Ever wished you could make the week disappear?
So does, like everyone else in the Magic City. That's why we're always on the search for good music, good times, and good people.
Just check out the five best concerts going down this week.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
Mayer Hawthorne. With Blonde Redhead, Mike Deuce, and Rascal. Presented by the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour. Tuesday, August 19, 8 p.m. Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave. Miami; 305-600-4785; sohostudiosmiami.com. RSVP required via firstname.lastname@example.org. Ages 21 and up. Mercedes-Benz has come a long way since the company debuted its first Benz Patent Motorwagen back in 1886. To show the world just how much they've evolved over the last 128 years, the German car lords are bringing Mayer Hawthorne, his raw vocals, and soulful vibes to the 'Wood as part of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour.
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Michael McDonald. With Toto. Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 p.m. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Tickets cost $54 to $74 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. "Hear the drums [echo]" as Toto "bless[es] the rains down in" Hollywood with soul legend Michael McDonald at the Hard Rock Live.
Rita Ora. Presented by HITS 97.3 Hit Sessions. Wednesday, August 20, 7 p.m. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free with RSVP via hits973.com. Ages 21 and up. "There's a million ways to go. So don't be embarrassed if you lose control" with "full-on sex symbol and blonde bombshell" Rita Orta at her free gig at Grand Central.
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Premios Tu Mundo 2014. With Juanes, Alexis & Fido, Yandel, el General Gadiel, Olga Tañon, Elvis Crespo, David Bisbal, Gabriel Coronel, la Ley, Lucero, Gerardo Ortiz, Natalia Jiménez, los Tucanes de Tijuana, and others. Thursday, August 21, 8 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $26 to $30 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Get your rumba y baile on with Juanes, Alexis & Fido, Yandel, Natalia Jiménez, y los artistas más caliente at the American Airlines Arena for the third installment of Telemundo's Premios Tu Mundo.
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Guitars Over Guns' Choose Your Sound Benefit Concert. With music by Jencarlos Canela, Suénalo, Spam Allstars, and Tomas Diaz, as well as a silent auction and art exhibition featuring work by Lebo, Krave, Bhakti Baxter, Alvin Hernandez, and Eva Ruiz. Hosted by NBC 6 South Florida's Roxanne Vargas. Saturday, August 23, 7 to 11 p.m. Gleason Room at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $83.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Help keep kids out of the streets and bring "instrumentation back into education" with dreamy actor turned gold-certified singer Jencarlos Canela, Suénalo, and the rest of the Guitars Over Guns crew at the Choose Your Sound Benefit Concert.
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