It’s that time of the year when cohorts of music lovers make a pilgrimage to South Florida for Miami Music Week, which coincides with Ultra Music Festival. Hundreds of thousands of dance-music fans travel from more than 90 countries for the music festival, according to the Miami Music Week website.
Miami Music Week caters to those fans, as well as those people who weren’t able to get tickets to the sold-out festival. As usual, all of Ultra’s tickets were spoken for long before the stages began to get built in Bayfront Park, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from seeing their favorite DJs during MMW, which runs from Tuesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 26. From daytime parties on the beach to warehouse parties vibing past dawn, there’s something for almost everyone at the 200-some-odd events spawling from South Beach to Wynwood. Here’s a recommendation for day and night parties throughout the week.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21
Kings of House NYC
Kings of House will bring its New York vibes to Miami for the sixth year in a row, this time at the National Hotel’s infinity pool. Get a suntan or lie in a cabana while listening to 10 hours’ worth of music from some of founders of house music, including Grammy Award winner David Morales, Louie Vega and Tony Humphries.
The Modern Love Affair
Wall is throwing parties all week long, but Tuesday is the night to dance . at this table-heavy club. Geometric shapes made from LED lights will flash to the underground sounds of Art Department, Damian Lazarus, Lauren Lane and Bedouin.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
Amsterdam-based dance-music label Armada presents its first stateside party, Armada Invites. The label started the Armada Invites series by broadcasting parties on social media from its in-office club, and will take that energy to the luxe Nikki Beach. The diverse lineup features Dash Berlin, Borgore, Morgan Page, Robbie Rivera and others.
Marshmello and Friends
An enormous, overhead V-shaped trussing will light up the warehouse known as Soho Studios, where Marshmello and his friends will be illuminated by visuals cast on five jumbo LED panels on the stage. The masked DJ has invited Ookay, Kayzo, Yultron and a few others who careen between genres such as dubstep, progressive house and trap. This party is 18-and-up.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23
NGHTMRE x Slander “Gud Vibrations”
Get ready for some dirty, bass-heavy beats at this Gud Vibrations party. Nghtmre and Slander once again join forces for an 18-and-up rager at Mana Wynood. Ghastly, Aazar and GG Magree are just a few of the names on this party’s roster, though special guests have not yet been announced.
Paradise in Space
Jamie Jones will debut his popular Ibiza party Paradise at Club Space. The 14-hour party takes place on the terrace, allowing partiers to dance through the night and catch the sunrise without leaving the dance floor. This year’s lineup includes Detlef, Green Velvet, Danny Tenaglia, Joris Voorn, Lee Foss, Stacey Pullen and Skream, among others.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24
Heartfeldt Pool Party
Lounge on an oversize daybed or cool off in either of the two pools while enveloped in a lush, green oasis of a pool deck. Sam Feldt hosts the Heartfeldt pool party at the Nautilus Hotel, where partiers will hear tropical and melodic house by the likes of SNBRN, Hook N Sling and Lost Kings, among others.
Life Aquatic Yacht Party Ft Justin Martin + Ardalan
Few things scream, “Miami!” more than a party on a yacht. Catch four hours of Dirtybird house music while getting hooked Miami’s dense skyline . Justin Martin and Ardalan will hit the decks on the 120-foot vessel, which has three levels and a cash bar.
Bayo Block Party
Take a break from electronic music and and soak up some Caribbean soul at Bayo Block Party. Hosted by local DJ Michael Brun, the free, 18-and-up event takes place in the Little Haiti Cultural Complex with musicians from the island, such as hip-hop’s DJ Whoo Kid, multigenerational band Lakou Mizik and singer J. Perry.
Bayo Block Party will begin 6 p.m. Friday, March 24 at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terrace, in Miami. The event is free. Call 305-960-2969 or go to LittleHaitiCulturalCenter.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25
Chuckie at Rockwell
Party with a purpose at Rockwell on Saturday. DJ Chuckie, who popularized the genre Dirty Dutch, returns to Rockwell for the second year. Rather than spin his classic, high-pitched synths with Latin flair, Chuckie will play a hip-hop set. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to a cancer-aware charity. .
Rockwell & DJ Chuckie’s cancer-awareness benefit will begin 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., in Miami Beach. Tickets start at $47.50. Call 305-793-3882 or go to RockwellMiami.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26
Elrow goes to Miami
Elrow heads to Miami to host the Psychedelic Trip party, filled with wavy tunes alongside cool and colorful art. Elrow hails from Barcelona, and has over-the-top events featuring pounds of confetti, stilt walkers in crazy costumes and stacked lineups. Art Department, Citizenn, Marc Maya and Skream are among those playing this 10-hour, open-air day party.
The Martinez Brothers + Friends
Finish the Miami Music Week marathon with a 24-hour party at Space. The Martinez Brothers promise to have loads of “very special guests” throughout the event, though none has been announced. The duo have been hitting the decks since they were 15 and 17, holding residencies in Ibiza while running their own label. From disco to tech-house, they know how to throw down, and this is one party to not miss. Props to those people who are still standing at the end of Monday night.
Go to MiamiMusicWeek.com for a complete list of Miami Music Week parties.