Dec 062016

Every year, we come across extraordinary New Year’s Eve packages put together by aspiring marketing departments who either want to make our mouths water with envy or target the 1% who may be wealthy enough to have unlimited budgets but lack enough creativity to put together their own plans on how best to celebrate this literally annual event.  This year, the prize goes to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort with what they call the  “It’s a Thin Line Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” Suite Package starting at $22,500 per night.   A two-night minimum stay is required so we’re talking about a $45,000 commitment!  Well, we’re not so sure how “laid back” this package really is with that kind of a price tag!

Guests who book the package for a stay in the Jimmy Buffett Presidential Suite or Coral Reefer Vice-Presidential Suite will enjoy the following:

  • Luxurious accommodations atop the highest floor of the 17-story resort, with private balconies facing both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway
  • Round-trip limousine transfers between the resort and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, just minutes away
  • A stocked suite with a full premium bar including beer, wine, liquor and mixers
  • An en-suite, five-course dinner hosted by the resort’s executive chef with pairings from JWB Prime Steak and Seafood (for up to eight people)
  • A private poolside cabana each day with beer, wine and unlimited margarita pitchers
  • A private yacht charter along the Intracoastal Waterway, complete with an open bar and canapes (for up to 12 people)
  • A luxury Margaritaville swimwear makeover for two from the resort’s ‘Live Life Like a Song’ retail store
  • An en-suite Bloody Mary bar and bartender to sooth the morning after blues
  • One Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker® for creating the perfect party drinks

Note: Reservations must be made at least seven days prior to arrival.

Now that we have completely shocked you with a sticker price of $45,000 for two nights, here’s something a little more affordable.

JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, the resort’s coastal-luxe restaurant concept, is offering a special five-course menu for New Year’s Eve for $175 per person. Highlights of the menu created by Executive Chef Andres Teran include pan seared scallop over English pea purée and shallot gastric; bouillabaisse, a seafood stew with clams, mussels, shrimp and fresh catch with grilled ciabatta; and wine-poached pear with moscato zabaglione, among others. A wine pairing is available for an additional $50 charge. Diners can enjoy party favors, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. JWB will host two seating options – the first will be an à la carte seating at 6pm and the second will be the prix fixe menu seating from 9pm to 1am.

With multiple unique on-site food and beverage outlets, guests and locals alike can also choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Margaritaville Restaurant, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill or LandShark Bar & Grill with live music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight being offered in each venue. There will also be a pop-up champagne bar in the resort’s lobby from 5pm to 1am.

New Year’s Eve Entertainment at Margaritaville Resort Venues

LandShark Bar & Grill (2nd Floor) Time TBD DJ Blix

5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 9:00pm-12:30am Tito C. 3 (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

Hollywood Beach Bandshell 10:00pm-1:00am Jason K. & Signal Fire (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 10:00pm-2:00am 30 Vice (Top 40, Latin, Rock, R&B & Party Music)

For more information, visit: or call (844)-562-5625

Looking for other places to drink and dine and New Year’s Eve in Hollywood, FL?

Check out:

Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Summary of Restaurants with New Year’s Eve Offerings thanks to

 December 6, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 182016

Americana band JD & The Straight Shot – featuring vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan whose voice the New York Post calls “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton) and violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) – are set to kick off the new year on tour with legendary artist Don Henley. The trek starts on January 14th in Austin, TX at Austin City Limits Live.

JD & The Straight Shot are currently working on their forthcoming album due out in early 2017. The achingly beautiful first single “I Know, You Know, I Know” gives an exciting taste of what’s to come. The sparkling ballad produced by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert), was written by Dolan, Slaver and Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash) with sweeping accordion melodies performed by Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band). The new song was a rousing audience favorite along JD & The Straight Shot summer 2016 European tour dates with Don Henley and U.S. shows with Joe Walsh.

JD & The Straight Shot spent 2016 touring nonstop in support of their highly praised all-acoustic album Ballyhoo!. Neo Music Scene raves, “Ballyhoo! is a refreshing record that gets back to the roots of great American music,” I’m Music Magazine gushes the album is “A tasty slice of Americana music at its finest,” The El Vee enthuses, “JD & the Straight Shot mix blues, folk, and Americana styles into a timeless American music sound of their own” and Music Matters Magazine calls the record “a listening pleasure.”

In addition to touring with Don Henley and Joe Walsh, JD & The Straight Shot have played alongside luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Jewel and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. New England Music News declares, “Awesome is the word” for JD & The Straight Shot’s live show.

Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight GRAMMY Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles that has become one of the most influential bands in America. Henley’s solo career is acclaimed with such hits as “Dirty Laundry,” “Heart Of The Matter,” “Boys Of Summer,” “The End Of The Innocence” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors later this year, as a member of the Eagles.

JD & The Straight Shot 2017 Tour Dates with Don Henley:

January 14 – Austin, TX @Austin City Limits Live

January 15 – Sugar Land, TX @Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

January 17 –  San Antonio, TX @Majestic Theater

January 19 –  Tulsa, OK @Paradise Cove Margaritaville

January 20 –  Little Rock, AR @Robinson Theater

January 22 –  Atlanta, GA @Fox Theatre

January 24 – Clearwater, FL @Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 25 – Hollywood, FL @Hard Rock Live Hollywood FL


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 November 18, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 162016

Holidays like Thanksgiving can be pretty lonely if you are the kind of person who doesn’t have much family in town or like many people I know these days who just hate to cook or clean up after hosting yet another holiday dinner.  Once again, I have cobbled together a short list of places that will be open on Thursday, November 24th for your dining, drinking and/or partying pleasure!

  1. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar in Pompano Beach – Known for their huge Sunday Brunch Buffets, this hidden treasure located at the entrance to the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course will probably have the largest spread of both traditional and non-traditional foods on their all-you-can eat buffet beginning at Noon on Thursday, November 24th.  Seating will be available in both their intimate dining room or out on the patio.  RSVP recommended (954) 785-0226 $29.95pp (14.95 for kids 4-12)
  2. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Live Music & Great Food are guaranteed 7 Days a week at this intimate restaurant and nightclub located in the North Beach Shopping District of Fort Lauderdale.  Thanksgiving will be No Exception.  Owner Cathy Vassallo has prepared a special menu with a choice of Prime Rib or Cajun Fried Turkey, traditional side dishes, soup or salad and dessert for a Prix Fixe of $20.95.  Since there are only a limited number of tables inside and out on the patio, reservations are highly recommended.  (954) 689-2344.
  3. Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale – Known for their beautiful view of the intra-coastal waterway and docks that let you park your boat while you eat indoors or out on their extensive patio, “Shooters” is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet this year. The carving station will offer turkey, prime rib and roasted ham. The buffet will also include soups, salads, traditional sides and desserts including Pumpkin Cheesecake for a set price of $49/pp ($26 for kids 12 and under).  One other interesting note is that they will prepare a complete dinner to serve 6-8 people for only $95.00.  Call (954) 566-2855 for more info.
  4. Tanzy’s of Boca Raton – Tanzy’s feast features traditional Thanksgiving favorites, from tender Roasted Turkey Breast to orange-cranberry compote and fresh-baked parker house rolls, and Yard’s signature Three-Layer Silken Pumpkin Pie wraps up your unforgettable meal with her decadent twist on a classic.  Impress friends and family while Tanzy Restaurant’s imaginative and eclectic atmosphere sets the perfect backdrop for a memorable evening this Thanksgiving. $45/person ($20 for children 12 and under ) Enjoy a curated holiday menu by celebrated Chef Sherry Yard. Make reservations for Thanksgiving Day 11:30 a.m. – (561) 922-6699.
  5. Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood – Even if you live in South Florida, a trip to the Hard Rock Cafe always makes you feel like you are on vacation somewhere else! You’ll be surrounded by Rock memorabilia and memorable rock tunes via a surround sound system that includes videos in every corner of the restaurant.  Although the menu for all Hard Rock Cafe’s is almost identical worldwide, this location offers some items you won’t find elsewhere.  And on this special day, they have put together a traditional Thanksgiving dinner including Turkey, Stuffing,  Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Pumpkin Pie for a prix fixe of $23.95.   The entrance is next to the Hotel Lobby so be sure to park in Hotel Parking if you want to avoid a long walk through the casino.  For more information or reservations, call (954) 315-9108.
  6. Brogues DownUnder in Lake Worth – This Irish Restaurant-Bar located in downtown Lake Worth is offering a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet including the traditional Pumpkin Pie for a very reasonable $20.00/pp. With 33 large screen TV’s, it might be the best place to catch a bite without missing a touchdown.
  7. City Tap West Palm Beach – New to the CityPlace scene, City Tap is excited to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with all of their new South Florida friends and family. The restaurant will offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring items like oven roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, potato dishes including mashed potatoes and potatoes au gratin and casseroles like sweet potato and classic green bean. Mouthwatering dessert selections will include pumpkin cheesecake and a selection of cupcakes. The Thanksgiving buffet is priced at $35 for adults and $15 for children.

thanksgiving dinner


Live Music on Thanksgiving

Done with dinner?  Need to get out of the house?  Check out some of the following bars and restaurants open for Thanksgiving entertainment –  the bands will appreciate having some friends and fans!


Ronnie Davis (1pm) and Butch Corridori (5pm) and [email protected] at Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale

The Silent Shout at Nectar Lounge (8pm), Terry Hanck at Legends Lounge (7pm) inside Coconut Creek Casino

Furious George at Sunset Grill inside Coconut Creek Casino (8pm)

Jam Session & Turkey Dinner ($12.99) at Alligator Alley Native Florida Tap Room & Gastro Pub in Oakland Park


Big Medicine at Copper Blues “Rock Pub & Kitchen” in West Palm Beach (8pm)

Peter White & Friends at The Duck Tavern in Boca Raton (also, a Benefit for Lilly Cox)

* All engagements are subject to change without notice (unfortunately!)


Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at for more places to eat and drink the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.

 November 16, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 162016
mason jar drinks hard rock cafe

Just in time for the holiday season, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood FL is mixing it up with new, limited-time mason jar cocktails. In addition to offering innovative, festive flavors for the season, two of Hard Rock’s drinks will also give back to charity.
The new “Mix It Up” holiday cocktails, available at Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Monday, November 14 through Sunday, January 29, include:

  • Angelo’s Passion – Winner of Hard Rock’s 2016 Global BARocker Championship, Angelo Delgado, created this passionately refreshing and fruity concoction made with BACARDI Superior Rum, Midori Melon Liqueur, Passion Fruit Reál and ginger beer
  • Velvet Rain – A luscious and velvety sangria made with Soul Sister Pinot Noir, Southern Comfort, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, tropical juices and fresh berries
  • Bourbon Milk Punch – The ultimate decadent treat – Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon, RumChata, Monin Spiced Brown Sugar and milk shaken together then topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and spiced pecans
  • Pineapple Sage Rita –  Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and fresh sage bring aromatic, savory spice to this margarita made with Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila and Monin Agave Nectar
  • Maria Sangria* – mix of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Havana Club Anejo Clasico, Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate and tropical juices shaken with fresh lime, orange and strawberries
  • Pomegranate Cooler (alcohol free)* – Don’t take this pom for granate! Monin Pomegranate, Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate, sweet and sour and fresh raspberries, rosemary and lime

In the spirit of giving, for every Maria Sangria and Pomegranate Cooler purchased featuring Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate, Pepsico will donate 50 cents to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, which aims to improve lives through the power of music.

About Hard Rock Heals Foundation

The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.

 November 16, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 092016
garlic festival

Garlic Heads get ready to regale, rejoice, refresh and renew at the 18th Annual Garlic Fest on Feb. 10 – 12, 2017.  The best stinkin’ party in South Florida has moved to larger festival grounds to accommodate the growing legion of garlic fans at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Florida! That means you’ll find everything you have always loved about Garlic Fest but it will be bigger and better than ever before! Now, all you have to do is sit back, start stocking up on mints, and count down the days until South Florida Garlic Fest 2017.

Garlic Fest Main Stage entertainment kicks off on Friday, Feb. 10th at 6:00 pm and continues non-stop through Sunday, Feb. 12th.  This year, the Garlic Gods have been especially kind to the South Florida Garlic Fest bringing us the globally conscious music of Kongos on Friday night, Feb. 10th.  The brothers KONGOS — multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalists — craft a unique and irresistible sound spawned from shared DNA, diverse influences and spot-on melodic and lyrical sensibilities. On Saturday night, Feb. 11th, Michael Franti & Spearhead storms the stage. “I make music because I believe it can change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”  Listen to Franti & Spearhead’s infectious beat in their huge hit – Hey You (I love you).

In addition to a long list of talented local acts rocking the Garlic Fest stage this year is Southern rock guitarist Joe Lasher Jr. and Texas bred singer songwriter Taylor Phelan!  Lasher’s live shows are becoming legendary throughout the Southeast! His new EP, “Jack to Jesus” just dropped.  Taylor starred in the 7th season of The Voice and recently released his debut album, “Where The Oceans Shallows”.

Our Internationally Award Winning Event brought home another nine awards in 2016, continuing the reputation of THE signature food and entertainment event in South Florida.  The Garlic Fest continues its focus on local community volunteers with a dedicated team of 20 non-profit organizations with 550 volunteers that run the show. The festivities include live national musical entertainment, artists & crafters, Garlic Chef cooking competitions, amusement rides and garlic-infused cuisine that permeates the air for miles.  The three-day event will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10 – 12, 2017.   Festival hours are Friday: 5 PM-11 PM, Saturday: 11 AM-11 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-6 PM.

This unique event crosses all cultural boundaries and ages, providing something for everyone featuring;  National Act Musical Entertainment, the Cloves & Vines Wine Garden, full liquor bars, Garlic Chef Stadium, garlic-inspired gourmet food, over 200 unique vendors, children’s activities and amusement rides, and Home Depot Garlic University. Garlic Fest was started by a group of locals as a means to raise funds for local non-profit organizations dedicated to children’s arts and activities and it is still run by those same local organizations today! Last year, Garlic Fest topped $585,000 in charitable contributions to date for the 20 organizations and the 550 community volunteers they represent. The Garlic Fest is a gathering that renews communal spirit as it enriches the fabric of south Florida life.

The Garlic Fest draws international media attention including a featured spot on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped”.  The festival has won over 60 state and international awards, has been featured in over 40 national magazines, has had two network appearances and countless hours of local media coverage.

For more information, visit and don’t miss the “Best Stinking Party in South Florida”.


 November 9, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Oct 082016
simply tina boca black box

Already known for hosting both local and touring comedy shows, Boca Black Box is also the ideal place to watch a concert, complete with excellent sound, lighting and just the right number of seats to get that concert feeling yet not so crowded so everyone has an excellent view of the stage no matter where you sit. The theatre caters to residents of Boca Raton and surrounding areas who prefer to pay a reasonable amount to sit in an air conditioned environment with reserved seating and servers who take drink and snack orders throughout the show.

The month of October features several unique and outstanding performances.

October 8 – Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner

Simply Tina is much more than just band playing the hits. Simply Tina reproduces the glitz, glamour, music, singing, dancing and the overall concert feel of a live Tina Turner concert.

October 9 – The 14 Jazz Orchestra

“The 14” Jazz Orchestra, featuring 2015 Latin Grammy Winner, saxophonist, Ed Calle, is comprised of 13 of South Florida’s premier Jazz and studio musicians. Under the direction of Dan Bonsanti, the ensemble includes distinguished Jazz educators currently on the music faculties of Miami Dade College, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami. Individually, the members of “The 14” have recorded, toured, and/or performed with many of the greatest Jazz and Pop artists of our time, from the big bands of Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, and Woody Herman to such Jazz artists as Billy Eckstine, Sara Vaughan, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Turrentine, The Brecker Brothers, Eliane Elias, Bob Mintzer, Bob James, and Arturo Sandoval, just to name a few. Their collective resumes also include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Pop/Rock artists as diverse as Barbara Streisand, Marvin Gaye, and The Bee Gees. The ensemble takes a Contemporary Jazz approach to a wide assortment of styles, performing compositions from Jazz composers such as Billy Strayhorn, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, John Scofield, and Wayne Shorter and pop/rock artists such as Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

October 16 – Duo Romantico

Renowned Argentine singer Atilio Marinelli and his American wife, Christy (aka Duo Romantico) pay tribute to the most beloved artists of our time–including Atilio’s cousin, Andrea Bocelli! This is a fun, lighthearted show with plenty of Ricky & Lucy style humor and film clips of the legends. Atilio & Christy never take themselves too seriously, although they are both classically trained (tenor and mezzo-soprano). They sing all the songs you know and love–from pop to Broadway, Hollywood and popera.

October 22 – The Long Run tribute to The Eagles

Members of The Long Run have appeared  on over 30 Albums and have performed and shared the stage with Herb Reed and the Platters, The Flamingos, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Tokens, Trisha Yearwood, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Dixie Cups, Bobby Lewis, Epcot’s British Invasion, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Mike Pinera of Blues Image, John Stewart’s Legends in Concert, The Romantics, Julio Iglesias  Jr, Patty Loveless, Louise Mandrell, Brian and Dennis Wilson, Eric Clapton, The Bee Gees, America, Peter Frampton, Eddie Money, Michael Bolton, Dion, and Meat Loaf, Bo Diddly, Robert Gordon, Chuck Berry,, Phil Kenzie, Cristopher Cross, Jon Secada, David Cassidy, Shania Twain, Rick Derringer, Average White Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section. THE LONG RUN provides a spectacular performance and brings back great memories. You won’t hear an Eagles Tribute band this great ‘til “Hell Freezes Over.”

October 28 – The Wildfire Band

The Wildfire Band is the loving “refiring” of the beloved BlueFire Band. The BlueFire Band, with core members Randi Fishenfeld, Richard Velasquez, Nick Cucunato, and Michael Waxman (joined 2007) had been performing and wowing audiences throughout South Florida for 18 years. Jeffrey Lafferty, drummer, joined the band as a permanent member in 2013.  Because of the amazing chemistry and musicianship of its members, BlueFire garnered a huge loyal and adoring fan base.  The band was built on love and respect for its members and following.

Tickets and Info

Tickets start at $20 for most shows and can be purchased in advance online at:

Discount tickets may often be found on Weekend Broward’s Discount Tickets page.

For more information, visit their website or call (561) 483-9036

 October 8, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »