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Five Best Concerts in Broward and Palm Beach Counties This Week

Jake Miller
With Vers and Deja Eyze.
6:30 p.m., Friday, February 15, at America's Backyard, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Tickets cost $17. It's all ages.
Call 954-727-0950, or visit myamericasbackyard.com
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Who is Jake Miller you ask? Well, if you are a 13-year old girl, or you wake up every morning just to watch MTV, (or somebody is paying you to), then you already know. He's the South Florida pop rapper with millions of YouTube views, a freshly inked record deal, and a music video that just premiered on national broadcast cable television.


He's also playing America's Backyard in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, February 15. With "A Million Lives," Miller, who started penning raps in the 10th grade, tells the inspirational story of reaching fans, like a cancer survivor, and a bullied 7th grader, through his music, and touching millions of lives, despite not yet having made millions of dollars. His positive raps are inspired by Eminem, Lil' Wayne, and 'N Sync; artists he grew up listening to. Born in 1992, Miller was an honor student who worked hard throughout high school and was accepted to Florida State University before deciding to pursue music full-time instead of going to college. He recently signed a record contract with E-One in New York City and is currently on a national tour which will bring him back home. The Weston-native has written songs for the Miami Heat, been featured on Deco Drive, shot a music video in Wynwood, and shown love to the U. This local kid could be the next Justin Bieber. Jacob Katel

Steve Miller Band
7 p.m., Sunday, February 17, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood.

Tickets cost $59 to $89 plus fees.
Call 954-797-5531, or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

No joke(r), this is one of the few concerts that you youngish grannies can bring every generation of your weird music lovin' family to. Steve Miller Band still has a ridiculous number of songs that still play on the radio, the radio you and your great-grandson both enjoy. And there's a lot of corny jokes you can make with SMB, like: Fly like an eagle into the Hard Rock this Sunday; or: Abracadabra, the Steve Miller Band! This is a classic rock act that remains current in its classic tunes, if that makes any sense. And it probably doesn't.

 

The Beach Boys
Featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.
8 p.m., Monday, February 18, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood.
Tickets cost $44 to $79 plus fees. All ages.
Call 954-797-5531, or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

The world was certainly "picking up good vibrations" last year when the surviving members of the legendary Beach Boys -- Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, David Marks, Bruce Johnston, and Mike Love - reunited for the first time in over two decades for the group's 50th anniversary tour. But history repeated itself after the band completed that particular tour. Wilson was out, as were Jardine and Marks. But Love and Johnston kept touring, playing sold-out gigs across the world as the beloved Beach Boys (Love owns the "Beach Boys" name). "To avoid public confusion, and at the request of Brian's representative, we had a press release sent out detailing the differences between the two Beach Boys tours and its varying lineups," Love said in a statement late last year. "I was surprised that Brian and Al said they were surprised by this announcement. Some media outlets interpreted all of this as me firing the band." He didn't. He simply didn't need the rest of the group's services anymore. So which Beach Boys will be on stage at Hard Rock Live on February 18? "God Only Knows." Actually, all but Wilson, Jardine and Marks. So let Love and Johnston be your guide on this "Surfin' Safari" and simply "Dance, Dance, Dance." Victor Gonzalez

Sheryl Crow
With Holly Williams.
8 p.m., Monday, February 18, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
Tickets cost $28 to $125. All ages.
Call 561-832-7469, or visit kravis.org.

If it makes you happy, it's cant be that bad. Well, unless you were dating Lance Armstrong at the height of his popularity and under the impression that, for seven straight years, the seven-time Tour de France champion simply had the strongest legs in the field, not a killer doping regimen. In that case, it probably was that bad (read: 'roid rages). For Sheryl Crow, it ultimately cost her a would-be husband. The couple split "after much thought and consideration" about a year after announcing their engagement, calling it quits just shy of their spring wedding. "I know how hard he worked to win those titles, and you know, it was hard to watch [his confession]," Crow recently told Entertainment Tonight. "I felt bad. I felt bad for him, I felt bad for his family, and I kinda felt like the rest of America. He is a hero that we watched and looked up to and admire." We still can. And we can also look up to, and admire, Crow, a fearless cancer survivor herself who has used her celebrity to raise money for various charities as well. At the end of the day, that should make you happy. Victor Gonzalez

Ziggy Marley
8 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Tickets cost $30 plus fees.
Visit jointherevolution.net.

With so many Marleys, how can we tell them all apart? Well, we know Ziggy, at least. He's the hottie whose sound most resembles that of his daddy, you know, Bob? Anyway, though he's a Miami resident, he doesn't play all that often down here in South Florida, so this show at Revolution Live will be a treat for the Rastafari, silly stoned, college and partially college educated. Don't miss a chance to marvel at those luscious locks.




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