If you think that Apple has the patent on cool, think again. Microsoft is on a mission to refresh its image by pushing its own retail concept throughout the country. This Thursday (May 29) is the grand opening of the brand’s fifth full line retail store in Florida, and the 93rd across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. To mark the occasion, they will not only be peddling their new tablets and products, but they will be passing out free tickets to a concert by hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Saturday, May 31.
To score the tickets, customers should arrive early to this Thursday’s festivities (slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.). There they can also snag giveaways and watch as Panos Panay, Corporate VP for Microsoft Surface, drops $1 million in software grants to local community organizations like the United Way of Miami-Dade, The Arc of South Florida, Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center and the Girl Scout Council of Florida.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the Seattle-based duo who took home the Grammy for Best Rap Album last January, will perform hits from their independently produced and distributed album “The Heist,” which made a viral climb to No. 1 on iTunes upon it’s October 2012 release. Their mega hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” both peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the music videos for both songs have gotten love on YouTube to the tune of a combined 700 million hits.
The group will be performing at the Surface Lot outside of Aventura Mall; gates open Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m. Tickets are limited, so don’t snooze.