Your jam-banding friends are ecstatic over the four-day Phish fest that began on New Year’s Eve and continues through January 3, but the only phish you’re interested in are the ones spelled properly and on your plate Friday night at Giralda Under the Stars. That’s when Coral Gables’ Restaurant Row puts out tables and live entertainment on the 100 block of Giralda Avenue between Ponce and Galiano from 7pm to midnight for a vehicle-free al fresco fest of food, drink, music, art and, hopefully, cooler weather. Participating restaurants and bars at the time of this writing include Bangkok Bangkok II, The Bar, Castelluccio Ristorante, Divino Ceviche, the soon to open GreenLife Miami, Ikura Sushi Lounge, La Dorada, The Local Craft Food & Drink, Miss Saigon Bistro, Pete’s Authentic Cooking, Spritz, Talavera, Threefold Cafe, and Vicolo. And if stars were hashtags, it would be #GiraldaUndertheStars for those who insist on tagging their every move.
After your night under the real stars, consider heading to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science planetarium for the first laser shows of the new year, starting at 8pm with Pop, a family friendly laser show, and continuing with The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band at 9pm, the Best of Led Zeppelin at 10pm, Bob Marley at 11pm and, fittingly, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at midnight. Premiering at 8pm on January 3 is the Queen laser show (insert Freddie Mercury astrology joke here). In addition to the aforementioned Laser Fest, there’s a free star show in the plantetarium followed by a free telescopic observation in the Weintraub Observatory from 8pm to 10pm. There’s also a kids’ activity room. Laster show admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids, and each show requires a separate ticket unless you’re really sneaky.
But back to Phish, if you insist. Their marathon shows here are a big deal, but some local music fans also place great importance on the after parties, such as the one at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., on Friday, January 2, featuring performances by bands with names like Dopapod and The New MasterSounds that will go–er, jam, until at least 5am. Tickets range from $20 and up and the show is open to those 18 and up . Following Phish on January 3 is Live For Live Music’s “ultimate Phish Miami after party” (early bird tix start at $10) where Jimi Meets Funk at Will Call Miami, 700 NE 2nd Ave., featuring some riffs on the music of Jimi Hendrix starting at 11:30pm and going until, say the promoters, “who knows when,” which translated into laymen’s terms could very well mean “when the phat lady sings.”