Five Best Concerts This Week

Ian Witlen

This week's roundup of concerts brings us everything from the ethereal sounds of veteran classical crossover artist Sarah Brightman, to the wobbling, in-your-face dubstep that characterizes Montreal-based duo Adventure Club.

Throw in a free show and a brand new music, art, and technology festival for good measure, and you've got a well-rounded week of musical goodness to carry you through the beginning of October and set the tone for the rest of the month.

Check out our picks for this week's best concerts in South Florida after the jump.

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Five Best Concerts in South Florida This Week


It's only Monday, but we already feel like dancing. With the summer officially behind us, of course we want to celebrate! As we look forward to our annual three days of sweater weather, fewer mosquitos, and the end of hurricane season, we can't help but also get tickled with excitement over the upcoming fall music season.

From the soulful sounds of up-and-comer ZZ Ward to the sexy R&B pop of Canada's the Weeknd, here's our selection of the five best concerts to hit up this week.

See also: New Times Concert Calendar

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Ten Best Concerts This Week: Fun., STP, Vanilla Ice, and More


Don't be sad. Last night's highly anticipated Depeche Mode concert may have come and gone faster than Dave Gahan could change his vest, but it's a brand new Monday, and we still have plenty to look forward to!

This week's concerts in South Florida run the gamut, from the smooth, baby-making throw-backs of Lionel Richie to 18-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef's clicqued up live show to the feel-good sounds of Fun. Whatever your mood, there's definitely one or two stops for you to make on the ol' circuit this week.

Check 'em out after the jump.

See also: Depeche Mode Packed BB&T Center with Dudes

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Six Best Concerts in Broward and Palm Beach This Week


With the dead of summer finally behind us, we've got a ton to look forward to. There's sweater weather, the end of hurricane season, and, best of all, the start of a whole new round of fall tours.

This week, visits by Joe Satriani, Maroon 5, and Depeche Mode (with Bat for Lashes!) have us more excited than ever to retire our uniform of sandals and shorts and get on with the shows. Check out our picks for this week's six best concerts in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and get ready to get down.

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Five Best Concerts This Week: August 19 to 25


5. Backstreet Boys
With Jessy McCartney and DJ Pauly D. 7 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $29 to $109 plus fees. Call 561-795-8883, or visit

Backstreet's back! What do we have to say to that? All right! The Orlando quintet is no longer technically a boy band, but that doesn't mean it's lost its sense of youthful exuberance. Spoiler alert: Nick, Kevin, Brian, A.J., and Howie's appearance in the final scene of This Is the End proves there's no cameo quite as satisfying as that of a '90s musical act and nothing more delightful than a synchronized dance scene à la She's All That. Vanilla Ice in That's My Boy? Almost unbeatable in its hilariousness; but the Backstreet Boys gave even our DIY homeboy a run for his money.
-- Liz Tracy
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Face to Face to Bring Seasoned Punk to Fort Lauderdale

There's live music. And then there's everything else.

Only the birth of a child, they say, can trump the wave of emotions that floods a music fan when his favorite band takes the stage. And for most musicians, that same level of euphoria repeats itself on each new record and tour. So to say that veteran Southern California punk outfit Face to Face is happy to be touring North America in support of its latest record, Three Chords and a Half Truth, is an understatement.

The band is thrilled.

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Best Music Events This Week in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

Attack! Attack! is playing Culture Room this week.

Driven Music Conference
Conference 9 a.m. Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Showcase 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, to Saturday, May 18, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $29. Call 954-449-1025, or visit
Before South by Southwest became the entertainment industry's hottest convention, it was a quaint music conference attended by about 800 insiders its first year. Now, the annual Austin, Texas, showcase is the largest festival of its kind. Closer to home, however, the Driven Music Conference, which takes over the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six from Thursday through Sunday, continues its path to also becoming a major music-industry destination. "We're connecting the dots between younger emerging artists and top-level music-industry executives," Driven Entertainment Group CEO Dominick Centi told the Sun Sentinel. "This is an opportunity [emerging artists] might not otherwise have, to network and showcase their work."

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Tim McGraw Will Rough You Up Before Discussing His Almighty Hat


A man with thirty number one singles and eleven number one albums who has starred in a handful of hit movies, possesses a pilot's license, and owns an island in the Bahamas, it's easy to say that Tim McGraw is so much more than just a one trick "hat act." But he does sport a pretty solid, black leather, Western style Resistol almost one hundred percent of the time as his most notable accessory.

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Top Five Must-See Shows in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach This Week

9:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 561-395-2929, or visit

Throughout the history of international folklore, humankind has been obsessed with mythical monsters assembled from different parts of animals that actually exist. There was, of course, Cerberus, the one dog with the head of three that guarded the entrance to the ancient Greek afterlife, Hades. No matter how terrifying the hound was meant to be, it would likely be a little underwhelming if standing next to Medieval Europe's Calygreyhound, a schizophrenic beast composed of the head of a wildcat, body of a deer, forelegs of an eagle, and hind legs of an ox. Personally, we prefer our exotic lusus naturae to be mighty but classically simple, like the Japanese fish/snake/dragon Jiaolong. 

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Best Concerts of the Week, February 28 to March 6

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Sayre Berman
"Because We Can" Tour. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets start at $29.50 with fees. Call 954-835-8000, or visit

Time is money, right? Well, in a comparable fashion, drugs and rock 'n' roll can be boiled down to a lone common entity. Coincidentally (or not), this shared denominator is none other than the final piece of that popular discursive triad. What we mean is, "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll" is really just a fancy way of saying "sex, sex, and sex." In fact, just about everything can be boiled down to doing it, bumpin' uglies, freakin', kertanging, and so on. 

Tell us that Jon Bon Jovi and his battalion of '80s arena-rock hairspray are bringing their classic, anthemic shout-along epics to BB&T Center in Sunrise, and all we hear is "JBJ is droppin' Granny's panties!"
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