Jun 262015
july fourth flag

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate independence day this Saturday, July 4th, you’re in luck! We took an in-depth look at celebrations going on at local municipalities and found the common denominator to be Family Friendly activities, Live Music by one or more bands followed by a grand finale Fireworks show.  Some cities will break the celebration into two parts with the morning being dedicated to a parade and the evening festivities scheduled to end with fireworks at 9pm.

You’ll find complete coverage for each of the following cities with all the details we could scrounge up from the Parks and Recreation departments of each of these cities by selecting from the headlines below.

All American Celebration in City of Tamarac – Tamarac Sports Complex, 6pm

City of Sunrise Celebrates July 4th with Parade, Concert & Fireworks – BB&T Center, 6pm

City of Lake Worth has Live Music, Fireworks and Watersports – Bryant Park,  11am

City of Deerfield Beach July 4th Celebration 2015 – Main Beach Parking Lot,  Noon

4th of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach – Las Olas & A1A “Beach Hub”,  12:30pm

July 4th on Hollywood Beach – Various locations on Hollywood Beach,  2pm

City of Margate July 4th Celebration –  441 & Margate Blvd,  5pm

8th Annual July 4th Celebration at Sunset Cove – Sunset Cove Amphitheater,  6:30

Fabulous Fourth Celebration in Boca Raton – Spanish River Sports Complex,  6:30pm

South Florida’s Coolest July-4th-Celebration-in-Delray-BeachAtlantic & A1A, 8am

4th on Flagler in West Palm Beach – Meyer Amphitheatre & Waterfront, 5pm

One exception to the rule that only cities can afford or are legally able to explode money, or shall we say fireworks, is the Casino industry.  Both the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood will offer shows that rival the ones offered by the cities near you.   Coconut Creek Casino will be having their fireworks show on July 3rd.   In Hollywood, they have made an annual event out of this holiday by bringing in more activities including Zip-Lining, Rock-Wall Climbing, Face Painting/Henna Tattoos, LED Entertainment and at least two bands starting at 7pm with The New Planets and 8pm with a dance band called Flavor.  Food Truck enthusiasts will also enjoy a selection of Miami-based food trucks in the parking lot while a good number of restaurants are already located steps away inside the Casino if you would rather enjoy the air-conditioned environment.

Many more live music events, especially post-fireworks, can be found on the WeekendBroward live music calendars for BROWARD and PALM BEACH.

Hard Rock Cafe

Inside the Hard Rock Cafe (Hollywood, FL) near the Hotel Lobby

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Fishtales on 33rd in North Beach Ft Lauderdale

spank the band

JULIO MARK july 4 a

Pipers July 4

Jun 102015
U2 Tribute

The City of Boca Raton’s Summer Series, presented by Alpine Jaguar, promises a line-up of great FREE concerts including tribute bands every Friday night beginning June 19th and running through August 21st at Downtown Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater at 590 Plaza Real.  “We’ve had many requests to keep the Tribute series going, people seem to really enjoy it, so we’ve invited some favorites back and we’ve added some new bands this summer to entice music lovers from all generations.  We have also added a few movies, which are always fun on summer nights, and of course our summer music program wouldn’t be complete without classical performances by our own FAU Concert Band and the SYMPHONIA Boca Raton,” said Chrissy Biagiotti, Community Relations Manager for the City of Boca Raton.


Tribute Bands

Friday nights at 7:30 p.m.

June 19            U2 by UV (U2 tribute)

June 26            Neil Zirconia (Neil Diamond tribute)

July 10             DMTB (Dave Matthews tribute)

July 17             Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute)

July 24             Turnstiles (Billy Joel tribute)

July 31             Ruffhouse (Bob Marley tribute)

August 7         Keep the Faith (Bon Jovi tribute)

August 14       The Long Run (Eagles tribute)


Classical Performances

Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m.                   The FAU Concert Band

Friday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m.           The SYMPHONIA Boca Raton


Blankets and chairs are welcome, but for convenience, chairs will also be available to rent for $5.00.

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library.  Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue.   No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.  All shows are rain or shine.

For more information visit www.mizneramphitheater.com For recorded information call (561) 544-8600.

May 282015

Although WeekendBroward’s primary mission is to promote free live music events, we also like to let our readers know when we find a great deal such as half-off tickets to local concerts or musicals or comedy shows, etc… That being said, we teamed up with Goldstar, a company that offers 50%-off deals on Theater, Musicals, Sports & other entertainment.

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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 www.fortlauderdale.gov/starlight follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/playfortlauderdale.  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

 May 3, 2015  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
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 weekendbroward.com/events/st-patricks-parade-festival-fort-lauderdale-2015.  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 weekendbroward.com/events/st-patricks-day-parade-festival-hollywood.

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 www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/ with more choices for South Palm Beach County available too!

Hard Rock CafeSt Pattys Day March 17