Courtesy Fillmore Miami Beach
No matter what part of the Magic City you visit, there’s almost always a live band playing for an eclectic and international audience.
And throughout the year, Miami hosts world-class music festivals, offering even more opportunities to catch your favorite musicians or discover new ones. Each February, Little Havana comes to life with the annual return of Calle Ocho, a 23-block festival of hip hop, Latin, and reggae music. Ultra Music Festival and the Winter Music Conference flood the city with electronic music, events and artists each March. For lovers of jazz, R&B and soul, Jazz in the Gardens brings some of the biggest names to Sun Life stadium in Miami Gardens each spring.
Here’s a round-up of top-notch venues divided by neighborhood:
Miami’s hub for all things nightlife, South Beach is a great place for music lovers. Here, you’ll find the legendary Mango’s Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive. A vibrant bar featuring lively dancers with colorful costumes, Mango’s is open until the wee hours of the morning, every night of the week. The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater is a popular concert venue that brings both national acts and local singer-songwriters to the stage.
Sway to the sounds of live jazz at Jazid, a cozy venue located along the Washington Avenue strip. Featuring live music nightly, acts include mostly local jazz artists and bands, although other musicians specializing in genres like funk/soul, R&B and reggae also find their way to the stage.
Miami Beach’s hotels also provide a wide variety of musical entertainment. The iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach hosts their regular Bleau Live concert series, featuring some of the biggest acts of the year. Or head to Lapidus Lounge, at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, where you can experience a more laid-back lounge music scene.