The Holiday Ball, With the Heavy Pets and Surfer Blood. Surfer Blood's 2009 debut album, Astro Coast, generated an intense wave of buzz, propelling the indie-rock band out of West Palm Beach and onto stages at major music festivals. It was a dizzying rise for John Paul Pitts, who, as the band's singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter, went from making music in his bedroom to being cast by music critics as an indie tastemaker. The band is set to play at Revolution Live Friday night for the Holiday Ball. Read our interview with Pitts here. 7 p.m. Friday, December 21, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $15 to $18 via ticketmaster.com.
R3hab. Ignore the unfortunate moniker and head to LIV this Saturday for heavy-hitting Moroccan DJ R3hab. He'll spin his own Dutch-house beats of the Afrojack ilk. If you need to sweat out that triggering stress you're feeling from too much family time this holiday season, this is your event. Maybe it's the glamorous life you're craving after a year of miserable politics; if so, LIV is the place to take a mental vacation. Maybe R3hab's name isn't so bad after all. You can leave the show rehabilitated and ready to start a fresh new year. Just take it one day at a time. 11 p.m. Saturday, December 22, at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com. Tickets cost $30 via tixr.com.
A Rockapella Christmas. If you love Christmas carols as much as we do (that would be a lot), you're probably planning to attend the Rockapella Christmas at Parker Playhouse. The five dudes of Rockapella are most famous for singing on and doing some comedy for all-time PBS favorite Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? They will be reinterpreting, sans instruments, holiday classics such as "Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Chipmunk Song." It's older-kid friendly and grandparent approved. Buy your tickets today and feel that beatboxing, harmonizing holiday spirit at 100 percent. 8 p.m. Saturday, December 22, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-761-5374; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $37 to $47 via ticketmaster.com.
Get Real. 'Tis the season to have uncomfortable conversations with your family around the dinner table. Instead of having to get real in an awkward way during the holidays, catch legends Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet performing back-to-back sets as their project Get Real, described as a "revival of authentic old-school house and
PL0T 300 x Interstellar Funk. This past August, Wynwood's best club, the Electric Pickle, announced on social media that it would shut its doors in June 2019 after nearly ten years of sweating and ass-shaking. As we prepare to bid adieu to a Miami nightlife institution, the dance club is honoring its closing via the 300 Series, described on the Pickle's event page as "a series of events that will welcome some of the artists that we fell in love with through the years, some debuts, some returns, but most importantly, they all have played a role along these 10 years of PL0T at the tiny room that could." The 300 Series will kick off this Saturday with Interstellar Funk's debut Miami performance. Read more about this year's best holiday parties here. 10 p.m. Saturday, December 22, at the Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via residentadvisor.net.
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