Just days into 2017, we’re already looking for a distraction from the looming chaos that seems due to arrive with ironic precision. Here are 20 of the most anticipated performances and festivals set for South Florida stages in 2017, some from favorite philosophers who might help make sense of it all, including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Chris Rock, Ice Cube and Tom Petty.
SUNSHINE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The fifth edition of this cavalcade of blues, rock and soul returns to Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton on Jan. 15, with festival founders the Tedeschi Trucks Band joined by Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Mason, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, the North Mississippi Allstars and others. Tickets cost $45, $59.95, $99.95 and $129.95 at SunshineMusicFestival.com.
The durable pop-rock icons will perform at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Feb. 12 in support of the album “This House Is Not for Sale.” It’s their first tour since 2013, when they had the No. 1-grossing tour in the world, and also the first without guitar fixture Richie Sambora. Tickets cost $33-$548.50 at all Ticketmaster outlets including Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000. For more information, visit TheBBTCenter.com.
Her 2016 album “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” a windows-down, backroad tour of the humid emotional landscape of her native South, is an effusively praised collection that makes Williams’ Feb. 24 performance at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse even more alluring. Tickets cost $27.50-$47.50 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.
No cars, no coffee, no Kramer, just Jerry. His observations about the human condition, at heart collegial and empathetic, have become the comedy version of comfort food. His timing, as always, is impeccable. Seinfeld plays two nights, Feb. 24-25, at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Tickets cost $80, $95, $110, $130 and $180. Dinner packages are available for $155. Visit MyHRL.com.
The 16-time Grammy winner brings music from his new album of straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll, “57th and 9th,” to the Fillmore Miami Beach on Feb. 25. Tickets cost $99 at the Fillmore box office (1700 Washington Ave.), LiveNation.com and by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of reserved seats will be available for $150.
OKEECHOBEE MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL
Proving that the inaugural event at Sunshine Grove on the north side of the big lake was no fluke, the 2017 edition will include Kings of Leon, EDM star Bassnectar, the Roots-Usher collaboration, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, the Lumineers, Flume, Solange, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, GRiZ, the Revivalists, Allen Stone, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Galactic, and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, among many others. Rolling out March 2-5, three-day passes cost $239, four days for $259 at OkeechobeeFest.com.
Remarkably as relevant as he’s ever been, the 90-year-old Bennett has won Grammy Awards for his last two albums — the 2014 Lady Gaga collaboration “Cheek to Cheek” and 2015’s “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” with pianist Bill Charlap — and last month released the 18-track “Tony Celebrates 90,” a collection of duets with artists including Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, K.D. Lang and Elton John. Bennett performs March 3 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $36 and go on sale 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Kravis Center box office and Kravis.org.
WILLIE NELSON and DWIGHT YOAKAM
This spirited double bill will bring two country-music iconoclasts to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater on March 4. Yoakam recently released an album of bluegrass interpretations of favorite music, including Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Tickets cost $25-$124.50 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit TheAmpPompano.org.
The dashing pop crooner opens a North American leg of the tour supporting his 2014 album, “Avonmore,” March 9 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Tickets cost $85, $60 and $40 at MyHRL.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and at 800-745-3000. For more information visit, MyHRL.com.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sets by rapper-actor Ice Cube, Major Lazer, the Prodigy, Underworld, Justice and a reunion of the iconic DJ duo Sasha and Digweed highlight Ultra Music Festival 2017, March 24-26 Miami’s Bayfront Park. Other acts on the who’s-who list of EDM talent include DJ Snake, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Hardwell and Martin Garrix. Advance three-day passes cost $349.95 at UltraMusicFestival.com.
The comedian, actor, writer and pop-culture provocateur will bring the Total Blackout Tour 2017, his first comedy tour in nine years, to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood March 29-30. Tickets cost $180, $130, $105, $85 and $65 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets for the second show go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, with a presale beginning 10 a.m. Thursday via the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, visit MyHRL.com.
TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton are the headliners of the 2017 Tortuga Music Festival, expected to gather 90,000 country-music fans April 7-9 on Fort Lauderdale beach. Other acts on the eclectic bill include Darius Rucker, Alan Jackson, Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, R&B crooner Nelly, pop singer Daya and Slightly Stoopid. Three-day general admission passes ($229), three-day VIP passes ($999) and various payment plans and travel packages are available at TortugaMusicFestival.com.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
After more than 30 years of making music, the Chili Peppers’ Danger Mouse-produced album “The Getaway” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and includes a single, “Dark Necessities,” that stands up as one of the band’s best grooves ever. Tickets to their April 29 show at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena cost $49-$99 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
The band bring its 40th Anniversary Tour, commemorating the release of its self-titled debut album and hit singles “Breakdown” and “American Girl,” on May 5 to Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Joe Walsh is the opening act. Tickets cost $31.50-$142 at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.
The title track of his new album, the Daft Punk collaboration “Starboy,” has propelled the honey-voiced R&B singer on his first world tour, stopping May 11 at the BB&T Center. Tickets cost $35.25, $64.75, $84.75 and $145.75 at LiveNation.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000. For more information, visit TheBBTCenter.com.
Nearly five years after “The Wall” blitzed the BB&T Center, the pioneering Pink Floyd founder and rock ’n’ roll showman will unleash his 2017 Us and Them concert July 13 at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Named for the iconic song on the influential 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon,” the tour will include Waters’ signature Pink Floyd work as a vocalist and bassist, solo material and new songs. Tickets cost $51-$195.50. at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
GUNS N' ROSES
At Marlins Park in Miami on Aug. 8 on their Not in This Lifetime Tour, GNR’s Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan are touring together for the first time since their Use Your Illusion concerts in 1993. Tickets cost $99, $150 and $270 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com, and by calling 800-745-3000.
The British quartet has been on the road for nearly a year in support of the dance club-friendly album “A Head Full of Dreams,” stopping in South Florida for an Aug. 28 concert at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Tickets cost $29.50-$189.50 at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000. For more information, visit Coldplay.com.
The maestro of uptown funkiness, brings the inescapable “24K Magic,” a ’90s prom playlist rolled into one glittery ball, to the BB&T Center on Oct. 15 and to AmericanAirlines Arena on Oct. 18, along with crowd-pleasers “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “When I Was Your Man” and “Locked Out of Heaven.” Tickets cost $45.25-$165 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL
The 10th anniversary celebration of the duo’s record-breaking Soul2Soul II tour, the highest-grossing multiyear country-music tour of all time, comes to the BB&T Center on Oct. 19. Tickets cost $65.25-$115.25 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and at 800-745-3000. For more information, visit TheBBTCenter.com.