The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend

Poplife cofounders Barbara Basti and Aramis Lorie.
Poplife cofounders Barbara Basti and Aramis Lorie. Photo by Justin Namon
click to enlarge Poplife cofounders Barbara Basti and Aramis Lorie. - PHOTO BY JUSTIN NAMON
Poplife cofounders Barbara Basti and Aramis Lorie.
Photo by Justin Namon

Poplife 20th Anniversary, With Aramis Lorie, Benton, Lloydski, Ray Milian, and Others. Poplife is set to celebrate its big 2-0 at the new ATV Records this Saturday, November 9. To mark the occasion, the long-running party-turned-production company will offer accompanying T-shirts and a special-edition book produced alongside Dale Zine. Miami DJs Lloydski, Ray Milian, Aramis Lorie, Benton, Michelle Leshem, Patrick Walsh, Jessica Who, and other special guests will spin music. It's as good a time as any to slap on your blackest outfit and boldest lips, remember how to dance in the dark, and reminisce about how this old party shaped the Miami we know today. Read an interview with one of the cofounders — "Poplife Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary at ATV Records" — and an article about the importance of Poplife in Miami's cultural evolution: "Poplife Memories: How a Saturday-Night Party Helped Build Miami's Cultural Scene." 10 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at ATV Records, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is free with RSVP via

Anthony Ramos, With Elliott Skinner. Anthony Ramos' rise over the past few years has seemed meteoric. A member of the original Broadway cast of Hamilton, the actor and singer played the dual roles of John Laurens and Phillip Hamlton. Ramos went on to costar alongside Lady Gaga in the Academy Award-nominated movie A Star Is Born and is shooting a film adaptation of the musical In the Heights. Now Ramos has released his deeply personal debut album, The Good & the Bad, which came out October 25. He's taking his talents beyond Broadway and the silver screen by embarking on a multicity tour supporting the record. Ramos will visit Miami this Sunday, November 10, when he'll share selections from The Good & the Bad with fans at the Ground. Read an interview with the artist, "Hamilton's Anthony Ramos Channels Brooklyn and Broadway on His Debut Album." 7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; Tickets cost $25.82 via

Mega Mix Beer & Music Festival: With Exposé, Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, and Safire. This Saturday night, not far from "A1A Beachfront Avenue," where "girls were hot wearing less than bikinis," you can catch the man himself, Vanilla Ice, live. Yes, Rob Van Winkle will perform at the Mega Mix Beer & Music Festival. Let's just hope he'll stick with "Ice, Ice Baby" and steer clear of his hardcore endeavors. He'll be joined by Exposé, the Miami-born trio that made some incredible late-'80s quasi-freestyle tunes such as "Point of No Return" and "Let Me Be the One." You can also shake it to Rob Base, best known for releasing "It Takes Two" with DJ E-Z Rock. Nuyorican chanteuse Sa-Fire, best-known for "Thinking of You," will round out the bill. The show at Magic City Casino starts early, at 5 p.m., so it's the perfect way to introduce your young offspring to the music you grew up on and love. 5 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000; Tickets cost $50 to $75.

Sting. Many, many years ago, like two decades ago, the tantric-loving British singer Sting performed to a packed Coral Sky Amphitheatre, the massive venue out in nowheresville West Palm Beach. Though he appeared as a small figure on the stage, his presence was as powerful as the image of him in a skintight top on the jumbotrons. Along with his band the Police, Sting brought a pop-ready reggae beat to the masses about 40 years ago. He and Jamaican star Shaggy ("It Wasn't Me") recently released 44/876, a collaborative album that snagged them the 2019 Grammy for Best Reggae Album. This weekend, you can catch Sting in a more intimate setting at Hard Rock Live for his My Songs Tour, delivering his most popular tunes. While you're checking out “Shape of My Heart,” you can also check out the shape of the Seminole Hard Rock's new Guitar Hotel. 8 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5531; Tickets cost $70 to $255.

The Raconteurs.
Jack White is not only the musical mastermind behind the White Stripes, but he's also responsible for spearheading a sonic movement from Detroit to Nashville through his record label, solo releases, and bands the Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. The latter group was formed with fellow musician and bandmate Brendan Benson in 2005 when the two wrote the earworm "Steady, As She Goes." Last year, the band released a deluxe reissue of its album Consolers of the Lonely, along with Help Us Stranger, the Raconteurs' first album in 11 years. The supergroup is on the road to promote its newest release and will bring its assuredly hard-"r" rock-heavy show to the Fillmore Miami Beach this Sunday. The concert will be phone-free, so leave your gadgets in the car; otherwise they'll be secured onsite until the end of the show. 8 p.m. Sunday, November 10, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $72.50 to $92.50.
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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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