Ten Best Concerts Coming to Miami This Fall

The first official day of fall is September 22. The first official day of what we laughably call winter is December 23. A lot will happen in between that time. We’ll fight over turkey with relatives who require several very full glasses of wine to tolerate. Some of us will even help elect a new president, if we can manage to make it to election day without murdering those same relatives who give political speeches at the Thanksgiving dinner table. 

Most important, however, is the music. Summer in Miami is not the liveliest of months for live music, but fall ushers in a healthy offering of concerts in South Florida. We present you now with the biggest and best shows coming this fall, so get out your calendars, kids, and prepare to start circling dates.  
10. Chance the Rapper. 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 10, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $49.50 to $86.50 via

Pretty much everyone loves Beyoncé at this point. Even white suburban moms angry about her Super Bowl performance will belt out "Drunk in Love" after a raspberry daiquiri or three. You know who else loves him some Bey? Chance the Rapper. And by now, if every lover of hip-hop isn't completely infatuated with the Chicago MC, they simply haven't been listening. With the release of his third critically acclaimed record (or mixtape, if it pleases you), Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper has cemented his place in the genre with a combo of gospel, soul, and the irreverently experimental rap styles that hit the mark so brilliantly on Acid Rap.
9. Marc Anthony. 8 p.m. Friday, November 18, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $61 to $201 via

Perhaps the only Hispanic megastar and Miami favorite not to grace the stage at this year's iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina is Marc Anthony. Thankfully, he hasn’t forgotten us. In fact, the five-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Guinness World Record holder loves us so much that in addition to L.A., Miami is the only other city to host his 2016 tour for two consecutive nights. Earlier this year, Anthony was named the 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of Year for his “contributions as a music ambassador” and “humanitarian efforts,” which is all good and well, but come this November, he’ll be at the forefront of the city’s sauciest salsa celebration.
8. Charlie Puth. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300. Tickets cost $26 to $39.50 via

Charlie Puth couldn’t be a more fitting millennial success story if Lena Dunham wrote the script. Puth made his name on Youtube after going viral with “These Are My Sexy Shades.” Teaming up with Meaghan Trainor and Wiz Khalifa on the songs “Marvin Gaye” and “See You Again” respectively was clearly the next step and only just the beginning of his young career. Although his debut record released in January of this year, Nine Track Mind, didn’t exactly enthrall music critics, the album still went gold in several countries including the U.S., which goes to show that twenty-somethings might know something after all.
7. Slayer with Anthrax. 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300. Tickets cost $48.50 to $82.50 via

And on the complete other side of the spectrum from Mr. Puth, we have Slayer and Anthrax. Right now, the Dark Lord must be preparing a grand feast by gutting Hitler and Stalin and stuffing them with a delightful blend of goat cheese, butternut squash, and sage in preparation for this concert. The seminal thrash metal outfits and demigods Beavis and Butt-Head were weaned on will join forces for one epic night at the end of this month. Both bands are touring new records with new band members. What hasn’t changed are the insane live shows and supersonic guitar solos. Come for the metal, stay for the hell-raising party.
6. Animal Collective. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 10, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $28.50 via

Look, man. Animal Collective is weird. Good weird, but weird nonetheless. Call them experimental pop or call them neopsychedelia or even freak folk, but one thing they can never be accused of is being boring. As colorful as a kaleidoscope on shrooms, Animal Collective sounds an awful lot like a mashup between Yellow Submarine-era Beatles, Pink Floyd, and all the electronic wizardry of modern music making. Case in point: The group's latest record, Painting With, was recorded where Brian Wilson crafted his masterpiece Pet Sounds, and the band included sound samples from the films Planet of the Apes and Poltergeist. Whether sober or strung out, Animal Collective are an experience unlike any other.

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Angel Melendez is an unabashed geek and a massive music nerd. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and an accomplished failure at two other universities, Angel is a lush and an insufferable know-it-all, and has way better taste in music than you.
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