Weekend Concierge

Feb 032015

Last month, hundreds of local bands (within a 100 mile radius of Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, FL) submitted their application via Reverbnation to participate in the upcoming Global Battle of the Bands better known as Hard Rock Rising.

Beginning February 2nd, each qualified band was given a link to tweet out to followers via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and garner as many online votes as possible.   Look for #HardRockRising and a link on all your favorite local bands and be sure to click the links to vote.  Fan voting will come to an end on Monday, February 16th at 4pm ET.  Each Cafe will then be given a list of all participating bands and the fan voting results.

The winning band in Hollywood, Florida will receive a prize of $1,000 after the final local battle on May 1st and have a chance to move on to the regional phase of the competition. 5 winning bands will be selected from all the participating Cafe’s will be flown to Barcelona, Spain this Summer to compete in the final live battle event on July 23rd. The grand prize winner will be announced that day at Hard Rock Rising Barcelona!


 February 3, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 292015
Hard Rock Cafe Super Bowl

We already know that every sports bar in town is going to be packed this coming Sunday, February 5th for the “Big Game” when the Patriots battle the Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  Every year, we use this space to mention a few places that support the local music scene throughout the year and also to do something special for Super Bowl Sunday.  We are pleased to have recently updated this page with the latest offerings for 2017.

Marina 84 Sports Bar in South Fort Lauderdale offers more than 40 HD TVs both Indoors & on the Patio along with a 90″ screen  in stage area so you won’t miss a single play! Purchase your ticket in advance and reserve front row seats, enjoy the amenities of a true VIP with unlimited Select Premium Bar, a BIG Game Buffet, & More.  The Big Game Buffet includes Marina 84’s Famous Wings, Fiesta Nachos, Mac n Cheese,  Chicken Alfredo Pasta,  Hand-Cut & Breaded Chicken Tenders, Caesar Salad, Hearty Beef Sliders, Brownies & Cookie dessert.  There  will also be prize giveaways in every quarter.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s newest venue for Sports and Live Music won’t let you down on the most important day of the year for sports fans.  Festivities begin as early as 3pm at The Tilted Kilt.  $50 all you can drink Bud Light or Shock Top and plenty of other drink specials including $3 fireball, jager and Lemon drops. 100+ TVs plus a huge video wall on one side of this modern Irish-themed sports bar and projection screen on the other so there won’t be a bad seat in the house! You’re still advised to call for reservations. (954) 763-5458

Famous for their Sunday Brunch Buffet, Galuppi’s of Pompano Beach is offering a Super Bowl Buffet including Chips and Spinach Dip, Buffalo chicken dip, Beef & queso, Chicken Wings, Pulled pork, Sausage and peppers, Baked Ziti and more to keep you filled every down of this spectacular event.  Reserve your seat, get the unlimited buffet and a free drink – all for $25 – this could be the best deal in town!

Your friendly neighborhood Irish Pub & Restaurant, Packy’s Sports Pub of lighthouse point is offering a $20 all-you-can-eat buffet including Wings, Pasta, Meatballs, Salads, Sliders, Queso Dip, Sausage & Peppers and more! As an added bonus, free shots will be given away at the end of the game to anyone who correctly picked the winning team vs. the point spread who was present prior to the first kickoff. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.  Just down the road, also on Federal Highway, you’ll find Brendan’s Sports Pub offering a complete selection of BBQ specialties at various prices including Ribs, Smoked Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork and sides or for a flat $20, help yourself to a 14″ St. Louis Style Pizza including a bottle of wine or bucket of domestic beer!

Next on the “hit” list is a quaint spot literally walking distance from Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill near the North end of Fort Lauderdale Beach. I’m talking about Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub.  No, they are not a sports-bar but have conveniently equipped their restaurant with large flat-screen televisions in every corner, outside on the patio and a projection large screen pulls down over the stage for the weekly NFL Sunday ticket so they might be the best place in town to see the game without the crowds of a typical sports bar.   Cathy & Scott, who who own and manage the place will not be outdone by their neighbor down the road so they have put together 3 party package deals: $40 All-You-Can Drink from kickoff to game end. For $55, they’ll include an Italian dinner special.  For an extra $10, you can make it a Prime Rib dinner. Keeping with their reputation as a hotspot for live music, they will also feature The Crush band to keep the party going long after the game is over (and you won’t get stuck in traffic as everyone is heading home!)

Lastly, Premier Billiards in Coral Springs has vowed to maintain their Sunday specials even if it is Super Bowl Sunday.  Purchase 2 drinks (alcoholic) and play pool for free all day.  Or take advantage of their $14.99 Pitcher of Beer and plate of 10 chicken wings special.

More details on the flyers below

See the flyers below for more details and more places to root for your favorite team in and around Fort Lauderdale.

‘wishing you all a super Sunday whether it be at home or out with friends!



Watch Party Galuppis

 January 29, 2015  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 082015
hard rock rising

2015  marks the 7th year that the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood Florida participates in Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands.  All hands are on deck this month to recruit local bands that can go all the way to Barcelona, Spain where they will have a chance to play in front of 40,000 fans at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona music festival in Spain this summer!

The competition is split up into several Phases of which the first is now in progress.

Phase 1 – Registration January 5-January 26

This is the where it all starts for any band wishing to enter the competition.  All bands must either already have a page on ReverbNation or start one.  The link to submit band entries can be found at HardRockRising.com.  They must also become a fan of the Hard Rock Café, Hollywood Facebook page.

ReverbNation will be inviting all bands that are registered with them in the Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach/Miami area to become part of this “activation” for contest registration.

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood will host a total of 12 bands (3 per week) chosen by a combination of online votes and the discretion of staff and management of the Café .  The Café will work with a panel of three judges who are familiar with the local music scene to assist with selecting weekly winners based on various criteria such as Musicianship, Voice Talent and Originality.

The winning band will receive a prize of $1,000 and move on to the next phase of the competition.

Some Rules:

– bands must be within a 100 mile radius to play in the Cafe

-As there is no limit to the size of the band, however, the prize only includes airfare/hotel for up to 6 members

-all band members MUST be 18 years old at time of sign up, not at time of performance

-bands can only register in 1 market

-the band must submit an original (no covers) song or video using the online registration form

More details and rules can be found at www.hardrockrising.com

Read Part II of this blog at: weekendbroward.com/bands-announced-hard-rock-rising-south-florida/

 January 8, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Dec 262014
dropouts new years eve

It’s always amazing to see how bars transform themselves into the cleanest and most classiest places to hang out when it comes to celebrating the New Year! No matter how fancy it gets, you can usually feel comfortable in your best or your worst pair of jeans and be perfectly welcome at any of the places on this list.  For some of us, the best thing about going to a bar on New Year’s Eve is that you don’t have to take a date.  While it can be embarrassing for some people to attend a New Year’s ball or masquerade party at a swank place all alone, you really don’t have to worry about that when it comes to the places on our list.  With few exceptions, you won’t break the bank with cover charges or entry fees.  In fact, most of the places we surveyed will even throw in a free glass of champagne and maybe some noise-makers at the stroke of midnight. One bar, Cagney’s Saloon in Davie, even offers a free breakfast buffet!

dropouts new years eveWe, in South Florida, are privileged to have so many talented musicians in our midst that are so dedicated to their artistry that they will give up a special night with their significant others or families to entertain us at local pubs and restaurants – although a few extra bucks doesn’t hurt either!  Call it dedication if you will, but the bars and restaurants around town see it as one last opportunity to bring patrons to their establishments in the middle of the week when their places are usually half-empty on a Wednesday night.

Although this list is, by no means 100% complete, I can honestly recommend that you check out the beautiful flyers that will be streaming across your screen on the Weekend Broward Events Around Town page.  You should also find more listings on the calendar for Broward County on the Live Music Events page.  Look for the asterisk (*) as a reminder to click on the event notes. Whether you decide to go out or stay in, let me take this opportunity to thank you for supporting live music in and around Fort Lauderdale and wish you all the best in 2015!

The ResolversBoston's on the BeachDelray Beach$25 door charge
BounceWhiskey TangoHollywoodBalloon drop with prizes inside and free champagne toast at midnight.
Far from GracePacky's PubLighthouse PointSpecial New Years Eve Dinner Menu $15.95-$19.95. Complimentary champagne toast. RSVP suggested.
The New PlanetsSeminole Hard Rock CasinoHollywoodCenter Fountain at Seminole Paradise
Livin' on a Prayer & Don't Stop Believin'Lulu's Bait ShackFort LauderdaleNo Cover. Hosted by Mindy from Magic 102.7 from 8pm-Midnight.
The DropoutsCagney's SaloonDavieFree Breakfast Buffet
CrushFishtales on 33rdFort Lauderdale$49.95/person RSVP required. Incl. appetizers, 2 drinks, dinner and more!
Payback BandJimbo's SandbarHollywoodnear Dania Beach
Stone MojoCheersSunriseFree Champagne Toast at Midnight
SoulicideCuddy's Sports ShackCoconut CreekDinner specials starting at $16.95/pp. Free Champagne toast at midnight. Also giveaways & raffle prizes.
Adam Jason BandDubliner PubBoca Raton
Project-XCheersFort LauderdaleChampagne toast at midnight. $10 cover
The Double StandardJD's LoungeCoral SpringsBar seating only (Tables all booked in advance)
Albert CastigliaMaguire's Hill 16Fort Lauderdale$10 Cover. No reservations accepted.

Looking for a family event? Read all about New Year’s Eve Party in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Far from Grace NYE 2014Motown NYEProject-X New Years Eve
Resolvers Delray Beach NYE
Crush NYE-300

 December 26, 2014  Posted by  Local Bands, Local Events No Responses »
Dec 102014
Project Magic School Bus

Toys for Kids Collection BoxMost people have never heard of “Project Magic School Bus” but they have heard of “The School District of Broward County” – the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida.  The school system encompasses 340 elementary, middle, high schools and other centers of learning.  Within the school district’s many departments lies Broward Student Services. The department includes a small group of School Social Workers who work directly with the children and families who are going through difficult times, whether it be abuse & neglect, homelessness, teen parents, substance abuse, and so many other issues which have an impact on a child’s education.   It is through this department that each year, before Thanksgiving, the Harvest Drive collects and distributes food and household items to hundreds of local families in need.  It is also through this department that new unwrapped toys are distributed only a few days before Christmas.

In order to obtain toys to distribute at this of year, the Student Services department is dependent on the allocation of toys from the annual SFPC Toys in the Sun Run.  Unfortunately, this year, many participants in the “Toy Run” opted to give cash instead of bring a toy and although trucks were filled with bags upon bags of toys, they were also distributed to many other deserving charities in the area which left the School District with only 120 toys from this effort.  As for the money collected at the Toys in the Sun Run, all of it goes to Joe DiMaggio Children’s hospital so it could not be used to supplement the shortage in toys which went to many charities in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.   This is why “Project Magic School Bus” was established in 2013 by WeekendBroward.  The idea was to bring awareness of the toy shortage and resolve it by bringing together fans of live music and the bands who play in local bars and restaurants to establish collections during their weekend parties.  

In December of 2013, 600 toys were collected in less than a 2 week period thanks to the effort of local bands, fans of live music and the venues where they play who came together via Facebook to promote the cause.  Can they do it again this year?  It’s hard to tell since some of the events which contributed last year are not repeating themselves this year and Facebook has been even less predicable in the ways that it distributes information to it’s users. Hundreds of kids, both young and teens, are secretly hoping to find something special under the tree come December 25th –  wouldn’t it be nice if we could all come together once again and make the holidays special for  someone less fortunate?  Pay it forward by dropping off a new unwrapped gift when you see a band this Friday or Saturday night.
magic school bus 2014See a complete list of participating venues by visiting the Facebook event page at: www.facebook.com/events/761499910553458/

For more information on this effort, use the Contact Us form to send a message directly to WeekendBroward.


Here are a few photo’s from 2013:

magic school bus toy drive

 December 10, 2014  Posted by  Local Events Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Sep 242014
dogs beaches brews

This Friday at 7pm, bring your dog to Fort Lauderdale beach and enjoy a great night out on the corner of A1A and Sunrise Blvd! Both the Parrot Lounge and Sandbar serve DELICIOUS food all night long! Audio Heist will be performing LIVE at the Sandbar from 9p-11p. Audio Heist, South Florida’s Robin Hoods of Rock, have appeared live at local venues such as World of Beer, Tarpon Bend, The Dubliner Boca, O’Brien’s, Players Sports Lounge, Cheers, Flossie’s and many more!

Great night with live music, raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle…..all proceeds benefit the dogs!

The infamous raffle ticket girls will be selling tickets for great items such gift certificates to Dog Groomers, Spa treatments, Restaurants, beautiful home accessories and more!

$10.00 Admission includes 1 Drink at the Parrot Lounge and 1 Drink at the Sand Bar. (911 & 900 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale)

More info at the Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/608923155884137/

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 September 24, 2014  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »