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Miami Coronavirus Cancellations: Music Events
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It began March 4 when a source told the Miami Herald the city planned to cancel Ultra Music Festival owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Two days later, it became official when Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced that Ultra and — to the shock of many — Calle Ocho would be suspended. Since then, other events have been canceled around the region. Expect many more to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of all changes, postponements, and cancellations of Miami music events we know of to date. If you hear of a cancellation, email us at [email protected].

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The Arsht Center has suspended all performances through Sunday, April 5. According to a statement released by the venue Friday, March 13, ticketholders for canceled shows will be able to request refunds as well as exchange their purchases for alternate shows or an Arsht Center gift certificate. Customers can also donate tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value.

American Airlines Arena.
According to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's order, all large events at the American Airlines Arena are to be suspended. The arena announced on Thursday, March 12, the following concerts are postponed: Aventura (March 12), Cher (March 24), and Ricardo Montaner (March 29). Tickets will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

ATV Records. The downtown Miami nightclub announced Monday, March 16 that it'll be closed indefinitely in compliance with Miami-Dade County ordinances. ATV's closure extends to its sister bar, Melinda's. A livestream for one of ATV's originally scheduled Miami Music Week events, House of Efunk with Soul Clap, is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 20 at 10 p.m. EDT.

Basement Miami. It was announced Friday afternoon that Basement Miami is closing its nightclub operations effective immediately. However, the South Beach hotspot will continue to offer its roller skating and bowling activities as normal.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts. All scheduled shows at the Broward venue through March have been canceled or postponed.

Calle Ocho Music Festival. On Friday, March 6, the City of Miami announced it was pulling the permit for Calle Ocho. Kiwanis of Little Havana president Jorge Fernandez responded to the news by saying, "The effect this will have on the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana will be detrimental to the organization’s ability to provide services and programs to underserved kids in the City for the upcoming year."

Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The Coral Springs-based venue has postponed all shows effective Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31.

Club Space. Club Space coowner Coloma Kaboomsky shared a letter on Facebook late Thursday, March 12, announcing that all of the downtown Miami venue's events have been postponed to a later date. On Friday, the announcement was shared widely on all of the club's various event pages. Space will reportedly host a series of live streams from its DJ booths online in addition to organizing a canned drive "to help the less fortunate members of our community."

Circa Survive. The rock band has postponed the first leg of its Blue Sky Noise Tour, including its March 26 show at Revolution Live.

Dance Gavin Dance. The band announced it has postponed its spring 2020 tour, including its Thursday, March 26, show at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Days Of Summer Cruise Fest. The third edition of the hip-hop-themed cruise scheduled to embark from Miami on Wednesday, July 1 has been canceled. Organizers shared the trip is currently slated to return in July 2021.

Diana Ross. The Fillmore Miami Beach announced, "Due to circumstances outside of our control, we regret to inform you that Diana Ross has been postponed until further notice." The venue says the rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. Her performances were originally scheduled to take place Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13.

E11even. The infamous 24-7 downtown Miami nightclub announced Friday, March 13 it'll take the unprecedented step of closing down for at least two weeks' time.

The Fillmore Miami Beach. The popular Miami Beach concert venue and site of New Order's recent four-night Magic City residency has shut its doors and will remain closed for an indefinite amount of time.

Get Lost. Damian Lazarus' 24-hour Miami Music Week event has been postponed. The party was set to take place Saturday, March 21, in Hialeah; however, that city and the county have banned all large gatherings.

Gramps. According to sources, the Wynwood bar and music venue has canceled all planned events effective immediately. Gramps' inhouse pizza stand, Pizza Tropical, will remain open for delivery and pick up orders.

Jazz in the Gardens. Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert announced Wednesday, March 11, he would postpone the city's signature music festival and all of its surrounding events. Jazz in the Gardens was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15.

Kimpton Epic Hotel. On Friday, March 13, the South Beach hotel announced its extensive Miami Music Week programming — including the All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party — has been canceled per local, federal, and international guidelines as well as "an abundance of caution." According to a statement, any pre-purchased tickets or packages will be refunded.

Las Rosas. The popular Allapattah dive bar and music venue has been closed until further notice.

LIV Nightclub. LIV, David Grutman's nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, announced that it has temporarily paused all operations out of an abundance of caution and that any prepurchased tickets will be refunded.

Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Several March events scheduled to take place at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium such as Global Cuba Fest 2020 as well as May's Albita, Lucrecia y Lena concert, “Mujeres a Contratiempo,” were declared canceled late Friday afternoon.

Miami-Dade County Fair. On Thursday, March 12, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez suspended all major events countywide, including the Youth Fair. The event was set to take place Thursday, March 12, through April 5.

No. 3 Social. The Essential Salted event scheduled to take place at No. 3 Social on Saturday, March 21 for Miami Music Week was announced to be postponed on Friday, March 13.

Palomino Blond and Las Nubes Split Release Show at Gold Coast Railroad Museum. The highly anticipated Friday, March 13 show celebrating the new shared EP from Miami rock bands Palomino Blond and Las Nubes has been postponed.

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach has suspended all performances through March 30.

sbe Hotel. sbe Hotels — which includes Delano South Beach, Shore Club, SLS Brickell, and SLS South Beach — have canceled all planned event programming for Miami Music Week.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes' performance at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Sunday, March 15 has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 22.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The South Florida entertainment hub has suspended all scheduled shows at its multiple venues — The Comedy Club, DAER Nightclub, and Hard Rock Live — through Wednesday, April 15. According to a press release shared Friday, live entertainment will continue to be available in the bars and restaurants located throughout the resort.

Story Nightclub. David Grutman's South Beach nightclub Story announced on Instagram it has paused operations. As with LIV (above), the club will refund all prepurchased tickets. 

SunFest 2020. The West Palm Beach music festival scheduled to take place from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3, was canceled on the evening of Friday, March 13.

Technique Records. The fan-favorite Miami record store announced Friday, March 13 that the book signing for The Death Archives with Mayhem's Necrobutcher and Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore will no longer take place as scheduled on Monday, March 30. The shop wrote in a post shared on the event's Facebook page that it will attempt to reschedule the event; Technique is promising refunds to ticket buyers if the book signing winds up being canceled outright. As of Wednesday, March 18, Technique has ceased all in-store transactions. However, it is still arranging online sales as well as curbside pickup and delivery exchanges.

Treehouse. A letter shared on the Miami Beach nightclub's Facebook page Friday evening read "Even though we are officially canceling all of our shows for Miami Music Week and giving full refunds, we will carry on operations with regular programming and will remain proactive in preparing to act quickly should the need arise." The note encouraged any prospective guests to remain vigilant and remain home if they're feeling unwell.

Ultra Music Festival. On Friday, March 6, organizers announced the city had pulled the permit for the festival owing to concerns over the coronavirus. Scheduled to talk place Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22, the festival announced it would not issue refunds but allow people who had purchased tickets to use them at a later date.

Wanee Block Party. The mini-music festival scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 25 at Fort Lauderdale music venue Revolution Live has been canceled. The pre-party scheduled to take place the prior day on Friday, April 24 has also been scrapped. Refunds are available for ticket buyers at original point of purchase.

Winter Music Conference. Originally set to take place Tuesday, March 17, through Thursday, March 19, WMC was canceled March 9. Because the event is run by the same organization that puts on Ultra Music Festival, the cancellation was expected.