If you love live music and good times, Miami has no shortage of concert venues for you to have a memorable night out.
From state-of-the-art performing arts centers and open-air amphitheaters with A-list music acts, to local bars with up-and-coming bands, Miami’s music scene has a little something for everyone.
If you're looking for the biggest acts in music, look no further than the AmericanAirlines Arena, or the “Triple A,” as the locals call it. Home of the Miami HEAT, this 12,000-capacity venue hosts world tour stops for internationally renowned acts like Beyonce, Madonna, Coldplay, Adele, Taylor Swift, and in 2018, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Ed Sheeran and even Elton John. Designed by Arquitectonica, this world-class, waterfront arena opened in 1999 with an inaugural concert by local superstar Gloria Estefan. Sitting right on Biscayne Bay, the arena serves everything from craft beer, wine and cocktails, to concession stands with Bodega, Miami Smokers, Sergio’s Cuban Café and Grill and more. If you like your concert with a little sit-down dinner beforehand, head to Hyde at AmericanAirlines Arena, in section 114, for food by award-winning chefs, bottle service and premium cocktails. Located at 601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performance venue in Miami, the largest performing arts center in Florida, and one of the biggest in the United States. Mostly known as a theater and ballet venue, it has five different venues and hosts a range of musical performances from jazz, classical and world music, to rock, pop, R&B, and of course, opera. The latter is usually performed by the Florida Grand Opera, which calls this massive performing arts center its home. Located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
One of Miami's most historic music venues, The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater has been around since 1950. In the past, it hosted legends like Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, and today it’s operated by Live Nation and brings in Grammy-winning acts like Bon Iver, Fiona Apple, Wilco, Miguel and more. Located at 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.
New World Center
The young, state-of-the-art New World Center was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. Located in South Beach and home to the famed New World Symphony, both founded and directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, the concert hall seats over 700 people and features a rooftop event space and a public park in front. The public park houses the innovative SoundScape area, which has become known for its free, live "wallcasts" of select concerts happening on the New World Center stage. Located at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach.
Among Miami rock and punk lovers, Churchill’s Pub is pretty much an institution. Sitting in Little Haiti, this dive bar and music venue’s stage hosts live music from local punk, metal, and hardcore bands every night of the week. It was first built in 1979 and since then it has been rumored to be the place where names like Marilyn Manson, Agent Orange, Michale Graves, The Mavericks and Iggy Pop launched their careers. Go for a beer, and stay for the concert—at Churchill’s Pub, you’re always guaranteed good music and a good time. Located at 5501 NE Second Avenue, Miami.
Miami Marine Stadium
When Hurricane Andrew destroyed and shuttered Miami Marine Stadium in 1992, Miamians lost a coveted event space. Sitting in Key Biscayne, it was designed by 28-year-old Cuban architect, Hilario Candela, and was officially dedicated as the Ralph Munroe Marine Stadium on December 23, 1963. Luckily, City of Miami engineers, city planners and architects have come together to redesign and revitalize the historic waterfront stadium, which is expected to open in 2020. Thanks to a $40-million renovation, the new-and-improved Miami Marine Stadium will have a floating stage for classical, rock and pop music concerts and performances, as well as a roster of other events. Located at 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne.
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Coral Gables hosts regular concerts at its 600-seat Gusman Concert Hall. The performances by talented students as well as professors range from symphonic concerts and jazz performances, to chamber music, vocal performances and more. Putting on over 100 concerts per year, most performances at the Gusman Concert Hall are free to the public. Located at 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables.
Called everything from White Room to Eve, the 400-capacity bar and concert venue - now known as 1306 - regularly brings local and national bands to Downtown Miami. Watch the music live in the event space, or if you need a break from the crowds, grab a drink at a candlelit table in the dark, cozy The Bar at 1306. Both intimate and spacious, at 1306, you can expect to find bands like Angel Olsen, Kelela, Classixx and even Latin Grammy Award-winner Vicente García. Located at 1306 N. Miami Avenue, Miami.
North Beach Bandshell
Like its name implies, the North Beach Bandshell is for concert-goers who like to feel the Atlantic Ocean breeze in their hair. Sitting in North Beach, this pearl of a venue gives music lovers the quintessential Miami experience. Attracting local bands, big-name acts and music festivals alike, it’s here that you’ll find FM, House of Creatives, GroundUp, the Youth Music Festival and more. The best part? When you go, you get a live concert under the stars. Located at 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park
Bayfront Park is a lush 32-acre park on Biscayne Bay. The historic park, opened in 1925, has a small sand beach, a tropical rock garden, a waterfall and a beautiful outdoor concert venue - the Klipsch Amphitheater. The open-air amphitheater was renovated in 2009 and attracts all sorts of musical acts to Miami in a laid-back, festival-style atmosphere. Bayfront Park is unique in that it hosts both musical acts and annual city-wide events, like Pitbull's NYE Revolution and Ultra Music Festival. Located at 301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
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