Friday, Aug. 7
Poolside concert returns, this time featuring electronic music stars including Norwegian remix master Kygo (“Stole the Show,” “Sexual Healing”), ex-Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso (“Don’t You Worry Child”) and wild EDM duo The Chainsmokers (“#SELFIE”).
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; bleaulive.com; $50 cocktail and show, $60 lunch and show.
RHYTHMS OF THE WORLD
AFRO ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Help celebrate the evolution of African culture with this two-day blowout featuring a global local showcase Friday (Conjunto Progreso, Palo!, Morikeba Kouyate, Nag Champayons and Los Herederos) and the main event concert Saturday featuring Hassan Hakmoun from Morocco, Colombia’s Locos Por Juana and Brazil’s Bateria Unidos de Miami, along with DJ Le Spam.
Details: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami; 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; afrorootsfest.com; $15, $20 two-day pass, kids 12 and under free.
START YOUR ENGINES
There’s no better way to relieve road rage than watching 12-foot-high, five-ton vehicles racing, jumping and creating all kinds of metallic mass destruction. The larger-than-life Monster Trucks are back, including favorites such as Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Madusa and the new Zombie.
Details: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday (pit party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday) at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $20-$35, $10 kids.
CRAZY FOR LASERS
LASER FEST WEEKEND
Fire the lasers! The fun kicks off with a free planetarium star show at 7 p.m. Friday and family laser shows at 8 each night, followed by hourly classic-rock laser shows (Pink Floyd, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley at midnight Friday). Saturday brings The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper,” “Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd: “Dark Side of the Moon” at midnight.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-646-4234 or www.miamisci.org; each laser show $8 adults, $4 child.
The band that reigns supreme in the Miami Latin-funk scene performs a special show to preview Hialeah Park’s upcoming second anniversary blowout Aug. 14.
Details: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino on the new Fountain Terrace, 100 E. 32nd St., Hialeah; 305-885-8000 or hialeahparkcasino.com; free.
Local singer whose big voice is equally adept at gospel, jazz or James Brown-style funk sings a tribute to “Cole Porter & Friends,” accompanied by bass, piano, drums and sax.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; 954-747-4646 or sunrisefl.gov; $16, $14 students, $10 kids.
Winner of Season 5 of “Last Comic Standing” (you might also recognize him as the redheaded hillbilly “Hemi guy” on Dodge Ram commercials) performs a set of hilarious stand-up.
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; $20.
Saturday, Aug. 8
Philly actress, author and neo-soul pioneer who was discovered by Questlove of The Roots will perform Grammy-winning hits including “God Bless the Child,” “Cross My Mind” and “Daydreamin’,” plus new tracks including “You Don’t Know” and “Fool’s Gold.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $55-$85.
SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS
The symphony hosts the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra of Austria under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Strauss, Offenbach, Liszt and Latin Grammy-winning composer Eduardo Magallanes.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; parkerplayhouse.com; $20-$60.
PUMP IT UP
Official Miami Heat DJ and frequent guest on “Good Morning America” brings infectious energy and groovy tunes, making him the ultimate celebrity party go-to guy.
Details: 11 p.m. Saturday at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; wantickets.com; $30.
THE GET UP KIDS
Early ’90s Kansas City band that was a major influence on later acts including Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy is back together, performing favorite tracks including “I’ll Catch You,” “Ten Minutes” and “Action & Action,” plus material from its most recent album, 2011’s “There Are Rules.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; jointherevolution.net; $17.50 advance, $22 day of show.
ALICE IN CHAINS
Seattle alt-metal band that helped pioneer the grunge-rock movement in the late ’80s and early ’90s performs classics including “Man in the Box,” “Would?,” “Rooster,” “No Excuses,” “Heaven Beside You” and “Get Born Again,” plus tracks from its latest album, 2013’s “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $40-$60.
ROCKABYE GOLLIE ANGEL TOUR
One of the greatest studio-rock duos of all time — pianist and singer Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker — performs timeless tracks including “Do It Again,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Reeling in the Years,” “My Old School,” “Black Friday,” “Peg” and “Hey Nineteen.” Don’t be fashionably late, because the legendary Elvis Costello opens, performing an eclectic set with his backing band The Imposters.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre (formerly Coral Sky Amphitheatre), 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25-$139.
FREE FOR ALL
JAZZ IT UP
Miami Jazz & Film Society presents the band Oriente, whose unique sound comes from deep Afro-Cuban roots and rhythms influenced by jazz, blues, Brazilian and soul
Details: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lobby lounge of the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts., 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444 or olympiatheater.org.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
The world’s most spectacular theatrical company returns with its latest production based on the adventures of Icarus, who falls from the sky into the lush, wondrous world of Varekai, which means “wherever” in the Romany language.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, runni
ng through Aug. 23 at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $40-$145.