What are the best places to hear live music in Miami?

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Though Miami isn’t especially known for churning out musical talent, there are plenty of venues in the city that reflect its personal style, where you can see local acts and big name musicians. Miami’s oldest bar, Tobacco Road prides itself on being unchanged since opening in the early 1900s. It’s gone from being a gambling den and a gay bar to the charming music venue it is today. You can catch live music seven nights a week at this old standby. Most of the acts that are booked are fresh local talent, so be prepared to be exposed to something new.

Cameo, an international nightclub, boasts some world-class DJs and an incredible multi-storied building designed for busting a move all night long. Fiery Mango’s Tropical Café is the quintessential Miami entertainment venue, hosting exotic performances, samba shows and local bands, oozing with Latin flavor, from the employee costumes to the loud decorations. Then there’s Bongo’s Cuban Café, owned by Gloria Estefan, a Havana-inspired restaurant and club located in American Airlines Arena. But for bigger acts such as Janet Jackson, check out The Fillmore at The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach.

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