This summer is a great time to be a music fan in Miami. From Britney Spears to the Smashing Pumpkins, some of the most important tours in America
are making their way to South Florida. This roundup includes a list of brave souls who are willing to endure the Miami heat and who — in our opinion — are the best. From lesser-known acts to large-scale ones hitting venues of all sizes across the region, here are the ten best concerts coming to South Florida this June through August.
The Perfect Trip: Miami Psych Fest II.
California's Sugar Candy Mountain
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Last year at the Bridge, Eclectic Overdrive’s Adam Arritola launched the inaugural the Perfect Trip: Miami Psych Fest
. This year, the two-day festival is expanding and taking place on two stages at neighboring music venues the Ground and Floyd. The eclectic lineup includes more than 40 local and touring musicians, such as Sugar Candy Mountain, Jandek, Kool Keith, Tatsuya Nakatani and Kenny Millions, and Seafoam Walls. The festival, self-described
as "a nonprofit, limited-capacity psychedelic audio/visual indoor festival experience" might be the best — and trippiest — choice this summer to get bang for your buck. 4:20 p.m. Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at Floyd and the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Admission is free at Floyd from 4:20 to 10 p.m. and $20 per day at the Ground via ticketfly.com.
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At a time when Miami's music venues and clubs are biting the dust, the pickings can seem slim. Enter the Ground, Club Space's new midsize live-music venue
. With its killer sound, overall layout, and intimate vibe, this venue is already easily one of the best around. This spot is a hub for genre diversity, from metal to hip-hop to electronic. The Ground's program and marketing director, Patrick Walsh, told New Times
last year: "We want this venue to be home for all music lovers and to provide a space for all genres of music.” This summer, British electronic duo Mount Kimbie will cross the pond for a debut show at the Ground in support of its latest album, Love What Survives
. Y'all ready for this? 10 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $30 via ticketfly.com.
Don't miss American Football on a limited tour this summer.
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The news of American Football venturing down to South Florida is enough to make emo babies ugly-cry. In 2016, the influential Midwest band released its second LP, American Football (LP2)
, after a 17-year hiatus. Now Fort Lauderdale will become one of the only lucky cities to experience the hits. According to the tour dates listed on American Football's site
, the band will play shows only in California and Florida. The five-date tour will kick off in San Diego August 3 and finish in Fort Lauderdale August 11. 7 p.m. Saturday, August 11, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $22.50 via ticketmaster.com.
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It's been more than two decades since the Atlanta rap vets released their debut album, Soul, Food,
a significant hip-hop compilation from a group that Pitchfork
calls "an essential part in the rise of Southern rap." In 2013, Miami was pumped to catch Goodie Mob's Age Against the Machine Reunion Tour at Grand Central. When the show was canceled, it was truly a bummer. This summer, original Goodie Mob members Khujo, T-Mo, CeeLo, and Big Gipp will make their way to the Magic City to reunite for a night of classics. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $35 to $95 plus fees via arshtcenter.org.
Last year, when a fully assembled Wu-Tang Clan paid a visit to South Florida during Miami Art Week for a show at Mana Wynwood, New Times
raved about the performance. Douglas Markowitz wrote, "These days, the standards for what makes a decent hip-hop show are pretty low. Rappers can usually get away with arriving late, playing too short, and having so little energy they can barely spit out their own lyrics without losing their breath. But every so often, a set reminds you why you suffer through amateur hour. It makes you remember exactly why hip-hop is so great to see live. That’s what Wu-Tang Clan did last night." Wu-Tang's GZA, along with DJ Heron, will return to South Florida for a solo set at Miami's crustiest venue
for what's sure to be a must-see show. For a cool $75, you can even meet the hip-hop legend. Check out GZA and the Soul Rebels' recent NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
for sonic gold. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $35 to $200 via eventbrite.com.