Weekend Concierge

Aug 302013

harmonica blowoff cheersThis Sunday, September 1, the South Florida Blues Society turns Cheers Food, Drinks, Sports and Music in Fort Lauderdale into a “Roomful of Wind” for music lovers. For the 11th year in a row, this special event is a showcase of the some of the best blues Harmonica Players in South Florida that take a break from their regular bands to display their talents specifically focusing on the harmonica. The show assures no duplication, with each player performing his selection of four to five songs combining vocal and “inhaling/exhaling” talent with a finale featuring all players at the end of the show.

This year’s performers are Willy Lojo, Pix-E Ensign, Cadillac Chuck, Clay Goldstein, Nick Trill, and Dr. Lee.  All players will be backed by R.J. Harman and Company.  Richard “ RJ” Harman, also a featured harp player in this year’s show, is a two-time first place winner at the Florida Harmonica championships.  He and his four-piece band were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge (2012) in Memphis, TN after having won at the Central Florida Blues Challenge in 2011. The show is from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with doors open at 2:00 to get the best seating.  Admission is $10.00 for non-members and $8.00 for current card-carrying Blues Society members. You can join the SFBS at the door to get your discount for this and other South Florida Blues Society events.  It’s a great day of music with a very friendly, large “blues” family at Cheers located at 941 E Cypress Creek Road located just east of I-95. Phone 954-771.6337. www.CheersRockBar.com .

For more information, a list of all future blues events and calendar, or to contact your local Blues Society, go to www.soflablues.org .

Special thanks to Mary Council of the South Florida Blues Society for providing WeekendBroward with all the information on this special event.

Aug 152013

Food Trucks MargateWhen I announced last week that WeekendBroward was spawning off yet another page to a new website called FoodTrucksFortLauderdale.com, a lot of people must have asked the question “Who cares about Food Trucks?” and why is Rob, The Weekend Concierge, spinning his wheels on yet another website when he is already so busy with WeekendBroward.com? To begin to answer the question, I need to let you know that finding Food Truck events in and around Fort Lauderdale has nothing to do with my love for food that is made in a mobile kitchen.  In fact, when the weather is 90+ degrees outside or pouring rain, I would much rather be sitting inside an air-conditioned restaurant or my own kitchen.  However, knowledge of food truck events for me is like a stock investor knowing next month’s forecast of consumer confidence or the unemployment rate or housing starts.  In other words, there is much more than trucks spewing out both carbon dioxide and scents of sweet sauces at most food truck events and that may interest you as much as it interests me.

Food Truck RoundupLet’s look at the next few weeks worth of events, for which I can thank Jochen Esser.  Jochen runs GourmetTruckExpo,  one of only a handful of food truck event organizers around Broward and Palm Beach County.  He is the guy you call when you represent a city such as Sunrise, Margate, or Boca Raton to name some recent examples and you want to feed a crowd of hungry people at an outdoor event that doesn’t have the facilities in place to do so.  He then calls up to 25 Food Brazilian Beat Boca RatonTruck operators or more to drive from many miles away to attend these events from morning until nightfall, hoping that they can sell enough food to pay for their time and gas.  He also makes sure that they have permits, electricity and publicity to name just a few items on his to-do list.  That’s no easy task! Thanks to his efforts and a few other event organizers, we have advanced “warning” of upcoming events involving Live Music such as The 2nd Annual Brazilian Beat in Boca Raton on September 6th, or a Carlos Santana Tribute Show in Parkland on September 7th, or more live music at the Sunrise Civic Center on September 18th. If you are not excited about knowing that there are some exciting outdoor events with free entertainment in a city near you, you are reading the wrong blog!  However, if you are single, married, with or without children and on the lookout for a less expensive way to spend your hard earned money, then finding out where the next Food Truck Event is taking place might be exactly what you need!

Jul 302013
Country Music Festival

Country Music FestivalYee-haw!  Country music fans in North Broward County unite!  We know you’re out there and now there’s a place for you to celebrate this coming Saturday, August 3rd in Deerfield Beach.  As with all outdoor country music festivals, you can expect some fine Southern foods, arts & crafts, a mechanical bull and live music entertainment all day and all night on two stages!

This event gets started at High Noon at the Main Beach Parking Lot (149 SE 21st Ave) in Deerfield Beach, one block South of Hillsborough Blvd on A1A (so don’t expect to park there!).   Attendees are being asked to park at The Cove Shopping Center (just before the drawbridge at 1500 E. Hillsborough Blvd) and take the free trolley to the beach.   The trolley will also be making a stop at the St. Ambrose Catholic Church, located at 380 S Federal Highway and will run continuously from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

The entire day will be packed with Country & Western music from Noon till 9pm!  Check out this schedule:

Uproot Hootenany

Uproot Hootenanny

12:00PM – 1:00PM  –  Maggie Baugh

1:00PM – 1:30PM  – Erica Morgan (Side Stage)

1:30PM – 2:30PM – County Line Road

2:30PM – 3:00PM  – Jess Taylor (Side Stage)

Andrew Morris Band

Andrew Morris Band

3:00PM – 4:30PM – Uproot Hootenanny

4:30PM – 5:15PM  – Ashley Briggs (Side Stage)

Tom Jackson band

Tom Jackson

5:15PM – 6:45PM  – Andrew Morris

6:45PM – 7:30PM  – Bailey Callahan (Side Stage)

7:30PM – 9:00PM – Tom Jackson

Don’t forget to bring your beach chairs and sunscreen.  This event is being sponsored by the City of Deerfield Beach and there is no admission fee. Can I hear you say “Yee-haw!?” More information may or may not be available at the event website (after-all, I did try to include it all here)!

Jul 232013
Assassin Rocks Cagney's Saloon

Weekend Broward 3rd Year LogoEvery year, I am asked to celebrate my birthday with a band, but instead, I choose to celebrate the birthday of my website, WeekendBroward.com, with a band of my choosing. WeekendBroward.com started off as a simple project to document the whereabouts of local bands and musicians so that I could keep track of their ever-changing schedules.  Wouldn’t it be simple if every venue had just one band and you could pick where you wanted to go for live music based on the where you last saw a band you liked?  Unfortunately, the business of entertaining local audiences with live music is not that simple!

Thanks to online tools provided by Google, WordPress, Facebook and teams of programmers all over the world, I have enjoyed collecting events involving live music and displaying them in one form or another on a website that could be seen by anyone anywhere in the world with access to the World Wide Web.

Birthday at CagneysThis Friday night, WeekendBroward will be celebrating at one of South Broward’s finest bars for  live music.  Cagney’s Saloon is known for throwing great birthday parties for individuals on a weekly basis thanks to the support of proprietors Mark and Nancy. This Friday – it’s time to bend the rules a bit and celebrate an entity that has become the #1 resource in and around Fort Lauderdale for discovering who is playing where.

Assassin Rocks Chit ChatsEntertainment will be provided by a band that literally played 80’s rock music in the 80’s! And 25 years later, the band plays on, with fun that is contagious to all who see them. Please join me this Friday night as I celebrate 3 years with my friends Tony, Michael, Tommy, Mat and Gary from Assassin Rocks, starting at 10:30pm at Cagney’s Saloon, located on the NW corner of Stirling and University in Davie.

P.S. If you are “in-the-biz” and can’t make it before closing time, I will continue the celebration at the best place for after-parties – Cheers Food & Spirits in Fort Lauderdale, featuring Lazy Bonez until 4am!

Anniversary Party at CheersBirthday Cake


Jul 052013
Coral Springs Block Party

Coral Springs Block PartyIf you had to organize a birthday party for a few thousand of your neighbors and had around $100,000 to spend, what would you do?  The City of Coral Springs has a committee of dedicated volunteers doing just that to celebrate their 50th Birthday all this year.  Various events have already taken place around City Hall and at the Performing Arts Center but this one will culminate on evening of July 10th at the intersection of Sample Rd and University Drive. Many local community groups and local high school students will be acting as volunteers to make this event another one “for the books” so you might not to pass this one up!  For the early birds, especially kids, there are two parts to this event.  From 9am to Noon, at the Gymnasium on Coral Springs Drive, the City will attempt to break the Guinness World Book of Records for ZumbAtomic! They are hoping to attract 1,200 children between the ages of 5-15 for this event!  They will do this partly by inviting bus-loads of children from area summer camps, thus the name Campapalooza for this event.  Then, from 5pm to 7pm,  Radio Disney will be on-hand at the evening celebration  from 5 to 7 p.m to have some more fun!

Live music entertainment for all ages will be provided by four bands on two stages, as follows:

Randi Bluefire BandThe BlueFire Band – One of the music uniquely entertaining bands in Broward County, this band is often known as Randi & The BlueFire band due to them being known for their violinist, Randi Fishenfeld, who has been known to climb roof-tops of buildings to play hard hitting tunes from famous bands such as Led Zeppelin.  Each member of this group contributes to their overall sound, making for a fun evening, no matter where they play.

Blues Brothers BandThe Blues Brothers Soul Band is an authentic tribute to those two guys many of us might remember from the Saturday Night Live Skits in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  They do a great job of paying homage to Jake and Elwood, two blues musicians from Chicago and will definitely put on a show to remember, no matter where you see them.  They are also accompanied by a host of other talented musicians including a horn section and keyboards  giving them a big band sound.

Wonderama bandWonderama – a high energy cover band from Palm Beach County brings top-40 dance and party music to local venues and events around town.  They promise to entertain you with classic party songs that will make you get up and dance the night away.


Journey Tribute bandDon’t Stop Believin -America’s Ultimate Journey Tribute usually attracts fans from far away who love to sing and dance to the sounds of an 80’s Rock Band that we will never forget, especially since they were recently revived for a new generation of Glee watchers.

In addition to the live music, expect a High-Energy DJ Area by “Loop”, a mobile video gaming truck, free birthday cake and Blue-Bell ice cream!  Local area restaurants will be giving out samples, and local community organizations will also have booths to promote their involvement with the city.

Admission and parking is free – so what are you waiting for?

More info at: http://coralsprings50.org/birthday-block-party/

Jun 302013
Pompano Beach Fourth July 2013

Fort Lauderdale July Fourth 2013So, you are probably reading this, hoping that I can help you find a more exciting place to be on July 4th than your living room listening to your neighbor’s kids shooting off a non-stop barrage of fireworks, right?  If you are like me, you will follow the sound of the guitar over the blasts of fire crackers, so I’ll do my best to summarize some of what’s going on in the area of live music this coming Thursday, July 4th, working my way down from Delray Beach to Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida.

First, you’ll want to know where the big outdoor events are taking place which include live music followed by Fireworks, so here’s what I have found so far…

Delray Beach:  Festivities will start at noon with sand sculpting on the beach followed by a 60 foot flag raising over Atlantic Avenue and live music by Mixtura Band at 3pm.  From 4 to 6, watch extreme Volleyball (Delray Beach vs Miami Beach) followed by Son of Man Blues Band and The Long Run Eagles Tribute Band at 6:30pm. At 8:30pm, Nobodies Crew Performs and counts down to the Fireworks show at 9pm.

Boca Raton: While there was controversy over where to hold this city’s celebration, the one place that will surely have live entertainment prior to the fireworks will be the South Regional Park.  The Sunset Cove Amphitheater will host one of the larger events in this city. The Shindigs will be kicking off the event at 6:30pm. The band will perform classic hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  Following the concert will be a musical fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks. Several food trucks will be on site. Don’t forget to bring your picnic baskets and lawn chairs for this event. No BBQ’s, pets or personal fireworks are allowed.

Pompano Beach Fourth July 2013Pompano Beach: The  all day “Beach Bash” will span along Pompano Beach from the Fishing Pier to the Great Lawn starting at Noon with fun for the whole family.  You can expect to see a watermelon eating contest, relay races, arts and crafts projects, airbrush and glitter tattoos, bounce houses, food, and, of course, live entertainment! Various food trucks will be on location from noon to 9:00pm.  Local bands will begin at 2:00 p.m. including 4th Dimension, Slip & the SpinOuts, Rodeo Clowns and Sekond Nature. Following the bands, will be the gameshow “What’s The Deal?”  At 9:00 p.m.  Fireworks will be launched from the end of the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier.

Fort Lauderdale: Festivities will begin on the corner of A1A and Las Olas at 12:30pm with a Kids Zone, bounce houses, face painting, beach games, and contests.  At 1:30pm, Lite 101.5 will present a diaper derby! The American Legion Symphonic Orchestra will provide patriotic music from 4pm-5:15pm.  More live entertainment will be on stage from 5:15pm to 6:15pm and the featured band, Keep the Faith, will present a tribute to Bon Jovi at 6:45pm until 9pm, just in time for the fireworks show.

Check out the following site for a suggested list of parking lots to attend the Fort Lauderdale beach event carefree: http://eyesonnews.com/details-of-fort-lauderdale-july-4th-events/

City of Sunrise: Further inland, you will find a spectacular show at the BB&T center in Sunrise.  South Florida band Making Faces will kick off the evening’s live music lineup at 6pm, followed by Grammy Award-winning alternative rockers Soul Asylum.  A family fun zone with Bounce Houses, Games, Face Painters, Jugglers, etc will be on-hand to entertain the kids. Food trucks, including Joji Yogurt, Big Belly’s Deli, Best French Fries, Slow Food Truck, Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ and Kona Ice will feed your hunger. Lawn chairs and umbrellas will be permitted in the parking areas so you can sit back and enjoy the fireworks to top off this annual event.

A good source of information of other local events around Broward County can be found at http://www.sunny.org/july4/

A great source for festivities at local pubs and restaurants can be found on the calendar page of www.weekendbroward.com