Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and check out this lineup — Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, Diddy, Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Chris Tucker, Nas, Katt Williams, Nick Cannon, Snoop Dogg. And that’s just a few of the artists on tap to throw massive parties … in Las Vegas!
It appears years of opposition to Urban Beach Week on Miami Beach and in South Florida have finally succeeded in discouraging the majority of big spenders and partygoers from coming to Miami. So they’ve heeded the call to “Go West, Young Man!”
Yes, it looks like Urban Beach Week has taken its talents to Vegas.
So what can we look forward to in Miami this Memorial Day weekend? Here’s the 411.
Friday, May 23
MEEK MILL with DJ KHALED
Arguably the hardest working man in hip-hop (at least in South Florida) and the leader of the “We The Best” crew, DJ Khaled brings his legendary parties to Mansion every few months. This kickoff to Memorial Day weekend and lead-up to the Best of The Best concert is no different. Ladies enjoy free entry before midnight; there is music by DJ’s Cali B, Fergie N Springer, Massive B and DJ Bulletproof. And, of course, Meek Mill takes the stage.
Mansion nightclub, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-735-3344
After 5: The Professionals Mixer
This monthly happy hour from 5-9 p.m. brings out plenty of power players. RSVP at www.eventbrite.com
Martini Bar at Gulfstream Village, 601 Silks Run, Hallandale
The Fortune 500
Get ready for a Memorial Day weekend party hosted by a committee of Miami’s hot scene. Enjoy the best in soca, reggae, and hip-hop by the best DJs of each genre: Dr Esan, Ryan Sayeed, and DJ Dex. Ages 25 and older recommended, and pre-sold tickets are $20 at www.showclix.com/<code_dp>event/thefortune500.
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, 1395 NW 57th Ave., Miami; 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m.
Beats-N-Rhymes Fridays featuring Tony Touch
Weekly Friday night staple with good music, drink specials, a chill vibe, and a hot venue. Music by Selfborn and DJ Heron. $10 entry and $5 drinks before midnight.
The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 10 p.m.-4 a.m.
BEST OF THE BEST WELCOME PARTY
The world’s most fearless reggae concert, the Best of the Best, is the most anticipated event of Memorial Day weekend as reggae lovers from all over the country will be in the mash-up in downtown Miami. Café Iguana in Pembroke Pines hosts the BOTB welcome party, and the first 100 people with a concert ticket receive a free drink Friday night. Not a bad deal. The best part of this party is they are bringing back the old MadHouse crew led by ButtaFucco. Awesome isn’t enough to describe those nights.
Café Iguana Pines, 8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; 954-433-8787
Saturday, May 24
SUNKISSED Rooftop Day Party
SV Marketing, Headliner Market Group, and Phil The Mayor presents a sexy Memorial Day weekend party hosted by The Taz Angels and music by DJ Donhot and DJ Affect.
Fifty Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami; 1-9 p.m.
Pearls & Cufflinks: An Intimate Upscale Business Mixer
Presented by The Creative Society, this is an intimate upscale business social for entrepreneurs and business-savvy professionals looking to showcase their gifts, talents, products and expertise. Professionals will have the opportunity to network with 80 to 100 of South Florida’s elite. Semi-formal attire is required — pearls for ladies and cuff links for gentlemen! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com
Studio 5 Ten, 4510 N. University Dr., Ft Lauderdale; 6-9 p.m.
ROCK THE YACHT PARTY
Miami NICE hosts one of the hottest annual parties during Memorial Day weekend. This year it’s the T-Shirt and Stilettos edition aboard the South Beach Lady, which departs from Bayfront Park at 6:30 p.m. and returns at midnight. It’s an all-white affair, and tickets are available at www.rocktheyachtparty.net
THE KINFOLKS SOULFOOD FESTIVAL
Consider this a celebration of music with a purpose. Soul food cuisine as we know it today has its roots in the American South and describes a selection of foods that are traditional to the taste buds of African Americans. Kinfolks Foundation Inc. fuses together the tradition of good times, good music and good food with an opportunity for consumers to engage with brand ambassadors and nonprofit organizations dispensing free information. This year’s concert lineup includes Morris Day and the Time, Bootsy Collins, Cameo, Confunkshun, Lakeside and more.
KinFolks Soul Food Fest, 3 p.m. at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, 33311. More info: 954-357-5400
Sunday, May 25
BEST OF THE BEST CONCERT
Billed as a 100 percent Caribbean show, this is THE concert on Memorial Day weekend, featuring more than 20 performers of reggae, hip-hop, R&B and soca at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the 8th annual show, which features a lineup that includes Beenie Man, Tifa, Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy and Cocoa Tea, alongside Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Elephant Man, Singing Melody, Bunji Garlin, Edwin Yearwood and Nature.
Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.. Tickets range from $20 to VIP packages of $144 and $399 available at bestofthebestconcert.com
KEVIN HART CELEBRITY CRUISE
Good to know some celebs will be doing double time between Miami and Las Vegas. Kevin Hart is headed to Miami Beach on Sunday from 5-9 p.m. to host his celebrity cruise aboard the Lady Windridge yacht. There are a limited amount of tickets for this event and VIP packages and tables must be purchased in advance. Tickets range from $155 to $499 and are available at Eventbrite.com and KlubLinx.com
At the Eden Roc Hotel Dock, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
If you ever needed a 40 oz for breakfast just to get you through the day, you are surely familiar with Blackalicious. The hip-hop duo from Sacramento is one of the most flavorful outfits in the game. Often called the Lords of the West Coast Underground, lyricist Gift of Gab (Tim Parker) twists his words with the skill of Picasso’s brush and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) provides funky, lighthearted beats with dusty drum loops and textured samples. They offer a glimpse into an era of hip-hop where we are reminded that the true school will always triumph. Catch them at 7 p.m. in an 18-and-older show.
Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277. For more info, visit grandcentralmiami.com
“GROWN & SEXY” ALL WHITE PARTY
Soul in the City returns to BB King’s Blues Club in West Palm Beach with the Memorial Day All White soiree. The night features a fashion showcase by Eminent Buera and Nfrra Denim, house band Genre featuring Richard Estime, R&B singer Jesse ‘jet’ Hall, a birthday bash for DJ Kelvan Lee, music by Ronald McBride, and Laura Vivas from the hit NBC show ‘The Voice.’
Sunday, 8 p.m. at BB King’s Blues Club, 550 South Rosemary Ave., Suite 236, West Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets are $20 in advance.
7th ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND COMEDY FEST
Always a sold-out affair, this year’s fest features EarthQuake, J. Anthony Brown, Gary Owens, Luenell, Marcus Combs and Will Spank Horton.
James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami; 786-443-5432. Tickets avaialbe at www.ticketmaster.com
KEYSHIA COLE LIVE!
Part of me thinks she should be playing bigger venues by now, but fans will be happy to see her in such
an intimate space. Billed as the sexiest Memorial Day weekend party, Cole takes the stage at Café Iguana Pembroke Pines. Tickets are $20 in advance. For more info, call 954-433-8787
SLICK RICK LIVE!
Ladi Dadi, you want to Party? Then a night with Slick Rick, DJ Griot and DJ Silver Fox is definitely in order. Hosted by Pink Strydes and featuring celebrity bartenders who are donating their tips to benefit breast cancer awareness, the event is sponsored by Autobuy, X102.3FM and The Grown & Sexy Cruise. Driving up from Miami and planning to drink .<TH>.<TH>. a lot? The promoters have cut a deal on rooms for their guests at The Ramada Inn (1901 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach).
Renegades, 600 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach. Doors open at 10 p.m., white attire requested, jeans not recommended, full kitchen with full menu and bottle service available. To reserve a table contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-689-6100.
YMCMB at LIV
All roads eventually lead to the masterminds of the game, Headliner Marketing Group at LIV on Sunday night. Recently dubbed the Gatsby of Miami, Mike Gardner presides over the most influential parties in South Florida, and LIV on Sunday on Memorial Day weekend will be epic with the YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Boys) like Baby, Lil Wayne, etc. Bring an umbrella and turn it up because it’s sure to be raining.
LIV nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 11 p.m. For more info, call 305-674-4680.
Monday, May 26
The most notable party on the actual holiday is Floyd Mayweather’s shindig ‘The Champion’ at KOD (King of Diamonds). The Money Team will take over the notorious strip club, and the forecast is for thunderstorms of $1’s, $10’s and $20’s falling from the sky. A smart, but not easily offended, woman would do well to show up with a really big “oops I left it open” handbag.
King Of Diamonds, 17800 NE 5th Ave., Miami. For ticket info, call 305-999-9500.