It's Friday and come 5 p.m., you'll want to run out of the office as if you were escaping the zombie apocalypse.
You rush home with the intention to get ready for one of the last parties of WMC, but then realize that you blew all your money on all the other parties at the Clevelander, Shelborne, and Shore Club this week.
Just because WMC may have left you broke for the weekend doesn't mean you can't partake in the last of EDM madness.
Check the cut for the ten best music-related things under $10 to do in Miami.
Fools Gold Miami. With A-Trak, Tommy Trash, Just Blaze, Hoodie Boyz, Congorock, Oliver, Carnage, Nick Catchdubs, Anna Lunoe, the Partysquad, Peachfuzz Crew, and others. Friday, March 22, 10 p.m., 697 N. Miami Ave., Miamil 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free with RSVP at foolsgoldrecs.com/miami. Don't let the name fool you. This free party is nothing short of world class talent. Their names may not carry the global weight Armand Van Buren or David Guetta, but on a local and smaller international scale, their talent is priceless. Spinnin' tracks since 15, Canada's finest DJ A-Trak will be breakin' beats all night long with Tommy Trash, Congorock, Anna Lunoe, and other DJs of the caliber.
Twenty One Pilots. With New Politics and Five Knives. Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hgwy., Ft. Lauderdale; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net. $10. When you combine rap and rock, add in a pinch of electro, and a heaping of piano, you get the melodious sound of Twenty One Pilots. The band is named after Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." In the play, a father who owned a WWII airplane supply company realizes that his parts are faulty. In order to protect his name and income, he sends the parts away anyways. It all goes down hill from there--21 pilots end up dying, one of them, the man's son, and in the end, the man ends up killing himself. Why would a band name themselves after such a depressing drama? Well, according to their bio, they "want to make people think."
Peachfuzz. With Thee Mike B., DJ Caze, Nick Catchdubs, and special guests. Friday, March 22, 11 p.m., the Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Free. Relive the hella good music that helped you get through that awkward stage in life when your voice was changing, you body was developing, and your face was filled with embarrassing peach fuzz and acne. Thee Mike B. and the rest of the Peachfuzz crowd will take it back old school with hits from the 80s and 90s. It'll be like middle school all over again--plus booze, minus the awkwardness.
El Freaky & Mr. Pauer Winter Music Session. Saturday, March 23, 10 p.m., PAX Miami, 337 S.W. 8th St, Miami; 305-640-5847; paxmiami.com. Free. Take a stroll down South Beach during WMC/MMW and you'll realize that the world in its entirety makes way to the Magic City to partake in the EDM madness. South Americans are no exception. Coming in from Colombia is El Freaky, a DJ/VJ trio that combine sound and visuals to create an EDM experience that's both musically and aesthetically appealing. A VJ creates images portrayed by the music being played by two DJs using different colors, characters, and patterns. Venezuela's own Grammy nominated DJ Mr. Pauer will be joining El Freaky and with Latin-infused EDM, the visuals are going to be insane.
Stank Love. With Bailey, A-sides, Edecay, Soulpride, Will Miles, Stereotype, LoHi Stereo, Engineer, Danny Bled, Alphaxero, DJ Dale', Sopheye, Disidente, and Mc Nome. Saturday, March 23, 9 p.m., Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-9372; jazid.net. $10. What do you get when Stank Love and United D&B combine forces? A night of full blown drum n' bass. And when the best weekly drum n' bass parties in Miami get together under one roof, it's guaranteed dance fever.
Miamipalooza Spring Break Music Festival. With DJ Party X, Satatori Kings, Star Pound, Fireline, Insites, Leave It To Us, Lying Thieves, Eric Vick Band, Kocosante, Weho, No Return, Glory at Dusk, Barrio Activo, Rasklz, Vis Major, Eliquate, DJ Oski, Nicole Weber, JF Soul, Nicious, Ploomie, Leila Capri, Donnie CashFlow, and Tha Hood Diezel. Saturday, March 23, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Rick's Bar, 7707 N.W. 103rd St., Hialeah; 786-237-0835. $10. To the disbelief of many, there's more to Hialeah than fango y factorias. You've got KC and the Sunshine Band, Jon Secada, a list of baseball players including Bucky Dent, Nick Esasky, and Bobby Estelella, and some of Miami New Times' finest. But now, there's an actual reason to visit the City of Progress: Miamipalooza. Nothing says spring break like a pool party with more than 2,000 people, three stages, and more than 20 acts. Throw in some beat dropping hits from DJ Oski, booty popping tracks from Donnie ClashFlow, heart throbbing music from the Eric Vick Band, and you've got yourself the best spring break party this side of town.
Mash Up Miami/Magic City Saturdays. With DJs Neglect, Ross Espi, Dela, and others. Saturday, March 23, 5 p.m., Shots Miami, 311 N.W. 23rd St., Miami; shots-miami.com. Free. For those of you who missed out on the neon costumes and drunken shenanigans of Ultra, there's a place where you can dance your ass off to your favorite local DJs, get drunk, and do so wearing leprechaun hats and sombreros. Ultra ain't got nothin' on you.
Shot in the Hand Jam. With Suenalo!, ArtOfficial, and Spam Allstars. Sunday, March 24, 4-9 p.m., PAX Miami, 337 S.W. 8th St, Miami; 305-640-5847; paxmiami.com. $8. It sucks when a stupid gun owner shoots his gun into the air on New Year's Eve and the stray bullet hits a professional trumpet player in the hand. Ted Zimmerman was lucky that the bullet dodged his head, but for a musician, not being able to play your beloved instrument is death in itself. Lucky for him, he was friends. Friends who are successful local musicians, like Suenalo!, ArtOfficial, and Spam Allstars, who have nothing but love for the guy. They love this guy so much that they're partnering with Guitars Over Guns Organization, a non-profit dedicated to putting instruments instead of guns in the hands of kids, and organizing a benefit concert to further GOGO's mission and help Zimmerman pay off his medical bills.
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The WMC Closeout. With Rich Medina and DJs Johnny Walker Red, Self Born, and Lee Farmer. Sunday, March 24, 10 p.m., Love/Hate Lounge, 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8616; lovehatemiami.com. $5. Every now and then you find some DJs who do more than just spin records and mix tracks. Rich Medina is one of them. Through his sounds, he introduced the world to Afrobeat with Jump N' Funk, the first party dedicated solely to the late African musical icon, Fela Kuti. The perfect combination of hip-hop, rap, soul, and everything old school, Rich Medina knows how to keep it fresh all night long.
WMC Gipsy Music Agency & Half Baked Records Showcase. With Petre Inspirescu, Seuil, D'Julz, Mike Shannon, Boris Werner, Roustam, Goshva, Ivan Bryuler, Special Case, Tripmastaz, and others. Sunday, March 24, 7-11 p.m., the Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Free with RSVP. Email full name to firstname.lastname@example.org. What's the second best way to end WMC aside from attending Ultra? A free party with DJs from two of Europe's best club promoters, Gipsy Music Agency and Half Baked Records. Romania's own Petre Inspirescu will be playing an exclusive three-hour set of loungey, danceable like beats. Seuil, D'Juliz, Mike Shannon, and the rest of the DJs from Gipsy and Half Baked will then take their tracks to the turntable.