Mar 232016
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The Pompano Beach Amp is rockin’ 90’s style with a classic line up of legendary bands who are some of the most popular touring artists of all time. For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms has defined the sound of jangle pop. The Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Opening for Gin Blossoms will be musical powerhouse Tonic and platinum-selling band Dishwalla.


Starting as top indie rock outfit, Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from “Hey Jealousy” and “Until I Fall Away”  to “Follow You Down” and the GRAMMY®-nominated “As Long As It Matters,”  earned the band sales in  excess of 10 million in the US alone.


Opening for Gin Blossoms is Tonic, another band that ruled the charts in the 90’s with six top 10 singles, over 4 million records sold, multiple Grammy nominations, platinum albums, and hit songs around the world including the #1 most-played rock song of 1998, “If You Could Only See.”  Merging the raw honesty of rock with their unabashed melodies, Tonic has helped usher rock-n- roll into the new millennium.

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Dishwalla will bring their signature alt-rock sound to the Amp with their classic hits that have  spanned nearly 2 decades and 5 albums. The platinum selling award-winning band made their debut with Pet Your Friends, and lit up the air waves with their edgy smash-hit, “Counting Blue Cars,” which became of the most requested songs of the year.

 Concert date:  May 15th, 2016.   Showtime 7pm

Tickets: $40-$65  via Ticketmaster

More information: or Call 954-519-5500 (THIS # ONLY)

 March 23, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Mar 182016

Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat and New Orleans Suspects will perform at theFunky Biscuit on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd as part of BISCUIT FEST 5. Rob Holloway is also on the bill.  Music starts at 8:00 P.M. with 3 sets and special guests.  This is open to patrons 21 and over.   Tickets are $35.00-$55.00.  The venue is located at 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton, FL.  For more information call 561-465-3946 or visit


Fred Tackett is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter best known for his work as a member of the legendary band Little Feat, heralded for their swampy, bluesy Americana-rock. Paul Barrere has been the guitarist for Little Feat since 1972.   Additionally, he has recorded and performed with many notable musicians including Robert Palmer, Bonnie Raitt and Carly Simon.   Tackett and Barrere tour as an acoustic duo and with Dead Feat, a quartet which includes Anders Osborne and Bill Kreutzmann. Tackett and Barrere have been joining New Orleans Suspects on tour dates for the last several  years receiving rave reviews from their fans!


New Orleans Suspects includes: Reggie Scanlan on bass (The Radiators, Professor Longhair Band); “MEAN” WILLIE GREEN on drums (Neville Bros.); Jeff Watkins on saxophone (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (Dirty Dozen Brass Band); and CR Gruver on keyboards and vocals (Polytoxic, Outformation).


The band’s 2014 release Ouroboros (Louisiana Red Hot Records) features 10 original songs that define the band’s sound, which is one that puts their own twist on the traditions of New Orleans music–fever-inducing funk, irresistible R&B rhythms, Longhair rhumbas, dancing-in-the-street second lines, jazzy soul-drenched horns, mind-melting swamp hoodoo, and feet-don’t-fail-me-now Carnivale music.  The CD has received rave reviews and is in rotation on 3 Sirius/XM stations: Bluesville, Jam_ON and The Loft.

For more information, visit

 March 18, 2016  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Mar 092016

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday.  Authentic Irish Pubs and Die-Hards will celebrate from early morning with breakfast and beer until late night followed by more breakfast in the wee hours.  However, you don’t have to wait until the 17th to get your “green on”.  The two largest cities in Broward will be celebrating on the weekend prior to the 17th.  Read all about St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival in Downtown Fort Lauderdale 2016 on Saturday and the 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Hollywood on Sunday.


Also on the weekend preceding St Patrick’s Day, the City of Delray Beach will pay tribute with live music entertainment starting on Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday with the parade flowing along “The” Avenue from 2 till 4pm.  Read all about it on our special page dedicated to this event.

Many bars and restaurants will also be celebrating on the weekend instead of the traditional March 17th this year.

Live Entertainment Schedule at Local Pubs & Restaurants on Thursday, March 17th, 2016

A Celtic Rogue Theory at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach at 7:30pm (and a full day of Irish entertainment starting at Noon with an Irish Fiddler, Irish Step Dancers
Bagpipes, Irish Drummer and Irish Favorites by Tom O’Miller)

The  Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood kicks off the festivities at 6pm with the Police Pipe & Drum Corps and the South Florida Cloggers. Headliner band for this Thursday is The Flyers at 9pm.  Don’t forget to try their limited time only Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Bacon Cheeseburger!

Cagney’s Saloon in Davie will be celebrating both Thursday and Friday nights.  First, on Thursday with the Piro Band Jam Session, then Friday the 18th with local Rock Cover Band Soulicide. Irish beer specials include Guinness, Smithwick’s and Harps, Jameson Specials and home cooked Corned Beef & Cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie.

Bahama Bob (5-8) and Spider Cherry will be performing at Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach 8:00pm. Irish dinners and Green Beer will be on the menu from Noon till Midnight including Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage as well as Shepherd’s Pie.

Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point will kick off the live entertainment at 3:30 with Irish band Echoes of Erin followed by rock party-band Bounce at 8:00pm.  Also, a long list of Irish specialties including Irish Stew and Corned Beef & Cabbage.

Bagpipes and Joey Kennedy during Happy Hour at Fishtales on 33rd in Ft Lauderdale followed by Bombshell (rock cover band) at 9:00pm

Axcents will be performing at Johnny O’Brien’s Pub (formerly Cuddy’s Sports Shack) in Coconut Creek 8:30pm

Furious George will be at Chit Chats Bar in Pompano Beach starting at 7:00pm

Snakebite at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood starting at 9:00pm

Headless Mind at O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate at 9pm

Rough Shot (Rock & Country Band) at Shenanigans in Hollywood at 10pm

Crush band will be performing at The Tilted Kilt in Fort Lauderdale where festivities will begin at 6:30pm with The Black Pearl Pipes & Drums.

Fort Lauderdale’s newest venue for live entertainment, Trio Live, will play host to two bands: ANT from 7-8:30 followed by Nick Schnebelen Band (National Touring Blues Guitarist) at 10pm.

I’m not sure about the exact band names but you can bet that they are probably the most authentic Irish at two of the largest “block party” celebrations going in Broward each year – one at The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach and the other at Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale.  Parking might be a challenge due to the vast numbers of people who are expected to attend each of these with Indoor AND Outdoor activities going on all day long.

You’ll find all the above and more listed at with more choices for Palm Beach County available too! (see ads below)

What’s going on in Palm Beach County this Thursday?

Crazy Fingers & Fruition at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton

Paul Anthony Band at The Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton

The O’Neils (direct from Ireland) at Tim Finnegan’s in Delray Beach

Solstice Reign & White Noise at Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill in Greenacres (Lake Worth) Also $4 Guinness bottles, $10.95 Corned Beef & Cabbage.

The Dubliner Irish Pub located inside Mizner Park in Boca Raton is famous for their annual block party.  Entertainment this year will include Walter Rooney, Rogue Theory, The Flyers, Spider Cherry, Irish Cloggers & Bagpipers, PBC Firefighters Drum & Pipes Band and Balloon Artists and Face-painters for the kids.  Their authentic Irish Buffet will include House Cured Corned Beef, Shepherd’s Pie, Banger’s & Mash and More

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Feb 112016
Champions Plaza_Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park is thrilled to announce the launch of International Tuesdays, an ongoing entertainment series featuring live music with genres from around the world. Musical sensation Benji Rafaeli will serve as resident musician and perform in Champions Plaza every Tuesday night. Beginning at 7 p.m., Rafaeli will sing songs in more than 10 different languages including English, Russian, Hebrew, French and Yiddish providing endless variety for guests to enjoy.

As part of the series, several Gulfstream Park restaurants will offer exclusive deals on International Tuesdays for patrons who mention “Gulfstream Park’s International Tuesdays” or present a special certificate passport received from Champions Plaza during their visit. Participating restaurants and specials include:

  • Adena Grill & Wine Bar

Get a certificate at Champions Plaza for $20 off your purchase of $20 or more

  • Bomba Tacos & Rum

One free taco with a purchase of equal or greater value. Limit one per guest.

  • Frankey’s Sports Bar

Get a certificate at Champions Plaza for $20 off your purchase of $20 or more

  • Mijani Lebanese Cuisine

Free falafel plate with purchase of an entree

  • ROK:BRGR Burger Bar + Gastropub

Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée. Good for dine-in guests only.

  • Strike 10 Bowling & Sports Lounge

2-for-1 priced Margaritas

  • Williams-Sonoma

Free coffee tasting, limit one per person.


WHEN:                 Every Tuesday

                             7 p.m.9:30 p.m.


DETAILS:              All restaurant special offers are valid on Tuesdays only with the mention of “Gulfstream Park’s International Tuesdays” or present a special   certificate passport received from Champions Plaza during their visit. Some restrictions may apply.


Gulfstream Park is located at 901 South Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach, Florida, just two miles east of I-95 and is open seven days a week. Valet service and complimentary self-parking is available. For hours, upcoming events and additional information, please visit or call


 February 11, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 092016
Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves, a 36-week FREE live music series taking place on Fort Lauderdale Beach, is excited to announce its line-up of performances for 2016.  Held every Friday, at the Hub located at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A from 5:30 – 8:30pm, March 18 to November 18, the series will kick off with the high-energy performance of Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale’s former resident and national touring act, the Tom Satori Band. Other highlights include the Broadway to the Beach series featuring The Rocket Man, a full production Elton John tribute show;  a tribute to Jazz Appreciation month in April  featuring 2-time Latin Grammy Award winning musician, Ed Calle; and a half-dozen of Fort Lauderdale’s ‘Underground Lauderdale’ artists,  including South Florida’s favorite ‘good time reggae band’, Spred the Dub.

Rocket Man_FNSW 2016“We are thrilled to bring Friday Night Sound Waves back for South Florida’s local residents and visitors to the area, as music is one of the few things that truly transcend age and background through its global language,” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “On behalf of our beach business community, I’d like to invite everyone to kick off the weekend and #MeetMeAtTheHub to experience the fun, excitement and casual nature of our beachfront destination.”

Featuring some of South Florida and the region’s best musical talents, performing an eclectic range of genres including Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin Fusion, Top 40, Reggae, World and Classic Rock, Friday Night Sound Waves aims to entertain area locals and global visitors, from the young to the young-at-heart. Attendees are encouraged to slide off their shoes and slip into the weekend, while kicking back on the sand with family and friends, to take in the ocean breeze and spectacular sights and sounds as a lead into their weekend. Interactive experiences on select dates provide local artists, entertainers and non-profit organizations the opportunity to connect with the community through the common language of music, art, entertainment and fun. A Salute to the Military series to benefit United Way of Broward County’s Mission United program will take place over several dates throughout the season.

FNSW_2015Situated at “The Hub,” the series takes place at the highly visible and central location, known as the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach, accessible from 17th Street Causeway, Sunrise Boulevard, and its midpoint gateway, Las Olas Boulevard. An on-site information kiosk, which will direct visitors to the areas nearby restaurants, live music venues and attraction options, will also feature details on area hotel and restaurant specials via Fort Lauderdale Beach’s official website,

With major funding provided by the City’s Beach Business Improvement District, additional series sponsors include, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Fort Lauderdale Beach CRA, Pepsi Bottling Company / Mist Twist and the It’s Better on the Beach Restaurant Group. Media sponsors and partners, Travelhost of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Magazine and Fort Lauderdale Media Publications, join performance sponsors, Bahia Cabana Beach Resort and Tsukuro. Area homeowner’s and business associations are participating by sponsoring select nightly performances.

For the complete schedule of performances, special events and sponsorship opportunities, visit or follow Friday Night Sound Waves on social media:,

Friday Night Sound Waves 2016 performers:

  • March 18 – Tom Satori | Top 40: DanceTom Satori
  • 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
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  • 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 25 – 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

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 February 9, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 082016

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 bVertigo Tribute to U2y 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 Doors Alive Floridawill 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 BuffetJimmy Buffett Margaritavillet

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 Bandwildfire-band-banner

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 ChesneyFast Forward Stage Pic

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

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

simply tina turner tributeCatch “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

Galunever stop believin tributeppi’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

IMG_7161The 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!

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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 for more information.

 February 8, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »