Miami-born, SoCal-raised, globally in-demand EDM mystic Steve Aoki will turn up with his turntables in an unusual spot on April 18: poolside at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for $54 ($79 day of show) at MyHRL.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and at 800-745-3000. VIP chickee cabanas with bottle service start at $1,000 and are available 9 a.m. Monday at 866-399-4263. South Florida native Kat Lane will be a special guest.
Aoki is no stranger to the scene, of course, as a veteran of the annual Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival events set to steamroll Miami and South Beach March 21-30. Aoki will spin his own label’s Dim Mak Beach Party at the Raleigh Hotel on March 26, but his most high-profile WMC performance will be the premiere of 3 Are Legend, his collaboration with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, at Miami’s Ice Palace Studios on March 28.
WMC will again showcase pop music at a spectacular, self-indulgent, ego-maniacal zenith, with waves of Avicii, Skrillex, Tiesto, Digweed and posturing acolytes taking over every available nightclub, bar and yacht for their digital doodling, some of it reaching the level of art, most not bothering.
But this souk of DJ culture can make for strange bedfellows, and that’s where it is most fun.
For instance, Florian Picasso, 23-year-old grandson of painter Pablo Picasso, is a DJ who will spin a WMC event March 29 at Bâoli (1906 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), a free performance beginning at 11:30 p.m. Info: BaoliMiami.com.
Nickelodeon star, entrepreneur and Mariah Carey arm candy Nick Cannon will do a DJ set at 11 p.m. March 21 at Liv in the Fontainebleau (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Sorry, kids, it’s 21 and older. Tickets: $40-$60. Info: LivNightclub.com.
Former Miami Heat star Rony Seikaly will spin at the Sugar Free Miami party on March 23 at Wall Lounge at the W South Beach (2201 Collins Ave.). Tickets: $40. Info: WallMiami.com.
DJ Maseo of old-school jazz and hip-hop alchemists De La Soul will go throwback with the Beatnuts, Black Sheep and Kool DJ Red Alert on March 20 at the Clevelander (1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach). Tickets: $25. Info: Clevelander.com. Maseo also will join Erick Sermon of EPMD March 21 at The Stage (170 NE 38th St., Miami). Tickets: $8. Info: TheStageMiami.com.
Grammy-winning rappers Bone Thugs-n-Harmony bring music from the new album “Art of War: World War III” to The Stage (170 NE 38th St., Miami) on March 23. Tickets: $25. Info: TheStageMiami.com.
Miami resident Cedric Gervais makes a triumphant return as a Grammy winner (for his mix on “Summertime Sadness” with Lana Del Rey) on March 26 at Liv (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets: $40-$90. Info: LivNightclub.com.
Another DJ that has crossed over to your kid’s favorite pop music radio station is Avicii (“Wake Me Up,” “Hey Brother”), who will take over the SLS Hotel (1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) on March 27. Tickets: $100. Info: SLSHotels.com/SouthBeach.
Zedd, whose Foxes collaboration “Clarity” also has been fairly unavoidable, is at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) on March 26. Tickets: $70. Info: MansionMiami.com.
Onetime Madonna collaborator Jellybean Benitez spins March 26-27 at Yuca (501 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach). Tickets: $20. Info: Yuca.com.
More information can be found at WinterMusicConference.com.