Things to do this week in South Florida: Chitãozinho & Xororó, comedian Sam Morril, a night of Van Halen in Boca Raton


Not enough tribute is paid to the multidenominational inspiration found on the South Florida jazz scene, this week replete with music of distinct origins and imaginations.

Miami’s Lemon City Trio brings a youthful fearlessness to their expansive off-road journeys, which can be heard at Lagniappe House on Tuesday. (Lagniappe will host Aaron Lebos’ engaging new modern-jazz quartet, Abstract Citizen, on Wednesday.)


The recently formed Delray Jazz Collective will be in West Palm Beach with pianist Peter Primamore, a veteran composer whose work has turned up in a variety of interesting places on television.

Music director Martin Hand, whose resume includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Burt Bacharach, Eartha Kitt and Michael Feinstein, will lead the Gold Coast Jazz Quartet in an evening of jazz and wine on Thursday at the Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach. Our cup runneth over.


8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Lagniappe House, Miami; free;

Lemon City Trio (Brian Robertson, organ; Nick Tannura, guitar; Aaron Glueckauf, drums) speaks in a jazzy-funk polyglot that vibrates into my being at a cellular level, and whether I crank it up to 11 or let it chill in the background, it produces a very pleasurable hum. Their album “Cliffs” was one of my favorite pandemic jams, especially the groovy sojourn “Road Home,” which I appreciate even more thanks to their recent twangy and refreshing acoustic retake.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, Northwood Art & Music Warehouse, West Palm Beach; free;

In a similar fashion, pianist Peter Primamore, saxophonist Ben Sparrow and drummer/keyboardist Tom Regis color outside the smudged lines of jazz, invoking elements of rock, pop, classical and folk into the music they make as the Delray Jazz Collective. The trio is making its debut at Northwood Art & Music Warehouse, home to a down-to-earth scene that may hit you just right.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, Books & Books, Coral Gables; free;

Author Jessie Burton will discuss “The House of Fortune” (Bloomsbury Publishing, $28), the well-reviewed sequel to her millions-selling hit “The Miniaturist,” in a conversation led by GableStage producing artistic director Bari Newport. Books will be available for purchase, and Burton will be on hand to sign after the talk.

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, Pompano Beach; $20 for general admission and $15 for Pompano Beach residents at

The music and wine-tasting series features Martin Hand and the Gold Coast Jazz Quartet performing music from some of his favorite guitar and sax pairings from different periods in jazz. Among them are guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Eddie Harris, Mike Stern and Michael Brecker, Jim Hall and Sonny Rollins, and George Benson and the great Dexter Gordon. The wine tasting takes place from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by an hourlong set of music.


8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8; 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10; Dania Improv, Dania Beach; $25+ at

Sam Morril just premiered a new Netflix special, “Same Time Tomorrow,” to strong reviews, continuing a breakout year that’s been years in the making. A sports fan (if you call what the Knicks do a sport), he recently started a YouTube podcast, “Games With Names,” with former Patriots star Julian Edelman. In June, Morril did a turn on the opening episode of David Letterman’s Netflix talker “That’s My Time,” where he had a few things to say about his time in Florida: “You will never be more pro-choice than on a flight back from Orlando.” All in good fun, people.

6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale; free;

Hosted by the Broward County Cultural Division and Destination Sistrunk, and led by singer-songwriter and producer Elsten Torres, the concert will celebrate the release of the all-originals “SongFest” album, the culmination of work by participants in the first-ever SongFest seminar in 2019. The evening, which begins with refreshments and networking, features performances by Torres and local artists, including DJ Hii Rickyy (Cush Creation), The Jupiter Troupe, and Keysel and The Ecstatic Family Band.


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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale; $65.41+ at

The duo is sometimes described as the kings of Brazilian country music, which is not the stretch that the uninitiated observer might think. In his trademark Stetson, Chitãozinho suggests the moody swagger of Dwight Yoakam, and their concerts are long on the kind of showmanship and spectacle that might make Nashville blush. But like the best country artists, they are storytellers and are beloved by their fans, who have bought nearly every ticket for this Broward Center show, part of a tour celebrating 50 years of music from Chitãozinho & Xororó.


8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Crazy Uncle Mike’s, Boca Raton; $15+ at

If you need a tribute band fix, Van Halen simulators Completely Unchained are about as good as it gets in South Florida, led by part-time Palm Beach County resident Gene Henriksen and eerily accurate Eddie Van Halen doppelganger Jake Miller.

9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton; $35+ at

The Austin-based quintet — Juan Alfredo Ríos, Jackie O’Brien, Mia Carruthers, Curtis Roush, and Zac Catanzaro — produce wildly freeform psych rock, perhaps defying expectations for that other large weird state on the Gulf Coast. Last month, they released a video of their bewitching cover of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” (with culty guest vocalist Israel Nash), because why not?

Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at Follow on Instagram @BenCrandell and Twitter @BenCrandell.


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