Ever wondered what makes the Most Wonderful Time of the Year the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
To our frozen friends up north, it's the snow and ugly Christmas sweater parties. But to us here in the 305, it's all the kickass music.
Just check out the five best concerts going down this week, from Kaskade, Diplo, and all the PLUR followers at Life in Color to the Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang at Bardot.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
Life in Color Festival. With Kaskade, Diplo, Adventure Club, Bingo Players, Borgeous, Borgore, Carnage, Deorro, DVBBS, Head Hunterz, Juicy J, Madeon, Nervo, the Chainsmokers, Tur, Brass Knuckles, Bro Safari, Caked Up, David Solano, Sliink, Snails, and Slander. Friday, December 26, 4 p.m., and Saturday, December 27, 2 p.m., Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens; 305-623-6100; sunlifestadium.com. Single-day tickets cost $89.99 to $99.99 and two-day passes cost $149.99 to $204.99 plus fees via licmiami.com. Life is better in color. So douse yourself in neon paint and party it up with Kaskade, Diplo, and the raver rabble as the "World's Largest Paint Party" makes its two-day stop in the 305.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Friday, December 26, 7 p.m., Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $48.50 to $128.50 plus fees via livenation.com. Because the holidays just aren't the holidays without some Nutcracker action.
See also: Miami's Ten Best Live Music Venues
The Juan Maclean & Nancy Whang. Friday, December 26, 10 p.m. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $22 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 21 and up. Enter the world of the Juan Maclean and experience the "new wave/disco-house" perfection and lyrical genius of In A Dream at Bardot.
See also: Juan Maclean on In A Dream and Nancy Whang: "I Can't Conceive Doing It Without Her"
Gente De Zona. Saturday, December 27, 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Tickets cost $55 to $150 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Mueve las caderas and do "el Cubaton" with Grammy-winning reggaeton duo Gente De Zona at the Hard Rock.
Holy Ghost! A DJ set. With Jeremy Ismael. Saturday, December 27, 10 p.m., Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $20 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 21 and up. There's no such thing as "Dumb Disco Ideas," so get up and groove with DFA's Holy Ghost! at Bardot.
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