Can we get back to normal already?
Less than a week after Hurricane Irma left millions of South Floridians hot and powerless, major concerts and other events will take place, each offering a cool, climate-controlled break from the storm’s aftermath.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 13, organizers say the following eight events will go on as scheduled.
Through Aug. 19, 2018 at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.; free on Sept. 15, $12-$16 thereafter; 305-375-3000 or PAMM.org
The Perez Art Museum Miami sustained no damage to its building, a museum spokesperson said Wednesday, and reopened to the public 10 a.m. Sept. 14. Including works from the 18th and 19th centuries, PAMM’s recent exhibit “Within Genres” is an uncommon show for the contemporary-art-leaning museum, and features a cross-section of paintings broken into five genres: still life, landscape, scenes of everyday life, portraiture and history painting.
The British synth-rock trio’s urgent new album, “Spirit,” marks a political departure for a band still at the height of their sonic skills, withbrooding, icy songs that call for a revolution while slamming bigots for “turning back our history.” Longtime Depeche Mode fans will appreciate hearing Dave Gahan and company’s more introspective crowd-pleasers, such as “People Are People,” “Enjoy the Silence” and “World in My Eyes.” All have appeared on the band’s recent set lists.
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Coral Sky Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; $20-$184; 561-795-8883 or LiveNation.com
Three days after he performed a cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” on the televised special “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Telethon,” country star Paisley returns to Coral Sky for the first time since October 2015. The show will no doubt lean on the social critiques that define his chart-topping 11th studio album, “Love and War,” which includes collaborations with rapper Timbaland (the bluegrass-charged "Grey Goose Chase") and John Fogerty (the title track, which tackles the mistreatment of military vets. Chase Bryant and Dustin Lynch will open.
Still touring behind his 2015 album “On Purpose,” New Jersey-born country troubadour Black wears pop, rock, and soul influences on his sleeve, and will come bearing No. 1 hits such as “Burn One Down”, “When I Said I Do”, “Like the Rain” and “One Emotion.”
Although the comedian with the monotone was last spotted on Louis C.K.’s Peabody Award-winning web series “Horace and Pete” in 2016, Wright has led a long but surprisingly unprolific career as a standup comedian. He’s released a scant two comedy albums (1985's Grammy-nominated "I Have a Pony" and 2007’s “I Still Have a Pony”), but he’s influenced comedians such as Zach Galifianakis and the late Mitch Hedberg.
Update: At 6 p.m. Sept. 13, the Fillmore Miami Beach announced that the 2 Chainz concert has been canceled. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
Charismatic Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, who actually wears seven or more necklaces in concert, has been keeping us entertained this summer with his trap-club song “Blue Cheese” (with Migos), featuring such lyrics as, "My side chick got pregnant / By her main dude and I'm offended.” Comedy, thoughtful observations and drug boasts have helped distinguish 2 Chainz’s extravagant style, and which should be evident when he brings his Pretty Girls Like Trap tour to the Fillmore.
Mumford and Sons
The British indie-rock quartet is still adding polish to their forthcoming, still-untitled album (the follow-up to 2015’s “Wilder Mind”), but fans eager for new Mumford can take solace in a February concert film, “Live From South Africa: Dust and Thunder.” We’re also hoping early hits “I Will Wait” and “The Cave” make an appearance at the AAA, if only to recapture the passionate set the band delivered at the 2016 Okeechobee Music Festival.
Sammy Hagar and the Circle
Still holding out for a Van Halen reunion, Hagar and his supergroup, the Circle (featuring former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Boca Raton drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson) will come bearing music old and new. Collective Soul and Andrew Hagar will open.
“Building the Wall”
Sept. 23-Oct. 8 at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $34; 305-949-6722 or ArshtCenter.org
President Donald Trump has imposed martial law in New York in playwright Robert Schenkkan’s dystopian play, set in 2019 after a radiation incident in Times Square. The two-character play, which tackles terrorism and the purging of immigrants from America, centers on Rick, the supervisor of a private prison who’s been arrested for undisclosed crimes, and Gloria, a history professor who wants to understand Rick’s actions.
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