Weekend Concierge

Jan 142014
Hard Rock Cafe

The Weekend Concierge strives to find great venues that support live music in the North, Central and South ends of Broward County.  This list is not a tell-all but rather a handy chart, presented in alphabetical order by city so no preference is given over the first versus last venue listed.  In addition to the names of the venues, cities, and bands playing Friday and Saturday night, the list also gives you a quick look at which places allow smoking indoors versus those that are smoke-free.

CITYVENUEFriday July 20Saturday July 21SMOKING?
Coconut CreekJohnny O'BriansRiverdownAccentsNO *
Coconut CreekNectar LoungeThe Stray JacketsYardijYES
Coral SpringsTavolino Della NotteValerie TysonJimmy WilliamsonNO
Coral SpringsPremier Billiards[DJ Stefan]Monster/Gypsy QueenYES
DavieCagney's SaloonShaw DavisProphets of DoomYES
Fort LauderdaleThe Dive BarCrazy Fingers[Karaoke Party]YES
Fort LauderdaleMarina-84ReaxtionShadow CreekNO *
Fort LauderdaleFishtales on 33rdStall-4BounceNO *
Fort LauderdaleCheers22 NorthWrecktifierYES
Fort LauderdaleLulu's Bait ShackMama's FamilyThe CrushNO
HollywoodWhiskey TangoGreen Means GoStray JacketsNO *
HollywoodHard Rock CafeEvent HorizonEvent HorizonYES
Lighthouse PointPacky's PubSmokin AcesThe KlikNO *
Pompano BeachBriny PubSekond NatureSmokin' AcesYES
Pompano BeachGaluppi'sBig Rock BandTrue RumoursNO *
SunriseCheers SunriseStereoburnManny & The RumorsYES

* Smoking permitted at outdoor patio

  • Big Rock Band Friday Night in Pompano Beach
  • Live Music every Friday and Saturday night at Marina-84
  • 22 North Friday Night in Fort Lauderdale
  • Stall-4 tribute to the 80's Friday Night in Fort Lauderdale
  • Smokin Aces  Friday Night in Lighthouse Point
  • Rock the Dock this Saturday at Shooters Waterfront
  • Live Music at Cheers Sunrise
  • Live Music every Saturday night at Brendan's Sports Pub
  • Live Music and Late Nite Happy Hours every Friday & Saturday
  • The Klik Saturday Night in Lighthouse Point
  • Live Music on the Intracoastal at Shooters Waterfront
  • Fleetwood Mac Tribute Saturday Night in Pompano Beach
  • Live Music 7 Nights a Week at Fishtales on 33rd
  • Live Music on the Greens at Galuppi's


At the start of every week, The Weekend Concierge checks out the live music calendar to see who is playing where on Friday and Saturday nights and prepares a list of ten recommended spots to catch live music around town.  The lists consists of some of the favorite local spots for watching cover bands in and around Fort Lauderdale.  Preference is given to venues which offer live music on both Friday AND Saturday nights.  Consistency is extremely important when booking quality entertainment. People should feel confident that the managers who book the bands for these bars and restaurants know how to seek out artists that will entertain their customers.

While this list is a great place to start your weekend planning, be sure to follow it up by checking out the complete hour by hour listing of live bands in and around town on the  LIVE MUSIC EVENTS CALENDAR.

Jan 082014
Hard Rock Rising Phase1

2014  will mark the 6th year that the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Florida participates in the Hard Rock Rising battle of the bands.  The staff and management of the Cafe want to see a local band win this global competition that will send one band all the way to Rome this year.  Do you know of a band that can make it all the way to the top of this competition?  Getting them there will be a group effort involving both band-members and fans of the band.

The first step for any band interested in competing will be to register on ReverbNation.  Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood will host 12 bands this year, and like last year, ten will be voted in by fans and two will be wild cards chosen by the cafe and judges.  The Café will work with a panel of three judges who are music oriented to assist with the judging on various criteria such as Musicianship, Marketability, Voice Talent and Originality.

The competition is split up into 3 Phases as follows:

Phase 1 – Registration January 6-January 27

This is the beginning phase where the bands get the chance to register as they must be a member of ReverbNation to be part of this event as well as become a fan of the Hard Rock Café, Hollywood Facebook page in order to participate in this.

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.

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


Phase 2 – Online Voting January 27-February 17

Using Facebook apps found on the Cafe’s Facebook Page, fans will be asked to vote for their favorite bands who have registered in this contest.  Bands will be given online links to make it easy for them to direct fans to their voting pages. Once voting is complete, the Café will receive a list of the bands in the order of the votes, 10 picked by fans and another two will be wild cards.  This year, apps for the iPhone and Android mobile screens will also be available to get as many votes from as many different sources as possible.  Fans will also be given the opportunity to “triple” their votes by visiting the cafe in person by February 17.

Phase 3 – Live Performances March 14-April 11

Every Friday night,  three bands will be asked to perform at the Cafe with the first one starting at 9pm.  Each band will perform a set of 3 original songs and one song covered by a previous Hard Rock Calling band.  Here is a breakdown of rounds for the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood:

Hollywood Round One – March 14

Hollywood Round Two – March 21

Hollywood Round Three – March 28

Hollywood Round Four – April 4

Final Round – April 11

The winner of the final round will move on to the next phase in the global competition.

‘best of luck to everyone!


Dec 312013
Drinking water at bar

Do you attend shows for your friends in bands and believe that you are helping them out by occupying a seat at the bar or restaurant?   While it is true that getting as many fans to show up as possible will make for a potentially better show, the question at the end of the night for the venue will be how much “ring” did the cash register show? perrier-water-bar I have seen it many times – people have a drink or two before they leave home, have some hidden in their vehicles or worst, sneak airplane sized bottles into venues.  Sure, they save money, but doesn’t it defeat the purpose of venues hiring the bands in the first place?  If you show up to a restaurant fresh from dinner, you are less likely to order any food and possibly even too full to drink anything but water.  You might have a good time and enjoy your friends’ band, but are you possibly harming them by not leaving much for the venue to bring the band back again? Now, I get the fact that drinks can get expensive and maybe you don’t want to order dinner or appetizers at 10 or 11 at night, but you have to keep in mind that most local cover bands around South Florida are playing at venues which don’t even have a cover  charge.  The only way that they can afford to bring in quality bands night after night is if they make enough on the back-end by profiting on the sale of food and drinks.  So, the question I know some people will ask me is “If I am broke, should I just stay home?”  My opinion is that we have a pretty fair system in place.  If you can afford to buy expensive drinks and give the servers AND band extremely nice tips, go for it! If, on the other hand, you are struggling to stay afloat, either buy something such as a draft beer or soft drink or stay home. Is it good enough to order water and leave a decent tip?  The answer is “No!”  The venue will not count tips towards the revenue needed to pay the band at the end of the night.  If you do not want to drink an alcoholic beverage and just want water – perhaps you could order a premium bottle of water?  Venues will not usually refuse customers a cup of tap-water, however, they WILL remember how many fans order it when it comes time to bringing the band or musician back for a repeat gig. la-rays-and-stark-water-sommelier Have you ever heard of the Principle of Nonmaleficence or Primum non nocere?  It is roughly translated as “first, do no harm”.  Nonmaleficence means that if one cannot do good without also causing harm, then one should not act at all.  It is most often heard in the field of medicine, but I think we can easily apply it to the situation stated in this blog.  So, while it may sound mean of me, I am sure that my thoughts will ring true with many a bar or restaurant owner to tell you to either bring your wallet or your friend’s band may be playing their last gig – and nobody wants to be the reason for that.

Dec 212013
Happy New Year

New Years Eve Party Cagneys SaloonMaking a decision where to celebrate the final day of the year will be harder than ever this year with a fantastic lineup of live entertainment featured at local bars in and around Fort Lauderdale this year.  Not only that, but most bars will be transforming themselves into the cleanest and most classiest places to hang out on New Years Eve.  No matter how fancy it gets, you can still put on your best or your worst pair of jeans and be perfectly welcome at any of the places on this list.  (Am I talking to the men or women out there? I’m not really sure!)  What’s also great 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 these places.  On top of that, none of the bars in town are not charging outrageous sums of money just because it’s the very last day of the year.

omearas new years eve partyWe, 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 – even on a Tuesday night, barely giving them enough time to recover from the final weekend of the year.  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.

During the past week, I asked friends on Facebook for any details about their New Year’s Eve gigs, but aside from getting the names of the bands and the places they will be playing, it wasn’t easy.  Here, then, is my most up to date list of who is playing where on New Year’s Eve and I can only recommend that you check out the beautiful flyers that will be streaming across your screen on the Weekend Broward Live Music Events page and the notes section on the calendar which I will do my best to keep up with as we get closer to the END OF THE YEAR.  Whether you decide to go out or stay in, I will take this opportunity to thank you for supporting live music in and around Fort Lauderdale and wish you all the best in 2014!

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

Did you stumble across this in the wrong year?  Here’s our update for December 31, 2014: http://weekendbroward.com/new-years-eve-bands-around-ft-lauderdale/

Here’s he update for December 31, 2015: http://weekendbroward.com/ring-in-2016-with-a-new-years-eve-party-with-live-music-around-fort-lauderdale/

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Dec 122013
Project Magic School Bus

Toys for Kids Collection BoxIf you are headed out to one of the more than 50 bars and restaurants offering live music this weekend, don’t go empty handed.  A last minute effort, spearheaded by local rock cover bands and bars featuring live music on a weekly basis, has grown virtually overnight to collect a minimum of 600 toys for a select group of families with children in the Broward County School District.  Organized by School Social Workers, this effort code named “Project Magic School Bus” is employing the social network of Facebook to spread the word about this sudden need for Christmas gifts.  Unwrapped toys will be collected throughout Broward County on December 13th and 14th if the fans of live music pull through and bring a gift when they visit their favorite band.  Many bars, including Chit Chats in Pompano Beach, O’Meara’s Irish Pub in Margate, Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub in Coconut Creek, Cheers in Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise, have offered patrons free drinks in return for bringing an unwrapped toy.  So, if you are intending on seeing one of the many great free shows provided by local bands this weekend, do NOT go empty handed!

Here are the participating venues & the bands that are performing in support of this effort:

*Chit Chat’s in Pompano Beach
Fri Down Durty Boyz
Sat Dog Starr Rider

*Cheers in Ft Laud
Fri Lazy Bonez
Sat Grindstone

*Cheers in Sunrise
Fri The Crush
Sat Tuxedo Jesus

*Packy’s in Lighthouse Point
Sat Slejj PartyBand

*Boston’s on the Beach in Delray
Fri Stone Mojo
Sat Ryan and the Rockers

*Johnny O’Brian’s in Coconut Creek
Fri Mr. Nice Guy Band
Sat Knockdown Rock-Band

*O’Meara’s Irish Pub in Margate
Fri Sucker Punch Country
Sat Down Durty Boyz
Sun Wooden Shovel <– extra day for drop off!

Luke’s Place in Davie
Sat The Double Standard

* Fishtales Bar on 33rd Street in Ft Laud
Sat Marschs Law

Mardi Gras Casino
Fri The Livesays (Free CD with toy)

* Cagney’s Saloon

* FREE DRINK offer for those dropping off an unwrapped toy.

More information is available on the Facebook events page.


Nov 232013

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 28th.  Since the majority of American workers will be off that day and the festivities don’t usually start until the afternoon, it has been tradition to visit your local bar to meetup with friends and have a drink or two on the night before Thanksgiving. When I Google’d the Night Before Thanksgiving Drinking, I found Urban Dictionary with a name for this day – Black Wednesday.  According to the definition, it is “the biggest party night of the year“.  And they go on to say that this day was NOT made up by marketing geniuses.

So, how did the day before Thanksgiving become so popular that it is now known as one of THE most popular nights to go out drinking, in line with St. Patty’s Day, Halloween, Cinco de Mayo and New Year’s Eve?  From what I have read, a lot of college students come home for the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy seeing friends in town the night before they gather around the table with their family.  That makes a lot of sense to me!  I will extrapolate that as these college students aged and matured, the tradition stuck and voila!

busloopNow that I have convinced you that you should make an exception by going out on a Wednesday night instead of waiting for the weekend, where can you go for live music this November 27th 2013?  It looks like Downtown Fort Lauderdale is going to be abuzz with the 20-something crowd enjoying the 12th Annual Gobble Gobble Street Party at Tarpon Bend on 2nd street starting at 7pm.  As if that were not enough, the infamous bus loop will be going “turkey” this year and dropping people off at  The Dubliner, Tarpon Bend, Shuck ‘n Dive, Waxy O’Connor’s , Quarterdeck, Shula Burger, Cold Stone Creamery, and America’s Backyard. Check out www.busloop.org for more details.

revenge of the turkeyAll your favorite biker bars will be doing something special too.  Chit Chats of Pompano Beach always has a great Wednesday “bike nite” and this one will have the annual PIE giveaway and feature a local favorite band – Shovel-Head.  On the other end of town, Cagney’s Saloon in Davie will be having what they call a “Revenge of the Turkey” party with the perfect band the occasion – Soulicide.   Up in Margate, newcomer to the scene O’Meara’s Irish Pub, will not be outdone and has invited the Sooner or Later band to entertain the mix of bikers and non-bikers who will be dropping by for a drink on Wednesday.

Pre-Thanksgiving PartyIn Hollywood, you might want to check out Stone Mojo,  a great local party band, at Whiskey Tango.  There are several events posted on the Weekend Broward live music events calendar right now but I can guarantee that many more will be posted as we approach “Black Wednesday” so keep checking back.

Whether you decide to stay in or go out and support your local band at your local bar, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving and let’s not forget a joyous festival of lights for my Jewish friends too!


See you somewhere soon!

Rob aka The Weekend Concierge