Live: The weekend in Miami music

By | September 28th, 2011 | 5 Comments

If you’ve spent time in Chicago or New York, you know that just about every weekend offers more live music than you can possibly see. We Miamians don’t usually have that problem, but this weekend the city presents a happy dilemma with a spate of shows, both local and visiting, that will have music whores huffing and puffing by Sunday morning. Here’s what’s on tap. (All listings originally appeared in our Miami Music Guide, compiled by Willy “Wanka” Alton.)


With no fewer than five worthy shows, Thursday is the biggie. In no particular order:

Headline: Cut Copy, Washed Out, Midnight Magic
Where: Grand Central
Cost: $35 (presale), $45 (door)
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Australian electropop specialists Cut Copy caused an uproar in the Magic City when they announced they would be playing Grand Central. The seasoned gizmo gurus have become electronic royalty with the 2011 release of Zonoscope, the band’s third album. Zonoscope maintained Cut Copy’s dance pop M.O. but added an air of sophistication with gorgeous, dreamy landscapes. Amazing video/Gatorade commercial (sans Gatorade):


Headline: Animal Tropical, Ice Cream
Where: Electric Pickle
Cost: FREE
Event Page: HERE

Notes: The Miami music scene’s odd couple — Animal Tropical is bright, frenetic, theatrical; Ice Cream is moody, rhythmic, salacious — are together again after touring together this summer and sharing wax-space on the Just Between Us Girls 12″, released in late June. Both bands contributed a stellar Nirvana cover to our Nevermind Miami series. Naturally, we debuted them together.

Animal Tropical frontman Jose Castello by Robby Campbell
Animal Tropical frontman Jose Castello at Churchill’s


Headline: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad
Where: Culture Room
Cost: $17.55
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Former Millions Dead frontman Frank Turner comes to town in support of his fourth solo LP, England Keep My Bones. The 30-year-old British punk-turned-folk-singer played his 1,000th solo show earlier this year. Here’s the official video for the new album’s first single, “If Ever I Stray”.


Headline: The Hot 8 Brass Band w/ Suenalo and Locos Por Juana
Where: The Stage
Cost: FREE (21+)
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Tip of the hat to commenter Chris for cluing us into this show. New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band is gearing up for a three-day residency/party at The Stage starting Thursday night. Together since 1995 and featured in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, the band will fly solo on Thursday night, then pair up with Miami’s Suenalo on Friday and Locos Por Juana on Saturday. The three-day affair promises to be a Nawlins-Miami hybrid celebration (read: ample booze, good eats, shaking ass ‘til the sun rears its unwanted head), complete with The Rum Cake Factory’s Cajun delights: fried catfish, shrimp and chicken po’ boys, smoked chicken wings, and buttered rum cake with walnut glaze (owner Larry Robinson’s mom’s recipe). There will also be live painting by Kazilla, Trek Six, and Oscar Saavedra.

The show is FREE on Thursday and $10 after 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


Headline: Brian Ferry
Where: Fillmore Miami Beach
Cost: $51.00
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Like other celebrated greats with minimal radio play and cult followings, Bryan Ferry manages to endear himself to generation after generation. The former Roxy Music glam star made double sure of his influence on Generation Web with the 2010 release of Olympia at 65 years old. Having aged impeccably, creatively and physically, Ferry remains a fresh and sophisticated songwriter with sex appeal intact. Olympia features his old Roxy Music buddies (Brian Eno, Phil Manzanara, and Andy Mackay), Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Flea, Scissor Sisters, David Gilmour, and, of course, Kate Moss on the cover interpreting Manet’s Olympia. For long-time Ferry fans, here’s an oldie and a goodie.


Headline: Forward Motion Records First Anniversary Charity Concert
Where: Revolution Live
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Led by the hardest working man in South Florida music, Forward Motion Records is celebrating its prolific first year — 30 releases to date — with a 16-act showcase at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale. To learn more about the show and the label, check out our recent interview with FM boss Fernando Perdomo.

DiS at the MMF by Robby Campbell
Perdomo (left) jamming with his band, Dreaming In Stereo, at the 2011 Miami Music Festival


On Friday, things get weird and geriatric and dirty.

Headline: Blowfly
Where: Vagabond
Cost: FREE before 11 p.m.
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Clarence Reid grew up in Miami and, during his days as a songwriter at TK Records, he was a hit factory unto himself. (Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, and KC & the Sunshine Band all released Reid-penned chart-climbers.) But Reid, now 72 years old, is better known through his costume-clad persona, Blowfly, an insuperably dirty man who dishes about dick (his own), pussy, and fucking, and whose 1980 recording “Rapp Dirty” may well be the first rap song ever. Both Reid and Blowfly are the subjects of a 2010 documentary, The Weird World of Blowfly, that is screening all weekend at O Cinema. Be fairly warned: Blowfly is not for the faint of heart.


Headline: Big K.R.I.T.
Where: Revolution
Cost: $27.45
Event Page: HERE

Notes: After releasing a series of mixtapes over the last six years, the 25-year-old Mississippi-native is one of rap’s most promising artists. His debut album Live From the Underground was officially released on Sept. 27. The Revolution show will serve as his “official” release party.


Headline: Cut Copy, Washed Out, Midnight Magic
Where: Grand Central
Cost: $35 (presale), $45 (door)
Event Page: HERE
Listen: See “Light of Love (Re-vision)” below

Notes: Look familiar? Yup, Cut Copy and co are playing two shows this weekend. The only difference between the two will be the average age: The Thursday show is all-ages and the Friday show is 21+.


Saturday isn’t challenging any stereotypes about Miami’s feast-or-famine music scene, but this lone show is a good option if you still have ears left by then.

Headline: Haochi Waves and Pocket of Lollipops
Where: Smok’t BBQ
Cost: FREE
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Locals were mightily disappointed when Pretty Please announced its sudden breakup in July, less than a year after the explorative pop band released its promising self-titled debut. Nonetheless, the band cited “directional” differences, broke up, pared down, and formed a trio called Haochi Waves. (Drummer Juan Oña’s been through this once before, having formed Pretty Please out of Brand’s ashes).

Haochi’s members — Oña, singer Didi Aragon, bassist Ana Mackliff — were all in Pretty Please. Having trimmed the fat, Haochi Waves have already released two gems, “Just You”, an aggressive Sleater-Kinney-like track, and “Sleep With Us”, a drearily suggestive urge to fornicate. The most notable aural difference between the two bands is the elimination of electronic complements, an element upon which Pretty Please heavily relied.

While Haochi Waves will release a formal EP in the coming months, the band will be giving away free CDs at this show featuring four new unmixed tracks. Performing with Miami’s lo-fi art rock duo Pocket of Lollipops — another contributor to the Nevermind Miami series — this will be Haochi Waves’ first live performance.


To see more listings for local shows, check out the Miami Music Guide.

Follow Beached Miami on Twitter (@beachedmiami) and Facebook and email and RSS.

5 Comments on “Live: The weekend in Miami music”

  1. 1 Juan Fernando Oña said at 11:52 am on September 28th, 2011:

    Thank you so much William!!

    Dude, we’re in a recession… put the free shows at the top, hahahaha. j/k

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 11:55 am on September 28th, 2011:

    You’re right! Chronology is a weapon of the Capitalist Pigs! Hey, that Animal Tropical show’s free.

  3. 3 Chris said at 12:09 pm on September 28th, 2011:

    The Hot 8 Brass Band at The Stage is a show not to miss and it’s free on Thursday!

  4. 4 Jordan Melnick said at 2:10 pm on September 28th, 2011:

    Thanks Chris! Just added it in.

  5. 5 Didi said at 9:10 am on September 29th, 2011:

    Thank you Jordan!! :)

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.