Season of the Arts

The top 10 pop music performances to see in South Florida

Kanye West, whose eclectic style helped expand hip-hop into new sonic territory, performs Sept. 16-17 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Kanye West, whose eclectic style helped expand hip-hop into new sonic territory, performs Sept. 16-17 at AmericanAirlines Arena. AP

1. Kanye West — These days, Kanye might be better known for his marriage to Kim Kardashian and feuds with Taylor Swift than his music, but any time this Chicago rapper and singer-songwriter puts on a show, it’s an Event. The man whose eclectic style helped expand hip-hop into new sonic territory through the use of orchestras, gospel choirs, electronica and even punk rock takes the stage for two epic nights for his Saint Pablo Tour, sure to be chock-full of drama and jaw-dropping theatricality (as well as rambling, self-absorbed, 20-minute rants about whatever happens to be bugging him that day). Sept. 16-17 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

2. Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Cheap Trick — This show is sure to make every classic-rock fan positively giddy, starting with sister act Heart, featuring Ann and Nancy Wilson, whose soaring vocals and blistering guitar work set the foundation for timeless hits including “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “Magic Man,” “Even It Up” and “Straight On,” plus the power ballads “Never,” “Alone,” “What About Love” and “These Dreams.” Then there’s Jett, aka The Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll, who still rocks hits including “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Do You Want to Touch Me,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover” and, of course, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Rounding out the lineup is recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame electee Cheap Trick, led by singer Robin Zander and wild-eyed guitarist Rick Nielsen, bringing its legendary live show and hits including “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “The Flame.” Sept. 23 at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

3. Toby Keith — Outspoken Nashville country legend is best known for enduring hits such as “As Good As I Once Was,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” “Red Solo Cup,” “American Soldier” and “Beer For My Horses” (with Willie Nelson), plus “Drunk Americans” from his 18th studio album, “35 MPH Town.” On his latest jaunt, the Interstates & Tailgates Tour, you’re also likely to hear a medley celebrating the music of the late, great Merle Haggard, who left us in April. Eric Paslay opens. Sept. 24 at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

4. The Dandy Warhols — Alt-rock band from Portland, Oregon, has been enlightening fans for more than 20 years with dynamic live shows that surpass the subtle swagger and melodic complexity of its nine studio albums. Led by charismatic frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor (who lately has been rocking the Willie Nelson braided pigtails) and bouncy keyboard player Zia McCabe, the band is sure to create a stir onstage (sometimes clothing is optional!) with hits including “Bohemian Like You,” “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” and “We Used to Be Friends,” plus tracks from the critically acclaimed new album “Distortland.” Oct. 1 at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale.

5. Prophets of Rage — It’d be hard to imagine a supergroup with more sonic — and social — firepower than one that combines the guitar assault of Rage Against the Machine’s trailblazer Tom Morello, the vocal punch of legendary Public Enemy rapper and lyricist Chuck D, and the unmistakable nasal twang of rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. But here they are, as Morello puts it, “an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election-year bulls---, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.” You’ll hear iconic tracks from all three bands, from “Bring the Noise” to “Insane in the Brain” to “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” to “Welcome to the Terrordome” to “Bulls On Parade” and “Killing in the Name.” Oct. 2 at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

6. Adele — Hello from the other side: Multiple Grammy Award-winning British pop chanteuse whose soulful voice and confessional songwriting made her an instant star makes two Miami stops as part of her first tour in five years in support of her third album, “25” (which is the first and only album to top three million sales in one week). You’ll hear all the favorites, including the soaring “Rolling in the Deep,” the power ballad “Set Fire to the Rain,” her Bond hit “Skyfall,” the heart-wrenching breakup ballad “Someone Like You,” the ubiquitous smash “Hello” and her latest singles, “When We Were Young” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).” Oct. 25-26 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

7. Sia — Mysterious Australian singer-songwriter frequently hides her face with oversized blonde wigs when performing, but it’s hardly prevented her from putting on an incredibly compelling live show. In fact, her April concert at California’s Coachella festival — her first full show since 2011 — is widely considered one of the greatest moments in the esteemed festival’s 17-year history. Sia — whose mesmerizing ballad “Breathe Me” anchored the final, epic scene of HBO’s acclaimed drama “Six Feet Under” — will perform massive hits on her Nostalgic for the Present Tour including “Titanium,” “Elastic Heart,” “Wild Ones,” “Cheap Thrills” and, of course, “Chandelier.” Fun fact: Sia co-wrote Rihanna’s No. 1 hit “Diamonds” and Shakira’s “Try Everything” (from the “Zootopia” soundtrack). Miguel opens Oct. 29 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

8. Bonnie Raitt — Perhaps the greatest female country rocker of all time is still going strong at age 66, with Billboard raving about the 10-time Grammy winner’s two sold-out shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre in early April, calling her “confident, engaging and sexy, while singing and playing her bottleneck slide guitar with searing soulfulness.” You’ll hear hits including “Something to Talk About,” “Nick of Time,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Love Sneakin’ Up on You,” plus tracks from her 20th studio album, “Dig In Deep.” Nov. 1 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

9. ZZ Top — That Little Ol’ Band From Texas — consisting of Billy Gibbons on guitar and vocals, Dusty Hill on bass and vocals, and Frank Beard on drums — didn’t stay little for long. The Texas trio, which is the longest-running major rock band with its original lineup intact (with maybe the longest beards), has been grinding out gritty, roadhouse blues rock for more than 40 years, including the timeless hits “La Grange,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Tush,” “Tube Snake Boogie,” “Got Me Under Pressure,” “Legs,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Sharp Dressed Man.” Nov. 1 at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood.

10. Pet Shop Boys — For more than three decades, the most successful duo in UK music history — featuring vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe — has crafted compulsively melodic synth-pop music that both embraces and critiques society and pop culture. Hits such as “West End Girls,” “It’s a Sin,” “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money),” “Left to My Own Devices” and inspired covers of Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” and a medley of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and the Four Seasons’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” continue to sound fresh. The Boys’ live shows are also famously Broadway-worthy, with lush theatrical sets to match each song — this time centering on its 13th studio album, “Super.” Nov. 16 at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater.