Weekend Concierge

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

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Resolvers Delray Beach NYE
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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

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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Sep 222014
Outdoor Concerts

Continuing their tradition of bringing exceptional music to the community in a fun, family friendly environment, “Delray Beach Center For The Arts” brings you “Free Friday Concerts At The Pavilion”

Each Friday starting October 10th, running through January 30th you, your friends and family are invited to enjoy some of the best local music in South Florida to the lawn at the outdoor Pavilion in the heart of downtown Delray Beach.

Nothing beats a night of listening to music under the stars in “The Most Fun Small Town In America”!

Here is the 2014 lineup through December!

October 10, 2014: Free Friday Concert, 7:30 pm; Outdoor Pavilion.TURNSTILES is the ultimate Billy Joel tribute band, featuring Tony Monaco on Keyboards.

October 17, 2014: The Blue Fire Band; THE BLUE FIRE BAND began playing together as a band in 1998 as back-up to one of south Florida’s favorite performers—Pamela Stanley. Quickly the combination of musicians became one of the tightest, most entertaining units around.

October 24, 2014: The Long Run; The Long Run boasts some of South Florida’s finest and most respected musicians. The band has reproduced the sound that made the Eagles one of the most successful bands in Rock and Roll history.

October 31, 2014: Lazy Bonez; Formed in September 2011, Lazy Bonez recreates the 80’s Rock concert experience with high energy performances featuring the songs of such legendary bands as Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Poison, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC, and so many more!

November 7, 2014: Orange Sunshine; Orange Sunshine is five professional musicians who take the concept of a tribute band in a new direction. Instead of focusing on one artist, they pay tribute to music of the 60’s…years that were significant in pop culture.

November 14, 2014: Odyssey Road; The ultimate Journey tribute band, Odyssey Road was formed with only one intention: To perform the greatest hit songs ever recorded by the legendary rock group Journey, as a tribute to the amazing music they created.

November 21, 2014: Jay Blues Band; If you have never heard the Jay Blues Band, you are in for a show! Jay performs with a high level of energy from the first note to the last. His performances go from deep, soulful blues, to an explosion of guitar riffs and vocals. His sound is “a cross between an old smoker of two packs a day and a gritty sounding person in a juke joint intent on getting his point across.”

December 5, 2014: The Otis Cadillac Band; Travel back to the late 50s and early 60s where R&B revues had a style all their own! The 11-piece Otis Cadillac and the El Dorados R&B Revue brings back that style with Classic R&B, Root Rock N’ Roll and Blues.

December 12, 2014; Jimmy Stowe And The Stowaways; Outdoor Pavilion. Party in paradise with Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways as they sail into port with an incredible mix of trop-rock tunes and a captivating stage show.
ith lead singer Jimmy Stowe at the helm, this dynamic party/dance band performs all the “Songs You Know By Heart” and more. Frequent appearances with Jimmy Buffett and a reputation for great music have established their national notoriety.

December 19, 2014: Solid Brass; Located right here in Palm Beach County since 2011, the 8-piece SOLID BRASS plays Classic Rock and R & B songs from the 60’s through the 80’s made famous by horn bands including Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Joe Cocker, the Doobie Brothers, and Stevie Wonder..

December 26, 2014; On The Roxx; On the Roxx is a tribute to the totally awesome decade of the 80s!
DIANE DeNOBLE, A highly sought after female vocalist and bandleader for her high energy show band “On The Roxx” across the country and on the high seas.

Remember to bring your blankets and chairs, but no pets or outside food or drink!

Friday Concerts in Delray Beach

For more info go to: http://delraycenterforthearts.org/index.php/attend/outdoor-concerts

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Sep 162014
world parking day

On the third Friday of September each year, cities around the world will convert parking spots into miniature parks which will be occupied by artists, designers and ordinary citizens.  The idea came about in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco based Art & Design Studio.  By 2011. the event had grown to 975 “park” locations in more than 160 different cities on 6 continents.

This year, two cities in Broward County will join the rest of the world in transforming parking spots into mini-parks – Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale on September 19th.  In Fort Lauderdale, the designated area will be around Andrews Avenue and NW 5th Avenue.  According to the City of Hollywood’s website, multiple parking spots along N. 21st Avenue and Taylor Street in downtown Hollywood will be transformed into public parks, complete with turf and custom seating.

The public is invited to enjoy Park(ing) Day 2014 in Hollywood. Visitors can walk through the 11 “parklets” and a full-size “Complete Street” model with bike lane. Multiple artists will be performing live music throughout the day and participants can take part in recreation and fitness activities and B-cycle bike share demonstrations. Barry University will be on-hand conducting health screenings and educational sessions on skin health, hydration, sun protection and other health related topics of interest.

For more information on the background of this worldwide event, refer to http://parkingday.org/

Aug 052014
Tattoo Expo South Florida 2014

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center at Heron Bay will be abuzz August 8, 9, 10, 2014 as the 19th Annual South Florida Tattoo Expo, sponsored by Cool Cat Tattoo, gets underway with 100% of all proceeds to benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation.  This spectacular event will include tattoo artists and vendors from all over the world, including Germany, Austria, and South America to fill the more than 115 booths at the spacious Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay. An open car and truck show is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, and has been dubbed South Florida’s “Most Unique Summer Car Show”. Sponsored by Cruisers of South Florida, all proceeds of this event also benefit the children’s hospital.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the area’s leading pediatric care hospitals, offering comprehensive health services and programs in an atmosphere that is child-friendly. An all-new facility opened in Broward County thanks to the support of events such as the South Florida Tattoo Expo, which since adopting the hospital, has raised over $750,000 to benefit the facility. Utilizing the exceptional facilities at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, and a 100% volunteer support staff, this three-day expo will include contests, entertainment by live national and local bands and celebrity guests. More information concerning the expo may be found at www.floridatattooexpo.com.

South Florida Tattoo Expo

You’ll also discover Tattoo Artists, Suspension Shows, Burlesque Shows ,Fetish Shows , Tattoo Contests, Pin Up Contest, Wet T-shirt and Piercing Contests.

About South Florida Tattoo Expo™
Based in sunny South Florida and founded in 1996, the South Florida Tattoo Expo founders and coordinators Dave and Debbie Amchir along with the many volunteers dedicate their time to put together this event. All proceeds benefit the Joe DiMaggio Hospital Foundation. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 954.868.7040

Expo hours are 12-1am Friday 12-1am, Saturday and 12-7 on Sunday.

Admission fee is $20/day or $40 for a 3-day pass. Tickets can only be purchased at the door.