If you can make it through Memorial Day weekend in Miami, you can make it through practically anything, including the dreaded work week ahead of us.
But if you're still stuck in party mode and are in need of a little motivation, good music will do the trick.
Here are the five best concerts to check out in Miami this week.
Mt. Eden & Figure. With Caligula. Thursday, May 30, 10 p.m., at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via ticketfly.com. How 'bout a little dub step action to get your Thursday night pumpin'? If it's involving Mt. Eden's soulful boom, then we're down.
Buckshot. With Soarse Spoken and DJs Guilletine, Heron, and YNot. Friday, May 31, 10 p.m., at The Stage, 170 NE 78th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via addictiveaffairs.com. Wanna get buck wild with Buckshot? Here's a tip from the rapper himself: "Do yo' thang like a motha fuckin' robot."
Willy Chirino. Friday, May 31, 9 p.m., at La Covacha, 10730 NW 25th St., Doral; 305-594-3717; lacovacha.com. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. If there were ever a universal symbol of Cuban music, it would be Willy Chirino. Everyone loves the guy, and with reason. No matter how famous he may be, he never forgets who he is: "Un Guajiro." ¡Te queremos, Willy!
Clockwork. With Alejandro Sab. Saturday, June 1, 10 p.m., at The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via wantickets.com. Clockwork was no accident, but according to their bio, it was definitely unplanned. "Clockwork isn't really something that was thought through, it actually went through no stages of planning whatsoever." If Clockwork's techno/house masterpiece was the result of zero planning, then maybe we should just quit planning altogether. Who knows? Maybe one day we'll wake up as an EDM genius.
Shit Robot. With Will Buck and Patrick Walsh. Saturday, June 1, 10 p.m., at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $15-$20 plus fees via showclix.com. Ages 21 and up. Apparently Shit Robot has a mouth fetish... eh, whatever. The video may have nothing to do with the song, but one thing's for sure, the funky retro beat of it definitely "Feels Real."
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