It took him five years, but after a half-decade, Matisyahu has finally discovered his true self. "There was a process, an organic process of therapy and self-work and self-knowledge, getting to the point where I finally felt comfortable with myself," the singer recently told New Times about his journey. "Something inside of me actually became alive. The thing I was looking for the whole time, I found." Check out the new Matisyahu — without the long beard and forelocks — at the Kravis Center this week.
Wednesday, December 30, 8 p.m. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469; kravis.org. Tickets cost $25 to $75 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
JJ Grey & MOFRO
"Light a Candle" for all the great memories of 2015 with JJ Grey & MOFRO at Lafayette's Music Room. Playing two nights of good ol' Southern rock, you'll be singing the blues, all right.
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 29 and 30, 8 p.m. Lafayette's Music Room, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-420-8600; lafayettesmusicroom.com. Tickets are sold out via axs.com.
Celebrate a quarter-decade of South Florida's biggest Grateful Dead music junkies and the start of the new year with Crazy Fingers at Revolution Live. Joined by fellow Deadhead's Unlimited Devotion, your 2016 will be off to a pretty psychedelic start.
With Unlimited Devotion. Thursday, December 31, 8:30 p.m. Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $19 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Ring in 2016 with the "Piano Man" himself, Billy Joel. Although he, as pointed out by New Times, "doesn't exactly present the image that most people associate with the flash and glam of a superstar, few musicians have reaped as much acclaim as Joel has over the past 40 years." So really, there's no other rock star we'd rather party our way into the new year with than Billy.
Thursday, December 31, 9:30 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise; 954-835-8000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $49.50 to $159.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Show off your best bass face for 2016! Going down at the Miramar Regional Park, 2 Live Crew, Jagged Edge, and all the real OGs will be turnin' up in the 954 as the New Year's festivities continue with the Funk Fest.
With New Edition, Fantasia, Silk, Doug E. Fresh, 2 Live Crew, Jagged Edge, and others. Presented by Pepsi. Friday, January 1, 2016, 4 to 11 p.m. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway., Miramar; 954-883-6950. Tickets cost $47 to $152 plus fees via crowntickets.com.
Miami's own "Latin funk and worldbeat band" — which recently celebrated a decade of música — is conga-lining its way to Hollywood (Florida, that is). So brush up on those salsa moves and do the "Baboon Boogaloo" with the Baboons.
Presented by the ArtsPark Live Concert Series. Saturday, January 2, 2016, 8 p.m. Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood; 954-921-3500; visithollywoodfl.org/artspark.aspx. Admission is free.
As a six-time Tony Award winner, we'd listen to anything Audra McDonald sings — even responses to Yahoo! Answers. So in case you were wondering, "What are some ways to impress a first date?" McDonald has the answer for you: "Two things that always impress me are a man that can cross his eyes and sing." With a voice like that, we'd do whatever she tells us to do.
With Seth Rudetsky. Part of the Broadway Concert Series. Saturday, January 2, 2016, 8 p.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-761-5374; parkerplayhouse.org. Tickets cost $51.50 to $126.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Chill out to the sweet vibes of SOJA as the Grammy-nominated reggae crew takes over Revolution Live. Joined by Collie Buddz, the band is currently touring the States in promotion of its latest album, Amid the Noise and Hate.
With Collie Buddz. Sunday, January 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $36.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.