Even though Little Havana hot spot Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., is still in its nascent stages as far as hipster hangouts are concerned, the venue itself is no spring chick and beginning at 1 p.m. Friday and throughout the weekend it will celebrate its 80th anniversary as a live music spot that was resurrected by Zack Bush with a stellar lineup of bands who play and pay homage to the space’s history. Local jam band Electric Piquete kick off Ball & Chain‘s anniversary weekend and celebrate the release of their new single “Sofrito” with two 45-minute sets on Friday, beginning at 10 p.m. No cover, 21 & over.
Hee Haw in the Hood
We’re pretty sure that Wynwood is the closest thing to a place described by the great SNL character Stefon, a place where you can party with aliens, amidst a technicolor backdrop in a Warholian, Banksian bachannal. And starting at 7 p.m. Sunday at SHOTS Miami, 311 NW 23rd St., you can add to the aforementioned cowboy boots, Daisy Dukes and line dancing as the spot is turned into a boozy barnyard for Barnival, “Wynwood’s first country-themed party…a country lovers’ heaven complete with cowboy hats, chaps and bandanas. ” Plus live performances, BBQ by Tuto’s Street Cuisine, rainbows, unicorns and a cousin of a Kardashian fan.
Double the Fun
The only thing laborious about Labor Day weekend on South Beach is deciding where to party like it’s another three-day weekend. SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., is giving you two good reasons to go there starting at 10 p.m. Friday in the form of the EC Twins, who will be performing while Moët & Chandon pours, stilt walkers strut and mermaids splash in the pool. There will also be tunes by DJ YSL. White is the required attire because, after all, this is allegedly your last weekend to sport that non hue if you are into those sort of fashionable rules. Going against those rules, however, is an admonition that early arrival is encouraged as “admittance is not guaranteed.”
Toast away the hot and humid summer and prepare for a hot and humid fall at the Gale South Beach’s (1690 Collins Ave.) Bubbles & BBQ Rooftop party, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday featuring Veuve Cliquot and a performance by local band The Psychic Mirrors. DJ Michelle Leshem will spin and revelers will partake in “interactive Veuve games” and a photo booth. Tickets are $10.
Night swimming is fun as long as you don’t fall asleep. From 7 p.m. until “late,” the Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., is inviting everyone to swim under the full moon as fire dancers and mermaids do their best to keep you from dozing off underwater. DJs Lady Sha and Arlette Carlin will spin while BBQ and ice cream will be offered to those who indulge. After you’ve de-pruned, consider spending Labor Day night in the Delano’s basement, aka FDR, where LA rapper Azad Right will perform.