Weekend Concierge

Mar 272017
Chinese Lantern Festival

Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival is a showcase of 800 illuminated lantern displays and live Kung Fu shows and an exhibition of Chinese art and culture on the grounds of the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Featured attractions also include dinosaur rides, Oriental crafts, food, and interactive Kung Fu and Martial Arts lessons on stage for visitors by Martial Arts Experts of the Kung Fu Embassy.  The Chinese Lantern Festival begins February 24th and continues every Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m through April 9, 2017 at Boca Raton’s South County Regional Park, located at 12551 Glades Road in Boca Raton.

This year’s theme, “The Wild,” offers an enchanting safari for visitors to walk through. From lions, giraffes, and pandas to pre-historic dinosaurs, these life-size works of art take the forms of animals representing all four corners of the earth including Africa, Asia/Europe, the Americas, and Antarctica. Each location scene is set in beautiful dreamscapes of light, color, sound, and motion—delivering an unparalleled experience.

The closing reception for The Chinese Lantern Festival, will be held Friday, April 7th at 7 p.m. will have a focus on Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange. It coincides with the dates of the Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. In addition to entertainment and a roped off area for VIPs, attendees will be reminded of a reference back to the Nixon era of Ping-Pong Diplomacy. Some of the best players in the United States will be attending for exhibition play, including Terese Terranova – a two-time paralympic gold medal winner and the president of the Broward County Table Tennis Club.

For additional information and interviews with table tennis players, event producer, or members of the Kung Fu Embassy call Linda Hamburger at (954) 945-5656 or email linda linda (AT) hanartculture.com

About the Chinese Lantern Festival in Boca Raton

To create the Chinese Lantern Festival’s dreamscapes of light and color, a team of professional artists from China spent weeks in a temporary “lantern factory” and working onsite to commission unique works of artistry. The artists used a combination of steel, rayon and satin for some designs, while fusing paint, ceramic and glass for others. Almost 30,000 hours were dedicated to completing the entire 2017 exhibit.


Admission tickets are $25 at the door/$22 online for adults, and $15 at the door/$12.50 online for children ages 4-12. Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. Special discount rates are also available online for groups of 12 or more. Discounts are provided to members of the armed forces, veterans, seniors and college students.

Food Trucks will be onsite every Wednesday and Thursday evening to complement the Chinese cuisine which will also be available throughout the event.

More info and tickets available at: www.chineselanternfestival.com

 March 27, 2017  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Mar 222017

The Pompano Beach Amp and AEG Live are proud to present the legendary Buddy Guy. The 80 year old singer/guitarist a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Opening for Guy will be  blues super group, The Rides.



The list of accolades that Buddy Guy has received could fill pages, but here are a few highlights: 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), The Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.  In addition, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Still influencing the musical landscape, Buddy Guy released his brand new studio album “Born To Play Guitar” on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.  This was a follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, “Rhythm & Blues,” which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.


Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins.

In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label’s legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”

Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy’s most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.


Opening for Guy, will be The Rides, whose recent album charted # 1 on The Billboard Blues charts. The super group consists of Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), multi-award winner Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues chart and Barry Goldberg, who has played alongside everyone from Muddy Waters to Bob Dylan.


Concert date: Thursday, 4/6/2017, 8pm

Tickets: $39.50 to $99.50


Tickets may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com

More info www.theamppompano.org or CALL 954-519-5500


Coming next to The Amp:


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


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


Note: I Love the 90s is being rescheduled with a new date to be announced shortly.

 March 22, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 102017
Frank Ward

This March, add some good ol’ spice to your weeknight with home-cooked classics, cold suds, and plenty of mega-smooth blues during Blue Tuesdays at the award-winning beachfront hot spot Boston’s on the Beach. Blue Tuesdays also features great food and drink specials, including the boozy Nucklebuster Smash cocktail, Boston’s very own A1A IPA, juicy burgers, jumbo chicken wings, and its signature, double-fisted lobster rolls.

Hosted by “Famous” Frank Ward, Blue Tuesdays’ performances include:

Frank Bang

Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

March 14: Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings – Born and raised in Chicago, front man Frank Bang credits his melodic success to the legendary Buddy Guy. “It was incredible jamming with Buddy every night for five years,” recalls Bang. “Touring every summer with B.B. King, seeing the world, and playing with your idols. It was an amazing experience.” The Cook County Kings feature Brian “BJ” Jones on drums, Andre Howard on bass guitar, Donnie Nichilo on piano, and Russ Green on the harmonica.

March 21: Captain Reese and Son of Man – Singer and bass player, Captain Reese’s blues renditions ooze vintage cool. His credits include playing live with members of such well-known acts as Sheryl Crow, Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Seger, Jeff Beck, and Muddy Waters, just to name a few. He’s joined onstage by “Famous” Frank Ward on guitar and vocals, and Son of Man, which features “One Night Stan” Waldman on saxophone, Tom Regis on keyboard, and John Yarling on drums.

Kat Riggins

Kat Riggins

March 28: Kat Riggins – “I thank God that my passion is my purpose, which is to help preserve this endangered species called ‘The Blues,’” says Kat Riggins, about her love for the genre. From an early age, Riggins was drawn to the smoky, gritty sounds of legendary female artists like Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Etta James, and Koko Taylor. Born in Miami, Florida, Kat started singing jazz and blues standards in her early 20s, and went on to create a rich, lyrical style that melds blues, hip-hop, and pop with gospel and country. “I sing about raw emotion,” Kat says. “If I can move someone to feel what I feel, it’s all worth it.”

Blue Tuesdays’ performances on the Boston’s stage are from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., every Tuesday evening. No cover. For more information about Blue Tuesdays’ performances, please visit us online at bostonsonthebeach.com/bluetuesdays.

Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 South Ocean Blvd. A1A, Delray Beach, Florida. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit bostonsonthebeach.com or call 561.278.3364.

 March 10, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 062017
friday night sound waves

Get ready to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. With the sand and waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the background, the free Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series returns to the “Beach Hub” on the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. The first concert kicks  off on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.  The series will open with a high-energy performance by one of South Florida’s favorite Motown and R&B bands, Pocket Change, followed by a wide array of musical genres every Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through November 10, 2017.

Special highlights over the 36-weeks include performances by rising stars on the Country music scene, Farewell Angelina, on April 7, the Shane Duncan Band on May 5 for the official Fort Lauderdale Air Show welcome concert, and returning performances from crowd pleasers, Mr. Nice Guy, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, Tom Sartori and Spred the Dub.

“We had fantastic feedback on our performer selection during our inaugural season in 2016, and with such and incredible local talent pool, it was challenging to narrow down this year’s lineup,” said Friday Night Sound Waves producer, Arianne Glassman. “We think our faithful fans and those new to discover the series are going to be really pleased with our final selection. After a four month hiatus, we’re just ready to welcome our community of friends, neighbors and global visitors back to the beach every Friday night.”

The 36-week free concert series, funded in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), attracts more than 15,000 locals and visitors each year. The Hub, which is situated 1.3 miles from the 17 Street Causeway to the south and 1.4 miles from Sunrise Boulevard to the north, serves as the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach “island.”

Friday Night Sound Waves 2017 Concert Lineup

March 10: Pocket Change (R&B)
March 17: Resolvers (Reggae)
March 24: 30Vice (Top 40/Latin)
March 31: Moran Levi (Indie/Top 40)
April 7: Farewell Angelina (Country)
April 14: Mike Mineo (Beach Soul)
April 21: Spred the Dub (Reggae)
April 28: Tom Sartori (Top 40)
May 5: Shane Duncan Band (Country)
May 12: Ladies of Soul (Motown)
May 19: Sabor Latino (Latin/Samba)
May 26: Wolfepack Band (Classic Rock)
June 2: Funkabilly Playboys (Rockabilly)
June 9: School of Rock (Rock/Pop)
June 16: Bushwood (Reggae)
June 23: Bungled & Botched (Bluegrass)
June 30: Free Rads Band (Top 40)
July 7: Fabulons (Classic Oldies)
July 14: Goodnicks (Pop/Country)
July 21: Othello Molineaux Quintet with special guest Nicole Yarling (Steel Pan Jazz)
July 28: Shauna Sweeney (Pop/Alternative Rock)
Aug. 4: Celebration (Top 40 Dance)
Aug. 11: Andrew Morris (Country)
Aug. 18: Big Harvest (Roots Reggae)
Aug. 25: Grace & the Victory Riders (Indie/World)
Sept. 1: Roll the Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute)
Sept. 8: Adam Uhlan (Classic Rock/Blues)
Sept. 15: Oriente (Afro-Cuban/World Jazz)
Sept. 22: SOSOS + Friends (Roots All Stars Jam)
Sept. 29: Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl (Chicago Blues)
Oct. 6: All Access (Top 40/Pop)
Oct. 13: Orange Sunshine (Classic ’60s)
Oct. 20: Electric Piquete (Latin Jazz)
Oct. 27: All Star Soul Band (Motown/Funk/Soul)
Nov. 3: The Heavy Pets (Jazz/Alt-Rock/Funk)
Nov. 10: Mr. Nice Guy (Classic Rock)

“Fort Lauderdale is a close-knit community that just happens to be made up of more than 60 individual neighborhoods,” said Glassman. “In a detached world where we connect through digital media, spending a few hours on a Friday night on the sand with family, co-workers, friends and live music is the perfect way to connect in person. Watching relationships build and new friendships develop out of this series is one of our proudest accomplishments.”


Friday Night Sound Waves is presented by the Fort Lauderdale Beach BID and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, The Beach 102.7 FM, The Shark 104.3 FM, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida and Florida Power & Light. Performance sponsors include 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. Friends and Media partners include Lite 101.5 FM, 790 AM The Ticket, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Travelhost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, The Central Beach Alliance and the Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

More Details

For more information on the Friday Night Sound Waves live music series, performers and special dates, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

 March 6, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 052017
hard rock cafe st patricks day

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday which means that there will be more live music around town than any other day of the week!  Authentic Irish Pubs and Die-Hards will celebrate from early morning with breakfast and beer until late night followed by more breakfast in the wee hours.  However, you don’t have to wait until the 17th to get your “green on”.  The two largest cities in Broward will be celebrating on the weekend prior to the 17th.  Read all about St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival in Downtown Fort Lauderdale 2017 on Saturday March 11th and the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Hollywood on Sunday, March 12th.

A little further north into Palm Beach County, the City of Delray Beach will pay tribute with live music entertainment starting on Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday with the parade flowing along “The” Avenue from 2 till 4pm.  Read all about it on our special page dedicated to this event.

Live Entertainment Highlights at Local Pubs & Restaurants on Friday, March 17th, 2017

Big News! The Wildfire Band has moved their annual show to Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach at 7:30pm and a full day of Irish entertainment starting at Noon with an Irish Fiddler, Kelly Academy Irish Step Dancers, Bagpipes, Irish Drummer and Irish Favorites by Tom O’Miller.

Cagney’s “House of Rock” Saloon in Davie will be celebrating with local Rock Cover Band Soulicide. $5.00 Irish Car Bombs and SOULiCIDER shots. $10.00 Irish beer mixed buckets while they last, $6.95 corned beef dinner. And 10 percent off your tab if you wear a kilt (excluding specials). Two Contests: Best men’s legs in a kilt, and all around St. Paddy’s day outfit!

Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach will kick off the entertainment with Sean Hanley at 12:30pm, The Crush Duo at 4pm and Bombshell at  8:00pm. Irish dinners and Green Beer will be on the menu from Noon till Midnight including Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage as well as Shepherd’s Pie. Bagpipers will shows up at 2pm and 9pm.

Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point will kick off the live entertainment at 4:30 with Irish band Echoes of Erin followed by rock party-band Bounce at 9:00pm.  Also, a long list of Irish specialties including Irish Stew and Corned Beef & Cabbage.

Mr. Bagpiper Graham Massie will make special appearances with Suzy Howard & Friends during Happy Hour at Fishtales on 33rd in Ft Lauderdale and once again before Boys Night Out takes the stage at 10:00pm.  The kitchen will also be serving up Corned Beef Sandwiches, Dinners and let’s not forget $5 Baby Guinness!

Well known for their Halloween and Cinco de Mayo “block” parties, Tijuana Taxi of Coral Springs will do their magic once again for St Patrick’s Day. Gates will at 3pm, expect an evening of live music, DJ entertainment, plenty of beer, Irish Car Bomb tents, beads & T-shirts,  corned beef and cabbage taco’s, photo booths, and giveaways thrown from the stage. Local favorite cover band, Grindstone, hits the stage at 8pm.

If you’re looking for the most authentic Irish celebrations and one of the largest annual block parties anywhere in South Florida, the winner will have to be The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach.  Aside from lines of cars looking for parking, expect to find live music on 2 stages (inside and outdoors), 2 huge outdoor tents replete with full liquor bars and Irish fare, Irish dancers, bagpipers, children’s face painter, Irish gifts, and a late night DJ as well.  This year’s featured bands include Celtic Bridge with Ade Peever, Roisín Dillon & John Schreiber
featuring  Eamonn dillon with Hilary O’Leary, Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher. More info at: http://thefieldfl.com/st-patricks-day-festival-2017

Unfortunately, Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale was purchased a few months back and will not be reopening anytime soon.  Their regularly scheduled headliner, Wildfire Band, can be found at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach this year.

Added to our list this year, for those of you who like to stick it out in the Western suburbs, Uncle Al’s Cafe in Sunrise will feature Live Music by Thought Monkey followed by DJ Rockin’ Ruben!  Drink specials will include Leprechaun Shots, Irish Car Bombs, Jameson, and Green Beer (no less!)

In addition to all the above, we currently show more than 35 live music events listed on the hour by hour live music schedule for Broward at www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/ and more than 20 choices on our calendar for Palm Beach County.  Browse the flyers before for even more offerings from some of our sponsors!




 March 5, 2017  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Feb 232017

It was a dreary rainy day when I was invited to see for myself the current state of nightclubs inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood complex before being completely pulverized to the ground as if they had never existed.  The weather was a perfect backdrop to the many emotions which went through my mind as I thought of all the good times which were had in these clubs by so many which included Pangea, Gryphon, Opium, the Paradise Theater and the Improv Comedy Club as they were being scavenged for anything of value that could be saved from the complete decimation which was only a few days away from reality.  I snapped a few pictures to save the memories and to share them with others who never were given a chance to say goodbye as these clubs were given short notice before being told to shut down and vacate.  And this was just “phase 1” with the next phase to include the venerable Murphy’s Law, Gloria Estefan’s Bongo’s Cafe and Martorano’s, whose fresh Garlic was permeating the pouring rain as I waited to enter the deserted clubs across the way for one last time.

If this comes as a surprise to those of you reading about this for the first time, you might want to catch up on the news as reported by the Miami Herald and other South Florida publications which explained how this property will be completely overhauled with a new 800-room, 36-floor guitar shaped hotel with a promise to “create 19,452 jobs, including 4,867 full-time positions and 14,585 construction jobs, said Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen.” (February 1, 2016) Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article57757183.html

Construction and venue updates with a preview of what’s to come can be found at:www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/new-construction.htm

Thank you to Anthony Erale Vice President of Allied Bean Demolition for giving me the inside-view on all the hard work that goes into what they do best.


memorabiliaHard Rock Demolition

 February 23, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »