Weekend Concierge

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 »
Feb 022017
The Weight Band

Performing songs of The Band, THE WEIGHT BAND is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era.  Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy.  The group features Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote for The Band and worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, Albert Rogers from the Jim Weider Band and frequent performer at The Barn’s Midnight Rambles.  Michael Bram, the newest member of THE WEIGHT, played with Jason Mraz.

Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like “The Weight”, “Up On Cripple Creek”, “Ophelia”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Rag Mama Rag” and so many others.  Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band’s music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.”  Come and take a load off.

Upcoming concert dates:

02/09 Bull Run, Shirley MA

02/10 The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield CT

02/11 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY

03/01 Crest Theater, Delray Beach FL

03/02 Emerson Center, Vero Beach FL

03/03 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach FL

03/04 Amaturo Theatre, Fort Lauderdale FL

03/24 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth NH

03/25 Cabot Theatre, Beverly MA

04/13 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA

04/14 The Hamilton Live, Washington DC

04/15 Avalon Theatre, Easton MD

05/12 Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY

05/13 South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange NJ

06/30 NYCB Theatre at Westbury (w. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes), Westbury NY

08/05 Mt Baker Rhythm & Blues Fest, Bellingham WA

08/21 – 25  Camp Cripple Creek, Full Moon Resort, Indian River NY

For more information, visit the band’s website:   www.theweightband.com

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Jan 182017
vanilla ice

After a massive 2016 with over 110 shows across North America, the I LOVE THE 90’s TOUR will continue its momentum in 2017, making its way to the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on March 26th, 2017 starting at 8:30pm.  The show promises fans the same unbelievable live experience, with a rotating lineup of the 90’s’ most iconic acts, including Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Rob Base, All-4-One and Young MC.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as an, “arena-sized dance party,” and described by The Arizona Republic as, “a hit-filled trip down memory lane,” the I Love the 90’s Tour is 2016’s most successful concert touring package with over 110 shows in 110 cities and more than 600,000 tickets sold with a gross box office revenue of over $36 million dollars.  Returning in 2017 is headliner Vanilla Ice, star of the DIY Network’s Vanilla Ice Project and fresh off of his Dancing with the Stars appearance.

The I Love the 90’s Tour is represented by Universal Attractions Agency (UAA).  Universal Attractions Agency’s Jeff Allen and Jeff Epstein, co-creators of the I Love the 90’s Tour, are more than excited at the breakout success of the tour and are confident that audiences are ready for their next dose of 90’s nostalgia.  As both say, “Our object was to capture the imagination of a generation and the I Love the 90’s Tour is a phenomenon that has done just that”.

Limited number of I Love the 90’s Tour VIP packages are available, including exclusive VIP meet & greet packages, for details please visit www.future-beat.com

For updates on upcoming I Love the 90’s Tour dates, please visit http://ilovethe90stour.com

Tickets: $25-$128 via www.ticketmaster.com or 954-519-5500


More Upcoming Shows at The Amp

2/4   8pm                      Avett Brothers                                      $64.50-$74.50

2/10  7pm                     Lynyrd Skynyrd                                    $25-$125

2/ 12  7:30pm                Yes, The Album Series                           $25-$85

3/3     7:30pm               Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam         $25-$124.50

3/17    8pm                    Billy Ocean Taylor Dayne                      $35-$95

3/18    7pm                    Charlie Daniels/Marshall Tucker             $25 -$95

4/6      8pm                     Buddy Guy and The Rides                    $39.50-99.50

5/19  8pm                       George Thorogood and the Destroyers  $29-$79

7/15 8pm                        Firefall, Poco, Pure Prairie League    $28-$73

 January 18, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 152017
music at mickel

Live Music at Mickel is back for another year of monthly public outdoor concerts hosted by the City of Wilton Manors.  Concerts are held once a month from January through April and include a variety of music from 7:30pm-9:30pm.  Food trucks will be onsite prior and during concerts so you don’t have to skip dinner to get to the park on time.  Bring chairs and blankets and have a relaxing night under the stars with live music by favorite local bands.

Concert Schedule

Friday January 20th – Jamport Authority (funk, rock and jazz)

Friday, February 17th – Grindstone (Acoustic rock and alternative)

Friday, March 24th – Lifeline, A Tribute to Heart

Friday, April 21st, 2017 – The New Planets (Party Rock & Dance)

More Information

Mickel Park is located at 2675 NW 7th Ave in Wilton Manors.  Admission is Free.  For more information about the Live Music at Mickel concert series, contact the Leisure Services Department at (954) 390-2130 or visit wiltonmanors.com.

 January 15, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 102017
Music for the Mind

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company will perform a special upcoming public benefit concert at the Harriet Himmel Theater for Cultural and Performing Arts at CityPlace.  As part of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s monthly Music for the Mind concert series, the Youth Touring Company will perform a special benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (payable at the door), with all proceeds directly benefiting the not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Featuring 30 students in grades 4-12, the Youth Touring Company will perform a high-energy singing and dancing performance featuring everything from Broadway show tunes to Motown hits. Performing songs such as At the Hop, I Feel the Earth Move and When I Grow Up, this show is perfect for all ages.

“We’re so honored to be a part of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s Music for the Mind concert series for the second year in a row,” said Julie Rowe, director of education for the Theatre and Conservatory. “Last year’s concert was a phenomenal success, and we’re looking forward to bringing our students’ dynamic performance to CityPlace. We’d like to invite residents of all ages to come out and enjoy an evening of great music and dancing.”

Held the third Tuesday of every month, the Music for the Mind concerts feature musical groups from Palm Beach and Martin Counties. All proceeds directly benefit the performing organization, with all concerts sponsored by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation and the Harriet Himmel Theater for Cultural and Performing Arts at CityPlace.

“The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation is thrilled to have the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company return for a second year,” said Kathi Kretzer-Sayler, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation. “Last year’s young performers blew the audience away with their singing and dancing talent and we look forward to another evening of great entertainment! All ages will enjoy this concert. Not only are the young performers adorable; they are also quite entertaining.”

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company benefit performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at the Harriet Himmel Theater for Cultural and Performing Arts at CityPlace. Directions: From I-95, take exit 70 onto Okeechobee Boulevard. Go East on Okeechobee Boulevard; CityPlace is less than one mile on the left hand side. All tickets (available at the door) are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, please call Kretzer Piano at(561) 748-0036.

About The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation
The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the gift of music to children and seniors in our community. We are passionate about music being a part of every child’s life and we provide music performance opportunities where they can share their talents with others. We offer scholarships for music lessons for underprivileged children.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts
Drawing nearly 600 students per year, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts is a premiere professional Conservatory that offers a challenging, innovative and quality theatre experience to students of all ages and abilities. In addition to a full schedule of classes, the Conservatory’s hands-on workshops and master classes offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand from nationally known directors and Broadway performers, agents and local instructors. More than 25 percent of the Conservatory’s students receive scholarships. For more information about the Conservatory including a full schedule of classes, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/education.


About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,732 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.

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