It's never easy letting go of the beloved weekend, but sometimes there's nothing else to do but face the music.
And by facing the music, we mean watching talented artists from international musicians to rock legends to indie folk bands, put on a show for us beautiful people.
Just check out the five best concerts going down in South Florida.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
The Idan Raichel Project. Thursday, October 17, 8:30 p.m., Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $35-$150 plus fees via arshtcenter.org. Peace, love, and unity: that's what the Idan Raichel Project is all about. The Israeli musician/singer/producer has been "breaking down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs" since 2003, and has performed with Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter India.Arie at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize gala and at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication ceremony in D.C., among other symbolic places. Here's to good beats and positive vibes.
R. Kelly. With JJ Williamson. Thursday, October 17, 8 p.m., James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-372-4634; jlkc.org. Tickets cost $59-$133.75 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Sure, Kells' done some pretty kinky shit, but the man knows "[His] Story" and he's "stickin' to it."
See also: R. Kelly's Six Most NSFW Moments
BassLights. With Bassnectar and Pretty Lights. Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, 6 p.m., Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. Tickets cost $41.75-$79.50 via livenation.com. Two nights of Bassnectar's heavy bass lines fused with Pretty Lights' "blend of hip-hop and funk with glitched-out EDM:" it's like the perfect fist-pumping marriage.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd. With Drake White. Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m., Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-649-3000; magiccitycasino.com. Tickets cost $55-$150 plus fees via magiccitycasino.com. Nothing comes close to the raspy voice of Johnny Van Zant, the killer riffs of Gary Rossington, and the badass musical talent of the guys of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Guess they really must be the Last of a Dyin' Breed.
The Lumineers. With Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff. Sunday, October 20, 6:45 p.m., Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; 561-488-8069; pbcgov.com/parks/amphitheaters. Tickets cost $35 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Ho! Get in touch with your Americana roots and jam to the folky goodness of the Lumineers as they put on their first South Florida show. Hey!