Weekend Concierge

Nov 092016

Garlic Heads get ready to regale, rejoice, refresh and renew at the 18th Annual Garlic Fest on Feb. 10 – 12, 2017.  The best stinkin’ party in South Florida has moved to larger festival grounds to accommodate the growing legion of garlic fans at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Florida! That means you’ll find everything you have always loved about Garlic Fest but it will be bigger and better than ever before! Now, all you have to do is sit back, start stocking up on mints, and count down the days until South Florida Garlic Fest 2017.

Garlic Fest Main Stage entertainment kicks off on Friday, Feb. 10th at 6:00 pm and continues non-stop through Sunday, Feb. 12th.  This year, the Garlic Gods have been especially kind to the South Florida Garlic Fest bringing us the globally conscious music of Kongos on Friday night, Feb. 10th.  The brothers KONGOS — multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalists — craft a unique and irresistible sound spawned from shared DNA, diverse influences and spot-on melodic and lyrical sensibilities. On Saturday night, Feb. 11th, Michael Franti & Spearhead storms the stage. “I make music because I believe it can change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”  Listen to Franti & Spearhead’s infectious beat in their huge hit – Hey You (I love you).

In addition to a long list of talented local acts rocking the Garlic Fest stage this year is Southern rock guitarist Joe Lasher Jr. and Texas bred singer songwriter Taylor Phelan!  Lasher’s live shows are becoming legendary throughout the Southeast! His new EP, “Jack to Jesus” just dropped.  Taylor starred in the 7th season of The Voice and recently released his debut album, “Where The Oceans Shallows”.

Our Internationally Award Winning Event brought home another nine awards in 2016, continuing the reputation of THE signature food and entertainment event in South Florida.  The Garlic Fest continues its focus on local community volunteers with a dedicated team of 20 non-profit organizations with 550 volunteers that run the show. The festivities include live national musical entertainment, artists & crafters, Garlic Chef cooking competitions, amusement rides and garlic-infused cuisine that permeates the air for miles.  The three-day event will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10 – 12, 2017.   Festival hours are Friday: 5 PM-11 PM, Saturday: 11 AM-11 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-6 PM.

This unique event crosses all cultural boundaries and ages, providing something for everyone featuring;  National Act Musical Entertainment, the Cloves & Vines Wine Garden, full liquor bars, Garlic Chef Stadium, garlic-inspired gourmet food, over 200 unique vendors, children’s activities and amusement rides, and Home Depot Garlic University. Garlic Fest was started by a group of locals as a means to raise funds for local non-profit organizations dedicated to children’s arts and activities and it is still run by those same local organizations today! Last year, Garlic Fest topped $585,000 in charitable contributions to date for the 20 organizations and the 550 community volunteers they represent. The Garlic Fest is a gathering that renews communal spirit as it enriches the fabric of south Florida life.

The Garlic Fest draws international media attention including a featured spot on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped”.  The festival has won over 60 state and international awards, has been featured in over 40 national magazines, has had two network appearances and countless hours of local media coverage.

For more information, visit  www.sflgarlicfest.com and don’t miss the “Best Stinking Party in South Florida”.


 November 9, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 032016

Water Taxi will have 13 boats (with drinks available on six vessels), running every 10-15 minutes with limited stops along special northern, southern and New River routes, all leading directly to the Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Pick-up and drop-off locations include the Gallery One Doubletree Hotel, Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and The Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel, each offering convenient parking options at very low rates. The special service will run daily, starting one hour before the show and finishing one hour after its conclusion.fort-lauderdale-boat-show-2016

Full-day Water Taxi wristbands will be available for purchase day-of at designated stops for only $10.

“We are excited to offer our guests our special discounted rates and direct transportation routes to and from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,” said Mike McGurl, co-owner of the Water Taxi. “There is no better way to experience one of our city’s most iconic and popular events than to ride on the Water Taxi to the show. You get a lovely preview of the beautiful boats and have a pleasant ride without worrying about parking and traffic jams.”

To learn more about Water Taxi’s special Boat Show routes, pricing and more, visit: http://watertaxi.com/fort-lauderdale-boat-show/ or call 954-467-6677.

fort lauderdale boat show map

 November 3, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Oct 182016

Singer/Songwriter SIA’s Nostalgic for the present tour will be featuring dog adoptions with Animal Aid, Inc. from 6:00 to 10:00 pm Saturday, October 29th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Meet and greet some of Animals Aid’s dogs available for adoption outside the BB&T Center and view adoptable dogs on the large screen during the concert. For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com.


Animal Aid Inc. strives to rescue as many dogs and cats in South Florida as their donations allow.  They save injured, neglected or unwanted cats and dogs from county shelters hoping to place them in forever homes. Volunteers fight an uphill battle each day with limited resources, trying to improve the odds of these animals.


About Animal Aid Inc.

Our adoption center and clinic is dedicated to the welfare of stray and feral animals and to the reduction of overpopulation through adoption, education and spay/neuter efforts. Animal Aid Inc. is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue clinic and adoption center that relies solely on donations. The shelter takes in emergency, abuse and neglect cases as well as dogs and cats from various animal control agencies in Palm Beach, Dade, Collier and Broward Counties in South Florida. They offer cats and dogs for adoption 6 days a week and a spay/neuter clinic 3 days a week. Please visit www.animal-aid.com or call 754-223-5378 to learn more about Animal Aid and the many pets available for adoption.

 October 18, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Oct 082016
simply tina boca black box

Already known for hosting both local and touring comedy shows, Boca Black Box is also the ideal place to watch a concert, complete with excellent sound, lighting and just the right number of seats to get that concert feeling yet not so crowded so everyone has an excellent view of the stage no matter where you sit. The theatre caters to residents of Boca Raton and surrounding areas who prefer to pay a reasonable amount to sit in an air conditioned environment with reserved seating and servers who take drink and snack orders throughout the show.

The month of October features several unique and outstanding performances.

October 8 – Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner

Simply Tina is much more than just band playing the hits. Simply Tina reproduces the glitz, glamour, music, singing, dancing and the overall concert feel of a live Tina Turner concert.

October 9 – The 14 Jazz Orchestra

“The 14” Jazz Orchestra, featuring 2015 Latin Grammy Winner, saxophonist, Ed Calle, is comprised of 13 of South Florida’s premier Jazz and studio musicians. Under the direction of Dan Bonsanti, the ensemble includes distinguished Jazz educators currently on the music faculties of Miami Dade College, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami. Individually, the members of “The 14” have recorded, toured, and/or performed with many of the greatest Jazz and Pop artists of our time, from the big bands of Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, and Woody Herman to such Jazz artists as Billy Eckstine, Sara Vaughan, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Turrentine, The Brecker Brothers, Eliane Elias, Bob Mintzer, Bob James, and Arturo Sandoval, just to name a few. Their collective resumes also include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Pop/Rock artists as diverse as Barbara Streisand, Marvin Gaye, and The Bee Gees. The ensemble takes a Contemporary Jazz approach to a wide assortment of styles, performing compositions from Jazz composers such as Billy Strayhorn, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, John Scofield, and Wayne Shorter and pop/rock artists such as Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

October 16 – Duo Romantico

Renowned Argentine singer Atilio Marinelli and his American wife, Christy (aka Duo Romantico) pay tribute to the most beloved artists of our time–including Atilio’s cousin, Andrea Bocelli! This is a fun, lighthearted show with plenty of Ricky & Lucy style humor and film clips of the legends. Atilio & Christy never take themselves too seriously, although they are both classically trained (tenor and mezzo-soprano). They sing all the songs you know and love–from pop to Broadway, Hollywood and popera.

October 22 – The Long Run tribute to The Eagles

Members of The Long Run have appeared  on over 30 Albums and have performed and shared the stage with Herb Reed and the Platters, The Flamingos, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Tokens, Trisha Yearwood, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Dixie Cups, Bobby Lewis, Epcot’s British Invasion, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Mike Pinera of Blues Image, John Stewart’s Legends in Concert, The Romantics, Julio Iglesias  Jr, Patty Loveless, Louise Mandrell, Brian and Dennis Wilson, Eric Clapton, The Bee Gees, America, Peter Frampton, Eddie Money, Michael Bolton, Dion, and Meat Loaf, Bo Diddly, Robert Gordon, Chuck Berry,, Phil Kenzie, Cristopher Cross, Jon Secada, David Cassidy, Shania Twain, Rick Derringer, Average White Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section. THE LONG RUN provides a spectacular performance and brings back great memories. You won’t hear an Eagles Tribute band this great ‘til “Hell Freezes Over.”

October 28 – The Wildfire Band

The Wildfire Band is the loving “refiring” of the beloved BlueFire Band. The BlueFire Band, with core members Randi Fishenfeld, Richard Velasquez, Nick Cucunato, and Michael Waxman (joined 2007) had been performing and wowing audiences throughout South Florida for 18 years. Jeffrey Lafferty, drummer, joined the band as a permanent member in 2013.  Because of the amazing chemistry and musicianship of its members, BlueFire garnered a huge loyal and adoring fan base.  The band was built on love and respect for its members and following.

Tickets and Info

Tickets start at $20 for most shows and can be purchased in advance online at: www.BocaBlackBox.com.

Discount tickets may often be found on Weekend Broward’s Discount Tickets page.

For more information, visit their website or call (561) 483-9036

 October 8, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Oct 072016
long run eagles tribute

As the fall weather kicks into high gear and the temperatures drop just a few degrees, it becomes even more comfortable watching bands perform outdoors and that’s exactly what you can do all month long at Galuppi’s Restaurant, Patio-Bar and Banquet Facility in Pompano Beach.  Located on the grounds of the Pompano Beach Golf Course, a few steps away from the Goodyear Blimp air base and municipal airport, Galuppi’s has a beautiful view of the greens and lots of room to spread out and even dance under the stars.  Here’s a peek at some of the free concerts coming up throughout the months of October, November and December.

October 7th – Good Vibrations tribute to The Beach Boys 

October 14th – The Wildfire Band (Classic Rock with Randi on Electric Violin!)

October 15th – Forever Young – a Tribute to Neil Young

October 21st – Mr. Nice Guy (Classic Rock)

October 22nd – Never Stop Believin’ tribute to Journey and Bon Jovi

October 28th – Turnstiles Tribute to the music of Billy Joel

November 4th – Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways tribute to Jimmy Buffett

November 5th – Pompano Porch Party with Forever Young‘s tribute to Neil Young

November 11th – Nobody’s Fault classic rock party

November 12th – The Boss Project tribute to Bruce Springsteen

November 18th – Vertigo tribute to U2

November 19th – Forever Styx tribute to Styx

November 26th – Pandia Party Rock cover band

December 2nd – Unlimited Devotion tribute to Grateful Dead

December 3rd – Simply Tina tribute to Tina Turner

December 9th – The Wildfire Band (classic rock)

December 16th – Mr. Nice Guy (classic rock)

December 17th – Roll The Stones tribute to The Rolling Stones

December 23rd – The Long Run tribute to The Eagles (Originally scheduled for Dec. 10th but postponed due to inclement weather)

Eagles Tribute

December 31st – The Muggle Brothers Reunion (cover band includes members of Doors Alive tribute)

All shows begin at 8pm and end between 10:30 and 11:00pm.  No outside food or drinks allowed.  A full service liquor bar is available both inside the restaurant and outside on the patio.  Servers will also take your food and drink orders at long tables which can be shared or individual tables located on the patio-terrace.

In addition to the shows listed above, solo musicians will also perform during Happy Hours beginning at 5pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights weather permitting. Ladies Night on Thursdays from 5-10 feature a unique $5 appetizer menu $5 Premium Wines and Martini’s as well as $2.50 Blue Moon drafts and $35 bottles of champagne to make it a real “Girls Night Out”.


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 October 7, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Sep 292016

Peace out, meat. It’s veggie time. Kicking off Vegetarian month in October, Hard Rock Cafe is showing off culinary skills with a new Vegetarian menu with limited time items beginning Monday, October 3rd. There’s something for the lacto and ovo vegetarian, the lacto ovo vegetarians and the pescatarians. Here’s a summary of items you’ll find on this limited time menu:


Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower Wings

Cauliflower “Wings” – crispy Buffalo-style cauliflower served with bleu cheese, celery and carrot sticks

Ratatouille Flatbread – a crispy flatbread topped with garlic oil, grilled ratatouille vegetables, shredded Romano and mozzarella cheeses and a drizzle of garlic aioli

Grilled Ratatouille Wrap – grilled ratatouille vegetables topped with Sriracha mayonnaise, olive oil and baby arugula, served in a seasoned grilled flour tortilla with a side salad

Fennel, Beet & Orange Salad – roasted beets, crisp fennel, fresh orange, mint, cilantro


Ratatouille Wrap

and spring greens tossed in a garlic, lime and cumin vinaigrette

Pico de Gallo Quinoa Arugula Salad – a fresh mix of pico de gallo, quinoa, lime juice and chopped cilantro mixed with arugula and topped with shredded Brussels sprouts, spicy pecans, feta cheese and craisins, tossed in a citrus vinaigrette

Cauliflower Burger – a house-made patty of cauliflower, garlic, egg, goat cheese, oregano and breadcrumbs, topped with zucchini, squash, Monterey Jack cheese, arugula, tomato and garlic aioli, served on a toasted brioche bun



  • Wascally Wabbit

    Wascally Wabbit

    Very Veggie Tini – Fresh cucumber, red onion, mint and lime juice are shaken with Greek yogurt and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

  • Wascally Wabbit – Alcohol Free, A mix of carrot juice, apple juice, orange juice, ginger and Orgeat. Garnished with a large orange sprig.


About Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood FL is located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at the intersection of State Rd 7 and Stirling Road.  The Cafe seats up to 250 guests with a full menu of grilled specialties including Burgers, Steak, Shrimp  and Barbecue. Live music is offered nightly from Tuesday through Friday and is the ideal place to gather before and after concerts at Hard Rock Live, located just a few steps away.

Vegetarian Awareness Month

The new menu items celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month, which was designed to spread awareness of vegetarianism and the benefits of a meat-free diet. The International Vegetarian Union encourages individuals worldwide to spread the word and experience the vegetarian lifestyle. What began as World Vegetarian Day has blossomed into a month-long celebration of vegetarianism that involves educational events and festivities.



 September 29, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »