Cause and Effect
Benefiting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, One Split Second from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., isn’t all about the open bar and hors d’oeuvres, though they are definitely lovely perks It’s about the cause and about the live performance by Nahko and Medicine for the People, a band of artists not obsessed with selfies, but with selflessness. Frontman Nahko has been compared to Bob Marley and, along with Medicine for the People, creates stirring music with a mission to evoke change and inspire and all that stuff that, say, Justin Bieber’s ‘music’ is not. Individual tickets are $100. For more information,click here.
Rhythm’s Gonna Get Ya
Somewhere between the Macarena and twerking, things in clubland dancing went awry. Jumping up and down to electronic music is definitely good for the cardio, but beyond that, where’s the grace? Where’s the rhythm? Just ask The Rhythm Foundation, whose new Dance Band Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., brings all of that and more with a monthly night that’s part concert, part dance lesson, wholly fun. Before the band begins, world champion swing dance team Yuval and Julia will teach you how not to look like you’re being attacked by a swarm of bees by giving you free lessons on the art of swing before Gypsy Jazz Swing Featuring The French Horn hits the stage. The event is free and if swing’s not your thing, the next installment on Thursday, June 11 is salsa themed. For more information, go to www.RhythmFoundation.com.
Latin Funk You Up
Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th Street may be an old jazz haunt, but it definitely doesn’t forget where it lives, paying homage to its Latin environs with bands such as Electric Piquete, which performs on the Pineapple Stage at 10 p.m. Friday, May 8. The party’s being hosted by award-winning director Joe Cardona, whose 2014 documentary “Miami Boheme” won an Aurora Best in Show award for its story of Miami’s Latin fusion music scene. Electric Piquete’s original En La Playa Giron is on the soundtrack and the band will play it, along with many others, in two sets. No cover. For more information, go to www.ballandchainmiami.com or electricpiquete.com.
Not everyone likes music with mind numbing electro-beats and repetitive, if any, lyrics. In fact, since your best friend’s sister’s cousin’s basement known as Buck 15 closed, there hasn’t really been a place for people to get down to 80s, alternative, indie and pop music. Thanks to DJ Jenni Foxx, there now is, starting at 10 p.m. Saturday May 9, Foxx Roxx Saturday will bring the basement party to the Hotel Astor, 956 Washington Ave. with a secret entrance on 10th Street and, says Foxx, ” low ceilings, friendly bartenders, hidden nooks & crannies for God only knows what you’re doing in there.” There’s also free pool, drink specials and, yep, Foxx spinning “the best of Buck 15 gold.” The party starts Saturday and will continue every Saturday thereafter.