Published on June 20th, 2017


Chevelle | Credit Christian Lantry

Last year, Chevelle put out their eighth album The North Corridor. Now that they are on tour to promote it and connect with longtime fans, tickets are selling fast. The nu metal band nearing a quarter century of giving fans a way to express their frustration and rage and joy all at once. Named after a classic American muscle car, the band of brothers (and cousins and brother-in-laws) is now itself inhabiting a place of nostalgia for anyone who was a teenager in the late 90s..

Remember before you became part of the machine, and you just wanted to rage against it–or your parents, or just something? Chevelle and its alt/nu metal cohort (including Korn, Limpbizkit, Linkin Park, and Slipknot) came a long at just the right time to show you how it sounded to feel like that. 

There’s almost no better place for Chevelle to be performing on their 2017 tour than the nostalgic Fillmore in Miami Beach. Since the 1950s, people have been attending shows at the site that is has been known as  the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, The Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts, and The Jackie Gleason Theater.

South Floridians have flocked to The Fillmore for everything from filming of The Dick Clark Show and The Ed Sullivan Show to Tony Bennett to Lenny Kravitz. I’m almost ashamed to say that my first visit wasn’t until last year to see New Order on their Music Complete Tour.

It’s the kind of venue that provides an experience worth having. A charming example of Miami Art Deco architecture, It’s small enough so that there aren’t any really bad seats, and it’s large enough to make it worth it for big names to book performances.

You might be wondering why or how this turned from the band to the venue. It’s because, once again, the Miami City Commission is discussing plans to “repeal and replace” The Fillmore with a hotel–and a new venue that is supposed to be bigger and better. While there are no solid plans and the discussion has been had on and off for at least 10 years, there is no better way to show your support for the beloved venue than attending concerts, signing petitions, and attending a damn city commission meeting once in a while.

Show some love and rock out at the The Fillmore Miami Beach with Chevelle on Tuesday, July 18. Doors open at 7:00. Tickets start at $40.
~Jessica Chesler

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