Mar 042015
hard rock rising

2015  marks the 7th year that the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood Florida participates in Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands.  More than 400 bands submitted registration via Reverbnation to participate in the local battle which gets under way during the month of April at the Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.  12 bands from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties were selected to participate. Three bands will play each Friday night in April at the Cafe with the local finale to take place on May 1st.

Each band will perform a set of 3 original songs and one song covered by a previous Hard Rock Calling band.  Hard Rock Calling was a music festival sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe international between 2006 and 2013 which featured some of the biggest names in Rock including  The Killers, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters (with Nick Mason), The Police, Aerosmith, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.  Bands will be judged locally by three local industry experts based on originality, musicianship, vocal skills and fan appreciation.

The winning band in Hollywood, Florida will receive a prize of $1,000 and be eligible to move on to the regional phase of the competition. In the regional phase, Hard Rock Cafe International will select 5 bands from all the participating Cafe’s who will be flown to Barcelona, Spain this Summer to compete in the final live battle event on July 23rd. The grand prize winner will be announced that day at Hard Rock Rising Barcelona!

Members of each of the 12 local bands met with Hard Rock Cafe staff in March to determine which band would play which dates by a random number being selected from a hat.  Of the 12 bands, one of them is last year’s winner, 13th Floor, and last year’s runner-up Raine.

Here is a tentative schedule which was available at press time for competition in Hollywood, Florida.  Each round will begin at 9pm.

Qualifying Round One – April 3 



Above The Skyline


Qualifying Round Two – April 10

33 Years


13th Floor


Qualifying Round Three – April 17

Park Road




Qualifying Round Four – April 24

The No.13s

Eric Vick



Final Round – May 1

Winners from each of the previous week’s rounds will compete to determine the local winning band.  This event will be hosted by Doc Reno of BIG 105.9.


In keeping with the spirit of “Love All-Serve All”,  the Cafe has decided to also support a renowned charity during this event.   Construction Angels is a national non-profit organization that provides immediate financial assistance and grief counseling to the families of construction workers who have unfortunately lost their lives while working on the job-site.

Read more about this annual global battle of the bands in our first segment:

For more information, refer to the Cafe’s website at:



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The No. 13s

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Feb 182015
Butterfly Festival Outdoor Concerts

If you’re looking for some great free outdoor entertainment in the next few months, just follow the trail of Food Trucks which often accompany the live music and family friendly events which go hand in hand at parks and amphitheaters administered by cities such as Sunrise, Margate, and Parkland.  By using the Food Truck calendar  found on this website and event blogs I found on, I was able to piece together the following cheat sheet for outdoor concerts around Broward over the coming months.

City of Sunrise Civic Center

Friday, March 20: The Long Run – a tribute to the Eagles*

Friday, April 17: Turnstiles – a tribute to Billy Joel*

Friday, May 15: The Rock Show – a tribute to the music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s

City of Margate Sounds at Sundown (Corner of Margate Blvd and 441)

Saturday, February 7 – Orange Sunshine (Tribute to 60’s Music)

Saturday, March 7 – Simply Tina (Tribute to Tina Turner)

Saturday, April 11 – Big City Dogs (Classic Rock)

Saturday, May 3 – Groove Therapy

Saturday, June 5 – Intergenerational Band (Local Margate Oldies Band)

City of Parkland Pine Trails Amphitheatre

Saturday, February 21 – Caribbean Chillers (Tribute to Jimmy Buffett)

Saturday, March 7 –   “The Divas”

Saturday, March 21 –  UV (Tribute to U2)

Saturday, April 11 –  Mr. Nice Guy  (Classic Rock)

Saturday, May 2 – Home Town Hero

Saturday, August 8 – Sekond Nature (Rock and Pop)

Saturday, September 19 – Studio 54 (Disco)

City of Coconut Creek

The City of Coconut Creek offers two upcoming opportunities to experience great entertainment on an outdoor stage.  The community center usually has only one food truck on site each month.  The Butterfly Festival is an annual affair with many vendor booths on site and multiple bands playing all day long.

Coconut Creek Community Center

Friday, March 13 – Andrew Morris Band (Country & Southern Rock)

Friday, April 10 – Orange Sunshine (Tribute to 60’s Music)

Friday, May 8 – Pocket Change (Motown, Funk, R&B, Soul & Top 40)

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Sabal Pines Park

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – Hollywood U2, Kitty Carmichael and Solid Brass

City of Lauderhill

The City of Lauderhill has two venues which they are using for providing live entertainment to residents.  A Small stage is situated at the Amphitheatre of the Lieberman Botanical Gardens at 3801 Inverrary Blvd.  They have been holding “Jazz Picnic in the Park” there since last December. Tribute Band Concerts will take place at the much larger Lauderhill Sports Park at 7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Amphitheatre of the Lieberman Botanical Gardens

March 8, 2015 – Noreena Downey & Dizzy Blue Quartet

April 12, 2015 – Jazz Survivors

Lauderhill Sports Park

February 21, 2015 – Let It Be (Beatles Tribute)

March 14, 2015 – Never Stop Believin’ (Journey Tribute)

City of Oakland Park

Enjoy the Blues under the stars from 7pm-9pm in this monthly outdoor event.  Bring your lawn chairs to “Tunes and Tracks”  at Jaco Pastorius Park and enjoy live music from local bands.

April 24, 2015 – Ike & Val Woods

May 29, 2015 – Jeff Price Group featuring Juanita Dixon, Kat Riggins & Rita Wilburn.

Monthly Music & Food Trucks on Main Street in Oakland Park

March 27, 2015 The Anthony Corrado Band – Jazz
April 10, 2015 Bemol Telfort Jazz Band – Instrumental Jazz
May 22, 2015 Wildfire band (formerly The Bluefire Band with Randi) – Jazz Rock
June 26, 2015 Pan Paradise – Calypsyo/steel drum
July 24, 2015 The Livesays – Rock

City of Hollywood

Lastly, Kudos to the City of Hollywood for organizing outdoor concerts large and small at three different venues they operate.  My personal favorite is ArtsPark located at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood.  Here is a sampling of what you can expect to see coming up in the months ahead:

City of Hollywood ArtsPark

Saturday, March 21 – ArtsPark Experience: Americana featuring the Wood Brothers

Saturday, June 20 – Colors of the Caribbean 

Saturday, July 18 – Bajofondo (Argentine/Uruguayan electrotango)

Saturday, August 1 – Orkestra Rumpilezz (Afro-Brazilian big band)

As you can see, live music is alive and well in South Florida and there will not be any shortage of events to attend this Spring or Summer.  Watch the event pages of WeekendBroward for more details on many of these events.  Also, as a reference, check out a still-popular blog we wrote back in 2013 called “South Florida Cities Present Free Outdoor Concerts

See you somewhere soon!

Rob aka The Weekend Concierge

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 February 18, 2015  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 032015

Last month, hundreds of local bands (within a 100 mile radius of Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, FL) submitted their application via Reverbnation to participate in the upcoming Global Battle of the Bands better known as Hard Rock Rising.

Beginning February 2nd, each qualified band was given a link to tweet out to followers via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and garner as many online votes as possible.   Look for #HardRockRising and a link on all your favorite local bands and be sure to click the links to vote.  Fan voting will come to an end on Monday, February 16th at 4pm ET.  Each Cafe will then be given a list of all participating bands and the fan voting results.

The winning band in Hollywood, Florida will receive a prize of $1,000 after the final local battle on May 1st and have a chance to move on to the regional phase of the competition. 5 winning bands will be selected from all the participating Cafe’s will be flown to Barcelona, Spain this Summer to compete in the final live battle event on July 23rd. The grand prize winner will be announced that day at Hard Rock Rising Barcelona!


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Jan 292015
Hard Rock Cafe Super Bowl

We already know that every sports bar in town is going to be packed this coming Sunday, February 5th for the “Big Game” when the Patriots battle the Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  Every year, we use this space to mention a few places that support the local music scene throughout the year and also to do something special for Super Bowl Sunday.  We are pleased to have recently updated this page with the latest offerings for 2017.

Marina 84 Sports Bar in South Fort Lauderdale offers more than 40 HD TVs both Indoors & on the Patio along with a 90″ screen  in stage area so you won’t miss a single play! Purchase your ticket in advance and reserve front row seats, enjoy the amenities of a true VIP with unlimited Select Premium Bar, a BIG Game Buffet, & More.  The Big Game Buffet includes Marina 84’s Famous Wings, Fiesta Nachos, Mac n Cheese,  Chicken Alfredo Pasta,  Hand-Cut & Breaded Chicken Tenders, Caesar Salad, Hearty Beef Sliders, Brownies & Cookie dessert.  There  will also be prize giveaways in every quarter.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s newest venue for Sports and Live Music won’t let you down on the most important day of the year for sports fans.  Festivities begin as early as 3pm at The Tilted Kilt.  $50 all you can drink Bud Light or Shock Top and plenty of other drink specials including $3 fireball, jager and Lemon drops. 100+ TVs plus a huge video wall on one side of this modern Irish-themed sports bar and projection screen on the other so there won’t be a bad seat in the house! You’re still advised to call for reservations. (954) 763-5458

Famous for their Sunday Brunch Buffet, Galuppi’s of Pompano Beach is offering a Super Bowl Buffet including Chips and Spinach Dip, Buffalo chicken dip, Beef & queso, Chicken Wings, Pulled pork, Sausage and peppers, Baked Ziti and more to keep you filled every down of this spectacular event.  Reserve your seat, get the unlimited buffet and a free drink – all for $25 – this could be the best deal in town!

Your friendly neighborhood Irish Pub & Restaurant, Packy’s Sports Pub of lighthouse point is offering a $20 all-you-can-eat buffet including Wings, Pasta, Meatballs, Salads, Sliders, Queso Dip, Sausage & Peppers and more! As an added bonus, free shots will be given away at the end of the game to anyone who correctly picked the winning team vs. the point spread who was present prior to the first kickoff. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.  Just down the road, also on Federal Highway, you’ll find Brendan’s Sports Pub offering a complete selection of BBQ specialties at various prices including Ribs, Smoked Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork and sides or for a flat $20, help yourself to a 14″ St. Louis Style Pizza including a bottle of wine or bucket of domestic beer!

Next on the “hit” list is a quaint spot literally walking distance from Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill near the North end of Fort Lauderdale Beach. I’m talking about Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub.  No, they are not a sports-bar but have conveniently equipped their restaurant with large flat-screen televisions in every corner, outside on the patio and a projection large screen pulls down over the stage for the weekly NFL Sunday ticket so they might be the best place in town to see the game without the crowds of a typical sports bar.   Cathy & Scott, who who own and manage the place will not be outdone by their neighbor down the road so they have put together 3 party package deals: $40 All-You-Can Drink from kickoff to game end. For $55, they’ll include an Italian dinner special.  For an extra $10, you can make it a Prime Rib dinner. Keeping with their reputation as a hotspot for live music, they will also feature The Crush band to keep the party going long after the game is over (and you won’t get stuck in traffic as everyone is heading home!)

Lastly, Premier Billiards in Coral Springs has vowed to maintain their Sunday specials even if it is Super Bowl Sunday.  Purchase 2 drinks (alcoholic) and play pool for free all day.  Or take advantage of their $14.99 Pitcher of Beer and plate of 10 chicken wings special.

More details on the flyers below

See the flyers below for more details and more places to root for your favorite team in and around Fort Lauderdale.

‘wishing you all a super Sunday whether it be at home or out with friends!



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 January 29, 2015  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jan 082015
hard rock rising

2015  marks the 7th year that the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood Florida participates in Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands.  All hands are on deck this month to recruit local bands that can go all the way to Barcelona, Spain where they will have a chance to play in front of 40,000 fans at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona music festival in Spain this summer!

The competition is split up into several Phases of which the first is now in progress.

Phase 1 – Registration January 5-January 26

This is the where it all starts for any band wishing to enter the competition.  All bands must either already have a page on ReverbNation or start one.  The link to submit band entries can be found at  They must also become a fan of the Hard Rock Café, Hollywood Facebook page.

ReverbNation will be inviting all bands that are registered with them in the Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach/Miami area to become part of this “activation” for contest registration.

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood will host a total of 12 bands (3 per week) chosen by a combination of online votes and the discretion of staff and management of the Café .  The Café will work with a panel of three judges who are familiar with the local music scene to assist with selecting weekly winners based on various criteria such as Musicianship, Voice Talent and Originality.

The winning band will receive a prize of $1,000 and move on to the next phase of the competition.

Some Rules:

– bands must be within a 100 mile radius to play in the Cafe

-As there is no limit to the size of the band, however, the prize only includes airfare/hotel for up to 6 members

-all band members MUST be 18 years old at time of sign up, not at time of performance

-bands can only register in 1 market

-the band must submit an original (no covers) song or video using the online registration form

More details and rules can be found at

Read Part II of this blog at:

 January 8, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Sep 242014
dogs beaches brews

This Friday at 7pm, bring your dog to Fort Lauderdale beach and enjoy a great night out on the corner of A1A and Sunrise Blvd! Both the Parrot Lounge and Sandbar serve DELICIOUS food all night long! Audio Heist will be performing LIVE at the Sandbar from 9p-11p. Audio Heist, South Florida’s Robin Hoods of Rock, have appeared live at local venues such as World of Beer, Tarpon Bend, The Dubliner Boca, O’Brien’s, Players Sports Lounge, Cheers, Flossie’s and many more!

Great night with live music, raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle…..all proceeds benefit the dogs!

The infamous raffle ticket girls will be selling tickets for great items such gift certificates to Dog Groomers, Spa treatments, Restaurants, beautiful home accessories and more!

$10.00 Admission includes 1 Drink at the Parrot Lounge and 1 Drink at the Sand Bar. (911 & 900 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale)

More info at the Facebook events page:

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