Well, the world has spoken. And Miami's great for music.
Rather, the English young men's lifestyle brand Complex Magazine has spoken, and it thinks Blackbird Ordinary and the Electric Pickle are two of the best concert venues in the whole United States of America.
Not only do our mighty musical churches of SoBe shine bright. But our smaller, intimate venues are heralded around the world. This is the moment we've been preparing for. Fellow partiers of the 305, commence the gloating.
Alright, so we don't have as many entries on the list as Austin or Los Angeles or New York. But we appreciate that the Complex people dug deep.
Coming in at number 48 is Blackbird Ordinary, who critics praise for its versatility as a "premiere dance club" and small concert venue, as well as the tasty Hidden Kitchen. If you've never been out to Blackbird Ordinary, there's no time like now. The Brickell spot's got all kinds of fun weekly events, from Movie Mondays to Ladies Night Tuesdays, Roots Rock Wednesdays, and others. Plus, Blackbird O's always showcasing hot local talent. In fact, ArtOfficial and Afrobeta are scheduled to perform later this month.
We're also happy to see the Electric Pickle get some love at number 43, representing for the "historic Wynwood Arts District." According to Complex, it's "the best indie club in Miami for live music, hands down." We know we've enjoyed seeing top-notch acts including Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Claude VonStroke out there. See, it's a good thing the Pickle re-opened last week.
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But locals know we've got more than just two cool spots. The biggest DJs in the world are always singing the praises of VIP joints like LIV, Mansion, Story, and the like. Then American Airlines Arena and the Fillmore Miami Beach bring in superstar acts from all over the country.
And shout out to the people at places like Grand Central, Bardot, Treehouse, Churchill's, Vagabond, PAX Miami, New World Symphony, Tobacco Road and all the other music venues in the 305 who didn't make it on Complex's list. If you like these venues, bring your friends to them, tell the world about them, and one day, Miami can litter these lists like Austin, L.A., and New York City.
We've got what it takes.