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DJ Laz
Laz did not miss a beat during the transition in 2012 from his longtime home at Power 96 to DJ106.7, where he continues to be a bilingual champion for the South Florida sound that now seems so indispensable to pop music, from Pitbull and Flo Rida to Jason Derulo and Don Omar.

The Hollywood native likes his morning show to be a conversation starter, too, and he knows his audience. Typical morning tweet from @therealdjlaz: "Ladies, do you have to give back an engagement ring after a breakup? "

6-10 a.m., WRMA (106.7-FM)

DJ Irie, DJ Fono, DJ Woody
(Handout/Courtesy / August 16, 2013)


DJ Laz/DJ Irie: The Bimini SuperFast cruise ship that leaves from PortMiami is offering party cruises three nights a week, and this weekend's lineup includes a couple of big names. DJ Laz will headline Friday night's outing, and DJ Irie will perform Saturday. The ship leaves at 10 p.m. and returns at 6 a.m., with the party on the top deck and gambling inside. (There are cabins to rent if you get sleepy.) Admission is 18 or older. $79 plus $20 port charges. RWBimini.com. — Nick Sortal


Stooges Brass Band: Last summer, bandleader Walter Ramsey and his brash troubadours from New Orleans led a well-publicized stopover in Pakistan as part of a U.S. Embassy-sponsored cultural ambassador program. The Stooges' brand of funky diplomacy has also visited Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and the United Kingdom, delivering a blend of N'awlins brass, R&B and hip-hop. The Big Easy Music Award-winning band will play ambassadors again on Friday at Boca Raton's Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd.), a venue that's hardly a stranger to New Orleans funk. 9:30 p.m. $15. 561-395-2929 or FunkyBiscuit.com. — Phillip Valys

Photos: Spot your friends at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Big Night in Little Haiti: This month's global-music mashup at the Little Haiti Cultural Center combines Haitian rhythms and maracatu nação, an Afro-Brazilian performance-art rhythm with religious overtones and roots in Northeastern Brazil . The New York-based Brazilian group Nation Beat performs with maracatu percussion act Estrela Brilhante as the touring A Tale of Two Nations double bill, taking place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cultural Center (212 NE 59 Terrace, Miami). Rasin Lakay, a Haitian raro act, along with DJ Mack, will also perform. Free, with a $10 afterparty by the Moksha Roots All-Stars. 305-960-2969 or BigNightLittleHaiti.com. — Phillip Valys