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Top events to do Friday: DJ Laz, the Stooges Brass Band and Big Night in Little Haiti


DJ Laz/DJ Irie: The Bimini SuperFast cruise ship that leaves from PortMiami is offering party cruises three nights a week, and this weekend's lineup includes a couple of big names. DJ Laz will headline Friday night's outing, and DJ Irie will perform Saturday. The ship leaves at 10 p.m. and returns at 6 a.m., with the party on the top deck and gambling inside. (There are cabins to rent if you get sleepy.) Admission is 18 or older. $79 plus $20 port charges. — Nick Sortal


Stooges Brass Band: Last summer, bandleader Walter Ramsey and his brash troubadours from New Orleans led a well-publicized stopover in Pakistan as part of a U.S. Embassy-sponsored cultural ambassador program. The Stooges' brand of funky diplomacy has also visited Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and the United Kingdom, delivering a blend of N'awlins brass, R&B and hip-hop. The Big Easy Music Award-winning band will play ambassadors again on Friday at Boca Raton's Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd.), a venue that's hardly a stranger to New Orleans funk. 9:30 p.m. $15. 561-395-2929 or — Phillip Valys

Big Night in Little Haiti: This month's global-music mashup at the Little Haiti Cultural Center combines Haitian rhythms and maracatu nação, an Afro-Brazilian performance-art rhythm with religious overtones and roots in Northeastern Brazil . The New York-based Brazilian group Nation Beat performs with maracatu percussion act Estrela Brilhante as the touring A Tale of Two Nations double bill, taking place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cultural Center (212 NE 59 Terrace, Miami). Rasin Lakay, a Haitian raro act, along with DJ Mack, will also perform. Free, with a $10 afterparty by the Moksha Roots All-Stars. 305-960-2969 or — Phillip Valys

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