Miami's Ten Can't-Miss Concerts of the Week

10. Spam Allstars. Performing on the Fountain Terrace. Saturday, January 30, 9 p.m. Hialeah Park Race Track, 2200 E. 4th Ave., Hialeah; 305-885-8000; Admission is free.

In case you were looking for a legit reason to hit up Hialeah's best nightclubs, now is your shot. Turn up with Agua de Poço from the Spam Allstars as they take over the Fountain Terrace at the Hialeah Park Race Track, then club hop your way across la ciudad que progresa. ¡Dale!

9. Jazz: Live at the Ball & Chain with Mark Small, Nick Tannura, Cisco Dimas, Derek Fairholm, Eric England, and Aaron Glueckauf. Presented by WDNA 88.9 FM. Thursday, January 28, 6 to 10 p.m. Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., Miami; 305-643-7820; Admission is free.

Kick off Ball & Chain's new monthly live jazz series with WDNA 88.9 FM at this week's Jazz: Live at the Ball & Chain. Going down the last Thursday of every month, Miami's all-jazz radio station will be hosting a live broadcast from your favorite Calle Ocho hangout. Kicking off the series is saxophonist Mark Small, who will be joined by local musicians Nick Tannura, Cisco Dimas, Derek Fairholm, Eric England, and Aaron Glueckauf. The show will air from 7 to 8 p.m., so get there early! 

8. Def Leppard with Styx and Tesla. Friday, January 29, 7 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-8000; Tickets cost $31.70 to $121.70 plus fees via

Relive the drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll of the '80s with Def Leppard at the BB&T Center. Joined by fellow hair metal bands Styx and Tesla, the English supergroup will have you rockin' like its 1988. Just don't forget to tease your hair and bring out your leather jacket.

7. Live in Central Park (Revisited): Simon & Garfunkel Tribute with Johnny Rodgers and Lee Lessack. Friday, January 29, 8 p.m. Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 877-311-7469; Tickets cost $40 to $45 plus fees via

Travel back in time to September 19, 1981, and revisit Simon & Garfunkel's Central Park reunion concert — which became the seventh-largest attended concert in history with over half-a-million attendees. Johnny Rodgers and Lee Lessack will be paying tribute to that memorable night, playing the original 21-song setlist that was performed by Simon & Garfunkel that evening.

6. Seaside Sessions with DRKWAV and Aroze Troubadou. Presented by the Rhythm Foundation. Saturday, January 30, 7 to 11 p.m. North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-5202; Tickets cost $25 plus fees via

If you still haven't checked out the Rhythm Foundation's Seaside Sessions, now is your last chance. Immerse yourself in the psychedelic vibes of DRKWAV as the trio brings its fusion of "1970s torqued jazz-rock" and "'90s dark ambient and drum 'n' bass music" to the North Beach Bandshell.

5. Miami Beach Jazz Festival with Daniel Zamir Quartet, the Joe Carter Trio, Sinkope, the Markus Gottschlich Trio with special guests, and more. Saturday, January 30, 7 p.m. Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-372-0925; Tickets cost $45 to $150 plus fees via

Experience the sounds of the world without leaving Miami at this year's Miami Beach Jazz Festival. Bringing the jazzy sounds of Israel, Brazil, Latvia, and Austria to the Magic City, musicians from across the globe will top off the five-day fest — which includes a series of masterclasses and workshops — with a concert at the historic Olympia Theater in Downtown. Do yourself a favor and don't miss it.

4. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. Saturday, January 30, 11 p.m. Icon Miami, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-0800; Tickets cost $35 to $45 plus fees via Ages 21 and up.

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike want to "take [you] to outer space." So if you want to join their stellar party at Icon Miami, you better be prepared for some intense g-forces. Last year, the party boys broke the record for selling out 40,000 tickets to their Bringing the Madness 3.0 shows at Belgium's most legendary venue, Sportpaleis Antwerpe, in under 40 minutes. We have a feeling their Magic City gig is going to be nothing short of legendary. 

3. Shannon and the Clams with the Golden Pelicans and Snakehole. Presented by Strutter USA. Tuesday, January 26, 8 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Tickets cost $10 via, or $12 at the door. Ages 18 and up.

"Coming from a wild ménage à trois of Nuggets garage, Bay Area punk, and '50s pop groups," Shannon and the Clams, as pointed out by New Times, "inserts endless creativity into its formula thanks to a genuine love for the source material." Check them out for yourselves as the Oakland trio brings its self-described "weird stuff" to Churchill's this week.

2. Chrome Sparks' 2016 North American Tour. Friday, January 29, 10 p.m. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; Tickets cost $20 plus fees via Ages 21 and up.

Discover "The Meaning of Love" — on the dance floor, that is — with the future classic sounds of Chrome Sparks at Bardot. Best known for his viral hit “Marijuana,” Jeremy Malvin (AKA Chrome Sparks) will be performing as a three-piece band on Friday, January 29, with opener Moon Diagrams.

1. Naughty By Nature's 25 Year Anniversary with DJs Whoo Kid and Chuck Barrett. Friday, January 30, 11 p.m. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; Tickets cost $30 plus fees via Ages 21 and up.

A few months ago, DJ Whoo Kid told us a legendary story about a wild night with a Ghadafi. But DJing at LIV for Naughty By Nature's 25th anniversary celebration sure beats being picked up by model assassins and escorted to DJ Al-Saadi Ghadafi's private hotel suite party. So turn up with DJ Whoo Kid as the G-Unit O.G. gets your party juices flowing for Naughty By Nature's quarter-decade rager.
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