Nov 032015
imagine no hunger

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock is kicking off the season of giving by helping to nourish children and families worldwide with IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER. Inspired by John Lennon and his iconic song “IMAGINE,” the global campaign strives to turn his dream of a world with no hunger into a reality. For the eighth year, Yoko Ono Lennon joins Hard Rock International and WhyHunger in support of that mission. Proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WhyHunger and its grassroots partners worldwide, working to advance long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance.

“Hard Rock’s IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign challenges us to help change the lives of hungry children and families all across the globe,” said Yoko Ono Lennon. “Together, we can work to create a hunger-free existence for all, and realize the peaceful world my husband, John Lennon, envisioned.”

With Hard Rock’s support through the years, IMAGINE has helped communities grow enough food to provide more than 9.8 million nutritious meals in 31 countries. The campaign has supported programs that taught more than 47,800 community members techniques for sustained food production and has raised more than $6.8 million to help fight childhood hunger.

“Through the IMAGINE campaign, we are taking action and fighting for the worldwide human right to nutritious food,” said Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International and Global Ambassador for WhyHunger. “With the help of all of our guests, Yoko Ono Lennon and the team at WhyHunger, we can make a difference with real, sustainable solutions.”

“We have seen firsthand the impact teaching young people how to grow their own food can have on families and communities around the globe,” said Noreen Springstead, Executive Director, WhyHunger. “Together with our partners Yoko Ono Lennon and Hard Rock International, we can meet our goals and help raise millions to end worldwide hunger and poverty.”

Show Your Support

IMAGINE-Hotel_500x500socialTrue to Hard Rock’s mottos, “Love All – Serve All” and “Take Time to be Kind,” philanthropy has been the soul of the brand since its founding in 1971, and now guests can join in the fight against childhood hunger and poverty. Beginning on Monday, November 2, 2015, Hard Rock will offer limited-edition IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER merchandise, including a bracelet and T-shirt. For a $2 donation, guests can choose from an assortment of colored bracelets with 100 percent of funds raised benefiting WhyHunger. Additionally, 15 percent of the retail price of the IMAGINE T-shirt, which features the inspiring words “IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER” alongside a peace sign, will benefit WhyHunger. Merchandise is available for purchase at Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world and online at

Stay to Give Back

Hard Rock Giving TreeGuests and fans of Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos are invited to let their wish be heard with the IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER Wish Tree. Guests can make donations in the Rock Shop for a Wish Tag, then write wishes down and place it on the hotel’s Wish Tree. Funds raised through the purchase of each Wish Tag will go directly to support sustainable agriculture education and nutritional feeding programs around the world, through the partnership with IMAGINE. Wish Tag donations can be any amount, including $2 to feed a child for a day, $5 to feed a child for a week, $10 to start a family or community garden and $20 to start a school garden program.

As part of the 2015 IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, Hard Rock encourages fans to show their support by using the‪#‎ImagineNoHunger‬ hashtag on social media. Whether sharing photos of Hard Rock’s IMAGINE merchandise or how they support the IMAGINE campaign, Hard Rock looks to its guests to join the fight and utilize the #ImagineNoHunger hashtag in their social media posts this season.

 November 3, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Oct 202015
Halloween Coral Springs

Halloween 2015 is going to be NUTS – knowing that it falls on what is usually the busiest night of the week for party-goers even if it wasn’t a so-called holiday for those of us who like to dress up and pretend that we are someone else for one night a year. From Hollywood Beach all the way up to West Palm Beach, you can be sure that thousands of dollars will be given away as an incentive to get you and your friends into your neighborhood drinking establishments. Do your best not to spill your drink all over that costume you spent weeks preparing or lots of money buying for this annual trick or treat event.

This year, we are relying to a certain extent on the graphic artists and visual composers who make up those creative flyers you see online in order to present each venue’s offerings for October 31st, 2015, even though many will have Halloween themed parties all weekend long too.  Browse the images which range from Broward to Palm Beach County.  Every party below features one or more favorite local bands – so get out there and support our local music scene, in costume or not.

Note: These flyers will be continuously updated as we approach the magic number of 10-31-2015.

Premier Billiards Halloween Oct 31
Omalleys Halloween

Far from Grace Oct 31
Spank Oct 31 Halloween

Crush Halloween Oct 31-500Bootleg Oct 31Scattered State Oct 31

Stone Mojo Oct 31

Payback Leftys Oct 31Kahuna Oct 31Whiskey Tango Halloween

Sister Sparrow Halloween Contest-500
Pipers Halloween
Halloween 2015 elmos
Pavillion Grille Halloween Week

Bamboo Room Halloween

Sep 232015
Hard Rock Octoberfest

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock is bringing Munich’s favorite tradition to the States, with a brand new burger and beer pairing that pays homage to the biggest fall celebration – Oktoberfest! The Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger, an authentic menu offering straight from Germany, will be perfectly paired with Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer and available at cafes around the nation beginning on Tuesday, September 22 through Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Hard Rock Cafe’s Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger features a lightly breaded tender pork schnitzel, Samuel Adams OctoberFest-infused beer cheese sauce, topped with smoked bacon, tangy sauerkraut, whole grain mustard and fresh arugula, served on a pretzel bun.

As a global brand, Hard Rock has the unique capability to pull inspiration and ingredients from its local cafes around the world. The limited-edition Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger was inspired by Hard Rock Cafe Munich’s Local Legendary Schnitzel Burger* and features a lightly breaded tender pork schnitzel, Samuel Adams OctoberFest-infused beer cheese sauce, topped with smoked bacon, tangy sauerkraut, whole grain mustard and fresh arugula, served on a pretzel bun. The Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger and Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer will be served with Hard Rock’s seasoned fries and a side of Samuel Adams OctoberFest-infused beer cheese.

“Hard Rock and Sam Adams worked together to create a burger and beer pairing that pays tribute to the original Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, while perfectly capturing the flavors of fall,” saidDarryl Mickler, Senior Director of Research and Development at Hard Rock International. “The rich and sweet flavors of Samuel Adams OctoberFest pair well with the pork schnitzel, while the beer-infused cheese works to balance the nuanced notes of the brew.”

The new OctoberFest burger and beer pairing capitalizes on German-inspired flavors for fall that balance the deep and smooth malt finish of the beer. The duet is an extension of Hard Rock’s year-long line of burger and beer pairings, following the successful launch of the Rebel Legendary™ Burger and the Goose Island Tropical Bacon Burger earlier this year.

“We have been brewing our fall seasonal beer, Samuel Adams OctoberFest, for more than twenty five years,” said Jim Koch, Brewer and Founder of Samuel Adams. “When Hard Rock Cafe came to us with the opportunity to bring this fall favorite to a new level, we were ecstatic. What resulted is an authentic and captivating dish that guests will only be able to find at Hard Rock.”

The Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger and beer pairing is available at cafe locations nationwide through Saturday, October 31, 2015. Guests can stop by Hard Rock Cafe to try out the latest items or visit for more information.

* Each cafe is given the freedom to create a unique Local Legendary Burger that captures the local flavors of their city and is only available at that cafe location.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 203 venues in 64 countries, including 156 cafes, 22 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Lagos and Busan, South Korea. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, andShenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International,

About Samuel Adams and the Boston Beer Company
The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation’s great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the ‘extreme beer’ movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker’s perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its primary focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America’s leading craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please

 September 23, 2015  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Sep 152015

Many people have noticed the carnival rides popping up on the corner of 441 and Margate boulevard and have been looking for more information about this event online so here it is!   The Margate Firefighter’s Benevolent Health Fair and Carnival is taking place all this week through Sunday, Sept. 20th  at 1000 N. SR 7 with something for everyone.

* Hands Only CPR Classes
* Health Screening from North Broward Health & West Boca Hospital
* Spinal Screenings
* Free Blood Pressure Checks
* Vitas Give-a-ways

The American Heart Association Hands-only CPR class will be offered between 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19th and Sunday, Sept. 20th. The 15-minute training is free and open to all ages.

Join us to learn how to save a life and have some fun while you’re there too!

 September 15, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Sep 092015

The Pompano Beach Amphitheater is proud to be participating in Broward 100’s Duende. In preparation for the grand finale weekend of the county’s centennial celebration, Broward 100 and the amphitheater are issuing a call to musicians to participate in the Most AMPed Band contest. Bands are encouraged to upload their videos of original songs to where submissions will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. The top ten bands will be performing at the amphitheater as part of Duende A.M.P. Fest on Sunday, October 4th. The winning band will be the opening act for the evening’s headliners. Deadline for submissions is September 23, 2015. For more details about this free event for the community please visit,

Update: Non-Original Songs will be up to the discretion of judges to determine if they will be admitted or not.

We are looking to showcase south Florida’s best musicians and bands during this finale of Broward’s centennial celebration” said Byron Swart, Artistic Director of Pompano Beach Arts. “Leading industry professionals from Live Nation, AEG, Audacity Records and other notables will judge the entrants and select the ten finalists and winner. We are encouraging all genres and we look forward to discovering some amazing talent!”

How to Enter:
1. Upload a video of you/your band performing (PG please) to YouTube by Wednesday, September 23rd;
2. Upload your link to The Amp’s Facebook’s page at
3. Send the link, your portfolio (short bio, photo for promotion, samples of music, website/social media links to [email protected] with subject line AMP FINALE

The top ten bands will perform on Sunday, October 4th from 3-6pm. At that time, judges will determine the winning band that will open for the event’s featured performers including Sammy Figueroa, Otis Cadillac, The Jason Taylor Foundation’s Bluapple Poetry Network and Body & Soul Dance Theater.


Duende A.M.P Fest will also feature ARTwar! Canvas against canvas, twelve local visual artists will pit concept, technique, brush strokes, paints and creation against one another. Watch and cheer for your favorite artist as an exhibition of the creative process unfolds before your eyes. Each artist will be allotted 45 min to demonstrate their talents, creating a new work of art that will determine whether they move onto the next round or are simply eliminated.


ARTwar will feature an array of noted artists including FRIKS84, Anthony Hernandez

Gabriela Martinez, Lori Pratico, Rei Ramirez, FIFTYTHREE, Ivan Roque, SURGE, Todd the Painter and Ruben Ubiera.  Judges include Julia Black Andrews, Executive Director for Coral Springs Museum of Art; Leah Brown, Co-Director, FATVillage Arts District; Peter Symons, Co-Director, FATVillage Arts District; and a representative from Jerry’s Artarama.

The winning artist will receive $1000 in supplies from Jerry’s Artarama.
For further details contact Byron Swart at [email protected]

 September 9, 2015  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jul 222015

On Tuesday, July 15th, thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from the vehicle belonging to Tim Tolson of local cover-band Grindstone as it was parked in a Deerfield Beach neighborhood between dusk and 2AM. Photo’s of the missing PA and Gear are currently circulating throughout the local music community.  Anything you can do to help locate these items would be greatly appreciated.



As of July 22nd, there has been no update from the police and no items recouped. Although the guys in GrindStone are always among the first to raise their hands to volunteer to play at benefits and help others, they are the kind of guys who won’t ask others to help them. Our super cool friends Cheri & Keith De Tone, owners of Ovation Music and Studios in Boca Raton, wanted to do something to help and decided to raffle off a guitar from their shop. The idea grew a bit from there, and now there are 3 really cool prizes you can win with 100% of proceeds going to fund a replacement PA for the band. “Virtual raffle tickets” are on sale now – $5 each, or 5 for $20 and can be purchased online using a credit card or PayPal (or in person at Ovation), separate tickets are available for each item. You can win an acoustic guitar (donated by Ovation Studios), a limited edition Roy Orbison CD/DVD collection & t-Shirt (donated by the Roy Orbison Foundation in Nashville), or 4 guitar lessons with Aldo Marchant, who is not only GrindStone’s lead guitarist but a music teacher at Ovation.

Stolen PA

If you are interested in participating in the raffle or just donating to the cause, visit

Thanks for your concern, your support, and for sharing.

 July 22, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »