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 and

See you there!


 May 19, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
May 182013

Rock of Ages Movie Poster

Hard to believe that it has been almost a year since Rock of Ages was released to movie goers nationwide (June 15, 2012).  This movie held special feelings for a large number of South Floridians who participated in every aspect of the production of the movie, from props and makeup to extra’s and set design.  Local Actor, Jason Wool, was one of them and is asked from time to time when will there be a reunion so that participants in the production of Rock of Ages can get together and party like it’s 1985?  Jason spent 10 Days on the set as a bouncer, a rocker, a record store customer, and a taxi cab driver! Talk about a man wearing many hats!

Project X at Cheers 3/15

Project X at Passions Nghtclub- May 24th

Jason and others had so much fun celebrating the film at their opening party last year that they decided to arrange a reunion party on Friday, May 24th at Passions Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock complex in Hollywood, Florida.  Unlike most other nights when the club pumps out the latest hits, on this Friday, they will be featuring everything 80’s.  Not only will they have DJ “Special-K” playing your favorite tunes from that decade past, they have also invited Project-X, a Fort Lauderdale based band that specializes in covers of your favorite pop hits of the 80’s to hard hitting rock ballads.

The party gets started at 9pm with free admission to the club until 11pm.  The night club will have an open bar from 9:00pm-9:30pm.  Many raffle prizes have been secured for this event, especially ones that interest the artist community that is expected to attend.

Tom-Cruise-Stars-in-Rock-of-Ages-movieAttendees are asked to dress in 80’s fashion but not required so come as you are or get into the groove with style.  Will Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand or Tom Cruise show up for this party? Probably not! Will Fort Lauderdale fans of live music and local film crews and actors show up – you bet ya!


 May 18, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
May 122013

Bring your classic car, your appetite and the family for the 5th annual event in Lighthouse Point.  Proudly presented by the Classic Car Show, Sheehan Autoplex and the Shoppes at Beacon Light, this year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 18th from 10 AM – 3 PM.  Each car entry is $50, and along with the 50/50 and flat panel TV raffles, proceeds will once again be donated to local children’s charities. As in years past, the event has raised thousands of dollars for many charities in the area.

Awards will be given out for the Top 50 cars, so make sure your classic is shined up and ready to be seen!

While you’re taking your tour of the show cars, stop by the covered food and BBQ areas for tasty treats from local food vendors.  Make sure to catch the entertainment as well! The Surf Bandits take the stage at noon, playing all of your favorite country and rock songs. They are sure to entertain with their happy, feel-good vibe! They are followed by DJ Scott the Music Man, who will be spinning songs all throughout the event.

Surf Bandits

Surf Bandits

Any time an event is donating proceeds to local charities, it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

The Shoppes at Beacon Light is located on the corner of Federal Hwy and 24th St. in Lighthouse Point.




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May 092013
KISS Alive Tribute Band
KISS Alive Tribute Band

KISS Alive Tribute Band

Do you have a passion for 70’s classic rock?  How would you like to see Bob Seger, KISS, Molly Hatchet and more this weekend?    Unfortunately, only one of the above will be here in person.  The rest of these famous artists and bands will be here in spirit as they are represented by tribute bands doing their best to look and sound like the real thing.

Starting off the weekend on Friday at 7pm, catch Kiss Alive at The Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheatre, located at 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard.  They tour the United States but hail from Broward County! These guys recreate the early and historic KISS shows with a passion for all that is KISS.   Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the stars in more ways than one!  In the event of rain, Friday’s concert will be held inside the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre.

chesters harley southern styleChester’s Harley Davidson will be celebrating the opening of their newest location at 201 International Drive in Sunrise starting on Friday night with free food, giveaways, and Jimmie Van Zant.  Saturday night, you will have to make a choice between Molly Hatchet or Bob Seger.  Molly Hatchet (band) will be headlining the weekend long grand opening of Chester’s Harley Davidson at 7:30pm.  Molly Hatchet is an American southern rock/hard rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1975. They are known for their hit song “Flirtin’ with Disaster” from the album of the same title (according to Wikipedia).

bob seger tribute night movesAlso Saturday night,  The City of Parkland free concert series presents a Tribute to Bob Seger.  Remember such hits as “Against the Wind”, “Night Moves” and “We’ve Got Tonight” while sitting back in your lawn chair at Pine Trails Park starting at 7pm.  Food Trucks will also be on site serving both gourmet and fast food so don’t worry about diner.  This could be a great family outing for Mother’s Day weekend or a romantic evening for two!

This article would not be complete if I didn’t mention the group, Classic Rock Therapy, at Coconut Creek’s “Home Grown Concert series”.  Classic Rock TherapyThis monthly event takes place at a stage set up inside a beautiful park at the Coconut Creek Community Center on Lyon’s Road, just south of Coconut Creek Parkway.  Classic Rock Therapy, known to fans as CRT is not necessarily a tribute band but will be bringing back memories of Grand Funk, Hall & Oates, Beatles, Romantics, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, J Geils band, CCR, and the Bee Gee’s just to name a few of their toe tapping covers.

Other venues offering outdoor concerts include the City of Pompano Beach Music Under the Stars at A1A and Atlantic Blvd featuring Love Muscle on Friday May 10th from 7pm-9pm.  Don’t forget the City of Hollywood has three outdoor stages every weekend with a great variety of music too long to list here but check out their website for a complete calendar.

As always, keep an eye on the WeekendBroward live music events calendar for the most up to date listings of live music from Hollywood to Delray Beach!


 May 9, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
May 082013

downtown delray beachThe weekend begins this Thursday night throughout downtown Delray Beach.   “On the Ave” is an event that only happens four times a year and packs a punch with everything from roaming street performers, a classic car show, art exhibits, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, craft beer & wine tastings and of course, live music!

If you want to put the pedal to the medal then stop by the Newly added classic car show on Atlantic avenue in 2 spots, between 4th ave & 5th ave also between Swinton & 1st ave.

Come taste true Authentic Spanish cuisine the way its intended to be..Papas Tapas hits the avenue with a live cooking demonstration of their famous Paella!

The Delray Beach Center for the Arts takes over Old School Square with their Beer Garden! Craft Beers and wines along with mini golf and corn hole games!

Here is a summary of live entertainment for this event:

mike_mineoDelray Beach’s own Mike Mineo! As seen on American Idol! – Local guy makes a name for himself and takes performance to the next level! Don’t miss Mike!!

across the universeThe ultimate tribute to the Beatles “Across the Universe” ATU members are professional studio musicians who combine the sound of the original recordings with a high energy show to bring you the most authentic Beatles experience anywhere!!!

mike_mineoThe hardest working Doo wop band in South Florida, Jerry and the Gigolo’s! Dance to all your favorite Doo Wop hits all night long!

“On the Ave” takes place on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach between Swinton Avenue and Federal Highway.  See you “On the Ave” May 9th!

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Apr 302013
Cinco de Mayo Tijuana Taxi

Cinco de Mayo Tijuana TaxiNeed another reason to go out on a Sunday?  Every year, Cinco de Mayo fills South Florida with many events and Mexican-themed celebrations – enough to keep you enjoying the food, the drinks and the music well into the night! This year, May 5th falls on a Sunday, which lets you get out and enjoy the festivities all day and well into the night!

Tijuana Taxi GirlsLooking for your fix of true Mexican fare and the sounds of the holiday? You can head to downtown Fort Lauderdale for one or many of the local bars and restaurants offering drink and food specials.  Places like Tarpon Bend, Rocco’s Tacos, Original Fat Cats and Tequila Express all have Cinco de Mayo on their minds.  Enjoy their take on classic and original Mexican food and kick back with buckets of Corona and overflowing margaritas. Each of the venues will be host to live salsa music inside and outside of the restaurants.

Cinco de Mayo crowdIf you prefer a jam packed Cinco de Mayo feast, head on down to ‘Cinco on Second’, where Fort Lauderdale takes the holiday seriously! Tarpon Bend, located on the corner of 2nd avenue and the train tracks will be featuring live salsa music from 2 to 5 PM followed by DJ’s until 10 PM. You can partake in their many games, donkey rides and if you’re feeling brave, enter yourself into their taco-eating contest!  Drinks and shot specials will be offered throughout the many venues in the area, so you can walk off your first few stops on your way to the rest of the party!

MariachiOver in the Oakland Park area, check out Tequila Sunrise and their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration! Grab a seat at their outdoor bar and enjoy their version of the festivities, authentic Mexican fare and enjoy their live salsa band.

Looking to enjoy the Florida sunset on the Intracoastal while enjoying your fiesta? Check out the sounds of Cinco de Mayo with the Atlantis Duo at Shooters Waterfront. If you’re in the mood to try your luck at the casinos, Mardi Gras in Hallandale will have Mariachi bands on the veranda to celebrate and entertain all ages.  While you’re there, catch Shadow Creek inside the casino from 7pm to 11pm for their weekly country-western night.

Riverdown at Tijuana TaxiPrefer to enjoy your day at the beach and head out at night? Two of South Florida’s most popular cover bands will be packing them in  Hollywood and Coral Springs!  Check out Bounce at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood from 9 PM to 1 AM and Riverdown at Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs, starting at 8 PM until midnight. If you haven’t had the chance to catch either band lately, you’re in luck because they’ll both be rockin’ on Sunday night!

Flossies Bar & GrillPrefer to hang out with the biker crowd? Head on down to Flossie’s Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale, just West of the airport and catch Shovel~Head performing for their annual Drinko de Mayo party.  The show starts at 3:30 and there is a free Mexican buffet along with drink specials kicking off at 5 PM. Wear your favorite ‘Love-In” attire and receive 5% off your tab!

Uncle Julios TequilaLest we forget about Boca Raton! Uncle Julio’s plans on taking Cinco de Mayo to a new level this year. They are transforming Mizner Park into a street party, including a taco stand, photo booth, outdoor bars and family fun, this will be a party for all ages! The restaurant will be serving up their classic Mexican dishes for you to enjoy as you listen to their Mariachi band and DJ.  Festivities start at 10 AM with activities for the kids, including a face painter and balloon maker.  Stay longer and you can enjoy the lightshow after 5PM with the Latin music and dancing!

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