America may be one of the hardest working countries in the world. But in South Florida, we're known to party even harder than we even work.
So it only makes perfect sense that we celebrate Labor Day by spending our hard-earned cash on parties, music, booze, and general debauchery. After all, you deserve to reward yourself for all of those hours spent slaving away in your cubicle.
Check out the ten best Labor Day bashes going down this weekend.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
Dillon Francis. Worl Turr with the Heroes & Villains and Noisia. Friday, August 30, Revolution Live, 100 SW Third St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $22 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Get lose, get wild, and throw some "Bootleg Fireworks" on the dance floor with the "Masta Blasta" himself.
Suenalo! Friday, August 30, 9 p.m., Bamboo Room, 25 South J St., Lake Worth; 561-585-2583; bambooroomblues.com. Tickets cost $12.72 plus fees via eventbrite.com. Show off those salsa moves you've been practicing in front of the mirror all summer with Suenalo!'s nine-piece "Afro-Latin-Babymakin'-Descarga-Funk."
B.E. Easy Music & Arts Festival Pre-Party. With the Roosevelt Collier Trio, the Funky Nuggets, the Resolvers, Thundercookie, Charlie Dandelion, Billy Gilmore, and Jack Straw. Friday, August 30, 9:30 p.m., the Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., 561-395-2929; funkybiscuit.com. Tickets cost $10 at the door, and $7-$15 plus fees via eventbrite.com. Can't wait for the B.E. Easy music fest on Saturday? Neither can we. Get your creative juices flowing at the Funky Biscuit's pre-party where the Roosevelt Collier Trio, the Funky Nuggets, and other acts of the ilk will be throwin' it down.
B.E. Easy Arts & Music Festival. With Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, the Resolvers, Uproot Hootenanny, the Funky Nuggets, Thunder Cookie, the Short Straw Pickers, Displace, Ancient Sun, Lucky Costello, and Charlie Dandelion. Saturday, August 31, 12-11 p.m., Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-4521; floridastateparks.org/hughtaylorbirch. Tickets cost $25-$30 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Party for a cause as Neville-heavy Dumstaphunk, the Resolvers, Uproot Hootenanny, and other music maniacs jam to raise money for the B.E. Easy Scholarship Fund to help, they say, "prevent accidental overdoses and promote the use of open dialogue on drug abuse issues amongst family and friends."
Summer Jam 2013. With Orange Juice, Ornimental, NerVer, Alana Davis, Doorway 27, Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, Inner Circle, Boxelder, Resinated, SowFlo, Moska Project, Rootz Underground, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser with Blak Soil, amd DJs Proper Dosage with the Reazin Rude Boy Craig and Higrade. Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 1-11 p.m., Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-822-1515. Tickets cost $30-$75 plus fees via musicjamproductions.com. Summer, it's been real. Since we'll dearly miss the tan lines, flings, and endless nights of shenanigans, we're gonna celebrate your adios with a two-day music fest boasting "some of the best of Florida's homegrown original music." Til' next year!
Hot Rod & Custom Car Run. With Jimmy Cavallo and the Houserockers. Saturday, August 31, 3 p.m., Five Points Lounge & Kreepy Tiki Tattoos, 2606 South Federal Hgwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-3290; kreepytikitattos.com. $5 after 7 p.m. Two shows from "the world's first rock 'n' roll star," a four-hour pin-up model photo shoot, car show, and backyard barbecue, and $2.50 PBRs and drink specials all night -- we're in.
Superbeast Metal Machine. With Loaded Guns, Southgate, Flesh and Stone, Godsend, the Opening, They Might Be Zombies, Revolution, Lynch the Martyr, D'EFFEkTOR, Kill the Tyrant, and the Killing Hours. Saturday, August 31, 7 p.m., Zeca's Auto Repair, 1200 NE 48th St., Pompano Beach. $10. Celebrate the fruit of your labor with a little rock and metal from Loaded Guns, the Killing Hours, and other head-bangers. Add in some free beer, and you're set.
"...Florida?- Yeah!" Concert Series. With Dooms De Pop, Return the Favor, and others. Saturday, August 31, 11 p.m., Poorhouse, 110 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-522-5145; poorhousebar.com. Our local bands work their asses off for our listening and rockin' pleasure, so it only makes sense to party with them during Labor Day weekend. Rock on!
Stars & Stripes Swimsuit Show. With DJ Ruen. Saturday, August 31, Pangaea, 5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-581-5454; pangaea-lounge.com. Ya know, it's hard being a model, having to deal with the pressure of always looking flawless and all. So party with the Capristan swimsuit models and Miss Playboy Playmate Venezuela Khloe Terae and show 'em how much you appreciate their work.
Labor Day Weekend Party. Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 9 p.m., America's Backyard, 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1030; myamericasbackyard.com. It's always sunny in South Florida, especially during a two-day bash with 50 cent wings till midnight, $5 Captain Morgan drinks, $8 Don Julio shots, $20 Corona buckets, and music to help you dance the night away. Screw Labor Day -- summer is forever!
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