There's no doubt Miami is the party playground of the South. And the home of some of the top nightclubs in the country. But Ms. Magic City is just as much a music snob as she is club royalty.
That's why everyone, from wannabe divas and Grammy-winning stars to up-and-coming indie artists, make it a point to bring their tuneage to Miami.
Sure, you may not be a fan of every genre or singer that brings their sound to our city, but hey, musicians are some of the hardest working people you'll ever meet. And while it's both a struggle and glory for these ladies and gents, we in the 305 get to reap the benefits of their labor.
Here are the five best concerts this week.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
Virginia Key Grassroots Festival. With Donna the Buffalo, Rubblebucket, Afrobeta, AJ Ghent, Big Mean Sound Machine, Telekenetic Walrus, Danay Suarez, the Spam Allstars, Suenalo, Electric Piquete, and others. Thursday, February 19, to Sunday, February 22. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne; 786-409-5261; virginiakeygrassroots.com. Four-day festival passes cost $50 to $120 and single-day tickets cost $25 to $40 plus fees via virginiakeygrassroots.com. Big movements start at the grassroots. Just take a look at Donna the Buffalo. Twenty five ago, upstate New York's "Cajun, rock, folk, reggae, and country" crew invited a bunch of friends, fans, and musicians to Ithaca for the inaugural Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival. A quarter-century later, the fest has grown from a one-day concert in the Empire State to a four-day shindig, giving birth to North Carolina's Shakori Hills Grassroots and the 305's own Virginia Key Grassroots.
Tunes from Donna the Buffalo themselves, Brooklyn's Rubblebucket, Cuba's Danay Suarez, and some of the Magic City's finest are the highlight of the 96-hour get down. But this year's mega fest will also feature yoga, a Culture Camp with dance and cooking workshops, a Kid's Village (because it's never too soon to start teaching our future generation the importance of going green), a sustainability expo, an instrument contest, a beer garden and vinyl lounge, and the Grassroots World Café. Long live the 'Roots.
Premio Lo Nuestro. With Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Chiquis Rivera, Gerardo Ortiz, Gente de Zona, Farruko, and others. Thursday, February 19, 8 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $55 to $95 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Todos los Latinos más famosos and their raging fanáticos will tear up the stage at the AAA for Univision's 27th annual Premio Lo Nuestro awards show. Of course, only a lucky and talented few will walk away with a shiny trophy, but with performances from Puerto Rican papi Ricky Martin, dat chico Pitbull, and a slew of other mega estrellas, everyone will go home un gran ganador.
Kryptonite Metal Festival 8. With Ornimental, Revolution, Suffering Tool, Sapraemia, Silenmara, the Killing Hours, Murder Suicide, At Odds With God, Letters of the Lost, Sevensins, and others. Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission costs $10. Ages 18 and up. All is dead but metal! And in South Florida, you can thank the dudes over at Churchill's and the Kryptonite Metal Festival for that. But unlike Superman, metal heads are immune to the weakening effects of kryptonite. That's why we're gonna rage till our ears explode with Ornimental, Suffering Tool, and the rest of the hardcore rockers smack in the heart of Little Haiti.
Nightmares on Wax. DJ set. Presented by Poplife. Saturday, February 21, 11 p.m. The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $25 plus fees via epoplife.com. Ages 21 and up. Come face-to-face with your Nightmares on Wax as the UK's George Evelyn and legendary Warp Records label boss brings his freakishly trippy and psychedelic electronic beats to downtown MIA.
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Étienne de Crécy. Saturday, February 21. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $25 plus fees via showclix.com. Ages 21 and up. You can take a selfie, you can hashtag homies, but you better not even think about posting that picture on Instagram while in the presence of French touch electro-house producer Étienne de Crécy. Unless, of course, you follow Monsieur de Crécy's instructions and "Hashtag [that photo] My Ass." Consider yourself warned.