Friday, Feb. 18
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GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & DANCE
Family-friendly event, now in its fifth year, brings more than 40 dynamic and diverse bands, including The Family Stone (of Sly and the Family Stone fame) performing dance-soul classics including “Everyday People,” “Dance to the Music” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” Other headliners include The Wood Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and Danay Suarez. Attendees can also enjoy on-site beachfront camping, dance and music workshops, yoga and the healing arts, a craft fair, plenty of fun activities for kids, and an eclectic assortment of world foods provided by the GrassRoots World Café.
Details: 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne; www.virginiakeygrassroots.com; $30-$40 daily, $20 kids 13-15, kids 12 and under free with paying adult; see website for camping info.
FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK
GUITAR GODS FESTIVAL
What could be cooler than a Battle of the Bands that also includes legendary guitarists on the bill? This outdoor rock fest is the culmination of an online competition to crown the next Guitar God – fans and an all-star panel of judges will vote for the champion, who will win an all-expenses paid cabin and a performance slot on the Axes & Anchors cruise. There will also be performances by Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, and Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot, with more performers to be announced.
Details: 4 p.m. Friday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.eventbrite.com; $37.92-$627.94.
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI
Monthly cultural celebration features the sounds of Haitian-born bandleader and guitarist Jean Chardavoine accompanied by the Creole Jazz Project, plus young jazz guitarist and composer Bemol Telfort. In the gallery, celebrate Black History Month with the exhibition “Symbols of Freedom: The Power of Revolution,” featuring the work of Haitian artist Florestal Evens. The family-friendly night also features delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Restaurant and plenty of hands-on art activities for kids.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969 or www.bignightlittlehaiti.com; $5 suggested donation, kids under 12 free.
Gary Clark Jr.
THE STORY OF SONNY BOY SLIM TOUR
GARY CLARK JR.
Grammy-winner, soulful singer, mind-blowing guitarist and dazzling songwriter who has been dubbed “the future” by President Obama and “The Chosen One” by Rolling Stone mag takes the stage in support of his second studio album.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $36.50-$48.50.
Saturday, Feb. 20
FUN IN THE SUN
MODEL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Hotties and hardbodies will saturate South Beach this weekend for this seventh-annual event that pits top model agencies (Next, Elite, Ford, Wilhelmina, etc.) against top professional volleyball players, with a healthy mix of fun-loving celebs (past events have had Jamie Foxx, James Marsden, Cedric the Entertainer and Calvin Klein pass by, among others). As an added bonus, Joe Jonas’ new pop-rock band DNCE, whose infectious hit “Cake By the Ocean” is blowing up, will perform on Sunday.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lummus Park, 8th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; www.modelbeachvolleyball.com; free, VIP tickets start at $80.
FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the second of seven themed weekends through March 27. This time around it’s “Vikings and Valkyries,” during which visitors can enter the mythical world of Valhalla, where powerful war goddesses stand toe-t
o-toe with the huge, bearded barbarians in animal fur tunics and horned helmets that we call Vikings. In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.
Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday, running on weekends through March 27, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.
The Fish’s annual FanFest marks the first chance fans will have to purchase single-game tickets for the 2016 season (starting at 10 a.m. Saturday). But of course, there’s much more fun to be had, including carnival rides, a video game challenge against Marlins players, live music and entertainment, live broadcasts from the Marlins’ flagship radio stations, and the new Marlins Alumni Home Run Derby Invitational, featuring past fan favorites as Charles Johnson, Cliff Floyd, Preston Wilson and even Livan Hernandez. Fans can also acquire autographs throughout the day, and kids 12 and under can run the bases in a special Diamond Dash from 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Marlins Park West Plaza, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; www.marlins.com; free.
DOLPHINS CANCER CHALLENGE
Annual concert features two superstar survivors singing their hearts out for the cause: Sheryl Crow (“All I Wanna Do,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” “Strong Enough,” “Can’t Cry Anymore,” “There Goes the Neighborhood,” “Every Day is a Winding Road”) and Melissa Etheridge (“Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One,” “I Want to Come Over,” “Bring Me Some Water,” “Ain’t It Heavy,” “Angels Would Fall”).
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sun Life Stadium Parking Lot, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; Ticketmaster; $50.
GET UP! TOUR
Grammy-winning Canadian pop-rocker takes the stage in support of his 13th studio album and first in seven years, “Get Up!,” plus greatest hits including “Straight From the Heart,” “Run to You,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Summer of ’69,” “Please Forgive Me” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $67.50-$99.50.
IN THE HOUSE
British superstar DJ and Perfecto Records label head spins deep and lively progressive house and trance anthems.
Details: 11 p.m. Saturday at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.flavorus.com; $40.
Sunday, Feb. 21
MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE PRE-PARTY
SHREDDER’S BALL 2016
The day before the Monsters of Rock cruise sets sail from Miami to Nassau (from Monday-Friday), you’re invited to bang your head to the guitar-heavy sounds of Winger, Saigon Kick, D*A*D, Sebastian Bach, Steve Vai, an all-star tribute to Rush, and much more.
Details: 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 888-56-MAGIC (566-2442) or www.monstersofrockcruise.com; $30 (at the door only); free for booked cruise passengers.
BOOK OF SOULS WORLD TOUR
Hugely influential British heavy metal band opens the U.S. leg of its world tour in South Florida, rocking the stage in support of its 16th studio album, “Book of Souls.” You’ll also hear fan favorites such as “The Trooper,” “2 Minutes to Midnight,” “Bring Your Daughter … to the Slaughter,” “Can I Play with Madness,” “The Wicker Man” and, of course, “Flight of Icarus.”
Details: 7:50 p.m. Wednesday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $45.25-$85.25.
TRIBUTE TO JIMI
The late Jimi Hendrix, one of the most influential electric guitar players in rock history, is honored by a superstar lineup of axmen featuring Buddy Guy, Billy Cox of Band of Gypsys, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Keb’ Mo’,&n
bsp;Mato Nanji, Noah Hunt, Henri Brown and special guests.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $40-$80.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
British ‘60s rock group takes the stage with founding members Colin Blunstone (lead vocals) and Rod Argent (organ, keyboards) to perform classics including “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $37.50-$57.50.
free for all
FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS
5 P.M. SUNDAY: Concert series continues with four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Karen Clark Sheard and her signature multi-octave vocal range. The gospel superstar and member of the legendary female group The Clark Sisters will perform greatest hits and songs from her latest album “Destined to Win,” accompanied by South Florida’s Miami Mass Choir; Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; free, check online for First-Access Passes.