Have you heard the good news? Wynwood was declared Zika-free three days ago by Gov. Rick Scott, so now you really have no excuse not to head to Miami’s arts district. And in case you need more motivation — besides the money you'll save on bug spray — New York's legendary postfunk band ESG will jam out at Gramps for free.
ESG (Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold) started in 1980 in the South Bronx and became a cult band for music lovers of many genres. Founded by the teenage Scroggins sisters — Renee, Marie, Valerie, and Deborah — ESG explored everything from funk and postpunk to disco and hip-hop. The band's song "UFO" is considered one of the most sampled tracks in music history. Although they have an eclectic nature that can be hard to pin down, one thing is certain: They will make you dance.
The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free courtesy of Beck’s. DJ/producer Arthur Baker will warm up the crowd with some funk. Resident vinyl DJs Benton and Mikey R. will pick things up after the show is over. If you feel like starting the party early, get to the venue after work and catch Jolt Radio DJs during happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m.
This is a booking we don't see every day, so take advantage and make Wynwood great again.
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ESG. 10 p.m. Friday, September 23, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Wynwood; 305-699-2669. Free with RSVP via ticketfly.com.