Weekend Concierge

Mar 062017
friday night sound waves

Get ready to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. With the sand and waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the background, the free Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series returns to the “Beach Hub” on the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. The first concert kicks  off on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.  The series will open with a high-energy performance by one of South Florida’s favorite Motown and R&B bands, Pocket Change, followed by a wide array of musical genres every Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through November 10, 2017.

Special highlights over the 36-weeks include performances by rising stars on the Country music scene, Farewell Angelina, on April 7, the Shane Duncan Band on May 5 for the official Fort Lauderdale Air Show welcome concert, and returning performances from crowd pleasers, Mr. Nice Guy, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, Tom Sartori and Spred the Dub.

“We had fantastic feedback on our performer selection during our inaugural season in 2016, and with such and incredible local talent pool, it was challenging to narrow down this year’s lineup,” said Friday Night Sound Waves producer, Arianne Glassman. “We think our faithful fans and those new to discover the series are going to be really pleased with our final selection. After a four month hiatus, we’re just ready to welcome our community of friends, neighbors and global visitors back to the beach every Friday night.”

The 36-week free concert series, funded in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), attracts more than 15,000 locals and visitors each year. The Hub, which is situated 1.3 miles from the 17 Street Causeway to the south and 1.4 miles from Sunrise Boulevard to the north, serves as the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach “island.”

Friday Night Sound Waves 2017 Concert Lineup

March 10: Pocket Change (R&B)
March 17: Resolvers (Reggae)
March 24: 30Vice (Top 40/Latin)
March 31: Moran Levi (Indie/Top 40)
April 7: Farewell Angelina (Country)
April 14: Mike Mineo (Beach Soul)
April 21: Spred the Dub (Reggae)
April 28: Tom Sartori (Top 40)
May 5: Shane Duncan Band (Country)
May 12: Ladies of Soul (Motown)
May 19: Sabor Latino (Latin/Samba)
May 26: Wolfepack Band (Classic Rock)
June 2: Funkabilly Playboys (Rockabilly)
June 9: School of Rock (Rock/Pop)
June 16: Bushwood (Reggae)
June 23: Bungled & Botched (Bluegrass)
June 30: Free Rads Band (Top 40)
July 7: Fabulons (Classic Oldies)
July 14: Goodnicks (Pop/Country)
July 21: Othello Molineaux Quintet with special guest Nicole Yarling (Steel Pan Jazz)
July 28: Shauna Sweeney (Pop/Alternative Rock)
Aug. 4: Celebration (Top 40 Dance)
Aug. 11: Andrew Morris (Country)
Aug. 18: Big Harvest (Roots Reggae)
Aug. 25: Grace & the Victory Riders (Indie/World)
Sept. 1: Roll the Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute)
Sept. 8: Adam Uhlan (Classic Rock/Blues)
Sept. 15: Oriente (Afro-Cuban/World Jazz)
Sept. 22: SOSOS + Friends (Roots All Stars Jam)
Sept. 29: Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl (Chicago Blues)
Oct. 6: All Access (Top 40/Pop)
Oct. 13: Orange Sunshine (Classic ’60s)
Oct. 20: Electric Piquete (Latin Jazz)
Oct. 27: All Star Soul Band (Motown/Funk/Soul)
Nov. 3: The Heavy Pets (Jazz/Alt-Rock/Funk)
Nov. 10: Mr. Nice Guy (Classic Rock)

“Fort Lauderdale is a close-knit community that just happens to be made up of more than 60 individual neighborhoods,” said Glassman. “In a detached world where we connect through digital media, spending a few hours on a Friday night on the sand with family, co-workers, friends and live music is the perfect way to connect in person. Watching relationships build and new friendships develop out of this series is one of our proudest accomplishments.”


Friday Night Sound Waves is presented by the Fort Lauderdale Beach BID and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, The Beach 102.7 FM, The Shark 104.3 FM, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida and Florida Power & Light. Performance sponsors include the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, It’s Better on the Beach Restaurant Group, Modelo Especial, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Bahia Mar Resort Fort Lauderdale Beach and Modera Port Royale. Friends and Media partners include Lite 101.5 FM, 790 AM The Ticket, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Travelhost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, The Central Beach Alliance and the Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

More Details

For more information on the Friday Night Sound Waves live music series, performers and special dates, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

 March 6, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 052017
hard rock cafe st patricks day

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday which means that there will be more live music around town than any other day of the week!  Authentic Irish Pubs and Die-Hards will celebrate from early morning with breakfast and beer until late night followed by more breakfast in the wee hours.  However, you don’t have to wait until the 17th to get your “green on”.  The two largest cities in Broward will be celebrating on the weekend prior to the 17th.  Read all about St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival in Downtown Fort Lauderdale 2017 on Saturday March 11th and the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Hollywood on Sunday, March 12th.

A little further north into Palm Beach County, the City of Delray Beach will pay tribute with live music entertainment starting on Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday with the parade flowing along “The” Avenue from 2 till 4pm.  Read all about it on our special page dedicated to this event.

Live Entertainment Highlights at Local Pubs & Restaurants on Friday, March 17th, 2017

Big News! The Wildfire Band has moved their annual show to Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach at 7:30pm and a full day of Irish entertainment starting at Noon with an Irish Fiddler, Kelly Academy Irish Step Dancers, Bagpipes, Irish Drummer and Irish Favorites by Tom O’Miller.

Cagney’s “House of Rock” Saloon in Davie will be celebrating with local Rock Cover Band Soulicide. $5.00 Irish Car Bombs and SOULiCIDER shots. $10.00 Irish beer mixed buckets while they last, $6.95 corned beef dinner. And 10 percent off your tab if you wear a kilt (excluding specials). Two Contests: Best men’s legs in a kilt, and all around St. Paddy’s day outfit!

Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach will kick off the entertainment with Sean Hanley at 12:30pm, The Crush Duo at 4pm and Bombshell at  8:00pm. Irish dinners and Green Beer will be on the menu from Noon till Midnight including Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage as well as Shepherd’s Pie. Bagpipers will shows up at 2pm and 9pm.

Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point will kick off the live entertainment at 4:30 with Irish band Echoes of Erin followed by rock party-band Bounce at 9:00pm.  Also, a long list of Irish specialties including Irish Stew and Corned Beef & Cabbage.

Mr. Bagpiper Graham Massie will make special appearances with Suzy Howard & Friends during Happy Hour at Fishtales on 33rd in Ft Lauderdale and once again before Boys Night Out takes the stage at 10:00pm.  The kitchen will also be serving up Corned Beef Sandwiches, Dinners and let’s not forget $5 Baby Guinness!

Well known for their Halloween and Cinco de Mayo “block” parties, Tijuana Taxi of Coral Springs will do their magic once again for St Patrick’s Day. Gates will at 3pm, expect an evening of live music, DJ entertainment, plenty of beer, Irish Car Bomb tents, beads & T-shirts,  corned beef and cabbage taco’s, photo booths, and giveaways thrown from the stage. Local favorite cover band, Grindstone, hits the stage at 8pm.

If you’re looking for the most authentic Irish celebrations and one of the largest annual block parties anywhere in South Florida, the winner will have to be The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach.  Aside from lines of cars looking for parking, expect to find live music on 2 stages (inside and outdoors), 2 huge outdoor tents replete with full liquor bars and Irish fare, Irish dancers, bagpipers, children’s face painter, Irish gifts, and a late night DJ as well.  This year’s featured bands include Celtic Bridge with Ade Peever, Roisín Dillon & John Schreiber
featuring  Eamonn dillon with Hilary O’Leary, Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher. More info at: http://thefieldfl.com/st-patricks-day-festival-2017

Unfortunately, Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale was purchased a few months back and will not be reopening anytime soon.  Their regularly scheduled headliner, Wildfire Band, can be found at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach this year.

Added to our list this year, for those of you who like to stick it out in the Western suburbs, Uncle Al’s Cafe in Sunrise will feature Live Music by Thought Monkey followed by DJ Rockin’ Ruben!  Drink specials will include Leprechaun Shots, Irish Car Bombs, Jameson, and Green Beer (no less!)

In addition to all the above, we currently show more than 35 live music events listed on the hour by hour live music schedule for Broward at www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/ and more than 20 choices on our calendar for Palm Beach County.  Browse the flyers before for even more offerings from some of our sponsors!




 March 5, 2017  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Feb 232017

It was a dreary rainy day when I was invited to see for myself the current state of nightclubs inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood complex before being completely pulverized to the ground as if they had never existed.  The weather was a perfect backdrop to the many emotions which went through my mind as I thought of all the good times which were had in these clubs by so many which included Pangea, Gryphon, Opium, the Paradise Theater and the Improv Comedy Club as they were being scavenged for anything of value that could be saved from the complete decimation which was only a few days away from reality.  I snapped a few pictures to save the memories and to share them with others who never were given a chance to say goodbye as these clubs were given short notice before being told to shut down and vacate.  And this was just “phase 1” with the next phase to include the venerable Murphy’s Law, Gloria Estefan’s Bongo’s Cafe and Martorano’s, whose fresh Garlic was permeating the pouring rain as I waited to enter the deserted clubs across the way for one last time.

If this comes as a surprise to those of you reading about this for the first time, you might want to catch up on the news as reported by the Miami Herald and other South Florida publications which explained how this property will be completely overhauled with a new 800-room, 36-floor guitar shaped hotel with a promise to “create 19,452 jobs, including 4,867 full-time positions and 14,585 construction jobs, said Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen.” (February 1, 2016) Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article57757183.html

Construction and venue updates with a preview of what’s to come can be found at:www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/new-construction.htm

Thank you to Anthony Erale Vice President of Allied Bean Demolition for giving me the inside-view on all the hard work that goes into what they do best.


memorabiliaHard Rock Demolition

 February 23, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 152017
PGA Commons Entertainment

What better way to heat up your winter paradise than with great food and live music on the patio at PGA Commons? Treat yourself to a wide variety of local entertainment while enjoying happy hour cocktails or a memorable meal at these celebrated, culinary hot spots: Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Vic & Angelo’s, and The Cooper.

If music be the food of love, play on! William Shakespeare

Renowned seafood utopia Spoto’s Oyster Bar will feature acoustic guitarist Sam Meador on Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Steve Mathison & Friends on Fridays, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mathison will play with an eclectic mix of guest musicians, and include a toe-tapping lineup of modern rock genres. For more information, please visit spotos.com or call 561.776.9448.

Farm-to-table charmer The Cooper will feature acoustic rock and roll performer Joe Birch on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; mixed genre musician Andy Taylor on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; blues and classic rock guitarist George Manosis on Friday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and blues generalist Mark Telesca will perform on Saturday, March 18 and Saturday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please visit thecooperrestaurant.com or call 561.622.0032.

Italian gem Vic & Angelo’s will feature a “Live Music Under the Stars” series with world music crooner Giovanni Fazio on Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and local singing sensation Dawn Marie will appear on Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit vicandangelos.com or call 561.630.9899.

About PGA Commons

PGA Commons features an exciting collection of upscale boutiques, fine art galleries, top-tier restaurants, and a wide variety of specialty stores and services. For more information about PGA Commons, call 561.630.8630 or visit pgacommons.com.

Photo credit: Mikel Samel (Mark Telesca); all other photos are courtesy of PGA Commons

 February 15, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 102017

From goblets to swords, the Florida Renaissance Festival embraces the spirit of its “silver” anniversary with an impressive display of radiance and brilliance!  The landmark 25th season of the Florida Renaissance Festival will take place from February 11 to March 26, 2017 at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park (401 S Powerline Rd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442) and, for the second year in a row, will offer an extraordinary SEVEN theme-filled weekends, as well as a variety of fan favorite acts and performances. From jesters, jugglers and jousting knights to music, magic, mayhem and more, the 2017 Florida Renaissance Festival perfectly recreates a story-book Renaissance village.


The idea for the Festival originated in 1990 when Festival founder, Bobby Rodriguez, proposed a medieval fair as a substitute for a black-tie ball for the then upcoming Broward Center for the Performing Arts. While that event never manifested, Rodriguez decided to produce the fair himself and in 1992, the first medieval festival in Florida took place. The one-weekend show generated approximately 3,000 attendees. 


In 1993, Rodriguez changed the event’s name to the Florida Renaissance Festival which took place in Snyder Park in Ft. Lauderdale. The Festival remained in that location for the next four years and grew to a three-weekend event.  In 1997, the growing Festival moved to T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood, Florida where it remained for another four years until moving to the location it has called home for the last 18 years, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. 


mud pit“I am extremely proud of how far we’ve come in the last 25 years,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder and Producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “In the beginning we used to look to other Ren Fairs for ideas and now many of them look to see what we come up with each year.  We are proud to have the support of the county, the city and our community, and to be able to provide this entertaining, educational and cultural enriching festival for people of all ages.” 


Throughout the years, Rodriguez has continuously raised the bar when it comes to incorporating new experiences into the Festival. He was the first to bring Cast In Bronze to the Renaissance Fair stage – a beautifully eerie performance conducted on a traveling Carillon, a musical instrument made up of more than a ton of bronze church bells. Rodriguez’s ability to think “beyond Renaissance” has also resulted in the booking of a variety of acts from Oriental and Scottish themes to ancient African dancers and percussionists. 


Now, in its milestone 25th year, the Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most beloved events dedicated to recreating the historical era of the Renaissance times, each year adding more entertainment and themed weekends while welcoming a crowd that has swelled over the years to nearly 100,000 attendees.


The Florida Renaissance Festival 2017 themed weekends include

 Pirates’ Weekend – February 11 and 12

Debark at your own risk and be weary of land sickness during our opening weekend where the village is overrun with mateys and scallywags.  Anyone not prepared for a “salty” good time will be sent to walk the plank. 

 Time Travelers’ Weekend – February 18 – 20

You won’t need a passport to travel through time during Time Travelers’ Weekend. This weekend is dedicated to adventurers across the centuries and embodies the spirit of recreating the past, symbolic of the entire festival. Open on President’s Day, Monday February 20th

 Masquerade – February 25 and 26

Everywhere you turn, peering eyes from behind a mask let you know that it’s Masquerade Weekend.Unleash your inhibitions behind the anonymity of delicately detailed masks, historic costumes and intriguing disguises!The Masquerade will keep your secrets, until you divulge your identity!

 Wenches – March 4 and 5

Behind every good man is a wench in the trench. Wenches Weekend celebrates the women of the Renaissance with hourglass curves and firey attitudes who can go toe-to-toe with their male counterparts. 

 Taste of FLARF (Florida Renaissance Festival) – March 11 and 12

Eat and drink your way through the Renaissance during Taste of FLARF Weekend. It’s a feast fit for a King as you indulge in foods reminiscent of the era such as hearty turkey legs, Scotch eggs, Sheppard’s Pie and an assortment of delectable desserts. Wash it all down with traditional mead and aromatic wines that you can freshly stomp yourself from the finest grapes!

 Celtic – March 18 and 19

celtic mayhemSing and dance along to Irish, Scottish and English tunes throughout the Shire during Celtic Weekend. Don your finest kilt while bagpipes blare. This weekend is a must for anyone who wants to embrace and celebrate their Celtic heritage!

 Vikings and Barbarians – March 25 and 26

Viking and Barbarians weekend is when you and your Norwegian brothers and sisters can wave your battleaxes while covered in leather and fur, yelling with the fury of Odin. Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will make it through our final weekend!  

The 2017 season also includes a variety of fan favorite acts and performances with an invigorating entertainment lineup that includes something for everyone. 

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2017 Acts & Performances include: 


The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The sponsors of the 2017 Florida Renaissance Festival include Comcast, Warsteiner, Guinness, Pepsi-Cola and Walgreens. 


The Florida Renaissance Festival at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park will be open weekends beginning February 11th from 10 a.m. to sunset through March 26th.  Also open on President’s Day, February 20th.

Tickets & Admission

Prices range from 21.00 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Discount tickets also available at Walgreens for $17 for adults (save $4) and $8 for children (save $1).  Children 5 and younger are free.  Special seasonal passes are available for $75 and group ticket rates are also offered.  


While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year enhance their experience by donning garb from the Renaissance era, or participate in one of the festival’s special themed weekends. 


For tickets and more information visit: www.ren-fest.com; Find us on Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Follow us on Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. If you prefer the historical method, call 954-776-1642.

 February 10, 2017  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 032017

Grab your main squeeze and enjoy a sultry night of red-hot blues, “good for the soul”-inspired cuisine, and straight-up, flirty cocktails during Blue Tuesdays at the oceanfront hot spot Boston’s on the Beach.  Hosted by “Famous” Frank Ward, Blue Tuesdays’ performances take place every Tuesday evening on the Boston’s on the Beach stage from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with no cover charge!

Blue Tuesdays’ performances February 2017:

Matthew Curry

Matthew Curry

Steve Laudicina

Steve Laudicina

February 7: Steve Laudicina Trio is in the house! Steve Laudicina, a young, up-and-coming guitarist based in South Florida, has made a career for himself as a guitar player for hire, touring nationally and internationally. For the last three years, Steve has played with blues band JP Soars and The Red Hots. He now fronts his own instrumental band, offering a fresh spin on rock and roll, surf, and rhythm and blues genres, with influences by artists like B.B. King, Albert Collins, The Sonics, Link Wray, James Brown & The Famous Flames, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

February 14: Matthew Curry. Curry’s roots certainly run Muddy Waters deep. It’s a musical trait that’s not been lost on the guitar legends he’s had the honor of sharing the stage with over the past few years, including Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers, and Steve Miller. “A wonderful guitar player [and] great songwriter,” remarked Miller, “in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.”

Rockin' Jake

Rockin’ Jake

February 21: Rockin’ Jake’s Blues Devils. Rockin’ Jake has been hailed as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues, and zydeco, with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Rockin’ Jake’s Blues Devils also feature Steve Laudicina on guitar, Charles Gasper on bass, and Chris Peet on drums.

Bonefish Johnny

Bonefish Johnny

February 28: Piano Bob’s 88s with Bonefish Johnny. Fans of boogie-woogie, New Orleans, and jump swing blues are in for a musical awakening when local blues royalty, Piano Bob Wilder, sits down to play! He’s joined onstage by Bonefish Johnny, whose songs are a driftwood pile of rhythm and style. Crossing over between the indie, blues, and jam band scenes for years with funk rock act Groove Thangs, eclectic bar band Shack Daddys, and his live Funky Roots Revue, Bonefish Johnny makes music to move to and be moved by.
Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, Florida 33483.

For more information, visit bostonsonthebeach.com/bluetuesdays or call 561.278.3364.

 February 3, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »