Though the high priestess of the disco ball may have gone to the dance floor in the sky, Donna Summer is celebrated along with the much maligned musical genre that made her famous at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29 in the Fewell Gallery at the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave.). Donna Summertime Disco Dance party features a cash bar boasting 1970s priced drinks (practically free), bar munchies, and, of course, music that you're ashamed to admit you love. Tickets are $25 per person and benefit Coral Gables Elementary School's 90th Anniversary Exhibition at the museum this fall. For tickets call 305-603-8067 or go to coralgablesmuseum.org.
Hey soul sister, that's not Mister Mister playing at The Stage Miami (170 NE 38th St.) on June 28 and 29. Not even close. The 2013 Soulfest Weekend showcases a modern twist on soul, music, art, food, and drink. It's not your Top 40 schlock. Performing Friday is self-professed big band reggae group The Resolvers along with jazz/funk/soul/hip hop amalgam Affiliated Soul Team and pedal steel led Roosevelt Collier Trio. On Saturday, Brooklyn based The Pimps of Joytime will cap off the weekend with its dance-party-funk vibe. In between live bands, DJs will spin. But no Mister Mister or Train here. There will also be a live graffiti art exhibit and food from the Rum Cake Factory Food Truck. Admission is $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday with two day passes for $20. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.thestagemiami.com. Doors open both nights at 9 p.m. The show is 21 and over, sorry Justin Bieber.
Pleading the Fourth
For a lofty approach to Independence Day, consider spending the 4th from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Highbar at the Dream South Beach (1111 Collins Ave.), where a poolside barbecue includes burgers, wings, wieners and even hot dogs as well as tunes by DJ Stefano Ravasini. There is no cover, but for cabana, bed and table reservations, contact Greg Emersic at 305-335-5142. Going the jazzy route for the 4th is the city of Miami Beach, whose Cocoa Cola Presents Fire on the Fourth starts at 7 p.m. on Ocean Drive and features a free concert by singer Nicole Henry. While the public is encouraged to bring beach chairs or towels, boozy beverages are a no no (after all, it is a Coke-sponsored soiree). Free shuttles from North to South Beach will begin at 5 p.m. and run continuously until 8:30 p.m. Buses depart 72nd and 81st and Collins and drop you off at 11 th and Washington. At Hyde Beach, former Heat player turned spin doctor Rony Seikaly spinning with Justin Sheppard, Patrick M and Louis Dee from noon to 9 p.m. At 10 p.m. it's DJ Crooked. Call 305-674-1701 for reservations.
Love from The Haight
PillowTalk, a troika of guys from the Lower Haight District in San Francisco, fuses classic R&B, boogie and disco with underground house and techno, and at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4, they'll do their thing live from the Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., compliments of The Electric Pickle and Supermarket, whose Electric Sundown Sessions series kicks off with pre partying at 6 p.m. The show is followed by a PillowTalk all night DJ set at Do Not Sit on the Furniture at The Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave.For tickets, go to http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?490715.
Former NFL player Marvin Jones and rapper Mike G are throwing their 4th Annual Celeb B-Day Bash at 11 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Cameo (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). In addition to the usual beats and bacchanal, the bash will be giving out free Ciroc from 11 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. to women who text "Cameo" to 38714. DJs Affect, BulletProof, Fergie and Springer will provide the soundtrack.
As the great Abba sang, "At Waterloo Napoleon did surrender." But from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.) there will be no surrender as 10,000 water balloons will serve in "The Water Balloon Fight That Changed Summer," featuring 40 tons of sand and, best of all, free Corona for participants from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. All this to the tune of live reggae by Don Sha. There is no cover, but to participate in this epic water balloon bust down, call 305-305-3976.