As many readers learned over the Summer, a local restaurant called Galuppi’s, well known for hosting weddings and Sunday brunches, also became infamous for hosting tribute bands on their covered patio bar overlooking the Pompano Beach Golf Course. When owner Grant Galuppi wanted to stop this weekly event after Summer ended, many pleaded with him to keep up this new tradition. Between the weekly Seminoles football games and the scheduled private banquets, he managed to squeeze in a few more tributes and popular cover bands. Now people call and check the restaurant’s website all the time trying to find out who is coming next!
While some of the favorites from this past Summer will be returning sure enough, 3 bands are on schedule in the next few weeks that will surely turn some heads and spin some bodies on the dance area under that stars. Lined with long tables to encourage people to sit together, there’s plenty of room on the outdoor patio for everyone. Check out their extensive menu of starters, sandwiches and appetizers so there’s no need to eat anywhere else before seeing one of these shows. All bands begin at 8pm.
Friday, February 12 – Chain Reaction – a tribute to Van Halen
Completely Unchained Tribute to Van Halen
Completely Unchained is one of South Florida’s most well-known and loved tribute bands as they travel to all the way from New York every few months warm up in South Florida and play at area venues including the Coconut Creek Casino. Lead singer, Eugene Henriksen, loves to show off his high kicks and fit body, no matter how many years he has been playing the part of David Lee Roth or Van Hagar. The band re-enacts the concert experience complete with the attitude, sounds, excitement, energy, lights and sound of the real thing. If you have ever seen them before, you know what to expect. If you haven’t you’re in for a treat!
Friday, February 26 – Vertigo Tribute to U2
Formed by members of several well known South Florida bands and the alter-ego of newly formed cover-band Reignfall, Vertigo promises to deliver three decades worth of Hits from U2’s vast Catalog. You might recognize Paul Martini on Lead Vocals, AJ Lynn on Lead Guitar and Lawrence Morse on Drums (both from Shovel~Head), and Howie Hughes on Bass (Riverdown).
Saturday, March 5 – Doors Alive tribute to The Doors
Doors Alive is a group of experienced musicians based out of South Florida who are dedicated to delivering the most accurate reproduction of a live Doors concert that will please fans worldwide! From the dramatic to the erie, the jazz influences to the straight up rock and roll, this band promises a concert experience and Galuppi’s has the perfect setting as the sun sets and darkness falls over the greens.
Saturday, March 12 – Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways tribute to Jimmy Buffett
After being rained out in January, this tribute has garnered much excitement around Pompano Beach. Looks like there are a lot of parrotheads nearby and nobody has more experience covering Jimmy Buffett than these guys who have even played with Jimmy himself. You’ll hear favorites such as Changes in Latitudes, Son of a Son of a Sailor, and what else but Margaritaville. Enjoy the show with a tropical drink in one hand and make a shark-fin with the other!
Saturday, April 2 – The WildFire Band
While not exactly a tribute to a single rock band, this cover band pays tribute to many favorite bands of the 70’s and 80’s. Their unique sound comes from the fact that almost every band member takes turns singing, Randy Fishenfeld sings and dances with her violin and Michael Waxman can be considered “The Piano Man” – both originating from the well-known predecessor band to this one called The BlueFire Band. While you may see this band at local bars and restaurants, they really spread their wings when playing outdoors – something they will be doing for the 3rd time this April at Galuppi’s.
Saturday, April 9 – Fast Forward, A Tribute to Kenny Chesney
On this particular Saturday, Galuppi’s goes country! The band, Fast Forward, features Derek “Cowboy Kenny” Villegas has been drawing rave reviews from audiences all over South Florida with his strong yet warm vocal style; often drawing comparisons to Country Music Star Kenny Chesney.
Derek has quickly developed a reputation as an exciting top entertainer with his high energy, dynamic stage presence and ability to connect with diverse crowds. After years of fans likening his look and sound to Kenny Chesney, Fast Forward, The Ultimate Kenny Chesney Tribute, was born. Derek now performs with Fast Forward as “Kenny Chesney” and is wowing audiences with a high energy “Kenny Chesney” style concert, playing all of Kenny’s smash hits.
Saturday, April 23rd – Jaded, A Tribute to Aerosmith
Bringing the authentic sound of the bad boys from Boston to the Greens of Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach, you’ll enjoy a night of Aerosmith hits from the 70’s through today. It’ll be a great time for all with some fast, hard-hitting American Rock and Roll. And there’s no tickets needed to attend this free concert on the covered patio-bar at Galuppi’s! Sit under the stars and enjoy a full menu of dinner specials and appetizers with a full liquor bar outside so you won’t miss a beat!
Saturday, April 30 – Turnstiles Tribute to Billy Joel
Turnstiles Billy Joel Tribute
Since 2011, Turnstiles has performed to 10’s of thousands of enthusiastic Billy Joel fans all over the US and are being met with rave reviews wherever they find themselves. Considered one of the finest Billy Joel Tribute shows in the country, Turnstiles’ renditions of Billy’s classic songs will please even the most passional “Joel” fans. This will be The Turnstiles second visit to Galuppi’s for an encore performance after amazing guests during the Summer Tribute Series.
Saturday, May 7 – Simply Tina – a tribute to Tina Turner
Catch “Simply Tina” under the stars at Galuppi’s patio-bar on Saturday May 7th at 8pm. You’ll hear all your favorite Tina Turner hits and covers from her career, including Proud Mary, River Deep Mountain High, Simply The Best, Private Dancer & many more. If you’re a fan of Tina Turner, you will LOVE this show – complete with lighting, fog effects and dancers. Best of all, there’s no charge to attend!
Saturday, May 14 – Never Stop Believin’ – a tribute to Journey and Bon Jovi
Galuppi’s welcomes back another favorite from this past Summer – Never Stop Believin’ with a tribute to the iconic rock band, Journey, bringing all their 70’s and 80’s hits to the stage again for your enjoyment. The band will also open up with a special tribute to Bon Jovi! You’ll go home singing all your favorite songs in your head such as It’s My Life, Livin’ on a Prayer, Dead or Alive, Faithfully, Open Arms, and Any Way You Want It – you’re probably already singing them now, aren’t you?!
Saturday, May 21 – The Long Run, A Journey Through the Music of The Eagles
The Long Run, a Journey through the music of The Eagles, last played at Galuppi’s on August 15th and everyone loved them so much that they are coming back for a return engagement on Saturday May 21st. Listen to all your favorite Eagle’s hits such as Take It Easy, One of these Nights, Hotel California and the band’s namesake The Long Run, just to name a few. You’ll be humming along to favorites tunes all night long. There’s no cover charge. Arrive early for best seating and order one of the featured dinners or appetizers to munch on while you wait for the band to get started.
Saturday, May 28 – Across The Universe Tribute to The Beatles
Across the Universe is the premier musical tribute to the music of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, both as a group and their solo careers after The Beatles. Unlike some other Beatles tribute acts, Across the Universe 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 and now you can see the show at Galuppi’s on a Saturday night under the stars!
All shows start at 8pm but you should probably go early for best seating and dinner, appetizers and some tropical drinks!
Box Reservations also available for large parties. Call (954) 785-0226 or visit www.galuppis.com for more information.