supergirl) bikini with zombie flamingos at the New Tropic's Halloween Pool Party at the Vagabond Hotel. All Hallows' Eve may be a week away, but it's never too early to eat way too much Halloween candy or win free prizes for having the best costume, especially when barbecue from Miami Smokers, drink specials, and spooky tunes from DJ Brian Jones are involved. It's all fun and games, of course, just be sure to bring your own towel!
Thriller Halloween Music Festival. Saturday, October 24, 8 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission costs $10. Ages 18 and up.
Nothing screams Halloween louder than Michael Jackson's "Thriller." And at the Thriller Halloween Music Festival, you little party monsters will be treated to killer music, Halloween and classic horror booths, a misfortune teller, a haunted movie theater, free zombie makeup, and a meet and greet with Creature Features' horror host Karlos Borloff of Monster Mad House TV, among other goodies. In proper Halloween fashion, there will also be a "Thriller" zombie flash mob, which we assume will be around midnight.
¡Mayday! Future Vintage Tour. Saturday, October 24, 9 p.m. Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Ages 21 and up.
"It's a crossroads for us," ¡Mayday! rapper Benjamin Miller, aka Wrekonize, told New Times about the rap crew's latest production, Future Vintage last month. "This album sums up everywhere we've been and is a link between everything we've done and where we're trying to go." But this weekend, Wrekonize and his boys will be bringing their beats and rhymes home as they show off their new work at Blackbird.
Freaky Tiki Halloween Party. With luau and fire dancers. Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m. The Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; thefreehand.com. Admission is free.
Things are gonna get freaky at the Freehand this Sunday. But all you have to do to partake in the spook madness is wear your creepiest Hawaiian attire and enjoy Halloween-inspired cocktails from the Broken Shaker, a Hawaiian luau barbecue, sweet poolside beats, luau dancers, and fire spinners.
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Spooky Symphony. With the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and Miami's Alhambra Orchestra. Sunday, October 25, 4 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Admission is free.
yourself the kids in your life to some not-so-scary Halloween fun with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and Miami's Alhambra Orchestra as the orchestras perform thrilling excerpts from Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Batman: The Dark Knight, Wicked, and a mix of other classical selections. Don't be shy to go dressed as Ron Weasley or Batman.
Azure. With Black Cousin and others. Presented by Cheap Miami Sundays. Sunday, October 25, 10 p.m. Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-534-1009; facebook.com/killyouridolmiami. Admission is free. Ages 21 and up.
Aside from releasing badass cassettes, Cheap Miami Records is boss at discovering fresh local talent, much like Azure. Bringing "funk-punk-flung-rock-n-roll-vibrations" to life, the two-piece band will be making their SoBe showcase at Kill Your Idol this weekend. Check 'em out for yourself!