May 102016
Hard Rock Rising

Hard Rock, in partnership with ReverbNation, is turning up the volume for its sixth-annual global music competition, Hard Rock Rising. On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, up-and-coming local artists and music acts will have a chance to rise to international stardom by performing in the world’s largest, one-day music showcase taking place at participating Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Musicians who were interested in participating registered online at In addition to the global final on June 1, the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood will have qualifying rounds that include some of the best local music in south Florida. The global grand prize includes $50,000 USD, a professionally-produced music video, a Fender Instruments prize pack and an all-expenses-paid trip to perform at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza. All qualifying rounds start at 9pm inside the Hard Rock Café, located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Friday, May 13 – Shatterglass, Inna Sense and The Holidazed
Friday, May 20 – Chemradery, Day 4 and Steeltown Religion
Friday, May 27 – Absoloot, Artisan Soul and Ornimental

Hard Rock Café Hollywood could not do this alone, so we would like to welcome our judging panel to include, multi-instrumentalist Burny Pelsmajer from the School of Rock, musician, songwriter, performer and owner of DogManic Recording Studios, Christian Solazzo and singer-songwriter, Lisa Thayer. All of the judges were hand-picked and are very well known in the south Florida music community.

“Live music has been a cornerstone of Hard Rock’s mission since our beginning in 1971,” said Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock International’s resident music guru and Memorabilia Historian. “Hard Rock Rising 2016 is a one day, global celebration of local artists. We hope to raise awareness for these incredible and too-often overlooked acts, while simultaneously providing exposure that helps them breakthrough to the next level of success.”

Rock Local, Win Global

The wildcard “winner” will be automatically eligible to participate in the Hard Rock Rising music showcase taking place on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the participating Hard Rock Cafe or Hotel location they selected when registering. Three additional acts for each location will be selected to perform by the local Hard Rock Cafe or Hotel team. One winner will be selected from each location by a panel of local industry judges.

A panel of international music industry professionals will then narrow the local cafe winners down to four regional finalists and one global grand prize winner. All will receive a professionally-produced music video that will be added regionally to the Hard Rock video system, a 1,000 count CD/DVD pack of their latest recording and video from Bison Disc, and a Fender Instruments prize pack. The grand prize winner will receive $50,000 USD, have their video added worldwide to the Hard Rock video system and get an all-expenses-paid trip to perform at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in September 2016.

Hard Rock Rising is hosted, in partnership with ReverbNation, the global leader in providing independent musicians with the tools to manage every aspect of their careers. ReverbNation’s unique platform and extensive community of more than 4 million artists in over 100 countries worldwide provides undiscovered artists with a chance to catapult their music careers and expose themselves to Hard Rock’s global audience.

“The opportunity for ReverbNation to partner with and support Hard Rock Rising for another year highlights our passion and dedication to providing emerging artists with the tools they need to evolve their music careers,” said Mike Doernberg of ReverbNation. “By utilizing our unique platform and curation capabilities, we are able to expose the talented musicians of the ReverbNation community and introduce them to Hard Rock’s global audience.”

For full rules and a list of participating locations, visit

Apr 302016

Guests say bon voyage as their taste buds take flight on Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour. Hard Rock Cafe locations in North America are celebrating the start of burger season with a menu showcasing international Local Legendary™ Burgers — from the English Breakfast Burger, which pays homage to a classic English breakfast, and Hard Rock’s first-ever location in London, to the Jamaican Jerk Burger, which features mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk seasoning inspired by Montego Bay. The limited-time menu is available now through Thursday, June 30, 2016. This year, Hard Rock is also offering a literal World Burger Tour, a travel package that takes the most adventurous burger enthusiasts on the road (and the skies) to sample offerings from the World Burger Tour menu at Hard Rock Cafe locations in London, Athens, Buenos Aires and Seattle!

“Our World Burger Tour menu was a fan-favorite last summer, so we’ve remixed the menu and added burgers with authentic, regional flavors from Athens, Mumbai, Buenos Aires and more on this year’s tour,” said Alex Merchan, Sr. Director, Marketing & Sales Cafes Worldwide of Hard Rock International. “For the first time, we’re also offering a World Burger Tour trip so guests can pack their bags and see the sights and sounds that have inspired our burgers for the past 44 years.”

Backstage Burger Pass

athens local legendary burgerHard Rock gives chefs at their cafes the freedom to create a unique Local Legendary Burger that captures the flavors of their city. This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with fan favorites selected to headline the World Burger Tour menu. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe menus* will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:
English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans
Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño
Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber
Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayo
ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayo
Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli
Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice
Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

(The last four will be available during the month of May at Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, FL)

“Hard Rock wanted to offer a unique blend of spicy, sweet and savory flavors for our guests to enjoy on this year’s World Burger Tour,” said Darryl Mickler, Senior Director of Research and Development for Hard Rock International. “Whether we’re serving up coffee beans in Seattle or salsa criolla from Buenos Aires, there is something for every palate.”

New Cocktails

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All Jacked Up

Hard Rock Cafe has created cocktails that perfectly complement World Burger Tour offerings. Served in Hard Rock’s iconic mason jars, adult guests can order with the suggested pairing or mix it up with any other burger from the limited-time menu. New cocktails include:
⦁ All Jacked Up – created to balance the Jamaican Jerk Burger’s spicy flair, this cocktail features a mix of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, pineapple juice, Orgeat and lime juice, garnished with orange and pineapple wedges and a cherry
⦁ Crisp Sipper – inspired by the Aloha Burger’s sweet and savory taste, this cocktail features a mix of Hendrick’s, Monin Cucumber, lemon, orange and raspberry, topped with tonic and garnished with rosemary and thyme
⦁ Melonpalooza – designed to complement the fresh flavors of the Greek Burger, this cocktail features a mix of Midori Melon Liqueur, Malibu Rum, Hard Rock’s house-made sour mix and pineapple juice, garnished with slices of pineapple and strawberry
⦁ Sweet & Fiery – inspired by the ATOMIC! Burger’s spicy flavor, this cocktail features a mix of ABSOLUT Peppar Vodka, Canton Ginger Liquor, Blue Curacao, lemonade and ginger beer, garnished with a red pepper
⦁ Black Cherry Melonade (non-alcoholic) – created to complement the rich espresso of the Java Lava Burger, this mocktail features a mix of Black Cherry Real and Monin Cucumber, topped with ginger beer, garnished with a cucumber slice and a cherry

Burger Tour for the Roadie

world burger tour londonFor those a little more hungry, Hard Rock will bring its menu to life and offer a unique burger experience that takes guests’ taste buds on an international journey. Hard Rock, in conjunction with global experience agency RPMC, is offering a World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities including London, England; Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Seattle, United States. This four-stop, once-in a lifetime excursion celebrates the cities that inspired Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour.

The World Burger Tour travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and music experiences at Hard Rock Cafe locations in each city not typically available to the public. As part of the trip, guests will also partake in exciting and unique sightseeing opportunities to get an up-close look at the cultures that have inspired Hard Rock for years. Throughout the trip, travelers are encouraged to enjoy — and indulge — with unlimited access to Hard Rock’s fresh, American fare-inspired menu and world-famous cocktails.

In Hard Rock’s hometown of London — where the first cafe opened its doors in 1971 — guests will get a private tour of the Rock Vault, which includes Hard Rock’s most valuable memorabilia in music history, as well as the first-ever piece: Eric Clapton’s guitar. Of course, no visit across the pond would be complete without a taste of the English Breakfast Burger and a trip to the Tower of London or a sweep of the city in a Big Bus Tour.

Travelers will be treated to similar behind-the-scenes experiences at cafes in Athens, Buenos Aires and Seattle and sample Local Legendary Burgers at each. Guests will also be able to take part in meet-and-greets with chefs and unique memorabilia tours, as well as visit breathtaking, historic landmarks in Athens, tango across exciting nightlife excursions in Buenos Aires and check out the view from Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. Thanks to Hard Rock’s global presence, this adventure of a lifetime is a must-see for serious jetsetters. To learn more about how to book a customizable trip and for additional information on the World Burger Tour menu, guests can visit (Cost $24,999 for two guests)

*World Burger Tour menus may vary by location; guests should consult their local cafe for a full list of featured burgers

For more information, visit

 April 30, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Apr 262016

The programming team behind The Pompano Beach Amphitheatre and the upcoming cultural center, together with community partner Pompano Citi Centre, have created a new destination for lovers of art, music, film, and poetry. Magnetic is the name of the pop up spaces that will host weekly events including ArtPop#, Creative Clash, music Sessions, and an artwalk at the Pompano Citi Centre. The first event, set for May 6th, includes exhibits by an international array of artists, from Peru, Vietnam, Cuba and the US; a dance performance “Umoya” and Cuisines and Poetry with Eccentrich.

“We were thrilled with the response to our first  ArtPop# extravaganza at Citi Centre and now we will draw from an array of multi-disciplinary art worlds to create weekly programming that will both entertain and inspire,” said Alyona Ushe of Pompano Beach Arts.

The creative movement at Citi Centre is an incubation initiative designed to showcase Pompano Beach talent along side international artists and will serve as inspiration for the type of programming that will be included at the cultural center that is planned to open in early 2017.

During the May 6th event, Byron Swart, the artistic director and curator of the cultural center will be announcing a call-to-artists and a call-to-cultural organizations to become part of the “cultural collective” that will form the core programming of the new venue.

“Pompano is becoming a major draw for great talent,” said Swart. “Hence our name Magnetic. We are thrilled to be launching this weekly series at Citi Centre, where we have our box office for The Amp. Our May 6th launch will truly be an engaging experience.”

Magnetic will be a movable space at Pompano Citi Centre. The current shows will take place at suites 104 and 204, near the Carousel. For more information please call 954-839-9578 or visit


Fri, May 6| OPENING NIGHT| 6pm -11pm| FREE for art | $10 for Poetry and Cuisine event

Event includes: ArtPop#StrangersFace, complete list of participating artists below.

Diana Contreras, Nate Dee, Alejandro Mazon, Adam Collier Noel, Tin Ly and Aquarela Sabol.

Umoya. An original body of work that will fuse various dance styles while paying homage to the ancient traditions, rituals & beliefs of the Zulu Tribe, a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa.

Cuisines & Poetry: Spoken word, music, cocktails and conversation hosted by acclaimed spoken work artist, Eccentrich. The festivities begin at 7pm including complimentary lite bites for all the ladies in honor of Mother’s Day, sponsored by Divas Doing Deeds.  Show begins at 8:15pm.


Diana Contreras: Born in Peru, Contreras has established herself as an influential Miami artist. From painting murals in the Urban Art scene to exhibiting canvas pieces in galleries, her work has been seen in exhibitions and private collections in several parts of the world including Street Art Dubai Gallery in Dubai. Her distinct style emerges from her love of classical techniques infused with her passion for illustrations and street murals.

Nate Dee:  Dee, born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois (Nate Dee) has numerous influences… this includes his Haitian background and the use of color in a lot of Haitian art, as well as in street art. The design quality of the Art Nouveau movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. These elements can be seen in his work. Additionally, he takes some influences from the pop surrealists.

Alejandro Mazon : Born in Havana , Cuba, Mazon is a member of the Latin American Art Pavilion. Mazon’s work projects a vision of sensuality, intimacy, and tension which over the years has matured into his own personal language, while at the same time communicating with an audience who respond to the work regardless of artistic background.

Adam Collier Noel : Collier Noel’s work combines diverse materials and techniques with various photographic processes. The subject matter incorporated into the artwork is often appropriated from his extensive collection of one-of-a-kind antique daguerreotypes and mid-century snapshots. Each photograph in his acquisition has been chosen because of its ability to simultaneously mirror intimate and universal facets of the human experience.


Tin Ly: Ly an immigrant from Vietnam, has been working as a professional artist in South Florida for over 25 years. Ly has received numerous awards and accolades for his art. Ly served as the Broward County Public Art and Design Program Manager. He currently maintains a studio and gallery in the Third Avenue Arts District. His art has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Hong Kong .


Aquarela Sabol:  Sabol is a Miami-based fine artist, muralist and overall visual creator. Her preferred mediums combine the traditional with the non; oil paints with spray paints, textiles with found objects. Stylistically, her work combines the energy of figurative expressionism with elements of typograpghy, collage and various deconstructed elements of popculture & print design. Each new artwork starts by exploring the possibilities of a single word or emotion. Her street art murals can be seen in Wynwood, Little Haiti, Miami Beach, Tulum Mexico (Tulum Art Project), Mana Urban Projects (Wynwood), The Bushwick Collective (Brooklyn, NY), and JMZ Walls (Brooklyn, NY).




Thurs, May 12 | Art Film Series| 7pm |  $10

A Documentary on Bernice Steinbaum hosted by Mimi Botscheller, Pompano resident and former Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Professor.


Fri, May 20| Music Sessions| 7pm| $20| TBA


Fri, May 27| Art Walk Citi Centre| Creative Clash FREE| Artists TBA

 April 26, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Apr 202016
Artist Entrepreneur

An Informational Session will be conducted by the Broward Cultural Division staff, for the very successful Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) , which will convene this summer beginning on June 4th. The Informational Session will be held on Tuesday,  April 26th at 6PM, in conjunction with the South Florida Artists Association, Inc. Artist “Meet-up,” at Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA), 41 NE 1st Street in Pompano Beach. This informational session will be offered to learn about the AEI and the various services the Division offers to artists in the region.  There is no charge to attend. RSVP by contacting Bailey Contemporary Arts (954) 284-0141

The AEI program will be presented on four Saturdays in June, at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to attend, including but not limited to sculptors, illustrators, metalworkers, writers, dancers, jewelers, musicians, performance artists, media/filmmakers, photographers, designers and all interdisciplinary artists. Artists residing in any county are invited and welcome to attend.

AEI is a course of study designed to assist individual artists by cultivating and advancing their business skills, and helping them to strengthen their operating infrastructure and expand their business. To date, more than 500 South Florida artists have graduated from the Institute, and many with exceptional success stories that follow. AEI will be presented from 9AM – 6PM onJune 4th, 11th & 18th and the Business Plan Clinic and Workshop on June 25th, 9AM – 2PM., and will offer a curriculum of 20 different sessions over the four Saturdays.

Registrants will receive an AEI course book; an indispensable resource for artists. Developed by CPAC, the course book features exercises and readings to prepare for each session, and is tailored to the specific needs of artist entrepreneurs.

Designed to help artists operate in the marketplace more successfully, the AEI course curriculum covers all aspects of developing an artistic business. It helps participants develop a personal brand, develop strategies for communicating with target markets, raise capital and identify a variety of tools for protecting one’s work legally. AEI offers critical support, enabling artists to contribute to the vitality of the larger urban arts and culture sector. Sessions include a mix of lectures, panels, group discussions and practical exercises.

The Business Plan Clinic’s topics will guide participants through preparation of a simple business plan, an essential tool for any artist. In addition, participants will learn how to work effectively with lenders to obtain financial support.

Participation costs is $100 and includes light refreshments and free parking. For members of ArtServe, registration is $75. RSVP for Informational Session Online. For more information contact Jim Shermer  at 954-357-7502

View the Artist as an Entrepreneur webpage for more information about the course and its history, and read news coverage from past years.

About the Broward Cultural Division
Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the U.S. providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations. Broward County has nearly 1.9 million residents, 13.4 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 6,291 arts-related businesses employing 23,498 people, 823 not-for-profit cultural organizations and 31 cities, some of which operate their own arts councils and public art programs. For more information about the Broward Cultural Division, call 954-357-7457. Visit the website and follow on Twitter@BrowardArts and Facebook.

About CPAC
CPAC, program founder of the AEI, has provided comprehensive business training to more than 800 artists nationwide; this service is made possible by the generous financial support of the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, and the John P. Murphy Foundation.


 April 20, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Apr 192016
Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves, the FREE live music series taking place every Friday through November 18 from 5:30 – 8:30pm, at The Hub on Fort Lauderdale Beach, will mix it up in May with music ranging from Classic Rock to Classic Oldies, and Reggae Roots to Latin Funk. The series of concerts, sponsored in part by Mist TWST, also serves as the launch of the Salute to Military Series, with five dates dotted throughout May, July, September and November to benefit United Way of Broward County’s MISSION UNITED initiative.


The first MISSION UNITED benefit and Salute to Military performance takes place on May 6, and serves as the official Welcome Party of the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Air Show.  The evening will feature a performance by South Florida’s favorite Classic Rock band, MR. NICE GUY.  A public meet and greet with air show pilots, sponsored by Yuengling and the It’s Better On the Beach Restaurant Group, follows the performance. Through a generous gift from The Fort Lauderdale Air Show, an online raffle will take place April 21 through May 5, with the chance to win an Exclusive ‘Friends of the Air Show’ Family Four (4) Pack. Not available for sale, the prize package includes, complimentary parking, private reserved seating in the Friends Tent, and other perks. 100% of the ticket sales benefit United Way of Broward County’s MISSION UNITED initiative, a critical program supporting United States military veterans and their families as they re-acclimate to civilian life and focuses on employment services, legal assistance, education, financial services, health and housing support. Raffle tickets are available for purchase online at


“Two of the members of our staff were hired through United Way of Broward County’s MISSION UNITED’s employment service, and another is currently serving in the Army Reserve” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “In planning this highlighted series we were also pleasantly surprised to see how many members of our featured bands once served our country. With the return of the Air Show and Fleet Week in early May, and support of Mist TWST™ and area beach businesses, this series exemplifies how a simple thing like music can connect and contribute to our community.”


Other highlights of the month include THE RESOLVERS, an 11-piece “big band” combining Roots Reggae and New Orleans-style Funk on May 13. Their shows have been described as “explosive” and “must see,” and have gained them the reputation as one of the area’s premier live reggae acts. On May 20, things spice up with a performance by the Miami-based powerhouse band, SUÉNALO. Best known for their Funk, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, they are the ‘quintessential embodiment’ of Miami as melting pot. Pepsi Bottling Company’s new product, Mist TWST™, sponsors both dates, and will sample their new combination “twist” sodas on-site the entire month of May from the Mist TWST™ van.


From a global gumbo to classic American tunes, The May 27th performance by THE SHINDIGS, invites you to relive the happy days of the past with a top-notch musical tribute to the feel-good sounds of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. As the lead-in to Memorial Day weekend, it also serves as the second date in the Salute to Military series, with the fun continuing Saturday at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Fifth Annual Great American Beach Party.  For information on special weekend hotel packages, nearby restaurant specials, activities and more, visit Fort Lauderdale Beach’s official website,


The Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music series is Free to the public through major funding support by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District, as well as series sponsors the Fort Lauderdale Beach CRA, Pepsi Bottling Company, Mist TWST™, The Beach 102.7 FM, 101.5 LITE FM, 104.3 FM The Shark, The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Visit Florida. Nightly performance sponsors include the It’s Better on the Beach Restaurant Group, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Central Beach Alliance, Bahia Cabana Beach Resort, Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, The Las Olas Association and area homeowner’s associations.

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About Friday Night Sound Waves

Taking place every Friday night from 5:30 – 8:30pm at “The Hub” on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, the 36-week Friday Night Sound Waves live music series is free to the public and features a diverse mix of Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin Fusion, Top 40, Reggae, World and Classic Rock performers. For more information and the complete schedule of performances and events, please visit or follow Friday Night Sound Waves on social media:,


Friday Night Sound Waves’ Line-Up Of 2016 Performers

  • March 18 – Tom Satori | Top 40: Dance
  • March 25 – The Rocket Man | Tribute: Elton John
  • April 1 – Ed Calle | Jazz: Latin
  • April 8 – Electric Piquete | Jazz: Latin Fusion
  • April 15 – Andrew Morris Band | Country
  • April 22 – Joel DaSilva | Jazz: Chicago Blues
  • April 29 – Jesse Jones Jr. | Jazz: Classic/Fusion
  • May 6 – Mr. Nice Guy | Classic Rock
  • May 13 – The Resolvers | Reggae: Big Band Jazz/Funk
  • May 20 –  Suenalo | Latin: Fusion
  • May 27 – The Shindigs | Oldies: 50’s- 70’s Rock & Roll
  • June 3 – Free Radicals | Top 40: Dance
  • June 10 – Eugene Grey | Reggae/Jazz
  • June 17 – Grace and the Victory Riders | Indie: World
  • June 24 – Across the Universe | Tribute: Beatles
  • July 1 – Weedline | Classic Rock
  • July 8 – Party Express | Top 40: Dance
  • July 15 – Sabor Latino | Latin: Brazilian and Samba
  • July 22 – Spread the Dub | Reggae: Funk, Roots
  • July 29 – Piano Bob’s 88’s | Jazz: Boogie Woogie
  • August 5 – Jimmy Stowe | Top 40: Tropical
  • August 12 – David Morin Elvis | Tribute: Elvis
  • August 19 – JL Fulks | Jazz: Indie, Blues
  • August 26 – Celebration | Top 40: Dance
  • Sept 2 – Woody & the Longboards | Oldies Rock & Roll
  • Sept 9 – Pocket Change | Top 40: R&B/ Funk/Soul
  • Sept 16 – UpRoot Hootenanny | Indie: Folk/Roots/Irish
  • Sept 23 – Simply Tina | Tribute: Tina Turner
  • Sept 30 – Joel DaSilva | Jazz: Blues
  • Oct 7 – Shane Duncan | Country
  • Oct 14 – Full Moon Party | New Disco
  • Oct 21 – Big City Dogs | Classic Rock
  • Oct 28 – Blues Brothers | Tribute: Blue Brothers Show
  • Nov 4 – Sosos | Indie: Singer Songwriter
  • Nov 11 – The Fabulons| Oldies: 50’s- 70’s Rock & Roll
  • Nov 18 – PALO! | Latin: Afro-Cuban Jazz
Apr 122016
rock showdown

Get ready for the latest edition of the South Florida Rock Showdown which will be held from April 19th until April 23rd at venues throughout South Florida.  Local rock bands, who entered the contest online, will have the chance to win a three-song EP fully mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated and nationally recognized sound engineers plus gift cards from Sam Ash for a total value of $1000.


The event producer Enrico Carducci, from Circo Massimo Entertainment, along with industry guest judges, have selected 12 best entrants to compete in a round of semifinals culminating in the Grand Finale round on Saturday, April 23 at Revolutions in West Palm Beach.


The winning band’s three-song EP will be recorded at Grammy-nominated, Miami-based Vanquish Studios, South Florida’s most advanced, state-of-the-art private recording studio with Joseph Salamida, CEO, Founder, Engineer and Producer.  Vanquish was chosen by Mix Magazine in 2009 as one of the “Year’s Coolest New Studios.”

All the material will be then sent to LA where nationally recognized Mixing / Recording Engineer and Studio Design Consultant Matt Knobel will mix it for the second year in a row. Knobel set up rock legend Lenny Kravitz’s state-of-the-art private recording studio, guiding his equipment selections with his expertise on digital, high-tech gear that helped Kravitz amp up his sound to a new level.  Their 10-year collaboration encompassed four consecutive Grammy Awards for Kravitz for Best Male Vocal Performance in the Rock category, as well as over 20 million global sales of Kravitz albums.  Knobel’s involvement boosts the winning band’s chances of garnering national recognition for their EP.

Grammy-nominee Emily B. Lazar, president and chief mastering engineer of The Lodge in New York City will serve as Mastering Engineer for the winning band’s EP.  She has worked on over 2,000 albums with major rock icons, including David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Santana and Linkin Park.

All of the 12 finalists will benefit from the Showdown’s marketing and publicity, including promotion across social media using hashtags #TheSFRS#SFRS2016 and #RockShowdown.

The winner, however, will also receive professional promotional benefits to include a set of professional photographs taken during their studio recording session, a professional music video donated by NITROGEN FILM in addition to photos of their performance and graphic design services for their EP packaging plus a $500 gift card from Sam Ash.

The South Florida Rock Showdown is produced by Circo Massimo Entertainment in collaboration with Rogue Theory Project, Vanquish Studios, Matt Knobel Mixing, The Lodge Mastering, Nitrogen Films, Howard Dean with Autosport Groups of Delray, QuestDrape, JMV Media Group, and She Radio.


SEMI-FINAL Round 1 – Tuesday, April 19 | 8pm to 1am
Elmo’s Rock Bar & Grill
9770 S Military Trail
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
(561) 292-3359


  • SKAR
  • Rock To Anywhere
  • Yardij
  • Bruja

SEMI-FINAL Round 2 – Wednesday, April 20 | 8pm to 1am
Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub
3355 NE 33rd St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 689-2344


  • Trip Machine
  • Mandy Moon
  • Quantum Waves
  • Shatterglass

SEMI-FINAL Round 3 – Thursday, April 21 | 8pm to 1am
Open Stage Club
2325 Galiano St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 441-7902


  • Of The Wasteland
  • Ovrhol
  • Drawing Bored
  • Superfuzz

GRAND FINALE – Saturday, April 23 | 8pm to 1am

Revolutions at CityPlace
477 S Rosemary Ave
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 203-6188

  • Lineup dependent on winners of semi-final rounds

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