Sonic sparring, neo disco, late night lushery & Phish mongering

Sonic Sparring
What better way to spend Boxing Day if you’re not a Brit or a Christmas-celebrator than at The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th St., at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, where Miami music madrigals The Spam Allstars and Electric Piquete will sonically spar with a double header performance. In addition to the aural delights, there will be $6 well drinks and $3 domestic beers. For more information, call 305-576-9577 or go to

Bardot Does Disco
Juan MacLean, a dynamic, neo disco-decked out duo of producer/remix master Juan MacLean and Nancy Whang will do double duty on the decks at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26 at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave.  Whang, who has been called “a sort of Loleatta Holloway figure” of her day, and MacLean will do super sonic DJ sets in support of their excellent album, ‘In A Dream’, in which they have created “an interplay remindful of classic disco records.” Enough said. Now go listen. Tickets range from $17 to $22 and are available at .

Better Late
What rhymes with New Year’s resolutions better than a brand new, late-night happy hour with drinks starting at $4.50 from midnight until 5 a.m. Yep, throw those empty promises to “be good” out the door or at least put them on the shelf from midnight on every Friday and Saturday nights at Batch Gastropub, 30 SW 12th St. starting Jan. 1. How’s that for being a good influence? No, really, we mean it. They are helping imbibers save money in 2015 so, as Martha Stewart would say, it’s a good thing.

Phish Mongers
So jam banditos are throwing their hacky sacks up in the air in glee over the fact that Phish chose Miami for a four night jam session starting Dec. 31 at the American Airlines Arena. While those shows are more than likely sold out by now, Phish isn’t just followed by a legion of devoted hacky sack players, you know. A slew of very excellent bands are also migrating down here to play various after-parties including the ones beginning Wednesday at Will Call Miami, 700 NE 2nd Ave., where, at midnight, doors will open for fans to flood in to check out The Heavy Pets. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and available at That same night, something similar is going down at Railroad Blues, 28 NE 14th St., where beginning at 10 p.m., the AURA Music & Arts Festival will present The Main Squeeze and the Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio. Tickets are the same and available at the aforementioned website.