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Top Must-See Shows in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach This Week, April 8

Reggae Fest Lake Worth
With Dirty Heads, the Resolvers, Jahfe, Third World, South Side Dub, and others. 5 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12 to 14, at Brant Park, 2 S. Gofview Road, Lake Worth. Tickets cost $10 before 6 p.m., $15 after. Call 561-790-6200, or visit lwreggaefest.com.


The old school is always going to have reservations about the new school. It's true whether you're talking about music, art, or even, like, literal high schools. Those who come after you always seem like they're doing it wrong. O.G.'s in each and every scene can't stand newbies walkin' around like they own the place, ignorant of who did it all first. When it comes to reggae -- spanning trad island riddims and psych-fi lazer dub -- Lake Worth's Reggae Fest is the rare slice of the Venn diagram in which geezers with residencies at seafood dives can groove harmoniously with freshly dreaded fratstafarians. 

For example, Friday night is headlined by post-Sublime, post-nü-metal reggae/rock/rap hybrid group Dirty Heads. But maybe you feel more like skankin' along to some smooth, discofied ska licks? In that case, Saturday night's performance from '70s Jamaican favorites Third World is where you want to be. Of course, you can get the biggest payoff if you take a little of this and a little of that.  - Matt Preira

Beetlejuice Night
With Reckless Dames, Shameless Burlesque, Morgan LaRue, Hurly Burly Burlesque, and others. 10 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.
Tickets cost $10 per person, $18 per couple. Call 561-832-9999, or visit respectablestreet.com.


If you've got a hankerin' to dress up real spooky-like, with just the right dash of camp and Groucho Marx's cigar-chomping smarm but you can't wait till Halloween, we recommend hitting up Respectable Street's Beetlejuice party on Saturday. Yes, a freaking party themed around Tim Burton's dark 1988 comedy Beetlejuice


We know what you're thinking and crying out in shrill panic while you shower: "But I don't even know what goes on at a Beetlejuice party!" Well, it's a lot like a regular party. People will dress up, bands will play, and the busty burlesque ladies of the Reckless Dames and Shameless Burlesque will tantalize. And, hey, it's 2013 in South Florida, so this all-equality shindig comes complete with a side dish of the delightfully imperfect dudes of Hurly Burly Burlesque showing some fur, nips, and crack (ass crack, that is). Oh, and a full-blown art show featuring work by nearly 20 artists. 

The only catch is, this party is all Beetlejuice-themed. Every last iota of this fiesta is dedicated to Michael Keaton's finest role in the second-best movie ever (the first is Multiplicity). - Matt Preira

Papa Roach
With Escape the Fate and Otherwise. 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25 plus fees. Call 954-449-1025, or visit jointherevolution.net.

Way back in 2001, Jacoby Shaddix declared he had finally reached his "Last Resort." Twelve years later, the youth of today listen to electronic music and rapping to rock is a taboo shunned to the most mayo'd suburbs of Middle America. But Papa Roach has never stopped pushing forward with its one-of-a-kind blend of aggro-emo sentiment, nü-metal vocals, and skater-punk guitar riffs. - Matt Preira


Tortuga Music Festival
Avett Brothers with Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, and others.Tortuga Music Festival on April 13 and 14. Tickets cost $129 to $1,299. Visit tortugamusicfestival.com.

Seth Avett offers the impression he might be the nicest guy you'd ever want to know. Even in the span of a 30-minute phone chat, there's the sense that an instant bond's been established. He shares sincere sentiment, a hearty laugh, and a folksy, unaffected down-home demeanor that's every bit as honest and embracing as the off-the-cuff and emotionally vulnerable melodies that he and his brother Scott deliver with their band, the Avett Brothers. - Lee Zimmerman




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