She just did a history-making set as a headliner at Lollapalooza, her second album of 2023 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, and she’s bringing her first stadium tour to South Florida this weekend for not one, but two performances at spacious Hard Rock Stadium.
She’s Karol G, and the stylish Colombian singer is only making it more apparent that she has quickly reached a place where the word “superstar” is not hyperbole.
For the record, she became the first Latina to top the bill at Lollapalooza on Aug. 3 and her new album, “Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season),” was the mainstream Billboard 200 chart’s first No. 1 all-Spanish-language album by a woman. This success follows a career-changing 2022, when her arena tour became the highest-grossing U.S. tour by a female Latin act in history.
By all accounts, Karol G is an entertainer who works best on a grand scale, with performances carried by soaring emotions, and a deep and unaffected connection with her mostly female fan base.
A Billboard reviewer called her nearly two-hour Lollapalooza set, backed by an all-female band, a “momentous” and passionate performance. In a review of her recent sold-out Rose Bowl concert, Variety called it “a total party,” filled with flags of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and other nations, that reduced Karol G to tears of gratitude.
The singer will perform at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with tickets starting at $92+ at Ticketmaster.com.
Got soul? Texas soul singer Leon Bridges (his recent duet with Miranda Lambert, “If You Were Mine,” is one of the good things to happen to the Lone Star State this summer) brings his Grammy-winning sound to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets start at $45+ at MyHRL.com.
Ticket window: Actor-comedian George Lopez will bring his tour to Hard Rock Live on Nov. 10, with tickets (starting at $56+) now available in a venue presale via the Hard Rock Facebook, Twitter/X and Instagram accounts. The general on-sale begins at 10 a.m. Friday at MyHRL.com. … Tickets (starting at $75+) for Pentatonix‘s holiday-season stop at Hard Rock Live on Dec. 14 have a venue presale on the same social media accounts at 10 a.m. Thursday, then go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at MyHRL.com. … Tickets (starting $58.46+) for salsa king Gilberto Santa Rosa at Hard Rock Live on Feb. 17 went on sale Wednesday at MyHRL.com.
Give them a hand: Palm Beach Meats, admired purveyor of Kobe and Wagyu beef in West Palm Beach, will soft-launch a new idea on Friday: Weekend Patio Hangs with Papi~Nadas. Running from 5 to 11 p.m., the gatherings will include elevated handhelds from Papi~Nadas Empanada Bar and, for your other hand, an exclusive menu of drinks from legendary local barkeep Brett Hart (Pedro’s Fine Wines). Visit PalmBeachMeats.com.
Del Rey in West Palm Beach: Alt-pop chanteuse Lana Del Rey has included iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach among the 10 stops on her just-announced fall tour in support of her album “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.” Tickets for the Sept. 23 concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at LiveNation.com.
Friday laughs: The smirkier half of the “Weekend Update” tag team on “Saturday Night Live,” Colin Jost performs at Hard Rock Live at 8 p.m. Friday. Ticket start at $39+ at MyHRL.com.
Happy New Year: Actor, writer and comedian Fortune Feimster will share her forward-thinking storytelling during a New Year’s Eve show at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tickets (starting at $29.50+) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Kravis.org.
Here we art: The Boca Raton Museum of Art will host the Art & Ale Soirée fundraiser on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Do not let that accent mark over the é fool you — the evening has fun, let-your-hair-down potential. Surrounded by the museum’s compelling new exhibits (the vibrant canvases of Sari Dienes and mesmerizing installations by Sri Prabha and Matthew Schrieber, including one of the world’s largest holograms), you’ll find unlimited sampling of familiar local beers (Barrel of Monks Brewing and Prosperity Brewers are partners in the event) and pub bites for purchase (from American Social Bar & Kitchen, Crazy Uncle Mike’s, Yard House and Cielito Artisan Pops). Advance tickets cost $45 (members $40), $55 day of. Visit BocaMuseum.org.
Private dinner: Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery in downtown Fort Lauderdale will be the setting for a four-course, beer-pairing collaboration with chef Jorge Montes (Sazoned) and Dream State Brewery. Tickets for the intimate dinner, which will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in a private room inside Sistrunk Marketplace, cost $75. For a peek at the menu and more information, visit Facebook.com/sazoned.
In honor of Cory Bartle: Local chef and skateboarder Cory Bartle will be remembered during the Bartle BBQ Hang, a fundraiser happening from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. Bartle died from an accidental overdose on Oct. 22 at age 34. Events will include barbecue (donated by SandyJames Catering), skateboarding (there will be a half-pipe competition with prizes) and a demonstration by skateboard pro Kai Canduba. Tickets cost $50, or $35 for guests age 13 to 30, with all proceeds going to the Hanley Foundation’s Cory Bartle Memorial Fund, which plans to offer scholarships to individuals with substance disorders. Entry is free for kids 12 and younger. Visit HanleyFoundation.org/bbq.
Taste of Cambodia: Hospitable natural-wine destination Small Wine Shop, in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village, on Saturday will host a (wining and) dining event called Grooves, Grapes and Grill, which includes a pop-up of Cambodian dishes from chef Bee Chhim and vinyl beats from DJ KR Soto. Of course, they’ll also have a selection of natural wine curated for the event, which runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m. (Postscript: On Friday at 8 p.m., Small Wine Shop will host another edition of The Buzzed Bee, a spelling bee with wine. If you know, you know.) Visit SmallWineShop.com.
Could get messy: You are encouraged to dress up like Mrs. David Beckham (Posh Spice) on Saturday for the sing-along Spice Girls Drag Brunch at the Dania Improv, beginning at 2 p.m. The show is, yes, 21-and-older and it’s a comedy club, so there’s a two-drink minimum. Tickets cost $18+, or $28 for reserved seats. Visit DaniaImprov.com.
Saturday night live: Matisyahu, always better outdoors, brings his summer tour to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Saturday, with openers G. Love & Special Sauce and Cydeways. Tickets for the all-ages show cost $34+ at PompanoBeachArts.org. … Beloved reggae singer Beres Hammond brings his silky jams to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale for shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $49.50+ at BrowardCenter.org/events. … Los Tigres Del Norte, one of the most important bands (and voices for change) in regional Mexican music, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Live. Tickets start at $45+ at MyHRL.com.
Sommore laughs: South Florida-based comedy queen Sommore, who filmed her 2023 Netflix special “Sommore: Queen Chandelier” at The Wick Theatre, returns to Boca Raton for four shows this weekend at The Studio at Mizner Park. Performances will be at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with tickets at $35+ (VIP $50+) at TheStudioAtMiznerPark.com.
Beer for dogs: Downtown dog park/bar BRK Republic hosts its second annual West Palm Beach Beer Festival on Saturday (some call it National Dog Day), raising money for local nonprofits Friends of Jupiter Beach and Lake Worth Beach Cares. More than 20 breweries and distilleries are expected to be at the Clematis Street hot spot from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are priced according to admission time: VIP 5 p.m. entry costs $65, 6 p.m. general admission is $50 and late arrival at 8 p.m. is $30. The 21-and-older event is dog-friendly, but pets must be leashed at all times. Visit BRKRepublic.com.
Divers down: Be honest, as soon as that crazy 27-meter diving platform opened last year at the Aquatic Center at the International Swimming Hall of Fame complex in Fort Lauderdale, you wanted to see it host an extreme diving event like the Skyfall Tour. The inaugural tour will bring top divers for freestyle and technical high-dive competitions at the pool on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. (doors open at 3:15 p.m.). Tickets for the event cost $10+, or $35+ for families up to four, at HighDiveGlobal.com/skyfall.
Cinema Day: Sunday brings the second annual National Cinema Day, when many movie theaters around the country, from large chains to indie art houses, will offer tickets for just $4. If you’ve been Barbenheimer-ed out, be aware that some theaters are hosting anniversary screenings for classics “American Graffiti” (50th) and “Jurassic Park” (30th), as well as “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig’s culty “Lady Bird.” Check your local theater for updates.
Hard night: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper AND Ministry and Filter?! The Freaks on Parade 2023 Tour hits iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $29.50+, or $22.25+ as part of a lawn four-pack, at LiveNation.com.