When people talk about rock in Miami, most think of the white stuff smuggled in on barges from Haiti. But this week a few parties are out to change that perception. And no matter what musical genre you're talking about, when the DIY attitude is adeptly displayed, there's simply a more attractive shine to an event. So after Clambake 2000's Birdman worked the sound and played the stage in just about every Miami rock club to come and go (these days more going than coming -- Brandt's Break RIP), he decided: Why the hell not forget about the flake-asses in clubland and blast the Marshall stacks under your own roof. Enter Birdman's warehouse
(6720 NE Fourth Ave.; 305-756-9931) party on Friday, featuring a band lineup that draws from a few of Miami's musical corners: the Holy Rollin' Hellfires' white-trash thrash; the Square Egg's mindful hip-hop, and the urban funk of Shoo Fly will all be in the house -- the warehouse that is. The gig starts at 9:00 p.m. and entrance is five dollars.
One of the staples of Miami's live music community is stepping up to the mike in a big way. Tobacco Road (626 S Miami Ave.; 305-374-1198) hosts the Miami Music Fest on Saturday. About twelve bands will perform throughout the evening on three stages, including a main outdoor stage. EyeQradio.com and Danny Jessup have lined up the Wicked Screaming Squirts, Sixo, Beyond Salvation, Purple Mustard, Deblois, the Creepy Ts, Diani, Oski Foundation, Debbie Cima and El Dorado, Jennifer Daiser Band, the Avenging Lawnmowers of Justice, and Plutonium Pie. The music begins at 9:30 p.m. and cover charge is eight dollars.