Weekend Concierge

Jun 042018

The Hukilau is widely known as the East Coast’s largest and longest-running festival celebrating Polynesian Pop culture. Now in its 17th year, the event spotlights all things retro and Tiki, giving thousands of attendees a chance to immerse themselves in the subculture that includes a heavy emphasis on rum and tropical cocktails.  But the Fort Lauderdale event is also an overlooked surf music extravaganza, bringing together some of the top instrumental rock bands from across the country. For 2018, organizers have assembled a high-caliber lineup of surf and exotica that includes Los Straitjackets and The Martian Denny Orchestra from Tennessee; The Madeira from Indiana; Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet and Czarna Wolgastar from Massachusetts; The Exotics from Wisconsin; The Black Flamingos and The Royal Pacifics from New Jersey; and The Intoxicators and Skinny Jimmy Stingray from Florida.

Festival attendees can catch live music, DJs and other entertainers all five days of The Hukilau, from a 7,500-square-foot ballroom the Pier Sixty-Six hotel to the 150-capacity Molokai bar at The Mai-Kai, the legendary Polynesian restaurant that has served as the event’s nerve center since 2003. Other entertainment will include modern burlesque queen Angie Pontani; exclusive aquatic performances by Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid in the Wreck Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach; a dozen pop-up bars featuring acclaimed mixologists from around the world; plus Tiki and rum symposiums, classes and tastings. The Tiki Treasures Bazaar will be open daily featuring artists and vendors selling everything from fine art to aloha shirts.

Among the special guests in 2018 is Boston’s Brother Cleve, a mainstay of the cocktail and music scenes for more than two decades. He toured with The Del Fuegos, was a member of Combustible Edison, and became a pioneer in the craft cocktail movement. He’s also known for his work as a DJ and musicologist. Brother Cleve will DJ, host his own pop-up bar, and present a special symposium.

While the U.S. West Coast is widely considered to be the hotbed for instrumental surf and exotica music, The Hukilau’s 2018 lineup proves that bands from the Southeast, East Coast and Midwest should not be overlooked. Here’s the latest lineup:

  • Los Straitjackets: Returning to The Hukilau for the first time since 2009, the mysterious masked marvels of instrumental rock will headline Friday’s High Tide Party. Formed 20 years ago in Nashville, the Grammy-nominated band released “What’s So Funny About Peace Love And …” in 2017, its 14th studio album since 1994.
  • The Martian Denny Orchestra: This revved-up exotica supergroup features guitarist Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets, the Planet Rockers), guitarist Bob Irwin (Pluto Walkers, reissue label Sundazed Music), bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, et al.), and drummer Jimmy Lester (Webb Wilder, ex-Los Straitjackets). Based in Nashville, the group has been unleashing their dazzling atomicinstrumentals on the unsuspecting public for the past five years, including The Hukilau 2012.
  • Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet: Led by visionary percussionist Brian O’Neill, this Boston-based ensemble will perform exclusively at Thursday’s LuXotica party in the Pier Top Lounge at Pier Sixty-Six. Melding jazz and chamber music into adaptations of mid-century exotica, the quintet will present O’Neill’s original compositions along with unique adaptions of Bach, Gershwin, Shostakovich and John Adams “into cinematic, layered music for armchair travelers ready to journey off road.” Czarna Wolgastar, O’Neill’s surf music band, will also perform at The Hukilau.
  • The Madeira: Founded in 2004 by guitarist Ivan Pongracic of 1990s surf music icons the Space Cossacks, this Indianapolis-based band continues to push the boundaries of instrumental rock. Their 2015 album, “Ancient Winds,” was hailed as a seamless blend of traditional surf and modern progressive rock. The band will be making its first appearance at The Hukilau.
  • The Intoxicators: After a one-year respite, the boys from Tallahassee return to rock The Hukilau for the 13th time since 2005. The ultra-tight trio of Gary Evans (guitar), Brian Crum (drums), and Adam Watson (bass) meld classic surf, rockabilly, and pure guitar-driven instrumental rock into a rousing sound all their own. Also, don’t be surprised if the primitive alter ego of The Intoxicators (aka The Disasternauts) also make an appearance.
  • The Exotics: The Hukilau welcomes back Milwaukee’s long-running and acclaimed surf band for the first time since 2011. Formed in 1994, the band has been releasing albums and playing special events across the country for more than 20 years. They’re also the house band at Foundation Bar in Milwaukee, where drummer Don Nelson is manager and co-owner.
  • The Black Flamingos: This New Jersey instrumental trio has been busy bringing their combination of surf, spy and spaghetti western to the masses since forming in 2014. Their debut full-length album, “Neon Boneyard” (2017, Hi-Tide Recordings) was followed by tours of the United States and Europe. High profile gigs have included the Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Italy, a support slot on the Messer Chups tour, and the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival with Dick Dale and Los Straitjackets in August. A spin-off band, The Royal Pacifics, will also perform.
  • Skinny Jimmy Stingray: South Florida’s own king of the surf guitar will return for a sixth straight year to rock The Mai-Kai. In addition to his instrumental trio playing surf classics and originals, Stingray now plays around the area with a totally different lineup specializing in spaghetti western and rockabilly.
  • King Kukule: The Hukilau’s emcee since day one, the Southern California comedian, actor and ukuleleist otherwise known as Denny Moynahan can always be counted on to keep the show running smoothly with many laughs thrown in for good measure. “The King” is not only a fixture at Tiki events across the country, he’s been a regular performer at Hollywood premieres, Disneyland, Universal Studios and more.


This year’s Hukilau takes place June 6-10, 2018 at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with different events at each location. Multi-day passes and special event tickets on sale now at TheHukilau.com along with hotel reservations, a daily schedule and more.


The Hukilau began in 2002 in Atlanta and moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2003. It has grown from a small gathering into an international event, drawing up to 1,500 visitors annually. A “Hukilau” is a traditional Hawaiian festival at which villagers cast a large net into the sea to bring a wide assortment of fish to shore. It’s followed by a feast that celebrates the spirit of ‘ohana, or family and community. The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale was designed as a modern equivalent that attracts lovers of Tiki culture from all over the world for a unique, vintage-styled celebration. The Hukilau has proudly kept Polynesian Pop’s past alive and well, while also stirring interest among a new generation of talented artisans, performers, mixologists, and enthusiasts from all walks of life.


Official website: http://www.thehukilau.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thehukilau
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May 142018
Afro Caribbean Weekend Fest

Broward County Libraries and the City of Hallandale Beach are searching for storytellers ready to win spectacular prizes at The Afro-Caribbean Weekend Fest, #HBCaribbeanFest. The storytelling contest will be held on the festival’s second day, Saturday, June 16th from 2 to 6PM at the Hallandale Beach Library, 300 S Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

Grand Prize winner of the Story Slam will receive a one-night weekend stay in a waterview deluxe room at The Diplomat Beach Resort (valued at $500) and a gift card to a local merchant. Second- and third-place winners will receive gift packages from West Elm (valued at $150 each) and a gift card to a local merchant.

The June 16th, Saturday afternoon Story Slam will be a competition held from 2 to 4PM between seven preselected storytellers on the theme of “Island Spice.” Novice or professional, come tell your personal, true story that is five to seven minutes in length. Stories can span the wide range of human experience, from the utterly silly to the deeply profound. A panel of three judges will choose the winners based on presentation, emotional impact and story structure.

The Afro-Caribbean Fest is a free festival to celebrate the diversity of Afro-Caribbean voices, culture and cuisine. Like the storytelling competition, the festival theme is “Island Spice” and the crowd will be treated to a powerful dose coming from authentic Caribbean food truck and street vendors, the Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers, Resurrection Steel Drum Band and DJ Johnnie Powell.

Festival goers will experience virtual reality demos, a healthy food demo by Flipany, live music and dynamic, interactive storytelling. The June 15th, Friday festival night, featuring an interactive storytelling journey with Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, takes place from 6 to 8PM at the Foster Park Community Micro-Library, located at 609 NW 6th Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

To tell a story at the event contest, submit your story online in advance for preselection at: worldandeye.com/storyslam or call Jeanie Minuchin at 954-540-9897 or contact Helen Reynolds at 954-279-0994 or [email protected] You can also follow the Story Slam on Facebook.

The event is co-sponsored by Broward County Libraries and the City of Hallandale Beach. Additional sponsorship and support is provided by World and Eye Arts Center, West Elm, The Diplomat Beach Resort, and Friends of Hallandale Beach Library.

Weekend Festival Begins Friday, June 15th

In a related event on Friday June 15, from 6pm-8pm at Foster Park Community Center Micro-Library, bring the kids out for an evening filled with music, healthy food demo by FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) and featuring an interactive storytelling journey with Lucrèce Louisdhon-Louinis.

Afro-Caribbean Weekend Fest

May 062018

While it would be impossible to list every restaurant in and around Fort Lauderdale that is offering a special menu for this Sunday May 13th, aka Mother’s Day, we do feel a certain connection to the ones which support the local live music community. We have, therefore, compiled below a list of specific restaurants with Mother’s Day menu offerings in addition to an hour by hour listing of live music from Hollywood to West Palm Beach.  mothers day

Live entertainment at Fishtales on 33rd starting at 3pm with Roy Michaels inside and Billy Bones outside followed by Big City from 8 till Midnight. Call for reservations (954) 689-2344.

mothers-day boca raton

Mothers Day Hard Rock Cafe

Let the Hard Rock Cafe help you make this Mother’s Day special with delicious authentic creations, handcrafted by artists formerly known as chefs for the ladies we love. Make your reservation today.

Two Georges Deerfield


Celebrate Mother’s Day on the Intracoastal Waterway at Two Georges at The Cove! Watch the boats Cruise by while enjoying Mother’s Day Specials: Chicken Chesapeake Bearnaise, Lobster & Shrimp Risotto, Prime Rib of Beef, Fresh Catch of the Day, as well as, our Regular Menu. Call Early for Reservations (954) 421-9272

Live Music Around Town on Mother’s Day

May 022018
Starlight Musicals 2018

Every summer, the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department presents the Starlight Musicals Concert Series at Holiday Park, located off Federal Hwy and Sunrise Blvd, minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale. For 39 years, these free outdoor concerts have provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. The series features an exciting lineup of bands covering pop, country, rhythm and blues, tropical rock, and more. The shows take place Friday nights beginning June 8 and continuing through August 10, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the football field at Holiday Park, located at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

This year in honor of Starlight Musicals’ 40th Anniversary, the concert scheduled has been extended to 10 weeks – two additional weeks from previous years. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park.

2018 Bank of America Entertainment Schedule

June 8th ~ Valerie Tyson Band (R & B / Soul)

June 15th ~ Andrew Morris Band (Country)

June 22nd ~ Curbstone (TropRock)

June 29th ~ RD Project (Latin)

July 6th ~ Across the Universe (Beatles)

July 13th ~ Stall 4 (Tribute to 80s Rock )

July 20st ~ Pocket Change (Funk / Dance)

July 27th ~ Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways (Tropical Rock / Jimmy Buffett)

August 3rd ~ Brass Evolution (Classic Rock with Horns)

August 10th ~ Shane Duncan (Ultimate Party Band)

No Smoking Zone

In order to accommodate all of our guests we will continue with our No Smoking Zone this year, which is located on the south side of the field.

Non-Profit Awareness & Food Drives

Each week, Bank of America features a non-profit group to raise awareness of their program and goals. We also collect food donations for people and animals in need. Please help Bank of America support these worthy causes. Our goal is to surpass last year’s totals. If every person brought a food item each week, think of the impact we could make! Let’s try for 2,000 items. Non-perishable food donations will benefit The Pantry of Broward and Life Net 4 Families. Pet food donations will benefit Abandoned Pet Rescue.

More Info

For more information, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/starlight-musicals.  You may also call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at (954) 828-5363,  especially to check on the event status in case of inclement weather.

Starlight Musicals 2018

May 022018
Summer in the City

The City of Boca Raton, once again, presents Summer in the City at The Mizner Park Amphitheater with a series of free and ticketed concerts all summer long beginning Saturday May 12 and running through Saturday, August 11, 2018. The public is invited to bring their own blankets and chairs and pick a spot in front of the spacious stage located at Mizner Park in Boca Raton for FREE tribute concerts, mixed with fun and games beginning June 8th.. Gates open one hour before each concert.  Folding chairs may be rented for $5.  Food & Beverages will be available for sale. Take note that outside food and beverages and pets are not permitted. All bags will be inspected at the entrance.



Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat & The Livesays (ticketed, see link for more details)

Sunday, May 27th – LOTOS Music Festival (ticketed)

Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Concert featuring Shane Duncan Band and The Helmsmen (6pm)

Memorial Day Mizner ParkCelebrate Memorial Day with a free concert in the park featuring local indie musicians, the Helmsmen, and  south Florida country artists, the Shane Duncan Band. Attendees may indulge in food trucks, including Tucker Duke’s, and a beer garden featuring Boca Raton brewery, Barrel of Monks. The City of Boca Raton is once again teaming up with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a local non-profit, to offer an area at this event where attendees can write a letter to a soldier and where goods may be donated to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers. Please visit myboca.us/specialevents for full list of items applicable for donation.


Friday, June 8th, 2018 – The Long Run A Tribute to The Eagles (8pm)

Friday, June 15th, 2018 – Crazy Fingers A Tribute To The Grateful Dead (8pm)

Friday, June 22nd, 2018- 80’s Throwback Game Night (no concert)

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – FAU Summer Concert Band (7pm)

Friday, June 29th, 2018 – Rocket Man Tribute to Elton John (8pm)


Tuesday, July 10th – 3 Doors Down + Collective Souls (ticketed)

Friday, July 13th, 2018- Liverpool Live A Tribute To The Beatles (8pm)

Friday, July 20th, 2018- 80’s Throwback Game Night (No Concert, 8pm)

Friday, July 27th, 2018- Dreams: Crystal Visions A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac (8pm)


Friday, August 3rd, 2018 – Purple Madness A Tribute To Prince (8pm)

Friday, August 10th, 2018 – Turnstiles A Tribute To Billy Joel (8pm)

Saturday, August 11th, 2018- Symphony Swing By Symphonia Boca Raton (8pm)



During tribute band performances, visit the Beer Garden to sample a variety of craft beers, learn how to make your own, play games, and meet experts from Hollywood Brewery starting at 6:30pm. (21+ only)

Visit MiznerAmp.com for all ticket information or call (561) 544.8600

Apr 292018
Cheers Sunrise Cinco de Mayo

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday which is both a boon and a bust for area bars and restaurants and area musicians alike.  You see, if the 5th of May lands on a weekday, then an extra opportunity is usually created for a special event bringing in a crowd of customers  on, what otherwise, might be a slow night for business.  On the other hand, consumers win out with an overwhelming number of choices due to every regularly scheduled Saturday event suddenly becoming an opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

In order to put together this list, we scoured social media resources, our email, our previous years’ blogs and the entire internet for Cinco de Mayo events at local area bars and restaurants from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach to share here with you – not an easy task when most of them are only announced just a few days before May 5th, so please check back often as we add to this list daily.

BROWARD (Cities around Fort Lauderdale)

Cheers Sunrise Cinco de Mayo

Fistful of Dollars

Tuxedo Jesus May 5

Roll the Stones

O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate is throwing a party of it’s own featuring live music by Tuxedo Jesus and  $2 tacos, $5 cuervos, 4 single Coronas, $16 buckets.

Cheers Sunrise is celebrating with $3 Margaritas, $3 Dos Equis Amber drafts, $3 Tecate and Tecate light and live music by Rough Shot!

Tatts & Tacos in Oakland Park is throwing yet another one of their infamous block parties – this time on Cinco de Mayo  with Live Music, DJ, and Live Entertainment.  Kids can enjoy the Kids Zone with a bounce house & free face painting. Beer tastings from a variety of local craft breweries. Complimentary shots throughout the night, authentic Mexican tacos and food, tequila, free henna tattoos, raffles and giveaways and much more.  Live music by Sumter followed by Spank the Band starting at 6:30pm.

Also known for their block parties, Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs won’t disappoint this annual event.  After all, they have had lots of practice!  This year’s block part promises kids activities, giveaways, Coronas, Legendary Margaritas, Tacos & Tequila, face painting, and a huge stage for DJ Rob Booke starting at 4pm followed by  Justin Enco & The Poor Life Decisions Band 8pm-Midnight. A $5 cover from 7pm till close benefits The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.  Their new location in Deerfield Beach will also be celebrating with DJ Monsta.

Unleash your inner party animal and celebrate “Coco de Mayo” in style ​at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Saturday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. In the courtyard between NYY Steak and Sorrisi, guests will enjoy Patrón-spiked margaritas, Mexican street food, a live mariachi band, and nonstop entertainment. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  Continue the celebration inside any of the 3 live music venues inside the casino starting at 8pm with Melinda Elena at NYY Legends Lounge, Mouth Tape at The Nectar Lounge, and the About Sunday Band at the Sunset Grill outdoor cafe.

More live music events from our hour by hour calendar:

  • 12-4pm Jessie Thompson & Jimi Fiano at Shooter’s Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale
  • 5 – 8pm Cruzin’ Duo at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  • 6 – 11:55pm SPANK the band at Tatts and Tacos in Oakland Park *
  • 6 – 10pm Walter Williams at Buster’s Doughboys & Clam Cakes in Plantation
  • 7 – 11pm Live Music Showcase at The Portly Pig Gastropub in Dania Beach
  • 7 – 10pm Danny Olalla at Grand Pelican Resort in Fort Lauderdale
  • 7:30 – 10:30pm Dave Rapollo at Chuck’s Steak House in Fort Lauderdale
  • 7:30 – 9:30pm Roll the Stones (Tribute) at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach
  • 8 – 12am King Colton & The Chrome Skulls at Spanx The Hog in Pompano Beach
  • 8 – 12am Robbie Williams at Murphy’s Tavern in Fort Lauderdale
  • 8 – 12am The Mischiefs Band at Marina-84 in Fort Lauderdale *
  • 8 – 12am The Poor Life Decisions Band at Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs *$
  • 9 – 1am Sippin’ Fire at Dive Bar Fort Lauderdale
  • 9 – 1am High Fidelity at Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub in Coconut Creek
  • 9 – 1am Tuxedo Jesus at O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate *
  • 9 – 1am Bounce at Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point
  • 9:30 – 1:30am Audio Tramp at Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach
  • 9:30 – 1:30am Hangin with Brodie at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  • 10-3am Rough Shot at Cheers Sunrise
  • 10-4am Zero Point Zero at Cheers Fort Lauderdale
  • 10-2am The Klik at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood

Other events of interest on Cinco de Mayo:

Air Show Displays Open

The Ford Lauderdale Air Show displays and exhibits located on State Road A1A north of Sunrise Blvd will feature simulators, interactive exhibits, and much more. The displays will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Comic Book Day at Lauderdale Comics

Each year, thousands of participating stores give over six million comic books to millions of fans to introduce them to the wonders of comics.  This is the 2nd year Lauderdale Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day, offering the community a fun, family-oriented event where everyone can find a comic they’ll enjoy. Grab a photo with Local Cosplayers, check out art from Local Artists and grab a bite from Superheroes of Florida while you wait! Come dressed as your favorite character and enter our costume Contest and enter your name to win exciting prizes in our FCBD Raffle!

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 11am and runs until 7pm at Lauderdale Comics 1929 S Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316. Call 954-530-6722, visit www.lauderdalecomics.com, or follow @LauderdaleComics on Facebook & Instagram for more information.

PALM BEACH (Boca Raton to West Palm Beach)

Hour by Hour Listings can be found on the Live Music Calendar for Boca-Delray-Palm Beach.

In The Light of Led Zeppelin presents an Evening of Page & Plant at The Lyric Theater  in Stuart (Ticketed Event)

Pipers Cinco de Mayo

Spicy Avocado Margarita

Tucked in the Hilton West Palm Beach, the art-infused hot spot will be serving up delicious bites and craft cocktails like the Spicy Avocado Margarita ($12), starring Sauza Silver tequila, Hum Hibiscus liqueur, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, muddled ginger, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and garnished with a sprinkle of chili pepper.  

Agave lovers will have their hands full with the Huckleberry Finn Margarita ($12), a delicious, spirited romp of top-shelf 1800 Reposado tequila, Hum hibiscus liqueur, Huckleberry syrup, lime juice, raw sugar syrup, and an edible flower to nibble on.

Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach is located at 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight (Bar), and 5-10 p.m. (Dinner); Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (Bar), and 5-11 p.m. (Dinner); and Sunday, 4 p.m.-midnight (Bar), and 5-10 p.m. (Dinner).