We don't really do seasons down here in South Florida. Once that holiday glow fades, we've pretty much already got our sights set on all things spring: spring cleaning, spring break, and best of all, live music — indoors, outdoors, arenas, amphitheaters, or festivals. We'll take it all, please. Here are our picks for the ten best shows coming up this spring.
10. Riverwalk Blues Fest
With Johnny Rawls, Nikki Hill, Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind, Chris O'Leary Band, Albert Castiglia, and others. February 26 to 28 at Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $15 to $25 plus fees. Visit riverwalkblues.com.
This three-day blues festival along Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk waterfront plays host to some of the genre's most beloved bands and is the perfect weekend activity for the whole family.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $22 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Formed in New Orleans in 2003, Mutemath has led the
8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $37.50 to $67.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Seasoned folk-pop songstress Jewel performs live this March at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
7. Less Than Jake
7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $18 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Die-hard fans, mark your calendars. Gainesville's stalwart ska punk band has scheduled two shows at the Culture Room this March.
6. For the Love Fest
With Further Seems Forever and others. Noon Saturday, March 16, at C&I Studios, 541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Visit forthelovefestival.com.
C&I Studios in FAT Village has been at the forefront of Fort Lauderdale's recent creative wave, and its latest large-scale endeavor, For the Love Fest, is a testament to its growing influence.
5. Earth, Wind & Fire / Beach Boys / The Zombies
Earth, Wind & Fire with Chicago. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $18.95 to $118 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Beach Boys. 8 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $49 to $69 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
The Zombies. 8 p.m. Thursday, February 25, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $37.50 to $57.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Even though each could take up its own spot on this list, we've grouped these three legendary pop groups together, since any or all of them would satisfy the season's requisite epic throwback concert experience.
Lineup TBA Thursday, February 25. 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, to Sunday, May 1, along the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $35 for a single-day adult pass. Visit sunfest.com.
Based on last year's lineup, which included headliners like Fall Out Boy, Pixies, and Lenny Kravitz, we're betting the 2016 edition of downtown West Palm's annual SunFest will be just as fire. Be on the lookout for the official lineup announcement next month.
3. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $55 to $150 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
If you're yearning to ogle the Boss on his latest tour run, best scoop your tickets fast — as of this writing, there are only a handful remaining via Ticketmaster.
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2. Pearl Jam
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $66.75 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Eddie Vedder and company will kick off their latest North American tour with two South Florida shows in April. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 29, at noon ET.
1. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
With Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Bassnectar, and others. March 3 to 6 at Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee. Three-day advance passes start at $249.50. Visit okeechobeefest.com.
OK, it's more like Central Florida, but South Floridians and festival revelers from all around the country will want to make the trek for the launch of this new musical offering. Read our story about the brainchild of