Weekend Concierge

Jun 042017

Prepare yourself for a weekend of Mid-Century Americana, when escapism was on the corner of any major city in America – at the local Tiki bar. The Tiki resurgence is here to stay and with an event like The Hukilau™, you’re instantly transported into a past golden age that many of us never had the chance to experience…until now! Think Mad Men, only throw in a flower lei and an authentic Mai-Tai.  Highlights for the 16th Annual gathering taking place June 7-11, 2017 include more music and entertainment, more Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy classes, the full lineup of bands and pop-up bars, more bars added to the Rum Island Pool Party, a new symposium, and a detailed daily schedule spread over two venues: The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

What is a Hukilau?

A Hukilau [hoo kee lau’] is a method of fishing in ancient villages of Hawaii. Villagers would cast a large net into the sea, herding the fish, then slowly pulled it to shore. The feast that followed was meant to emphasize the spirit of family and community, or ‘ohana. Our mainland Hukilau is a metaphorical net thrown out to the entire world, bringing the lovers of “Polynesian Pop” or “Tiki”culture together for our own special celebration.

Here’s an abbreviated (yes, shortened!) schedule of events as summarized by The Atomic Grog Blog

Wednesday, June 7

Noon-6 p.m. – Registration at Pier 66
8 p.m. – Pre-Party in The Molokai Bar at The Mai-Kai featuring DJ James Brown’s Sweat. (South Seas and Big Kahuna passholders)
10:30 p.m. – MeduSirena’s After Dark Burlesque Swim Review at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort (sold out)

Thursday, June 8
All events at Pier 66 unless noted

2 p.m. – MeduSirena’s South Seas Swimshow at The Wreck Bar at the B Ocean Resort [Tickets]
3:30-4:30 p.m. – First Timers Welcome Reception (Crystal Atrium)
4-7 p.m. – Tiki Tower Takeover in the Pier Top Lounge. Enjoy special cocktails crafted by four world-class bars. (Sold out)
5:30-10 p.m. – Kickoff Party and Tiki Treasures Bazaar Grand Opening in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Be the first to see all the vendors while you sample rum and cocktails. Live performance by The Mermers at 7 p.m. (Multi-day passes or Thursday Night Pass)
8:30 p.m. – Dive-In Movie: Blue Hawaii on the Royal Palm Lawn (free).
10 p.m.-1 a.m. – Blue Hawaii Party in the Panorama Ballroom featuring DJ James Brown’s Sweat. Admission ($25) includes cocktails from Blue Chair Bay Rum.
10 p.m. – The Rat Pack in the Saturn Lounge. Go back in time as the Pier Top Lounge is transformed into a mid-century cocktail party where you can sip Martinis, take in the view, and be entertained by Frank, Dean, and Sammy. [Tickets]

Friday, June 9

10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Tiki Treasures Bazaar in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Shop and mingle with the dozens of vendors selling their wares, plus sample rums and cocktails in bars hosted by sponsors. Music by DJ Lounge Laura Taylor. (Passholders only)
10-11:30 a.m. – Craft class: Weave Your Own Palm Hat with Tom Fowner [Tickets]
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy. Guest bartenders give you tips and tricks on how to make your own Tiki cocktails at home. [Tickets]
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Rum Island Pool Party. Enjoy cocktails from eight special guest bars from across the United States. Music by DJ James Brown’s Sweat. (South Seas, Big Kahuna, Aloha or Luau Pass)
Noon-4 p.m. – Classes: Learn to dance the hula and play the ukulele. [Tickets]
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – The Hukilau Rum Tasting – Meet your Maker. Sample some fine spirits in a small setting as company representatives tell you how they were created. [Tickets]
Noon-1:30 p.m. – Symposium: The Mai-Kai’s Untold Stories with Tim “Swanky” Glazner [Tickets]
2-3:30 p.m. – Symposium: The History of Rum in 10 Cocktails with Ian Burrell [Tickets]
4-5:30 p.m. – Symposium: Black Velvet in Paradise with Ron Ferrell [Tickets]
5:30 p.m. – Book and autograph signing in the Tiki Treasures Bazaar featuring Tiki Tony, Swanky, MeduSirena, plus bands such as The Surfrajettes.
8 p.m. – High Tide Party featuring live music from The Surfrajettes, The Hula Girls, The Mermers, Stolen Idols, Slip and the Spinouts. Burlesque by Angie Pontani, Lila Starlet and Jayne Champagne. Plus eight pop-up bars. (South Seas, Big Kahuna, Aloha, Luau, and Friday/Saturday passes)

Saturday, June 10

10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Tiki Treasures Bazaar in the Crystal Atrium and Ballroom. Shop and mingle with the dozens of vendors selling their wares, plus sample rums and cocktails in bars hosted by sponsors. Music by DJ Lounge Laura Taylor. (Open to the general public)

10-11 a.m. – Craft class: Carve Your Own Pendantwith Will Anders (sold out)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Symposium: Nautical Tiki with Mike Skinner [Tickets]

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy. Guest bartenders give you tips and tricks on how to make your own Tiki cocktails at home. [Tickets]

Sunday, June 11
Noon to 4 p.m. – The Hukilau Finale at The Mai-Kai featuring three special “lost cocktails” plus appetizers in The Molokai bar and live music by Skinny Jimmy Stingray. (All ticket-holders welcome)
12:30 p.m. – High End Rum Tasting with Ian Burrell [Tickets]

Main Event at The Mai-Kai
1:30 p.m. – “The Menus of The Mai-Kai: 60 Years of Tiki Cocktail History,” a special presentation in the main dining room by Jim “Hurricane” Hayward on the history of The Mai-Kai’s cocktail menus and their evolution over time.

4:30 p.m. – First happy hour, The Mermers perform in The Molokai

5 p.m. – Seating for first dinner show (sold out)

5:30 p.m. – The Surfrajettes perform in The Molokai

6:45 p.m. – Announcements and first dinner show (sold out)

7 p.m. – Second happy hour, The Surfrajettes perform in The Molokai

8:30 p.m. – Stolen Idols perform in Tahiti dining room

9 p.m. – Seating for second dinner show

10:30 p.m. –The Hula Girls perform in the Tahiti dining room

11 p.m. – Skinny Jimmy Stingray performs in The Molokai
(The Mai-Kai is limited until 11 p.m. to passholders with dinner reservations)

More info and tickets

official website: thehukilau.com

official blog: the atomicgrog

online tickets: ticketleap


Jun 022017
Starlight Musicals

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 line-up of bands covering pop, country, rhythm and blues, tropical rock, and more. The shows take place Fridays, June 16 through August 4, 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.


Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers.  Please note that pets are not permitted in the park.   We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!

Scheduled dates for the summer of 2017

June 16 – Jaded (Tribute to Aerosmith)

June 23 – Tim Charron Band  (Country-Rock)

 June 30 – Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways (Tropical Rock a la Jimmy Buffet)

July 7 – RD Project (Latin Jazz)

July 14 –  Across the Universe (Beatles Tribute)

July 21 – Classic Rock Therapy (Covers of Rock from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s)

July 28 – The Fabulous Fleetwoods (Old Time Rock n Roll, Blues)

August 4 – Brass Evolution (Tribute to horn-based rock bands)

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

Jun 012017
Great Beach Giveaway

Friday Night Sound Waves, the 36-week free live music series, sponsored in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business community, invites music lovers, near and far, the opportunity to win one of two all-inclusive vacation packages to Fort Lauderdale, during the 2nd Annual Great Beach Getaway Giveaway.

Contest Rules

A national online sweepstakes will take place June 2 – June 30, 2017, and open to all legal residents, twenty-one (21) years and older, of the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and District of Columbia. Contest organizers will announce two potential winners from all eligible entries live on Hello Sunny TV, during the Friday Night Sound Waves concert on July 7, 2017. Two grand prize winners will receive round trip air travel for two, courtesy of the series official airline sponsor, Southwest Airlines®, and a three-day, two-night hotel stay at participating Fort Lauderdale Beach Hilton Hotel properties. To view complete details, official contest rules, and enter, visit www.fridaynightsoundwaves.com/win

“Last year, our Great Beach Getaway Giveaway provided those attending Friday Night Sound Waves the chance to win a vacation in their backyard at our luxury beachfront hotels and resorts,” said Arianne Glassman, producer of Friday Night Sound Waves. “This year, our giveaway has a little twist courtesy of two of our giveaway sponsors, Southwest Airlines and Hilton Hotels, in that we can invite sun, fun and music lovers from around the corner to around the country, an opportunity to join us for truly great getaway this summer.”

A community effort to show off the warmth and hospitality of the Fort Lauderdale Beach destination, winners will also receive a swag bag and Summer Savings 2-4-1 Card, courtesy of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB; members from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Beach Council and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association are contributing attraction tickets and dining vouchers. Series sponsors, Visit Florida and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association are helping to get the word out.

“Hilton’s commitment to be the most hospitable company in the world includes creating heartfelt experiences for our guests,” said John Allen, General Manager of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. “We are delighted to participate with our community partners and be able to offer the lucky winner a chance to experience our hotels and the great attractions and venues that Fort Lauderdale has to offer.”

A Second Opportunity to Win

Locals and visitors attending the weekly Friday Night Sound Waves free music series will have the opportunity to register and win Free Air Travel while attending select concert dates presented by Southwest Airlines in June and July. Organizers will also hold weekly drawings for various Fort Lauderdale Beach experiences.

“At Southwest, we connect people to what is important in their lives, and that work continues beyond the airport and into the communities we serve,” said Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President Steve Goldberg. “We look forward to being a part of Friday Night Sound Waves and further introduce our Customers to the additional International destinations we will soon offer from their local airport in Ft. Lauderdale.”

Funkabilly Playboys

About Friday Night Sound Waves
Friday Night Sound Waves is presented by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Community (BID) and series sponsors Southwest Airlines, The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Entercom Miami, 102.7 The Beach FM, 104.3 The Shark 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, Hilton Hotels, Modelo Especial, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Sprint, Bahia Mar Marina, and Modera Port Royale. Friends and Media partners, Lite 101.5 FM, 790 The Ticket, Travelhost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and the Ford Lauderdale Air Show, round out the support.

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.

May 252017
Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour is back, and ready to take guests on an international adventure – no passport necessary! World Burger Tour, a limited-time offering of Hard Rock Local Legendary© Burgers, inspired by the taste and flavors from cafe locations around the world, hits tables at select participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world beginning May 1, 2017 and continues through June 25, 2017.

Hometown Heroes

English breakfast burger

English Breakfast Burger

This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with crowd favorites added to the 2017 World Burger Tour lineup. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe menus* will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:


  • Seminole Cattlemen Burger (Florida, United States) – pay tribute to the tribe! This Legendary© burger is a combination of zippy swamp cabbage, also known as hearts of palm, fresh tomato and tupelo breaded gator tail atop a seasoned Seminole beef patty and smothered in Seminole wing sauce.
  • Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – shake it up with andouille sausage, Certified Angus Beef®, salsa criolla, garlic aioli, Monterey jack cheese, fresh arugula and a fried egg to top off the burger.
  • Tennessee BBQ Burger (Tennessee, United States) – like a good country ballad, this Certified Angus Beef® burger brings happy tears with BBQ dry rubbed premium beef topped with pickle slices, Memphis slaw, pulled pork, pig sauce, crispy onions and cheddar.


  • English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a Portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans.
  • Jambalaya Burger (Louisiana, United States) – this big easy burger features spiced up Certified Angus Beef® fixed with Cajun mayo, pickles, andouille sausage, pepper jack cheese and a jammin’ jambalaya rice cake.
  • Kimchi Burger (Seoul, South Korea) – a tradition years in the making, Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with Sriracha-seasoned kimchi, bulgogi sauce, fresh tomato and lettuce and Sriracha mayo
  • Seminole Cattlemen Burger returns for another month.

june burgers

“Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour continues to feed our guests’ desire for adventure, so this year we’ve revamped the menu to highlight unique and authentic ingredients from around the world,” said Darryl Mickler, Senior Director of Research and Development for Hard Rock International. “Guests can experience global flavors without leaving their hometown – from bold South Korea kimchi to sweet Colombia plantains, there’s something legendary for every palate.”


Local Legendary© Burgers are served with lettuce, tomato and paired with the ultimate sidekick – Hard Rock’s Savory Artisan french fries. Throughout World Burger Tour, each french fry selection is paired with a complementary signature dipping sauce. Guests in select markets can choose from Hard Rock’s classic seasoned french fries or additional new offerings, including Garlic Fries with Garlic Aioli and Spiced Curry Fries with Tandoori mayonnaise**.


Just like the artists whose memorabilia lines the walls at Hard Rock locations worldwide, the burgers served at Hard Rock Cafe are nothing short of “legendary.” All Legendary© Burgers feature the highest quality meats, fresh ingredients, savory sauces and rich, melted cheeses.


As part of the World Burger Tour menu, Hard Rock Cafes will also showcase the brand’s world-famous cocktails, including:

  • hurricane drinkSouthern Rock – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and SMIRNOFF Vodka, mixed with sweet & sour topped with Sierra Mist®
  • Hurricane – Orange, mango and pineapple juice, infused with BACARDI Superior Rum, BACARDI Select Rum, Amaretto and Finest Call Grenadine
  • Electric Blues – SMIRNOFF Vodka, BACARDI Superior Rum, Beefeater Gin, DeKuyper® Blue Curacao and sweet & sour topped with Sierra Mist®
  • Mojito – BACARDI Superior Rum muddled with fresh mint and lime topped with club soda
  • Lovely Rita – Sauza® Gold Tequila, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur and Hard Rock’s authentic Margarita Mix


For more information on World Burger Tour and to contact your local cafe for menu details, please visit www.HardRock.com.

*World Burger Tour menus may vary by location; guests should consult their local cafe for a full list of featured burgers

**Additional charge for Savory Artisan french fry pairings may apply.

Korean Kimchi Burger

May 242017
Mizner Park Music Summer Series

The City of Boca Raton, once again, presents Music and Movies Under the Stars at The Mizner Park Amphitheater all summer long starting Friday, June 9 through Saturday, August 12, 2017. 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.  Folding chairs can also 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 are inspected at entrance)

UPDATE:  See Mizner Park Amphitheater Concert Series 2018


Friday, June 9 @ 7:30 pm* Zoso’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin 

All the way from California, Zoso’s nationwide tour stops in Boca Raton this Summer. Known as “The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience”, Zoso formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it’s much more than just being a tribute. It’s about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity. (Update 6-25-16: Photos can be found at https://www.facebook.com/weekendpalmbeach/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1183457471674477&hc_location=ufi)

Friday, June 16 @ 7:30 pm* The Long Run’s Tribute to The Eagles 

Based out of Fort Lauderdale, this South Florida tribute band has grown in popularity to have traveled throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.  Much of their success can be attributed to the musicians who have an amazing resume.  Some of them have performed and worked with: Herb Reed and the Platters; The Flamingos; The Shirelles; The Coasters; The Tokens; Trisha Yearwood; Gary U.S. Bonds; The Dixie Cups; Bobby Lewis; Epcot’s British Invasion; Roger McGwinn of the Byrds; Mike Pinera of Blues Image; John Stewart’s Legends in Concert; The Romantics; Julio Iglesias, Jr; Pattie Loveless; Louise Mandrell; Brian and Dennis Wilson, Eric Clapton, The Bee Gees, America, Peter Frampton, Eddie Money, Michael Bolton, Dion, and Meat Loaf (who coincidentally also appeared in past performances at Mizner Park).

Sunday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm FAU Old Time Concert in Park

Continuing an  annual tradition, Mizner Park hosts a Father’s Day Celebration featuring the FAU Summer Concert Band following the Mizner Park Downtown Drive car show from 11am-5pm.

Friday, June 23 @ 8:00 pm Movie: Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts with Magic pre-show 7:30 pm


Friday, July 7 @ 7:30 pm* Liverpool Live’s Tribute to The Beatles

Liverpool Live presents a note for note copy of the Beatles music. The band uses authentic equipment, costumes and amplifiers that were used by the original Fab Four.  True Beatles fans will not be disappointed.

Friday, July 14 @ 7:30 pm* Turnstiles’ Tribute to Billy Joel 

Turnstiles tribute to Billy Joel sings and recreates the songs of the Piano Man with so much authenticity, you’ll forget that it’s only a tribute band!

Friday, July [email protected] 7:30 pm* The Petty Hearts’ Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

You’ll hear all your favorite Tom Petty hits as recreated by T.J. Cronin and his band-mates from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  It’s always a fun time when The Petty Hearts come to town!

Friday, July 28 @ 8:00 pm Movie: Moana Polynesian Dance pre-show 7:30 pm


Friday, August 4 @ 7:30 pm*  Dreams: Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac

Experience an amazing tribute to Fleetwood Mac and the sweetheart of Rock, Stevie Nicks complete with lights, costume and sound that will bring back memories of the past 5 decades of hit after hit accomplished by few other bands.

Friday, August 11 @ 7:30 pm* A Tribute to Bob Marley Ruffhouse

You’ll be “Jammin'” to the sounds of reggae legend Bob Marley as covered by the Ruff House reggae band, complete with backup singers and dancers – a fun time guaranteed!

Saturday, August 12 @ 8:00 pm The Symphonia Boca Raton A Space Odyssey 

To finish off the Summer Concert Series, the Boca Raton’s Symphonia presents their rendition of A Space Odyssey.

Attendees of all ages can enjoy games starting at 6:30 pm. Hollywood Brewery’s Beer Garden open to those 21 and over at 6:30 pm. Beer Garden open during Tribute Band Concerts only. *School of Rock @ 7:30 pm; Tribute Band @ 8:00 pm


Sunday June 25 @ 7:00 pm John Mellencamp with special guest Emmylou Harris (Presented by AEG)

Saturday July 29 @ 7:30 pm Bar Sertanej Joao Bosco & Vinicius (Presented by Arkeo Events)

Tuesday August 1 @ 7:30 pm Straight No Chaser and Postmodern Jukebox Double Feature (Presented by Live Nation)


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

May 072017
Pompano Beach Cultural Center Grand Opening

The City of Pompano Beach is delighted to announce that The Pompano Beach Cultural Center, located at 50 W. Atlantic Blvd. officially opens to the public on the weekend of May 11 – 14.  The Cultural Center will be the new home to 11 South Florida regional companies ranging from dance to music to theater.  In addition, the Center will host performances by nationally acclaimed musicians and exhibits by esteemed artists. Be the first to experience this amazing new center and the World Premiere Cuban art exhibit, Shipwrecked of Reason during opening weekend as fun-filled events will be held to suit each and everyone’s tastes.  The World Premiere Cuban art exhibit, Shipwrecked of Reason, will be on view at all events, however a special celebration for this will exhibit will take place during Havana Nights on Saturday, May 13th.

Thurs May 11 – Ribbon Cutting Followed by Imagine

Guests will be invited to explore the Center and experience Imagine. Renowned playwright and director Michael McKeever, in conjunction with Kevin Black Productions, have prepared an array of surprises with live spontaneous performances throughout the building. Participants in the evening’s festivities include Cirquesco, Florida’s Singing Sons Boy Choir, Brazilian duo Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes, Grammy nominated trumpeter, Ed Calle and much more!

Admission is Free and open to the public starting at 5pm


Friday, May 12 -The Preview Party

The Preview Party, proudly sponsored by Sabbia Beach and presented by Pompano! Magazine, will also have the winning touch of Michael McKeever and Kevin Black Productions with performances by Cirquesco, world premiere short plays by McKeever, dancing the night away to Little Jake and the Soul Searchers, plus food, cocktails, live auctions and many more surprises. Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets: $100  or $125 for Preview Party and Havana Nights combination package


Saturday, May 13 – Havana Nights

Havana Nights, presented by JetBlue on Saturday, May 13 will feature the music of two-time Grammy Award winner Marlow Rosado and his 12-piece band, along with tours of Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art, a world premiere collection of work from the top 20 Cuban contemporary artists.  This exhibit is curated by the internationally renowned Isabel María Pérez Pérez and presented in partnership with the Latin American Art Pavilion (LAAP).  The event will feature jazz trios and quartets, signature drinks and food. The VIP reception begins at 7pm,  general admission 8pm,

Tickets: $50, $75 or $125 complete package including Preview Party on Friday May 12

Sunday, May 14 – Florida Grand Opera

Finally, on Sunday, May 14 at 1 p.m., bring the family to the free FGO Family Day presented by the Florida Grand Opera. Opera fans – young and old – new to the genre or opera aficionados – can come and explore the world of opera through hands on activities, live performances, interactive experiences, and the thrill of live theater.


Programming listings for Alliance members begin immediately as well. For tickets and upcoming performances, www.ccpompano.org or call 954-839-9578.