What Kind Of Live Music Is Popular In South Florida?


You have many options for live music in South Florida. Whether you are new to the South Florida region or are familiar with the area but want new experiences, you may find yourself wondering what kind of music is popular in South Florida?

We will explore popular genres in South Florida and famous musicians from South Florida. We will also offer suggestions on where to go to hear live music.​​​​​​

Popular Genres And Famous Musicians From South Florida​​​​​​​​​​​​

There are many famous musicians from South Florida.​​​​​​

  • Grammy-nominated bebop jazz drummer Robert Thomas Jr. was born in Miami and grew up in North Miami Beach. He has played in bands such as The Weather Report and has released a solo album on a local Miami label.​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Swing drummer David “Panama” Francis was born in Miami. He played as a session musician on a number of hit songs by various artists, including “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin, “Runaround Sue” by Dion DiMucci, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like A Man” by The Four Seasons.​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Bebop jazz pioneer Theodore “Fats” Navarro was born in Key West. He was inducted into the DownBeat Magazine hall of fame in 1982.​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Trumpeter Pete Minger studied music at the University of Miami.​​​​​​
  • Cuban composer, jazz trumpeter, and pianist Arturo Sandoval have been part of the Miami music scene since 1990.​​​​​​
  • Chris Carrabba (of alternative rock bands Dashboard Confessional and Further Seems Forever) is from Boca Raton, and he attended Florida Atlantic University.​​​​​​
  • Saigon Kick, a band from Coral Springs, had a song called “Love Is On the Way” that reached the top 12 on the Billboard charts.​​​​​​
  • Christian Alternative band Tenth Avenue North is based in West Palm Beach.​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Disco and funk band KC and the Sunshine Band are from Hialeah, and they released their first eight albums on local label TK Records.​​​​​​
  • The albums “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac and “Hotel California” by The Eagles were recorded at Criteria Studios in North Miami.​​​​​​
  • Critical Mass, from Miami, was one of the first American punk bands to release an indie single. The song is called “Silver Screen,” and it was released in 1978.​​​​​​
  • Notable punk, metalcore, and pop punk bands from South Florida include Against All Authority, Poison The Well, and New Found Glory.​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Fort Lauderdale was the starting place for metal bands such as Marilyn Manson, Monstrosity, and Kult of Azazel.​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Metal bands Cynic, Hibernus Mortis, and I Set My Friends On Fire are from Miami.​​​​​​
  • Pop artist Ariana Grande is from Boca Raton. She has had five No. 1 albums on the Billboard Hot 100 and six #1 Hot 100 songs.​​​​​​
  • The ‘80s Latin pop group Expose, and the girl group Fifth Harmony (including now-solo artist Camila Cabello) are from Miami.​​​​​​
  • 1 Hot 100 artists Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, and Jason Derulo are from South Florida.​​​​​​ Rappers Pitbull and the late XXXTentacion are from South Florida.​​​​​​
  • Jimmy Buffet is based in Key West. He has had one album top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.​​​​​​
  • R&B/hip-hop group, Pretty Ricky, is from Miami. Their 2007 album “Late Night Special” reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Rapper Rick Ross, who began his career in Miami Gardens, has had five No. 1 albums.​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Rapper Kodak Black was born in Pompano Beach. He had one album reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.​​​​​​
  • “The Queen of Latin Pop” Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine had three number-one hits on the Hot 100 in the 1980s.​​​​​​
  • Miami bass is a bass-heavy style of hip-hop with sexually-explicit lyrics that was created in Miami in the mid-1980s. DJ Laz was an early innovator of the genre, but the group 2 Live Crew made the genre more well-known.
  • Rap/hip-hop label and management company Valholla Entertainment is based in Miami.
  • The hip-hop collective Raider Klan was formed in Miami Gardens’ Carol City neighborhood in 2008. It was made up of SpaceGhostPurrp, Dough Dough Da Don, Jitt, Kadafi, and Muney
  • The Winter Music Conference (WMC) and the Ultra Music Festival are two electronic music festivals that are held in Miami every March.
  • House-music production team Murk was formed in Miami in 1991.
  • Prominent 1990s dance music groups include Planet Soul and No Mercy, both from Miami.

​​​​Where Can I Go To Hear Live Music In South Florida?

With such rich roots in music, it makes sense there ​​​​​​ are many live music venues in South Florida, from large arenas to intimate stages. If you want to enjoy live music while you have dinner or drinks, Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach is a great option​​​​​​

We host live music seven nights a week – all our live music events are held on our patio, where you can enjoy views of the golf course.​​​​​​

You do not need to purchase tickets or pay a cover charge to attend live music events at Galuppi’s, but you can reserve a band table for Friday or Saturday night for a small fee.​​​​​​​​​​​​

We offer a special band night menu on Friday and Saturday nights. We have nightly dinner specials Monday through Friday, including Monday Rib Night, Ahi Tuna Wednesday, Bottomless Tacos Thursday, and Fish Fry Friday.

Check out our event calendar for more information on live music this weekend.


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