The pandemic and quarantine have cancelled many things that we miss dearly, and live music is at the top of the list. While the future of concerts and festivals is uncertain, there are still ways you can get your jam on in a safe and cautious manner. A good amount of unconventional places–from bakeries to backyards–are being transformed into open-air moments of music, so here are a handful that are taking serious precautions for you to check out:

The Doral Yard

When The Wynwood Yard closed, it left a gaping hole in the heart of Miami’s live music scene. But have no fear because their newest location, The Doral Yard, is bringing the jam back with a consistent calendar of musical programming curated by yours truly! Every weekend, the outdoor plaza sets the stage for world sounds like Flamenco and funk, and Sunday jams by local DJs.

Smart Bites To-Go

If Yoli Mayor’s recent show at this luscious escape on the edge of Wynwood wasn’t enough to get you excited, Smart Bites is opening their garden up for monthly concerts and live music shows for you to keep on your radar. The space is massive and the team takes social distancing precautious very seriously, so you can watch your music in peace.

Zak the Baker

Yes, you read that right. Everyone’s favorite local bread master has been continuously hosting jams at his Wynwood bakery throughout the pandemic to bring some much-needed good vibes to 2020. You can catch Miami favorites like Electric Kif at Zak the Baker on the regular, or just pop there Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays and let the music surprise you.

Tigertail + Mary

A more low-key option for people who just miss having live music in the background of a lovely night filled with conversation and bubbles, Tigertail + Mary should be added to your list. Their Jazz Wednesdays have become a Coconut Grove local favorite, with live jazz happening from 6:30-9:30pm. Get there early and you can partake in the $1 oyster happy hour for added pleasure.

Live on The Plaza

The Arsht Center will be welcoming arts lovers back to the Center with a series of outdoor, socially distanced performances on the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts featuring Miami-based artists. Every month, be reminded why we love our music scene with local favorites like Brothers of Others, Xperimento, and Elastic Bond all on the horizon.

Cover photo by Pavle Janjic for World Red Eye.