Weekend Concierge

May 022018
 
Summer in the City

The City of Boca Raton, once again, presents Summer in the City at The Mizner Park Amphitheater with a series of free and ticketed concerts all summer long beginning Saturday May 12 and running through Saturday, August 11, 2018. 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 for FREE tribute concerts, mixed with fun and games beginning June 8th.. Gates open one hour before each concert.  Folding chairs may 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 will be inspected at the entrance.

SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE

MAY

Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat & The Livesays (ticketed, see link for more details)

Sunday, May 27th – LOTOS Music Festival (ticketed)

Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Concert featuring Shane Duncan Band and The Helmsmen (6pm)

Memorial Day Mizner ParkCelebrate Memorial Day with a free concert in the park featuring local indie musicians, the Helmsmen, and  south Florida country artists, the Shane Duncan Band. Attendees may indulge in food trucks, including Tucker Duke’s, and a beer garden featuring Boca Raton brewery, Barrel of Monks. The City of Boca Raton is once again teaming up with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a local non-profit, to offer an area at this event where attendees can write a letter to a soldier and where goods may be donated to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers. Please visit myboca.us/specialevents for full list of items applicable for donation.

JUNE

Friday, June 8th, 2018 – The Long Run A Tribute to The Eagles (8pm)

Friday, June 15th, 2018 – Crazy Fingers A Tribute To The Grateful Dead (8pm)

Friday, June 22nd, 2018- 80’s Throwback Game Night (no concert)

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – FAU Summer Concert Band (7pm)

Friday, June 29th, 2018 – Rocket Man Tribute to Elton John (8pm)

JULY

Tuesday, July 10th – 3 Doors Down + Collective Souls (ticketed)

Friday, July 13th, 2018- Liverpool Live A Tribute To The Beatles (8pm)

Friday, July 20th, 2018- 80’s Throwback Game Night (No Concert, 8pm)

Friday, July 27th, 2018- Dreams: Crystal Visions A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac (8pm)

AUGUST

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 – Purple Madness A Tribute To Prince (8pm)

Friday, August 10th, 2018 – Turnstiles A Tribute To Billy Joel (8pm)

Saturday, August 11th, 2018- Symphony Swing By Symphonia Boca Raton (8pm)

 

BEER GARDEN

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

Apr 292018
 
Cheers Sunrise Cinco de Mayo

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday which is both a boon and a bust for area bars and restaurants and area musicians alike.  You see, if the 5th of May lands on a weekday, then an extra opportunity is usually created for a special event bringing in a crowd of customers  on, what otherwise, might be a slow night for business.  On the other hand, consumers win out with an overwhelming number of choices due to every regularly scheduled Saturday event suddenly becoming an opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

In order to put together this list, we scoured social media resources, our email, our previous years’ blogs and the entire internet for Cinco de Mayo events at local area bars and restaurants from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach to share here with you – not an easy task when most of them are only announced just a few days before May 5th, so please check back often as we add to this list daily.

BROWARD (Cities around Fort Lauderdale)

Cheers Sunrise Cinco de Mayo

Fistful of Dollars

Tuxedo Jesus May 5

Roll the Stones

O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate is throwing a party of it’s own featuring live music by Tuxedo Jesus and  $2 tacos, $5 cuervos, 4 single Coronas, $16 buckets.

Cheers Sunrise is celebrating with $3 Margaritas, $3 Dos Equis Amber drafts, $3 Tecate and Tecate light and live music by Rough Shot!

Tatts & Tacos in Oakland Park is throwing yet another one of their infamous block parties – this time on Cinco de Mayo  with Live Music, DJ, and Live Entertainment.  Kids can enjoy the Kids Zone with a bounce house & free face painting. Beer tastings from a variety of local craft breweries. Complimentary shots throughout the night, authentic Mexican tacos and food, tequila, free henna tattoos, raffles and giveaways and much more.  Live music by Sumter followed by Spank the Band starting at 6:30pm.

Also known for their block parties, Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs won’t disappoint this annual event.  After all, they have had lots of practice!  This year’s block part promises kids activities, giveaways, Coronas, Legendary Margaritas, Tacos & Tequila, face painting, and a huge stage for DJ Rob Booke starting at 4pm followed by  Justin Enco & The Poor Life Decisions Band 8pm-Midnight. A $5 cover from 7pm till close benefits The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.  Their new location in Deerfield Beach will also be celebrating with DJ Monsta.

Unleash your inner party animal and celebrate “Coco de Mayo” in style ​at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Saturday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. In the courtyard between NYY Steak and Sorrisi, guests will enjoy Patrón-spiked margaritas, Mexican street food, a live mariachi band, and nonstop entertainment. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  Continue the celebration inside any of the 3 live music venues inside the casino starting at 8pm with Melinda Elena at NYY Legends Lounge, Mouth Tape at The Nectar Lounge, and the About Sunday Band at the Sunset Grill outdoor cafe.

More live music events from our hour by hour calendar:

  • 12-4pm Jessie Thompson & Jimi Fiano at Shooter’s Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale
  • 5 – 8pm Cruzin’ Duo at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  • 6 – 11:55pm SPANK the band at Tatts and Tacos in Oakland Park *
  • 6 – 10pm Walter Williams at Buster’s Doughboys & Clam Cakes in Plantation
  • 7 – 11pm Live Music Showcase at The Portly Pig Gastropub in Dania Beach
  • 7 – 10pm Danny Olalla at Grand Pelican Resort in Fort Lauderdale
  • 7:30 – 10:30pm Dave Rapollo at Chuck’s Steak House in Fort Lauderdale
  • 7:30 – 9:30pm Roll the Stones (Tribute) at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach
  • 8 – 12am King Colton & The Chrome Skulls at Spanx The Hog in Pompano Beach
  • 8 – 12am Robbie Williams at Murphy’s Tavern in Fort Lauderdale
  • 8 – 12am The Mischiefs Band at Marina-84 in Fort Lauderdale *
  • 8 – 12am The Poor Life Decisions Band at Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs *$
  • 9 – 1am Sippin’ Fire at Dive Bar Fort Lauderdale
  • 9 – 1am High Fidelity at Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub in Coconut Creek
  • 9 – 1am Tuxedo Jesus at O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate *
  • 9 – 1am Bounce at Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point
  • 9:30 – 1:30am Audio Tramp at Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach
  • 9:30 – 1:30am Hangin with Brodie at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  • 10-3am Rough Shot at Cheers Sunrise
  • 10-4am Zero Point Zero at Cheers Fort Lauderdale
  • 10-2am The Klik at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood

Other events of interest on Cinco de Mayo:

Air Show Displays Open

The Ford Lauderdale Air Show displays and exhibits located on State Road A1A north of Sunrise Blvd will feature simulators, interactive exhibits, and much more. The displays will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Comic Book Day at Lauderdale Comics

Each year, thousands of participating stores give over six million comic books to millions of fans to introduce them to the wonders of comics.  This is the 2nd year Lauderdale Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day, offering the community a fun, family-oriented event where everyone can find a comic they’ll enjoy. Grab a photo with Local Cosplayers, check out art from Local Artists and grab a bite from Superheroes of Florida while you wait! Come dressed as your favorite character and enter our costume Contest and enter your name to win exciting prizes in our FCBD Raffle!

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 11am and runs until 7pm at Lauderdale Comics 1929 S Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316. Call 954-530-6722, visit www.lauderdalecomics.com, or follow @LauderdaleComics on Facebook & Instagram for more information.

PALM BEACH (Boca Raton to West Palm Beach)

Hour by Hour Listings can be found on the Live Music Calendar for Boca-Delray-Palm Beach.

In The Light of Led Zeppelin presents an Evening of Page & Plant at The Lyric Theater  in Stuart (Ticketed Event)

Pipers Cinco de Mayo

Spicy Avocado Margarita

Tucked in the Hilton West Palm Beach, the art-infused hot spot will be serving up delicious bites and craft cocktails like the Spicy Avocado Margarita ($12), starring Sauza Silver tequila, Hum Hibiscus liqueur, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, muddled ginger, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and garnished with a sprinkle of chili pepper.  

Agave lovers will have their hands full with the Huckleberry Finn Margarita ($12), a delicious, spirited romp of top-shelf 1800 Reposado tequila, Hum hibiscus liqueur, Huckleberry syrup, lime juice, raw sugar syrup, and an edible flower to nibble on.

Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach is located at 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight (Bar), and 5-10 p.m. (Dinner); Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (Bar), and 5-11 p.m. (Dinner); and Sunday, 4 p.m.-midnight (Bar), and 5-10 p.m. (Dinner).

Apr 192018
 
sherry palmer

For most of us in the music community, April 18th, 2018 was the day we found out that the co-owner of Chit Chats Bar, Sherry Palmer, was found dead at her home only a mile away from her beloved bar she owned and managed with her husband Pat Palmer.  The cause of her death was under mysterious circumstances and it’s too early to know exactly what happened on that dreadful day but the news of her passing, no matter which story you heard in whispers or via Facebook posts, was nonetheless shocking.

The name Sherry Palmer and Chit Chats Bar were synonymous.  You could not have one without the other.  The neighborhood bar, located off Federal Highway in Pompano Beach was a haven for locals to hang out after work, a place where bikers could stop on their “poker” runs, where bands could take over a stage and rock the night away or be a destination for anyone who didn’t want to go home after a concert next door at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.

Everyone who is familiar with Chit Chats Bar and Sherry Palmer has their own stories to tell.  My stories are memorialized in the many photos I have taken over the past 8 years during my visits during Wednesday “bike nites” with live music and free BBQ outside the front door or during special celebrations, fundraisers or unfortunately, memorials, that Sherry was best known for organizing for so many in both the music and biker communities.

In addition to all the parties she threw for people she cared for (and that was a lot of people), another example of Sherry Palmer’s conscientiousness that comes to mind was how she converted the bar to non-smoking on band nights so that singers would not have to inhale tobacco fumes while singing their lungs out as well as being more inviting to fans of the band who didn’t care for a smoke-filled bar. She, herself, was a non-smoker and would have liked to make this a permanent decision but as usual, she wanted to please everyone.

In June of 2016, there was community outrage when news came that that the landlord of the strip mall where Chit Chats Bar resided seemed to be doing everything in their power to push them out.  There was so much overwhelming support for Chit Chats that a big party was organized by friends and funds were raised to pay legal fees to help Chit Chats Bar fend off their landlord and stay where they were.  Read all about it in a past blog entitled  “A Community United for Chit Chats Bar

I recently heard that she was talking with the owner of a neighboring restaurant-bar to see if they would be able to hire the staff of Chit Chats if they closed because she did not think they could fight the legal battles much longer with their landlord.  That was just one more example of how much she cared about the people who worked for her.

Here’s a little known fact: Sherry Palmer was the first person to offer me money to take photos as guests arrived to her annual Breast Cancer charity event.  This prompted me to set up a bank account for Weekend Broward so I could accept a check with a company name rather than my own name and the rest is history!

While looking for a few photos to represent some of my highlight visits to Chit Chats Bar, I ended up with a slideshow instead.  I posted it today on my Facebook Timeline.  It wasn’t easy, but here are a few of the many many memories that will forever live in my heart as I look back at the good times I spent at Chit Chats Bar, with many thanks to Sherry Palmer.

Celebration of Life Sherry Palmer

Celebration of Life Sherry Palmer June 24 at Cheers Fort Lauderdale Noon-11pm

Band Line-Up for Celebration of Life on June 24, 2018

2pm – 2:45pm Shovelhead

3pm – 3:45pm Crush

4pm – 4:45pm Furious George

5pm – 5:45pm Riverdown

6pm – 6:45pm Wrecktifier

7pm – 7:45pm Rough Shot

UPDATE: 6-24-2018 Visit our Photo Gallery as we captured images of the hundreds of visitors to Cheers Fort Lauderdale for this event

Select photos we have taken over the years at Chit Chats Bar

Kisses for Cancer

Kisses for Cancer Bike Night

Celebration of Life for Scott Goodman of SLEJJ

Celebration of Life for Scott Goodman of SLEJJ

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Party with Furious George

Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy Drive (She offered a free drink for every customer that brought in donations)

 

 

 

 

Free Pies for Thanksgiving

Free Pies for Thanksgiving

Cindy Kosor

Saying goodbye to Cindy Kosor

So many birthday celebrations

fundraiser tshirts

Fundraiser & Memorial T shirts

Bike Night with Free BBQ

Bike Night with Free BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATES: At the time of this blog, funeral arrangements have not yet been made however a page has been set up by Dignity Memorial to which friends and family can add thoughts and well-wishes and ask to be notified of any new updates.  An article entitled “Husband killed owner of popular bar,Police say” appeared on Wednesday, April 25th in the Sun-Sentinel with more details about Sherry Palmer’s death.


Apr 162018
 
Albert Castiglia

The heat is on in South Florida, and we’re not talking about the weather. Boston’s on the Beach has a sizzling lineup of talent for Blue Tuesdays before the summer break. Admission to this weekly event is Free, so grab a cold one, or something frozen and fruity, and get ready for five hot nights of the blues.  Famous Frank Ward hosts Blue Tuesdays with an ever-changing lineup of some the greatest blues musicians and guests. With his uncanny knack of matching up tremendous talent from both sides of the Mississippi, it turns Boston’s into an intimate and “smooth” venue for a perfect evening of blues.

Blues Performance Schedule May 2018

Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings

Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings

May 1: JP Soars Gypsy Blue Revue. JP Soars’ signature sound reflects his diverse influences. He cut his teeth touring and recording with metal bands before finding his home in the blues. Soars’ past vividly colors his expressive vocals, while a homemade, two-string cigar box guitar elicits signature tones. The combination gives audiences a unique show every time Soars hits the stage.

May 8: Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings. Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings make entertaining look effortless. Their version of the blues is modern with a strong grasp on tradition. Frank’s cutting guitar and gravelly vocals lend excitement and chills respectively.

May 15: Bobby Messano. Legendary guitarist, singer, and bandleader Bobby Messano has played on more than 50 albums, topped the charts on Billboard, and is listed in the Blues Hall of Fame. He has worked with superstars of rock and country, but remains true to the music he says reflects life with honesty and grit. Audiences will rock, groove, and sigh as Messano proves why he is considered a master musician.

May 22: Albert Castiglia Band. Albert Castiglia started playing guitar at the age of 12, and quickly learned that he could express his emotions through music. As the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Miami Blues Authority, Castiglia developed his dynamic style. Now on his own, Castiglia has earned a reputation for raw, wall-pounding performances that leave the audience panting for more.

Albert Castiglia

Albert Castiglia

May 29: Blue Tuesday All Stars. Blue Tuesdays finishes the season with a star-studded lineup. Terry Hanck, Chris Peet , JP Soars, Famous Frank Ward, and Pat Ward share the stage for the last night of Blue Tuesdays. Expect the best guitar riffs, drums, horn, and high-energy vocals. This tremendous lineup of talent will help you slide smoothly into summer.

Don’t miss May at Boston’s on the Beach! Color your Tuesday nights with great entertainment with no cover charge. Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 South Ocean Boulevard in Delray Beach. For more information, visit bostonsonthebeach.com/bluetuesdays or call (561) 278-3364.

Mar 282018
 
NoBe Sunday Block Party

After 6 weeks of shutting down one direction of 33rd Street just off A1A in the North Beach (NoBe) area of Fort Lauderdale, one thing is for sure – it’s worth the trip! Unfortunately, April marks the final month for the City of Fort Lauderdale to shut down the westbound lane of 33rd street, home of Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub, 33rd Street Wine Bar, Blue Jean Blues, The Dive Bar and many other bars and restaurants which make this the ideal place for a night out on the town. In addition to food and drinks being served right on the street, outside craft vendors and local artists are invited each week to show off their wares.  The highlight each Sunday afternoon from 4 to 8pm is the entertainment by some of south Florida’s favorite tribute bands.  They play on a stage location adjacent to FIshtales and the Wine Bar so you are only a few steps away from great food and beverages.  Watch the bands as the sun sets over the Fort Lauderdale skyline – it’s magnificent!

Check out the list of upcoming acts and make plans to join the party, or should we say “Block Party” this weekend!

APRIL LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE (4-8PM)

April 1 – Solid Brass, tribute to Horn Bands of the 70’s and 80’s

April 8 – True Rumours, tribute to Fleetwood Mac

April 15 – After Midnight, tribute to Eric Clapton + warm up by Pure Heart (Heart Tribute)

April 22- Smooth, tribute to Santana with warm-up one-man band Billy Bones.

April 29 – Smokin’ and Renegade, tributes to Boston and Styx

Smokin  tribute to boston

FREE ADMISSION!

The NoBe Sunday block party ends at 8pm which coincides with the time that entertainment starts at many of the local bars and restaurants, so don’t pack up and leave without checking out the schedules indoors at neighboring venues where the fun continues till, at least, the midnight hour.

Parking is available nearby on neighboring streets.  Be prepared to pay the meters at a rate of $0.50/hour.

Follow updates via the Facebook event page.

More information including vendor contact information can be found at: www.nobesunday.com

MAP TO NE 33RD STREET

Mar 262018
 
Alex Woodard

“Sometimes a letter is like a prayer, written more for the sender than the receiver,” according to singer and songwriter Alex Woodard. Several years ago, the musician started a project he refers to as “stories with a soundtrack” – songs about handwritten letters that highlight the “extraordinary beauty that ordinary people can create from their trauma.”

Hear Your Letters to Service Members Turned into Song

Alex has produced a number of albums and books, including FOR THE SENDER: Love Letters from Vietnam. The composition was inspired by letters from a soldier in Vietnam to his young wife in East Texas, along with letters written to the serviceman from his daughter. Alex’s songs serve as a tribute to family and love. FOR THE SENDER has received praise from people and publications around the world. Billboard magazine called it – “One of the year’s most touching, unique releases.”

 

The singer and songwriter is now looking for fresh inspiration. People are encouraged to submit love letters they have sent to and/or received from veterans. Three letters will be chosen, and Alex will perform three new songs during an intimate concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in West Palm Beach.

 

The concert will benefit Phoenix Is Rising, a nonprofit created in 2015 to help combat the high suicide and opioid dependency rate among veterans. Phoenix Is Rising offers veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder a yearlong program that kicks off with a weeklong “boot camp” retreat in Sebastian, Florida, where they receive mental health counseling and other forms of holistic treatment, in addition to developing skills for reintegration into their communities, relationships, and families. They also bond with the other attendees. To learn more about the nonprofit, visit phoenixisrising.org.

 

To submit your letter, email it to [email protected]. The winning three letters will be chosen on April 6, 2018.

 

Tickets for Love Letters Wanted will go on sale shortly, and details will be announced soon.

 

ABOUT PHOENIX IS RISING

Phoenix Is Rising is a 501(c)(3) charity that provides a yearlong program of structured and holistic therapies, and treatment and support to cohorts of eight veterans at a time. By treating these heroes and providing them with the life-essential coping skills they need, our charity not only helps to transform the veterans, but also educates and informs the wider community. With one voice, we can give a new perspective – both to those who benefit and the people around them.