2013 Summer Music Concert Guide for Miami and South Florida

 

From Beyonce to the Pet Shop Boys, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z to Bruno Mars, the stages will be rocking from July through September

Summer Music 2013
Beyonce, Pet Shop Boys and Justin Timberlake headline 2013 summer music concerts in South Florida.
 

By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

“Summer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the street.” -  Martha and the Vandellas

What better way to while away the dog days of summer than to go see a concert? It’s hot, you’re bored, and there are all kinds of great shows to see, so get off the couch and get out of the house. Here’s our guide to the best shows in South Florida over the next few months.

Tues., July 9 and Weds., July 10
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour – Beyonce
Where: July 9 at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise; July 10 at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $45-$253
Sound Check: One of the most successful and influential artists of the past decade performs two South Florida shows – yes, she’s fast approaching Madonna’s iconic status – chock-full of fierce dancing, choreography and chart-topping hits. Since striking out on her own from Destiny’s Child in 2005, Beyonce has won 16 Grammy Awards, married one of the greatest rappers of all time in Jay-Z, and been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Not bad. Expect to hear all the hits, from “Baby Boy,” “Crazy In Love,” “Irreplaceable,” “If I Were A Boy,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” “Halo” and “Run the World (Girls),” plus possibly some new tracks from her upcoming fifth solo album.

Sat., July 13
Carlos Vives
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Time and tickets: 8:30 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $22-$143.
Sound Check: Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer got his start acting in telenovelas, finding fame in “La Otra,” “Aventurera” and, most notably, “Escalona.” But his true claim to fame was fusing traditional Colombian vallenato with rock, funk and pop. He takes the stage in support of his new album, “Corazon Profundo.”

Sat., July 13
Air Supply
Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $48.50-$123.50
Sound Check: Australian lite-rock duo – featuring songwriter Graham Russell and singer Russell Hitchcock - is the ultimate guilty pleasure for fans of good melody and great pining love songs. See why they’ve sold more than 100 million albums when they croon radio staples including “The One That I Love,” “Every Woman In the World,” “All Out of Love,” “Even the Nights Are Better” and “Lost In Love.”

Sun., July 14
America’s Most Wanted Festival 2013 Starring Lil’ Wayne
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $25-$89.75
Sound Check: Guess who recently passed Elvis Presley as the male with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, with 109? Yep, it’s rapper Lil’ Wayne, who got his start at the tender age of 9 as the youngest member of Cash Money Records. He’s touring in support of his latest album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” featuring the singles “My Homies Still,” “Love Me” and “No Worries.”

Fri., July 19 and Sat., July 20
Dave Matthews Band
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $40.50-$75
Sound Check: The ultimate summer jam band makes its annual trek to the Cruzan, with two shows guaranteed to satisfy both casual fans and hard-core DMB followers with classic hits such as “Satellite” and “What Would You Say,” plus new tracks from the latest album, “Away From the World,” including “If Only,” “Sweet,” “The Riff,” “Mercy” and “Gaucho.”

Sat., July 20
Chaka Khan
Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; 305-416-5977 or www.jlkc.com; $61.50-$92.50
Sound Check: The queen of funk-soul kicked everyone’s butt while lead singer of Rufus with the mind-blowing ‘70s anthem “Tell Me Something Good,” then went on to greater heights with the solo anthems “Ain’t Nobody,” “I Feel For You” and “I’m Every Woman.” Bow down.

Sun., July 21
IndepenDance Music Festival
Where: Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens
Time and tickets: 1 p.m.-1 a.m.; www.wantickets.com; $30-$75
Sound Check: If you’ve ever fantasized about combining great dance beats and Latin music with soccer, this is your dream show. Top DJs including Subliminal Records head Erick Morillo (who as Reel 2 Real gave us the enduring ‘90s hit “I Like to Move It”) and Miami tribal-house god Robbie Rivera team up with Latin artists Fonseca and Jorge Celedon while the soccer club Millonarios takes on Olimpia.

Sun., July 21
311 and Sublime w/ Rome
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 4 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $14-$68
Sound Check: The ultimate stoner-rock concert features rap-reggae rockers 311 (“Down,” “All Mixed Up”) and ska-punk band Sublime w/Rome (“What I Got,” “Santeria,” “The Wrong Way”), plus Cuban-American hip-hop heroes Cypress Hill (“Insane in the Brain,” “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That”), veteran punk-rockers Pennywise (named after the evil clown in Stephen King’s novel “It”) and Philly alt-hip-hop troubadour G. Love with his funky band Special Sauce. Safe to say there will be tattoos, piercings and skateboarders galore.

Sun., July 21
Marilyn Manson
Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $65
Sound Check: The artist formerly known as Broward College journalism student Brian Warner went on to forge a stirring career in industrial shock rock after taking his stage name from American cultural icons Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. He also went on to romance stage and screen beauties Rose McGowan, Dita von Teese and Evan Rachel Wood. You’re sure to hear all his hits including “The Beautiful People,” “The Dope Show,” “Disposable Teens,” “mOBSCENE” and his devilish cover versions of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” “Tainted Love” and “Personal Jesus.”  Picture Me Broken opens.

Sat., July 27
Vans Warped Tour
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $23.50-$37.50
Sound Check: Now in its 19th year, the skate-punk, alternative youth culture festival that Alternative Press mag’s readers voted “Best Tour/Festival” from 2009-12 traditionally showcases a diverse range of established artists while breaking up-and-coming acts. This year’s lineup features August Burns Red, Black Veil Brides, blessthefall, Bring Me The Horizon, Chiodos, Memphis May Fire, Motion City Soundtrack, Never Shout Never, Reel Big Fish, Sleeping With Sirens, The Wonder Years, We Came As Romans and many more.

Sat., July 27
The Monkees
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $39.50-$125
Sound Check: Hey, hey – they’re The Monkees! Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork keep alive the legacy that fallen fellow Monkee Davy Jones helped build in the ‘60s on the summer tour “A Midsummer’s Night with the Monkees.” You’ll hear all the favorites, including “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Daydream Believer,” “(Theme From) The Monkees” and “I’m a Believer” (which gained new popularity from Smash Mouth’s cover version featured in the kids’ animated film “Shrek”).

Sat., July 27
The Psychedelic Furs
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $28
Sound Check: British new wave band led by vampirish lead singer Richard Butler gave us many haunting pop hits in the early ‘80s, including “Love My Way,” “All That Money Wants,” “Heartbreak Beat,” “The Ghost In You” and “Heaven,” but it was “Pretty In Pink” – which inspired the classic John Hughes brat-pack film starring Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy that most will remember.

Weds., July 31
Black Sabbath
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7:30 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $25-$125
Sound Check: The band that invented heavy metal is back, and yes, Ozzy Osbourne is still at the helm. The legendary front man leads the British rock band in support of its new album, “13,” which dropped June 11 and continues Sabbath’s tradition of churning out bruising anthems (five of its eight songs clock in at more than eight minutes). Of course, you’ll hear classics such as “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Dirty Women,” “Hole in the Sky” and “Iron Man” as well.

Fri., Aug. 2
Jonas Brothers
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $26-$79.50
Sound Check: Band of brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick have been making young girls’ hearts go pitter-patter since 2005 (has it really been that long?). From their Disney Channel beginnings to performing at the White House to a Grammy nomination, it’s been a whirlwind eight years. The trio takes the stage in support of its untitled fifth studio album (singles so far include “Wedding Bells,” “First Time” and “Pom Poms”), but you’re sure to hear hits including “Hold On,” “S.O.S.,” “Burnin’ Up” and “Tonight” as well.

Fri., Aug. 2
American Idol Live
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Time and tickets: 7:30 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $33.50-$66
Sound Check: Season 12 of the quintessential reality TV singing show proved to be one of the best, dominated by the ladies, who filled out the entire Top 5. Check out the talents of winner Candice Glover, plus the rest of the Top 10 (Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur, Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch Jr., Devin Velez, Lazaro Arbos and Paul Jolley), plus Fan Save beneficiary Aubrey Cleland, as they perform classic pop, rock and soul hits from our universal songbook.

Sat., Aug. 3
Mad Decent Block Party
Where: Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Time and tickets: 2 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $34.50
Sound Check: Shake what your mama gave you at this dubstep, dancehall, electro-house, hip-hop and trap music festival featuring headliners Major Lazer (DJ Diplo’s side project), Toronto duo Zeds Dead, Chicago duo Flosstradamus, Colorado duo Big Gigantic (which blends electronic music with live sax and drums) and many more.

Thurs., Aug. 8
Adam Ant
Where: Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Downtown Miami
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; 305-377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com; $25
Sound Check: Antmusic lives! One of the iconic faces from MTV’s heyday in the ‘80s, back when the station still focused on music videos, Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) and his swashbuckling British charm gave us singalong hits such as “Prince Charming,” “Stand and Deliver,” “Antmusic” and “Goody Two Shoes,” and then the melodically soothing “Wonderful” later in 1995.

Sat., Aug. 10
Alabama
Where: Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $75-$165
Sound Check: Veteran band has blended traditional country and bluegrass with Southern rock since the early ‘70s, most notably on the hits “My Home’s In Alabama,” “Tennessee River,” “Why Lady Why,” “Feels So Right,” “Love in the First Degree” and, of course, “Mountain Music.” You also might hear some covers, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and the Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See.”

Sat., Aug. 10
Paul van Dyk
Where: Gryphon, 5711 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale
Time and tickets: 10 p.m.; www.wantickets.com; $40-$50
Sound Check: Legendary German electronic dance-music DJ, composer and producer transcends the typical DJ night by performing on keyboards live during the set and improvising along with his many anthemic hits. Van Dyk might break out tracks such as “For An Angel,” “Tell Me Why (The Riddle),” “Time of Our Lives,” “We Are Alive” or “Eternity,” or even his collaborative work with BT.

Tues., Aug. 13
OneRepublic
Where: Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood
Time and tickets: 7:30 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $30-$60
Sound Check: Melodic pop-rock band from Colorado led by master songwriter Ryan Tedder broke out in 2007 with the infectious hit “Apologize,” which was the biggest radio airplay hit in the Top 40 history until its record was broken by Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love,” which – guess what? – was co-written by Tedder. In concert, you’ll also hear the group’s megahit “Good Life,” plus a few inspired cover songs, such as a medley of “Stand By Me,” the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack,” or new classics like Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Tues., Aug. 13
The Cult
Where: Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $27
Sound Check: British rock band led by bombastic front man Ian Astbury hit it big in the ‘80s with a sound that blends the heavy-metal thunder of Led Zeppelin with the poetic mysticism of The Doors (Astbury would later join keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger in a Doors revival group). The Cult churned out high-energy hits such as “Fire Woman,” “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Love Removal Machine,” but didn’t quite capitalize on its early popularity and broke up several times. Now, they’re back and on tour, where they’ll perform their break-through 1987 album “Electric” in its entirety, and are working on new material for a record to be released in 2014.

Fri., Aug. 16
Legends of the Summer – Justin Timberlake and JAY Z
Where: Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $53.50-$279
Sound Check: The biggest tour of the summer pairs today’s smoothest pop star with perhaps the smoothest – and richest - rapper of all time. The compelling duo – which teamed up on Timberlake’s slick comeback single “Suit & Tie – is riding high, with Timberlake’s first album in seven years,  “The 20/20 Experience,” topping the charts in March and becoming the best-selling album of 2013 so far, and Jay-Z releasing his 12th studio album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” on the Fourth of July.

Sat., Aug. 17
The Killers
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $32.50-$65
Sound Check: Las Vegas post-punk band led by manic front man Brandon Flowers made a huge splash in 2004 with its debut album “Hot Fuss,” which produced the hits “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” and was nominated for three Grammy Awards. The followup album, “Sam’s Town,” drew decidedly mixed reviews, with some ridiculing it and some calling it brilliant, including Rolling Stone mag, which ranked it as the No. 1 underrated album of the decade. Now, The Killers are touring in support of its fourth studio album, “Battle Born,” featuring the hits “Runaways” and “Miss Atomic Bomb.”

Sun., Aug. 18
KISS
Where: Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $75-$165
Sound Check: If you wanna rock and roll all night, there’s no better band to catch than this iconic glam-metal band led by “The Starchild” Paul Stanley and “The Demon” Gene Simmons and his infamous tongue. The group’s costumes, makeup and theatrical stage shows took heavy metal to another level in the mid-‘70s, and still ranks as one of the most original and memorable stage personas of all time. KISS takes the stage in support of its latest album, “Monster,” featuring the single “Hell or Hallelujah.”

Fri., Aug. 23 and Sat., Aug. 24
Marc Anthony
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; Ticketmaster; $59-$179
Sound Check: Marc Anthony is one of those artists who is just as well known for his offstage life as for his music, having received rave reviews for his role as salsa legend Hector Lavoe in the film “El Cantante,” launching a sleek and classy men’s clothing line, and, oh yeah, marrying Jennifer Lopez less than a week after his divorce from Miss Universe Dayanara Torres was finalized. But make no mistake, his musical accomplishments are prolific, featuring multiple Grammy wins and record sales that make him the best-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. He takes the stage in support of his new album, “Vivir Mi Vida.”

Sat., Aug. 24
Purple at the Core - Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
Where: Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $28.50
Sound Check: The flamboyant former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots has had more than his share of self-destructive rock-star antics, with multiple arrests and rehab stints, but no one can deny his raw talent. Now on his own with the backing band The Wildabouts, Weiland will perform hits from the classic STP albums “Core” and “Purple,” including “Sex Type Thing,” “Plush,” “Wicked Garden,” “Creep,” “Big Empty,” “Vasoline,” “Pretty Penny” and “Interstate Love Song.”

Sun., Aug. 25
In a World Like This Tour - Backstreet Boys
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $35-$115
Sound Check: The best-selling boy band in history – and that’s saying a lot – is back together, celebrating 20 years together (which makes it sound weird to keep calling it a “boy band”). After two decades, 130 million records sold, and a little bit of drama, the guys – Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson – are hitting the road again in support of BSB’s eighth studio album, “In a World Like This.” Of course, you’ll still hear all the hits: “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” “Larger Than Life,” “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” “The One,” “Incomplete” and, of course, “I Want It That Way.”

Thurs., Aug. 29
Toni Braxton
Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $40-$150
Sound Check: Six-time Grammy-winning R&B queen’s debut album hit No. 1 on The Billboard charts 20 years ago, spawning the hits “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You Mean the World to Me,” “I Belong to You” and “How Many Ways.” But it was the sultry-voiced singer’s follow-up effort, “Secrets,” that propelled her to even greater heights with the hits “You’re Makin’ Me High” and her signature song “Un-Break My Heart.” Since then, Braxton has starred as Belle on Broadway in “Beauty and the Beast” and competed on “Dancing With the Stars,” and is now working on a duets album with Babyface, slated for a September release.

Fri., Aug. 30
Moonshine Jungle World Tour - Bruno Mars
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $37-$122
Sound Check: Before this talented Honolulu-born singer-songwriter – real name Peter Gene Hernandez - hit it big with hits under his own moniker, he sang the hooks on the popular songs “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B. and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. And then he really blossomed on his own, his unmistakable high tenor soaring on “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “The Lazy Song,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and the tender ballad “When I Was Your Man.” Now, one of our generation’s most dynamic and versatile pop singers tours in support of his second album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” with a creative, high-energy stage show that will take your breath away.

Sat., Aug. 31
Ten Times Crazier Tour - Blake Shelton
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7:30 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $29.25-$59
Sound Check: Lately, Blake Shelton has gained more fame for being a highly entertaining judge and coach on the hit reality TV singing competition “The Voice” than for his storied singing career, but the Grammy-nominated country artist’s work stands up to just about any of his peers, as evidenced by his CMA win as Entertainer of the Year and his No. 1 album “Red River Blue.” You’ll hear hits including “Honey Bee,” “Austin,” “Home,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” “God Gave Me You” and the new “Boys ‘Round Here” and “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” Easton Corbin and Jana Cramer open.

Sat., Aug. 31
Summer Fest 2013 - We the Kings
Where: Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Time and tickets: 6 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $19
Sound Check: Bradenton, Fla., power-pop group – known for the tracks “Check Yes Juliet,” “We’ll Be a Dream (feat. Demi Lovato)” and “Say You Like Me” - headlines a Vans Warped Tour-worthy lineup also featuring Denver emo-electronica duo Breathe Carolina; genre-bending California rapper T. Mills; Indiana alt-synth-pop performer Jordan Mark Witzigreuter, who goes by the name The Ready Set; and YouTube pop parodist Dave Days.

Weds., Sept. 4
Diana Ross
Where: Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $45-$100
Sound Check: What else can you say about the fabulous lead singer of The Supremes, except that Billboard mag dubbed her the “Female Entertainer of the Century” in 1976, and the Guinness Book of World Records named her the most successful female music artist in history? The ultimate Motown diva has so many songs to choose from, but you’re sure to hear the hits “Someday We’ll Be Together,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Touch Me in the Morning.” “Love Hangover,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” and “(Theme From Mahogany) Do You Know Where You’re Going To.”

Fri., Sept. 6
Rancid
Where: Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Time and tickets: 6:30 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $26
Sound Check: One of California’s many punk-rock revival bands of the ‘90s, Rancid, led by intense front man Tim Armstrong, found success with its third album, “…And Out Come the Wolves,” which gave us the MTV hits “Roots Radicals,” “Ruby Soho” and “Time Bomb.” Today the band is working on its eighth studio album, and its tour includes Armstrong’s alter ego Tim Timebomb and Friends, which performs his favorite cover songs, some of which are by Rancid.

Sat., Sept. 7
2013 Night Train Tour - Jason Aldean
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7:30 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $29.75-$59.50
Sound Check: Nashville singer-songwriter is pure country, with songs such as “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem” defining his style, but he’s also branched out to work with pop star Kelly Clarkson on the ballad “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” He’s touring to support his No. 1 album “Night Train,” with Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Dee Jay Silver opening.

Sat., Sept. 7
Black Flag
Where: Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Downtown Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; 305-377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com; $22
Sound Check: Pioneering California hardcore-punk band led by songwriter and guitarist Greg Ginn, and later singer Henry Rollins, has reformed and is putting finishing touches on a new album – its first since 1985’s “In My Head” - with Ron Reyes (1979-‘80 era) on vocals.

Sun., Sept. 8
Born & Raised Tour 2013 - John Mayer
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7:30 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $36-$75
Sound Check: Grammy-winner for the song “Your Body Is a Wonderland” packs a bit more bite than that hit, plus the lite-rock faves “Daughters” and “Waiting on the World to Change,” when performing live. First-timers will be astonished at Mayer’s rock-god guitar work, and longtime fans thankful that he’s over his throat surgery. Don’t arrive fashionably late, because the opening act is “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, who scored two huge hits this year with the infectiously folksy “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.”

Thurs., Sept. 12
Steely Dan
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $68.50-$128.50
Sound Check: Perhaps the greatest studio-rock duo of all time – featuring pianist and singer Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker – gets back on the road, performing beloved classic-rock tracks including “Do It Again,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Reeling in the Years,” “My Old School,” “Black Friday,” “Peg,” “Deacon Blues,” “FM (No Static at All)” and “Hey Nineteen.”

Thurs., Sept. 12
Pet Shop Boys
Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $59.50
Sound Check: For almost three decades, the British synth-pop duo – featuring vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe – has managed to create music that both embraces and critiques whatever  cultural zeitgeist in which it finds itself, and in a compulsively melodic way. Hits such as “West End Girls,” “It’s a Sin,” “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money),” “Left to My Own Devices” and inspired covers of Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” and a medley of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and the Four Seasons’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” have continually pushed the boundaries of pop music. The group’s live shows are Broadway-worthy, with lush theatrical  sets to match each song – this time centering on its latest album, “Electric.”

Sat., Sept. 14
Honda Civic Tour Featuring Maroon 5
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach
Time and tickets: 7 p.m.; LiveNation.com; $35.50-$99.50
Sound Check: Now that front man Adam Levine is done with being a judge and mentor on “The Voice,” he has time to get back to his day job, as lead singer of Maroon 5. Expect plenty of new tracks – including “Payphone” and “Daylight” from the band’s fourth studio album, “Overexposed” – but you’re also sure to hear faves such as “This Love,” “Sunday Morning,” “She Will Be Loved,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “Makes Me Wonder.” Don’t miss opening act and first-season “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, who has the chops and the tunes to headline a tour by herself, with hits including “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Because of You,” “Sober,” “Miss Independent,” “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”

Sat., Sept. 14
Kaskade
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $65-$85
Sound Check: Chicago progressive-house DJ who was named “America’s Best DJ” in 2011 by DJ Times magazine tours in support of his new single “Atmosphere” and his latest album, “Fire & Ice,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Sun., Sept. 15
Depeche Mode
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise
Time and tickets: 7:30 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $35.75-$85.75
Sound Check: The most successful electronic band in music history returns to the road in support of its 13th studio album, “Delta Machine,” which features the singles “Heaven” and “Soothe My Soul.” Of course, most fans will be there to hear the group’s anthems such as “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “People Are People,” “Blasphemous Rumours,” “Strangelove,” “Never Let Me Down Again,” “Enjoy the Silence,” “World In My Eyes,” “Policy of Truth,” “Personal Jesus” and “It’s No Good.” Two-time Mercury Prize nominee Bat for Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, opens.

Weds., Sept. 18
fun.
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $39.50
Sound Check: Two-time Grammy Award-winning band (Best New Artist and Song of the Year, for “We Are Young”) performs tracks from its latest album, “Some Nights,” with opening act by Canadian indie-rock heroines Tegan & Sara, who are openly gay twins.

Weds., Sept. 18
All the Hits All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Where: Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood
Time and tickets: 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster; $80-$155
Sound Check: Soul man who made his name with The Commodores, penning and singing classic tunes such as “Three Times a Lady,” “Sail On” and “Easy,” went on to find greater success as a solo artist with hits including “Truly,” “Endless Love,” “You Are,” “My Love,” “Stuck On You,” “Hello,” “All Night Long” and “Say You, Say Me.”

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