Jun 152013
FAU Summer Band Mizner Park

Crazy FingersI was going to write a long blog all about how families should enjoy Live Music on Father’s Day, but Sundays are not the busiest days for local bands.  Instead, I am forced to check out the WeekendBroward live music calendar and see who is playing where, regardless of what kind of a special day this may be for some lucky dads.

I’ll work my way down from North to South, starting with Delray Beach, where every Sunday, you will find a tribute to The Grateful Dead courtesy of Crazy Fingers.  They play each Sunday evening, starting at 7:30pm at Bostons on the Beach.   Also in Delray Beach, if you like the artsy look and feel of Kevro’s Art Bar and enjoy the outdoor patio, check out their weekly jam starting at 4pm.

FAU Summer Band Mizner ParkHeading South to Boca Raton, you WILL find a special event only this Sunday at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre.  The City of Boca Raton will sponsor a special Father’s Day concert with FAU’s Summer Concert Band from 6pm-7:30pm.   Bring your blankets and chairs.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase – you cannot bring your own.

In Fort Lauderdale, you can enjoy solo and duo musicians at Bimini Boatyard right off the 17th Street Causeway.   Combine the vocals of Liz Sharp with brunch from 11am-3pm along with a great view of the Fort Lauderdale waterway and you’ve got a perfectly romantic place to spend Father’s Day!

Robert Darmanin Calamity JaneNot far from the Fort Lauderdale airport, you will find Flossie’s Bar & Grill where the biker’s hang out  every Sunday afternoon.  On Father’s Day, you can expect to see Calamity Jane, a local cover band featuring classic rock from the 80’s.  A touching story I heard is that the drummer, Robert Darmanin, took up his instrument to carry on the dreams of  his son who passed away suddenly only a few years ago.

Further South, in Hallandale, you will always find a Country & Western band playing at The Mardi Gras Casino, from 7pm-11pm every Sunday.  On Father’s Day, you can expect to see local country music cover band, Sucker Punch, not to be mixed up many other local cover bands by the same name that plays Rock!

If I see any more last minute additions, I’ll add them to the calendar at www.weekendbroward.com.

If all else fails, there’s always the Heat game at your local sports bar!

Have a Happy Father’s Day everyone!



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Jun 092013

colors of the Caribbean 2013Downtown Hollywood’s Young Circle comes alive with the 2nd Annual Colors of the Caribbean – a free family-friendly event that takes place on Saturday, June 15th at ArtsPark in Hollywood, kicking off at 4pm. The entire downtown area will sparkle with the colors, sounds, and tastes of the Caribbean. Colors of the Caribbean will be a highlight event in June, a month specifically dedicated to the Caribbean culture.

The party kicks off with a Junkanoo parade followed by all sorts of musical guests, cultural experiences, and flavors of the islands. You can expect to see performances by International Caribbean Acts on the Main Stage while a Battle of the Bands Experience takes place on a second stage.

The Caribbean Travel Village will help you plan your next vacation to the Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Barbados, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago.

The Caribbean Food Village will feature foods from the various Caribbean islands. Drink and Food tickets will allow you to buy sample plates from participating vendors as well as buy full platters.  Both alcoholic and non–alcoholic drinks from the Caribbean region will also be featured so you can feel like you are sitting on right the beaches of the islands.

The Resolvers Bostons

The Resolvers

Some of the performers will include:

  • DJ Majestic – Will be spinning some Soca fused with R&B,  sure to get the party in full swing
  • Lauderhill Steel Ensemble- come experience the sweet sounds of the steel  drums and island groove.
  • The Resolvers – The unique sound, which has been coined as “Big Band Reggae,” taking you to Jamaica.
  • KES & The Band – and opening for acts such as Sean Paul, Musiq Soul Child, Usher, John Legend, and Rihanna, come enjoy the dancing like no other band can bring.

The event will be hosted by South Florida’s very own Sharon Lawson of NBC Miami Channel 6 and Neki Mohan, the weekend morning anchor and reporter at Local 10.

Colors of the Caribbean is produced by the Caribbean American Heritage Florida and the Rhythm Foundation with the participation of the City of Hollywood and Hollywood CRA.

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May 252013

Reggae Anniversary at Bostons Delray BeachYou won’t want to miss Boston’s blowout anniversary bash on Monday, June 3rd!  The killer reggae lineup is in place to rock Boston’s legendary stage. Bring on summer with this celebration of music, friends, food and drinks that is sure to be one for the memory book! The party starts at 9PM so get there in plenty of time to catch every second of this milestone event!

The music will be spinning by Kulcha Shok’s DJ Lance O starting at 9PM, which will keep you dancing and moving until The Resolvers open for Rythmation, two of South Florida’s best reggae bands starting at 10PM. If you’ve been to Boston’s on a Monday night, then you’ve been lucky to have seen this melting pot of reggae sound.

resolvers reggae band

The Resolvers

The Resolvers, from Deerfield Beach, take the stage at 10 PM. Their fusion of New Orleans style and classic Jamaican roots is an explosive and must see performance. A premier reggae act, the Resolvers feature siblings Ojay and Sahara Smith on vocals as well as a rhythmic 4 piece horn section. They blend their culture with funk and rock that creates a soulful sound, reminiscent of their many noted influences. The Resolvers coined the phrase ‘Big Band Reggae’ and have shared the stage with Stephen Marley, The Wailers, English Beat, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and the list goes on. They are sure to keep the party going and keep the crowd in a reggae state of mind.

rythmation reggae band


Taking the stage at midnight is Rhythmation, with lead guitar player, “Rich” delivering powerful vocals, along with his perfect high energy counterpart, Ishmael, on the bass guitar. Blending their powerful and unique performance techniques since the mid 80’s, they shake it up and deliver a one-of-a-kind celebration of reggae sound, culture and positive vibrations. Percussive master, Lance, who moves from bongos to shakers to tambourines and some of his own inventions, adds to the mix of his creative band mates.  Want some spice with your music? Bradley and his custom mixes on drums are a smooth and spicy mix to keep the groove going. Vocalist and keyboard Gershi turns it up with his Jamaican roots, infused with funk, calypso and R&B, which will invade your soul with intoxicating sounds.

No anniversary bash is complete without food and drinks! A complimentary buffet, drink specials, bottomless Bacardi drinks for the ladies, mixed drinks and shots by Grey Goose and draft features will be flowing all night long.

And would you believe all of this fun and celebrating for just a $5 cover charge? Ladies, get there between 9-11 PM and there is no cover! Get a taste of the islands, intoxicating reggae music and join Boston’s as they celebrate their 30th annual bash….“ ’Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Bostons Delray BeachIMG_4245Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 South Ocean Blvd. on A1A, a few steps South of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean.

 May 25, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
May 242013
Burger Battle Logo

Burger Battle RiverwalkBurger aficionados bring your appetites and love of burgers for the 4th Annual Burger Battle at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, May 31st from 7-10 PM.

Take a ride or a walk downtown for an evening of gourmet burger creations, drinks and live music.  This tantalizing event will pit local restaurants against one another as they show off their sizzling skills in a burger showdown! Creative juices will be flowing as delicious burgers will be served up to the expected 1,000 plus guests.

The event will be presented by Publix Aprons Catering and Cooking School and promises a dazzling night of sizzle under the stars along the Riverwalk, downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Sixteen top burger joints are slotted to show off their culinary finesse as they battle for victory in this burger battle of the best!

This year’s contenders are as follows:

2012 Winner Burger Battle

Charm City Burger 2012 Winner

Charm City Burger Co • 2x champ Georgie’s Alibi • Timpano Italian Chophouse • 2x fan fave ROK:BRGR •2012 Best Bar & Grill Rosie’s Bar & Grill • Grateful Palate • Elevation Burger • America’s Backyard • Downtowner Saloon • Gimme a Burger • Burger Freak • Burger Zone • Big city Tavern • Big Bear Brewing Co • American Social • Grille 401

Choose from the array of burger samples

Receive three drink tickets to choose from Barefoot Wine, Jack Daniels, Goose Island Craft Beer, Medalla Light, Bud Black Crown, Becks Sapphire, Bud Light Premium.  **There will be a cash bar with 20% proceeds going back to Riverwalk**

Quench your thirst with VOSS, an official sponsor of the battle

Enjoy Capital Grille’s French fry Bar with all homemade condiments

Top it all off with dessert and Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets dessert table

Hardees_MemphisBBQ BurgerVOTE for your favorite burger by casting in your Burger Battle chip

If you can’t indulge in ALL of the burger delights – take a spot to witness the burger slider eating contest!

Providing the entertainment for the showdown is local band, Sweet 903.  This five member band has been entertaining locally since 2012 and has appeared in many venues in the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach areas. Playing classic rock through modern rock and everything in between, Sweet 903 will keep you rocking and moving throughout the night

Burger Battle Logo*General Admission is $40 prepay

*The VIP Experience is $125 – you will be provided a private area, with Premier Open Bar, Lauderdale Grill’s signature ‘prime rib sliders’, Ommegang Brewery and Duvel Craft Beers and Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets Dessert Bar.

Huizenga Plaza is located at 32 East Las Olas Blvd. Eat, Drink and Rock from 7 – 10 PM. More information is available via Facebook’s Riverwalk Burger Battle. Buy your tickets online so you can spend more time eating at this gastronomic event!


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May 192013
Memorial Day Events Fort Lauderdale

Looking around town for something different to do this Memorial Day Weekend?  I searched the internet and found many cities where ceremonies will be held during the morning hours to memorialize the brave men and women who fought for our country.  However, when the pomp and circumstance is over, many of us will want to either gather together with family and friends and hold a traditional barbecue or take advantage of the extra day off to enjoy our proximity to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  Being that I love local music and expect that you do too, I have been able to find three major local events in Broward and South Palm Beach Counties to share with you.

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Saturday, May 25th – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM – Fort Lauderdale Beach – Great American Beach Party

boogie knights bandHead for the beach!  Two stages will be set up at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard for a day filled with entertainment for the whole family. Live bands include Across the Universe (Beatles Tribute Band); Tim Bluntson (80’s Tribute Band); The Inverted (Classic Rock); Riverside Dixieland Band (Jazz); Nikki Kidd (R&B); the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue; and Boogie Knights (Disco Revival).  A complete schedule can be found on the calendar at www.weekendbroward.com.

The whole family will enjoy a non-stop schedule of activities including a beach water slide, bounce houses, face painting, hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests, a water balloon toss, and a sandcastle-building competition. For car enthusiasts, there will be a classic car show with more than 50 vintage hot rods, ragtops and muscle cars, plus an art show featuring displays and exhibits from local artists, including up-and coming chalk artists.  See this year’s event flyer for more information.

Monday, May 27th – Noon to 7:30 PM Lauderdale by the Sea – Memorial Day Beach Bash

Aruba Beach Cafe Memorial Day Beach BashEvery memorial day, the Aruba Beach Café in Lauderdale by the Sea sponsors a day-long event right on the beach where Commercial Boulevard meets A1A.  Last year’s event featured fun activities for both adults and children alike.  Booths were set up to promote local vendors and charities.  This year’s party should be just as big as ever with tents setup on the beach to accommodate the abundance of new customers and a complimentary Pig Roast buffet to feed the masses.  A stage will be the center of attention on the beach featuring live bands  Twocan Blue, The Buster Leggs Band and “South Florida’s Longest Running Rockin’ Blues Band” The Fabulous Fleetwoods.  Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen to this event!


Monday, May 27th  – 7pm-9pm Boca Raton – Mizner Park Memorial Day Concert

New Gardens BandThe City of Boca Raton is sponsoring a concert featuring The New Gardens Band, The Indian River POPS, and The Robert Sharon Chorale. The New Gardens Band and sister group The Indian River Pops Orchestra are non-profit regional community bands based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Robert Sharon CoraleThe Robert Sharon Corale is a community organization which strives to present the best of all types of choral music – both Sacred and Secular. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs, sit back, relax and enjoy the music.  Food and beverages will be available for sale at the Amphitheater.

If you love live music, but prefer smaller crowds, check out the Live Music Events Calendar at WeekendBroward.com for the most up to date listing of which bands will be playing where from Delray Beach down to Hollywood, hour by hour, every day of the week.

May 192013
Joel DaSilva Midnight Howl
6th Annual Guitar Showcase

Guitar Showcase at Sample Road Tavern

Memorial Day Weekend has never sounded so good! This may be one of my personal favorite upcoming events. Being a Blues fan I find great pleasure in listening, supporting, and promoting an event such as this, especially since the arrangement of talent is so amazing, and the additional local support outstanding! The price of admission should be at least doubled for this lineup of superb musicians! The list is too extensive to go into great detail about each artist’s talents and backgrounds, however one look at the playbill and list of back up players and it should tell you that these are seasoned musicians. They live, breathe, and ooze the Blues from their soul. It fills the air with each riff, and strike of a chord. You hear the pain in the music and guitar down to your bones.

Joel DaSilva Midnight Howl

Joel DaSilva & Midnight Howl

The event, sponsored by the South Florida Blues Society  gets started Sunday, May 26th, 2013 at 3pm on the big stage inside the Sample Road Tavern, located on the corner of Sample Rd and Riverside Dr. in Margate.  Each guitarist will play a 30 to 45 minute set.   Players this year will be backed up by the ever-so-popular Joel Dasilva and the Midnight Howl (Joel Dasilva – Rhythm Guitar, Bob Cleary – Bass, Stefano Rotati – Drums, and Doug Treen – Sax).

Confirmed Guitarists

Albert Castiglia
Joey Gilmore
Frank Ward
Joel DaSilva
Josh “The Pitbull of the Blues” Rowand
Drew Preston
Eric Austin
Joel Zoss
Dave “Bluesman” Morgan
JC Crossfire
Marty Stokes

Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

This event also gives you a chance to enter “THE MOST ANTICIPATED RAFFLE OF THE YEAR” a chance to win a ticket for two to cruise aboard the LRBC#22 (Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise) sailing to the Eastern Caribbean January 19-26, 2014.  The cruise is sold out so this may be your only chance to get in on it!

SampleRoad TavernThis is also a great chance to visit one of North Broward’s most unique restaurants. The Sample Road Tavern looks like an ordinary restaurant-bar on the outside.  However, they have completely remodeled the former site of Roy’s and created a New Orleans style décor and menu, which includes everything from Baby Back Ribs to Alligator Bites.

The Sample Road Tavern is located at 8000 W. Sample Road, Margate
Doors will open at 2:00 PM.  General Admission to this event is $10  or $8 for SFBS members (with current membership cards).  For more information on this event please check out these sites http://soflablues.org/ and  www.facebook.com/pages/South-Florida-Blues-Society.

See you there!


 May 19, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »