The Red Hot Chili Peppers arrive in South Florida this week for a world tour that has defined the summer concert season wherever it has stopped, greeted by rave reviews who seem to be welcoming back a band that doesn’t never left.
It is clear that the Chili Peppers are experiencing a period of unique energy and fertility. In April, RHCP released the double album “Unlimited Love,” and in July, they announced that a second double album, “Return of the Dream Canteen,” will be released in October.
It’s an amazing creative beat for a band that’s managed to stay relevant for over 30 years – the Chili Peppers won the Best Rock VMA category for “Black Summer” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. They were also the recipients of this year’s Global Icon Award.
At a gig a few weeks ago in Nashville, the band’s maniacal bassist, Flea, told the crowd why they were so inspired.
“We have recovered John Frusciante. That’s why,” he said.
The son of Broward circuit judge John Frusciante (a Juilliard-trained concert pianist), Frusciante Jr. has been an enigmatic member of the Chili Peppers since the launch of their 1991 breakthrough, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”
As he proves again on “Unlimited Love”, Frusciante is one of rock’s transcendent guitarists and his latest return to RHCP offered many poignant reminders of what was missed during his time away from the band.
In a statement on the new records, the Chili Peppers said, “We set out to find ourselves as the band we’ve always been. … We understood. Two double albums released in quick succession. The second is easily as significant as the first or should it be reversed? ‘Return of the Dream Canteen’ is everything we are and have always dreamed of being.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens; $100+ to Ticketmaster.com
The stadium dominating tour of the summer brings an invigorated RHCP to Hard Rock Stadium with two solid opening acts, New York post-punk torchbearers The Strokes and the funkadelic Thundercat. Reviews across the country have been strong. The Hard Rock Stadium show is nearly sold out, with Ticketmaster resale tickets starting at just over $100.
8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, The Ground, Miami; $40+ to TheGroundMiami.com
The iconic feminist provocateur, musician and pioneering performance artist will celebrate the 20th anniversary of seminal album “The Teaches of Peaches” with a track-by-track cover. This show, previously scheduled at the Miami Beach Bandshell (formerly the North Beach Bandshell), has moved to The Ground in Miami (34 NE 11th St.), where bandshell tickets will be honored.
8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, FTX Arena, Miami; $81+ to Ticketmaster.com
The king of reggaeton basically sold out FTX Arena on Saturday and tickets are again limited, but not impossible. At the risk of becoming the Elton John of reggaeton farewell tours, Daddy Yankee should again say goodbye to South Florida with two more concerts, December 21 and 22 at the FTX Arena. See Ticketmaster.com.
From Thursday September 1 to Friday September 30; DowntownDelrayBeach.com/restaurantmonth
The seventh annual discount dining month features more than 50 restaurants, cafes and casual eateries offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, happy hour and brunch specials and culinary events, including including some of the hottest new spaces in town: Akira Back, The Falcon, Costa by OK&M, Bar 25 Gastropub, Drift Kitchen & Bar and Throw Social.
6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Benvenuto Restaurant, Boynton Beach; $50 to BoyntonFoodWineBrew.com
The annual event features an unlimited sampling of restaurants and breweries that you love or would like to love, all in one place inside Benvenuto’s historic restaurant and event venue. Restaurants range from MEAT Eatery and Taproom to I Heart Mac & Cheese, while breweries represented include NOBO and Copperpoint, as well as Funky Buddha, Barrel of Monks and Hopportunities.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton; $53+ (standing room), $78+ (seat) at Ticketmaster.com
The veteran British reggae-pop band, now featuring new lead singer Matt Doyle, will bring back all the hits you forgot you loved, including ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’, ‘Red Red Wine”, the Chrissie Hynde collaboration “I Got You Babe” and, if we’re lucky, their underrated cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross”. The tour includes a solid line-up of openings: The Original Wailers (led by guitarist Al Anderson, band member on Bob Marley’s iconic “Legend” album), Maxi Priest and Big Mountain.
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7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 1; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; $77.50+ ($41 for students) at ArshtCenter.org
Area Stage’s one-of-a-kind production of the classic musical — audiences sit on benches throughout the Carnival Studio Theater, which has been transformed into the Beast’s enchanted castle — creates what director Giancarlo Rodaz calls “a Disney experience magic of epic proportions”. The show’s sold-out first run at the Arsht Center has been extended to September 4.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, September 2 and 3, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale; $39+ at BrowardCenter.org
Known as “King of Lovers Rock” – a brand of smooth reggae flirtation that reflected the passion of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye – Hammond returns for another two-night date with his legion of fans in the south Florida. Expect the Grammy nominee to perform hits like ‘They Gonna Talk’, ‘Tempted to Touch’, ‘I Feel Good’, ‘Putting Up Resistance’, ‘Rock Away’ and ‘No Disturb Sign’ .
7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. from Friday to Saturday, September 2 and 3; 7 p.m. Sunday, September 4; Palm Beach Improv, West Palm Beach; $30+ to PalmBeachImprov.com
A veteran comedian, Lavell Crawford will never need another introduction, having played Saul Goodman’s hulking but lovable bodyguard, Huell Babineaux, on ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’.