Weekend Concierge

Apr 062017
 
Arc Artisan Program

SunFest is less than a month away (May 3-7) and the clients at The Arc of Palm Beach County are excited to unveil mosaics made exclusively for this annual event. Thanks to the collaboration of clients, staff, and hundreds of volunteers, The Arc has been able to craft more than 120 mosaics which will be sold at SunFest’s brand-new Art District.

A new mix of mosaics

During SunFest, festival goers can expect to find a new mix of mosaics, along with the ones you would typically find at The Arc’s Courim Center in Riviera Beach. The beautiful mix of marine life and hearts will be accompanied by guitars and sunbursts. The new designs were chosen to complement the popular music and art festival held every year at the downtown waterfront in West Palm Beach. The handmade pieces will be sold at The Arc’s booth at SunFest, along with a variety of other collectibles such as kitchen items, framed prints, note cards, flowerpots, and much more.

Mosaics SunFest

Mosaics for SunFest made by The Arc

It took several months to come up with the collection of mosaics to be sold at SunFest. Prices for the mosaics being sold during the event start as low as $10. A portion of the art sales directly benefit clients at The Arc of Palm Beach County. For every piece of artwork that is sold, the artisan that worked on the piece receives a commission, which enables them to earn a paycheck. It is the mission of The Arc of Palm Beach County to ensure that its clients have the opportunity to be as independent as possible through quality services, education, and advocacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Clients in The Arc’s Artisan Program work year-round in a variety of media, including decorative mosaic art, painting, and sketching. Through this program, which is a part of the nonprofit’s Career Transition Program, clients learn how to market their artwork, speak to customers, and handle financial transactions.

During SunFest, The Arc is excited to unveil another major project that clients and volunteers have been working tirelessly on for the past few months. A large, 8-foot-tall, mosaic guitar that will be a focal point of the Art District.

To find out how you can get involved with The Arc, contact Shani Simpson by calling 561-842-3213 or email [email protected]

Photos courtesy: Jacek Photos

 April 6, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Apr 052017
 

Slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend with Friday Night Sound Waves, a free 36-week live music series on Fort Lauderdale Beach that runs from March through November. Music lovers of all ages are invited to The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub, located at corner of Las Olas Blvd. and A1A, to enjoy local and regional musical talent perform every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the month of April, four rising stars will be performing original songs ranging from country to reggae roots and blues-jazz.

April 7 – Farewell Angelina

Four Powerhouse Vocalists. Four multi-instrumentalists. Four dynamic songwriters. All the way from from Nashville, TN, Farewell Angelina is born and bred and Country to the core.  Presented by Southwest Airlines

April 14 – Mike Mineo

The native South Florida boy who spread his wings for the music capital or Nashville, makes a return to his hometown, bringing a sunny smile, hi-fives and unique sound and vibe, best summed up as Beach Soul.

April 21 – Spred the Dub

Spred The Dub keeps crowds dancing with their own brand of “Good Time Reggae” music – infusing elements of Soul, Funk and R&B with a foundation of Rock-steady, Ska and Roots.  Based out of West Palm Beach, their tour last year took them all the way to the UK!

April 28 – Tom Sartori

Tom Sartori will always have a place in our heart, as the artist who kicked off our inaugural series back in March 2016, Tom and his band bring a contagious excitement, you truly need to witness to understand.  If you don’t see him often enough, maybe it’s because Tom performs regularly aboard Disney Cruise Lines  and will soon be heading across the pond!

Trivia Question: What do both Farewell Angelina and Tom Sartori have in common?  

Answer: They both appeared on Thursday Night NFL singing the National Anthem!

Preview all these fine artists each Friday morning as they will be performing their original songs and covers on Entercom Radio station 102.7FM  during the Kenny Walker Morning show during the 8am hour.

For the complete concert schedule and more information, visit www.fridaynightsoundwaves.com.

 April 5, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Apr 042017
 

From April 7-9, Downtown Delray Beach comes alive during the day with an eclectic mixture of fine art, great crafts and funky products from around the world.  As booths close around 6 p.m. and the Delray Affair crowd thins, you’ll find galleries, retail shops and restaurants with special offers & promotions! Here are a few tips to enjoy Delray Affair After Dark courtesy of delrayaffair.com:

 

Enjoy Happy Hour All Weekend Long – The Downtown restaurants have great weekend menu specials and Happy Hour menus such as the Atlantic Grille, Caffe Luna Rosa, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Farmhouse Kitchen, Racks Fish House & Oyster BarBuddha Sky Bar and Garden and more! Click here to view all Happy Hour specials.

Dine & Discover a New Downtown Restaurant – Enjoy a memorable meal on Delray Beach’s famed Atlantic Avenue, experience the charming vibe in the Pineapple Grove Arts District or discover a new restaurant in The Set, the gateway to Downtown. You’ll also find an eclectic mix of restaurants beachside, where visitors can dine alfresco & enjoy an ocean breeze. From Mexican, Latin, and Mediterranean to Caribbean, American, and Argentinian – and with over 100 restaurants Downtown – you are sure to find the perfect place for every palate & pocket. Click here to view all Downtown Delray Beach restaurants.

 

First Friday Art Walk – April 7, 6-9 p.m. Kick-off the Delray Affair weekend with the First Friday Art Walk and pop-up live entertainment throughout Downtown! This self-guided tour and year-long event invites you to explore the heart & soul of our art scene on the First Friday of every month from 6 – 9 p.m. Enjoy art galleries and working studios while you meet with many of our talented, local artists. Stroll and enjoy beautiful evenings in Downtown Delray as you navigate your way through myriad styles of art. The Art Walk features three artistic areas; Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and Artists Alley. Click here to watch the Art Walk video. This is a FREE event – just show up and start wherever you’d like! To learn more and view the Art Walk Map & Brochure, visit: DowntownDelrayBeach.com/ArtWalk

Artrageous

“Artrageous” – Fri., April 7 & Sat., April 8, 2017, 7PM, Old School Square Pavilion –  Tickets: $25 (adult); $15 (student) available at OldSchoolSquare.org  This unforgettable experience is an electrifying combination of artists painting at amazing speed, right before your eyes, and high energy live music, amazing vocals, creative choreography and audience interaction. Giant artworks jump to life unveiling larger-than-life icons and masterpieces in just moments; all the while, there is constant activity on stage, delighting your senses. It’s a show for the entire family. It’s outrageous… it’s Artrageous!      


Experience Pop-up Live Entertainment Throughout the Downtown: Enjoy the extra vibrancy with pop-up live (and local) entertainment on the streets throughout Downtown Delray Friday April 7 & Saturday, April 8, from 6-9 p.m., each night

POP-UP LIVE ENTERTAINMENT THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN (6:00 – 9:00 pm):

Jason Hanley (Fri., April 7 & Sat. April 8) Impromptu organic, jazz, folk blues: www.soundproofproductions.netLocation: SW corner of Atlantic and SE 1stAvenue, in front of Café Blue

Taylor Road (Fri., April 7 & Sat. April 8) Acoustic rock: https://www.facebook.com/taylorroadbandLocation: Intersection of Atlantic and SE 4th Avenue, across from BankUnited

Urban Gypsy (Friday, April 7th) www.UrbanGypsyMusic.com Location: In front of Starbucks on Atlantic and 2nd Avenue

Islay Rodriguez (Saturday, April 8th) Acoustic guitarist, Latin, Jazz, World Music www.southfloridaguitarist.comLocation: Front of Starbucks on Atlantic and 2ndAvenue

More Live Music in Downtown Delray

Friday, April 7

Nancy Kelly, Award-winning Jazz Vocalist at Arts Garage

56-Ace (Rock & Country Cover Band) at Bostons on the Beach – No Cover 8:30pm

Stone Mojo (Rock Covers) at Johnnie Brown’s – No Cover 9pm

Saturday, April 8

Bachaco (Reggae Rock) at Bostons on the Beach – No Cover 8:30pm

The Edge (Rock Covers) at Johnnie Brown’s – No Cover 9pm

 

Find Accessible Parking – From garages to lots to valet stands we have options: Old School Square Parking Garage at NE 1st St & NE 1st Ave, Robert Federspiel Parking Garage at SE 1st Ave between  SE  1st St & Atlantic Avenue,  Atlantic Avenue is open from Federal Highway to the beach and all parking lots are accessible via side streets.  For a map please visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com/parking.

For more information, please call the DDA office at 561.243.1077.

 April 4, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Apr 032017
 

ENTERCOM Alternative WSFS (104.3 The Shark) is bringing the Undertow Music Festival 2017 to the Pompano Beach Amp during the Memorial Day weekend. The alternative music festival will feature Grouplove, K.Flay, Milky Chance, Dreamers, Coin, The Unlikely Candidates and The Heydaze.  The day-long festival begins at Noon on May 28th and continues till 10pm at The Amp (Pompano Beach Amphitheater).

Grouplove, the indie rock back formed in 2009, will headline the festival. The band features Hannah Hooper (vocals, keyboards), Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Sean Gadd (bass), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), and Ryan Rabin (drums). The band will be singing all their hits including “Colours,” “Tongue Tied,” “Ways to Go,” and “Welcome to Your Life” from their current studio album, Big Mess.

Milky Chance is a German folk group featuring lead vocalist and guitarist Clemens Rehbein, DJ, producer Philipp Dausch, and guitarist Antonio Greger. Having appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live, the band’s style integrates elements of Folk, Reggae and Jazz.

Los Angeles trio Dreamers consists of Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Nelson (bass/vocals), and Jacob Wick (drums). The band was chosen over 500 other acts to open for Stone Temple Pilots in 2015. Currently the band is touring North America performing top hits including “Wolves,” “Drugs,” and “Sweet Disaster.”

Coin is an American Indie pop band formed in 2012 in Nashville and features Chase Lawrence (lead vocals, synthesizers), Ryan Winnen (drums), Joe Memmel (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Zachary Dyke (bass guitar). Top songs include “Run,” “I Would,” and “Talk Too Much.”

Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates is an alternative rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male, then expanded to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard.  Building from strength to strength in recent years, The Unlikely Candidates signed to Another Century Records in 2016 and crashed Alternative Rock radio with two infectious singles, “Your Love Could Start a War” and “Ringer.”

New York-based group The Heydaze features vocalist Jesse Fink, guitarist Andrew Spelman, drummer Tyler Matte, and bassist Alexander. The band notes that their apparent camaraderie is imperative to their studio experience and live show. But their chemistry also translates into the music itself, allowing The Heydaze to create and hone a unique blend of pop and alt-rock, with messaging that truly resonates.
Tickets: $30-$95   www.1043theshark.com
For more information www.theamppompano.org or call 954-519-5500

Other upcoming shows at The Amp:

5/19 George Thorogood (8pm)  Tickets: $29-$79 via  www.ticketmaster.com
7/15 Pure Prairie League, Poco and Firefall
8/19 I Love the 90’s with Salt n Pepa, Vanilla Ice and Coolio
9/16 Clint Black
Undertow Grouplove
 April 3, 2017  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Mar 292017
 
Biscuit Fest
The Funky Biscuit hosts the 6th Annual Biscuit Fest on Thursday March 30th through Sunday April 2nd in Boca Raton. Biscuit Fest 6 presents a wide variety of styles including extreme funk, soul, R&B, jazz, jam and blues which represents the overall eclecticism that is brought to South Florida audiences by The Funky Biscuit week after week. The artists presented are some of the biggest names on the national scene! This year Biscuit Fest 6 has a stacked lineup including:
THURSDAY, MARCH 30TH – ERIC KRASNO BAND
Biscuit Fest 6 kicks off with the Eric Krasno Band at The Funky Biscuit with special guests Lemon City Trio! For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We’ve heard his virtuous, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the The Rolling Stones and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Most recently Krasno has released a rousing new solo album ‘Blood From A Stone’ and reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry.
Main SqueezeFRIDAY, MARCH 31 – THE MAIN SQUEEZE
The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana. Since coming together in late 2009 The Main Squeeze have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time. The Main Squeeze is like mid 70’s Stevie Wonder meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A band that pumps out a seamless groove that blends equal parts soul, funk and rock ‘n’ roll and delivers soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves and powerful solos. Picture that and you have a pretty good idea of what THE MAIN SQUEEZE will bring when they throw down on the second night of Biscuit Fest 6!
The third night of Biscuit fest 6 brings Oteil Burbridge’s Bureau Of Sabotage! This is an incredible supergroup of stellar musicians that features on bass Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company., Col.Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit), on guitar John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra, Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends), on keyboards Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits) and on drums Jeff Franca (Theivery corporation). Also on the bill, very special guests local faves Crazy Fingers to get the evening started!
Blues JamSUNDAY, APRIL 2ND BLUES JAM
Closing out Biscuit Fest 6 The Funky Biscuit will bring you a music summit featuring six string wunderkind Matt Schofield, blues-rock big dog’s the Albert Castiglia Band, Levon Helm collaborator Chris O’Leary and The Chris O’Leary Band and go-to sideman and frequent guest of Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Widespread Panic, eximious saxman Mr. Ron Holloway!
Each night of Biscuit Fest 6 features artists at large Ron Holloway and south Florida native and sacred steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier!
More info and tickets available (while supplies last) at: www.funkybiscuit.com
 March 29, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 292017
 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —  The Fort Lauderdale Beach business community, through its free 36-week live music series, Friday Night Sound Waves, is bringing both people and community partners together during the 2017 season. With more than 20 local business and corporate sponsors offering support and resources, Friday Night Sound Waves is poised to shine a brighter spotlight on local talent and all that Fort Lauderdale Beach has to offer.

The most notable partners collaborating with Friday Night Sound Waves in its second year are series sponsors Southwest Airlines® and Florida Power & Light.

As the official airline sponsor of Friday Night Sound Waves, Southwest® will host eight shows featuring the Southwest Lounge, a space for community partners and guests to gather together to enjoy the night’s performances. The Southwest Lounge will welcome guests with comfortable seating, beach umbrellas, beach mats to lay on the sand, and signature Southwest snacks to enjoy at each of the weekly events.  At each Southwest sponsored show, concertgoers will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win round trip travel.

Come June, the airline best known for Low Fares and Bags Fly Free, will participate in the return of the Friday Night Sound Waves popular summer campaign, The Great Beach Getaway Giveaway. Southwest will help Sound Waves organizers host national fly-in contests through June and July, as well as opportunities for local residents to enter for a chance to win flights to new nonstop destinations from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, including Belize, Cancun, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay.

“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.”

Friday Night Sound Waves organizers received a sponsorship from FPL that made the special lighting requirements of this event possible. “We strive to support the communities that we serve to make Florida a better place to work, live and raise a family,” said Juliet Roulhac, regional manager, external affairs, FPL.

“Corporate and community partnerships are vital to the sustainability of the Friday Night Sound Waves as a free event for all to enjoy,” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “With both the financial and in-kind support of our nearly two dozen partners, we are able to further invest in Fort Lauderdale Beach as a place for both our locals and visitors to enjoy.”

The Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), comprised of many of the businesses located along A1A, is the series’ major funding partner. In addition, the series second year sponsors include both new and returning sponsors including the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida, 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.

“We are also extremely grateful for our media partners who help us spread the word to promote the area and talented local musicians,” said Glassman.

Entercom Radio, the series official radio partner, will host weekly games and prizes represented by each of the national media outlet’s four South Florida stations, including The Beach 102.7 FM, The Shark 104.3 FM, Lite 101.5 FM, 790 AM The Ticket. The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB will also broadcast live from The Hub on their new Sunny TV station, every first Friday between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Additional media partners and friends include Fort Lauderdale Magazine, TravelHost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, The Las Olas Association, The Central Beach Alliance and the Ford Lauderdale Air Show.

Friday Night Sound Waves is a free 36-week live music series that runs March through November. Each week, locals and visitors are encouraged to slide off their shoes and slip into the weekend to enjoy local and regional musical talent perform Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub on the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. To view the complete performance line up, offers from series sponsors, and special tribute and awareness nights, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com. For sponsorship opportunities and additional information, please email [email protected]

About the Beach BID:
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District’s (BID) primary focus is to market Fort Lauderdale Beach as a premier destination to locals and visitors from around the globe. Through private investment by businesses and residents between its governing boundaries along A1A from Harbor Drive to Sunrise Boulevard, they aim to enhance one’s experience. To learn more about the different places to “Dine, Discover, Stay and Play” on the beach, visit the BID sponsored website www.MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com, or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.

 March 29, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »