The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend

The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend
Photo by Karli Evans
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Wigwood. Miami's most creative queer festival is back, bitches. This year's Wigwood theme is "Deep-Sea Creatures," and there are three unique events for attendees to get their mermaid on. First, there will be a four-hour yacht party Friday evening that cruises around Biscayne Bay. Saturday, a daylong festival loaded with DJs and vendors will go down at Gramps. And Sunday, there will be a free pool party and barbecue at the Freehand. Read more about Wigwood at Sea here. 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday at various locations including Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; Admission ranges from free to $55.

Love in the '90s. Wanna get all sultry, '90s-style? A handful of the R&B artists so many people got jiggy with in the Clinton era have come together for Love in the '90s. Among the artists you can catch are the "In My Bed" and "How Deep Is Your Love" singers of Dru Hill, "What Could Have Been" smooth-ster Ginuwine, and Donell Jones, who always knows "What's Up." 8 p.m. Saturday at James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $63 to $122.

Lucinda Williams and Drive-By Truckers. Lucinda Williams is a Grammy-winning rock, folk, blues, and country singer-songwriter who's been making music for the better part of four decades. Her breakthrough album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, was released in 1998 when she was 45 years old and just passed its 20th anniversary. She's set to play Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale Saturday. Ahead of that performance, Miami songwriters Nick County and Oly sat down with Williams to talk about her life and songs. Read the full interview with Lucinda Williams here. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-761-5374; Tickets cost $37.50 to $72.50.

The Mavericks. The Latin/Americana group the Mavericks is a true Miami success story. The Grammy-nominated country musicians began playing the local scene in the '80s alongside Marilyn Manson. The group was then signed to MCA Nashville in 1991, and its accolades have multiplied since then. The Mavericks released their ninth studio album, Brand New Day, in 2017 and even launched their own label. The rockers are coming home to the Olympia Theater this weekend for what promises to be one helluva rollicking show. 8 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-372-0925; Tickets cost $34.50 to $75.

Spam Allstars. If you haven't sweat the night away while dancing like a fool to Spam Allstars, you're probably new to the area. If you're feeling left out, this Saturday night at the Wynwood Yard is your chance to be indoctrinated into the world of this unforgettable Latin-fusion group. Expect horns, drums, a flute, and DJ Le Spam spinning from his epic vinyl collection influenced by the city's Haitian music scene (as he discusses in this Miami Herald article). Let go of whatever's got you hung up, and enjoy Miami's winter weather while grooving to the vibrations of these fine tropical sounds. 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366; Admission is free.
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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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