Things to do in Miami this weekend - May 24-26

 

Here are some ideas about what you could be doing this weekend.

Beenie Man
Beenie Man performs Sunday as part of the Best of the Best concert.
 

By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com

Friday, May 24

BANGIN’ BANJO 
STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS

You know the comic Martin as a wild-and-crazy guy, but he’s also got a serious love of bluegrass, and his prowess on the banjo even won him a Grammy. Check him out with his band, plus songbird Edie Brickell (“What I Am”).
Details: 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $35-$105.

MAGICAL LAUGHS
THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN

Normally, you’d have to travel to Vegas to see this outrageous comic’s antics, but he’s bringing his award-winning show to town for the weekend. Don’t miss this three-time winner of the International Magic Award for "Best Comedy Magician."
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale; www.improvftl.com; $25.

BLUE-EYED SOUL
THE RASCALS

Take a trip back to the feel-good grooves of the ‘60s with the group that gave us the classics “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “It’s a Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be Free.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $50-$80.

JAZZ CHANTEUSE
CONNIE JAMES

Four chances this weekend to catch this acclaimed singer taking on the Great American Songbook and much more, with works by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan and other greats.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $25-$30.

Saturday, May 25

GUITAR GOD
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN

The Swedish king of “neo-classical shred guitar” and longtime Miami resident performs classic tracks and songs from his latest album, “Spellbound.” Time magazine named Malmsteen one of the “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players,” up there with the likes of Les Paul, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.
Details: 7 p.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Downtown Miami; 305-377-2277 or www. grandcentralmiami.com; $25.

BEATS FROM DOWN UNDER
DIRTY SOUTH

Grammy-nominated Aussie-Serbian progressive house DJ also dabbles in R&B and hip-hop, having collaborated with or remixed artists including Snoop Dogg, Diddy and The Pussycat Dolls.
Details: 10 p.m. at Gryphon, 5711 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale; www.wantickets.com; tickets start at $45.

Sunday, May 26

REGGAE AND SOCA BEATS
BEST OF THE BEST

Groove to the sounds of Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Elephant Man, Mad Cobra and dozens more.
Details: 2 p.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.bestofthebestconcert.com; $52, kids under 12 free with adult.

THEY’RE BACK
FILTER

Cleveland industrial rock band that gave us the hits “Hey Man Nice Shot,” “Take a Picture” and a cover of The Turtles’ “Happy Together,” which is featured in the trailer to “The Great Gatsby,” takes the stage in support of its sixth studio album, “The Sun Comes Out Tonight,” which hits the streets June 4. Dharmata and Falseta open.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net; $18.

LOL!
MEMORIAL WEEKEND COMEDY FESTIVAL

Bust a gut to the hilarious observations of Bruce Bruce, Corey Holcomb, Shawty Shawty, Cocoa Brown, Red Grant and many more.
Details: 8 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 305-416-5977 or www.jlkc.com; $40.50-$100.

U.S. DEBUT
DANAY SUAREZ

Cuban hip-hop/jazz artist who was discovered by British DJ Gilles Peterson combines gritty, honest lyrics with soulful vocals.
Details: 8:30 p.m. at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; $10.

JAM ON IT
LOCOS POR JUANA

Two-time Grammy-nominated Miami jam band throws down some serious Afro-Caribbean rhythms, with cumbia, hip-hop, reggae and funk in the mix.
Details: 11 p.m. at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577 or www.thestagemiami.com; $10.

Next Week

FREE FOR ALL
MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

Honor our veterans with this patriotic show featuring the New Gardens Band, the Indian River POPS, and the Robert Sharon Chorale.
Details: 7 p.m. Monday at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us.

MEMORIAL DAY ROCKS
SEVENDUST

Atlanta alt-metal band shreds the stage in support of its ninth studio album, “Black Out the Sun,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart March 26.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074 or www.cultureroom.net; $25.

PUNK IT UP
FACE TO FACE

Veteran California punk band hit it big in the early ‘90s with its second album, “Big Choice” – now it rocks the stage in support of its seventh studio album, “Laugh Now, Laugh Later.”
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $16.50.

IN THE HOUSE
FEDDE LE GRAND

Yet another Dutch superstar DJ rocks Miami Beach, as Le Grand spins a lively mix of electro, tech-house, progressive and techno beats.
Details: 11 p.m. Thursday at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $30-$50.

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