Death in June at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $28 advance, $33 at door; 561/832-9999 or respectablestreet.musictoday.com
For more than 30 years, Britain’s Death in June has been merging industrial, goth and folk music into its stringent, martial concoctions. Long misinterpreted and occasionally censored and banned for its controversial adoption of Nazi symbology, Death in June’s music excoriates fascism with harrowing reference points: Album titles like “The Wall of Sacrifice,” “Rose Clouds of Holocaust” and “All Pigs Must Die” give a clue to the group’s bleak lyrical corpus. The band’s recent albums have foregrounded crisp, clear acoustic guitar lines and classical piano over the intense synth-throb of the early years, but its 30-plus-song set lists incorporate material from its entire storied career. Don’t wait for the next time Death in June tours Florida to see them perform; this is the band’s first show here since the late ‘90s.
Fun. at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; VIP admission seating TBA; firstname.lastname@example.org
Superfluous punctuation aside, Fun. is surely one of the most appropriate band names in pop-music history, encapsulating this New York City’s trio’s upbeat, stress-busting jubilance. Fun. rose from the ashes of the unsung rock band The Format with a 2009 release, “Aim and Ignite,” that was received with polite applause. It wasn’t until 2012, however, with the release of “Some Nights” and its No. 1 single, the ubiquitous “We Are Young,” that this clever indie-pop group finally reached its stratospheric ascent into Top 40 radio dominance. Fun. went on to win the coveted 2013 Grammy for Best New Artist, and its confetti-strewn live performances are not to be missed. Tegan and Sara, the cultish indie duo from Calgary, will open the show. At this time, general admission tickets are sold out; contact the above email address for VIP seating, and look for a review of this concert on Thursday here at bocamag.com.
Fall Chamber Music Festival: Program I at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $20 per concert or $45 for three-concert subscription; 561/237-9000 or pbcmf.org
The venerable Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival just wrapped up its annual summer festival, and rather than wait a year for another month full of chamber music in sweltering weather, the classical music nonprofit has decided to launch an inaugural fall series, with three performances from September through November. There will be no theme associated with the fall performances, according to co-founder and bassoonist Michael Ellert, who told WLRN in August that “We’ll continue with what we do, which is our eclectic programming.” Tonight’s program will feature François René Gebauer’s Trio in B flat Major, Opus 33, No. 3 for bassoon, violin and cello; Bohuslav Martinu’s Trio, H. 254 for flute, violin and piano; Aaron Copland’s Quiet City for clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet and piano; and Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Quintet in A Major, K. 581 for clarinet, 2 violins, viola and cello.
Thursday to Sunday
Miami World Music Festival at FIU’s Werthem Concert Hall, 11200 S.W. Eighth St., Miami; $25 to $35 per concert; show times vary; 786/581-7746 or www.miamiworldmusicfestival.com
If you ever wanted to expand your musical horizons beyond the Top 40 pop, rock and hip-hop of most mainstream radio stations, then look no further than the Miami World Music Festival, now in its second year and featuring four nights of exotic, globetrotting music. Thursday will feature flute and jazz music from France’s Claude Bolling (pictured); Friday will showcase a musical collection of tunes from Spanish/Cuban zarzuelas; Saturday welcomes African dance from the Women’s Drum and Dance Ensemble; and Sunday concludes the festival with two performances: from Venezuelan singer/songwriter Luz Marina and Indian raga musicians Jeff Deen & Vicki Richards.
Opening night of “The Sound of Music” at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 6:30 p.m.; $58; 561/995-2333 or thewick.org
Boca is once again, most certainly, alive with the sound of music. The glittering Countess de Hoernle Theatre, shuttered for more than a year after the depressing collapse of the Caldwell, is now the site of Costume World maven Marilynn Wick’s new museum and theater. For her first season, she’s starting with one of the most beloved warhorses in the Broadway canon: “The Sound of Music,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s durable classic about bad nuns and worse Nazis in World War II-era Austria. Wick has planned an extravagant to-do for tonight’s opening, which begins with a cocktail reception and dinner by-the-bite, and ends with a cabaret post-show. Tickets may or may not still be available tonight, but the show runs through Oct. 20, with many more opportunities to see it.
Friday to Sunday
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $20; 954/300-2149 or www.outretheatrecompany.com
In the upcoming 2013-2014 season, South Florida audiences will be treated to the Broadway tours of “The Book of Mormon” and “American Idiot.” But long before those productions comes a show that seems to channel the satire and rock energy of both of these Tony winners in various ways. “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” itself a two-time Tony nominee in 2011, charts the political rise of the nation’s seventh president, a man revered for his populism as much as he is dismissed as “the American Hitler.” The musical presents all sides of the complex president with humor and rock ‘n’ roll, recasting Jackson as an emo rock star fraught with far more dangers than the emo screamers of today, from the formation of the Democratic party to the Indian Removal Act, a banking scandal and the Battle of New Orleans. I’m not sure how much of the material is true to history, but it’s bound to be entertaining. Outre Theatre Company will present this one-weekend-only concert production, hence the discounted admission price.
Russell Brand at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive; 7 p.m.; $47.70; 954/344-5999 or www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Russell Brand in person, to promote his movie “Get Him to the Greek.” He was amiable enough, and occasionally witty, in his responses, but also a bit fidgety, and I got the impression he’d rather be at a party snorting coke off a prostitute’s backside than placating the questions of bookish film journalists. Brand, of course, has had a long history of drug abuse, alcoholism, and uncouth public and private behavior, which he’s managed to ingeniously address in his comedy. For his current world tour, however, he’s looking past his own foibles with a decidedly macro subject: The tour is called Messiah Complex, and it looks at “the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability,” focusing on a few leaders who have called themselves, or were called, messiahs: Jesus Christ, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Hitler. Expect to be provoked.
Lisa Lampanelli at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 7 p.m.; $49 to $69; 954/797-5531 or www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com
Believe it or not, Lisa Lampanelli used to be a journalist for Rolling Stone before switching to comedy. Speaking about her career change, in the early 1990s, Lampanelli put it bluntly: “I get to say the n-word onstage and get paid money.” Never one to shy away from a shocking remark, Lampanelli is known as one of the country’s top insult comics, skewering fellow-celebrities (at Comedy Central Roasts) and audience members (who happen to sit in front at her shows) with hilariously mean-spirited racial and ethnic barbs. Lampanelli used to be known for her corpulence, but after successful diets and gastric-sleeve surgery, she’s dropped 80 pounds; thus, her current tour is titled “Leaner and Meaner.”