A long, long time ago, we can still remember, how the music used to make us smile – thanks to the likes of pioneering DJs like John “Jellybean” Benitez in Miami, who is about to turn this weekend into an upbeat affair with a six-hour spinning set at The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave. (7th St. side entrance). Yup, there, Ain’t Nuthin’ But A House Party and Jellybean Soul present Feel the Spirit, a marathon set of supersonic sounds that may, gasp, make you put your phone down and get up and dance. Doors open at 10 p.m. General admission is $20.
Ham It Up
On Sunday morning, skip breakfast and brunch and head straight to Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., at 11 a.m. for the crispy, crunchy, savory Cuban Sandwich Festival where, in addition to arguing with your friends about who makes the perfect one (and whether Miami or Tampa first discovered the thing), you can stuff your faces with several iterations of the Swiss, ham, and roast pork classic. The fest’s top three sandwiches will go to – yep, Tampa – on March 22, where they will compete for the honor and title of the best Cubano in the country. Among the challengers: Sarussi Subs, Latin Café 2000, Sergio’s, and Caribe Café. While a panel of judges get to decide the winner, you can still argue your case. There will be food vendors, entertainment, and more. Admission is free.
Blow the Lid off this Weekend
Though its name has nothing to do with the key element of a Cuban sandwich, the Electric Pickle, a place at 2826 N. Miami Ave. that was hip in Wynwood before Wynwood was “Wynwood” – and before cool indie kids were called “hipsters” – is celebrating its impressive six-year anniversary with a weekend-long party that started Thursday and continues through Sunday with an impressive lineup of global artists and DJs – including Osunlade, Djinji Brown, Thomas C, Captain Ridiculous, and many more (whose names you may or may not have to Google). Either way, it’s worth checking out, if not for the coolness creds, for the inimitable sights and sounds only a place called Electric Pickle could exude.