Friday, Feb. 12
WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
Boat lovers, there’s no other place you’d rather be over President’s Day Weekend. Check out more than 1,200 boats on land and in the water with 400+ slips; plus exhibits offering marine accessories, electronics, engines, nautical gifts and apparel and services; on-the-water boating workshops, daily seminars, and fun ways to test the waters including paddle sports demos; and great food, with several restaurants on-site. Partial to sailboats? Head for Strictly Sail from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Bayside’s Miamarina (401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., on Virginia Key minutes from downtown Miami; www.miamiboatshow.com; $20, 15 and under free, $35 two-day pass.
SOUNDS OF ROMANCE
LOVE, SOUL AND JAZZ TOUR
Get a head start on Valentine’s Day Weekend with this R&B, jazz and soul show featuring Will Downing, Chrisette Michele, Lyfe Jennings and Chante Moore (pictured) helping you get in the mood for love.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Nova Southeastern University, Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale; Ticketmaster; $52-$112.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA
Grateful Dead tribute band that has performed more than 2,500 shows and “often sounds more like The Dead than The Dead sometimes did,” according to the Chicago Tribune, takes the stage once again to channel the ultimate jam band.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach; Ticketmaster; $28.
JAZZ IT UP
THE CARMEN LUNDY QUINTET
Two chances to catch this gifted, Miami-born jazz vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, Broadway star and composer, who takes the stage in support of her 14th studio album, “Soul to Soul,” which features all original songs. Raves the New Yorker: “Carmen Lundy, a beguiling and outstanding vocalist, has retained her luster over a decades-long career.”
Details: 9 p.m. Friday at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Delray Beach; 561-450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org; $25-$45; and 8 p.m. Saturday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $25-$30.
Saturday, Feb. 13
FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Lords, ladies and wenches, grab your swords, button up your bodices and get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with seven themed weekends through March 27. The first weekend, “Swashbucklers & Sirens,” is pirate-themed, so practice exclaiming fun phrases like “Shiver me timbers!” “Thar she blows!” and, of course, the all-purpose “Aarrrr!” In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday (plus Monday – President’s Day), running on weekends through March 27, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.
What could be more romantic than taking your loved one to an Andrea Bocelli concert? The legendary Italian tenor, who has performed for popes, presidents and British royalty, will perform love songs, a breathtaking mix of romantic arias, and new music from his latest album, “Cinema,” for his annual Cupid’s Day show in his “second home” of South Florida.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $205-$555.
IN GOOD COMPANY
GILBERTO SANTA ROSA & WILLY CHIRINO
Latin dynamic duo teams up for their special Miami show En Buena Compania, featuring plenty of lively salsa and bolero music.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami; Ticketmaster; $45-$225.
“TAP DANCE WITHOUT SHOES”
The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of “stepping” returns to showcase the unique art form, which transforms the human body into an organic percussion instrument and a visual delight of rhythmic movement. Raves the Washington Post: “Electrifying talents! It is jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, and rap without instruments.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $25, $5 tickets for ages 13-22 at www.cultureshockmiami.com. Also, there is a free dance workshop for ages 10 and up with members of Step Afrika! from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday – register at www.smdcac.org.
Sunday, Feb. 14
FREE FOR ALL
ARTSCAPE CONCERT SERIES
As part of Black History Month, the inaugural show of this new four-part concert series features Soul Train Award-winner Nicole Henry, whose dynamic jazz vocals draw from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz titles, contemporary standards, blues and originals,
Details: 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.globalartsproject.org.
GO FLY A KITE!
KITE DAY FESTIVAL
Family-friendly event, now in its 24rd year, features spectacular high-flying kites of all colors, shapes, sizes and themes, plus free activities for all ages, including kite-building classes, kite-flying demonstrations and competitions. Marvel at the amazing “monster kites,” such as the 100-foot squid, the 30-foot dragon, the 30-foot scuba man, the 30-foot “Nemo” fish, the 150-foot flying rainbow, and more. There will al so be food and refreshments for purchase and a live concert by Miami Country Day School’s “21 Hearts, 1 Beat” Rock Ensemble.
Details: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; free, $7 parking.
STEPPIN’ OUT LIVE
Veteran show-biz jack of all trades brings his one-man show that combines an homage to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. featuring hit songs such as “Defying Gravity,” “Mr. Bojangles” and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” The versatile Vereen fills each show with song and dance, stories of his life and humor.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org; $55-$60.
GREATEST HITS TOUR
ALAN PARSONS PROJECT LIVE
Classic-rock mastermind who brought us timeless hits including “Eye in the Sky,” “Time,” “Sirius,” “Games People Play” and “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” teams up with The Orchestra, featuring former members of Electric Light Orchestra, which will perform standards such as “Evil Woman,” “Strange Magic,” “Telephone Line,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Turn to Stone” and “Sweet Talkin’ Woman.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.axs.com; $39.50-$189.50.
PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO
Rock ‘n’ roll couple who have been married since 1982 and are responsible for Benatar’s many timeless hits (Giraldo wrote and played lead guitar on most of them) perform fan faves for their We Live For Love Tour including “You Better Run,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield” and “We Belong.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.bleaulive.com; packages start at $150 (includes two-hour open bar).
THE RIVER TOUR
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND
One of the greatest live performers of all time takes the stage in support of the recent release of “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” a boxed set of 1980’s “The River” album, featuring the songs “Hungry Heart,” “Out in the Street,” “The River,” “Independence Day” and “Fade Away.” Of course, you’ll also hear plenty of additional greatest hits from The Boss, including “Thunder Road,” “Born to Run,” “Badlands,” “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” “Prove It All Night” and “Jungleland.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $55-$150.
VITALS TOUR 2016
Grammy-nominated New Orleans alt-rock band influenced by New Order’s synth-dance epics, Radiohead’s chilliness, Air’s ambient pop and mainstream pop/rock vocals takes the stage in support of its fourth studio album, “Vitals.” British band Nothing But Thieves, whose hit “Trip Switch” is getting regular play on South Florida radio station 104.3 The Shark, opens.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $23 advance, $26 day of show.