ROCK’N THE HARD PLACE 2
Classic rock band that gave us the timeless hits “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” performs with Ambrosia, plus the Paul D’Adamo band, featuring members of Elton John, Genesis and Phil Collins’ bands.
Details: 6 p.m. at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater (formerly Mizner Park), 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-807-8707 or www.mizneramphitheater.com; $25, $35 seating, $125 VIP meet and greet.
BOXING AND ROCKING
”KNOCK ‘N ROLL” NIGHT
Check out nine professional boxing matches while three bands provide the soundtrack to violence: Radioboxer, Jacob’s Ladder and Arboles Libres.
Details: 7 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; $5.
”FINALLY FAMOUS” TOUR
OK, when your debut album features collaborations with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa and more, you’re doing pretty well. Special guests: Cyhi da Prynce, Shawn Chrystopher and Lunden.
Details: 7 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277 or www.grandcentralmiami.com; $25.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
”RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL”
Wickedly twisted musical pokes fun at films featuring overbearing mothers and Broadway brats, such as “Mommie Dearest,” “All About Eve” and “The Bad Seed.”
Details: 8 p.m. at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 561-394-2626 or www.showtimeboca.com; $22, $18 students and seniors.
”DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS”
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, a University of New Orleans professor and protégé of Wynton Marsalis, leads his Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, along with R&B pianist/singer Marcia Ball and trumpeter/singer Kermit Ruffins.
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; $25-$130.
JOY TO THE WORLD?
”BLUE CHRISTMAS: HOLIDAY STORIES FOR THE REST OF US”
Channel your inner Grinch at this gathering celebrating this collection of 17 holiday stories that prove that Christmas isn’t idyllic for everyone. In attendance will be contributing writers Lynne Barrett, Robert Goolrick, Diana Abu-Jaber, Les Standiford and more.
Details: 7 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free.
OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO ROCK
Y100 JINGLE BALL
Jingle all the way to pop-rock heaven as chart-toppers Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, The Script, Gym Class Heroes, Foster the People, Demi Lovato, Cobra Starship, Avril Lavigne and Grammy-winning DJ David Guetta help ring in the holiday season with a bang.
Details: 7 p.m. at the BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-8000, Ticketmaster or www.bankatlanticcenter.com; $40-$150.
Young violinist teams up with “catlike” pianist Julio Elizalde for a program featuring works by Brahms, Mozart and Saint-Saens.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at UM’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; 305-271-7150 or www.sundaymusicals.org; $35, $30 seniors, $10 students.
”JOURNEY TO BRASIL!”
MIAMI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Brasil Classical Series returns to Miami featuring pianists Simone Leitao and Andre Mehmari conducted by Eduardo Marturet and accompanied by the U.S. debut of the Youth Orchestra of Bahia.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; and 7 p.m. Sunday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 305-275-5666; tickets start at $20.
IN THE HOUSE
Chicago DJ is one of the world’s most respected underground house-music producers – you’ll hear anything from ‘70s disco and jazz to minimalist techno to soul.
Details: 11 p.m. at Wall at the W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $50.
FREE FOR ALL
Grammy-nominated Cuban music group performs in support of its recent CD “My Secret Radio,” inspired by the band’s teenage years in Cuba, when the government forbade its citizens to listen to American music.
Details: 9 p.m. at Van Dyke Café, 846 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-3600 or www.thevandykecafe.com.
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS OF MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
Whether Hubbard is performing on guitar, banjo, steel drum or kazoo, kids will love his interactive enthusiasm – in fact, every kid gets a kazoo to help out in the performance. Come early for the musical string instrument petting zoo, and stay afterward for snacks and juice.
Details: 3 p.m. at UM’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; 305-271-7150 or www.sundaymusicals.org; $12, $10 kids.
SOUNDS FOR THE SEASON
GREATER MIAMI SYMPHONIC BAND
The 85-member group presents its annual concert, “A Celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah.”
Details: 3 p.m. Tuesday at UM’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; 305-273-7687 or www.gmsb.org; $10, $5 students and kids.
LOL WITH THE “NUTTY PROFESSOR”
UM grad who honed his craft with the famous “Groundlings” improve troupe (of “SNL” fame) is also a social science professor at Miami-Dade College.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St., Miami; 305-441-8200 or www.miamiimprov.com; $12.