Happy Memorial Day, party people!
Yes, today is the day when the nation remembers our fallen troops. But in the 305, it's also the day when Miami partiers raid Publix for subs and Coronas, hit the beach to show off their rock-hard bods, and kick off summer — as if there were any other season in South Florida.
Of course, though, it’s important to keep the long-weekend beach bash rolling right through the next seven days. That’s called an afterparty. And that's why New Times is hooking up with this week's five best concerts. Now go and take that bikini selfie.
Bondax' North American Tour. With special guests. Presented by Slap & Tickle. Thursday, May 28, 10 p.m., Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via showclix.com. Ages 21 and up. You may not "even know how [you] got here," but you know you "don't ever wanna leave." Sure, it's a paradox. But that's what usually happens when partying in the presence of English electronic music duo Bondax. From the moment you feel the bass pumping, you'll "throw [your] hands up to the sky, and let the music take [you] home." Wherever that is, you decide.
Legends of the Old School. With Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Stevie B, Color Me Badd, 2 Live Crew, Gucci Crew II, and DJ Laz. Friday, May 29, 7 p.m., Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-544-8600; mizneramphitheater.com. Tickets cost $59.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Pop it and lock it and "wax a chump like a candle" with the Legends of the Old School Concert as Miami bass OGs and ‘90s rap stars — like 2 Live Crew, Vanilla Ice, and Salt-N-Pepa — take over Boca's Mizner Park Amphitheater.
Melt-Banana. With Wastelands, Human Fluid Rot, Kenny Millions, and others. Friday, May 29, 9 p.m., Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission costs $15. Ages 18 and up. Make some noise with Japan's Melt-Banana as the "wildest band from the future" travels back to the Magic City for the first time in nearly a decade.
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Maeve Showcase. With Mano Le Tough and the Drifter. Presented by PL0T and Poplife, in collaboration with Thump and Meanred. Saturday, May 30, 10 p.m., The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $30 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up. Let go and try “Being Yourself" as Mano Le Tough and the Drifter bring their Maeve Showcase to the 305.
Kill Paris' Galaxies Between Us North American Tour. With Louis Futon and Bee's Knees. Presented by Poplife, Electric Love Productions, and Culture Productions. Saturday, May 30, 11 p.m., Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $20 plus fees via epoplife.com. Ages 18 and up. Kill Paris knows that love is the one thing that transcends the Galaxies Between Us. That's why the DJ-producer is in a "Summer Daze" with the release of his debut album. Experience his pure, unadulterated love for "future funk" music smack in the heart of downtown MIA at Grand Central.