Beyoncé, Justin and Jay-Z are all headed to our shores, but beyond the big acts, South Florida’s smaller live performance venues offer entertainment that’s worth a second look. Mark your calendars... and buy your tickets now!
Comedy tonight is right. The Miami Improv in the Grove is a must for any and all comedians breezing through town. Break the ice on that first date and bring your intended here. Laughter does make the heart grow fonder, after all. The best part? Meet-and-greets after the show are almost always guaranteed. COMING ATTRACTIONS Mike Epps, July 19-21, Mo’Nique July 26-27, and Jamie Kennedy, Aug. 2-4 WHERE 3390 Mary St., Miami, 305.441.8200, miamiimprov.com
The “don’t judge a book by its cover” mantra certainly applies here. From the outside, Grand Central looks like your basic warehouse, but once inside, patrons will find all sorts of state-of-the-art concert musts: bright lights, killer sound system, the works. It’s no wonder indie acts from all over the world take the stage here and nowhere else when in Miami. COMING ATTRACTIONS La Vela Puerca, July 14, Adam Ant, Aug. 8, and Icona Pop, Aug. 17 WHERE 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.377.2277, grandcentralmiami.com
It has been named The Edge, Chili Pepper and now Revolution Live. Regardless of appellation, RL is a must-stop for some of the top Billboard acts in show business. With over three floors of ample space, the venue ensures a comfortable concert-going experience. COMING ATTRACTIONS Krewella, July 5, Mad Decent Block Party 2013, Aug. 3, and We The Kings, Aug. 31 WHERE 100 SW Third Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 954.449.1025, jointherevolution.com
Daily drink specials, weekly karaoke and top musical acts—can a concert junkie ask for more? Conveniently located in the Design District with nearby restaurants galore (should you want a pre-show meal), The Stage has live entertainment well covered. COMING ATTRACTIONS Soul Fest Weekend, June 28-29, Slum Village Dirty Slums Tour, July 26, and Mobb Deep, Aug. 17 WHERE 170 NE 38th St., Miami, 305.576.9577, thestagemiami.com
Hard Rock Live
With room for 5,000 fans, there really isn’t a bad seat at Hard Rock Live. The indoor arena has seen more than 1.5 million patrons pass through its doors since its opening in 2005, and its stage offerings have run the gamut from Marc Anthony to Tim McGraw. COMING ATTRACTIONS Kathy Griffin, July 11, OneRepublic, Aug. 13, and Kiss, Aug. 18 WHERE One Seminole Way, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.797.5531, hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com