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 »
Jul 222015

In this era of social media, there so many choices when it comes to how to get the word out about your products and/or services.  Here are three reasons why I love using social media to let people know about what’s going on:

1. It’s FREE – you can sign up to all major social media resources in return for giving up your rights to the data that you collect while connected to the company that owns the website or phone app.

2. One single man (like me!) can do a lot of “Damage” – in other words, individuals can get the word out just as efficiently as a whole department of a major corporation if all is done right.

3. Very little technical know-how is needed to “operate” if you use the right tools.  I won’t go into this point much further because I could probably do a one-hour talk on the subject.

Back to the subject of this blog…. This morning, I was thinking about how important SHARING is to the success of our music and business community in the age of social media.   Without sharing, my posts on Facebook or tweet on Twitter can only make it out so far.  Even before the internet, newspapers would not only look at the number of issues printed but also the number of family members who would read each issue – right?  Either way, we need to share in order to multiply the number of readers.

Last night, I was at an Open-Mic night and someone asked who else was having Open-Mic’s around town.  My friend “Googled” the question and came up!  Now, one guy shared the results with another and the sharing has begun!  Then someone else asked me who was playing around town tomorrow night, and I checked the live music calendar.  Lucky for me, I had entered the month of July’s calendar for a local venue who was neither a sponsor of my site nor do they post their calendar anywhere I could find it.  And because that happened to be my friend’s favorite place, if I had not contacted the owner or manager, she would not have known that one of her favorite musicians was going to be there on a Wednesday night.

At this point, I will share with you two websites and one “app” that you might want to also bookmark, since sharing is the name of the game today:

1. – She doesn’t know it yet, but I call her the “Jazz Concierge” –  Jeannette Piña works tirelessly day in and day out to do a weekly mailing of places to go for Jazz Music all over South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach!). Log onto her website and join her mailing list so you, too, can discover all those hidden places with jazz and support your local jazz musician!

2. – You may have also seen some of his handy work via the WeekendBroward-PalmBeach livestream page since Doug handles all the livestreams on the O’Malley’s page and very often, Premier Billiards too.  This past weekend, he streamed the entire day’s event from The Revolution where bands were raising money to help out a worthy cause (W.A.R. Breast Cancer benefit). Navigate directly to his site where you see an upcoming schedule of events that you can experience from the comfort of your couch before deciding to put on some jeans and head out the door.  With multiple camera’s and sound mixers, nobody does a better job of live streaming than Doug.

periscope-logo3. Periscope (App) – If you have an Android of iPhone smart phone, please download this free app.  Recently purchased by Twitter, Periscope allows any user to instantaneously stream from anywhere in the world! The number of “scopers” is growing by leaps and bounds.  The biggest challenge is growing a list of followers so that more than a couple of people are watching the streams.  I am starting to use it daily myself so that I can share “on the fly” places I visit that I think would be of interest to people like yourself.  As of today, I am up to 26 followers who get notified when I start streaming.  With your help, I can grown this exponentially.  First, search for me by name “Weekend Concierge” or @weekendbroward.  When you see one of my broadcasts, swipe right, left, up or down (depending on which phone you have) and click on the “share broadcast” button.  If you have a twitter account, search the keywords Live on #Periscope to see who else is scoping at any time of the day.

Do you have something you want to share?  Send me a note!

See you somewhere soon!

Rob, The Weekend Concierge

 July 22, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Jun 262015
july fourth flag

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate independence day this Saturday, July 4th, you’re in luck! We took an in-depth look at celebrations going on at local municipalities and found the common denominator to be Family Friendly activities, Live Music by one or more bands followed by a grand finale Fireworks show.  Some cities will break the celebration into two parts with the morning being dedicated to a parade and the evening festivities scheduled to end with fireworks at 9pm.

You’ll find complete coverage for each of the following cities with all the details we could scrounge up from the Parks and Recreation departments of each of these cities by selecting from the headlines below.

All American Celebration in City of Tamarac – Tamarac Sports Complex, 6pm

City of Sunrise Celebrates July 4th with Parade, Concert & Fireworks – BB&T Center, 6pm

City of Lake Worth has Live Music, Fireworks and Watersports – Bryant Park,  11am

City of Deerfield Beach July 4th Celebration 2015 – Main Beach Parking Lot,  Noon

4th of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach – Las Olas & A1A “Beach Hub”,  12:30pm

July 4th on Hollywood Beach – Various locations on Hollywood Beach,  2pm

City of Margate July 4th Celebration –  441 & Margate Blvd,  5pm

8th Annual July 4th Celebration at Sunset Cove – Sunset Cove Amphitheater,  6:30

Fabulous Fourth Celebration in Boca Raton – Spanish River Sports Complex,  6:30pm

South Florida’s Coolest July-4th-Celebration-in-Delray-BeachAtlantic & A1A, 8am

4th on Flagler in West Palm Beach – Meyer Amphitheatre & Waterfront, 5pm

One exception to the rule that only cities can afford or are legally able to explode money, or shall we say fireworks, is the Casino industry.  Both the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood will offer shows that rival the ones offered by the cities near you.   Coconut Creek Casino will be having their fireworks show on July 3rd.   In Hollywood, they have made an annual event out of this holiday by bringing in more activities including Zip-Lining, Rock-Wall Climbing, Face Painting/Henna Tattoos, LED Entertainment and at least two bands starting at 7pm with The New Planets and 8pm with a dance band called Flavor.  Food Truck enthusiasts will also enjoy a selection of Miami-based food trucks in the parking lot while a good number of restaurants are already located steps away inside the Casino if you would rather enjoy the air-conditioned environment.

Many more live music events, especially post-fireworks, can be found on the WeekendBroward live music calendars for BROWARD and PALM BEACH.

Hard Rock Cafe

Inside the Hard Rock Cafe (Hollywood, FL) near the Hotel Lobby

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Fishtales on 33rd in North Beach Ft Lauderdale

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JULIO MARK july 4 a

Pipers July 4

Jun 232015

June 18, 2015 – The all-new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort hosted a series of entertainment auditions last week to cast South Florida’s best talent.  Hundreds of performers including bands, duos and solo acts attended auditions from June 12 – 19 at Private Stock Studios, showcasing their singing, dancing and musical abilities with dreams of joining the resort’s elite entertainment team.

“It was a dynamic week! The level of talent that exists in South Florida is very impressive. I am truly excited that Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will showcase such an outstanding array of live entertainers,” said Cate Farmer, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort’s general manager. “On behalf of the entire resort team, I would like to thank all of the amazing, accomplished musicians and performers who auditioned with us last week.  Music is an important piece of the Margaritaville story, and the resort will be unlike any other venue in South Florida. We will be proud to feature such talented local artists across our various entertainment areas at the property.”

Selected artists will perform at the various live venues across the resort, including; Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and the famed Hollywood Bandshell. Live entertainment will be available to local residents and resort guests daily once the property opens its doors.

For more information, visit or call (954) 874-4444. Follow Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on Facebook at and Twitter @Mville_HBR.

 June 23, 2015  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »