March is going out like lion, but we have some events to tame the wild beast in you. And we’re not talking about the typical Miami Music Week stuff, which is great, don’t get us wrong – we just prefer local live performance to European DJs with unrecognizable, multi-syllabic names. If that’s your cup of hallucinogenic tea, more power to you, but consider some unadulterated artistry at the events below. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it. Best to leave the neon body suit at home, though.

Friday, March 24 – Sunday March 26

6th Street Dance Studio/WholeProject present Big Beautiful, 8pm

Choreographer Brigid Baker has been creating some of the most compelling and personal contemporary dance in Miami for well over a decade. This weekend offers a rare opportunity to see her company WholeProject premiere a new work in the studio in which it was crafted – right in the heart of Little Havana. 6th Street Dance Studio transports visitors to another place. Its big windows and numerous artifacts give it the air of a loft transported from 1960s Soho with a dash of Latin flavor. It is a wonderful setting for Big Beautiful, a piece which explores the beauty of our natural world and manifests it in a kaleidoscope of movement from the WholeProject dancers. The shows are selling out quickly, so be sure to get tickets ASAP. Like yesterday.

Saturday, March 25

Beer and Music Backyard Festival, South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 8pm

Beer? Check. Music? Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Funky Meters (CHECK!). Beautiful outdoor venue? Yessir. You might think you’ve been sipping too much beer from Funky Buddha, J, Wakefield and Concrete Beach due to your uncontrollable swaying, but it’s probably just the funky vibes emanating from two incredible bands. We know from experience that human hips are tuned to the frequencies these cats activate. Better not to fight it. Boogie on down to the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center for a hot, hot, hot Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

Sunday, March 26

Bayou at the Buddha: Crawfish Boil!, Funky Buddha Brewery, 11:30am – 3pm

Hungover from the Beer and Music Backyard Fest? Have some hair from the dog that bit ya at the Funky Buddha Brewery for Crawfish Boil! – an awesome pairing of local beer, crawfish and supporting sounds from our good friends, Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band. What a delightful way to wind down (or wind up) towards the end of the weekend. Just make sure to bring your bib. You’re gonna need it.

Make sure to bake-in some extra travel time this weekend. Ultra has been sold out for months and will surely bring traffic congestion along with delightful beats and tons of #YOLO. Party safely, kiddies. Till next week!

Much Love,

The Buskerfest Team