Weekend Concierge

Aug 052014
Tattoo Expo South Florida 2014

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center at Heron Bay will be abuzz August 8, 9, 10, 2014 as the 19th Annual South Florida Tattoo Expo, sponsored by Cool Cat Tattoo, gets underway with 100% of all proceeds to benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation.  This spectacular event will include tattoo artists and vendors from all over the world, including Germany, Austria, and South America to fill the more than 115 booths at the spacious Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay. An open car and truck show is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, and has been dubbed South Florida’s “Most Unique Summer Car Show”. Sponsored by Cruisers of South Florida, all proceeds of this event also benefit the children’s hospital.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the area’s leading pediatric care hospitals, offering comprehensive health services and programs in an atmosphere that is child-friendly. An all-new facility opened in Broward County thanks to the support of events such as the South Florida Tattoo Expo, which since adopting the hospital, has raised over $750,000 to benefit the facility. Utilizing the exceptional facilities at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, and a 100% volunteer support staff, this three-day expo will include contests, entertainment by live national and local bands and celebrity guests. More information concerning the expo may be found at www.floridatattooexpo.com.

South Florida Tattoo Expo

You’ll also discover Tattoo Artists, Suspension Shows, Burlesque Shows ,Fetish Shows , Tattoo Contests, Pin Up Contest, Wet T-shirt and Piercing Contests.

About South Florida Tattoo Expo™
Based in sunny South Florida and founded in 1996, the South Florida Tattoo Expo founders and coordinators Dave and Debbie Amchir along with the many volunteers dedicate their time to put together this event. All proceeds benefit the Joe DiMaggio Hospital Foundation. For more information, contact flatattooexpo@aol.com or call 954.868.7040

Expo hours are 12-1am Friday 12-1am, Saturday and 12-7 on Sunday.

Admission fee is $20/day or $40 for a 3-day pass. Tickets can only be purchased at the door.

 August 5, 2014  Posted by  Local Events Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Jul 162014
gulfstream village halandale

Enjoy a variety of live bands featuring all genres as well as nightclubs, restaurants, bars, happy hour specials, and much more at The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale all Summer long! The FREE Summer Music Series takes place outside at Champions Plaza every Wednesday (7-10pm) and Saturday night (8-11pm)  from July 5 to August 30.  Gulfstream Park is located at 501 S. Federal Hwy in Hallandale Beach.

Here’s the schedule of Live Entertainment


July 5: Jessie Thompson Project
A mix of Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country, and Dance tunes

Latin Music

Brazilian & Latin Music

Saxophonist, Pianist, Vocalist featuring all styles of music Including R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Big Band music

Eclectic, Soulful, Acoustic Duo

Latin Music

A mix of Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country, and Dance tunes

Eclectic, Soulful, Acoustic Duo


August 2: X FACTOR
80s, 90s, and Today

A mix of Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country, and Dance tunes

50s & 60s

50s, 60s, and 70s

60s, 70s, Classic Rock, and Top 40

Eclectic, Soulful, Acoustic Duo

A mix of Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country, and Dance tunes

Jazz, 80s, 90s and Top 40

Eclectic, Soulful, Acoustic Duo


Happy hour specials at neighboring restaurants include:

• III Forks: 4-7PM (at the bar only)
• Brio Tuscan Grille: 3:30-6:30PM and 9PM-Close (at the bar only)
• Cantina Laredo: 4-7PM (at the bar only)
• Martini Bar: 4-8PM
• Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar: 4-7PM and 9-11PM
• Texas de Brazil: 5-7PM
• Yard House: 3-6PM and 10PM-Close

• III Forks: 4-7PM (at the bar only)
• Cantina Laredo: 12-5PM (at the bar only)
• Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar: 4-7PM
• Yard House: Eat Late from 10PM-Close

 July 16, 2014  Posted by  Local Events Tagged with:  No Responses »
Jun 302014
fourth july events

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate independence day this Friday, July 4th, you’re in luck! We have scoured the websites of local municipalities with a focus on those who will be supporting and promoting live music in addition to the traditional fireworks shows.  Here is a summary of what we found:

City of Deerfield Beach: #1 on our list thanks to THREE stages of non-stop live entertainment at the beach starting at 12:30pm until the Fireworks show begins at 9pm.  A trolley will be providing shuttle service from  The Cove Shopping Center (1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd) and St. Ambrose Catholic Church (363 SE 12th Ave).  The list of bands and entertainers is so long, we had to create a separate page just for this event!

City of Davie: Activities will include live music beginning at 3:00p.m. on the ball fields at Pine Island Park located at 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. Free family activities including bounce houses, rides, a climbing wall, arts and crafts, youth entertainment, swimming and games around the park all day along with Food Trucks with a variety of food available for sale. There will be live music featuring “33 Years” and “Classic Rock Therapy“. To celebrate our Country’s birthday, FREE cake will be available, while supplies last! The evening will be capped off with a fantastic patriotic fireworks show at 9:00p.m

City of Fort Lauderdale: Celebrate America’s 238th birthday at the Fort Lauderdale Beach 4th of July Spectacular! DJs, live music, face painting, games, contests, and more begin as 12:30PM and conclude with the Fireworks Show at 9PM.  Two live bands are on the schedule: Relyx classic Rock ‘n Roll at 4:30-5:45pm followed by The Long Run tribute to The Eagles from 6:15pm-9pm.

City of Hollywood: The Fabulons kick off festivities at 2pm while Reggae Band “Making Faces” preceed the fireworks at the Hollywood Beach Theatre from 7:30pm. The Hollywood Beach Theatre is located at 200 Johnson Street. Children’s fun and water games from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the oceanfront Charnow Park located at Garfield Street. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Harry Berry Park at Azalea Terrace and Surf Road will feature Tropical Sounds by Ploomie.  Due to heavy traffic and limited parking, spectators are encouraged to utilize the free shuttle buses departing from four downtown Hollywood locations from 4pm-11pm. If you park at the City Hall location, you’ll get 3D glasses to enjoy the show (while supplies last).

City of Margate: Live music, food trucks, bounce houses and a Chicken-Wing Cook-Off highlight festivities this year beginning at 5pm with Fireworks beginning at 9pm located on the North-West corner of Margate Blvd. and State Road 7.  The featured band will be Boombox from 5:30 till 8:30pm.  Omeara’s Irish Pub, located across the street, will join in the celebrations with Shovel-Head beginning at 8pm. If you are up early enough, you can also catch a parade at 9am starting at the west end of Margate blvd followed by a lunch-party at City Hall at 11:30am.

City of Pompano Beach: Pompano’s annual July 4th Beach Bash Extravaganza takes place along Pompano Beach Boulevard starting at noon.  Activities range from DJ, live music and dance, arts and crafts, antique car show, food trucks, science stations, glitter and airbrush tattoos, and more, culminating with fireworks off the pier at 9pm.

City of Sunrise:  Sunrise has organized festivities in two parts: First, a parade from 10am-1pm. This year’s theme is “Marching Through History”  Floats will wind their way west along Sunset Strip from NW 12th Street to City Park, where the fun continues with free food, rides and children’s entertainment. Local businesses and organizations are welcome to participate. The second part begins at 5pm at the BB&T center where families will find children’s rides and activities, along with an assortment of food and beverage vendors. The Jacob Jeffries Band will kick off the evening’s live music lineup, and Grammy Award-nominated alternative rockers The Spin Doctors (Two Princes, Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, Jimmy Olsen’s Blues) will headline.  Fireworks will follow the concert.

City of Tamarac:  The All American Celebration takes place from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Tamarac Sports Complex located at 9901 NW 77 Street, Tamarac. A free outdoor concert by The Valerie Tyson Band promises to perform an energetic array of musical medleys.  There will also be an entertainment area with fun rides, arts & crafts, games to keep the children busy, and food trucks will be on site. A choreographed pyrotechnical fireworks display kicks off promptly at 9pm. Attendees are asked to use a shuttle bus from Tamarac City Hall (7525 NW 88th Ave) and Tamarac Community Center (8601 W. Commercial Blvd) due to limited parking on site.

Many more live music events, especially post-fireworks, can be found on the WeekendBroward live music calendar.

Wherever you decide to go, be safe and enjoy the day!

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 June 30, 2014  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Jun 062014
hard rock cafe birthday

Hard Rock Café, Hollywood believes that giving back in the community is the way to celebrate 43 years of Rock and Roll and we want you to be part of it. Starting on Friday, June 13 and ending on Sunday, June 15, 2014, the Hard Rock Café will present three nights of live music with a tribute to some of the greatest rock legends.

Friday, June 13 – Completely Unchained, a tribute to Van Halen – 10pm
Saturday, June 14 – Turnstiles, a tribute to Piano man, Billy Joel  – 10pm
Sunday, June 15 – Across the Universe,  a tribute to The Beatles hosted by Majic 102.7′s DJ Holiday  – 2pm

hard rock legendary burgerIn addition, on Sunday, June 15, Hard Rock Café, Hollywood will compliment a burger from our Legendary collection to salute our Dad’s. Bring dad in (with his family) on his special day and let us celebrate with you.

As mentioned “we believe that the children are our future and we need to make sure that they are fed not only when they are in school, but during their summer break. Making sure that these students get the nutrition they need is very important to us” states Scott Jacobs, General Manager of the Hard Rock Café, Hollywood, and that is why we have teamed up with “Sisters of Abundant Living.” During this weekend, and throughout the summer, we are asking our guests to donate non-perishable healthy snack size items that will be collected in the Cafe and distributed to over 5 libraries in Broward County to include the Jan Moran Collier City Branch in Pompano Beach and Tyron Bryant in Ft. Lauderdale.

In addition, Police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians rush to Hard Rock Café, Hollywood, Florida! On Saturday, June 14, 2014, Hard Rock will celebrate its birthday with the Burger Badge Bash, honoring Hollywood’s community heroes with a world-famous Hard Rock Legendary Burger for just the flash of a badge and “71” cents, which commemorates the year Hard Rock Café was founded.

In 1971, two music-loving Americans founded the first Hard Rock Cafe in an old Rolls Royce showroom in London, and an icon was born. More than four decades later, Hard Rock celebrates its birthday by paying homage to the brand’s core mantra “Love all – Serve All.” Hard Rock’s Burger Badge Bash offers a discount to community servants, including police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, in recognition of their dedication and service to the community.*

Hard Rock Café, Hollywood is located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com/hollywoodfl, or call 954-315-9112

* Burger Badge Bash -To receive a special-priced Legendary Burger on June 14, civil servants must present proper identification and badge stating their eligible status. The offer is valid only for dining-in at participating Hard Rock Cafe locations, limited to one item per person and restrictions apply. Visit www.hardrock.com to find a local participating cafe.

** About Sisters for Abundant Living 
Sisters for Abundant Living is a 501C3, through funding courtesy of The Florida Department of Agriculture, provides free, healthy meals to low-income communities. The Healthy Body Healthy Mind program was designed to enable children, who often go hungry during the summer without school lunch, to also stay engaged academically. It promotes healthy eating to reduce childhood obesity and every meal is served while children participate in activities that promote literacy. Studies show that children who lack nutrition struggle more academically and also show that over the summer children lose 30% of the information they have learned during the regular school year, if they are not involved in some organized academic summer program. Since all parents cannot afford summer care, in summer 2013, we expanded the Healthy Body Healthy Mind program to include Miami-Dade and Broward County libraries. During the summer many children visit the libraries as a “free” safe-haven, because parents cannot afford childcare. We served a total of 168,000 meals over the span of 10 weeks to children.


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May 262014
Sun-Sentinel survival

Today, I did something that I have not done in a very long time.  I was shopping for groceries and came across a newspaper rack with today’s edition of the Sun-Sentinel sitting on top and some catchy headlines that peaked my interest.  Being that it was Memorial Day, I was curious to see what kind of coverage of local events I would find in our “local” newspaper – so I plunked down my dollar and two quarters and perused the paper while taking my lunch break (after putting away all the groceries of course).

One of the headlines I was interested in said “Go! Lift a glass to Funky Buddha” and referred me over to the back page of the “Money” section.  The write-up was not much longer than  the subtitle of the headline itself! In fact, the accompanying photo took up more room than the article.  But since I was on that page, I was intrigued since it was the part of the paper which they had dedicated to places to go.    It was supposed to be “Your guide to getting out, brought to you by the staff of SouthFlorida.com“, which is just another name for the Sun-Sentinel’s online presence.  There was a only one thing to do each day of the week, including today – which was kind of disappointing to me since that was one of the main reasons I purchased the paper.

I am sure that I am not the only one wondering what special events are going on today, being that many people have the day off.  As The Weekend Concierge, I know that people turn to my website to see what’s happening today and I hope that they are not too disappointed when they see that the calendar only has a handful of live music events listed in Broward and another handful in South Palm Beach County.  It is after-all a Monday so bars and restaurants need to plan further ahead and take a gamble that people will show up on a Monday after going out on Friday and Saturday nights.  And it’s not like I have the strength, resources or money of The Tribune behind me – so Sun-Sentinel, what’s your excuse?

So, was it worth the $1.50 I forked over to the cashier this morning?  Absolutely!  Not only did it give me a reason to write this blog and have YOU read it, but it also gave me more incentive to move forward and keep doing what I am doing, which is providing the public with a great source of live entertainment listings throughout Broward, Boca Raton and Delray Beach.  And if you like what you see on WeekendBroward.com, ask local businesses to become local sponsors and keep checking back for the most up to date calendars for live music events, comedy, karaoke and more!

‘Have a wonderful week and even a better weekend!


Rob, aka The Weekend Concierge

P.S. Credit for the featured image on this blog goes to hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com who wrote in 2011 “The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel continue to underwhelm South Florida’s populace with their chronically poor news coverage of local news….”

 May 26, 2014  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
May 012014
13th floor hard rock rising hollywood

With more than 10,000 bands entered worldwide, 418,000 votes submitted and 750 bands competing in live battles at 70+ Hard Rock Cafes around the world, the results are in and Hollywood’s own 13th Floor has made it to the final round of Hard Rock Rising – the world’s largest battle of the bands competition! After battling it out with several of the area’s top bands at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, Fl, 13th Floor is among the top winners from around the world and is one step closer to winning the chance of a lifetime – an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer! Second and third prize winners will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

Local fans can vote once more for their favorite competitor to move into the Top 25 and help the Hollywood band get one step closer to performing in Rome. During the final round, 13th Floor will compete against winners from 70+ other worldwide cities, via an online final fan voting phase to determine the Top 25 global bands. Fans can vote on the Hard Rock Café Hollywood, Fl Facebook page.

“We are very excited to be representing Hollywood, Florida and are looking forward to becoming part of the top 25 bands to hopefully pack our bags and play at the Hard Rock Live in Rome in July” states John Stampolis of 13th Floor.

13th Floor has already received a taste of the rock star lifestyle in Hollywood, Florida, and now has the chance to be judged alongside 24 other winners from across the globe. These local winners will be evaluated by a panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals, including Steven Van Zandt, producer, songwriter, creator of the world’s most successful radio rock show “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” founding member of the E Street Band and soon to be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; singer and hit songwriter Bonnie McKee, known for her hit single “American Girl” as well as hit songs for Katy Perry, Kesha, and Britney Spears; Scott Hutchison of acclaimed indie-band, Frightened Rabbit; Laura Taylor of Everybody’s Management, who currently works with Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons; Stone, guitarist of Taiwanese band Mayday and Hard Rock Records’ Artist Relations Executive James Buell, who will determine the grand prize winner and two runner-up bands.

Visit www.hardrock.com/HollywoodFL for additional details and ways to vote for 13th Floor for the final voting phase.

 May 1, 2014  Posted by  Local Bands No Responses »