Stop and smell the live music
Labor Day Weekend is about honoring the value of a day’s work and the brotherhood that united years ago to fight for the sanctity of things we take for granted, like threeday weekends. It’s also about laying your burden down and taking that extra day to enjoy the fruits of your labor, which may be distilled down to a simple night out with friends. This particular weekend invites all kinds of opportunities to get together over the shared experience of live music, which has restorative powers that should not be underestimated.
Ball & Chain Music Festival: More than 100 bands, DJs and solo performers will take part in this third annual festival running today-Sunday at the 82-year-old Little Havana nightspot of the same name. Among them are Palo! the Spam Allstars, Aaron Lebos, Electric Piquete, Conjunto Progresso, Electric Kif, Lemon City Trio, Vlade Divak, ArtOfficial, Elastic Bond, Leslie Cartaya and Tony Succar featuring Mixtura. Admission to the 21-and-older event is free. Visit BallAndChainMiami.com.
Woolbright: Next Door at C&I Studios in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village will close out the summer 6 p.m. Saturday with a music-centric blowout featuring headliner Woolbright and music from the Davie quartet’s debut album, “Busybody Lazybones.” Also on the bill will be Gouge Away, Henrietta, Boston Marriage and Winded. Admission is $10. Visit Facebook.com/NextDoorCI.
Dolphin Project: Jim Wurster and Rich Ulloa will host some of South Florida’s best singer-songwriters at Luna Star Café in North Miami at 8 p.m. Friday to raise money and awareness for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. Among the performers will be Diane Ward and Jack Shawde, Matt Sabatella, Charlie Pickett, Darrel Arnold, Sarah Jacob, Birdman, Karen Feldner, George Zhen, Chris DeAngelis, Trish Sheldon, the Atomic Cowboys and Adam Matza. Visit DolphinProject.net, LunaStarCafe.com.
Spam Allstars: Any time is a good time to get away from it all over a glass of hibiscus wine at the bucolic Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery in Lake Worth. But when the Spam Allstars roll up to the big barn (the one with the bar inside) for a 7 p.m. gig tonight, well, let’s just say the pigs will be sleeping in on Saturday. Admission: $10. Visit: Facebook.com/SonsAndDaughtersFarm.
Bumblefest: Texas psych-rockers Holy Wave leads an excellent roster of mostly local bands performing during this 10-hour, four-stage block party, organized by PureHoney magazine’s Steve Rullman, that gets going at 6 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street. Also on the bill: Pleasures, Peyote Coyote, the Water Colors, Lindsey Mills & the Lazy Lovers, Dead and Loving It, Jellyfish Brothers, King Complex, Deaf Poets, Heavy Drag, Pocket of Lollipops, Grey & Orange, Brother Sundance and John Ralston. Visit Facebook.com/Bumblefest.
Green Day: Never subtle, Green Day has been opening shows on the Revolution Radio Tour coming to Coral Sky Amphitheatre 7 p.m. Sunday with “Know Your Enemy” and closing with, among several options, “American Idiot.” Visit Ticketmaster.com, GreenDay.com.
Tequila Bay Country Music Festival: So many Miami residents seem to drift up to Tortuga every year that it was only a matter of time before we had something like the Tequila Bay Country Music Festival, which will bring Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Montgomery Gentry, Tyler Farr and others to Miami Marine Stadium Park 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Also on the bill are Brooke Eden, RaeLynn and Walker McGuire. Tickets start at $55. Visit TequilaBayFest.com. starring the luminous Penelope Cruz. Trueba himself will introduce the first screening at 8 p.m. tonight, after a reception at 7 p.m. Trueba’s celebrated love letter to Latin jazz, “Calle 54,” opens at the theater on Sept. 8, with a 9 p.m. screening introduced by legendary musician Chucho Valdes. Visit GablesCinema.com. fants and toddlers, free bubbles and HulaHoops, a changing table (with complimentary wipes), big-screen video, a DJ, food vendors (including Mr. PB&J), free water and a milk bar. Yes, there also will be a full menu of craft beer, cider and wine. Hosted by My Mama Styles, Recess also will have a special family art project to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Florida. Visit: Facebook.com/RecessSundaysMiami.
DJ Le Spam (Andrew Yeomanson, foreground) and the Spam Allstars will play at Sons & Daughters Farm & Winery in Lake Worth on Friday and at the Ball & Chain Music Festival in Miami on Sunday.