Some would argue that working with your spouse is a recipe for "Sweet Disaster," but Canadian indie folk band Whitehorse proves otherwise. Going on a decade of marriage, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland were both established singer/songwriters in their own right before tying the knot in 2006. In 2011, the musical duo chose to put their solo careers on hold to work together as a band. Five years later, the couple is going stronger than ever — both musically and romantically speaking — and shares a bond that outshines the brightest stage light.
Tuesday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $15 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Blue-eyed soul veteran Michael McDonald really wants to "get to know you better this Christmas." So spend an Evening of Holiday & Hits with the silver fox during his gig at the Hard Rock Live this week.
This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits. Thursday, December 17, 8 p.m. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Tickets cost $29 to $49 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Y100's Jingle Ball
It really isn't the holiday season until Y100's Jingle Ball comes jingling its way to town. And this week, "Miami's number-one hit music station" will be kicking off the Yuletide festivities with the Weeknd, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Zedd, and some of radio's hottest pop stars at the BB&T Center.
With the Weeknd, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Conrad Sewell, and DNCE. Presented by Capital One. Friday, December 18, 7:30 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-8000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $51 to $251 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
A Well-Strung Christmas
Get ready for a Well-Strung Christmas as New York City's singing
beefcake string quartet throws a classical spin on all your favorite holiday tunes during its performance at the Amaturo Theater.
Pink Talking Fish
"A hybrid tribute act fused together by the psychedelia of Pink Floyd, the frenetic rock and roll of Phish, and the high-energy dance music of the Talking Heads" — that's what Pink Talking Fish is all about. While New Times argues that "Pink Talking Fish’s goal of paying tribute to three wildly different acts — Pink Floyd’s era-defining prog-psych, Phish’s jam-band largesse, and the Talking Heads’ postpunk New Wave/world sound — might sound like too much for a pair of ears to digest," it all comes together when you hear them live.
Ugly Sweater Party
You know that tacky sweater with the shimmery lights and tiny jingle bells you have hanging in your closet? Now's the time to wear it. Join all the Christmas fashionistas of the 954 for "a night of live music and holiday cheer with lots of laughs and lots of beer" at Jump the Shark. Happy Holidays!
With Yoshi YKZ, T-Ray, 6 Cardinal, Texas Ranger, and more. Friday, December 18, 6 p.m. Jump the Shark, 810 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; facebook.com/jumpthesharkevents. Admission costs $5 for ages 21 and up, and $10 for everyone else.
Sith-Mas: The Star Wars Christmas Party
Have a holly jolly Sith-Mas with C-3P0, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and all the Star Wars freaks at Respectable Street. With sick DJ tunes, burlesque performances, and plenty of cosplay costumes and contests, you'll have a night fit for Jedis and Siths alike.
With burlesque dancers, cosplay, contests, DJs LinderSMASH and Kaos, and more. Presented by Black Fridays. Saturday, December 19, 8 p.m. Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-832-9999; respectablestreet.com. Admission costs $10. Ages 21 and up.
Tenth-Annual XXXmas Party
Forget the nice list — only those on the naughty list are allowed at Propaganda's XXXmas Party. Go wild and crazy just in time for the holidays with live music from Whole Wheat Bread, the Muggles, Here to Nowhere, and the Helmsmen. To make matters even more interesting, the first 40 ladies dressed as Santa's sexy little helpers, kinky elves, or in holiday lingerie will get to "take home a naughty new toy from Santa’s sack."
With Whole Wheat Bread, the Muggles, Here to Nowhere, and the Helmsmen. Saturday, December 19, 8 p.m. Propaganda, 6 S. J St., Lake Worth; 561-547-7273; propagandalw.com. Admission costs $5 if you're dressed in costume, or $10 if you're not. Ages 18 and up.
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