Things to do in Miami this weekend - July 4 - 6

 

Here are ideas for what you could be doing this weekend... with tips for next week!

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By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

Friday, July 4

JUNGLE JAM
99.9 KISS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

If you’ve got spurs that jingle jangle jingle, strap ’em on and head for Jungle Island for this inaugural festival featuring “American Idol” fave Casey James and country singer Craig Campbell (“Keep Them Kisses Comin’”), plus line dancing, mechanical bull rides, mouth-watering BBQ and a front-row seat to the city’s fireworks show.
Details: 2-9 p.m. at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island, Miami; 305-400-7000 or jungleisland.com; free with park admission ($34.95 adults, $26.95 kids 3-10); $75 VIP.

 

Saturday, July 5

ART EXHIBIT
JAPAN: KINGDOM OF CHARACTERS

Beginning in the 1950s with Astro Boy, Japan has a long history of creating beloved cartoon characters, figures, from Pokemon to Super Mario Bros. to Tamagotchis to today’s Kawaii (“cute”) poster feline Hello Kitty. They’re all here, in a fun and interactive exhibit for the whole family.
Details: 1 p.m., running through Sept. 7, at Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org; $14; $12 for Broward County residents, senior citizens and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families.

A REAL STAND-UP GUY
BENJI BROWN

Miami native, reigning host of Alonzo Mourning’s annual Zo’s Summer Groove, and host of 99 Jamz’s Morning Show brings out his trademark crazy characters, including “Kiki.”
Details: 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday; at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way (Stirling Road and U.S. 441); improvftl.com; $20.

YOUTUBE SENSATION
LINDSAY STIRLING

Dancer, violinist, performance artist and composer has created a unique musical world where hip-hop, classical, pop and electronic converge seamlessly, leading to her scoring more than half a billion hits on YouTube.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Cir., Boca Raton; Ticketmaster; $25.

THAT’S A RAP
GHOSTFACE KILLAH

Prominent member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, widely considered among the greatest MCs of all time, performs live along with Sylent Revenue, Born Allah and more.
Details: 10 p.m. at Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach; wantickets.com; $40, $80 VIP.

THEY ARE THE WALRUS
TELEKINETIC WALRUS

The name says it all: Local group is a delirious mishmash of styles, from hip-hop to psychedelic rock to funk — all overtop a foundation of Miami bass.
Details: 10 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577 or thestagemiami.com; $10.

 

Sunday, July 6

THEY GOT THE BEAT
REPLAY AMERICA: THE ULTIMATE ’80s FESTIVAL

Totally gnarly concert resurrects new wave bands The Go-Go’s (“We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation”), The Motels (“Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer”), Cutting Crew (“[I Just] Died in Your Arms”), Naked Eyes (“Promises, Promises,” “Always Something There to Remind Me”) and Scandal (“Goodbye to You,” “The Warrior”).
Details: 4 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way (Stirling Road and U.S. 441), near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $40-$60.

JAM ON IT
MOE.

If you’re looking for a live rock band that continuously pushes the envelope, moe. — whose fans affectionately call themselves “moe.rons” — is for you. The quintet has been a festival favorite for more than two decades, sharing the stage with The Who, the Allman Brothers, Dave Matthews Band and many more.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or jointherevolution.net; $23.50 in advance, $25 day of show.

 

Next Week

‘STATE OF MIND’ TOUR
DIZZY WRIGHT

Las Vegas rapper who broke out in 2012 with the album “SmokeOut Conversations” takes the stage in support of his new EP, which dropped April 15.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277 or grandcentralmiami.com; $20, $5 under 21; all ages show.

A MIAMI TREASURE
ALBITA

Beloved Grammy-winning Cuban chanteuse who has shared the stage with Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Gloria Estefan and many more performs over two nights.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-300-0730 or jazziznightlife.com; $45-$55, $75 VIP.

LOL!
JIM NORTON

New York comic is a jack-of-all-trades, having written two bestselling books, starred in several HBO specials and done the complete talk-show circuit several times over. He also appears on SiriusXM’s “The Opie & Anthony Show” and hosts a nightly music show on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard channel.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. July 11, and 7 and 9:45 p.m. July 12, at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach; 561-833-1812 or palmbeachimprov.com; $22.

HISPANIC THEATRE FESTIVAL
CALIGULA

Play deals with absolute power, the struggle against oppression, and the pursuit of freedom — themes that have resounded through the ages and will always be relevant. All shows in Spanish.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 and July 12, and 5 p.m. July 13, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org; $34.

JESSIE DOES BARDOT
JESSIE ANDREWS

Adult film star born and raised in Miami went on to appear in several of dubstep DJ Borgore’s videos, and now she’s a DJ herself.
Details: 10 p.m. Thursday at Bardot Miami, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; bardotmiami.com; $15-$20.

JUDGMENT DAY AFTERPARTY
MIKE TYSON AND FRENCH MONTANA

It’s not a party until “Iron Mike” shows up, and the ex-heavyweight champ hosts this one along with South Bronx rapper Montana, with sounds by DJ Stevie J, Iron Lyon and A Fly Guy. A wild night is in the cards.
Details: 11 p.m. Thursday at Story Miami, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; wantickets.com; $30.

 

free for all

JAZZ IT UP
6 P.M. WEDNESDAY:
Young jazz pianist Konrad Pazkudzki, who has been featured with Wynton Marsalis at events for Jazz at Lincoln Center, performs with his trio; Lobby Lounge of the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts., 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444 or gusmancenter.org.

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