FRIDAY, DEC. 17
Def Jam recording artist Big Sean performs tracks from his upcoming debut album Finally Famous, featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross, Eminem, Kanye West, The Dream, Drake and many more (wait, that’s not enough name-dropping for you?). Ghostwridah and Phresh James open.
Details: 7 p.m. at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950, Ticketmaster or www.jointherevolution.net; $20.
FREESTYLIN’ FOR THE HOLIDAYS
MIAMI FREESTYLE CHRISTMAS BALL
You know you love all those freestyle acts, even though they sound so…’80s. Get your break-dance on to acts including Tony Moran of the Latin Rascals, George Lamond, Erotic Exotic, Alisha, Connie, Susan of Company B and many more.
Details: 7 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-547-5414; $33.95-$84.95.
SHE’S NOT SO “WICKED”
Tony Award-winning Broadway star of Wicked (she played Elphaba) sings backed by a full orchestra – you’ll hear hits from Wicked, Rent and her album I Stand.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 710 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; www.kravis.org; $68-$100.
IN THE HOUSE
Philly DJ-producer and Ovum Records founder cut his teeth in the late-‘90s with the acid-tweaking dance tracks Are You There? and Higher State of Consciousness. These days, he gets his groove on with techno and minimalist beats.
Details: 11 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277 or www.wantickets.com; $15.
SATURDAY, DEC. 18
OOH, THAT HAIR
Canadian pop-R&B sensation is the first artist ever to have seven singles from a debut album (My World 2.0) hit the Billboard Hot 100. He’ll sing his hits One Time, U Smile, Somebody to Love, Baby and many more.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Ticketmaster; $33-$53.
SHE LOVES ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
It’s a safe bet that Joan Jett will have you reminiscing about her ‘80s rock hits including Bad Reputation, Do You Want to Touch Me, Crimson and Clover, I Hate Myself For Loving You and the jukebox fave I Love Rock 'N' Roll.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 888-56-MAGIC, 305-460-6579 or www.magiccitycasino.com; tickets start at $15.
Local band channels the ‘60s like Roger Ebert writing the trash-film classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
Details: 8 p.m. at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; call 305-588-8981 for reservations, or www.bardotmiami.com.
Think about taking a break from The Nutcracker this year: Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra’s production “has quickly become a Christmas tradition in South Florida,” raves South Florida Classical Review.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $15-$150.
Sing along to holiday classics with Tesh and his four-piece band, while marveling at his high-energy light show and wrap-around LCD video screens.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 710 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; www.kravis.org; $20-$85.
SALSA FOR A CAUSE
TITO PUENTE JR. AND HIS LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Feel the true joy that holiday giving can bring while grooving to the sounds of Tito Puente Jr. and his band – it all benefits the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Details: 9 and 11 p.m. at the Van Dyke Cafe, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-3600 or www.thevandykecafe.com; $20 per show, plus a toy or gift card.
SUNDAY, DEC. 19
FREE FOR ALL
OVERTOWN HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
Concert of classical and jazz music features works by Mozart, Gigout, Louis-Claude Daquin, Tchaikovsky and more accompanied by St. Agnes' grand pipe organ, plus arrangements of jazz classics including Sing, Sing, Sing; I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Count Basie's Jingle Bells and Christmas carols.
Details: 4 p.m., The Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal Church, 1750 NW 3rd Ave., Overtown; 305- 448-7421, ext. 120, or www.communityartsprogram.org .
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS OF MUSIC
Revered violinist performs works by Handel, Beethoven and Sir William Walton, along with pianist Robert Koenig.
Details: 4 p.m. at Gusman Hall, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; 305-271-7150 or www.sundaymusicals.org; $35, $30 seniors, $10 students.
CAUTION: WET PAINT
Combine the “World’s Largest Paint Party” with banging house music by Robbie Rivera, The Devil From Acapulco, David Solano and Willie Morales and you’ve got one heck of a gloriously messy night.
Details: 9 p.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-7311 or www.wantickets.com; $35-$60.
TUESDAY, DEC. 21
LOCAL SOUL SISTER
Jazz/pop singer whose style bridges the past and present performs tracks from her independent album Cat’s Outta the Bag.
Details: 9 p.m. at the Van Dyke Cafe, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-3600 or www.thevandykecafe.com; free.
Justin Bieber, Joan Jett and John Tesh