Live Entertainment Venues in Miami, FL
What today is The Fillmore started as the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, the site of dance and song performances in the 1950s. The theater underwent several identity changes becoming home to the Jackie Gleason show in the 60s, Broadway and musicals in the 70s and 80s, and theater and concerts in the 90s. Today, the Fillmore is a favorite venue for live concerts by big names and lesser known bands, and live performances including comedy and ballet. Drinks and food come with Miami Beach price tags as does parking if you want to valet at the theater but there are plenty of parking lots around.
Miami has its fair share of nightclubs but Grand Central has established itself as one as a popular live music venue bringing indie acts from around the world to downtown Miami. Located in what used to be an old railway station, the large space has the look and feel of a warehouse and has plenty of room for concertgoers to dance while enjoying the live music acts on stage. Drinks don’t come cheap but unlike at other nightclubs in town, the cover charges are reasonable and the dress code is laid back.
Blink and you might miss this independent performing arts space and coffee house in Little Havana. PAX, which stands for Performing Arts Exchange, is a great place to get some coffee and relax during the day and catch some of Miami’s best Latin fusion and alternative bands at night. The intimate space looks a bit like a lounge and offers enough room to dance when the beats of Latin and Afro-Cuban funk flow through the air. Ice cold beers are reasonably priced and parking is hassle-free. There’s no place quite like it in Miami.
Referred to simply as the Arsht Center, this performing arts complex is made up of three main venues – the James L. Knight Concert Hall, Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet and Opera House and the Carnival Studio Theater – that host some of the city’s best entertainment acts. In addition to being the home of the Miami City Ballet and Florida Grand Opera, the Arsht Center offers a full season of Broadway musicals, jazz, theater and performances by the New World Symphony and comedians from Billy Crystal to Seinfeld. For a pre-show bite to eat or a cocktail visit the on-site Prelude by Barton G. and The Bombay Sapphire Lounge.
The campus of the New World Symphony is an impressive architectural structure. Designed by Frank Gehry, the complex has various performance spaces from the gorgeous concert hall to an outdoor space where video art and films are projected. The season kicks off in September with chamber music and orchestra concerts as well as a children’s concert series and percussion concerts. The season at the New World Center also includes a number of free concerts and mini-concerts – half hour performances that cost $2.50 – that makes the symphony’s music accessible to all. Those looking for a livelier night out will love Pulse, late-night events where contemporary music is mixed with electronica.