The month of May has arrived and though it’s not as thick with music as April was (Lord knows April was an endurance test), there’s still plenty of live music to quell the craving.
Note that some events have no prices listed. Some of these events are free, but some have a cover. Be prepared to pay up to $15 or $20 at the door to avoid showing up and being denied entry.
To read my suggestions for a killer month of music, click here for Chris’s Picks
On May 5, top 40 jazz singer Nicole Henry will be performing at Van Dyke’s on the beach.
May 6 is the thickest day for music of the month. If you’ve got the dough and a penchant for Latin rhythms, you may be inclined to catch Ruben Blades and Gilberto Santa Rosa ($85) at the James L. Knight Center. If you’re strapped for cash, there’s still plenty to see. Toronto dubstep pioneers Zeds Dead ($15 adv. $20 @ door) will be rattling the walls at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Heavy rockers might be inclined to head up to Ft. Lauderdale to catch Nonpoint ($10) at Revolution Live or Norma Jean ($15) at the Culture Room. Jacksonville jam group The Fritz will perform at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton. Local bluesman Albert Castiglia will play at Maguire’s Hill 16. Locos Por Juana side project Experimento will be playing at Tobacco Road that night as well. Also, you can check out Raphael Saadiq’s new album, “Stone Rollin’,” at listening party at the Florida Room in the Delano. This event is free, but you must RSVP. To RSVP, click here.
On May 7, pop enthusiasts can find Kylie Minogue ($55) at the Bank Atlantic Center. South Florida blues vets Iko-Iko will be up in Delray playing at the Pineapple Groove. Also, King Bee will return to the scene along with The Auctioneers at The Stage.
May 8, head to Van Dykes for some Cuban goodness with Oriente.
May 11 you have the opportunity to catch Creedence Clearwater Revisited ($35), a band led by founding Revival members Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford celebrating the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. If classic rock isn’t your thing, you can check out Bruno Mars ($36. 50) at the Fillmore Miami Beach or crunk king Lil’ Jon ($40) at LIV.
May 13, electronic music savant Emancipator will perform at Tobacco Road and DJ Skribble ($15) will be spinning at Mansion.
On May 14, Bachaco will bring their Latin pop-rock flavor to Bougainevillea’s and grunge-era remnant Candlebox ($26) will bring the Seattle sound to Revolution Live.
May 15, local masters of the descarga Cojunto Progresso will bring the party to Van Dyke’s on the beach.
May 17, My Chemical Romance is slated to play at Revolution Live. The event is already sold out, but there’s still a shot at scoring some tickets through ticket trading sites like StubHub.com.
May 19 marks the first of a pair of Miami shows for popular DJ Girl Talk ($20) at the Fillmore Miami Beach and Spanish crooner Luis Miguel ($78) at the American Airlines Arena.
On May 20, The Heavy Pets will perform in Delray at Pineapple Groove. The Spam Allstars will be throwing it down at Transit Lounge, American ska veterans Mustard Plug ($12) will perform at the Culture Room and Girl Talk ($20) will play a second show at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
May 20 also marks the start of the Orange Blossom Jamboree ($45), a three-day camping and music festival featuring Florida talent such as Cope, The Heavy Pets, Cypress, Crazy Fingers and many more.
May 21, Luis Miguel ($78) will perform a second show at the American Airlines Arena. Also, local jazz-hop group Artofficial will play at Bougainvillea’s.
On May 22, Suenalo plays at Jazid and The Deftones ($30) play at the Sunset Cove Amphitheatre. For a little island flavor, check out Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander ($45) along with Maxi Priest and A.J. Brown at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
May 24, you can catch indie rockers Minus the Bear ($19) at Revolution Live.
May 25, get your smoke on with Bone Thugs n’ Harmony ($24) at Revolution Live.
On May 27, Iko-Iko does it again at the Big Easy in Hollywood.
Finally, on May 29, Jacksonville’s Saltwater Grass will throw down at Hurricane Bar and Lounge in Delray. Dance rock sensation Panic at the Disco ($21.50) will perform at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. For a dose of some extra-heaviness, check out (hed) P.E. and Mushroomhead ($15) at the Culture Room.
May 6 is a tossup. While Ruben Blades would be a great party, it’s at the Knight Center where you’d be in seats. Not the best way to experience Latin music. It’s also too pricey. Zeds Dead is going to be a real party. I just might go to that, but I’m really tempted to boom out to Boca to catch The Fritz. They bring some serious funk wherever they go and I highly suggest checking them out.
I’ve heard King Bee has some good blues to offer, but I’ve never heard them myself. The Auctioneers have ties to North Mississippi Allstars so if that’s any indication of the music, I’d say we have a winner for May 7.
Oriente on May 8 is a better shot at a Latin dance party. For one thing, at Van Dyke’s you can let loose more than the Knight Center. It’s also guaranteed to be way cheaper.
May 11, there’s no question. Go see Creedence Clearwater Revisited and thank me in the morning.
I’ve heard great things about Emancipator, so you’ll probably find me at Tobacco Road on May 13.
May 15 is the real-deal Latin dance party. If you only go to one Latin show this month, go to this one. Cojunto Progresso brings it hard. I’ve seen them multiple times and they always deliver a stellar show brimming with energy and beautiful women.
If you can take the time off, head out to Brookesville for Orange Blossom. It’s a local festie which means it’s smaller and more intimate than Wanee, but it’s still the camping out and pitching a tent deal. While Serotoma Youth Ranch is no Spirit of Suwannee, it should still be a nice place to camp and dig some music.
If you can’t take the time off, try at least catching The Heavy Pets in Delray at Pineapple Groove.
Artofficial at Bougainevilleas is a winner because it’s free and it’s closer to home.
May 22, it’s well worth the $45 to see Monty Alexander and Maxi Priest. Especially Alexander. His blend of Jamaican music with jazz interjections is something great to experience. The only downside is the reserved seating. I don’t know about you, but I hate being locked to a seat for a concert.
Finally, I suggest catching Bone Thugs at Revolution on May 25 simply because they’re not here all the time and it’s going to be fun. Their flows and beats aren’t like 90% of rap music (the 90% that really sucks).
That’s what May looks like to me. So get out there, dig it and ENJOY!