Jun 202013

Boston Strong Delray BeachBoston’s on the Beach in Delray has held a legendary tie to its namesake city for over 30 years.  If you’ve ever been to Boston’s, you know that those ties to the city hold a special place in the hearts of those that own and patron the beach-side restaurant.  Since the tragic events of the Boston Marathon in April hit so close to home, Boston’s has decided to host a fundraising event for The One Fund on Wednesday, June 26th @ 6PM.  The event will be ongoing throughout the night and include live local music, special pricing on drinks/food, giveaways and a silent auction.  The proceeds raised will go to benefit the victims and families of the horrific events from the Boston Marathon.

The ‘patriot’ message is quite clear – “we all look for a way to help others”.  That’s exactly why Boston’s chose to host this gathering of family and friends along with their spirit of giving to others.  Event supporters include ESPN 760/106.3, Palm Beach Runners, Palm Beach Marathon Training, Boca Road Runners and Alpine Jaguar of Ft Lauderdale.  Local businesses, elected officials and patrons are all invited to join Boston’s in ‘standing strong’.

As if a gathering of friends and family wasn’t enough, a superb lineup of local bands are each donating 45 minute sets as your evening’s entertainment.  What a great way to see so much of South Florida’s musical talent under one roof AND support a wonderful cause.

In no scheduled order of appearance, check out the list of local bands that have donated their time for this event:

  • McGowan’s Chair
  • The Amber Leigh Band
  • Funkabilly Playboys
  • Blues Dragon
  • Famous Frank Ward and the Blue Tuesday All-Stars

Each band is local to the scene and will be sharing their rock, blues and country roots that are sure to keep the crown in good spirits throughout the night!

There is a suggested $10 donation at the door which will go solely to The One Fund.  That’s FIVE bands in one place with your donations helping the families of those affected by tragedy.  It sort of makes you smile to know that so many people can come together and just GIVE.


Jun 182013

SNA-Flyer-fullAfter the sun goes down, Fort Lauderdale beach heats up on Saturday nights.  The Isle Casino presents its 4th annual spectacular season for 10 fun-filled Saturday nights.  The beachfront will sizzle with local entertainment, vendors and culinary treats covering the sidewalks of A1A.  The lineup is a melting pot of the many cultures and music genres we are privileged to have in south Florida.

The A1A sidewalks are the perfect location to stroll under the stars throughout the night.  You can also enjoy many of the indoor entertainment and culinary options at the multitude of cafes along the beachfront.

From reggae to rock, blues to calypso, jazz to country, the musical performances cover every craving for the music junkies.  High-energy acts like Billy Bones as well as the Taiko Drummers will be sure to make the streets come alive!  junka03_pinkDon’t miss the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue with their highly spirited performances of costumes, dance and vibrant music.  Sangrias Mexican Cantina will host Latin music; the Promenade at A1A will have fire dancers and R&B music, magicians to mesmerize you at H2O café, flamenco dancers at Spazios Italian Restaurant and reggae at Beach Place.  Planning on making it a late night? Hop over to Rock Bar for their late night DJ!

There are so many enticing performers that we’re sharing the list of those scheduled – this way you’re sure to catch your favorites as you make your way through the event.

SNA-Entertainment-HRThe added bonus?  Many of the A1A venues will have patios and outdoor lounges for you to enjoy the landscape and inhale the entertainment.  Sit back with a cool drink and take in the sights and the sounds of beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the beach hotels, restaurants and beachfront bars offering dining and drink specials as well as reduced parking rates.

Saturday Nite Alive runs through 8/3 so you have plenty of opportunities to head out and soak up our melting pot of the fabulous music, food and cultures of South Florida!



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!



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.

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 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!