Celia Cruz All Stars. Everyone will be yelling "¡Azúcar!" when the Celia Cruz All Stars take the stage at the Miramar Cultural Center this weekend. The late, great Cuban songstress with one of the most recognizable voices in music brought joy to salsa lovers around the globe for half a century. Now this group is honoring the sounds of the Guarachera de Cuba and continuing to share her legacy with the world. They'll belt out the hits, such as “La Negra Tiene Tumbao,” “Quimbara,” and “Usted Abusó.” This show is a perfect way to connect and pay tribute to Miami's cultural and musical past as we usher in a new year. 8 p.m. Friday, December 28, at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; 954-602-4500; miramarculturalcenter.org. Tickets cost $35 to $60.
A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour. Although Timothy Wilcots was born in California, it was the Sunshine State that birthed Latrice Royale. The reality star snatched hearts and wigs worldwide as a contestant on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Royale also competed in the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars and has returned to the competition for All Stars' fourth go-round. Currently, Royale is dominating stages across the nation on A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour. Featuring Royale alongside Aja, Monét X Change, Thorgy Thor, Shea Couleé, Raja, and host Miz Cracker, the tour will make its final stop this Saturday at Parker Playhouse. Read New Times' interview with Ms. Royale here. 8 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $22.36 to $53.56 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
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Nicole Moudaber. Nigerian-bred Nicole Moudaber has graced big-time stages at Coachella, Glastonbury, and Electric Daisy Carnival. Now, this Saturday at Wynwood Factory, the DJ/producer will spin an intimate set alongside Cristoph and ALX. The shindig is slated to roll until 5 a.m., so be sure to stretch before enjoying hours of techno goodness. Moudaber has been busy managing her label, Mood Records, as well as a weekly radio show, In the Mood. 10 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Wynwood Factory, 55 NE 24th St., Miami. Tickets cost $20 to $30 via electrostub.com.
Damian Lazarus. Damian Lazarus makes any space his own. He has captivated a jungle. He has bashed at beaches. And he wrote some new history amid the Mayan ruins in Mexico. Lazarus will take his worldly electronic-ness to the Space Terrace alongside Australian-gone-German house extraordinaire YokoO. In a world that seemingly gets weirder by the second, you'll appreciate the escape into what these guys bring. 11 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10 to $30 via ticketfly.com.
The Roots. "I like to say hip-hop was born when I was in my mother's womb," the Roots' Black Thought says by phone right before he and his band take the stage as house band for The Tonight Show. "I was born in October 1971. It was documented that August 1971 was when Kool Herc created the culture of hip-hop." Not long after, a young Tariq Trotter, who would later become known as Black Thought, was rapping in his hometown of Philadelphia. Miami can check out the Roots' live experience at the Fillmore this Sunday. Since Black Thought recorded his excellent new solo album, Streams of Thought Vol. 2, in the Magic City, the place holds a new significance for him. "The Roots did some shows in Florida, so I came down to Miami to Salaam Remi's studio," he says. "We did the whole thing in two or three sessions. I wrote it all on the spot. Miami helped inspire me to create." Read New Times' full interview with Black Thought here. 9 p.m. Sunday, December 30, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $66.50 to $85 via livenation.com.