May 132015
Starlight Musicals

Each summer, Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the Starlight Musicals concert series sponsored by Bank of America. For 37 years, these free outdoor concerts have provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends.  The series features an exciting line up of bands covering pop, country, rhythm and blues, tropical rock, and more. The shows take place Fridays, June 19 through August 7, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the football field at Holiday Park, which is located at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

Looking for 2017’s schedule?  Click here!

Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers.  Please note that pets are not permitted in the park.   We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!

Scheduled dates for the summer of 2015

June 19 – Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways (Jimmy Buffet style)

June 26 – Andrew Morris Band (Country)

 July 3 – Valerie Tyson Band (R&B/Soul)

 July 10 – Pocket Change (Funk/Dance/R&B)

 July 17 – Viva Rock Band (Classic Rock)

July 24 – Mr. Nice Guy (Classic Rock) 

 July 31 – Chain Reaction (Journey Tribute Band)

August 7 – Brass Evolution (Classic Rock)

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Non-Profit Awareness & Food Drives

Each week Bank of America will feature a non-profit group to raise awareness of their program and goals. For the fourth straight year, food drives will be held throughout the concert series to benefit food banks for people as well as pets.  Non-perishable food donations will benefit The Pantry of Broward and Life Net 4 Families. Pet food donations will benefit Abandoned Pet Rescue.

You can find more information listed online at follow us on Facebook at  For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at (954) 828-5363.  You may also call this line weekly to check the event status in case of inclement weather.


 May 13, 2015  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
May 032015
Cinco de Mayo Tijuana Taxi

Being that Cinco de Mayo falls on the same day as Taco Tuesday, you would think that every bar in town would be celebrating! However, putting together a comprehensive list was not as easy as some of the other holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day or Halloween due to the festivities being centered around many places that do not usually offer live music on a weekly basis.  That’s where connections in social media come into place – I asked friends of The Weekend Concierge to help me out and received many suggestions via Facebook.  I also looked at previous years Cinco de Mayo blogs which helped too.

Simply having a special on Corona’s and Margarita’s wasn’t enough to make this list.  The celebration had to be a real “event” with live music.  A Live Mariachi Band, Mexican fare and festivities beyond the confines of the 4 walls helped too.

To make the experience of finding just the right place to go on 5/5/2015, I assembled flyers from all the Cinco de Mayo celebrations around town that met my qualifications.  The list will be updated as we approach the hours leading up to May 5th so keep checking back and check the live music calendars for exact times for bands will be playing at these events.


Hard Rock Cafe inside Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

Baja Cafe in Deerfield Beach

El Mariachi in Coral Springs

Original Fat Cats in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs

The Whole Enchilada in Plantation

Tarpon Beach/Rok Burger Himarshee Block Party in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Taco Beach Shack in Hollywood

Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale

Rocco’s Taco’s in Boca Raton

Hard Rock Cafe Cinco de Mayo

Baja Cafe Deerfield Cinco de Mayo El Mariachi Coral Springs Cinco de MayoOriginal Fat Cats Cinco de MustachioTijuana Taxi  Cinco de Mayo Block PartyWhole Enchilada Cinco de Mayo
Downtown Fort Lauderdale Cinco de Mayo

 Taco Beach Shack Cinco Mayo

Fusion Cinco de Mayo

Roco's Tacos Boca Raton-650

and finally, here’s one sports bar (that happens to be a sponsor) that celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Taco Tuesday ($1 Beef Taco’s), $3 Corona’s and $4 Cuervo!

Taco Tuesday

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Mar 102015
st patricks day

Every year, bars and taverns all over the world get into full-fledged party-mode to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick who passed away on March 17th of the year 461.  According to Wikipedia, Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland, Newfoundland (Canada), and Montserrat, a British island located in the Lesser Antilles.  The holiday is also widely celebrated in Great Britain, United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.  To celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, followers hold parades and festivals, play Gaelic folk music and dancing, wear lots of green and use the shamrock symbol in all decorations.

Soulicide March 13This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday.  Authentic Irish Pubs and Die-Hards will celebrate from early morning with breakfast and beer until late night followed by more breakfast in the wee hours.  However, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to get your “green on”.  Cagney’s Saloon is getting started on the night of Friday the 13th with local Rock Cover Band SOULICIDE. They will be offering food and drink specials including Irish Car Bombs and shots of Jameson (what else?!).  The City of Fort Lauderdale will celebrate on Saturday, March 14th beginning with a 4-Mile “Shamrock Run” at 7:30am followed by live music and a parade at Noon.  Read all about it at  On the same day, further North, the City of Delray Beach  will present their St Patrick’s Day Parade,  2pm–4:30pm, followed by a short concert of Bagpipe bands performing on the Great Lawn at Old School Square for a “Military Tattoo”.  More post-parade activities are planned at the Center for the Arts, located on the corner of Swinton and Atlantic Avenue including a concert by The Livesays from 3:45pm till 7pm.

The next day, the City of Hollywood will get their celebrations started with a parade at 1pm followed by live music on stage plus roving performances by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps.  Read all about it at

Finally, you can go to work on Monday but make plans to drop into any of the following places on the REAL St. Patrick’s Day where you’ll enjoy LIVE MUSIC and maybe some corned beef & cabbage at the following places:

Live Entertainment Schedule at Local Pubs & Restaurants on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Mainstreet at Athena by the Sea in Lauderdale by the Sea 6:30pm

The Flyers at Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach 7:00pm

Peace Out (trio) at Kingshead Pub in Pompano Beach 7:30pm

Bounce at Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point 8:00pm (see ad below)

Grindstone at Tijuana Taxi Co. in Coral Springs 8:00pm

The Fusion Band at Fishtales on 33rd in Ft Lauderdale 8:00pm

Gimme-5 Unplugged at Kelly Brothers Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale 8:00pm

Down Durty Boyz at Cuddy’s Sports Shack in Coconut Creek 8:30pm

United State of Rock at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood 9:00pm

Bungled & Botched Reunion at Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood 9:30pm (See ad below)

I’m not sure about the bands because they are probably AUTHENTIC Irish but judging from past years, you’ll find two HUGE OUTDOOR celebrations going in Broward – one at The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach and the other at Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale.  Parking might be a challenge due to the vast numbers of people who are expected to attend each of these with Indoor AND Outdoor activities going on all day long.

You’ll find all the above and more listed at with more choices for South Palm Beach County available too!

Hard Rock CafeSt Pattys Day March 17



Mar 042015
hard rock rising

2015  marks the 7th year that the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood Florida participates in Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands.  More than 400 bands submitted registration via Reverbnation to participate in the local battle which gets under way during the month of April at the Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.  12 bands from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties were selected to participate. Three bands will play each Friday night in April at the Cafe with the local finale to take place on May 1st.

Each band will perform a set of 3 original songs and one song covered by a previous Hard Rock Calling band.  Hard Rock Calling was a music festival sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe international between 2006 and 2013 which featured some of the biggest names in Rock including  The Killers, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters (with Nick Mason), The Police, Aerosmith, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.  Bands will be judged locally by three local industry experts based on originality, musicianship, vocal skills and fan appreciation.

The winning band in Hollywood, Florida will receive a prize of $1,000 and be eligible to move on to the regional phase of the competition. In the regional phase, Hard Rock Cafe International will select 5 bands from all the participating Cafe’s who will be flown to Barcelona, Spain this Summer to compete in the final live battle event on July 23rd. The grand prize winner will be announced that day at Hard Rock Rising Barcelona!

Members of each of the 12 local bands met with Hard Rock Cafe staff in March to determine which band would play which dates by a random number being selected from a hat.  Of the 12 bands, one of them is last year’s winner, 13th Floor, and last year’s runner-up Raine.

Here is a tentative schedule which was available at press time for competition in Hollywood, Florida.  Each round will begin at 9pm.

Qualifying Round One – April 3 



Above The Skyline


Qualifying Round Two – April 10

33 Years


13th Floor


Qualifying Round Three – April 17

Park Road




Qualifying Round Four – April 24

The No.13s

Eric Vick



Final Round – May 1

Winners from each of the previous week’s rounds will compete to determine the local winning band.  This event will be hosted by Doc Reno of BIG 105.9.


In keeping with the spirit of “Love All-Serve All”,  the Cafe has decided to also support a renowned charity during this event.   Construction Angels is a national non-profit organization that provides immediate financial assistance and grief counseling to the families of construction workers who have unfortunately lost their lives while working on the job-site.

Read more about this annual global battle of the bands in our first segment:

For more information, refer to the Cafe’s website at:



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Mar 032015
rock showdown

South Florida Rock Showdown has today announced band names and lineup for the 12 finalists competing for in this year’s event, which will be held from March 10 till March 14 at venues throughout South Florida.  The twelve are: Oblivious Signal, The Romantix, West Lindy, Bonnie Riot, Bodhisattva, Yardij, Rambler, Day 4, Spoonbeach, Ovrhol, Soundglass and No Traffik.

Please see venues and lineup at end of this release and visit this page for more information and links to band websites>

Milan, Italy-based Tribe Guitars has signed on as the presenting sponsor for this year’s Rock Showdown.  Founder and Master Luthier, Davide Garbujo, is a world-renowned artisan that has made custom guitars for all of Italy’s most well-known rock musicians and will present the winning band with  his Nashville model guitar.  The handcrafted detail in this exquisite model, made of steel and maple, along with its tonal balance, make the instrument a flagship piece for Tribe Guitars.

The winning band’s three-song EP will be recorded at Grammy-nominated, Miami-based Vanquish Studios, South Florida’s most advanced, state-of-the-art private recording studio withJoseph Salamida, CEO, Founder, Engineer and Producer.  Vanquish was chosen by Mix Magazine in 2009 as one of the “Year’s Coolest New Studios.”

Rock Showdown has also confirmed that nationally recognized Mixing / Recording Engineer and Studio Design Consultant Matt Knobel will mix the winning band’s EP.   Knobel set up rock legend Lenny Kravitz’s state-of-the-art private recording studio, guiding his equipment selections with his expertise on digital, high-tech gear that helpd Kravitz amp up his sound to a new level.  Their 10-year collaboration encompassed four consecutive Grammy Awards for Kravitz for Best Male Vocal Performance in the Rock category, as well as over 20 million global sales of Kravitz albums.  Knobel’s involvement boosts the winning band’s chances of garnering national recognition for their EP.

Grammy-nominee Emily B. Lazar, president and chief mastering engineer of The Lodge in New York City will serve as Mastering Engineer for the winning band’s EP.  She has worked on over 2,000 albums with major rock icons, including David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Morrissey and Sonic Youth.

The 12 finalists will all benefit from the Showdown’s marketing and publicity, including promotion across social media using hashtags #TheSFRS, #SFRS2015 and #RockShowdown.  The winner, however, will also receive professional promotional benefits to include a set of professional photographs taken during their studio recording session, a professional video and photos of their performance  and graphic design services for their EP packaging and a $500 gift card from Sam Ash.


SEMI-FINAL Round 1 – Tuesday, March 10 | 9pm to 1am
Oblivious Signal
The Romantix
West Lindy
Bonnie Riot
Venue: Propaganda
6 South J Street
Lake Worth, FL 33460

SEMI-FINAL Round 2 – Wednesday, March 11 | 9pm to 1am
Day 4
Venue: Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub
3355 NE 33rd St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

SEMI-FINAL Round 3 – Thursday, March 12 | 9pm to 1am
No Traffik
Venue: Railroad Blues
30 NE 14th St
Miami, FL 33132

FINALE – Saturday, March 14 | 9pm to 1am
Day 4
Bonnie Riot

Venue: Revolutions
477 S Rosemary Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

For more information, see

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Feb 182015
Butterfly Festival Outdoor Concerts

If you’re looking for some great free outdoor entertainment in the next few months, just follow the trail of Food Trucks which often accompany the live music and family friendly events which go hand in hand at parks and amphitheaters administered by cities such as Sunrise, Margate, and Parkland.  By using the Food Truck calendar  found on this website and event blogs I found on, I was able to piece together the following cheat sheet for outdoor concerts around Broward over the coming months.

City of Sunrise Civic Center

Friday, March 20: The Long Run – a tribute to the Eagles*

Friday, April 17: Turnstiles – a tribute to Billy Joel*

Friday, May 15: The Rock Show – a tribute to the music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s

City of Margate Sounds at Sundown (Corner of Margate Blvd and 441)

Saturday, February 7 – Orange Sunshine (Tribute to 60’s Music)

Saturday, March 7 – Simply Tina (Tribute to Tina Turner)

Saturday, April 11 – Big City Dogs (Classic Rock)

Saturday, May 3 – Groove Therapy

Saturday, June 5 – Intergenerational Band (Local Margate Oldies Band)

City of Parkland Pine Trails Amphitheatre

Saturday, February 21 – Caribbean Chillers (Tribute to Jimmy Buffett)

Saturday, March 7 –   “The Divas”

Saturday, March 21 –  UV (Tribute to U2)

Saturday, April 11 –  Mr. Nice Guy  (Classic Rock)

Saturday, May 2 – Home Town Hero

Saturday, August 8 – Sekond Nature (Rock and Pop)

Saturday, September 19 – Studio 54 (Disco)

City of Coconut Creek

The City of Coconut Creek offers two upcoming opportunities to experience great entertainment on an outdoor stage.  The community center usually has only one food truck on site each month.  The Butterfly Festival is an annual affair with many vendor booths on site and multiple bands playing all day long.

Coconut Creek Community Center

Friday, March 13 – Andrew Morris Band (Country & Southern Rock)

Friday, April 10 – Orange Sunshine (Tribute to 60’s Music)

Friday, May 8 – Pocket Change (Motown, Funk, R&B, Soul & Top 40)

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Sabal Pines Park

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – Hollywood U2, Kitty Carmichael and Solid Brass

City of Lauderhill

The City of Lauderhill has two venues which they are using for providing live entertainment to residents.  A Small stage is situated at the Amphitheatre of the Lieberman Botanical Gardens at 3801 Inverrary Blvd.  They have been holding “Jazz Picnic in the Park” there since last December. Tribute Band Concerts will take place at the much larger Lauderhill Sports Park at 7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Amphitheatre of the Lieberman Botanical Gardens

March 8, 2015 – Noreena Downey & Dizzy Blue Quartet

April 12, 2015 – Jazz Survivors

Lauderhill Sports Park

February 21, 2015 – Let It Be (Beatles Tribute)

March 14, 2015 – Never Stop Believin’ (Journey Tribute)

City of Oakland Park

Enjoy the Blues under the stars from 7pm-9pm in this monthly outdoor event.  Bring your lawn chairs to “Tunes and Tracks”  at Jaco Pastorius Park and enjoy live music from local bands.

April 24, 2015 – Ike & Val Woods

May 29, 2015 – Jeff Price Group featuring Juanita Dixon, Kat Riggins & Rita Wilburn.

Monthly Music & Food Trucks on Main Street in Oakland Park

March 27, 2015 The Anthony Corrado Band – Jazz
April 10, 2015 Bemol Telfort Jazz Band – Instrumental Jazz
May 22, 2015 Wildfire band (formerly The Bluefire Band with Randi) – Jazz Rock
June 26, 2015 Pan Paradise – Calypsyo/steel drum
July 24, 2015 The Livesays – Rock

City of Hollywood

Lastly, Kudos to the City of Hollywood for organizing outdoor concerts large and small at three different venues they operate.  My personal favorite is ArtsPark located at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood.  Here is a sampling of what you can expect to see coming up in the months ahead:

City of Hollywood ArtsPark

Saturday, March 21 – ArtsPark Experience: Americana featuring the Wood Brothers

Saturday, June 20 – Colors of the Caribbean 

Saturday, July 18 – Bajofondo (Argentine/Uruguayan electrotango)

Saturday, August 1 – Orkestra Rumpilezz (Afro-Brazilian big band)

As you can see, live music is alive and well in South Florida and there will not be any shortage of events to attend this Spring or Summer.  Watch the event pages of WeekendBroward for more details on many of these events.  Also, as a reference, check out a still-popular blog we wrote back in 2013 called “South Florida Cities Present Free Outdoor Concerts

See you somewhere soon!

Rob aka The Weekend Concierge

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