The Best Concerts Coming to Miami This Summer

With Memorial Day behind us, Miami can now officially start complaining about summer. It's hot, we all have butt-sweat stains, and the buckle on your seatbelt will burn you like you've just insulted its mother. 

But it's not all bad news, because we have music to look forward to. A whole lot of it, actually. Below you'll find some of the best shows rolling through our city this summer.
10. Ray LaMontagne. 8 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $40 to $60 via

Ray LaMontagne's newest album, Ouroboros, sees the singer venturing into new psychedelic territory — to the applause of both critics and longtime fans. With production help from My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, LaMontagne's new sound has been compared favorably to Pink Floyd on Dark Side of the Moon. LaMontagne is a 42-year-old music veteran who's been performing since '99, but lately he feels more like a fresh up-and-comer, which is all the more reason why you should be front and center when he stops by the Fillmore Miami Beach in August. 

9. Selena Gomez. Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $36.50 to $96.50 plus fees via

From dropping her sophomore solo album, Revival — in which the singer poses nearly naked as a way of taking control of all the haters and body shamers — to revealing to the world at-large she was battling lupus, 2015 was a pretty transformational year for Selena Gomez. With an accompanying tour — which will bring Gomez to the AAA in June — and three movie roles underway, it seems as if things are looking up for Gomez in 2016.

8. Miami's Endless Summer with Deaf Poets, Sleeptalk, Jet Black Alley Cat, and more. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Tickets cost $5 to $7 via

Sure, there are a whole lot of big national names bringing their diesel-chugging busses to the 305 this summer, but we can't forget about the locals. One standout show that seems quite appropriate for the season is Miami's Endless Summer, happening at Churchill's on July 2. Miami rock will be well-represented with bands like Deaf Poets and Other Body. Out-of-towners will stop by to sweat it out onstage, too. L.A.'s Sleeptalk and Nashville's Jet Black Alley Cat will come too, helping to make this ten-hour show one of the summer's best and, probably, sweatiest.    7. Weezer & Panic! at the Disco's Summer Tour 2016 with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; Tickets cost $35.70 to $71.70 plus fees

Is your pop-punk heart fluttering with excitement? Well, it should be. Weezer and Panic! at the Disco will be embarking on a co-headlining summer tour, and the two acts are coming to Miami in June. The even more exciting news is that both bands will be hitting the road with new music. Weezer's tenth studio album (and fourth self-titled production) was released April 1, and Panic!'s latest Death of a Bachelor dropped in January. That gives you more than enough time to learn all the lyrics and scream them at the top of your lungs.

6. RE:Union Music Fest with Wale, Wyclef Jean, Walshy Fire, and more. 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami; 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; 305-960-4600; Ticket info TBA. 

Featuring Wale, Wyclef Jean, Walshy Fire, and a smattering of other artists, the RE:Union Music Fest is meant to celebrate sounds from communities of African descent. Hip-Hop, reggae, jazz, Afro-Cuban salsa, Afro-beat, and more will be represented when the festival hits Virginia Key Beach Park on June 18. The diversity that makes Miami such a special slice of Florida will be on full display in one of the most scenic areas of the city. 5. Trick Daddy. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Tickets cost $30 via

Trick Daddy at Churchill's is sort of like a bacon and eggplant smoothie. It might taste really weird or oddly amazing, but we won't know until we try. Trick Daddy has been popping up in a lot of odd places lately. He showed up at Beyoncé's concert at Marlins Park. He's been trying to sell his very own line of spices online. At this stage in his career, Trick is saying yes to life and trying out all sorts of new experiences. So get your ticket now and prepare to absorb what's sure to be a loud, bizarre, uniquely Miami show when two 305 mainstays finally join forces. 

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Ryan Pfeffer is a contributor and former Miami New Times music editor. After earning a BS from Florida State University, Ryan joined the New Times staff in November 2013 as a web editor.
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