Mar 282014
 

WeekendBroward.com recently expanded it’s geographical coverage by adding a menu selection at the top of every page titled “Boca-Delray“.  There, you will find three options to help you discover more in depth coverage of venues in the two Southernmost cities in Palm Beach County which are chalk full of useful information on which bands and musicians are playing where tonight and every night of the week.  First, you will find a calendar of live music organized by the day of the week and further segmented by the hour.  Venues covered include Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach, The Funky Biscuit, Pavilion Grille, Turn-3 Sports Bar and The Duck Tavern in Boca Raton.  We don’t limit the list to our sponsors as we try to get live music calendars loaded for many more venues in these two cities located just a few miles North of  Broward County.

The second menu option is a Best Bars for Bands list in Boca-Delray where you will find links to places that offer live music as often as every night of the week.  Their support for local bands is what makes them worthy of their placement on this list which was put together by none other than The Weekend Concierge.  Below the Top Ten list, you will find up to date full-size posters streaming across your screen featuring weekly and upcoming events from our sponsors.

Third on the drop-down menu, we now provide an ever-expanding list of Bars and Restaurants throughout Palm Beach County so that you can explore on your own, with some of our guidance of course.  This was put together to help out fans of live music who either travel to or live in Palm Beach County.  The list is organized by major cities including Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach.  We hope that you find it useful in your travels.

WeekendBroward also lists many more events from both Broward and Palm Beach Counties blended together under our Live Music section under the categories of Local Events, Food Trucks, Comedy and Karaoke.

There’s so much to explore on WeekendBroward and we hope that you will continue to support our thriving local live music industry by visiting as many of the places we feature as often as possible – it’s our way of giving back to the community.

 

 

 March 28, 2014  Posted by  Weekend Blog Comments Off on Looking for Live Music in Broward or Palm Beach Counties?
Mar 152014
 
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We are pleased that you found us, whether it was via a Google search, a link off of Facebook or a referral from a friend.  We are experiencing non-stop growth thanks to our growing database of information regarding local bands, local events, local bars and restaurants etc…. However, we probably cannot have everything to offer that everyone is looking for – after all, we’re not exactly Google!

We noticed that some people find us from outside of our central area of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Delray.  In fact, we get “hits” from all over the country, if not the entire world.  Should we assume that you will be traveling to South Florida and want to know where to go to see a good show tonight?  Why assume, when we can simply ask you right here, right now!

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 March 15, 2014  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 122014
 
st patricks day pubs

Here, in Fort Lauderdale, there is no lack of Irish Pubs and they will certainly be showing their colors this weekend as Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday and who wants to wait until Monday to start celebrating the biggest drinking holiday of the entire year?!  Being that I only care about bars with live music, I thought I would do my annual compilation for those of you who love to read my suggestions  – like ’em or not!

This blog would not be complete if I did not bring up two of the largest Irish Pubs in town and they prove it year after year on St. Patty’s Day.  The first one was one that I discovered several years ago when a friend came to town and asked me to find her a true Irish Pub to celebrate on March 17th.  That is when my online research uncovered a hidden gem on Griffin Road in Dania Beach, just West of the Fort Lauderdale Airport and just North of Hollywood.  And thus started my annual visits to The Field Irish Pub & Eatery.  Week after week, they feature the same nightly entertainment: The Two of Us (Beatles Tribute) on Tuesday nights, George Orr’s tribute to Rod Stewart on Wednesdays and Celtic Bridge, an Irish Trio every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  However, on March 17th, they go all out to fill every hour of the day with live entertainment and every possible parking spot within a mile with cars!

Here is their complete schedule as listed on their website, thefieldfl.comPUB STAGE Celtic Bridge 12pm-Midnight TENT STAGE Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher from Prince Edward Island, Canada 2-7pm DJ Jason Dunne 7:30pm-Midnight ALSO FEATURING: Drake School Irish Dancers, Celtic Dreams Bagpipers, Facepainter, South Florida Cloggers, Traditional Irish Fare, Bars Inside & Out! Gates open at 11am. $10 cover. No reservations! Entertainment subject to change without notice. Rain or shine event. All attendants subject to age verification and entry fee. Complimentary adjacent parking provided. 

Next, I have to mention an Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale that does not go a weekend without a great variety of bands every Friday and Saturday night, located just up the road from Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Maguire’s Hill 16 puts up a huge tent in their parking lot to handle the swarm of people who show up for their party each year.

Here is their schedule as posted on their website:   Starting at 8am with our traditional Irish breakfast…….. From 12 noon our famous St. Patrick’s day party commences with live music all day……, starting with traditional Irish music by Celtic Cross band…..followed by Joe Doherty and Co…… Then from 7pm we will be rocking with the famous fiddle player Randi and the Blue Fire Band……….. Traditional Irish music will also be played throughout the day in all our bars….. We also be entertained by the famour carl drake school of Irish step dancers, local school of Irish clog dancers…… The Fort Lauderdale bagpipers….many vendors… Face painter….. Enjoy our home cooked Irish food which will include corn beef and cabbage….. Shepherd’s pie……. Irish stew…. Burgers, hot dogs etc…. Come sit back, drink up with your loved ones and friends, some you haven’t met yet.

Some places like to be Irish for just one day.  Take Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs for example.  They fence off the parking lot as they do for Halloween and throw one heck of a party, even if they are a Mexican restaurant! Here is their writeup:

“Come by and catch the t-shirts and beads that we’ll be tossin’ off the stage while indulging in Authentic Mexican Food and our one of a kind Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos (you HAVE to try them!) ~ Irish Car Bombs, Baby Guinness, DOS XX ~ and all your favorite frosty beverages!!! DJ Tommy Rocker goes Live at 4pm! HEADLINING ACT: Grindstone rocks the stage 8pm til Midnight!”

What follows are some of my favorite Irish Pubs with weekly live music and their entertainment plans for Monday.

Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub in Coconut Creek – Bungled & Botched followed by Riverdown

O’Meara’s Irish Pub in Margate – Dog Starr Rider

Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point – Bounce

You can be sure to find Corned Beef & Cabbage, Green Beer and plenty of party favors (and some surprises) at any of the places mentioned.  So, if you rest up on Sunday, prepare to party one more time this weekend on Monday.  You’ll find detailed times and even more places to go Monday on the daily Live Music Events Calendar at www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/

Slainte!

The Weekend Concierge

Johnny Obrians March

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Packys St Pattys Day

 March 12, 2014  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog 1 Response »
Mar 102014
 
camry weekend concierge

There is certainly something special when you are handed over the keys to a car that is so new that there are only 34 miles clocked on the odometer.   This has only happened to me once in my life (so far) and I’d like to share some thoughts with my friends and readers of this blog.  First off, I did not buy a new car…. even though my current automobile is 12 years old and certainly has its’ quirks – I cannot afford a new car at this time in my life.  My name was simply picked out of a hat during a recent meeting of bloggers at  Southeast Toyota Distributors which happens to be based only a few miles away from where I work and live.   The drawing was supposed to be for a  one-week test drive of a Toyota Minivan.  I kindly requested that it be changed to a Camry since my kids are now teens and I don’t need the space offered by a Minivan for a stroller, car seats and car-pooling kids around town.

I figured that I would get a 4 Cylinder Camry which would get me from venue to venue over the weekend as I visited live bands and some Karaoke bars and save me some money on fuel.  Instead, I was given a 6 cylinder souped up SE model with 16 inch low profile tires, combination leather and cloth seats, and every imaginable gadget inside.  Every time I hit the gas, I was going 50 miles per hour in about 4 seconds – so much for trying to be economical with my lead foot!

My favorite gadget was the radio which had a large LCD display that let me select between AM-FM, HD-Radio, Satellite or if I somehow ran out of stations with all of the above, I could hook up my smart phone and access either stored songs via Bluetooth or use the internet connection to play Pandora or almost anything else!   The only sad part was that I could not find a proper spot to hold my phone and the only cables I found in the glove compartment for charging were for iPhones.  Lucky for me, I always carry a spare USB cable and my Android can run 24 hours without being recharged anyway.

Having a scratch-free car for a week made me feel proud whenever and wherever I parked it – although somewhat fearing parking too close to some other cars. The car’s finish was so sparkling new that I hosed it off with clean water every day.  I was afraid to scrub the dirt off for fear of leaving anything permanent behind. It was especially fun backing out of parking spots and seeing what looked like a tennis court diagram replace the radio screen which doubled as a rear-view camera screen.  It took me a while to figure out which line on that “tennis court” would indicate that I was about to hit a curb.

old new camryAs with everything in life these days, all good things must eventually come to an end.  This one lasted one week before I had to return it.  I feel like I broke it in somehow – the car will never be the same since I added 300 more miles to that odometer and to tell you the truth, neither will I!

 

 March 10, 2014  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 232014
 
vaping logo

You want to go see a live band but the bar they are playing at is too smokey and you can’t stand the smell, so you stay away… and that is slowly changing as more and more smokers are giving us burning tobacco in favor of electronic cigarettes and taking up a new habit – vaping!  The latest trend of switching out cigarettes for smoke-free vapors is having a positive effect for all those bars which have relied heavily on their crowds of customers who like to light up when they have a drink – and it may make the decision a lot easier for bar owners who have been considering making their places of business smoke-free as have most other places of business around town.  I even noticed less ashtrays being spread about one of the bars this weekend as a sign of the times.

vaping in barsAs you walk into many a bar these days, you will note that patrons are smoking traditional cigarettes less and experimenting with what some consider to be a safer alternative which we call vaping.  This new form of smoking which replaces tobacco with a liquid that contains nicotine, a flavor and some natural or synthetic liquid that gets vaporized when heated up by a battery is slowly transforming smoke filled bars into places where the air is just a little bit cleaner these days.  Bar owners who would love to make their establishments smoke-free are breathing a sigh of relief as their air filters are no longer working overtime trying to clean the exhaust of non-stop chain-smokers blowing smelly fumes into the air.  The big question is how many vaping clients will it take before signs start going up on the walls to announce that these establishments are now prohibiting traditional cigarettes.  Until recently, doing so would have risked a large source of revenue for bars and lounges where patrons could feel free to light up.

smoking ban in ireland

Ireland smoke ban cleans pub air – click here to read all about it.

This blog is not about whether or not vaping is safer or not but simply an observance and aspiration that one day, patrons of live music will not have to worry about whether a bar allows smoking or not before deciding to go and enjoy their favorite band on a Friday or Saturday night.  I think that it is truly amazing how much cleaner the output of an electronic cigarette is compared with those containing burning tobacco and I know that many a lead singer will prefer to sing in a smoke-free environment too.  One of my fears is that vaping lounges will open up in the style of hookah lounges and start attracting a younger market away from bars and restaurants who currently support our local industry of live music.

As we all know, businesses have to either get with the times or eventually disappear.  After all, you are reading this online and not in a local newspaper, right?  There’s a lot to think about whether you are a smoker, a non-smoker, a fan of live music or the owner/manager of a local venue.   Please feel free to share your comments on the subject as I am sure that this will be a HOT topic for years to come!

‘see you somewhere real soon!

 

The Weekend Concierge

 February 23, 2014  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 162014
 
JP Soars The Redhots

Now that the Riverwalk Blues Festival has come and gone, you need not wait another year to enjoy some of the best Blues bands in the Fort Lauderdale area.  What follows are some of the bands and locations where you will find some of the very same musicians that played at this weekend’s highly successful event in downtown Fort Lauderdale, as well as a few more that I can recommend.

Starting on Monday night, enjoy the sounds of Joey Gilmore at Blue Jean Blues on NW 33rd St, off A1A and Oakland Park Blvd.  Directly across the street, Wednesday night is always a Blues Jam night at Fishtales, hosted by Bobby Nathan.  Friday night at Fishtales will feature Jimi Fiano and the Moderunners, another great jam band.

RIPS Blues Weekend

Coming to a bowling alley bar near you, RIPs Sports Bar in Pompano will present the sounds of Joey Gilmore, Albert Castiglia and Rosco Martinez this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights respectively. If you miss Albert on Friday, you can catch him again the following week at Maguire’s Hill 16 on February 28th.

On Saturday night, you can enjoy Josh Rowand & the Pitbull of Blues at The “Historic” Downtowner Saloon, directly across the river from where the Blues Festival was held this past weekend.

Another local favorite, Dave Shelley & Bluestone will return to the scene after a brief absence beginning March 1st at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale.

Last, but not least, The Dubliner Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale will play host to Bryan Lee on March 2nd, JP Soars & The  Red Hots on March 16, Biscuit Miller & The Mix on the 23rd and Brandon Santini on the 30th.

Special thanks to www.jazzbluesflorida.com for providing the schedule for The Dubliner since I could not find listings on either their website or Facebook page.  I would definitely recommend JazzBluesFlorida as a great source for both Jazz and Blues anywhere in the State of Florida. In fact, I only listed a few of the many Blues happenings around town just to give you a sense of how widespread this genre of entertainment happens to be in and around Fort Lauderdale.  Aside from the last set of suggestions, all of the acts mentioned were listed on the Live Music Events Calendar at WeekendBroward.com.

If you have any more to add, please feel free to send them myway!

‘see you somewhere soon!

 February 16, 2014  Posted by  Local Bands, Weekend Blog No Responses »