Corsten puts you in a trance
An entrepreneur since childhood, he washed cars and sold mixtapes to neighborhood kids to make money and buy his first keyboard. He became friends with the staff of a local recording studio and released his first record at age 16. Nowadays, he trots around the globe overseeing big-ass parties. Who, you ask? No, not P. Diddy but F. Daddy, a.k.a. DJ Ferry Corsten, trance master extraordinaire.
The spiky-haired turntablist is the same man who unleashed the club hits "Rock Your Body, Rock" and "Punk." With nine chart-topping singles in the U.K. and sales of his mixes passing the 1 million mark, Corsten has tiptoed through -- nay, stomped on -- the tulips to become one of Holland's biggest exports. We haven't seen the impish little DJ since we went to the Winter Music Conference last January, looked beyond the zillions of hard partiers, squinted at the stage, and said, "Hey, is that Opie?" But that's because he's been overseeing the action on the dance floors from Kuala Lumpur to Tel Aviv to Ibiza. Corsten returns stateside to handle crowd control at Club Space (34 NE 11th St., Miami) on Friday, November 12. Advance tickets are available for $20. Call 877-71-GROOVE, or visit www.groovetickets.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Remember the Sounds
... because Remember the Ocean is fleeing
Boo-hoo! They're leaving us! The musicians in Remember the Ocean are picking up their guitar cases, strapping down their high hats, and following their singer, Kristin Larkin, to the land of Al Gore and Jack Daniels, where they will continue to make beautiful music together. Larkin moved to Tennessee more than a year ago, but now, after racking up lots of Greyhound bus tickets and a New Times award for Best Recording, they have decided they must take the distance out of their long-distance affair. Catch the band during a handful of farewell shows -- namely, the one tonight at Dada (52. N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach). The moody, melodic ones play with the hungry, thumping ones -- a.k.a. the English teacher and two lifeguards who comprise Hunger Thump. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. It's free, and all ages are invited. Call 561-330-3232, or visit www.remembertheocean.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Either way, a winner
One bidder paid $770 for two tickets and a backstage pass to a Norah Jones concert in Arizona. Another fan paid the same for the jazz/folk/pop/country artist's upcoming West Palm Beach appearance. Geez -- bidder enthusiasm makes the normal $29- to $58-per-ticket price look like a bargain, even with Ticketmaster's maddening tack-on fees! Jones donated these passes and tickets to be auctioned off on eBay, with proceeds benefiting musicians in need. Will Jones herself be as much of a winner? Shortly after she takes the stage at Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) at 7:30 p.m., American Music Awards presenters in Los Angeles will reveal the Artist of the Year -- a category for which Jones is nominated. Call 561-966-3309 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. -- Michelle Sheldone
Fated to Be Funny
Named after Bob Hope, comedian Bobby Collins seems to have been predisposed in his career choice. Not even a stint as VP of Calvin Klein could deter Collins from his destiny as professional funnyman. Come find out why as Collins performs Friday and Saturday at the New York Comedy Club (8221 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Tickets cost $20 to $25. Call 561-470-6887. -- Jason Budjinski
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