Mar 102015
st patricks day

Every year, bars and taverns all over the world get into full-fledged party-mode to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick who passed away on March 17th of the year 461.  According to Wikipedia, Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland, Newfoundland (Canada), and Montserrat, a British island located in the Lesser Antilles.  The holiday is also widely celebrated in Great Britain, United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.  To celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, followers hold parades and festivals, play Gaelic folk music and dancing, wear lots of green and use the shamrock symbol in all decorations.

Soulicide March 13This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday.  Authentic Irish Pubs and Die-Hards will celebrate from early morning with breakfast and beer until late night followed by more breakfast in the wee hours.  However, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to get your “green on”.  Cagney’s Saloon is getting started on the night of Friday the 13th with local Rock Cover Band SOULICIDE. They will be offering food and drink specials including Irish Car Bombs and shots of Jameson (what else?!).  The City of Fort Lauderdale will celebrate on Saturday, March 14th beginning with a 4-Mile “Shamrock Run” at 7:30am followed by live music and a parade at Noon.  Read all about it at  On the same day, further North, the City of Delray Beach  will present their St Patrick’s Day Parade,  2pm–4:30pm, followed by a short concert of Bagpipe bands performing on the Great Lawn at Old School Square for a “Military Tattoo”.  More post-parade activities are planned at the Center for the Arts, located on the corner of Swinton and Atlantic Avenue including a concert by The Livesays from 3:45pm till 7pm.

The next day, the City of Hollywood will get their celebrations started with a parade at 1pm followed by live music on stage plus roving performances by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps.  Read all about it at

Finally, you can go to work on Monday but make plans to drop into any of the following places on the REAL St. Patrick’s Day where you’ll enjoy LIVE MUSIC and maybe some corned beef & cabbage at the following places:

Live Entertainment Schedule at Local Pubs & Restaurants on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Mainstreet at Athena by the Sea in Lauderdale by the Sea 6:30pm

The Flyers at Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach 7:00pm

Peace Out (trio) at Kingshead Pub in Pompano Beach 7:30pm

Bounce at Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point 8:00pm (see ad below)

Grindstone at Tijuana Taxi Co. in Coral Springs 8:00pm

The Fusion Band at Fishtales on 33rd in Ft Lauderdale 8:00pm

Gimme-5 Unplugged at Kelly Brothers Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale 8:00pm

Down Durty Boyz at Cuddy’s Sports Shack in Coconut Creek 8:30pm

United State of Rock at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood 9:00pm

Bungled & Botched Reunion at Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood 9:30pm (See ad below)

I’m not sure about the bands because they are probably AUTHENTIC Irish but judging from past years, you’ll find two HUGE OUTDOOR celebrations going in Broward – one at The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach and the other at Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale.  Parking might be a challenge due to the vast numbers of people who are expected to attend each of these with Indoor AND Outdoor activities going on all day long.

You’ll find all the above and more listed at with more choices for South Palm Beach County available too!

Hard Rock CafeSt Pattys Day March 17



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 



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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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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

Here are some other pages you might want to read:

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!


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 4th for the “Big Game” when the Patriots battle the Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.  Every year, we use this space to mention a few places that support the local music scene throughout the year and also do something special for Super Bowl Sunday.  We are pleased to have recently updated this page with the latest offerings for 2018.

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 for a fixed price of $79/pp.  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 and cookies too.  There  will also be prize giveaways in every quarter.

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!
Super Bowl Party

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.
Super Bowl Party
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, 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.  They are also offering complete platters to go. Whether you plan on watching the BIG game at the bar or at home with friends, Brendan’s Sports Pub wants to do all the cooking for you!

Block Party on 33rd Street

Much to the delight of all the bars and restaurants on 33rd Street, off A1A in the north beach area of Fort Lauderdale, a 10 x 15ft movie theater size screen will be set up on one side of the divided street making this one of the largest parties in town! Pre-Show entertainment will include the Northeast high school marching band at 4pm.  Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub will be offering entertainment inside beginning at 1pm and continuing well past the end of the game.  Many other venues are participating including Blue Jean Blues, 33rd Street Wine Bar, Bar Red Beard, The Dive Bar and more. There is no charge to attend this “super” Block Party.

Block Party on Himmarshee

Tarpon Bend, Himmarshee Public House and iHeartMedia presents a SUPER BLOCK PARTY!  Watch the big game on a giant screen set up on 2nd street, aka Himmarshee.  Street party starts at 3:30pm | Kick-off 6:30pm. Hosted by the The Paul Castronovo Show with live music by Big Rock Band.

More  Super Bowl specials

Bokamper’s: At just $99 per person, guests will have access to a full premium open bar, Bo’s delicious buffet and front row seats – not to mention giveaways and prizes throughout the night! See below my signature for more information.

PlugIn at Gulfstream Park: With tickets starting at just $39.00, guests can have a ball and enjoy unlimited beer, HD screens and of course sing to their favorite tunes in the private karaoke rooms from 2:00 – 10:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at:

BRIO Tuscan Grille: In celebration of the big game, BRIO is offering $10 off $30 or more on to-go options including Family Bundles, Large Party Pans & Pasta Stations until February 4, 2018Online users use code FORTHEGAME. To find your nearest BRIO location, please visit:

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is ready to touchdown! A selection of the resort’s food & beverage outlets will be offering football fans special promotions to celebrate Super Bowl LII 2018 in a FIN-tastic way.  The resort’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill on the Intracoastal Waterway will be showing the game on a big screen with a BBQ starting at 4 p.m. along with $20 LandShark Lager & Wing buckets, $8 loaded nachos and a 120-oz. beer tower that can also be filled with margaritas. Inna Sense, a unique pop, fusion, rock/reggae band, will be performing live music from 2-6 p.m. Tables can be reserved by calling (954) 842–7907 and are available on a first come, first served basis. In addition, the resort’s LandShark Bar & Grill will be rolling out menu items to help fans support their favorite team – for the Eagles, a Philly cheesesteak and draft LandShark Lager duo is available, and for Pats fans, a classic lobster roll is paired with a draft LandShark Lager.

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: