Rock on! Turn off the stereo, get out of the house and catch a show in person, because nothing can match the energy of a live band. Here are our Top 10 concerts for this season. All tickets are available through Ticketmaster unless otherwise indicated.
Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction
Two great veteran alt-rock bands for the price of one. Smashing Pumpkins, led by the enigmatic Billy Corgan, will churn out hits such as “1979,” “Today,” “Disarm,” “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “Tonight, Tonight,” while Jane’s Addiction, led by the soaring, otherworldly vocals of Perry Farrell, brings fan favorites including “Stop!,” “Been Caught Stealing,” “Mountain Song,” “Three Days,” “Classic Girl” and, of course, the anthemic “Jane Says.”
Oct. 8 at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.
III Points Festival
It’s back! Two-day blowout brings together dozens of top alternative, electronic, experimental, and indie rock acts, plus any type of music with an edge. As always, this year’s lineup is eclectic and dynamic, highlighted by James Murphy’s pet project LCD Soundsystem, a delightfully irreverent electronic jam band that borrows from Bowie, New Order, B-52s and even Morrissey; British electronic-music pioneer Orbital, which has been creating beautiful, eerie, orchestral compositions such as “The Box” since 1989; and Grammy-winning Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses (“Tearing Me Up,” “Love Brand New”). Also on the bill: Kittin & The Hacker, Porter Robinson, James Blake, Busta Rhymes, Flume, DJ Harvey and a special performance by Uncle Luke, Trick Daddy & Trina.
Oct. 21-22 at Mana-Wynwood in Miami’s Design District.
Rüfüs Du Sol
Australian electronic music trio, fueled by lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist’s melancholy yet hopeful vocals, conjures up melodic, sweeping anthems that fit perfectly on SiriusXM’s “Chill” radio station, such as “You Were Right,” “Treat You Better,” “Sundream” and “Underwater.” But live in concert the band is anything but chill — the energy level is ramped up by live drums, live synths and random techno jams. Rüfüs Du Sol takes the stage in support of its fourth studio album and first in three years, “Surrender,” featuring the singles “Alive,” “Next to Me” and “On My Knees.”
Oct. 23 at the FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in Miami.
Audacy’s Stars & Strings
This country-kissed show is not your typical concert in that each artist will shun the backup bands and pyrotechnics and pull up a stool with a six-string for an intimate performance complete with storytelling. Artists include Jason Aldean (“She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Dirt Road Anthem”), Kane Brown (“What Ifs,” “Heaven,” “Good As You”), Old Dominion (“Hotel Key,” “Written in the Sand,” “Break Up with Him”), Randy Houser (“Boots On,” “We Went,” “How Country Feels”) and Elle King (“Ex’s & Oh’s,” “America’s Sweetheart,” “Drunk [And I Don’t Wanna Go Home]”).
Nov. 2 at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.
Six-piece Ukrainian rap group boasts an exotic, profound sound that transcends typical hip-hop, featuring folksy elements from traditional Ukrainian music. The group, which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 for the single “Stefania” (and put its trophy up for auction to raise money for Ukrainian armed forces), makes a South Florida stop as part of its first North American tour. And yes, Kalush’s music directly addresses the war with lyrics such as “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed.”
Nov. 3 at Sport of Kings at Gulfstream Park.
Hard to believe it’s been more than 50 years since this road-tested, country-blues roots rocker released her first album. But the beloved Bonnie Raitt, who has won 10 Grammys plus a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is still going strong at 72, and will bring her trusty Fender Strat with bottleneck slide to the Broward Center to serenade us with hits including “Something to Talk About,” “Have a Heart,” “Nick of Time” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
Nov. 16 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Allman Family Revival Tour
Sixth-annual event headed by Devon Allman celebrates the life, music and legacy of his father, Gregg Allman, and brings together a “happy and healing cosmic experience.” Sounds like a party! The fantastic lineup of blues-rockers includes The Devon Allman Project, Duane Betts, Donavan Frankenreiter, Jimmy Hall, Maggie Rose, Larry McCray, George Porter Jr., Orbi Orbison and River Kittens. You’re sure to hear these artists’ original music, plus plenty of Allman Brothers anthems including “Whipping Post,” “Melissa,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Jessica,” “Midnight Rider” and “Ramblin’ Man.”
Nov. 29 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Classically trained, three-time Grammy-winning vocalist and Miami native performs selections from her sixth album, “Ghost Song,” as part of the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots series. The New York Times called the record “her most revealing and rewarding album yet,” saying it “looks within and doesn’t blink.” Don’t miss the opening act, as emerging jazz pianist Christian Sands and his trio perform tracks from his latest album, “Be Water,” which takes a fresh look at the language of jazz.
Feb. 3 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
GroundUP Music Festival
Grammy-winning jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy, described by Rolling Stone mag as “one of the most versatile bands on the planet,” headlines this three-day jam with daily sets. Also on the bill: Neo-soul singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, whose sound incorporates funk, jazz, hip-hop, reggae and rock; eclectic Grammy-nominated West Coast folk rocker Madison Cunningham; Philly jazz guitarist, keyboardist and bandleader Kurt Rosenwinkel, who will perform in support of his 11th studio album, “Caipi”; Mali musician Bassekou Kouyaté, who is best known for playing the traditional West African guitar “ngoni”; jazz trumpeter, vocalist and producer Keyon Harrold; and many more to be announced.
Feb. 3-5 at the Miami Beach Bandshell (formerly North Beach Bandshell).
Haven’t seen The Boss perform live? Now’s your chance to catch one of the greatest rock performers of all time as Springsteen takes the stage with his energetic E Street Band as part of the group’s first North American tour in more than six years. You’ll hear tracks from the 2020 album “Letter to You,” plus classics chosen from an extensive repertoire including “Hungry Heart,” “Out in the Street,” “My Hometown,” “The River,” “Thunder Road,” “Born to Run,” “Badlands,” “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Prove It All Night” and “Jungleland.”
Feb. 7 at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood