The Red Hot Chili Peppers arrive in South Florida this week on a world tour that has defined the summer concert season wherever it has stopped, greeted by enthusiastic reviews that seem to welcome back a band that never left.
Clearly the Chili Peppers are experiencing a period of unique energy and fertility. In April, RHCP released the double album “Unlimited Love,” and in July they let it be known that a second double album, “Return of the Dream Canteen,” will be released in October.
It’s an astonishing creative pace for a band that has managed to stay relevant for more than 30 years — the Chili Peppers won in the Best Rock VMA category for “Black Summer” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. They also were the recipients of this year’s Global Icon Award.
At a show a couple of weeks ago in Nashville, the band’s maniacal bassist, Flea, told the crowd why they have been so inspired.
“We’ve got John Frusciante back. That’s why,” he said.
The son of Broward Circuit Judge John Frusciante (a Juilliard-trained concert pianist), Frusciante Jr. has been an enigmatic on-off member of the Chili Peppers since igniting their 1991 breakthrough, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”
As he proves again on “Unlimited Love,” Frusciante is one of rock’s transcendent guitarists and his latest return to RHCP has offered plenty of poignant reminders of what was missed during his times away from the band.
In a statement about the new records, the Chili Peppers said: “We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been. … We figured it out. Two double albums released back to back. The second of which is easily as meaningful as the first or should that be reversed? ‘Return of the Dream Canteen’ is everything we are and ever dreamed of being.”
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens; $100+ at Ticketmaster.com
The dominant stadium tour of the summer brings a reinvigorated RHCP to Hard Rock Stadium with two strong opening acts, NYC post-punk torchbearers The Strokes and the funkadelic Thundercat. Reviews around the country have been strong. The Hard Rock Stadium show is just about sold out, with Ticketmaster resale tickets starting at a little over $100.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, The Ground, Miami; $40+ at TheGroundMiami.com
The iconic feminist provocateur, musician and trailblazing performance artist will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the seminal “The Teaches of Peaches” album with a track-by-track reprisal. This show, previously scheduled at the Miami Beach Bandshell (formerly the North Beach Bandshell), has been moved to The Ground in Miami (34 NE 11th St.), where bandshell tickets will be honored.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, FTX Arena, Miami; $81+ at Ticketmaster.com
The reggaeton king essentially sold out FTX Arena on Saturday and tickets are again limited, but not impossible. At the risk of becoming the Elton John of reggaeton farewell tours, Daddy Yankee is scheduled to say goodbye to South Florida again with two more concerts, on Dec. 21-22 at FTX Arena. See Ticketmaster.com.
Starting Thursday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Sept. 30; DowntownDelrayBeach.com/restaurantmonth
The seventh annual discount-dining month includes more than 50 restaurants, cafes and fast-casual eateries offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus, happy hour and brunch specials, and culinary events, including some of the hottest new spaces in town: Akira Back, The Falcon, Costa by OK&M, Bar 25 Gastropub, Drift Kitchen & Bar and Throw Social.
6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Benvenuto Restaurant, Boynton Beach; $50 at BoyntonFoodWineBrew.com
The annual event offers unlimited sampling from restaurants and breweries you like, or would like to like, all in one place inside Benvenuto’s historic restaurant and event venue. Restaurants range from M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom to I Heart Mac & Cheese, while breweries represented include NOBO and Copperpoint, along with Funky Buddha, Barrel of Monks and Hopportunities.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton; $53+ (standing room), $78+ (seat) at Ticketmaster.com
The veteran British reggae-pop outfit, now featuring new lead singer Matt Doyle, will revive all the hits you forgot you loved, including “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You,” “Red Red Wine,” the Chrissie Hynde collaboration “I Got You Babe” and, if we’re lucky, their underappreciated cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross.” The tour includes a strong set of openers: The Original Wailers (led by guitarist Al Anderson, a member of the band on Bob Marley’s iconic “Legend” album), Maxi Priest and Big Mountain.
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7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; $77.50+ ($41 for students) at ArshtCenter.org
Area Stage’s unique production of the classic musical — audience members are seated in benches throughout the Carnival Studio Theater, which has been transformed into the Beast’s enchanted castle — creates what director Giancarlo Rodaz calls “a magical Disney experience of epic proportions.” The show’s initial sold-out run at the Arsht Center was extended through Sept. 4.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 2-3, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale; $39+ at BrowardCenter.org
Known as the “King of Lovers Rock” — a brand of smooth reggae flirtation that mirrored the passion of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye — Hammond returns for another two-night rendezvous with his legion of fans in South Florida. Expect the Grammy nominee to perform hits including “They Gonna Talk,” “Tempted to Touch,” “I Feel Good,” “Putting Up Resistance,” “Rock Away” and “No Disturb Sign.”
7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 2-3; 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4; Palm Beach Improv, West Palm Beach; $30+ at PalmBeachImprov.com
A veteran comedian, Lavell Crawford will never need another introduction, having played Saul Goodman’s imposing but lovable bodyguard, Huell Babineaux, on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”