Best Concert Venues in Miami

Written by Muhammad Qadeer

When it comes to entertainment and parties, very few US cities can measure up to Miami, as the sunshine city is filled with entertainment venues and leisure spots. As far as music and performing arts is concerned, Miami has really grown over the years - with underground acts as well as some of the leading artists from around the world performing at the city's shores. In this blog, we look at the best concert venues Miami has to offer.

1. Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts

Adrienne Arsht Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts was built a decade ago by distinguished architect Cesar Pelli, and ever since, the venue has been used extensively by musicians, and performing artists to delight audiences. As the largest performing arts center in Florida, the institution is well known for hosting touring Broadway productions, international ballet performers and Florida Grand Opera Productions. The performing arts center is located on 701 Brickell Avenue, south of Miami river.

2. Ball and Chain

Ball and Chain

Owing its unusual name to the history of Cuban diaspora in Miami, Ball and Chain is one of the most famous landmarks in the hispanic neighbourhood of Little Havana. Established way back in the 1930s, the Calle Ocho inspired place is a heaven for lovers of Latin music. The place is almost always stacked with live performances by celebrated salsa, jazz and soul artists. On the side, patrons can indulge in an exotic mix of tacos, mojitos and mariquitas. If you ever wanted to attend a music festival in a pineapple-shaped structure, Ball and Chain is the place to be at.

3. FTX Arena

FTX Arena

Home to NBA Championship outfit Miami Heat, FTX arena hosts concerts from world-famous artists all year long. Renowned acts such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Madonna, Taylor Swift make regular pit stops at the arena. The 20,000 seater arena also has a state-of-the-art Waterfront Theater, which can accommodate up to 6000 people and is used to host cultural events, family shows, and visual art performances. FTX Arena was inaugurated in 1999 by none other than Gloria Estefan with one of her trademark performances. The arena is located on the Biscayne Boulevard strip.

4. New World Center

New World Center

New World Center was developed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry; with acoustics developed by Yasuhisa Toyota. The venue is home to the New World Symphony, America’s largest orchestral academy, under the leadership of Grammy award-winning Michael Tilson Thomas. This bold waterfront concert hall can house up to 700 guests at a time. In addition to the musical performances, visitors can gaze at the incredible Miami Beach Art Deco skyline, nestled beautifully between the dramatic ocean and views of the bay. New World Center is located in South Beach near Lincoln Road.

5. Las Rosas

Las Rosas

Miami is well known for its vibrant nightlife - with indulgence in music and food favourite pastimes of people. Las Rosas is one of those spots that combines the two together with pomp. The place offers delicious Hispanic and European cuisine and quite a few fancy drinks in the backdrop of live music. The bar’s walls are adorned with murals of iconic rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Elvis Pressley, with 7-10 shows held every week. The venue comprises four distinct areas: the main front room with a bar, a photo booth, and a pool table; a corridor area with an additional bar; a back room with a well-sized stage and DJ booth, and an outside patio for sitting under the stars. Las Rosas can be found in the neighbourhood of Allapattah.

6. North Beach Bandshell

North Beach Bandshell

North Beach Bandshell is the picture-perfect destination for those who want the waves of the sea caress their soul while shaking a leg to live music. This gem of a venue lets visitors experience Miami at its very best - music on the beach, under the lofty coconut trees. North Beach Bandshell is the ideal place to hear and appreciate local acts such as the NuDeco Ensemble, FM, House of Creatives, GroundUp and the Youth Music Festival. North Beach Bandshell is on Collins Ave, Miami Beach.