In Clubland

Pot, sex, and rock music. Some consider these vital to any nightlife experience, and this week several shameless bashes celebrate all three.

Always start with pot: It makes the sex and the music better. This weekend at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.; 305-374-1198) the legions of stoners will be cooking it up while preparing to enjoy a couple of parties that are celebrating the lovely Mr. Purpleandgreenhairnuggetbud. Friday, for you Deadheads and Phriendlies who didn't get enough action in the Everglades on New Year's Eve, New York's Zen Tricksters will be groovin' on the big stage in the parking lot. The Tricksters built a rep as the nation's pre-eminent Dead cover band, and eventually incorporated their own jam-band tunes into the show. Kicking the night off is Mantra and South Florida's long-time Dead cover band Crazy Fingers. Cover charge is seven dollars, and the music begins at 9:30 p.m. The smoke should clear at the Road just in time for Saturday's Medical Marijuana Benefit featuring Me and the Blue Dog, the Baboons, Outdance, Earth Citizen, Elements of Soul, the Tribe, Crazy Fingers, Behind the Green Door, Angela Patua, the Square Egg, and the Wicked Screaming Squirts. The music begins at 9:00 p.m., and cover charge is seven dollars.

On Wednesday celebrate something even more au natural than pot: sex. But forget about the missionary position. The Living Room (671 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-2340) explores the beauty of copulation as described in the Kamasutra. The love begins at 10:00 p.m. with hosts Eric and Francis Milon, Ana Isabel, and Gary Thoulouis supplying complimentary sex on the beach until midnight. Cover charge is $15.

On Saturday the Chili Pepper (Streets of Mayfair] 3339 Virginia St., Coconut Grove; 305-442-2228) takes care of the last part of the equation, rock, with Spanky Fest, a salute to the late Michael "Spanky" Apacheche who was the vocalist/guitarist for Mushroomsoup. Spanky left us in an untimely way owing to a bizarre car accident about six months ago. He is fondly remembered in the music community, where he often helped various bands build Websites and sell merchandise. The music begins at 4:00 p.m., and the proceeds go to Spanky's family. Scheduled to appear: Endo, Nonpoint, Groovenics, Darwin's Waiting Room, Lost, Gonemad, Al Is Well, Debase, and Idol Minds. Cover charge is seven dollars in advance, eight at the door.

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Larry Boytano