Weekend Concierge

Apr 092014

This year, on Tax Day, Hard Rock Cafe is cutting Americans a  break by asking them to lay down their wallets and pick up the mic! On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL opens up its stage with Magic 102.7’s radio personality Joe Johnson to give fans a chance to “Sing for Your Supper.”

Sing for your supper hard rockOn Tax Day, from 7pm to 9pm, guests 21 and over will have the opportunity to select their favorite song and take
the stage with live music from Social Fly to perform at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL. Guests who perform a complete song on Hard Rock Cafe’s live music stage in front of the entire restaurant will receive a free dinner entrée from Hard Rock’s new menu.

Singers can choose from a selection of new menu items, including the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Arugula Salad with Shaved Marinated Chicken or Fiesta Burger (or Veggie Burger) as their free meal.

Starting in April 2014, Hard Rock Cafe locations across the United States and Europe began serving a host of new offerings and updated fan favorites to more than 92 million guests across the brand that enter its doors each year. The brand surveyed more than 3,000 guests in cafes across 14 cities around the world to collect feedback on nearly 100 items from its existing and redesigned test menus. The research, conducted by Cohen Research Group, included a side by
side comparison of current menu items and modified versions – taking into consideration variations of items like bun texture, burger patty blends, French fry cut and more. The process resulted in the addition of 30 new items and the modification of 28 existing menu items.

The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood is located at One Seminole Way inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino in Hollywood, Florida

Mar 282014

WeekendBroward.com recently expanded it’s geographical coverage by adding a menu selection at the top of every page titled “Boca-Delray“.  There, you will find three options to help you discover more in depth coverage of venues in the two Southernmost cities in Palm Beach County which are chalk full of useful information on which bands and musicians are playing where tonight and every night of the week.  First, you will find a calendar of live music organized by the day of the week and further segmented by the hour.  Venues covered include Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach, The Funky Biscuit, Pavilion Grille, Turn-3 Sports Bar and The Duck Tavern in Boca Raton.  We don’t limit the list to our sponsors as we try to get live music calendars loaded for many more venues in these two cities located just a few miles North of  Broward County.

The second menu option is a Best Bars for Bands list in Boca-Delray where you will find links to places that offer live music as often as every night of the week.  Their support for local bands is what makes them worthy of their placement on this list which was put together by none other than The Weekend Concierge.  Below the Top Ten list, you will find up to date full-size posters streaming across your screen featuring weekly and upcoming events from our sponsors.

Third on the drop-down menu, we now provide an ever-expanding list of Bars and Restaurants throughout Palm Beach County so that you can explore on your own, with some of our guidance of course.  This was put together to help out fans of live music who either travel to or live in Palm Beach County.  The list is organized by major cities including Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach.  We hope that you find it useful in your travels.

WeekendBroward also lists many more events from both Broward and Palm Beach Counties blended together under our Live Music section under the categories of Local Events, Food Trucks, Comedy and Karaoke.

There’s so much to explore on WeekendBroward and we hope that you will continue to support our thriving local live music industry by visiting as many of the places we feature as often as possible – it’s our way of giving back to the community.



Mar 152014
feedback wanted

We are pleased that you found us, whether it was via a Google search, a link off of Facebook or a referral from a friend.  We are experiencing non-stop growth thanks to our growing database of information regarding local bands, local events, local bars and restaurants etc…. However, we probably cannot have everything to offer that everyone is looking for – after all, we’re not exactly Google!

We noticed that some people find us from outside of our central area of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Delray.  In fact, we get “hits” from all over the country, if not the entire world.  Should we assume that you will be traveling to South Florida and want to know where to go to see a good show tonight?  Why assume, when we can simply ask you right here, right now!

We also noticed that some people only sign on for a very short amount of time but we don’t know if you found what you were looking for since Google Analytics is hiding most keywords that people use to find us.  Did you stumble across something was out of date such as an event that happened last year, for example? Why not give us some feedback, so that we can write an update perhaps?

We have taken note that a large percentage of users are reading this on a tablet or mobile phone – but since they come in all shapes and sizes, we don’t know if you were able to read all the information we have for you.  Once again, we could use your feedback letting us know exactly which device you are using when you report a problem so we can keep an eye on any trends – positive or negative.

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Mar 122014
st patricks day pubs

Here, in Fort Lauderdale, there is no lack of Irish Pubs and they will certainly be showing their colors this weekend as Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday and who wants to wait until Monday to start celebrating the biggest drinking holiday of the entire year?!  Being that I only care about bars with live music, I thought I would do my annual compilation for those of you who love to read my suggestions  – like ’em or not!

This blog would not be complete if I did not bring up two of the largest Irish Pubs in town and they prove it year after year on St. Patty’s Day.  The first one was one that I discovered several years ago when a friend came to town and asked me to find her a true Irish Pub to celebrate on March 17th.  That is when my online research uncovered a hidden gem on Griffin Road in Dania Beach, just West of the Fort Lauderdale Airport and just North of Hollywood.  And thus started my annual visits to The Field Irish Pub & Eatery.  Week after week, they feature the same nightly entertainment: The Two of Us (Beatles Tribute) on Tuesday nights, George Orr’s tribute to Rod Stewart on Wednesdays and Celtic Bridge, an Irish Trio every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  However, on March 17th, they go all out to fill every hour of the day with live entertainment and every possible parking spot within a mile with cars!

Here is their complete schedule as listed on their website, thefieldfl.comPUB STAGE Celtic Bridge 12pm-Midnight TENT STAGE Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher from Prince Edward Island, Canada 2-7pm DJ Jason Dunne 7:30pm-Midnight ALSO FEATURING: Drake School Irish Dancers, Celtic Dreams Bagpipers, Facepainter, South Florida Cloggers, Traditional Irish Fare, Bars Inside & Out! Gates open at 11am. $10 cover. No reservations! Entertainment subject to change without notice. Rain or shine event. All attendants subject to age verification and entry fee. Complimentary adjacent parking provided. 

Next, I have to mention an Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale that does not go a weekend without a great variety of bands every Friday and Saturday night, located just up the road from Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Maguire’s Hill 16 puts up a huge tent in their parking lot to handle the swarm of people who show up for their party each year.

Here is their schedule as posted on their website:   Starting at 8am with our traditional Irish breakfast…….. From 12 noon our famous St. Patrick’s day party commences with live music all day……, starting with traditional Irish music by Celtic Cross band…..followed by Joe Doherty and Co…… Then from 7pm we will be rocking with the famous fiddle player Randi and the Blue Fire Band……….. Traditional Irish music will also be played throughout the day in all our bars….. We also be entertained by the famour carl drake school of Irish step dancers, local school of Irish clog dancers…… The Fort Lauderdale bagpipers….many vendors… Face painter….. Enjoy our home cooked Irish food which will include corn beef and cabbage….. Shepherd’s pie……. Irish stew…. Burgers, hot dogs etc…. Come sit back, drink up with your loved ones and friends, some you haven’t met yet.

Some places like to be Irish for just one day.  Take Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs for example.  They fence off the parking lot as they do for Halloween and throw one heck of a party, even if they are a Mexican restaurant! Here is their writeup:

“Come by and catch the t-shirts and beads that we’ll be tossin’ off the stage while indulging in Authentic Mexican Food and our one of a kind Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos (you HAVE to try them!) ~ Irish Car Bombs, Baby Guinness, DOS XX ~ and all your favorite frosty beverages!!! DJ Tommy Rocker goes Live at 4pm! HEADLINING ACT: Grindstone rocks the stage 8pm til Midnight!”

What follows are some of my favorite Irish Pubs with weekly live music and their entertainment plans for Monday.

Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub in Coconut Creek – Bungled & Botched followed by Riverdown

O’Meara’s Irish Pub in Margate – Dog Starr Rider

Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point – Bounce

You can be sure to find Corned Beef & Cabbage, Green Beer and plenty of party favors (and some surprises) at any of the places mentioned.  So, if you rest up on Sunday, prepare to party one more time this weekend on Monday.  You’ll find detailed times and even more places to go Monday on the daily Live Music Events Calendar at www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/


The Weekend Concierge

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Packys St Pattys Day

Mar 102014
camry weekend concierge

There is certainly something special when you are handed over the keys to a car that is so new that there are only 34 miles clocked on the odometer.   This has only happened to me once in my life (so far) and I’d like to share some thoughts with my friends and readers of this blog.  First off, I did not buy a new car…. even though my current automobile is 12 years old and certainly has its’ quirks – I cannot afford a new car at this time in my life.  My name was simply picked out of a hat during a recent meeting of bloggers at  Southeast Toyota Distributors which happens to be based only a few miles away from where I work and live.   The drawing was supposed to be for a  one-week test drive of a Toyota Minivan.  I kindly requested that it be changed to a Camry since my kids are now teens and I don’t need the space offered by a Minivan for a stroller, car seats and car-pooling kids around town.

I figured that I would get a 4 Cylinder Camry which would get me from venue to venue over the weekend as I visited live bands and some Karaoke bars and save me some money on fuel.  Instead, I was given a 6 cylinder souped up SE model with 16 inch low profile tires, combination leather and cloth seats, and every imaginable gadget inside.  Every time I hit the gas, I was going 50 miles per hour in about 4 seconds – so much for trying to be economical with my lead foot!

My favorite gadget was the radio which had a large LCD display that let me select between AM-FM, HD-Radio, Satellite or if I somehow ran out of stations with all of the above, I could hook up my smart phone and access either stored songs via Bluetooth or use the internet connection to play Pandora or almost anything else!   The only sad part was that I could not find a proper spot to hold my phone and the only cables I found in the glove compartment for charging were for iPhones.  Lucky for me, I always carry a spare USB cable and my Android can run 24 hours without being recharged anyway.

Having a scratch-free car for a week made me feel proud whenever and wherever I parked it – although somewhat fearing parking too close to some other cars. The car’s finish was so sparkling new that I hosed it off with clean water every day.  I was afraid to scrub the dirt off for fear of leaving anything permanent behind. It was especially fun backing out of parking spots and seeing what looked like a tennis court diagram replace the radio screen which doubled as a rear-view camera screen.  It took me a while to figure out which line on that “tennis court” would indicate that I was about to hit a curb.

old new camryAs with everything in life these days, all good things must eventually come to an end.  This one lasted one week before I had to return it.  I feel like I broke it in somehow – the car will never be the same since I added 300 more miles to that odometer and to tell you the truth, neither will I!


Mar 092014
Hard Rock Rising

Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood, Florida has called on emerging local talent to rock out for the opportunity to take the stage in the heart of the Roman Empire with Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition!

Starting on Friday, March 14, 2014, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL will host a series of live battle events where the undiscovered talents of Hollywood will vie for the top spot to represent the city in Hard Rock Rising’s global battle of the bands competition. The lucky Grand Prize winner will receive the chance of a lifetime – an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer!

The votes are in and Facebook fans from around the world have narrowed down more than 10,000 bands to its top competitors with only a select few moving on to the next round of live performances. Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood will host several preliminary battle events where local bands will compete on Friday nights beginning at 9:30pm.

March 14 – Cohen Robinson, J.A. Drewskii and Peoplewatch
March 21 – Raine, Marcella Rose and Shatterglass
March 28 – Project X Xtreme Sports Band, A-Tribe and Oblivious Signal
April 4 – Stirling Road, Pucho and 13th Floor
April 11 – Final Battle for the Road to the Finals

Bands will be judged by a panel of local industry experts. One winner will be chosen from each round to compete in the final local battle on Friday, April 11, 2014, where judges will select one band to represent Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood as they move on to compete against other winners from Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world.

Once the local winning band is chosen, they will join other city winners in the global competition where fans will vote on participating Hard Rock Facebook pages to narrow down the 80+ local winners to the top twenty-five bands.

Once determined, an esteemed panel of celebrities and music industry professionals such as Steven
Van Zandt, Bonnie McKee and more, will select the Grand Prize winner and two runner-up bands. The Grand
Prize winner will perform at Hard Rock Live Rome, an outdoor music festival that will embrace more than
50,000 fans from across Italy, and the selected runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and
gear valued at $10,000.

For full rules and a list of participating locations, visit www.hardrock.com or www.facebook.com/hardrock.

Hard Rock Café, Hollywood, Florida is located at One Seminole Way (inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)