Weekend Concierge

Jun 152013
FAU Summer Band Mizner Park

Crazy FingersI was going to write a long blog all about how families should enjoy Live Music on Father’s Day, but Sundays are not the busiest days for local bands.  Instead, I am forced to check out the WeekendBroward live music calendar and see who is playing where, regardless of what kind of a special day this may be for some lucky dads.

I’ll work my way down from North to South, starting with Delray Beach, where every Sunday, you will find a tribute to The Grateful Dead courtesy of Crazy Fingers.  They play each Sunday evening, starting at 7:30pm at Bostons on the Beach.   Also in Delray Beach, if you like the artsy look and feel of Kevro’s Art Bar and enjoy the outdoor patio, check out their weekly jam starting at 4pm.

FAU Summer Band Mizner ParkHeading South to Boca Raton, you WILL find a special event only this Sunday at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre.  The City of Boca Raton will sponsor a special Father’s Day concert with FAU’s Summer Concert Band from 6pm-7:30pm.   Bring your blankets and chairs.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase – you cannot bring your own.

In Fort Lauderdale, you can enjoy solo and duo musicians at Bimini Boatyard right off the 17th Street Causeway.   Combine the vocals of Liz Sharp with brunch from 11am-3pm along with a great view of the Fort Lauderdale waterway and you’ve got a perfectly romantic place to spend Father’s Day!

Robert Darmanin Calamity JaneNot far from the Fort Lauderdale airport, you will find Flossie’s Bar & Grill where the biker’s hang out  every Sunday afternoon.  On Father’s Day, you can expect to see Calamity Jane, a local cover band featuring classic rock from the 80’s.  A touching story I heard is that the drummer, Robert Darmanin, took up his instrument to carry on the dreams of  his son who passed away suddenly only a few years ago.

Further South, in Hallandale, you will always find a Country & Western band playing at The Mardi Gras Casino, from 7pm-11pm every Sunday.  On Father’s Day, you can expect to see local country music cover band, Sucker Punch, not to be mixed up many other local cover bands by the same name that plays Rock!

If I see any more last minute additions, I’ll add them to the calendar at www.weekendbroward.com.

If all else fails, there’s always the Heat game at your local sports bar!

Have a Happy Father’s Day everyone!



May 192013
Memorial Day Events Fort Lauderdale

Looking around town for something different to do this Memorial Day Weekend?  I searched the internet and found many cities where ceremonies will be held during the morning hours to memorialize the brave men and women who fought for our country.  However, when the pomp and circumstance is over, many of us will want to either gather together with family and friends and hold a traditional barbecue or take advantage of the extra day off to enjoy our proximity to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  Being that I love local music and expect that you do too, I have been able to find three major local events in Broward and South Palm Beach Counties to share with you.

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Saturday, May 25th – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM – Fort Lauderdale Beach – Great American Beach Party

boogie knights bandHead for the beach!  Two stages will be set up at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard for a day filled with entertainment for the whole family. Live bands include Across the Universe (Beatles Tribute Band); Tim Bluntson (80’s Tribute Band); The Inverted (Classic Rock); Riverside Dixieland Band (Jazz); Nikki Kidd (R&B); the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue; and Boogie Knights (Disco Revival).  A complete schedule can be found on the calendar at www.weekendbroward.com.

The whole family will enjoy a non-stop schedule of activities including a beach water slide, bounce houses, face painting, hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests, a water balloon toss, and a sandcastle-building competition. For car enthusiasts, there will be a classic car show with more than 50 vintage hot rods, ragtops and muscle cars, plus an art show featuring displays and exhibits from local artists, including up-and coming chalk artists.  See this year’s event flyer for more information.

Monday, May 27th – Noon to 7:30 PM Lauderdale by the Sea – Memorial Day Beach Bash

Aruba Beach Cafe Memorial Day Beach BashEvery memorial day, the Aruba Beach Café in Lauderdale by the Sea sponsors a day-long event right on the beach where Commercial Boulevard meets A1A.  Last year’s event featured fun activities for both adults and children alike.  Booths were set up to promote local vendors and charities.  This year’s party should be just as big as ever with tents setup on the beach to accommodate the abundance of new customers and a complimentary Pig Roast buffet to feed the masses.  A stage will be the center of attention on the beach featuring live bands  Twocan Blue, The Buster Leggs Band and “South Florida’s Longest Running Rockin’ Blues Band” The Fabulous Fleetwoods.  Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen to this event!


Monday, May 27th  – 7pm-9pm Boca Raton – Mizner Park Memorial Day Concert

New Gardens BandThe City of Boca Raton is sponsoring a concert featuring The New Gardens Band, The Indian River POPS, and The Robert Sharon Chorale. The New Gardens Band and sister group The Indian River Pops Orchestra are non-profit regional community bands based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Robert Sharon CoraleThe Robert Sharon Corale is a community organization which strives to present the best of all types of choral music – both Sacred and Secular. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs, sit back, relax and enjoy the music.  Food and beverages will be available for sale at the Amphitheater.

If you love live music, but prefer smaller crowds, check out the Live Music Events Calendar at WeekendBroward.com for the most up to date listing of which bands will be playing where from Delray Beach down to Hollywood, hour by hour, every day of the week.

May 182013

Rock of Ages Movie Poster

Hard to believe that it has been almost a year since Rock of Ages was released to movie goers nationwide (June 15, 2012).  This movie held special feelings for a large number of South Floridians who participated in every aspect of the production of the movie, from props and makeup to extra’s and set design.  Local Actor, Jason Wool, was one of them and is asked from time to time when will there be a reunion so that participants in the production of Rock of Ages can get together and party like it’s 1985?  Jason spent 10 Days on the set as a bouncer, a rocker, a record store customer, and a taxi cab driver! Talk about a man wearing many hats!

Project X at Cheers 3/15

Project X at Passions Nghtclub- May 24th

Jason and others had so much fun celebrating the film at their opening party last year that they decided to arrange a reunion party on Friday, May 24th at Passions Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock complex in Hollywood, Florida.  Unlike most other nights when the club pumps out the latest hits, on this Friday, they will be featuring everything 80’s.  Not only will they have DJ “Special-K” playing your favorite tunes from that decade past, they have also invited Project-X, a Fort Lauderdale based band that specializes in covers of your favorite pop hits of the 80’s to hard hitting rock ballads.

The party gets started at 9pm with free admission to the club until 11pm.  The night club will have an open bar from 9:00pm-9:30pm.  Many raffle prizes have been secured for this event, especially ones that interest the artist community that is expected to attend.

Tom-Cruise-Stars-in-Rock-of-Ages-movieAttendees are asked to dress in 80’s fashion but not required so come as you are or get into the groove with style.  Will Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand or Tom Cruise show up for this party? Probably not! Will Fort Lauderdale fans of live music and local film crews and actors show up – you bet ya!


May 092013
KISS Alive Tribute Band
KISS Alive Tribute Band

KISS Alive Tribute Band

Do you have a passion for 70’s classic rock?  How would you like to see Bob Seger, KISS, Molly Hatchet and more this weekend?    Unfortunately, only one of the above will be here in person.  The rest of these famous artists and bands will be here in spirit as they are represented by tribute bands doing their best to look and sound like the real thing.

Starting off the weekend on Friday at 7pm, catch Kiss Alive at The Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheatre, located at 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard.  They tour the United States but hail from Broward County! These guys recreate the early and historic KISS shows with a passion for all that is KISS.   Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the stars in more ways than one!  In the event of rain, Friday’s concert will be held inside the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre.

chesters harley southern styleChester’s Harley Davidson will be celebrating the opening of their newest location at 201 International Drive in Sunrise starting on Friday night with free food, giveaways, and Jimmie Van Zant.  Saturday night, you will have to make a choice between Molly Hatchet or Bob Seger.  Molly Hatchet (band) will be headlining the weekend long grand opening of Chester’s Harley Davidson at 7:30pm.  Molly Hatchet is an American southern rock/hard rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1975. They are known for their hit song “Flirtin’ with Disaster” from the album of the same title (according to Wikipedia).

bob seger tribute night movesAlso Saturday night,  The City of Parkland free concert series presents a Tribute to Bob Seger.  Remember such hits as “Against the Wind”, “Night Moves” and “We’ve Got Tonight” while sitting back in your lawn chair at Pine Trails Park starting at 7pm.  Food Trucks will also be on site serving both gourmet and fast food so don’t worry about diner.  This could be a great family outing for Mother’s Day weekend or a romantic evening for two!

This article would not be complete if I didn’t mention the group, Classic Rock Therapy, at Coconut Creek’s “Home Grown Concert series”.  Classic Rock TherapyThis monthly event takes place at a stage set up inside a beautiful park at the Coconut Creek Community Center on Lyon’s Road, just south of Coconut Creek Parkway.  Classic Rock Therapy, known to fans as CRT is not necessarily a tribute band but will be bringing back memories of Grand Funk, Hall & Oates, Beatles, Romantics, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, J Geils band, CCR, and the Bee Gee’s just to name a few of their toe tapping covers.

Other venues offering outdoor concerts include the City of Pompano Beach Music Under the Stars at A1A and Atlantic Blvd featuring Love Muscle on Friday May 10th from 7pm-9pm.  Don’t forget the City of Hollywood has three outdoor stages every weekend with a great variety of music too long to list here but check out their website for a complete calendar.

As always, keep an eye on the WeekendBroward live music events calendar for the most up to date listings of live music from Hollywood to Delray Beach!


Apr 212013
Tab Benoit

beer girlsThis year was not the first time I had attended the Blues, Brews and BBQ event at the Coconut Creek Casino but it really felt like the first because it was such a different experience for me. First off, the main event stage was moved inside to the Pavilion venue inside instead of being held under a tent outside of the casino.  I remember seeing lots of smaller bands in the middle of the casino floor last year with more popular bands on the outdoor stage.  Secondly, I was given a media pass so that I could sample all the beers and food that was available for sale by the various BBQ vendors.

beer samplesNormally, I don’t write post-event reviews but I had so many thoughts running through my mind that I wanted to share it with everyone who attended and those who missed this event. First off, I loved the thought of having unlimited beer samples included with the tickets to this day-long event. I loved the fact that the beer was NOT Bud, Miller, Coors or lite versions of all of the above. Instead, I got to sample beers I have never heard of from all over the world. The tiny little beer mugs given out by beautiful models at the door was a nice touch!

Dave MaloneSince I could not stay all day, I came during dinner time so I could catch two of the acts AND enjoy the barbecue samples at the same time. I am not an expert on the Blues scene but I enjoy the music without being really familiar with the artists. The first act I caught was Bonerama with special guest Dave Malone of The Radiators. Bonerama horn sectionThere’s something special about a horn section that adds flavor to music of any style. Unlike your standard 4-piece rock band, these guys made the most of the large stage and presented themselves in style with every musician profiling his talent gracefully.

Pavilion General and VIP seatingAlthough I loved the stage size, lighting and great sound, my greatest concern was over the standing room only space given to those who paid for general admission tickets. The VIP ticket-holders were given bleacher seats which took up about 50% of the hall. It must have been difficult to calculate in advance how many people would buy the $25 general admission versus the $50 ones but, in hindsight, they will either have to find more room next year, put more seats into the general admission side or people will have to fork over the extra bucks to get a seat, especially if they want to sit through 6 great bands from early afternoon and into the later hours of the evening.

BBQ Barbecue samplesIn between bands was the best time to make my way to the BBQ Alley and see what samples awaited me. Every vendor offered me pretty much whatever I wanted on their menu which usually included BBQ ribs, pulled pork or beef brisket. Since the sample sizes varied from a small cup sample to a full plate with sides, I was too stuffed to taste test every one of the 6 vendors selling sandwiches and platters in the “alley”. My first stop was Lucille’s which I had tried in the past thanks to Lucille’s on Wheels at various food truck events. Their shredded brisket was sweet, juicy and extremely tasty as usual. I would have forgone all other samples to just have a sandwich from their table. Dickey's Brisket PlatterIt was pretty much downhill from there as I sampled Dickey’s BBQ brisket platter. The coleslaw was delicious but unfortunately, the brisket had so many huge pieces of burned gristle that I could have broken my jaw had I really finished what they served me. Lastly, the brisket sandwich from the casino’s kitchen was so fatty that it was hard to believe that they were putting it onto a bun before cutting off the excess fat. I would have gladly cut it off myself rather than waste a good sandwich but without any tables, everyone had to eat standing up and made eating a rack of ribs or cutting through slices of beef brisket next to impossible.

Tab BenoitI was more than happy to wash this all down with more beer samples and the exhilarating, foot stomping sounds of Tab Benoit. Since this was the first year with the configuration of food and entertainment the way I described, I am sure that there will be some tweaks for next year and I just hope that with all my gripes about the food and crowds, they still invite me back!

Apr 172013

This blog was originally written on April 18th, 2011.

Do you remember where you were when you heard about the Space Shuttle blowing up? How about September 11th, 2001? April 17th will be one of those milestone days for me because I was sitting at Starbucks, uploading band photos from the previous night when I read about the demise of Jimmy Pagano. My first thoughts were – was it a car accident or a heart attack? I would never have imagined him getting involved with a bar fight (trying to help the bartender collect on a bar tab). He was definitely not a fighter. The most physical he would get would be to give you a hug!

Jimmy Pagano DrummerOn the other hand, Jimmy was a soldier. He was one of the few people I knew who fought for the right of local bands to have an audience. He was proud of his history of holding jam sessions at local bars so that musicians could network and get an extra day of playing in front of a live audience instead of their garages. If you were part of his Facebook friends network, you probably remember how frustrated he would get with people who promised to come out and see him or his bands play but didn’t show up. While he used Facebook extensively to keep in touch with his extensive network of friends, he really believed in the power of seeing people in person. I remember how happy he was to see me last time I saw him. It’s one thing to communicate online – it’s another to follow up with a personal visit.

flag at half-mast 2On April 17th, I changed my profile photo to show a flag at half mast because Jimmy is a fallen hero and it’s the only way I know to honor him for all the hard work he has done for our local music scene. I am not sure who is going to trace that bad wire next time I attend a local band’s gig and their sound doesn’t seem right. I am not sure who I will approach next time with my ideas for a local music festival.  All I know is that his hard work did not go un-noticed and he will be missed by everyone.

Jimmy Pagano DrummerThe newspaper and mass media called him a drummer. I am not sure how Jimmy would have felt about that description. Sure, he played the drums, but that is not how he wanted to be remembered. His Facebook page says exactly how he wanted to be known. Here’s what it says: “Promotions/ General Manager/ Event Producer/Coordinator at Self Employed who Studied at The School of Life. He Lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida From Bedford, New York Born on January 4, (1957).” May he continue to live in the hearts of us all for ever and ever.