This weekend: Hunx, Chao, Arboles, Art Walk …

By | September 9th, 2011 | 1 Comment

The sun may have other ideas, but the weekend ahead suggests we humans are doing everything in our power to put the sluggish and suffocating days of summer behind us. Here’s the goings-on rundown for a stacked Friday and Saturday. (All music listings come from our new Miami Music Guide.)


Headline: Sketch and Ride
Where: Opa-Locka
Cost: FREE
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Taking off from the Northside Metro-Rail station, this free group bike ride through Opa-Locka is a partnership between activist collective Emerge Miami and Miami Uplab. The “Sketch” component of the ride entails sketching certain streetscapes and buildings in Opa-Locka with a mind toward understanding and rethinking Opa-Locka’s urban layout.


Headline: Art Walk
Where: Wynwood, Design District
Cost: Breathing room

Notes: With Art Basel in the offing, Miami’s Wynwood and Design District galleries have ramped up with no fewer than 18 new shows. Consult our Art Walk guide, posted on Wednesday, to learn a bit about all of them.


Headline: Psychic Mirrors
Where: Bardot
Cost: $??
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Less than two months after releasing their “Dark Shadows”/”Mystic Hustle” 7″, Psychic Mirrors will take the stage to celebrate a new 12” release. Ryan De Grandy leads this 11-member funk ensemble, which includes Capsule’s Ryan Haft and the emerging Luma Junger.


Headline: Hunx and His Punx, The Coathangers, Lil Daggers
Where: The Stage
Cost: FREE
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Oakland’s Hunx and His Punx is a band straight out of a John Waters dream, a sex-driven, homoerotic scuzzy girl group led by a very gay (usually very naked) dude. In January, Hunx and His Punx released their Too Young to Be in Love through Hardly Art, the same label that snagged Miami rockers Jacuzzi Boys. This show should be something of a party and a train wreck, given the nature of the usually tame venue. The Coathangers are a dirty sounding all-girl punk trio from Atlanta for fans of the Slits, Screaming Females, and Sleater Kinney. Miami’s psychedelic swamp rockers Lil Daggers will kick things off.


Headline: Arboles Libres
Where: Vagabond
Cost: FREE before 11; Free before midnight with Manu Chao ticket (see below); otherwise, NOT FREE
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Still one of Miami’s best kept secrets, Arboles Libres is bringing its versatile power pop arrangements to the Vagabond. Although the trio has the chameleon-like ability to soothe acoustic-geared venues like The Stage and Transit Lounge, their ripping electric jams — like “Comienzos”, which evolves from early jangle into dissonant bliss — should play well in the higher-energy atmosphere of a Vagabond Friday night.


Headline: Manu Chao
Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Cost: $43.50
Event Page: HERE

Notes: The multi-lingual, genre-bending 50-year-old who started out busking the streets of Paris will grace Miami with a very rare stateside performance (this will be his first true tour since 2006). Chao has been quiet the last couple of years, releasing only a couple of live albums since 2007. Of course, if you don’t already have tickets to this show, you’re probably not going.


Headline: The Independents
Where: Churchill’s Pub
Cost: $10
Event Page: HERE

Notes: South Carolina’s greatest contribution to punk, The Independents are going on 20 years on the scene. Championed (and eventually managed) by Joey Ramone until his death in 1998, The Independents have avoided any lineup changes since their inception, a uber-rarity for a punk band. Other bands on the bill include Dyslexic Post Cards, Absaroka, Heartline Fits, Enough, Anger, Intention Manslaughter, The Can’t Stand Ya’s, and Electricity.


Ok. Now do it all, and report back to us.

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One Comment on “This weekend: Hunx, Chao, Arboles, Art Walk …”

  1. 1 yuval said at 3:30 pm on September 9th, 2011:

    Also tonight (Friday 9/9/11) opening before Manu Chao and across the street:

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