Concert stages are booming as Irma’s effect fades
Hurricane Irma left the South Florida concert schedule in shambles, claiming shows by Steve Earle and Los Lobos (new date for their Parker Playhouse show still pending), Paramore (now performing Dec. 6 at the Fillmore Miami Beach), Andres Cepeda (Sept. 30 Fillmore) and Nicky Jam (Feb. 10 AmericanAirlines Arena). Sammy Hagar and the Circle (Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson) pushed their concert at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre back to Dec. 12, while a new date for a Pompano Amp concert by Blackberry Smoke and Chris Robinson is still being mulled. Shows by Tove Lo (Revolution Live) and rapper 2Chainz (Fillmore) were canceled outright.
Perhaps it is some form of mystical payback that, beginning this weekend, we are faced with an embarrassment of musical riches among a broad spectrum of popular touring acts on stages from West Palm Beach to Miami Beach. Here’s a look at a few.
Zac Brown Band
After all you’ve been through, you deserve a cold beer on a Friday night with warm-weather ZBB sing-alongs such as “Chicken Fried,” “Knee Deep,” “Homegrown” and “Toes.” While you’re at it, have one on a Saturday night, too. Darrell Scott and part-time West Palm Beach resident Caroline Jones open. 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Coral Sky Amphithe- atre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $27.75-$77.75 at LiveNation.com.
Lauryn Hill and Nas
It’s been a little more than 20 years since Lauryn Hill and Nas collaborated on the hit “If I Ruled the World,” a laser-guided critique of a society divided by economics, race and cynical politics. It’ll be worth the price of admission to hear them perform the song in 2017. Comedian Hannibal Buress and Jamaican reggae singer Chronixx will also perform. 6:30 p.m. today, at Bayfront Park Am- VenetianArtsSociety.org. $45. phitheatre, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $27.25-$140. Visit LiveNation.com.
No one had a better summer than Luis Fonsi (including Giancarlo Stanton). The Puerto Ricanborn Miami resident was a successful pop balladeer with a long string of Latin Billboard hits before “Despacito” rocketed to the top of the mainstream pop singles chart and stayed there. Even without the unnecessary cameo from Justin Bieber, “Despacito” was another reminder that a great American pop song can come from anywhere. 8 p.m. today at County Auditorium, 2901W. Flagler St. 305-547-5414, miamidadecounty auditorium.org. $40. Lisett Morales 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 407-953-6770, globalartsproject.org. Free. Miguel Bosé 8 p.m. Sunday. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Ticketmaster, fillmoremb.com.. $68.75+. Summer Gill 6 p.m. Sunday. Brewhouse Gallery, 720 Park Ave., Lake Park. 561-4698930, brewhousegallery.com. Free.
Cultural Music Festival Caribbean with Karen Smith, Courtni Jackson, Tiffani Robinson, Carole Reid, Harold Davis, Sebastion Davis, Sean Baugh, Rory Baugh, John McFarlane, David McFarlane, Andre Shepherd. 5 p.m. Sunday. Holy Family Episcopal Church, 18501NW Seventh Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $30-$105. Visit MyHRL.com.
Marcus Roberts Trio
In describing acclaimed jazz pianist Marcus Roberts’ ongoing experimentation with George Gershwin’s iconic “Rhapsody in Blue” in a May performance, Chicago Tribune reviewer Howard Reich offered the ultimate compliment. “Purists still might object to all of this, but considering the caliber of Roberts’ pianism, the originality of his ideas and the rhythmically taut playing of his trio, it’s easy to believe that Gershwin himself would have savored this work,” Reich wrote in a uniformly glowing assessment. Roberts is accompanied by bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd. Tickets cost $35-$50. Visit CCPompano.org.
Persistently ambitious indierockers Arcade Fire are touring in support of their fifth album, “Everything Now,” a record filled with gleaming riffs and luxurious electro grooves that glitter in bouncy homage to the dance-floor rock of such bands as New Order, Tom Tom Club and Blondie. Shockingly, some fans and critics are not on board. No matter which side you’re on, you should be dancing, yeah. Wolf Parade opens. 8 p.m. Saturday at the University of Miami’s Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. Tickets cost $ 31-$71. Visit Ticket Ave., Miami. 305-652-6797, holyfamily churchmiami.com. $15-$30.
Concert Across America To End Gun Violence With Son of Kevin, Soulshine & Friends, featuring Kat Riggins, Iona Gamble, Geneiva Allen. 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Park Vista Community High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth. concertacross america.org. Free. Issues With Volumes, Too Close to Touch, Sylar. 6 p.m. Sunday. Revolution, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-449-1025, jointherevolution.net. $20-$22. Rich Pierce Memorial Concert With Deadstar Assembly and Rambler 7 p.m. Sunday. Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954-564-1074, cultureroom.net. Free. master.com.
Young the Giant, Cold War Kids
Two bands of young indie rabble-rousers, who each began their respective 2017 concert schedules with well-received sets at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, reunite for another outdoor show in Miami. Cold War Kids recently released an EP, “Los Feliz Blvd,” that offers graceful, intimate acoustic versions of recent singles “Love Is Mystical,” “Can We Hang On?” and “So Tied Up,” along with a soulful version of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” 7 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $25.25-$40.75. Visit LiveNation.com.
There is something comforting about the music of David Gray, the British folk-rock veteran still best known for “Babylon,” from the platinum-selling album “White Ladder,” released more than 15 years ago with help from Dave Matthews. Taking a quick break from a co-headlining tour with bluegrass star Alison Krauss (the closest to us they get is St. Augustine on Sept. 28), Gray is likely to share music he’s been working on for a new album due in 2018. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $47.50-$67.50. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com.
Tito Puente Jr. 5 p.m. Sunday. William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 NW160th Ave., Pembroke Pines. 954-392-2116, ppines.com. Free.
The Zac Brown Band performs at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach tonight and Saturday.