Jan 302018
 
florida renfest

Here ye! Here ye! All ye Kings and Queens, Knights and Nobles – and the rest of you wenches and barbarians! You are hereby notified by royal proclamation that your attendance is requested at the 26th annual Florida Renaissance Festival taking place from February 10th through March 25th, in the two-thousandth and eighteenth year A.D in the vast open land of Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park.

Seven Fun-Filled Themed Weekends, Variety of Acts & Performances

The iconic Florida Renaissance Festival will ring in its 26th season, and, for the third year in a row, will offer an extraordinary SEVEN theme-filled weekends as well as a fantastical journey back in time with a variety of fan favorite acts and performances. Upon stepping inside the gates of our village, attendees will be transported back to 16th-century Europe where they will find jesters, jugglers and jousting knights along with music, costumed characters, human powered games, artisan craft shops and enough food & drink for a royal family feast! It’s a full day of fun and entertainment where the entire family can experience the magic of the Renaissance era through an immersive interactive, real audience-participation scenario.

The Florida Renaissance Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most beloved events dedicated to recreating the historical era of the Renaissance, each year adding more entertainment and themed weekends while welcoming a crowd that has swelled over the years to nearly 100,000 annual attendees, and with more than two million people having participated over the course of the Festival’s 26 years.

“Being able to provide this alternate universe where attendees can immerse themselves in the rich history that is the Renaissance is something my team and I take great pride in,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder and Producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “We are proud to have the continuous support of the county, the city and our community which enables us to grow this event each year, resulting in a culturally enriching festival for people of all ages.”

Rodriguez has continuously raised the bar when it comes to incorporating new experiences into the Festival. Through his forward-thinking, he has set the standard for festivals of this nature to go “beyond Renaissance” by booking a variety of acts ranging from the Orient to Africa, as well as diversified themed weekends. In fact, this year’s Festival will introduce two newly themed weekends!

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2018 themed weekends include:

* Swashbucklers and Sirens – February 10th – 11th

Shiver me timbers! This Pirate-themed opening weekend sees our village overrun with buccaneers and scallywags. Unearth the mysteries of the sea as sirens lure sailors and pirates alike. Anyone not prepared for a “salty” good time will be sent to walk the plank.

* Time Travelers’/Steampunk Weekend – February 17th – 19th

If you like donning a top hat, vest, breeches, and monocle, then board your favorite 18th-century submarine or fantasy-like hot air balloon and zoom for this weekend dedicated to adventurers across the centuries. Bring your brassies Victorian “gears” and join us for “Steampunkin'” good time! Open on President’s Day, Monday February 19th!

* Vikings and Barbarians – February 24th and 25th

Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will brave through this weekend. Norwegian brothers and sisters emerge from the mist on an icy wind, battleaxes in hand, donned in leather and fur during this chilling weekend.

* Bodacious Bodices & Wenches – March 3rd and 4th

Behind every good man is a wench in the trench. Wenches Weekend celebrates the women of the Renaissance with hourglass curves and firey attitudes who can go toe-to-toe with their male counterparts.

* International Weekend – March 10th and 11th

Yet another newly themed weekend! International Weekend celebrates all the exotic cultures that influenced the Renaissance in Europe through exploration and trade. From the Ottoman Empire to the Arabian peninsula, from Africa to the Orient, Polynesia and the New World, this weekend weaves in the impact that other exotic cultures left on this magnificent period.

* Kilts & Colleens – March 17th & 18th

Sing, dance and be merry in your finest kilt whilst bagpipes blare throughout the Shire. Celebrate the Celtic traditions of the Irish, Scots, Cornish and Welsh during this uniquely themed weekend that honors this group of European tribes that existed during the Iron Age through Medieval Times!

* Witches, Warlocks and all about Harry Potter – March 24th and 25th

Expecto Patronum! Bring on your baddest Patronus and chase away pesky dementors during this final themed weekend! Only the most magical witches and wizards in the village can conquer that which should not be mentioned! Wingardium Leviosa your butt off the couch as you won’t want to miss out on this most magical weekend. Muggles are welcome!

The 2018 season also includes a variety of fan favorite acts and performances with an invigorating entertainment lineup that includes something for everyone.

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2018 Acts & Performances include:

* History of Chivalry – Live Steel Fighting
Join the History of Chivalry and experience the excitement of yesteryear as fully armored knights go to battle for their honor. Experience real Medieval style combat at its hardest and finest!

* Blue Mermaid Designs
Gaze upon these legendary, beautiful aquatic creatures as they frolic both under the water and above the sea while captivating audiences. But beware as legend has it their beauty can lure sailors to their underwater palace for eternity!

* Cirque Brava
A visual delight for the whole family! Two high-flying, wise-crackin’ acrobats who defy gravity through their aerial performances.

* Stary Olsa
A medieval Belarusian music band of six who mix early Belarusian instruments sound with all-European mediaeval instruments such as lute, rebec, cister, flute and Arabic drum.

* Thom Bedlam – Pirate close-up magician
Not your average rabbit-puller, this pirate magician will delight with a full spectrum of magic that will keep audiences guessing. A spectacular stage illusion show for the whole family.

* Anger of the Mistress – Trebouchet
Come witness an amazing demonstration of a medieval trebouchet – a catapult used to smash castle walls or throw projectiles over them. Definitely a powerful tool for a Medieval woman scorned!

ABOUT

The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The sponsors of the 2018 Florida Renaissance Festival Comcast, Warsteiner, Guinness, Pepsi-Cola and Funky Buddha Brewery.

TICKETS

Prices range from $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $106 (adults), $59 (children) and group ticket rates are also offered.

MORE INFO

While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year enhance their experience by donning garb from the Renaissance era, or participate in one of the festival’s special themed weekends.

For tickets and more information visit: ren-fest.com;

Follow the action via Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. Download the mobile app by searching Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Android market. If you prefer the historical method, call 954-776-1642.

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Jan 172018
 
Fantasticks

Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.

A Funny and Romantic Musical

The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Catch this “Fantastick” show at four different venues from February 2nd through April 15th, 2018:

Feb 2nd @ 8pm and Feb 3rd @ 8pm
Township Center for Performing Arts, 2452 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL. 33063
Tickets: $22.00 non residents  Call 954 970 0606
February 17th  @ 6pm (dinner) 7:15 pm (show) & Feb 18th @ 2pm
Tickets: $30.00 dinner & show; $15.00 Sunday matinee
Sat, Feb 24th @ 7pmSun, Feb 25th @ 2pm
Performance Address- Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, 33351 954 747 4646
Tickets: $18.00
Fri, April 6th @ 8pmSat, April 7th @8pmSun, April 8th @ 2pm
Fri, April 13th @ 8pmSat, April 14th @8pmSun, April 15th @ 2pm
Tickets: $25.00- single ticket
$20.00- 4 or more in single purchase

MORE INFO

For more details on Curtain Call Playhouse, visit: http://curtaincallplayhouse.com
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Jan 082018
 
Gypsy Queen

Miami-based Gypsy Queen has officially reunited after many years in 2017.  Originally fronted by the powerhouse Mattioli twins, Paula and Pamela Mattioli, the band now features a single vocalist in Paula Mattioli.  Although the band had performed together a few times in recent years at reunion events in Miami, it was the sudden passing of Pamela from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2014 that became the catalyst for the band’s formal reunion, culminating in what has become a beautiful tribute to their late vocalist.

“Gypsy Queen was only ever apart because of location.  Pam and I lived in Los Angeles, and the guys still live in Miami, but we would always get together with them whenever we were there,” says Paula.  “We had done a few reunion gigs with them in Miami over the last few years.  At the last reunion, after Pam passed, we performed a song written for her and people really liked it, so we decided to record the song.  When I was in the studio singing it, it was very raw and very emotional and I started crying.  You can hear that at the end of the song (Pam’s Song).  When I came out of the booth, the guys all hugged me and we had a real moment.  I realized at that point we had to make another record!”

She continued, “The writing was effortless!  Scotty Migone (guitarist)  flew out to Los Angeles to write with me. He knew I was hurting a lot after the loss of my sister and my marriage.  We wrote about 25 songs in two and a half days.  They were just pouring out. I really thank him, because he threw me a lifeline by doing that.”

The new music tells the stories of love, loss and heartbreak, pain, anger and acceptance. These relatable themes about the messiness of life are wrapped up in music that is intricate and interesting, evoking the the emotion and intensity of life that knocks you down, and the resolve it takes to get back up again.

The new album boasts 14 songs ranging from hard and heavy to heart-rending, with influences of 70’s funk, 80’s metal and alt-pop/rock discernible within the collection.  “Our sound has evolved a bit. It’s still rocking, but with more colors and more facets,” says Paula.  “Every one of us has been through stuff, and that’s what this music came from.  All that stuff, it’s going to come out in the music.  If it doesn’t, the music’s not real.  All of these songs are written from emotion and that’s the way we recorded it.  It was definitely a catharsis making this record.”

GYPSY QUEEN has set January 12, 2018 as the official release date of the self-titled new studio album via Royal Ball Records.  A CD Release party will take place on the same day at Premier Billiards & Sports Club located at 9120 Wiles Rd. in Coral Springs.  There will be plenty of room for everyone and there’s no cover charge to attend.  The event will also feature cover band, Monster, which includes two members from Gypsy Queen.  Follow updated via the Facebook event page.

 

“GYPSY QUEEN” Track Listing:

1.  Amelia
2.  Over The Edge
3.  Carousel
4.  24
5.  Everybody’s High
6.  Open Up Your Mind
7.  Butterfly
8.  This Moment Is All We Have
9.  The Only Way Out Is Through
10.  Sweet Nothings
11.  Happy
12.  Dance Of Life
13.  No Turning Back
14.  Pam’s Song

GYPSY QUEEN

Paula Mattioli – Lead Vocals

Scotty Migone – Guitars

Joe A. Ojeda – Bass / Keyboards

Kenny Wendland – Drums / Vocals

Produced by Scotty Migone

Co-Produced by Paula Mattioli

Mixed by Steve Gordon

Follow GYPSY QUEEN:

https://www.gypsyqueenrocks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/gypsyqueenrocks/

https://twitter.com/gypsyqueenrocks

https://www.instagram.com/gypsyqueenrocks/


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Dec 262017
 
Wilton Manors

Live Music at Mickel returns in 2018 with free monthly outdoor concerts hosted by the City of Wilton Manors.  Concerts are held once a month from January through April and include a variety of music from 7:30pm-9:30pm at Mickel Park, located at 2675 NW 7th Ave in Wilton Manors.  Food trucks will be onsite prior and during concerts so you don’t have to skip dinner to get to the park on time.  Bring chairs and blankets and have a relaxing night under the stars with live music by favorite local bands.

Concert Schedule

Friday, January 19, 2018 – Inna Sense (Reggae)
Friday, February 16, 2018 – TY Billings Band (Classic Rock)
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffet Tribute)
Friday, April 20, 2018 –  Across The Universe (The Beatles Tribute)

More Information

Admission is Free.

For more information about the Live Music at Mickel concert series, contact the Leisure Services Department at (954) 390-2130 or visit wiltonmanors.com.

Music at Mickel 2018

Dec 202017
 
Bostons on the Beach

Blue Tuesdays at Boston’s on the Beach will be full of flavor in January 2018 with a lineup of performers to fit every taste. Take the Delray Beach oceanfront view, add free music, mix in drink specials and great food, and you get the perfect way to spend a Tuesday night.

January Blue Tuesdays’ performances:

JL FulksJanuary 2: Change of Tune. JL Fulks started playing guitar at age 13. He was inspired by his father’s love of the blues. Fulks made a name for himself playing in rock bands until a few music courses opened his heart to the blues. In 2016, the JL Fulks Band won South Florida’s Regional Blues Challenge. He is currently on an international tour.

January 9: Triple Threat. Rachelle Coba is a songwriter, singer, and guitar player. Her skill and intensity set her apart from the pack. This soul-gripping songstress has the ability to capture an audience and hold them spellbound throughout her performance.

Rockin JakeJanuary 16: The Best of the Beat. Rockin’ Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. He’s conjured up his own sound, which is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues, and zydeco. Jake and his band pour their souls into every performance, consistently bringing the audience to their feet. He is a five-time winner of OffBeat Magazine’s coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player.

Tas CrusJanuary 23: Blues Poetry. Tas Crus is considered one of the most unique bluesmen in the trade. His paradoxical performances are described as raucous and rowdy, yet gentle and sweet. While Crus describes himself as a storyteller, Down Beat magazine calls his music “blues poetry.” The passion and power Tas Crus brings to the stage leaves his audience intoxicated.

Joey GilmoreJanuary 30: Best of the Blues. Joey Gilmore taught himself to play guitar at an early age and began performing soon after. His band of youths played in local clubs they were too young to legally enter. He became a popular figure on the blues scene accompanying famous names like James Brown, Etta James, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, and Johnny Taylor. In 2006, The Joey Gilmore Band was proclaimed the Best Blues Band in the World, taking first place honors at the International Blues Challenge.

Blue Tuesdays’ performances on the Boston’s on the Beach stage are from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m, located at 40 S. Ocean Blvd in Delray Beach.  For more information about Blue Tuesdays’ performances, please visit bostonsonthebeach.com/bluetuesdays or call 561-278-3364.

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Nov 282017
 
62nd Annual Candy Cane Parade

The 62nd Annual Candy Cane Parade along the world-famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is taking place on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. This year’s parade theme, “Gingerbread Jamboree,” is sure to bring the sights and scents of the holiday season to Hollywood Beach. Hollywood’s signature holiday event, the Candy Cane Parade is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair

Bring a blanket or lawn chair for top-notch viewing of imaginative floats, marching bands and creative displays from civic, non-profit and children’s groups, or reserve a table at one of the many seaside restaurants for a complete alfresco dining and entertainment experience. Complimentary bleacher seating will be available at various locations along the parade route from Garfield Street to Polk Street with the parade emcee located in Charnow Park at Garfield Street.

Parking

Due to limited parking options on the barrier island, beginning at 5:00 p.m., parade goers are encouraged to park in one of the Downtown parking garages and take the free patron shuttle to the beach. The parking garages are located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street. Downtown parking rates apply.

For more event information or to enter your group into the parade, please contact Special Events Manager Toni Bridges at 954.921.3404. For media inquiries, please contact Joann Hussey at 954.921.3328.  More details at: http://www.hollywoodfl.org

 November 28, 2017  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »