So you want to go out, enjoy great music, down a couple of cold ones, and have some fun. But you're wallet's as empty as a political promise.
No worries! There are plenty of rowdy options for cash-strapped party people. Just take a date to one of Crossfade's ten best music-related things to do under $10 and impress while raking in the savings.
Ben Prestage. Thursday, May 30, 10 p.m., Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-1198; tobacco-road.com. No cover. Ages 21 and up. You've never seen a man work a guitar neck like Mr. Prestage. His fingers will light a fire on those frets and his earthy country voice will have you crying like Mama just ran away forever.
Afrobeta. With DJ Contra. Thursday, May 30, 10 p.m., Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. No cover. Ages 21 and up. Miami's favorite dance duo may have experienced a setback when some gear (and even their "pigeon mascot"!) got stolen last week. But that doesn't mean Afrobeta's given up the rhythm!
Los Herederos. With DJ Le Spam. Friday, May 31, 10 p.m., at PAX Miami; 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-640-5647; paxmiami.com. Tickets are $10. Ages 21 and up. This local Afro-Cuban trio's gonna bring the heat to the dance floor. Don't let your heels catch fire, ladies.
Jean P Jam. Friday, May 31, 11 p.m., at Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-9372; jazid.net. No cover. Ages 21 and up. Sit back and relax to the funky rhythms or get up and groove to the "deep root world beat" of Jean P Jam and his colorful band.
Bobby Lee Rodgers. With Lingo, Off Orbit and more. Friday, May 31, 10 p.m., at Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-1198; tobacco-road.com. No cover before 9 p.m., $5 after. Ages 21 and up. Classic rock 'n' roll meets the Southern blues. Go get down with Bobby Lee Rogers and this Jam on the Road party.
ArtOfficial. With Backpack Jax. Saturday, June 1, 9 p.m., at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. No cover before 11 p.m., $11 after. Ages 21 and up. This local hip-hop crew's advice for a good time: "Don't forget to take your Vitamins & Minerals, son." FYI, that's also the name of the latest ArtOfficial album.
Clockwork. With Alejandro Sab. Saturday, June 1, at The Vagabond, 30 NE 14 St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. Tickets cost $10. Ages 21 and up. Not to be confused with the Clockwork of the RL Grime variety, this duo from Italy will move you with minimal builds and delightful ambient textures.
Fayuca. With Haitin Hillbilly. Saturday, June 1, at Will Call, 700 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-577-5900; willcallmiami.com. No cover. Ages 21 and up. Beachy ska rock in the vein of 311 and Authority Zero. Get ready to skank in some flip-flops, kids.
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Spam Allstars. Saturday, June 1, at PAX Miami, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-640-5847; paxmiami.com. Tickets cost $10. Ages 21 and up. Nine fantastic musicians melding Latin, funk, electronica, and hip-hop. Just another day on Calle Ocho, bro.
Robby Hunter. Wednesday, June 5, 8 p.m., at Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-1198; tobacco-road.com. No cover. Ages 21 and up. Hip-hop delivery meets soulful rock! And it's free! Partaaay!