And to think it was only a year two years ago that Calvin Harris was playing for the Poplife crowd at White Room. Early tracks like "Acceptable in the '80s" and "All the Girls" may have been hipster dance jams, but his latest album, last year's Ready For the Weekend, pushed him firmly into the mainstream in his native England. Its lead single, "I'm Not Alone," was an early favorite on Pete Tong's BBC One radio show, and debuted at number one on the U.K. Singles chart. Stateside, too, Harris has been gaining favor, with his newer songs boasting a broader, almost pop-dance flavor.(It also couldn't have hurt that he appeared in those iPod Nano ads; his album cover appeared on the yellow one.)
Harris has a spate of Miami gigs planned over the next month. First, tomorrow night he touches down at LIV to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Wednesday-night Dirty Hairy party. Then he returns for three dates during WMC, including an appearance at Ultra. Find all the details below -- note that all appearances are DJ sets.
Calvin Harris, Wednesday, February 24. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 10 p.m.; tickets cost $30 in advance from wantickets.com. Age 21 and up. 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com
Wednesday, March 24. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 10 p.m. Age 21 and up. 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com
Saturday, March 27 at day two of Ultra Music Festival. Bicentennial Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Gates open at noon. Tickets currently cost $139.95 for two-day general admission, $350 for VIP. ultramusicfestival.com
Saturday, March 27. Louis, 2325 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 10 p.m., tickets cost $30 and up in advance from wantickets.com. Age 21 and up. 305-531-5535; louismiami.com