Jan 302016
renaissance festival

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all knaves, knights, wenches and ladies! The honor of your noble company is requested as the Florida Renaissance Festival, now celebrating its 24th year of fantastical journeys back in time, where hundreds of talented performers from around the globe take to the stage and participants donned in their finest regalia fill the bustling streets with laughter and awe! With an unprecedented seven theme-filled weekends, the Florida Renaissance Festival will take place from February 13 to March 27, 2016 at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park.

“Being able to take people on an elaborate, visual, interactive journey back in time is what drives us every year as we plan our annual festival,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “There is no other place in Florida where you’ll find jousting knights, regal ladies, swashbucklers and Vikings mixing with modern-day hipsters, fantasy lovers, history buffs and families.”

The festival’s theme this year is “Renaissance Around the World.” Renaissance, which means “rebirth,” began with the Italian culture and then spread to other areas to produce a French Renaissance, an English Renaissance, Spanish Renaissance, and so on. Cultures around the world have witnessed the discovery and exploration of new continents, the advancement of science, the growth of commerce, and the invention or application of powerful innovations. This year’s Florida Renaissance Festival celebrates and honors those scholars and thinkers from around the world who led the revival of classical learning and wisdom.

For the 2016 season, the Royal Court announces a variety of fan favorite acts and performances with an invigorating entertainment lineup that includes something for everyone. Jay and Abby Michaels are The Harper and The Minstrel, who combine their alto and baritone voices with the soothing sounds of harp and flute. Trash or Treasure will provide an interactive experience by acting out scrambled stories with the help of children and adults of all ages. The Kelly Irish Dancers will perform a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance. In an impressive display of bravery, The Duelists will combine comedy and sword fighting that takes the audience on an emotional journey, from gasps to laughs. Using only whistling and hand gestures to communicate, Moonie The Magnificent leaves audiences in stitches while performing magic and other feats. Join Captain Red Swash Rogers and Mr. Buckle as they sail they seas and land ashore for pirate comedy and sword fighting in Buckle & Swash. The Cobblestone Characters travel around and interact with patrons throughout the day with their many antics.

New to the Florida Renaissance Festival is the eighth generation equestrian dynasty Caroline Williams’ Liberty Horse Act. Witness the magical presentation of Lipizzan Stallions at the same time, as they perform freely and dazzle with their hypnotizing movement.

2016 Theme Weekends:

Swashbucklers & Sirens Weekend – February 13 – 15: Shiver Me Timbers! This Pirate-themed weekend unearths the mysteries of the sea as sirens lure sailors and pirates alike with their enchanting music and voices leaving those who dare to listen shipwrecked! Prepare yourselves for a “salty” good time! Open President’s Day, February 15th.

Vikings and Valkyries – February 20 – 21: Enter the mythical world of Valhalla where Valkyries rule over fallen warriors. These powerful war goddesses can stand toe-to-toe with the huge, bearded barbarians in animal fur tunics and horned helmets that we call Vikings. Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will survive this weekend!

Fantasy and Adventure – February 26- 28: Adventurers from lands near and far bring myriad works of magic, imagination and fantasy to this weekend’s events. Enter a world where dragons fly, wizards cast spells and mystical characters come to life. If you can imagine it, then this is the weekend where it can actually happen!

Voyage to the Orient – March 5 – 6: On the heels of a successful introduction last year, this Orient-themed weekend is making its second appearance in the Florida Renaissance Festival. This weekend brings us to the Far East to experience the sights and sounds of Shogun, Samurai, and the unbroken Ming dynasty that ruled China for almost 300 years.

Kilts & Colleens – March 12 – 13: Kilt is what happened to the last person who called it a skirt! Celebrate the luck of the Irish with Scottish and Celtic traditions – bagpipes a’blarin’ – during this uniquely themed weekend.

Time Travelers’ Weekend – March 19 – 20: Delorians here! This weekend is dedicated to adventurers across the millennia. Bring your brassies Victorian “gears” and join us for “Steampunk Saturday.” On Sunday, the village opens itself up to time traveling pioneers, aliens, Browncoats, Federations and Empires.

Carnivale Masquerade – March 26 – 27 (Easter weekend): Let Winter wane and bring in the Spring with a fête to rival all others during our final weekend! During our Carnivale Masquerade weekend, unleash your inhibitions behind the anonymity of delicately detailed masks, historic costumes and intriguing disguises! Feel free to act outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention, discover mystery and enchantment, and add an element of mischief that will make this Easter one to remember!

The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The sponsors of the Florida Renaissance Festival include Comcast, Pepsi, Warsteiner, Guinness and Miami Grill.

The Florida Renaissance Festival at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park will be open weekends beginning February 13th from 10 a.m. to sunset until March 27th. Open President’s Day, February 15th. Prices range from $21.00 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $75 and group ticket rates are also offered. Discount tickets also available at Walgreens.

While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year enhance their experience by donning garb from the Renaissance era, or participate in one of the festival’s special themed weekends by dressing up as their favorite pirate, time traveler, fairy, or fantasy character!

More than two million people have seen the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach during its royal period in South Florida. This 16th Century production features more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.

Tickets and More Info

For tickets and more information visit: www.ren-fest.com; Find us on Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Follow us on Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. Download our festival mobile app by searching Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Android market. If you prefer the historical method: 1-800-3-REN-FES.

 January 30, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 272016

The New Orleans band Galactic will be the featured act at the third annual CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival, April 2-3, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field, it was announced here today. The group’s music has been described as a mix of rap, funk, soul, rhythm and blues and New Orleans brass band jazz. “We’re ecstatic to be able to have Galactic perform at this year’s festival,” said event organizer Don Matthews. “They are extremely popular and I’m confident everyone will enjoy their mind-blowing, incredible talent.”

It’s been more than 20 years since Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel began exploring the seemingly limitless musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic. Since then, the seminal New Orleans band has consistently pushed the artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other.

Featuring New Orleans crawfish and music, the festival has expanded to two days this year. In addition to a massive crawfish boil, food and art vendors, Matthews has booked other top tier musicians for this year’s event to complement Galactic.

On Saturday, Rockin’ Jake, Stan & the Streetwalkers and Maggie Koerner will perform, while the Cajun/Zydeco groups will include Chubby Carrier, Dwayne Dopsie and Geno Delafose.

Sunday’s highlighted acts will include the Papa John Gros Band, Bonerama and Raw Oyster Cult with The Porchdogs, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, the Savoy Family Band and Carrier.

Tickets (priced at $25 to $125) are on sale now and can be purchased via www.CrawDebauchery.com.


 January 27, 2016  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 152016

Creative City Collaborative – Pompano Beach, in partnership with Pompano Citi Centre proudly announce  artpop!#kinetic, a spontaneous explosion of art, music  and entertainment featuring some of South Florida’s most respected artists including Carlos Cesar Alves, Luis Berros, Nate Dee, Vincente Diez, Luis Valle and many more.  The first event is scheduled to take place between 6:30pm and 9pm on January 29th and will feature live art, artist meet-n-greets, music, drinks and more


“We are thrilled to launch our first artpop! in Pompano Beach,” said Byron Swart, the CCC’s Curator and Artistic Director. “We will be producing a series of fleeting exhibits appearing in locations throughout the shopping center.  artpop! will expand the available space for local artists to show their work, and give artists a presence that that standard gallery | art institute cannot achieve.”


The first show, entitled kinetic, will mash genres together to produce an interactive popup art exhibit that will feature a spectacular array of installation and live performance art from some of the area’s most highly-acclaimed artists, in addition to dance performances and interactive art experiences for guests.


The list of artists showing at kinetic is a who’s who of Florida’s most influential creatives:


  • Carlos Cesar Alves
  • Beju
  • Luis Berros
  • Lemay Oliva Cabo
  • Nate Dee
  • Vicente Diez
  • Brendan Eldom
  • Anthony Hernandez
  • Sherryl Muriente
  • Lori Pratico
  • Rei Ramirez
  • Sheila Scanlan
  • Surge
  • Luis Valle


Location: Pompano Citi Center

1955 North Federal Hwy, Suite 104

SW corner of Federal Hwy and Copans Road

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Date/Time: Fri. 1/29  | 6:30-9pm

Location: Pompano Citi Centre, Suite 104  (Near the Carousel)

Visit www.theamppompano.org for more details

Admission: FREE




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Jan 102016

AEG Live and The Amp, The Pompano Beach Amphitheater, are proud to present rock icon, Meat Loaf, on Thursday, April 14th.  The larger-than-life star will be playing all his biggest hits at The Amp again for the first time in eight years.  Some people think big. Some people think huge. And then there’s Meat Loaf. For the past 40 years, he has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ transformed this former stage actor into one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 44 million albums worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date.

In 2013, Meat took his ‘Last At Bat’ tour to Europe for a 2 month run, playing to sold out arena’s when for the first time, fans got to see him perform ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ in its entirety. There is of course, a lot more to Meat Loaf than ‘Bat Out of Hell’. Three multiplatinum albums followed the sophomore album, including 1993’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell’ (which sold 5 million in the U.S., 15 million worldwide), producing the hit, Grammy-winning single, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” a #1 single in 28 countries, earning the honor for Best Rock Vocal Performance Solo.

‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’ went double-platinum in 1995, while 2003’s ‘Couldn’t Have Said It Better’ earned platinum in 2003 and 2006’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose,’ the third in the best-selling trilogy, nabbed platinum in 2006.

To date, Meat has also appeared in over 60 films and television shows ranging from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Crazy in Alabama, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Focus written by Arthur Miller with William Macy, Formula 1 with Sam Jackson , Fight Club with Brad Pitt to House, M.D., Masters of Horror, Hallmark’s Citizen Jane, Monk, and Glee.

Tickets will be available online through Ticketmaster. To learn more about this event and The Amp, visit www.theamppompano.org

Presale:  Thurs 1/14 10am to 10pm, Code MEATLOAF

Onsale:   Friday 1/15 10am

Concert Date: Thurs, April 14th at 8pm

Ticket prices: $39.50-$89.50


Meat Loaf

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Jan 052016
Dogmanic Vocal Contest

Why do so few singers have industry-quality recordings? Because the accessible home studio promises quality recordings but still falls severely short of professional recording studios. And when they do eagerly come into a recording studio to make something they’re proud of, they often leave with something that feels rushed. DogManic Recording Studios takes their time to get on the same page as their artists before charging for any audio services. They believe that capturing a great vocal performance is like getting the right brush stroke from an artist, it has to feel spontaneous and natural!


In an effort to encourage local talent to take the next step in their careers, DogManic Recording Studios is giving away over $2000 in studio time. Their Contest for South Florida’s Best Vocalist puts down an EP’s worth of studio time for an ambitious artist to pick up and run with. The submissions deadline is February 1st. 10 finalists will be notified by February 7th that they can come perform at the live studio competition on February 21st.


The finalists will come into the studio on February 21st to perform live for three well-qualified judges from across the musical landscape. Sun Sentinel’s Nightlife Reporter Talia Medina, WVUM 90.5’s DJ Alex “Far Out” Faron and Multi-Faceted Broadway Singer Rachel Klein will listen from the blind control room as each finalist takes their turn singing in DogManic’s main performance room.


With so much to gain and nothing to lose, this is the perfect chance to support local talent! Jump at the opportunity and submit an audition today!


Dogmanic Vocal Contest


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Dec 172015
weekend Palm Beach

December 31st, 2015 is fast approaching and you probably waited till the last minute to decide where you’re going to spend it, right?  This is, by no means, a complete list of places to go in Palm Beach County, but, depending on where you live and your lifestyle preferences, you just might find a suggestion or two in the list we compiled below.  We did our best to include events from Boca Raton all the way up to West Palm Beach, many of which are free or inexpensive so you won’t have to kill your entire month’s budget for entertainment all in one night.

Boca Raton

The Funky Biscuit – Ring in the New Year with South Florida Blue’s artists Albert Castiglia and John Ginty.  Tickets include a reserved seat and a 4 course dinner with champagne toast at midnight. $75.00

Pavilion Grille – Dance to a mix of oldies, motown, Latin and Ballroom by DJ Michael Agin. Party starts at 7:30pm for dinner and 10pm for dance celebration. Reservations are required and must be prepaid. Dinner, Buffet & Dance $89.00. Dinner Buffet includes roasted NY Sirloin Steak,  Turkey & Ham carving stations, Pasta, Asian selections, desserts and Champagne toast at Midnight.  Dance Celebration option, beginning at 10pm, is $39 and includes deluxe dessert table with ice cream bar and midnight toast.

Turn-3 Sports Bar – Rare Form cover rock band starts at 10pm. No Cover.

Delray Beach

Bostons on the Beach – Dance the night away with The Kinected, playing Indie Funk and Electro Rock as well as DJ Ronnie B. hosting this year’s party.  Advanced general admission is $25, $30 at the door, or get the “New Year’s Eve package” for $75 which includes Well Liquor, Beer, Wine, Tax and Gratuity.  (Premium liquor additional $25.00)

Johnnie Browns – Enjoy a tribute to Journey by local cover-band Highway Run starts at 9pm. No Cover.

Dada – JL Fulks blues entertains. Dinner is a 3-Course Prix Fixe at $75

Boynton Beach

Elmo’s Rock Bar – 56-Ace Rock Cover Band – No Cover Charge

Lake Worth

Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill – Metalucious & White Noise rock cover bands – No Cover Charge

Rhum Shak – Nash Carey Country Band – No Cover Charge

CJ’s Island Grill – 3 courses, 3 drinks and champagne toast, live music by The Salty Pirates, $49.95/pp (tax and gratuity extra)

The Bamboo Room –  Live music by The People UpStairs and JP Soars and the Red Hots. Admission includes a complimentary cocktail and glass of champagne at midnight. $25 Advance Tickets or $30 At the Door

West Palm Beach

Copper Blues – Grindstone rock cover band headlines an event dubbed “Rock & Roses”.  General Admission is $20 and includes entry at 8pm, entertainment, and midnight champagne toast.  Table reservation and party favors will set you back $46.79.  A better deal might be the Platinum package which includes Includes entry, entertainment, table reservation, fixed menu, party favors, and midnight champagne toast $81.89.

City Place – QuickFix  covers Pop, Rock and Soul in the courtyard of City Place (shopping plaza) beginning at 8pm. Snow will be falling every hour from 6 till 8. Fun for the whole family!

Seaspray Inn (Palm Beach Shores/Singer Island) – Enjoy 80’s Rock Cover Band Pop Rox with No Cover Charge beginning at 9pm.


The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach Presents….

Donna Summer Tribute New Years Eve


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