Friday, March 4
OKEECHOBEE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
If ever there were an excuse to hit the road for a few days, this is it! Weekend music festival smack in the middle of Florida features a dazzling and diverse lineup of superstar acts, including Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Ween, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Skrillex, Hall & Oates, Fetty Wap, Mac Miller, X Ambassadors, Grace Potter and dozens more on four stages. Plus there will be swimming at the sandy beach, camping, great local food, “wild art,” a craft bazaar, yoga and much more.
Details: Noon Friday through noon Sunday at Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee; www.okeechobeefest.com; three-day general pass $259.50, “Eternal Sunshine” VIP experience $599; see website for directions, camping info and anything else you need to know.
‘Toruk – The First Flight’
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
TORUK – THE FIRST FLIGHT
The latest acrobatic spectacle of beauty and power from Cirque du Soleil applies its unique, breathtaking style to James Cameron’s imaginary world from his movie “Avatar,” with a mythical tale set thousands of years before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.
Details: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $55-$140.
ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE
Rus Anderson and his three-piece back-up band is America’s No. 1 ’70s and ’80s Elton John tribute act, delivering an exact reenactment of an early Elton John concert, down to the flamboyant costumes – in fact, many of the colorful items were actually worn by the legendary rock star. The energetic show spotlights many of Elton’s biggest hits: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Daniel,” “Honky Cat,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” and, of course, “Rocket Man.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr.; 954-344-5990 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com; $36.04-$78.44.
Saturday, March 5
FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the third of seven themed weekends through March 27. This time around it’s “Voyage to the Orient,” which takes us to the Far East during Marco Polo’s time and the sights and sounds of Shogun, Samurai and the unbroken Ming dynasty that ruled China for almost 300 years. 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.
103.1 WIRK’S RIB ROUND-UP
Groove to great country beats and delicious eats at this music fest featuring four-time Grammy-nominated country crooner Hunter Hayes, who plays more instruments (30) than the number of years he’s been alive (24) – he’ll perform hits including “Wanted,” “Invisible,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “I Want Crazy.” Also on the bill: Frankie Ballard, who skyrocketed to fame after winning Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition, and Nashville quartet Parmalee, which blends bluegrass, traditional country, pop, southern rock and blues.
Details: Noon Saturday at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; LiveNation.com; $25-$50.
GATOR JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL
American country icon Willie Nelson headlines this annual event on
the edge of the Florida Everglades, also featuring the band Los Lonely Boys and many more, plus great food and drinks.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Krome Avenue and 8th Street, Miami; www.miccosukee.com; $50-$200.
Young classical crossover trio that characterizes its sound as “popera” and has performed with superstars such as Barbra Streisand and Placido Domingo takes the stage in support of its fourth studio album, “Grande Amore.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-8686 or www.bankunitedcenter.com; $39.50-$89.50, VIP $139.50, meet and greet $239.50.
West Coast retro-rock band best known for the hits “All Star,” “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “Then the Morning Comes,” plus inspired covers of The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” and War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” takes the stage.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at The Casino at Dania Beach, 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach; 954-920-1511 or www.casinodaniabeach.com; free; call for VIP.
Legendary Jamaican band that stretches the reggae roots sound to incorporate R&B, pop and rock performs hits including “Now That We Found Love,” “Try Jah Love” and “Sense of Purpose.” Also on the bill are the Queen of Soca Alison Hinds and calypso singer David Rudder.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill; www.lpacfl.com; $40-$60.
Sunday, March 6
Steve Miller Band
STEVE MILLER BAND
San Francisco classic rocker whose lengthy list of ‘70s hits – including “Swingtown,” “The Joker,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love” – still resonates, takes the stage for a night of sing-along nostalgia.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $40-$80.
MODERN ROCK SHOWCASE
AUGUST BURNS RED
Grammy-nominated Christian metalcore band from Lancaster, Pa., takes the stage in support of its seventh studio album, “Found in Far Away Places,” featuring the single “Identity.” Also on the bill are North Carolina prog-metal band Between the Buried and Me, plus The Faceless and Good Tiger.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Monday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.jointherevolution.net; $26.50 advance, $28 day of show.
HE’LL GIVE YOU WINGS
British singer and guitarist whose claim to fame was being an integral part of Paul McCartney & Wings for 10 years, takes the stage with an arsenal of classics to choose from, including “Band on the Run,” “Jet,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Let ‘Em In,” “Mull of Kintyre,” “With a Little Luck,” “Silly Love Songs” and “Live and Let Die.” Local guitar hero Jim Camacho, who has led the Beatles tribute band The Beethose, among many other musical triumphs, opens, which perhaps significantly expands the evening’s collaborative musical possibilities.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $20.
COHEED & CAMBRIA
New York prog-rock band creates conceptual sci-fi albums, except for its sixth effort, “The Color Before the Sun,” which debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 in October. Long Island alt-metal band Glassjaw opens.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; LiveNation.com; $29.50-$38.50.
PICKING UP THE PIECES TOUR
Singer-songwriter, author and poet best known for her hits “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games” performs an intimate show in support of her 12th studio album, and also shares anecdotes from her new memoir, “Never Broken – Songs Are Only Half the Story.”
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $37.50-$197.
free for all
JAZZ IN THE LOBBY
6:30-9 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Miami Jazz & Film Society presents the swingin’ 18-piece Pauly Cohen Big Band, led by the ageless wonder himself, 93-year-old trumpeter Cohen; Lobby lounge of the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts., 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444 or www.olympiatheater.org.