Apr 202013

button south reunionBack in the early 80’s-mid 90’s, the Button South was the place to be for hard rock music lovers. Nestled in the City of Hallandale and right off the main drag, punks, new wavers, hard rockers and headbangers from Fort Lauderdale down to Miami gathered there for nights of live music and frolic. The legendary Button was one of South Florida’s premier music venues emerging from Crazy Greg Newell’s The Agora aka The Agora Ballroom. The Agora’s name was later changed to The Button South. While many acts like Motorhead, The Cult, Winger, LA Guns, Skid Row, Ramones, The Kinks and so many more made stops at The Button, several local original bands like The Goods, Saigon Kick, Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids and Gypsy Queen also played regularly.

Now you can experience a slice of the 80’s and 90’s rock music scene by attending The Button South Class Reunion.

culture room fort lauderdaleThe third annual Button South Class Reunion is invading the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale April 26-27th 2013. For the second year in a row, the Culture Room will be hosting the event. Ten bands will be packing in crowds for two incredible nights of fun, memories and killer classic rock music. This event highlights the Golden Age of South Florida rock, the bands that made it happen and one of the greatest local music venues in South Florida.

cheetah's hallandale Party harty like it’s 1989! Start things off at the Kickoff Party on Thursday, April 25th right at Cheetah’s (formerly The Button South) in Hallandale. Saigon Kick’s Phil Varone will be hosting the event. Check out what’s become of the place since its rock ‘n roll persona was shed!

saigon kickThe two-day reunion showcases bands and musicians who played at The Button or are paying homage to the scene The Button helped build. On April 26th, catch Motor, Steve Jude & The Rising, Canaveral, Driver rockin’ out. You’ll also see The Button South All-Star Band featuring members of bands from yesterday and today including Saigon Kick, Farrcry, Cold Turkey, Miss Conduct, DeSaint, Squadron, Beggars Opera, Actual Proof, Pat Travers Band, Heartless, Ross and more.

gypsy queen band

On Saturday, April 27th, catch Gypsy Queen, Heartless, The Legion, Miami Dolls, Phineas J. Whoopie and many more. The Reunion truly reunites folks who made The Buttons happen—from the bouncers, promoters, bartenders, servers to the music fans who frequented the club.

Celebrity Hosts at the Culture Room will include Phil Varone (Saigon Kick/Skid Rowe), Liz Wilde (from WSHE 103.5 radio station from back in the day), Steve Stansell (from WSHE, WGTR, Zeta radio stations), Bill Murphy (from WSHE, WGTR, Zeta radio stations) and Madman Mike (from WSHE radio station).

Tickets are $12 per night at the Culture Room or $20 for a 2 Night Ticket. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the door.

button south reunion culture room

 April 20, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Apr 142013
BBQ Barbeque Plate

Blues Brews BBQSouth Florida Blues fans will be sure to enjoy the Blues, Brews, & BBQ event at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino starting at 2pm on Saturday, April 20.  Fans will be entertained by the best live music, icy cold brews and down home BBQ this side of the Delta. Bands featured for the event range from Grammy nominated artists such as the North Mississippi All Stars, as well as the gritty guitar banging and hardcore blues of Tab Benoit. Make sure you see the uniquely bold brass & percussion style of Bonerama along with the bluesy guitar wailing and soulful sound of Albert Cummings and don’t forget about the delta blues / hillbilly back country music from The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. All entertainment will be inside The Pavilion – a full-size concert stage. 

BBQ Barbeque We hope you like barbecue because there will be a lot to choose from!  Confirmed BBQ participants are Betty’s Soul Food Restaurant, Dickey’s BBQ Pit,Hickory Sticks BBQ, Lucille’s bad to the Bone BBQ, and Spanx The Hog BBQ and Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue.

Beer Sampling TastingWhile tickets don’t include food, they DO include beer tastings – over 100 premium beers will be on-hand to sample while  you enjoy the live entertainment.   Some of the premium beers available the day of the event will include Lagunitas IPA, Abita Purple Haze, Sierra Nevada Torpedo,  Angry Orchard, Harpoon UFO White, Chimay and  New Castle.

Don’t miss out…get your tickets online now from Ticketmaster or at the Casino the day of the event.

Blues Brews BBQ Coconut Creek Casino

 April 14, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Apr 132013
Rock for the Cure Mugshots

Rock for the Cure at MugshotsBringing down the house and giving to a worthy cause! Wanna catch your favorite local bands all under one roof? Check out Mugshots in Margate on Saturday, 4/20 starting at 8pm.
For those that have joined in on this stellar night in the past, Mugshots is once again hosting ROCK FOR THE CURE. Besides getting to hear some of the best local bands, donations and raffle tickets will go to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In past years, Mugshots has hosted and produced a night of great music for every kind of music fan and been an integral part in the fight against Leukemia.
There can’t be a better way to soak up some of South Florida’s best local bands AND put your dollars to work for the families fighting for the cause. Mugshots, once again, is geared up to deliver a rocking night with some of South Florida’s best original and cover bands to keep you dancing, screaming and just craving more! Returning bands and some new friends are sure to please every music lover’s taste. Mugshots solves your dilemma of which band and which bar to head to on April 20th – they’re giving it ALL to you under one roof!
In addition to your $5 cover, there will be a raffle ticket and 50/50 raffle opportunity so that everyone can take part in raising the roof, and the donation jar for the Leukemia Society. Also available are Cancer Awareness bracelets for $2 with those proceeds as well going to the LLS.
Check out the amazing lineup for this year’s event:

Cadillac CreepsThe Cadillac Creeps – Most recognized for their combination of old, new, creepy and always something to view, this band takes 80’s arena rock to new levels. Pyrotechnics, extreme lighting and mind blowing vocals will have you feeling like you’re at an arena concert! Likened to Kiss, Manson, the Misfits and Alice Cooper, The Cadillac Creeps deliver exactly what they say – larger than life performances to fulfill your craving of hauntingly great music.
Love In War – Fronted by Kate Flanigan, this 4 piece band consists of organic and electronic sounds that just take over your soul. Their acoustic and electronic sound, along with their magical way of producing a hugely original vibe, they take pop music to the wall…and then some. Their songwriting is as unique as their sound and produces an epic experience that has you wanting more.

Trudy Miquelerena – Trudy describes herself as a free-spirited singer/songwriter. Born in Venezuela and soon finding her way to South Florida, Trudy’s presence on stage is a beautiful and poetic and her passion for music. She combines both Spanish and English to create a high energy performance each time she takes the stage. Her music is passionate and soulful, fun and clearly she loves to entertain and move people.

Crimson Juliet – Picture Pat Benatar meets the Foo Fighters! Fronted by vocalist Jen Jae, Crimson Juliet delivers a distinct sound of metal, alternative, hard rock and a touch of the 80’s. They produce a hard edged, yet insightful vision that has produced a fan base from young to old and everyone in between. The creativity of this 3 piece band continues to produce a sound that is melodic and high energy, and always distinctly theirs.

Rockit to Russia – RAMONES RAMONES RAMONES!!! If you are craving that sound, those songs that could only come from the Ramones, then you have to check out this band! Fans will appreciate their slap-happy dedication to the originals and the dedication to keeping the Ramones music and stage performances alive and kicking. Don’t be surprised with their musical impersonations of the original Ramone members and enjoy their savvy energy. They put on quite the concert!

The event will also be broadcast live on STFU radio – tell your friends to tune in on their drive to Mugshots!

 April 13, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »