For over a year, we’ve been singing the praises of the Grand Collab as one of the city’s most refreshing live-music serials. Its diverse-by-design format and curation have been a small goldmine for open-minded seekers of new Florida music, turning us on to more young acts (fresh finds like Heavy Drag, Hypoluxo, Kristen Warren and Harsh Radish) across the genre spectrum (hip-hop, soul, rock, punk, you name it) than perhaps any other series. But, unquestionably, one of the all-time best discoveries seen there was Miami’s the Grey 8s. They were an unannounced bonus at the Grand Collab last year, sneaking their set in alongside also-impressive sister band Heavy Drag. With a blues-punk sound that’s all thrill and narcosis, they ended up ruling. The Grand Collab remains a bit of an under-
heralded jewel, trying nobly to celebrate and blend the colors of a live scene too divided along tribal lines. But if there’s one to check in on, the headlining Grey 8s will guarantee the goods.
with WordChemist, Soul Vibes, Maya the Magi, TKO, the Very Large Array | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. |