Music is your escape in Miami this week. Hear it at Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale or at the Fillmore, where Iggy Pop will perform. Or, choose your own tunes to bump on Record Store Day, when the sale of vinyl is on. Take a break from melodies to listen to the Morningside Historic Home Tour, which favors Art Deco and Revival styles, or speakers like Colin Powell and Pitbull at Miami’s eMerge Americas tech festival.
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April 15–17 | Music festival
Tortuga Music Festival
Most music festivals take place in an open field or a desert landscape; Tortuga Festival takes place right on the sand, in the middle of the city on a Ft. Lauderdale beach. Arrive by water taxi, cowboy hat in hand, to hear the country tunes of headliners Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Tim McGraw.
1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale | From $100 | website
April 16 | Music
Record Store Day
Every year the line in front of Sweat Records gets longer and longer on Record Store Day. This year, they’re anticipating that people will be in line with their vegan coffee beverages by 7 a.m. By 8 a.m., DJ Le Spam will be there spinning and doors will open for the Sweat Sidewalk Sale, an annual clearance event, where you can get great deals on vinyl records and other merchandise. There’s also a whole lineup of local musicians on deck, including Party Flag, Bleubird, EONS, Holly Hunt, Treasure Teeth, and more.
7 a.m.–9 p.m. | 55 NE 2nd Ave., Miami | (786) 693-9309 | Free | website
April 17 | Architecture tour
Morningside Historic Home Tours
Morningside, a small Miami neighborhood full of historic art deco homes, is tucked behind a gate and off the main thoroughfare of Biscayne Boulevard. This Sunday, the gates are opening—as are the front doors—for the 27th Annual Morningside Historic Home Tour. Homes from the Mediterranean, art deco, and revival styles will be visited. Stay in the neighborhood after for “Taste of Morningside,” where local restaurants will serve food and local artists will exhibit their work.
12–5 p.m. | Meet at 56th St. and 6th Ave., Morningside | $25 | website
This two-day technology event draws people from across disciplines to connect with new companies and people with innovative ideas. This year the “Women, Innovation, and Technology” summit (April 19 only) is drawing attention, as are the keynote speakers, which include names like General Colin Powell, Monica Lewinsky, Pitbull, and Cesar Conde.
Times vary | 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach | From $55 | website
April 19 | Concert
Iggy Pop’s four-stop tour comes to his adopted hometown for a performance at the Fillmore Miami Beach with local act Jacuzzi Boys. Iggy’s newest album, Post Pop Depression, is a collaboration with Queen of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, and you should expect to see the entire band along for the performance. Also in attendance: Matt Helders, the drummer of the band the Artic Moneys.
8 p.m. | 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | (305) 673-7300 | From $60 | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.