Friday, Aug. 5
FREE CONCERT SERIES
The City of Miami Beach presents Free First Fridays, featuring the soulful tones of this jazz and blues singer (who has been compared to the great Lou Rawls, and was named “Best Vocalist” by the Miami New Times) and his Jazz Ensemble.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday at Normandy Fountain, 71st Street and Normandy Drive, Miami Beach; www.kccproductions.com; free.
On the first Friday of every summer month, gather on the Surfside beach for a communal picnic featuring music and entertainment, a tepee village, an interactive drum circle for kids, a beach clean-up contest and much more.
Details: 4-7 p.m. Friday on the beach at 93rd Street in Surfside; www.visitsurfsidefl.com; free.
San Diego band that amused us with tongue-in-cheek album titles such as “Enema of the State” and “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” (which produced the enduring hit “All the Small Things”) takes the stage – with celebrity drummer Travis Barker back in the fold – on the strength of its upcoming seventh album, “California,” and its first single, “Bored to Death.” Opening acts: A Day to Remember and The All-American Rejects.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25-$75.
Five chances to catch this world-renowned comic, whose dead-on impersonations of movie stars, singers and other pop-culture icons will leave you gasping for air, and who is shooting a new, hour-long comedy special called “Here We Go Again.” See why Gene Lavanchy of FOX – TV Boston calls Pablo “the most talented comedian in the business today.”
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday, at The Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale; 954-981- 5653 or www.ftl.improv.com; $25.
START THEM UP
ROCKIN’ JAKE BAND
Veteran New Orleans harmonica master Rockin’ Jake, a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine’s coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player, leads his band through a raucous and bluesy tribute to the Rolling Stones.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Delray Beach; 561-450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org; $30-$45.
SUMMER IN THE CITY
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Free summer event series continues with this showing of the latest and seventh installment in the Star Wars saga, starring original actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us; free.
IN THE HOUSE
Surinamese/Dutch DJ and producer who helped pioneer the “Dirty Dutch” style of house music, which features high-energy synth sounds over Latin-inspired beats, spins an extended set.
Details: 11 p.m. Friday at Story Miami, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $30.
Saturday, Aug. 6
RACE, THEN RAVE
5K & ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Dance-music and fitness fans alike will flock to the inaugural Meet Me in the Dark 5K & Music Festival, which is exactly what it sounds like. Participants decked out in glow gear and lights navigate a course that can be walked, run, crawled or danced while a lineup of Miami’s hottest local DJs (plus a secret big headliner) spin big beats and emanate good vibes. At the finish line, the event transforms into a full-blown EDM concert.
Details: Gates open at 4 p.m., music starts at 4:30 and race begins at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at North Miami Athletic Stadium, 2555 NE 151st St., North Miami; www.meetmeinthedark.com; $30 – register online or at the event.
HANK WILLIAMS JR.
Country rocker whose political views were too strong for “Monday Night Football” (his song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” was used as the opening for the weekly NFL showcase until 2011) takes the stage in support of his new album, “It’s About Time,” and its single (with Eric Church), “Are You Ready for the Country.” Grammy-winning country and bluegrass star Chris Stapleton opens, on the strength of his No. 1 debut album “Traveller.”
Details: 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $22.50-$250.
DADDY YANKEE VS. DON OMAR
It’s a win-win battle as Puerto Rican reggaeton, hip-hop and Latin pop king Daddy Yankee performs hits including “Rompe,” “Impacto,” “Limbo” and “Gasolina,” while his counterpart Don Omar dips into his repertoire with “Taboo,” “Angelito” and “Danza Kuduro.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $39-$159.
Sunday, Aug. 7
SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS
25TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMERFEST
Concert features the “Best of the Best” musicians and soloists over the quarter century of the festival, under the direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Program includes works by Vivaldi, Bloch, Manfredini, Latin Grammy Award-winning composer Magallanes, tangos and a commissioned work by Italian composer Lorenzo Turchi-Floris.
Details: 6 p.m. Sunday at FAU University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; Ticketmaster; $20-$45.
FOLK IT UP
US THE DUO
L.A. husband-and-wife folk-pop duo who rose to fame by posting six-second cover versions of hit songs on Vine takes the stage in support of their third album, “Just Love.” Fans of the 2014 animated film “The Book of Life” will recognize Us the Duo’s catchy song “No Matter Where You Are.”
Details: 7 p.m. Monday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $18.
POISON THE WELL
Miami post-hardcore and punk band that released five albums from 1997-2010 has reunited after a lengthy hiatus and will rock the Room with all its original members.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale;
NEW YORK GROOVE
Alt-rock, emo-punk band from Queens – which has built a near-cult-like following after 15 years and six albums – takes the stage in support of its new release, “Vacancy.” Opening acts are The Menzingers and Sorority Noise.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $18.
free for all
JAZZ IN THE LOBBY
6:30-9 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Miami Jazz & Film Society presents the Roberto Rodriguez Trio and Young Titans performing live jazz; Lobby lounge of the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts., 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444 or www.olympiatheater.org.