After a blisteringly hot summer, fall is finally upon us. It's a magical time of year when the leaves change, sweaters come out, and hot pumpkin spice coffee finds its way into every mug — except in South Florida, of course, where the temperature only drops about five degrees, the palm trees keep their fronds, and we drink our pumpkin spice lattes on ice.
Along with the impending influx of snowbirds, the end of summer brings another stellar lineup of live music to the Sunshine State as the fall touring season ramps up. Here are the ten best concerts coming to South Florida this fall.
The biggest pop star of 2019 has been through a lot over the past few years as she's ascended to the apex of her career. Only five months after her double-header at the American Airlines Arena, the native South Floridian is set to return to downtown Miami this November. The concert will mark her third appearance headlining the Triple A this year. After two number one albums in only a year, it's no wonder she's coming back — fans just can't get enough. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $65.95 to $275.95 via ticketmaster.com.
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Black Keys and Modest Mouse
Now that the duo’s much-publicized five-year hiatus is behind them, the Black Keys are returning to the road in support of Let’s Rock, their first record in more than half a decade. The stripped-down guitar-and-drums combination of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney has been one of the few blues-rock acts to break into the mainstream since the turn of the millennium, and they've returned from their break with the same basic formula. The duo’s fuzzy riffs and hooky choruses should bring everyone — from high-school hipsters to baseball-cap-wearing dads — to the BB&T Center for a night of good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. To sweeten the deal, the Akron/Nashville headliners are bringing along Modest Mouse, one of indie rock's most beloved and consistent live acts, to open the show. 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $25.25 to $195.25 via ticketmaster.com.
Brockhampton has absolutely exploded over the past few years, and the collective shows no signs of slowing down after the release of Ginger this past August. The prolific hip-hop group, which prefers to be referred to as a boy band, last visited South Florida for a sold-out show at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live in January 2018. This time, the group upgrades to the Fillmore for what promises to be a characteristically breakneck performance. This is a show that shouldn’t be missed, because the next time these guys trek down to the Sunshine State, they’ll likely be commanding an even larger venue. 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $42.50 to $75 via livenation.com.
Cursive and Cloud Nothings
Since it opened, the Ground has proved to be one of Miami’s most musically diverse venues by bringing shows to South Florida that cater to specific subgenres and help to expand the live music scene. In November, the venue will host two highly regarded posthardcore bands — Cursive and Cloud Nothings — in what should be one of the year’s best nights of emo-tinged guitar rock. 7 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $25 via eventbrite.com.
The Queen of Pop might be past her artistic prime, but she can still command five nights at Miami Beach’s favorite theater. In support of her 14th studio album, Madame X, Madonna opted to sidestep arena shows in favor of extended residencies at smaller venues, with the Fillmore Miami Beach rounding out three months of touring that will begin mid-September. The Fillmore seems to have become a favorite spot for artists to stage mini-residencies — New Order is slated to take over the venue for four nights in January — but as with so many trends in pop music, Madonna did it first. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, through Thursday, December 19, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $60 to $760 via livenation.com.
Miami Beach Pop Festival
The inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival is arguably the biggest live music event in South Florida this fall, and it boasts one of the most diverse festival lineups Miami has seen in years. Performers range from the reactivated Raconteurs to Daddy Yankee, and the event is spearheaded by what is now one of Chance the Rapper’s handful of 2019 shows in support of The Big Day. Attending music festivals in their inaugural year can be a dubious proposition if organizers haven’t ironed out all the kinks yet, but this one seems to be worth taking that chance. If the name is meant to evoke 1968's Miami Pop Festival, it has big shoes to fill, but it also has a chance to reshape the landscape of music festivals in South Florida. Friday, November 8, through Sunday, November 10, at Lummus Park, Ocean Drive from Fifth to Tenth Streets, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $97.99 to $1,250 via miamibeachpop.com/tickets.
Even if you’re not a fan of his music, it’s hard to argue that Post Malone isn’t a genre-blending superstar. The 24-year-old rapper/singer/homeless cosplayer is coming off another major hit record in Hollywood's Bleeding, and he’s riding that wave of success back to South Florida this October. Not many artists can command two arena shows south of Orlando, but Post is bringing his Runaway Tour to both Broward and Miami-Dade, which should ensure that fans from all over South Florida have the opportunity to see the Bud Light-chugging, chain-smoking star live in concert. 8 p.m. Sunday, October 20, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami and 8 p.m. Monday, October 21, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $49.25 to $199.25 via ticketmaster.com.
RapCaviar Live, With Megan Thee Stallion, Trina, Kash Doll, Saweetie, and Mel
Spotify is bringing its signature hip-hop playlist to Miami Beach this October with a lineup that boasts some of the strongest rising rappers in the game. Spearheaded by Megan Thee Stallion, who will be coming off a stint opening for YG and Future, this lineup will offer yet another opportunity for women rappers to prove they can rap about more than stripping. 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $35 via livenation.com.
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November will bring the indie-punk heroes of Titus Andronicus to Churchill’s Pub in what’s sure to be one of the most frenzied shows in Miami all year. The group will bring with it one of the strongest and headiest catalogs of songs in all of punk, and this rare, intimate show isn’t one to miss for fans of the genre. 8 p.m. Monday, November 11, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $15 via eventbrite.com.
Tyler the Creator
Hot on the heels of his colossal headlining set at 2019's III Points Festival, Tyler the Creator will return to Miami with a new persona. Igor, released in May, wasn’t just Tyler’s most fully realized album yet or his first number one album — it was also an introduction to his alter ego, and it ushered in a new phase of the former Odd Future leader’s career that continues his transition into artistic maturity. With support from Jaden Smith and GoldLink, Tyler is set to headline the American Airlines Arena in what will surely be one of 2019’s you-had-to-be-there shows. 7 p.m. Sunday, September 29, at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. aaarena.com. Tickets cost $45.50 to $55.50 via ticketmaster.com.