Weekend Concierge

Dec 192016

This is the page we update every week showing you which bars and restaurants are the best ones to find a band on both Friday and Saturday nights but due to Christmas falling on a Saturday this year, some of those same places have decided to forgo live entertainment, even if they may remain open.  Rather than shortening the list, we decided to double check with each of those places to give you an at-a-glance view of where you’ll find a full stage and where you’ll find an empty one this weekend. By the way, the first night of Chanukah also falls on Saturday, December 24th but that was never a reason for anyone to cancel a gig – just a piece of trivia we wanted to throw out there because nobody else mentions it even though it’s a “Holiday” too!

CITYVENUEFriday April 21Saturday April 22SMOKING?
Coconut CreekJohnny O'BriansAxcentsStone MojoNO *
Coconut CreekNectar LoungeThe People UpstairsTop PriorityYES
Coral SpringsPremier Billiards Coral Springs[DJ Stefan]SoulicideYES
DavieCagney's SaloonTrip MachineUse The ForceYES
Fort LauderdaleLulu's Bait ShackStereoburnRadio StereoNO
Fort LauderdaleMarina-84Big City DogsAbby DavisNO *
Fort LauderdaleThe Dive BarCrazy FingersOvrholYES
Fort LauderdaleCheers Fort LauderdaleOvrholSpektoraYES
Fort LauderdaleFishtales on 33rdDerek Mack BandBounceNO *
HollywoodMargaritaville RestaurantStereotomyDeep Fried FunkNO
HollywoodWhiskey TangoSnakebiteGreen Means GoNO *
Lighthouse PointPacky's PubSmokin' AcesStereotomyNO *
MargateO'Malley's Sports Bar
O'Malley's Sports Bar
MetaluciousOriginal Band NightYES
Pompano BeachGaluppi'sMr. Nice GuyDoors Alive (Tribute)NO *
SunriseCheers SunriseTuxedo JesusDown Durty BoyzYES

* Smoking permitted at outdoor patio


In addition, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight 3 Places Open for Christmas Eve dinner when so many places are closed and these places support our local music scene including WeekendBroward – so we can highly recommend ’em!

  1. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  2. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar in Pompano Beach
  3. Shooters Waterfront Cafe in Fort Lauderdale (Also featuring the Baron Sisters 6-10pm)

Now keep watching these rotating slides…. if you wait long enough, you’ll start seeing flyers for New Year’s Eve – only a few days away!


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 December 19, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Dec 112016
City Place New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2016 is fast approaching and you probably waited till the last minute to decide where you’re going to spend it, right?  This is, by no means, a complete list of places to go in Palm Beach County, but, depending on where you live and your lifestyle preferences, you just might find a suggestion or two in the list we compiled below.  We did our best to include events from Boca Raton all the way up to West Palm Beach, many of which are free or inexpensive so you won’t have to kill your entire month’s budget for entertainment all in one night.

Boca Raton

The Funky Biscuit – Ring in the New Year with South Florida’s favorite tribute to the music of Billy Joel thanks to the piano stylings of Tony Monaco and the Turnstiles Band. Reserve Ticket includes a reserved seat and a 4 course dinner with champagne toast at midnight! Dinner options include: 8 oz. Filet Mignon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, 8 oz. Salmon Filet, or Vegetable Lasagna. All entrees include choice of two sides and Chef J’s special dessert. $75.  Purchase online at www.funkybiscuit.com

Pavilion Grille – Dance to a mixture of Oldies, Motown, Latin, and Ballroom music with DJ spinning favorite hits. Dinner includes a Deluxe Dinner Buffet including a Roasted Sirloin, Glazed Ham and Turkey Carving Station, Italian Station, Asian Station plus more. Deluxe Dessert Station with Ice Cream Bar. Champagne Toast at Midnight. Dinner is served from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. All reservations must be prepaid. $99 (not including tax or service charge)  Complete list of pricing options can be found online.


Delray Beach

Bostons on the Beach – Dance the night away with live music by 56-Ace.  Advanced general admission is $25, $30 at the door, or get the “New Year’s Eve package” for $75 which includes Well Liquor, Beer, Wine, Tax and Gratuity.  (Premium liquor additional $25.00)

Johnnie Browns – Enjoy local 80’s Rock cover-band Stall-4 starting at 9pm. No Cover.

Dada – Dinner is a 3-Course Prix Fixe at $75. Entertainment by local band Spider Cherry.

Deck-84 – A casual waterfront restaurant located in downtown Delray Beach located adjacent to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be offering 3 additional entrees on their special menu for New Year’s Eve.  Live Rock, Blues and Reggae by Bruja starting at 8:30pm.


Boynton Beach

Elmo’s Rock Bar – One of South Florida’s highest energy Rock, Pop and Alternative cover bands Project-X – No Cover Charge


Lake Worth

Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill – For the second year in a row, both Metalucious (Metal Tribute Band) & White Noise rock cover band will be headlining the party at this Rock Bar in Greenacres. – No Cover Charge

Rhum ShakSpank the Band consists of 4 fun-loving guys and one outstanding female vocalist who play all your favorite rock hits from the past decades – No Cover Charge

Johnny Q’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge (Palm Springs) – Johnny Q’s has prepared a special menu for New Year’s Eve with entrees to include Yellowtail snapper, Lamb Chops, Surf & Turn and Pork Chops.  Reservations are recommended. Perfect Strangers classic rock band headlines the live entertainment.

Brogues DownUnder – This expansive and authentic Irish bar has added a New Year’s Eve dinner special including choice of salad, grilled tenderloin and grilled lobster tail, dessert and a glass of champagne for $38.95. South Florida cover band Green Means Go will rock you into 2017.


West Palm Beach

Copper Blues – Grindstone rock cover band headlines this year’s festivities dubbed “Black, White & Copper – A Vintage Black Tie Affair.”.  General Admission with advance purchase is $20 and includes entry at 8pm, entertainment, and midnight champagne toast.  VIP Package Includes Entry, Entertainment, Table Reservation, Fixed Menu (Appetizer, Entree and Dessert), Party Favors and Midnight Champagne Toast $46.79 *includes tax & gratuity.  Upgrade to Platinum and receive Entry, Entertainment, Table Reservation, Fixed Menu (Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert), Party Favors and Midnight Champagne Toast all inclusive for $81.89.
For more info: www.copperblueslive.com

City Place – Local cover band QuickFix covers Pop, Rock and Soul in the courtyard of City Place (shopping plaza) beginning at 8pm. Snow will be falling every hour from 6 till 8 + Midnight!

Grande’s Bella Cucina in Palm Beach Gardens featuring Rick St James’s tribute to Rod Stewart starting at 8:30pm.  Prix Fixe dinner includes Soup or Salad, Entree, Dessert, Coffee and a bottle of champagne for each couple.  $59.95/pp.


Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar is presenting both Moska Project and The Ellameno Beat beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend; 21 and over are welcome.


For a more complete list of which band is playing where, visit our Live Music Calendar for Palm Beach County.

 December 11, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Dec 062016

Every year, we come across extraordinary New Year’s Eve packages put together by aspiring marketing departments who either want to make our mouths water with envy or target the 1% who may be wealthy enough to have unlimited budgets but lack enough creativity to put together their own plans on how best to celebrate this literally annual event.  This year, the prize goes to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort with what they call the  “It’s a Thin Line Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” Suite Package starting at $22,500 per night.   A two-night minimum stay is required so we’re talking about a $45,000 commitment!  Well, we’re not so sure how “laid back” this package really is with that kind of a price tag!

Guests who book the package for a stay in the Jimmy Buffett Presidential Suite or Coral Reefer Vice-Presidential Suite will enjoy the following:

  • Luxurious accommodations atop the highest floor of the 17-story resort, with private balconies facing both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway
  • Round-trip limousine transfers between the resort and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, just minutes away
  • A stocked suite with a full premium bar including beer, wine, liquor and mixers
  • An en-suite, five-course dinner hosted by the resort’s executive chef with pairings from JWB Prime Steak and Seafood (for up to eight people)
  • A private poolside cabana each day with beer, wine and unlimited margarita pitchers
  • A private yacht charter along the Intracoastal Waterway, complete with an open bar and canapes (for up to 12 people)
  • A luxury Margaritaville swimwear makeover for two from the resort’s ‘Live Life Like a Song’ retail store
  • An en-suite Bloody Mary bar and bartender to sooth the morning after blues
  • One Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker® for creating the perfect party drinks

Note: Reservations must be made at least seven days prior to arrival.

Now that we have completely shocked you with a sticker price of $45,000 for two nights, here’s something a little more affordable.

JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, the resort’s coastal-luxe restaurant concept, is offering a special five-course menu for New Year’s Eve for $175 per person. Highlights of the menu created by Executive Chef Andres Teran include pan seared scallop over English pea purée and shallot gastric; bouillabaisse, a seafood stew with clams, mussels, shrimp and fresh catch with grilled ciabatta; and wine-poached pear with moscato zabaglione, among others. A wine pairing is available for an additional $50 charge. Diners can enjoy party favors, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. JWB will host two seating options – the first will be an à la carte seating at 6pm and the second will be the prix fixe menu seating from 9pm to 1am.

With multiple unique on-site food and beverage outlets, guests and locals alike can also choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Margaritaville Restaurant, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill or LandShark Bar & Grill with live music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight being offered in each venue. There will also be a pop-up champagne bar in the resort’s lobby from 5pm to 1am.

New Year’s Eve Entertainment at Margaritaville Resort Venues

LandShark Bar & Grill (2nd Floor) Time TBD DJ Blix

5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 9:00pm-12:30am Tito C. 3 (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

Hollywood Beach Bandshell 10:00pm-1:00am Jason K. & Signal Fire (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 10:00pm-2:00am 30 Vice (Top 40, Latin, Rock, R&B & Party Music)

For more information, visit:  https://www.margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/holiday-happenings or call (844)-562-5625

Looking for other places to drink and dine and New Year’s Eve in Hollywood, FL?

Check out:

Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Summary of Restaurants with New Year’s Eve Offerings thanks to VisitHollywoodFl.org.

 December 6, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 282016

On December 2nd,  Pompano Beach will become the first city in the United States to ignite a “Fountain Flame”.  The initial lighting will take place during the monthly Old Town Untapped event across from Bailey Contemporary Arts in Old Town Pompano Beach. The dramatic display is set ablaze when propane is injected into the water, igniting into dazzling flames that dance atop the sprouting flumes of water. Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, founders of Redevelopment Management Associates, wanted to create a great public space ensuring a central gathering spot for reviving downtown. The technology, a nationwide first, is part of their transformation of Pompano Beach into a leader in innovation.

“Pompano Beach is quickly emerging as a national redevelopment model,” said Briesemeister. “The reinvention of the city is focused on securing the best of the STEAM disciplines, with a strong emphasis on blending art and technology. This “Fountain Flame,” located between three new arts venues, is an outstanding example of small towns setting the trends.”

The “Fountain Flame” technology was developed by OASE-Living Water, based in Germany. The Pompano Beach fountain will be the first that utilizes a low voltage ignitor to combine fire and water in a theatrical application in a public place. The fountain works by introducing high pressure propane gas into the stream of water. Once the propane is inside the stream, the low voltage ignitor ignites the propane stream in the water jet to start the fire show.  The fountain also has numerous LED light displays which enhances the stunning visual effect.

RMA assembled a stellar construction and design team to certify and build the fountain. “Our vision wasn’t deterred when we were informed that it couldn’t be built in the US,” said Briesemeister. “Our team worked with national and local fire safety experts to create guidelines and obtain UL certification for this new technology.” As a safety precaution, the fountain is surrounded by infrared beams, if the plane is broken, the gas valve is shut off and the water and propane flow stops.

Burkhardt Construction is the contractor who led the streetscape improvements within Old Town. EDSA, a landscape architecture firm, led the overall design, hardscape layout and concept for the fountain. EDSA also led the multidisciplinary team of consultants for the project, includingHall Fountains, Delta G, Keith and Associates, and Mausen.

This month, Old Town Toasts the Holidays with a festive night including a special holiday performance by the 65 piece American Legion Symphonic Band, sponsored by Brightstar Credit Union and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Performances by Jazz great Randy Corinthian, acoustic music by Ike Woods, plus over 50 holiday vendors, food trucks, art displays, craft beer tastings, specialty drink, a scavenger hunt and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7pm.

For more information contact Shanna Benson at 954-786-7824 or visit, www.pompanobeacharts.org

UPDATE: Check out our post-event photos at: www.facebook.com/pg/WeekendBroward/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1295178237170374

 November 28, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Nov 222016
hollywood candy cane parade

Now in its 61st year, the Candy Cane Parade returns to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to delight thousands of spectators of all ages and usher in the holiday season in Hollywood!  The Candy Cane Parade on Hollywood Beach is one of the longest running holiday parades in the country. It was started back in the mid-1950’s by a group of Hollywood merchants as a way to draw patrons to their shops and businesses. Today it features imaginative lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands and dance troupes with parade participants tossing out candy canes and mints all along the parade route.

Musical Notes and Peppermint Floats

This year’s parade theme is “Musical Notes and Peppermint Floats.” The parade gets underway rain or shine at 7:00 p.m. on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk at Scott Street and heads south to Harrison Street. Complimentary bleacher seating is available along the parade route from Garfield Street to Polk Street. Parade emcees will be stationed at Charnow Park at Garfield Street and at the Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street.

To ease traffic, parade-goers are encouraged to park in one of the downtown parking garages and take the free parade shuttles to and from the beach from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The downtown parking garages are located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street. Standard parking rates apply. The Candy Cane Parade is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency.

For event information please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Special Events at 954.921.3404 or email[email protected].

 November 22, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Nov 182016

Americana band JD & The Straight Shot – featuring vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan whose voice the New York Post calls “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton) and violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) – are set to kick off the new year on tour with legendary artist Don Henley. The trek starts on January 14th in Austin, TX at Austin City Limits Live.

JD & The Straight Shot are currently working on their forthcoming album due out in early 2017. The achingly beautiful first single “I Know, You Know, I Know” gives an exciting taste of what’s to come. The sparkling ballad produced by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert), was written by Dolan, Slaver and Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash) with sweeping accordion melodies performed by Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band). The new song was a rousing audience favorite along JD & The Straight Shot summer 2016 European tour dates with Don Henley and U.S. shows with Joe Walsh.

JD & The Straight Shot spent 2016 touring nonstop in support of their highly praised all-acoustic album Ballyhoo!. Neo Music Scene raves, “Ballyhoo! is a refreshing record that gets back to the roots of great American music,” I’m Music Magazine gushes the album is “A tasty slice of Americana music at its finest,” The El Vee enthuses, “JD & the Straight Shot mix blues, folk, and Americana styles into a timeless American music sound of their own” and Music Matters Magazine calls the record “a listening pleasure.”

In addition to touring with Don Henley and Joe Walsh, JD & The Straight Shot have played alongside luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Jewel and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. New England Music News declares, “Awesome is the word” for JD & The Straight Shot’s live show.

Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight GRAMMY Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles that has become one of the most influential bands in America. Henley’s solo career is acclaimed with such hits as “Dirty Laundry,” “Heart Of The Matter,” “Boys Of Summer,” “The End Of The Innocence” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors later this year, as a member of the Eagles.

JD & The Straight Shot 2017 Tour Dates with Don Henley:

January 14 – Austin, TX @Austin City Limits Live

January 15 – Sugar Land, TX @Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

January 17 –  San Antonio, TX @Majestic Theater

January 19 –  Tulsa, OK @Paradise Cove Margaritaville

January 20 –  Little Rock, AR @Robinson Theater

January 22 –  Atlanta, GA @Fox Theatre

January 24 – Clearwater, FL @Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 25 – Hollywood, FL @Hard Rock Live Hollywood FL


Follow the band via your favorite social media pages:  www.facebook.com/jdandthestraightshotwww.instagram.com/jdssband and twitter.com/jdssband


 November 18, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »