Soft-rock pioneer Christopher Cross, performing Wednesday at the Broward Center, won an Oscar for “Arthur’s Theme,” a gooey-centered 1981 tribute to unexpected romance and a city filled with serendipity and possibility, captured in its refrain: “When you get caught between the moon and New York City …”
The night sky is also transfixing to seaside balladeer Jack Johnson on the recently released “Meet the Moonlight,” his first studio album in five years. On the record, Johnson alludes to the challenge of his ongoing search for empathy and simple moments of joy in such a noisy world. Pitchfork calls it “his best album yet.” Hear for yourself Thursday in West Palm Beach.
If this all strikes you as too soft, don’t worry — comedians Vic DiBitetto and Eric D’Alessandro will crush any romantic feelings you may still have for New York City, their hometown, at the Palm Beach Improv. They may even take out the moon, too.
6:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, loanDepot Park, Miami; $45+ at Marlins.com
Sections 22 and 23 of the Miami Marlins’ loanDepot Park are transformed into Sandy’s Beach when the team’s biggest star, All-Star pitcher Sandy Alcantara, is on the mound, as he will be on Monday night against the Juan Soto-led San Diego Padres. Use the passcode SANDY to get a ticket, which comes with good seats along the third-base line, and one of the series of Sandy’s Beach T-shirts. This edition, in red with the Alcantara superimposed over his native Dominican Republic and nickname El Caballo, is the best one yet.
5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Steel Tie Spirits Co., West Palm Beach; free admission or $40 VIP at Facebook.com/steeltiespiritsco
There are plenty of places to celebrate National Rum Day in South Florida, but why not a place that actually makes rum? This 5-year-old, family owned, small-batch distillery will showcase their three rums (and two vodkas), along with live music from locals Roots Shakedown and 20-percent-off bottle purchases. Admission is free with an open tab or $40 for VIP with an open bar.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale; $49.50 at BrowardCenter.org
A defining voice of the 1980s soft-rock soundtrack, Cross’ debut album won the Album of the Year Grammy Award in 1981, beating Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” along with a sweep of other major categories: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Sailing,” and Best New Artist. Beyond the yacht-rock touchstone of “Sailing,” his fan favorites include “Ride Like the Wind,” “Arthur’s Theme,” “Never Be the Same,” “All Right” and “Think of Laura.”
7:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach; $41.50+ at LiveNation.com
The amiable surf-rock troubadour brings his summer tour to South Florida in support of a new, critically lauded album, “Meet the Moonlight.” Pitchfork’s enthusiastic review appreciates Johnson’s principled push “beyond feel-good stereotypes to look for small joys amid vexing times.” Ziggy Marley opens.
7-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, Mills Pond Park, Fort Lauderdale; free; Parks.FortLauderdale.gov
The City of Fort Lauderdale puts an exclamation point on the season with this free, end-of-summer concert featuring a lineup of nationally touring performers, food, refreshments and kids’ activities. Among those taking the stage: five-time Grammy nominee Tank, Mya (“Case of the Ex,” “My Love is LIke … Wo”), Lil’ Mo (“Superwoman Part II”), Christopher Williams (“I’m Dreamin’,” “Every Little Thing You Do”), “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, and local R&B favorites Deep Fried Funk.
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach; $30.50+ at LiveNation.com
The country star comes to South Florida as his just-released single, “Gold,” is splashing across country radio (the new album is due in early 2023), joining other crowd-pleasers such as “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Free and Easy,” “Somewhere on a Beach” and the Breland-Hardy collab “Beers On Me.” He’ll be joined by the always welcome Ashley McBryde and Travis Denning.
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8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale; $150+ at Ticketmaster.com
Speaking of his “Camínalo” (Walk It) Tour, the six-time Grammy-winning Puerto Rican salsa star promised “a very interesting repertoire” in a conversation with the El Sentinel’s Yvonne Valdez. Expect the classics, such as “Conciencia”, “Perdóname,” “Que Alguien Me Diga” and “Conteo Regresivo,” plus his latest single, “For Sale,” written by Alejandro Sanz and Carlos Vives. This show is a virtual sellout, with scattered seats still available.
9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton; $20+ at Funkybiscuit.com
The nationally touring, South Florida-based blues guitarist, songwriter and singer has pumped out a string of excellent albums in the last few years, including the spring release “I Got Love” (Gulf Coast Records). The Wilton Manors resident also was named Blues Rock Artist of the Year at the 2022 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Not surprisingly, only standing-room tickets remain for his Funky Biscuit show.
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Palm Beach Improv, West Palm Beach; $35+ at PalmBeachImprov.com
These guys. One looks like he makes pizzas down the corner, the other guy delivers. Of course, that means they’re funny. Funny how? That’s the Pesci-ish question that Brooklyn native DiBitetto and D’Alessandro, favorite son of Staten Island, pose in the name of their Funny How? Tour. It’s rhetorical. They’ve got all the answers.