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

10. Pig Cook Off with music by Ricky Valido and the Hialeah Hillbillies. Sunday, February 28, 12 p.m. Hialeah Park Race Track, 2200 E. 4th Ave., Hialeah; 305-885-8000; Admission is free. 

Ricky Valido may like "drinking," "women," and "that late-night honky tonky," but the one thing the 305 cowboy sure has love for is Hialeah. Born and raised en la ciudad que progresa, Valido — and his band, the Hialeah Hillbillies — will be reppin' his city at the Hialeah Park Race Track's first-ever Pig Cook Off. This pachanga isn't just about salsa line dancing, though —  the roast will also include a cooking competition between police and fire departments from across Miami-Dade County in support of Alexander Tristan, a two-year-old boy who is battling AML Leukemia.

9. Bolero: The Sound of Love with Paquito D’Rivera, Lucrecia, and special guest Malena Burke. Presented by the Cuba Beat Concert Series. Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; Tickets cost $59 to $154 plus fees via

Experience the Sound of Love with Paquito D'Rivera as the Latin-jazz legend brings that Cuban ritmo to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Joined by fellow Cuban singers Lucrecia and Malena Burke, D'Rivera will take you on a trip back in time

8. The Beach Boys with John Stamos. Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; Tickets cost $49 to $69 plus fees via

In other news, John Stamos is officially old. While he will always be seen as the hunky Uncle Jesse in our eyes, Stamos will be unleashing his inner Beach Boy — and reliving his younger days when he used to jam with the "Surf City" band in the '80s — at the group's Hollywood gig at the Hard Rock Live. 

7. Lunch Break, Made Extraordinary by Perrier with DJ Penguin Prison and other surprise performances. Friday, February 26, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Heart Nightclub, 50 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-912-3099; Admission is free with RSVP via Ages 21 and up.

What's better than free lunch? Leaving the office and crashing a midday dance party with DJ Penguin Prison and getting free lunch, of course. Perrier's Lunch Break is back. Going down at Heart Nightclub, the noon rager will include surprise performances, a signature cocktail by Perrier featuring Deep Eddy Vodka, and a bagged lunch to bring back to the office. And it's all free. All you have to do is RSVP and hope your boss doesn't notice you're gone. 

6. Experience Hendrix with Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, and others. Wednesday, February 24, 8 p.m. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; Tickets cost $40 to $80 plus fees via

There'll never be another Jimi Hendrix, but this might be as close as you'll get. Rage the night away with Experience Hendrix as the traveling troupe — which consists of Billy Cox (the only surviving member of Hendrix's three main bands) Buddy Guy, and Dweezil Zappa — plays all the classic Hendrix cuts in an homage to the still-larger-than-life American legend.

5. Analog Archives, Part 1: Henry Stone in the 1950s with DJ Le Spam. Presented by HistoryMiami Museum, Henry Stone Music USA, and Gramps. Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m. Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; Admission is free with RSVP via

Before Miami bass took the Magic City by storm, the 305 was practically a disco haven. Discover Miami's musical roots as DJ Le Spam spins classic analog recordings by the legendary Henry Stone at the Analog Archives listening party. Spinning old-school jams from Johnny and Marsha, Ervin T. Rouse, Sonny Thompson, and Johnnie Mack, to name a few, Spam will be teaching you a history lesson with music.

4. Miami Rocks for Love with DJ Carlos Menendez, Manchild, Al's Not Well, Forget the Name, Jim Camacho, Diane Ward, Humbert, and others. Friday, February 26, 8 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Tickets cost $10 via Ages 18 and up.

Party for a cause at Churchill's Miami Rocks for Love. Featuring tuneage from DJ Carlos Menendez, Jim Camacho, Diane Ward, and other hometown heroes, the night's proceeds will benefit the Stephanie Whitener Love Heart Trust Fund, an organization that fights inequality by distributing funds for the education of underprivileged kids who have lost a parent.

3. Jelly Wednesday's One-Year Anniversary Party with 2 Live Crew, Ross One, and DZA. Wednesday, February 24, 11 p.m. Basement Miami, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; Ages 21 and up.

"It's a friendlier hip-hop party," DZA told New Times almost a year ago about his new weekly party, Jelly Wednesdays at Basement Miami. "People can come just to dance. You don't have to worry about getting a table or a bottle, just come and have fun." A year later, Jelly has become the 305's dopest booty-shakin' Hump Day party. In celebration of its first anniversary, 2 Live Crew will be throwin' it down at Basement. Here's to many more!

2. Slap & Tickle's Four-Year Anniversary with Bondax, Pirate Stereo, and Santiago Caballero. Presented by Slap & Tickle. Tuesday, February 23, 10 p.m. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; Tickets cost $20 plus fees via Ages 21 and up.

What started as a chance to play what they wanted has turned into a homegrown, well-known brand. Celebrate four years of Slap & Tickle's underground party vibes as Pirate Stereo, Santiago Caballero, and the S&T crew get lit with Bondax at Bardot. 

1. 9 Mile Music Festival with Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Nas, Julian Marley, Nas, Capelton, Konshens, Mr. Cheeks, Styleon, and others. Saturday, February 27, 1 p.m. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-960-4600; Tickets cost $56.83 to $177.74 plus fees via

Get high — metaphorically speaking, of course —  with the Marley family and some of reggae's finest at the 9 Mile Music Festival. Oh, Nas will be there too, so you're going to want to make sure you have a ticket to this Virginia Key festival. 
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