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Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and other pop picks for South Florida

III Points Music, Art and Technology Festival

Oct. 13-15 at; Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami, IIIPoints.com. Single-day general-admission tickets cost $99. Three-day passes cost $190.

A three-day takeover of music, art exhibits, lectures, labs and technology talks, III Points has carved out a singular niche on the South Florida cultural scene, resting confidently in the shadow of Ultra Music Festival, yet unsullied by Ultra’s easily distracted Day-Glo hordes. The fifth edition of the festival is another showcase of smart curation, with a parade of more than 100 acts made up of compelling touring performers sprinkled with top locals. Highlights will include sets by Gorillaz, the XX, Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Perfume Genius, Nicolas Jaar and Richie Hawtin, along with locals Jacuzzi Boys, Deaf Poets, Tremends and Holly Hunt. On a related note, LCD Soundsystem, which was forced to cancel a highly anticipated performance at last year’s III Points Festival due to Hurricane Matthew, will play a makeup show of sorts Oct. 25 at Miami’s James L. Knight Center. Visit LCDSoundsystem.com and Ticketmaster.com.

Bruno Mars

8 p.m. Oct. 15 at BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. Sold out, except for a handful of platinum-level seats starting at $625; 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. Sold out, except for a handful of platinum-level seats starting at $485.

When historians look back at the tumultuous year of 2017, they may record that one of its most popular songs found Bruno Mars in a rented beach house in Miami, waking up with no jammies, strawberry champagne on ice. “That’s What I Like” was fizzy and frolicsome (annoyingly so, perhaps), but if you wanted to get away from the nonstop jackhammer of politics — and who didn’t? — Mars’ album “24K Magic” was your escape. On the strength of his fun-loving spirit, slick dance moves and glam fashion, after just three albums Mars has become that rare artist able to fill two South Florida arenas in one tour stop. Is Hard Rock Stadium next?

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

8 p.m. Oct. 23; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org. Tickets cost $39.50-69.50, $119.50 for club level.

Life is not all strawberry champagne on ice. There is road dust, grit and dry wit. “An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt” is part of a long-running collaboration and conversation between two revered songwriters and storytellers. While their music is special, it is in the between-songs banter that these two old friends reveal the essence of their kinship and the genesis of some of their favorite compositions.

Jay-Z

8 p.m. Nov. 12; AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $35.

How does a rap icon hold on to his crown as a 47-year-old father of three? Jay-Z went where few, if any, rappers are willing to go, this summer releasing “4:44,” an album of astonishing candor, humility and vulnerability that comes clean about his marital troubles, his infidelity (as wife Beyonce alluded to on “Lemonade”), the weight of fatherhood and the revelation that his mother is gay. The Los Angeles Times called it “a collection of songs — sly but moving, both intricate and lucid — that we’ll be coming back to for years.”

Lady Gaga

7:30 p.m. Nov. 30; AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. Sold out, except for a handful of platinum-level seats starting at $450.

By the time the Joanne World Tour concludes, it will be 10 years since an unknown Stefani Germanotta arrived in South Florida in mirrored "disco panties," telling folks at Winter Music Conference 2008 and, a short time later, at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors, that she had some songs to perform, including one titled “Just Dance.” Oh, and she wanted to be called Lady Gaga. Arguably the most successful female performer on the contemporary pop-music scene, Lady Gaga sold out all 20 shows on the opening leg of the Joanne tour, named for the No. 1 album that has spawned the hits “Million Reasons,” “Perfect Illusion” and “The Cure.” The sell-outs include her first American stadium concerts at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Citi Field in New York, where she filled its 69,000 seats twice in back-to-back shows. Gaga’s fall European concerts were postponed until 2018 due to a bout with fibromyalgia, but at presstime Gaga had not altered the leg of U.S. concerts that begins on Nov. 5.

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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