Weekend Concierge

Feb 092016
Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves, a 36-week FREE live music series taking place on Fort Lauderdale Beach, is excited to announce its line-up of performances for 2016.  Held every Friday, at the Hub located at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A from 5:30 – 8:30pm, March 18 to November 18, the series will kick off with the high-energy performance of Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale’s former resident and national touring act, the Tom Satori Band. Other highlights include the Broadway to the Beach series featuring The Rocket Man, a full production Elton John tribute show;  a tribute to Jazz Appreciation month in April  featuring 2-time Latin Grammy Award winning musician, Ed Calle; and a half-dozen of Fort Lauderdale’s ‘Underground Lauderdale’ artists,  including South Florida’s favorite ‘good time reggae band’, Spred the Dub.

Rocket Man_FNSW 2016“We are thrilled to bring Friday Night Sound Waves back for South Florida’s local residents and visitors to the area, as music is one of the few things that truly transcend age and background through its global language,” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “On behalf of our beach business community, I’d like to invite everyone to kick off the weekend and #MeetMeAtTheHub to experience the fun, excitement and casual nature of our beachfront destination.”

Featuring some of South Florida and the region’s best musical talents, performing an eclectic range of genres including Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin Fusion, Top 40, Reggae, World and Classic Rock, Friday Night Sound Waves aims to entertain area locals and global visitors, from the young to the young-at-heart. Attendees are encouraged to slide off their shoes and slip into the weekend, while kicking back on the sand with family and friends, to take in the ocean breeze and spectacular sights and sounds as a lead into their weekend. Interactive experiences on select dates provide local artists, entertainers and non-profit organizations the opportunity to connect with the community through the common language of music, art, entertainment and fun. A Salute to the Military series to benefit United Way of Broward County’s Mission United program will take place over several dates throughout the season.

FNSW_2015Situated at “The Hub,” the series takes place at the highly visible and central location, known as the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach, accessible from 17th Street Causeway, Sunrise Boulevard, and its midpoint gateway, Las Olas Boulevard. An on-site information kiosk, which will direct visitors to the areas nearby restaurants, live music venues and attraction options, will also feature details on area hotel and restaurant specials via Fort Lauderdale Beach’s official website, www.MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com.

With major funding provided by the City’s Beach Business Improvement District, additional series sponsors include, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Fort Lauderdale Beach CRA, Pepsi Bottling Company / Mist Twist and the It’s Better on the Beach Restaurant Group. Media sponsors and partners, Travelhost of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Magazine and Fort Lauderdale Media Publications, join performance sponsors, Bahia Cabana Beach Resort and Tsukuro. Area homeowner’s and business associations are participating by sponsoring select nightly performances.

For the complete schedule of performances, special events and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com or follow Friday Night Sound Waves on social media: facebook.com/FridayNightSoundWaves, twitter.com/SoundWavesFLB.

Friday Night Sound Waves 2016 performers:

  • March 18 – Tom Satori | Top 40: DanceTom Satori
  • March 25 – The Rocket Man | Tribute: Elton John
  • April 1 – Ed Calle | Jazz: Latin
  • April 8 – Electric Piquete | Jazz: Latin Fusion
  • April 15 – Andrew Morris Band | Country
  • April 22 – Joel DaSilva | Jazz: Chicago Blues
  • April 29 – Jesse Jones Jr. | Jazz: Classic/Fusion
  • May 6 – Mr. Nice Guy | Classic Rock
    Welcome party for the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Air Show
  • May 13 – The Resolvers | Reggae: Big Band Jazz/Funk
  • May 20 –  Suenalo | Latin: Fusion
  • May 27 – The Shindigs | Oldies: 50’s- 70’s Rock & Roll
  • June 3 – Free Radicals | Top 40: Dance
  • June 10 – Eugene Grey | Reggae/ Jazz
  • June 17 – Grace and the Victory Riders | Indie: World
  • June 24 – Across the Universe | Tribute: Beatles
  • July 1 – Weedline | Classic Rock
  • July 8 – Party Express | Top 40: Dance
  • July 15 – Sabor Latino | Latin: Brazilian and Samba
  • July 22 – Spread the Dub | Reggae: Funk, Roots
  • July 29 – Piano Bob’s 88’s | Jazz: Boogie Woogie
  • August 5 – Jimmy Stowe | Top 40: Tropical
  • August 12 – David Morin Elvis | Tribute: Elvis
  • August 19 – JL Fulks | Jazz: Indie, Blues
  • August 25 – Celebration | Top 40: Dance
  • Sept 2 – Woody & the Longboards | Oldies Rock & Roll
  • Sept 9 – Pocket Change | Top 40: R&B/ Funk/Soul
  • Sept 16 – UpRoot Hootenanny | Indie: Folk/Roots/Irish
  • Sept 23 – Simply Tina | Tribute: Tina Turner
  • Sept 30 – Joel DaSilva | Jazz: Blues
  • Oct 7 – Shane Duncan | Country
  • Oct 14 – Full Moon Party | New Disco
  • Oct 21 – Big City Dogs | Classic Rock
  • Oct 28 – Blues Brothers | Tribute: Blue Brothers Show
  • Nov 4 – Sosos | Indie: Singer Songwriter
  • Nov 11 – The Fabulons| Oldies: 50’s- 70’s Rock & Roll
  • Nov 18 – PALO! | Latin: Afro-Cuban Jazz

Friday Night Sound Waves Ft Lauderdale Beach

 February 9, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 082016

DogManic Recording Studios has always been driven to give something back to the local music scene.  Their Vocal Contest specifically set out to give local vocalists an opportunity to shine in front of industry professionals as well as provide them with valuable studio time helping them enhance their careers.  After extending the deadline to February 1st, the Studio received more than 70 submissions from local artists looking to showcase their talent and take their careers to the next level.  DogManic Recording Studios extends a warm thank you to all the Artists who took the time to submit and wish them the best of luck in their musical careers.

Preliminary judges have narrowed all the entries down to a Top 10 list of finalists (see below).  Contestants will meet the judges and management of DogManic Recording Studios face to face at an in-studio sing-off on February 21st.  According to studio owner Christian Solazzo, “The finalists may be diverse in their genres, but all of them have shown us some exceptional talent and drive which should make for a very exciting finale!”

 The Judges

Judges Talia Medina, Alex Faron and Rachel Klein will ultimately decide the 1st,2nd & 3rd place winners.  As the Sun Sentinel’s Nightlife reporter, Talia Medina can judge contestants against all the music she hears in her field work. On top of that, she was the youngest member to sing in the Philharmonic Children’s Youth Choral, where she starred in The Sound of Music as an alto. WVUM 90.5’s Local Music DJ, Alex “Far Out” Faron can judge contestants against the backdrop of the local music he spins. On top of that, he’s an accomplished guitar player and majors in Audio Engineering.  Vocal teacher and Broadway Performer, Rachel Klein can judge contestants against all the performers she’s trained and sang alongside. In her theatre career, Rachel has lived in Israel when she played the Gypsy in the play “Gypsy” which was staged at the Tel-Aviv Opera House.

Because our judges come from different quarters of the music industry, the winner they agree upon will have mass appeal. If judges from the press, radio and live theatre support our winner, the casual listener who hears their music online will as well! First place winner will be awarded 20 studio hours. Second and third place finishers will get 8 hours and 4 hours respectively.

Top 10 Finalists

  •   Ashley Christine Arkels
  •   Devin Shattuck
  •   Mandy Moon
  •   Alex Bach
  •   Lisa Thayer
  •   Samantha Kamar
  •   Erica Durso
  •   Nick Aquilino
  •   Cisca Munoz
  •   Maria Garay
Winners will be announced on February 22nd via Weekend Broward and DogManic Recording Studios Facebook pages.  For more information on Dogmanic Recording Studios, visit their website at www.dogmanicrecordingstudios.com
 February 8, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 082016

As many readers learned over the Summer, a local restaurant called Galuppi’s, well known for hosting weddings and Sunday brunches, also became infamous for hosting tribute bands on their covered patio bar overlooking the Pompano Beach Golf Course.  When owner Grant Galuppi wanted to stop this weekly event after Summer ended, many pleaded with him to keep up this new tradition.  Between the weekly Seminoles football games and  the scheduled private banquets, he managed to squeeze in a few more tributes and popular cover bands.  Now people call and check the restaurant’s website all the time trying to find out who is coming next!

While some of the favorites from this past Summer will be returning sure enough, 3 bands are on schedule in the next few weeks that will surely turn some heads and spin some bodies on the dance area under that stars.  Lined with long tables to encourage people to sit together, there’s plenty of room on the outdoor patio for everyone.  Check out their extensive menu of starters, sandwiches and appetizers so there’s no need to eat anywhere else before seeing one of these shows.  All bands begin at 8pm.

Friday, February 12 – Chain Reaction – a tribute to Van Halen


Completely Unchained Tribute to Van Halen

Completely Unchained is one of South Florida’s most well-known and loved tribute bands as they travel to all the way from New York every few months warm up in South Florida and play at area venues including the Coconut Creek Casino.  Lead singer, Eugene Henriksen, loves to show off his high kicks and fit body, no matter how many years he has been playing the part of David Lee Roth or Van Hagar.  The band re-enacts the concert experience complete with the attitude, sounds, excitement, energy, lights and sound of the real thing.   If you have ever seen them before, you know what to expect.  If you haven’t you’re in for a treat!

Friday, February 26 – Vertigo Tribute to U2

Formed bVertigo Tribute to U2y members of several well known South Florida bands and the alter-ego of newly formed cover-band Reignfall, Vertigo promises to deliver three decades worth of Hits from U2’s vast Catalog.  You might recognize Paul Martini on Lead Vocals, AJ Lynn on Lead Guitar and Lawrence Morse on Drums (both from  Shovel~Head), and Howie  Hughes on Bass (Riverdown).




Saturday, March 5 – Doors Alive tribute to The Doors

Doors Alive is a group of experienced musicians based out of South Florida who are dedicated to delivering the most accurate reproduction of a live Doors concert that Doors Alive Floridawill please fans worldwide! From the dramatic to the erie, the jazz influences to the straight up rock and roll, this band promises a concert experience and Galuppi’s has the perfect setting as the sun sets and darkness falls over the greens.



Saturday, March 12 – Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways tribute to Jimmy BuffetJimmy Buffett Margaritavillet

After being rained out in January, this tribute has garnered much excitement around Pompano Beach.  Looks like there are a lot of parrotheads nearby and nobody has more experience covering Jimmy Buffett than these guys who have even played with Jimmy himself.  You’ll hear favorites such as Changes in Latitudes, Son of a Son of a Sailor, and what else but Margaritaville.  Enjoy the show with a tropical drink in one hand and make a shark-fin with the other!



Saturday, April 2 – The WildFire Bandwildfire-band-banner

While not exactly a tribute to a single rock band, this cover band pays tribute to many favorite bands of the 70’s and 80’s.  Their unique sound comes from the fact that almost every band member takes turns singing, Randy Fishenfeld sings and dances with her violin and  Michael Waxman can be considered “The Piano Man” – both originating from the well-known predecessor band to this one called The BlueFire Band.  While you may see this band at local bars and restaurants, they really spread their wings when playing outdoors – something they will be doing for the 3rd time this April at Galuppi’s.

Saturday, April 9 – Fast Forward, A Tribute to Kenny ChesneyFast Forward Stage Pic

On this particular Saturday, Galuppi’s goes country! The band, Fast Forward, features Derek “Cowboy Kenny” Villegas  has been drawing rave reviews from audiences all over South Florida with his strong yet warm vocal style; often drawing comparisons to Country Music Star Kenny Chesney.

Derek has quickly developed a reputation as an exciting top entertainer with his high energy, dynamic stage presence and ability to connect with diverse crowds. After years of fans likening his look and sound to Kenny Chesney, Fast Forward, The Ultimate Kenny Chesney Tribute, was born. Derek now performs with Fast Forward as “Kenny Chesney” and is wowing audiences with a high energy “Kenny Chesney” style concert, playing all of Kenny’s smash hits.

Saturday, April 23rd – Jaded, A Tribute to Aerosmith


Bringing the authentic sound of the bad boys from Boston to the Greens of Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach, you’ll enjoy a night of Aerosmith hits from the 70’s through today. It’ll be a great time for all with some fast, hard-hitting American Rock and Roll.  And there’s no tickets needed to attend this free concert on the covered patio-bar at Galuppi’s!  Sit under the stars and enjoy a full menu of dinner specials and appetizers with a full liquor bar outside so you won’t miss a beat!


Saturday, April 30 – Turnstiles Tribute to Billy Joel

Turnstiles Billy Joel Tribute

Turnstiles Billy Joel Tribute


Since 2011, Turnstiles has performed to 10’s of thousands of enthusiastic Billy Joel fans all over the US and are being met with rave reviews wherever they find themselves. Considered one of the finest Billy Joel Tribute shows in the country, Turnstiles’ renditions of Billy’s classic songs will please even the most passional “Joel” fans.    This will be The Turnstiles second visit to Galuppi’s for an encore performance after amazing guests during the Summer Tribute Series.

Saturday, May 7 – Simply Tina – a tribute to Tina Turner

simply tina turner tributeCatch “Simply Tina” under the stars at Galuppi’s patio-bar on Saturday May 7th at 8pm. You’ll hear all your favorite Tina Turner hits and covers from her career, including Proud Mary, River Deep Mountain High, Simply The Best, Private Dancer & many more.  If you’re a fan of Tina Turner, you will LOVE this show – complete with lighting, fog effects and dancers. Best of all, there’s no charge to attend!

Saturday, May 14 – Never Stop Believin’ – a tribute to Journey and Bon Jovi

Galunever stop believin tributeppi’s welcomes back another favorite from this past Summer – Never Stop Believin’ with a tribute to the iconic rock band, Journey, bringing all their 70’s and 80’s hits to the stage again for your enjoyment. The band will also open up with a special tribute to Bon Jovi!   You’ll go home singing all your favorite songs in your head such as It’s My Life, Livin’ on a Prayer, Dead or Alive, Faithfully, Open Arms, and Any Way You Want It – you’re probably already singing them now, aren’t you?!

Saturday, May 21 – The Long Run, A Journey Through the Music of The Eagles

IMG_7161The Long Run, a Journey through the music of The Eagles, last played at Galuppi’s on August 15th and everyone loved them so much that they are coming back for a return engagement on Saturday May 21st.  Listen to all your favorite Eagle’s hits such as Take It Easy, One of these Nights, Hotel California and the band’s namesake The Long Run, just to name a few.  You’ll be humming along to favorites tunes all night long.  There’s no cover charge. Arrive early for best seating and order one of the featured dinners or appetizers to munch on while you wait for the band to get started.

Saturday, May 28 – Across The Universe Tribute to The Beatles

Across the Universe is the premier musical tribute to the music of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, both as a group and their solo careers after The Beatles.  Unlike some other Beatles tribute acts, Across the Universe members are professional studio musicians who combine the sound of the original recordings with a high energy show to bring you the most authentic Beatles experience anywhere and now you can see the show at Galuppi’s on a Saturday night under the stars!

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All shows start at 8pm but you should probably go early for best seating and dinner, appetizers and some tropical drinks!

Box Reservations also available for large parties. Call (954) 785-0226 or visit www.galuppis.com for more information.

 February 8, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 302016
renaissance festival

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all knaves, knights, wenches and ladies! The honor of your noble company is requested as the Florida Renaissance Festival, now celebrating its 24th year of fantastical journeys back in time, where hundreds of talented performers from around the globe take to the stage and participants donned in their finest regalia fill the bustling streets with laughter and awe! With an unprecedented seven theme-filled weekends, the Florida Renaissance Festival will take place from February 13 to March 27, 2016 at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park.

“Being able to take people on an elaborate, visual, interactive journey back in time is what drives us every year as we plan our annual festival,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “There is no other place in Florida where you’ll find jousting knights, regal ladies, swashbucklers and Vikings mixing with modern-day hipsters, fantasy lovers, history buffs and families.”

The festival’s theme this year is “Renaissance Around the World.” Renaissance, which means “rebirth,” began with the Italian culture and then spread to other areas to produce a French Renaissance, an English Renaissance, Spanish Renaissance, and so on. Cultures around the world have witnessed the discovery and exploration of new continents, the advancement of science, the growth of commerce, and the invention or application of powerful innovations. This year’s Florida Renaissance Festival celebrates and honors those scholars and thinkers from around the world who led the revival of classical learning and wisdom.

For the 2016 season, the Royal Court announces a variety of fan favorite acts and performances with an invigorating entertainment lineup that includes something for everyone. Jay and Abby Michaels are The Harper and The Minstrel, who combine their alto and baritone voices with the soothing sounds of harp and flute. Trash or Treasure will provide an interactive experience by acting out scrambled stories with the help of children and adults of all ages. The Kelly Irish Dancers will perform a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance. In an impressive display of bravery, The Duelists will combine comedy and sword fighting that takes the audience on an emotional journey, from gasps to laughs. Using only whistling and hand gestures to communicate, Moonie The Magnificent leaves audiences in stitches while performing magic and other feats. Join Captain Red Swash Rogers and Mr. Buckle as they sail they seas and land ashore for pirate comedy and sword fighting in Buckle & Swash. The Cobblestone Characters travel around and interact with patrons throughout the day with their many antics.

New to the Florida Renaissance Festival is the eighth generation equestrian dynasty Caroline Williams’ Liberty Horse Act. Witness the magical presentation of Lipizzan Stallions at the same time, as they perform freely and dazzle with their hypnotizing movement.

2016 Theme Weekends:

Swashbucklers & Sirens Weekend – February 13 – 15: Shiver Me Timbers! This Pirate-themed weekend unearths the mysteries of the sea as sirens lure sailors and pirates alike with their enchanting music and voices leaving those who dare to listen shipwrecked! Prepare yourselves for a “salty” good time! Open President’s Day, February 15th.

Vikings and Valkyries – February 20 – 21: Enter the mythical world of Valhalla where Valkyries rule over fallen warriors. These powerful war goddesses can stand toe-to-toe with the huge, bearded barbarians in animal fur tunics and horned helmets that we call Vikings. Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will survive this weekend!

Fantasy and Adventure – February 26- 28: Adventurers from lands near and far bring myriad works of magic, imagination and fantasy to this weekend’s events. Enter a world where dragons fly, wizards cast spells and mystical characters come to life. If you can imagine it, then this is the weekend where it can actually happen!

Voyage to the Orient – March 5 – 6: On the heels of a successful introduction last year, this Orient-themed weekend is making its second appearance in the Florida Renaissance Festival. This weekend brings us to the Far East to experience the sights and sounds of Shogun, Samurai, and the unbroken Ming dynasty that ruled China for almost 300 years.

Kilts & Colleens – March 12 – 13: Kilt is what happened to the last person who called it a skirt! Celebrate the luck of the Irish with Scottish and Celtic traditions – bagpipes a’blarin’ – during this uniquely themed weekend.

Time Travelers’ Weekend – March 19 – 20: Delorians here! This weekend is dedicated to adventurers across the millennia. Bring your brassies Victorian “gears” and join us for “Steampunk Saturday.” On Sunday, the village opens itself up to time traveling pioneers, aliens, Browncoats, Federations and Empires.

Carnivale Masquerade – March 26 – 27 (Easter weekend): Let Winter wane and bring in the Spring with a fête to rival all others during our final weekend! During our Carnivale Masquerade weekend, unleash your inhibitions behind the anonymity of delicately detailed masks, historic costumes and intriguing disguises! Feel free to act outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention, discover mystery and enchantment, and add an element of mischief that will make this Easter one to remember!

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 Florida Renaissance Festival include Comcast, Pepsi, Warsteiner, Guinness and Miami Grill.

The Florida Renaissance Festival at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park will be open weekends beginning February 13th from 10 a.m. to sunset until March 27th. Open President’s Day, February 15th. Prices range from $21.00 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $75 and group ticket rates are also offered. Discount tickets also available at Walgreens.

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 by dressing up as their favorite pirate, time traveler, fairy, or fantasy character!

More than two million people have seen the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach during its royal period in South Florida. This 16th Century production features more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.

Tickets and More Info

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. Download our festival mobile app by searching Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Android market. If you prefer the historical method: 1-800-3-REN-FES.

 January 30, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 272016

The New Orleans band Galactic will be the featured act at the third annual CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival, April 2-3, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field, it was announced here today. The group’s music has been described as a mix of rap, funk, soul, rhythm and blues and New Orleans brass band jazz. “We’re ecstatic to be able to have Galactic perform at this year’s festival,” said event organizer Don Matthews. “They are extremely popular and I’m confident everyone will enjoy their mind-blowing, incredible talent.”

It’s been more than 20 years since Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel began exploring the seemingly limitless musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic. Since then, the seminal New Orleans band has consistently pushed the artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other.

Featuring New Orleans crawfish and music, the festival has expanded to two days this year. In addition to a massive crawfish boil, food and art vendors, Matthews has booked other top tier musicians for this year’s event to complement Galactic.

On Saturday, Rockin’ Jake, Stan & the Streetwalkers and Maggie Koerner will perform, while the Cajun/Zydeco groups will include Chubby Carrier, Dwayne Dopsie and Geno Delafose.

Sunday’s highlighted acts will include the Papa John Gros Band, Bonerama and Raw Oyster Cult with The Porchdogs, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, the Savoy Family Band and Carrier.

Tickets (priced at $25 to $125) are on sale now and can be purchased via www.CrawDebauchery.com.


 January 27, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 222016

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Jan. 5, 2016 – In both Vincenzo Bellini’s opera Norma and exquisite wines, passion runs deep. To bring this passion to opera and wine lovers, the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is presenting its “Amore with Norma” promotion, available Thursday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 13.  During the promotional period, participants will enjoy a wine tasting, featuring two wines from the same grape variety, with Broward Center for the Arts Ambassador and James Beard Award-winning wine authority Lyn Farmer, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ stylish Intermezzo Lounge. Farmer will illustrate how a “sense of place” impacts a wine. The tastings will be presented immediately before Florida Grand Opera’s 7:30 p.m. performances of Norma, the opera that best exemplifies the great bel canto style and stands as Bellini’s most successful composition, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

“The wines will showcase how where a wine is made influences how it tastes, and allow me to explore how different productions of the same opera can be very different,” said Farmer. “The wine tasting presents guests with a chance to tune their palate and ears before attending Norma – one of the grandest of all grand operas.”

This very limited offer is nearly 30 percent off the normal retail cost, and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Packages start as low as $32 per person, with many price options available (ticket fees apply). As a tribute to the evening, the Intermezzo Lounge will also offer delicious appetizers, as well as other wines, beer and sodas, coffees and desserts. Top-shelf drinks are served for $5. The Intermezzo Lounge is open to guests who have purchased the package, beginning one hour prior to the performance and during intermission.

To purchase the “Amore with Norma” package or for more information, visit www.riverwalkae.com and use the code Norma20 prior to selecting your seats and going through checkout.

“The ‘Amore with Norma’ package is a wonderful way for opera lovers and novices to enjoy a lovely night out, experience an internationally acclaimed production, and try some new wines and delicious appetizers – all at a greatly reduced rate,” said Carmen Ackerman, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District project manager. “The tastings present an unmatched, value-driven opportunity to experience the knowledge of nationally acclaimed wine expert Lyn Farmer, as well as socialize in the chic Intermezzo Lounge.”

Amore Opera 2One of the most famous operas of the 19th century, Norma is set in Roman-occupied Gaul. The Druid priestess Norma has consorted with the enemy, the Roman leader Pollione, and has secretly borne him children. But his interests have shifted to Adalgisa, one of the temple virgins, and passions flare. Norma is driven to murderous jealousy by her lover’s infidelity and sees to it that the guilty atone for their crimes. The conclusion of Norma has been called one of the finest moments in all musico-dramatic literature.

Beat the traffic and get the most out of each performance by attending Florida Grand Opera’s Pre-Opera Lectures with the witty and captivating Justin Moss, as he tells the inside story of each opera. These opera previews begin one hour before the performance in the theater. In addition, opt to stay after this performance for an informative Q&A session hosted by Florida Grand Opera’s General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis and members of the senior artistic and production staff. Ask questions about the opera and get behind the scenes insight about how the production came together. This free event will be an open forum to ask questions and be a part of the discussion.

About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District

Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1000 individual events each year, The District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of The District Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about The District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.

 January 22, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »