Friday, June 19
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI
One of Haiti’s most innovative young bands mixes old-school kreyol jazz, blues and roots rhythms into a fresh new sound. The night also features an opening set by Tradisyon Lakou Lakay; delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Restaurant; Maison Gingerbread, Haiti’s living architecture exhibition; and plenty of hands-on art activities for kids.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami; 305-960-2969 or www.bignightlittlehaiti.com; free.
THE PITS SESSIONS
The New HITS 97.3 presents Mr. 305 himself throwing down party anthems including “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” “Give Me Everything,” “Don’t Stop the Party,” “Feel This Moment,” “Timber” and his new collaboration with Chris Brown, “Fun.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; register to win tickets at hits973.upickem.net.
A REAL STAND-UP GUY
Larger-than-life comedian to whom no subject is taboo takes the stage in support of his latest comedy special, “Unruly.”
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; www.improvftl.com; $25, $50 VIP.
Ex-lead singer for The Gap Band — affectionately called Uncle Charlie by today’s younger artists — will perform funk classics including “Early in the Morning,” “Outstanding” and “You Dropped a Bomb On Me,” plus solo hits from his recent albums “Just Charlie,” “Love, Charlie” and “Forever Charlie.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $55-$100.
QUEEN OF SOCA
British-born singer raised in Barbados performs her international hit “Roll It Gal,” plus more positive-minded soca, R&B and dancehall tracks from her latest album, “Caribbean Queen.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar; www.miramarculturalcenter.org; $35-$45.
Saturday, June 20
FREE FOR ALL
CHOPIN FOR ALL
Concert series concludes with a piano recital by Rachel Naomi Kudo, three-time laureate of the National Chopin Piano Competition, who has been hailed for her “stunning virtuosity,” “flawless technique” and “expressive versatility.”
Details: 3 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr., Coral Gables; www.chopin.org.
ROCKIN’ THE RIVERWALK
Saturday’s headliner is “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, who will growl out his epic pop-Americana hits “Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire”; while Sunday brings alt-rock band O.A.R. (short for Of A Revolution), which has released eight studio albums, including last year’s “The Rockville LP.”
Details: 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Huizenga Plaza, at the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue, downtown Fort Lauderdale along the Riverwalk; Ticketmaster or www.lauderdalelivemusic.com; $39.50 ($129.50 VIP), two-day pass $69.50 ($199.50 VIP); $229.50 VIP Platinum ($299.50 two-days).
HOLLYWOOD ARTSPARK EXPERIENCE
COLORS OF THE CARIBBEAN
Free family festival celebrates Caribbean culture with live music from reggae band Inner Circle, whose hit “Bad Boys” is the theme song for the Fox TV show “Cops”; Trinidadian soca prince Rikki Jai; young Antiguan star Ricardo Dru; and the diplomat of Caribbean music, Kevin Lyttle (“Turn Me On”). Plus there’s a Caribbean Food Village, the YMCA Kids Zone, arts and crafts, folk dancing and much more.
Details: 4-11 p.m. Saturday at Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood; 954-924-2980 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.
Political thriller novelist discusses his latest work, “The President’s Shadow” (Grand Central Publishing, $28), that tells the tale of a White House staffer responsible for guarding closely held secrets of the Oval Office, but finds himself intimately involved.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com; free.
IN THE HOUSE
PAUL VAN DYK
Grammy-winning German electronic dance producer and composer performs in support of his latest compilation mix, “The Politics of Dancing 3,” the first release in this acclaimed series in 10 years.
Details: 11 p.m. Saturday at Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; www.wantickets.com; $20-$35.
FUNK SOUL BROTHER
British big-beat house legend, real name Norman Cook, steps behind the decks to spin dance-floor classics inclusing “Praise You,” “The Rockafeller Skank,” “Weapon of Choice,” “Right Here Right Now” and “Star 69.”
Details: 11 p.m. Saturday at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.flavorus.com; $60.
Sunday, June 21
FAMILY FUN DAY
Show dad a great time at a variety of Frost Museum exhibits including “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches,” a planetarium, the Batchelor Wildlife Center, an interactive Sea Lab and “Under the Sea,” an exhibit of 13 images from the 2015 University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Underwater Photography Contest. And for him, it’s free — just say the phrase “Dads Rock.”
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-646-4200 or www.miamisci.org; $14.95, $10.95 seniors, students and kids 3-12; free under 3.
MAINLY MOZART SEASON FINALE
DANTE’S “THE DIVINE COMEDY”
This multimedia performance of music, literature, dance and film based on one of the greatest works of world literature will feature the festival’s artistic director Marina Radiushina and Grace Fong, a multiple competition winner, on piano, alongside soprano Maria Aleida, narrator Frank Cooper, Miami City Ballet dancers and the Miami Children’s Chorus.
Details: 4 p.m. Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $30, $10 students.
Two-time Billboard “New Age Artist of the Year” whose sensuous, nouveau-flamenco guitar sound has been described as “poetic sunshine at midnight” performs with his band, Luna Negra.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $47.50-$57.50.
ROCK OF AGES
DEF LEPPARD AND STYX
Veteran British glam metal band Def Leppard tears through fist-pumping hits including “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” while Styx serves up “Lady,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade.” Tesla (“Love Song,” “Signs”) opens.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $18-$118.