The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend

Jenna Balfe and Dennis Fuller of Donzii.
Jenna Balfe and Dennis Fuller of Donzii. Mauricio Abascal, @maupix
Donzii, Laboratory, and Audrey Horny. If out-of-town guests are visiting and you want to show them the best of Miami's music scene, take them to Churchill's Pub. Specifically, take them there this Friday night to catch some of the most creative and exciting acts that have grown like strong little dandelions in the cracks of this tropical city's concrete sidewalks. Donzii offers skillful musicians and the incredible theatrics of Jenna Balfe, a goddess among women. Besides singing with the band, she spends her days creating fine art, dancing, and healing people through nature. Then there's the band with the clever Twin Peaks reference, Audrey Horny. It's made up of DJ Woozles and Rick Fantasies, the latter of whom has been making music both catchy and weird for a decade now never ceases to surprise or delight his fans. Laboratory will keep things very dark, very heavy, and very synthy, so prepare to explore the emotions you've been repressing for decades. Point is, whatever you else had planned this Friday, cancel it. Don't miss this show. 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Admission costs $5.

Absolute Queen.
Martyn Jenkins, the lead singer of the Florida-based tribute band Absolute Queen, has a favorite Freddie Mercury story. While visiting the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, where Queen recorded “Bohemian Rhapsody,” founder Kingsley Ward led Jenkins to a courtyard outside. Ward pulled a tarpaulin off an old piano and told a tale: One day at 4 a.m., Mercury appeared at Ward’s doorstep, woke him, and asked him to wheel his piano into the courtyard — he had an idea for a song. "Kingsley stood there in his pajamas,” Jenkins recalls. “He said Freddie was in a pink pair of pajama bottoms and a Donald Duck T-shirt, and he started right in the middle section of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ It was just him and Freddie, nobody else, and a few chickens in the moonlight, and he watched him start right in on that ‘I see a little silhouette of a man.’” Read more about how the movie Bohemian Rhapsody has changed shows for Absolute Queen, and catch the cover band live in Fort Laudy this week. 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; Tickets cost $13 via

Overtown Music & Arts Festival. Overtown has a proud history as the celebrated center of Miami's African-American community. Some of the 20th Century's most beloved performers played there, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin. To honor that acclaimed musical history while bringing new eyes to the neighborhood, the sixth-annual Overtown Music & Arts Festival will be held this Saturday. If that hasn't inspired you to attend, check out these reasons to go to the Overtown Music & Arts Festival, including an incredible lineup, interesting art, incredible food, kids' stuff, and no cover. 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at NW Second and Third Avenues between NW Eighth and Tenth Streets, Miami; 786-529-4586; Admission is free.

New Kids on the Block. In 1990, there was no group more desired by tweens and their moms than NKOTB. It's not as if anyone thought the boy band would stand the test of time, but somehow the members of New Kids on the Block have aged with grace and maintained their pipes and synchronized dance moves 20 years later. There's nothing not to like, even now, about their totally corny but addictive tunes. They'll have you screaming along to "Step by Step" and "Hangin' Tough" and feeling like "Please Don't Go Girl" by the end of their Mixtape Tour show at the BB&T Center this Sunday. The concert will include performances by other totally forever memorable acts too: You'll "Push It" with Salt N Pepa, get down with "OPP" alongside Naughty by Nature, and croon along to Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" and Debbie Gibson's "Only in My Dreams." Bring the kids and get ready to do some explaining. 6:30 p.m. Sunday at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Tickets cost $45.25 to $225.

New Found Glory. Roll out the red carpet, because these hometown heroes are ready to rock. The Coral Springs-bred New Found Glory will headline Revolution this Sunday. If you're stuck on the band's classics like "My Friends Over You," it's time for you to check out the 2017 LP Makes Me Sick for some solid new music. Joining NFG for the show will be fellow rockers Real Friends, Early November, and Doll Skin. The show is just one of "The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week." 6 p.m. Sunday at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; Tickets cost $28.
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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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