Top 4 events during Irie Weekend

He’s usually busy keeping basketball fans dancing and mugging it up for the big screen during the Miami Heat games. That’s why DJ Irie waits until mid-June to host one of the biggest parties of the summer, Irie Weekend, where sightings of Miami Heat players and celebrities like Jamie Foxx are always a possibility. The event is a fundraiser for his Irie Foundation which works to improve the lives of at-risk youth.

The full schedule is here, but we have the highlights:


VIP Kick-off Concert 

Be there when all the fun starts at the opening night event featuring a live performance by the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling singer Akon. Expect to hear some new collaborations like “Tell Me We’re OK” with DJ Hardwerk as well as his plenty of his familiar hits. Know that if you are attending everyone is asked to dress in white so take care when noshing on complimentary gourmet appetizers and sipping free specialty cocktails. 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, $75.

Dru Hill

IWXII Friday Night featuring Dru Hill  

Still one of Miami Beach’s hottest nightclubs, LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the site for Irie Weekend’s Friday night party. Given that he’s in the business, DJ Irie will have some of his favorite fellow DJs spinning that night. They’ll keep the crowd dancing and prepare them for a live performance by 1990s hitmakers Dru Hill famous for their hits “Tell Me,” “In My Bed” and “Never Make a Promise.” 11 p.m. Friday, June 24, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, $40.


IWXII BBQ Beach Bash presented by Aquafina 

Summer is the perfect time for a party on the beach so what better place to have a barbecue than on the South Beach at the host hotel for most of the event’s festivities. The eats are smokin’ hot with Grillman’s meats grilled to perfection and complimentary Aquafina water and Pepsi all afternoon but you’ll need something stronger than that. No worries, Korbel and Jack Honey signature cocktails will be for sale so pad the wallet with bills. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, Shelborne Wyndham Grand, $50.

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IWXII Closing Celebration featuring T-Pain 

Rest up between events (if you plan on attending both) because the party at E11EVEN, the spot where celebrities and pro athletes spend most weekends when partying in Miami, whether they’re local or from out of town. DJ Irie is sure to spin with special guest T-Pain. The Grammy-winning producer performs music from his album “Officially Yours” for what is sure to be a celebrity-studded affair. Although it says the party’s until 2:30 a.m. expect it to go into the wee hours. 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 29 NE 11th St., Miami, Ladies $23, Guys $46.