You know it's gonna be a good day when your morning starts off with a shot of cafecito and your favorite song.
But the moment you realize the next few days are filled with nothing but live music from some pretty talented artists, chances are you'll actually find yourself looking forward to the week ahead.
So take on the day and check out South Florida's five best shows this week, from Rick Ross at the BB&T Center to the Best of the Best Concert with Beenie Man and Shabba Ranks at Bayfront Park.
Pat Benatar. With Neil Giraldo. Thursday, May 21, 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Tickets cost $25 to $45 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Scream-sing along with “Love Is a Battlefield" as one of the great badass ladies of rock 'n' roll, Pat Benatar, brings her multi-platinum '80s hits to the 954's palace of slot machines and shiny lights.
Life on Planets. With Will Buck and Ms. Mada. Presented by Link/Miami Rebels. Thursday, May 21, 10 p.m., Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $10 to $20 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up. Discover Life on Planets as Wolf + Lamb's "soft-spoken, hard-rocking [vocal, guitar, DJ] group from Baltimore" brings that "Love So Fleeting" feeling to Bardot.
Rick Ross. With Jeezy and Future. Presented by 99 Jamz. Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m., BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-8000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $45.50 to $195.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Ricky Rozay is all about them "money bags" and "that pimp shit." That's 'cause he's livin' that "Quintessential" rap life. Like a Bawse.
Todd Rundgren. Global Tour 2015. Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m., Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Todd Rundgren is A Wizard, A True Star. Witness the psych-pop legend and art-rock master make musical magic at Culture Room.
Best of the Best Concert. With Beenie Man, Shabba Ranks, Capleton, and others. Sunday, May 24, 2 p.m. to midnight, Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $57 to $399 plus fees via bestofthebestconcert.com. "Keep reggae music alive" and do the "Ting-a-Ling" with Shabba Ranks, Bennie Man, and the Best of the Best reggae, soca, and dancehall artists at Bayfront Park.