Things to do in Miami this weekend - August 22- 24

 

Here are ideas for what you can do this weekend... with tips for next week! 

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By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

 

Friday, Aug. 22

RASTA GREATS

STEEL PULSE

Legendary British reggae band that won a Grammy for its 1986 album “Babylon the Bandit” performs its politically outspoken hits including “Ku Klux Klan,” “Steppin’ Out” and “Prodigal Son.”

Details: 8 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; cultureroom.net; $28.

 

A REAL STAND-UP GUY

BRUCE BRUCE

Host of BET’s “Comic View” has also brought his over-the-top personality to the films “Hair Show,” “The Wash,” “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” and the upcoming “Finally Famous” opposite Chris Rock.

Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday; at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; improvftl.com; $25.

 

MAGICAL HILARITY

JUSTIN WILLMAN

Comic magician who has wowed Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and even President Obama has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “making magic cool again for grown-ups.”

Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday; at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach; 561-833-1812 or palmbeachimprov.com; $25.

 

THE AUTOMATON TOUR

ED RUSH & OPTICAL

Future Fridays at Revolution presents U.K. drum ‘n’ bass and jungle legends, who have been producing together for more than 15 years on their Virus Recordings label.

Details: 10 p.m. at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; jointherevolution.net; $19.

 

IN THE HOUSE

ERICK MORILLO

New York house and electro DJ and Subliminal Records honcho Erick Morillo (who as Reel 2 Real gave us the enduring ‘90s hit “I Like to Move It”), spins a lively set.

Details: 11 p.m. at Story Miami, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; wantickets.com; $30-$40.

 

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COUNTRY HAPPY HOUR

5-8 P.M. FRIDAY: 99.9 KISS Country Radio presents the Andrew Morris Band covering classics and Southern rock; America’s Backyard, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-9569 or myamericasbackyard.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 23

‘CHOOSE YOUR SOUND’ BENEFIT CONCERT

GUITARS OVER GUNS

Join two of Miami’s hottest bands, Suenalo and the Spam Allstars, plus actor-singer Jencarlos Canela and Roxanne Vargas of NBC’s “6 in the Mix,” for the inaugural fundraiser for this nonprofit organization that offers music education to at-risk youth as an alternative to the gang lifestyle.

Details: 7-11 p.m. at the Gleason Room Backstage at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; Ticketmaster; $83.50.

 

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE

THE PURE ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE

Too young to have seen Led Zeppelin in its prime? Check out the next big thing, as this stellar tribute band channels the feral rock-’n’-roll energy of the legendary British band, from Jimmy Page’s blistering guitar riffs to John Bonham’s thunderous drums to lead singer Robert Plant’s guttural howl and long, curly locks.

Details: 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; parkerplayhouse.com; $30-$40.

 

GOOD VIBRATIONS

DONAVON FRANKENREITER

California surfer and good friend of fellow mellow rocker Jack Johnson brings his soulful, acoustic sound to the East Coast.

Details: 8 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; cultureroom.net; $20.

 

SUPER SIBLINGS

PIMPINELA

Argentinian brother and sister duo have been singing romantic Latin pop songs for nearly 25 years, having sold more than 25 million records.

Details: 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $43.50-$98.50.

 

Sunday, Aug. 24

‘LONG HOT SUMMER JAM’

ELECTRIC PIQUETE

Miami’s own Afro-Caribbean Latin funk band headlines this festival celebrating of the end of summer, and will be shooting a live concert video featuring trained dancers.

Details: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. at BB King’s Blues Club, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-420-8600 or bbkingclubs.com; $10-$20.

 

ROCKING THE PIANO

TORI AMOS

Powerful singer-songwriter wraps up her tour in support of her 14th studio album, “Unrepentant Geraldines” — you’ll also hear fan faves including “Silent All these Years,” “Cornflake Girl,” “Crucify,” “God,” “Caught a Lite Sneeze” and “Professional Widow.”

Details: 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $38.50-$52.50.

 

Next Week

 

AUTHOR EVENT

RANDY WAYNE WHITE

Sanibel Island crime-fiction novelist best-known for his “Doc Ford” series discusses his latest Hannah Smith thriller “Haunted” (Putnam Adult, $26.95).

Details: 8 p.m. Monday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or booksandbooks.com; free.

PRIDE OF MIAMI

JON SECADA

Cuban-born Grammy-winner and UM alum begins a residency at Jazziz, where he’ll show off his songwriting talents (he wrote and produced hits for Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan, plus scored big with his song “Just Another Day”).

Details: 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-300-0730 or jazziznightlife.com; $60-$100, $150 VIP.

JUST DANCE

NERVO

Aussie DJ twins quickly showed the world they were more than just fashion models, becoming Ultra headliners and winning a Grammy for co-writing and producing David Guetta’s hit, “When Love Takes Over.”

Details: 11 p.m. Thursday at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; wantickets.com; $30-$40.

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