Tuesday, June 21
A free get-down celebrating local music on the summer solstice, Make Music Fort Lauderdale will unite the public and anyone with a musical instrument for a day of songs in the city. And organizers (Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, School of Rock West Broward) mean anyone. A garage band can join the fray of ska-polka warriors, aging cover bands and didgeridoo blowers jamming out at Huizenga Park (32 E. Las Olas Blvd.). About 30 booked bands, meanwhile, will pop up in high-traffic spots all over downtown from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday, including Esplanade Park, the Historic Downtowner, the Himmarshee District, Las Olas Boulevard, and that other popular music hub, Fort Lauderdale City Hall. Find the full band lineup, map and information on joining Make Music at MakeMusicDay.org/fortlauderdale.
Sunday, June 26
Eight years since their last studio album and longer still since their commercial heyday, the Cure is still filling stadiums with burning, angsty cravings of love and nihilism. Recent dispatches from sold-out concerts in Los Angeles and New Orleans show Robert Smith and his brood trotting out brand-new songs, B-sides and rarities in marathon three-hour sets. The best-known singles are there — the up-tempo "Lovesong," "Friday I’m in Love" and "Just Like Heaven" — but so is Smith’s murkier back catalog, including the psychedelic "Fascination Street," and tracks from "Bloodflowers," the band’s 2000 misery parade of an album. So it’s no surprise that Sunday’s 7 p.m. performance at Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) is sold out, but enterprising fans can seek out tickets on third-party sites. The Cure will also perform Monday, June 27, at Bayfront Park. $25-$125 via LiveNation.com. 305-358-7550.