On the List - Miami Beach Keeps Things Going

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Things aren’t slowing down just yet. In fact this weekend might just be one of the most exciting ones yet. As much as I hate to admit it, Miami Beach seems to be keeping things strong as we head into the summer. Don’t worry, I secretly still prefer the Downtown scene.

Tonight, hometown hero Lazaro Casanova stops by Dream (1532 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) to bring his signature electro-house, which is slowly making him a superstar DJ the world over. Casanova first got his start spinning at the now-defunct Revolver party, but it wasn’t until Toronto DJ duo MSTRKRFT took him under his wing that he garnered enough exposure to create a buzz. Trust me when I say, check him out tonight before this kid gets too big.

For those smart enough to realize South Beach door policy is a joke, head over to Buck 15 (707 Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach) Friday, where you will only be bothered if you aren’t having a good time. DJ Ryan Evans (Revolver/Pawn Shop) spins the best mix of rock classics, indie favorites and everything in between. And unlike the rest of the Beach, the drink prices won’t leave you broke.

If you haven’t heard of Deadmau5, you probably have been living under a rock. During Winter Music Conference, he was probably one of the most lauded DJs. Now you have the chance to catch the Toronto DJ again as he brings his mix of progressive house Saturday to Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets are being pre-sold for $20, which if you are smart you’d snatch one up right away.

Want to rub elbows with Miami’s beautiful people? Than check out Mokai (235 23rd St., Miami Beach) Tuesday for Favela Chic, one of the city’s hottest nights around and best excuse to go into work hungover the next day. DJ Ross One puts out an amazing mix of hip-hop, pop, dance and Brazilian baile funk that keeps the crowds moving. Door policy here can be a little frustrating, but once inside you’ll realize it was all worth it.

- Jose D. Duran

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