The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend

Diplo Courtesy of Life in Color
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Courtesy of Life in Color

Rick Springfield.
You might know him as your mom’s old crush from the '80s, but Australian rocker Rick Springfield has seen places far darker since his heartthrob days. Having released around 20 albums as a solo artist, Springfield has been making music since he was a teenager. But it’s the peppy power-pop classics such as "Don't Talk to Strangers" and the catchy "Jessie's Girl" of his heyday that have lingered longest in the fabric of our culture and the hearts of '80s nostalgics. Read "Rick Springfield Flaunts His Bluesy, Darker Side on The Snake King" and get dolled up to see him in Coconut Creek this weekend. 8 p.m. Friday, January 18, at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek; 954-977-6700; Tickets cost $40 to $65.

Tony! Toni! Toné!
What do you do when something is going right? You play Tony! Toni! Toné!'s classic R&B hit "Feels Good." The Oakland band has all the singing chops and instrumental skills to create a solid groove that will keep our feet moving to the beat. The group's name started as a joke in the late-'80s, but it stuck for the crew. It also stuck in listeners' heads as one of the best band names ever. Check out these Sons of Soul this weekend. They built that House of Music, and it's time for you to come home to dance. 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 18, at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; 954-602-4500; Tickets cost $35 to $60.

Sonny & Cher's 1965 song "I Got You Babe" blares each morning from the clock radio of Bill Murray's character in the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day. Asked why he chose that song, writer Danny Rubin said that after several replays, “it would drive you crazy!” But wasn't there always something also charming about the song? You couldn't help but sing along — and then kept singing for days after you searched Discogs for the original vinyl. That's the Cher Cool Factor in effect. Read "Cher's Greatest Talent: Turning Her Questionable Decisions Into Trends" before catching her live this weekend. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 19, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Tickets start at $63.70

Arlo Guthrie. If ever there were a time when we needed a little Arlo Guthrie, it's now. The folk singer-songwriter is the son of the founding father of American protest songs. Arlo is also a protest singer with extreme talent in crafting tunes that give the finger to injustice and tell entertaining stories that enrapture his audiences. He's known for his debut single, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," but like his pop, Arlo is a singer whose work spans the ages. The talent runs in his genes for sure, because he himself is the dad of four professional musicians. Catch Arlo live when he shares songs and stories this weekend. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 19, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-761-5374; Tickets cost $37 to $57.

Life in Color Miami: With Diplo, What So Not, Said the Sky, and others. In 2003, a 24-year-old Wesley Pentz, along with DJ Low Budget, started a series of parties and mixtapes dubbed Hollertronix. Based out of Philadelphia, Pentz quickly began getting the underground American dance scene buzzing with a mishmash of styles and genres that on paper seemed disjointed, but somehow the duo made it work. On his own, Pentz would also later borrow (or appropriate) sounds that were foreign to Western audiences, notably Brazil's baile funk. Such are the humble beginnings of one of EDM's biggest figures, Diplo, who these days spends more time jetting from festival to festival than throwing parties. Take a look back at Diplo's indie dance cred before heading to see him at Life in Color. 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, January 19, at RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami; Tickets cost $74.99.
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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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