Apr 042017

From April 7-9, Downtown Delray Beach comes alive during the day with an eclectic mixture of fine art, great crafts and funky products from around the world.  As booths close around 6 p.m. and the Delray Affair crowd thins, you’ll find galleries, retail shops and restaurants with special offers & promotions! Here are a few tips to enjoy Delray Affair After Dark courtesy of delrayaffair.com:


Enjoy Happy Hour All Weekend Long – The Downtown restaurants have great weekend menu specials and Happy Hour menus such as the Atlantic Grille, Caffe Luna Rosa, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Farmhouse Kitchen, Racks Fish House & Oyster BarBuddha Sky Bar and Garden and more! Click here to view all Happy Hour specials.

Dine & Discover a New Downtown Restaurant – Enjoy a memorable meal on Delray Beach’s famed Atlantic Avenue, experience the charming vibe in the Pineapple Grove Arts District or discover a new restaurant in The Set, the gateway to Downtown. You’ll also find an eclectic mix of restaurants beachside, where visitors can dine alfresco & enjoy an ocean breeze. From Mexican, Latin, and Mediterranean to Caribbean, American, and Argentinian – and with over 100 restaurants Downtown – you are sure to find the perfect place for every palate & pocket. Click here to view all Downtown Delray Beach restaurants.


First Friday Art Walk – April 7, 6-9 p.m. Kick-off the Delray Affair weekend with the First Friday Art Walk and pop-up live entertainment throughout Downtown! This self-guided tour and year-long event invites you to explore the heart & soul of our art scene on the First Friday of every month from 6 – 9 p.m. Enjoy art galleries and working studios while you meet with many of our talented, local artists. Stroll and enjoy beautiful evenings in Downtown Delray as you navigate your way through myriad styles of art. The Art Walk features three artistic areas; Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and Artists Alley. Click here to watch the Art Walk video. This is a FREE event – just show up and start wherever you’d like! To learn more and view the Art Walk Map & Brochure, visit: DowntownDelrayBeach.com/ArtWalk


“Artrageous” – Fri., April 7 & Sat., April 8, 2017, 7PM, Old School Square Pavilion –  Tickets: $25 (adult); $15 (student) available at OldSchoolSquare.org  This unforgettable experience is an electrifying combination of artists painting at amazing speed, right before your eyes, and high energy live music, amazing vocals, creative choreography and audience interaction. Giant artworks jump to life unveiling larger-than-life icons and masterpieces in just moments; all the while, there is constant activity on stage, delighting your senses. It’s a show for the entire family. It’s outrageous… it’s Artrageous!      

Experience Pop-up Live Entertainment Throughout the Downtown: Enjoy the extra vibrancy with pop-up live (and local) entertainment on the streets throughout Downtown Delray Friday April 7 & Saturday, April 8, from 6-9 p.m., each night


Jason Hanley (Fri., April 7 & Sat. April 8) Impromptu organic, jazz, folk blues: www.soundproofproductions.netLocation: SW corner of Atlantic and SE 1stAvenue, in front of Café Blue

Taylor Road (Fri., April 7 & Sat. April 8) Acoustic rock: https://www.facebook.com/taylorroadbandLocation: Intersection of Atlantic and SE 4th Avenue, across from BankUnited

Urban Gypsy (Friday, April 7th) www.UrbanGypsyMusic.com Location: In front of Starbucks on Atlantic and 2nd Avenue

Islay Rodriguez (Saturday, April 8th) Acoustic guitarist, Latin, Jazz, World Music www.southfloridaguitarist.comLocation: Front of Starbucks on Atlantic and 2ndAvenue

More Live Music in Downtown Delray

Friday, April 7

Nancy Kelly, Award-winning Jazz Vocalist at Arts Garage

56-Ace (Rock & Country Cover Band) at Bostons on the Beach – No Cover 8:30pm

Stone Mojo (Rock Covers) at Johnnie Brown’s – No Cover 9pm

Saturday, April 8

Bachaco (Reggae Rock) at Bostons on the Beach – No Cover 8:30pm

The Edge (Rock Covers) at Johnnie Brown’s – No Cover 9pm


Find Accessible Parking – From garages to lots to valet stands we have options: Old School Square Parking Garage at NE 1st St & NE 1st Ave, Robert Federspiel Parking Garage at SE 1st Ave between  SE  1st St & Atlantic Avenue,  Atlantic Avenue is open from Federal Highway to the beach and all parking lots are accessible via side streets.  For a map please visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com/parking.

For more information, please call the DDA office at 561.243.1077.

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Mar 292017
Biscuit Fest
The Funky Biscuit hosts the 6th Annual Biscuit Fest on Thursday March 30th through Sunday April 2nd in Boca Raton. Biscuit Fest 6 presents a wide variety of styles including extreme funk, soul, R&B, jazz, jam and blues which represents the overall eclecticism that is brought to South Florida audiences by The Funky Biscuit week after week. The artists presented are some of the biggest names on the national scene! This year Biscuit Fest 6 has a stacked lineup including:
Biscuit Fest 6 kicks off with the Eric Krasno Band at The Funky Biscuit with special guests Lemon City Trio! For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We’ve heard his virtuous, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the The Rolling Stones and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Most recently Krasno has released a rousing new solo album ‘Blood From A Stone’ and reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry.
The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana. Since coming together in late 2009 The Main Squeeze have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time. The Main Squeeze is like mid 70’s Stevie Wonder meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A band that pumps out a seamless groove that blends equal parts soul, funk and rock ‘n’ roll and delivers soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves and powerful solos. Picture that and you have a pretty good idea of what THE MAIN SQUEEZE will bring when they throw down on the second night of Biscuit Fest 6!
The third night of Biscuit fest 6 brings Oteil Burbridge’s Bureau Of Sabotage! This is an incredible supergroup of stellar musicians that features on bass Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company., Col.Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit), on guitar John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra, Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends), on keyboards Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits) and on drums Jeff Franca (Theivery corporation). Also on the bill, very special guests local faves Crazy Fingers to get the evening started!
Closing out Biscuit Fest 6 The Funky Biscuit will bring you a music summit featuring six string wunderkind Matt Schofield, blues-rock big dog’s the Albert Castiglia Band, Levon Helm collaborator Chris O’Leary and The Chris O’Leary Band and go-to sideman and frequent guest of Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Widespread Panic, eximious saxman Mr. Ron Holloway!
Each night of Biscuit Fest 6 features artists at large Ron Holloway and south Florida native and sacred steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier!
More info and tickets available (while supplies last) at: www.funkybiscuit.com
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Mar 292017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —  The Fort Lauderdale Beach business community, through its free 36-week live music series, Friday Night Sound Waves, is bringing both people and community partners together during the 2017 season. With more than 20 local business and corporate sponsors offering support and resources, Friday Night Sound Waves is poised to shine a brighter spotlight on local talent and all that Fort Lauderdale Beach has to offer.

The most notable partners collaborating with Friday Night Sound Waves in its second year are series sponsors Southwest Airlines® and Florida Power & Light.

As the official airline sponsor of Friday Night Sound Waves, Southwest® will host eight shows featuring the Southwest Lounge, a space for community partners and guests to gather together to enjoy the night’s performances. The Southwest Lounge will welcome guests with comfortable seating, beach umbrellas, beach mats to lay on the sand, and signature Southwest snacks to enjoy at each of the weekly events.  At each Southwest sponsored show, concertgoers will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win round trip travel.

Come June, the airline best known for Low Fares and Bags Fly Free, will participate in the return of the Friday Night Sound Waves popular summer campaign, The Great Beach Getaway Giveaway. Southwest will help Sound Waves organizers host national fly-in contests through June and July, as well as opportunities for local residents to enter for a chance to win flights to new nonstop destinations from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, including Belize, Cancun, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay.

“At Southwest, we connect people to what is important in their lives, and that work continues beyond the airport and into the communities we serve,” said Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President Steve Goldberg. “We look forward to being a part of Friday Night Sound Waves and further introduce our Customers to the additional international destinations we will soon offer from their local airport in Ft. Lauderdale.”

Friday Night Sound Waves organizers received a sponsorship from FPL that made the special lighting requirements of this event possible. “We strive to support the communities that we serve to make Florida a better place to work, live and raise a family,” said Juliet Roulhac, regional manager, external affairs, FPL.

“Corporate and community partnerships are vital to the sustainability of the Friday Night Sound Waves as a free event for all to enjoy,” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “With both the financial and in-kind support of our nearly two dozen partners, we are able to further invest in Fort Lauderdale Beach as a place for both our locals and visitors to enjoy.”

The Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), comprised of many of the businesses located along A1A, is the series’ major funding partner. In addition, the series second year sponsors include both new and returning sponsors including the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, It’s Better On the Beach Restaurant Group, Modelo Especial, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Bahia Mar Resort Fort Lauderdale Beach and Modera Port Royale.

“We are also extremely grateful for our media partners who help us spread the word to promote the area and talented local musicians,” said Glassman.

Entercom Radio, the series official radio partner, will host weekly games and prizes represented by each of the national media outlet’s four South Florida stations, including The Beach 102.7 FM, The Shark 104.3 FM, Lite 101.5 FM, 790 AM The Ticket. The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB will also broadcast live from The Hub on their new Sunny TV station, every first Friday between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Additional media partners and friends include Fort Lauderdale Magazine, TravelHost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, The Las Olas Association, The Central Beach Alliance and the Ford Lauderdale Air Show.

Friday Night Sound Waves is a free 36-week live music series that runs March through November. Each week, locals and visitors are encouraged to slide off their shoes and slip into the weekend to enjoy local and regional musical talent perform Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub on the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. To view the complete performance line up, offers from series sponsors, and special tribute and awareness nights, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com. For sponsorship opportunities and additional information, please email [email protected]

About the Beach BID:
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District’s (BID) primary focus is to market Fort Lauderdale Beach as a premier destination to locals and visitors from around the globe. Through private investment by businesses and residents between its governing boundaries along A1A from Harbor Drive to Sunrise Boulevard, they aim to enhance one’s experience. To learn more about the different places to “Dine, Discover, Stay and Play” on the beach, visit the BID sponsored website www.MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com, or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.

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Mar 222017

The Pompano Beach Amp and AEG Live are proud to present the legendary Buddy Guy. The 80 year old singer/guitarist a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Opening for Guy will be  blues super group, The Rides.



The list of accolades that Buddy Guy has received could fill pages, but here are a few highlights: 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), The Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.  In addition, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Still influencing the musical landscape, Buddy Guy released his brand new studio album “Born To Play Guitar” on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.  This was a follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, “Rhythm & Blues,” which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.


Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins.

In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label’s legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”

Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy’s most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.


Opening for Guy, will be The Rides, whose recent album charted # 1 on The Billboard Blues charts. The super group consists of Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), multi-award winner Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues chart and Barry Goldberg, who has played alongside everyone from Muddy Waters to Bob Dylan.


Concert date: Thursday, 4/6/2017, 8pm

Tickets: $39.50 to $99.50


Tickets may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com

More info www.theamppompano.org or CALL 954-519-5500


Coming next to The Amp:


5/19 | 8pm| $29-$79  George Thorogood and the Destroyers


7/15 |8pm| $28-$73    Firefall, Poco, Pure Prairie League


Note: I Love the 90s is being rescheduled with a new date to be announced shortly.

 March 22, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Mar 102017
Frank Ward

This March, add some good ol’ spice to your weeknight with home-cooked classics, cold suds, and plenty of mega-smooth blues during Blue Tuesdays at the award-winning beachfront hot spot Boston’s on the Beach. Blue Tuesdays also features great food and drink specials, including the boozy Nucklebuster Smash cocktail, Boston’s very own A1A IPA, juicy burgers, jumbo chicken wings, and its signature, double-fisted lobster rolls.

Hosted by “Famous” Frank Ward, Blue Tuesdays’ performances include:

Frank Bang

Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

March 14: Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings – Born and raised in Chicago, front man Frank Bang credits his melodic success to the legendary Buddy Guy. “It was incredible jamming with Buddy every night for five years,” recalls Bang. “Touring every summer with B.B. King, seeing the world, and playing with your idols. It was an amazing experience.” The Cook County Kings feature Brian “BJ” Jones on drums, Andre Howard on bass guitar, Donnie Nichilo on piano, and Russ Green on the harmonica.

March 21: Captain Reese and Son of Man – Singer and bass player, Captain Reese’s blues renditions ooze vintage cool. His credits include playing live with members of such well-known acts as Sheryl Crow, Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Seger, Jeff Beck, and Muddy Waters, just to name a few. He’s joined onstage by “Famous” Frank Ward on guitar and vocals, and Son of Man, which features “One Night Stan” Waldman on saxophone, Tom Regis on keyboard, and John Yarling on drums.

Kat Riggins

Kat Riggins

March 28: Kat Riggins – “I thank God that my passion is my purpose, which is to help preserve this endangered species called ‘The Blues,’” says Kat Riggins, about her love for the genre. From an early age, Riggins was drawn to the smoky, gritty sounds of legendary female artists like Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Etta James, and Koko Taylor. Born in Miami, Florida, Kat started singing jazz and blues standards in her early 20s, and went on to create a rich, lyrical style that melds blues, hip-hop, and pop with gospel and country. “I sing about raw emotion,” Kat says. “If I can move someone to feel what I feel, it’s all worth it.”

Blue Tuesdays’ performances on the Boston’s stage are from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., every Tuesday evening. No cover. For more information about Blue Tuesdays’ performances, please visit us online at bostonsonthebeach.com/bluetuesdays.

Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 South Ocean Blvd. A1A, Delray Beach, Florida. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit bostonsonthebeach.com or call 561.278.3364.

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Mar 062017
friday night sound waves

Get ready to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. With the sand and waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the background, the free Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series returns to the “Beach Hub” on the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. The first concert kicks  off on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.  The series will open with a high-energy performance by one of South Florida’s favorite Motown and R&B bands, Pocket Change, followed by a wide array of musical genres every Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through November 10, 2017.

Special highlights over the 36-weeks include performances by rising stars on the Country music scene, Farewell Angelina, on April 7, the Shane Duncan Band on May 5 for the official Fort Lauderdale Air Show welcome concert, and returning performances from crowd pleasers, Mr. Nice Guy, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, Tom Sartori and Spred the Dub.

“We had fantastic feedback on our performer selection during our inaugural season in 2016, and with such and incredible local talent pool, it was challenging to narrow down this year’s lineup,” said Friday Night Sound Waves producer, Arianne Glassman. “We think our faithful fans and those new to discover the series are going to be really pleased with our final selection. After a four month hiatus, we’re just ready to welcome our community of friends, neighbors and global visitors back to the beach every Friday night.”

The 36-week free concert series, funded in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), attracts more than 15,000 locals and visitors each year. The Hub, which is situated 1.3 miles from the 17 Street Causeway to the south and 1.4 miles from Sunrise Boulevard to the north, serves as the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach “island.”

Friday Night Sound Waves 2017 Concert Lineup

March 10: Pocket Change (R&B)
March 17: Resolvers (Reggae)
March 24: 30Vice (Top 40/Latin)
March 31: Moran Levi (Indie/Top 40)
April 7: Farewell Angelina (Country)
April 14: Mike Mineo (Beach Soul)
April 21: Spred the Dub (Reggae)
April 28: Tom Sartori (Top 40)
May 5: Shane Duncan Band (Country)
May 12: Ladies of Soul (Motown)
May 19: Sabor Latino (Latin/Samba)
May 26: Wolfepack Band (Classic Rock)
June 2: Funkabilly Playboys (Rockabilly)
June 9: School of Rock (Rock/Pop)
June 16: Bushwood (Reggae)
June 23: Bungled & Botched (Bluegrass)
June 30: Free Rads Band (Top 40)
July 7: Fabulons (Classic Oldies)
July 14: Goodnicks (Pop/Country)
July 21: Othello Molineaux Quintet with special guest Nicole Yarling (Steel Pan Jazz)
July 28: Shauna Sweeney (Pop/Alternative Rock)
Aug. 4: Celebration (Top 40 Dance)
Aug. 11: Andrew Morris (Country)
Aug. 18: Big Harvest (Roots Reggae)
Aug. 25: Grace & the Victory Riders (Indie/World)
Sept. 1: Roll the Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute)
Sept. 8: Adam Uhlan (Classic Rock/Blues)
Sept. 15: Oriente (Afro-Cuban/World Jazz)
Sept. 22: SOSOS + Friends (Roots All Stars Jam)
Sept. 29: Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl (Chicago Blues)
Oct. 6: All Access (Top 40/Pop)
Oct. 13: Orange Sunshine (Classic ’60s)
Oct. 20: Electric Piquete (Latin Jazz)
Oct. 27: All Star Soul Band (Motown/Funk/Soul)
Nov. 3: The Heavy Pets (Jazz/Alt-Rock/Funk)
Nov. 10: Mr. Nice Guy (Classic Rock)

“Fort Lauderdale is a close-knit community that just happens to be made up of more than 60 individual neighborhoods,” said Glassman. “In a detached world where we connect through digital media, spending a few hours on a Friday night on the sand with family, co-workers, friends and live music is the perfect way to connect in person. Watching relationships build and new friendships develop out of this series is one of our proudest accomplishments.”


Friday Night Sound Waves is presented by the Fort Lauderdale Beach BID and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, The Beach 102.7 FM, The Shark 104.3 FM, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida and Florida Power & Light. Performance sponsors include the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, It’s Better on the Beach Restaurant Group, Modelo Especial, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Bahia Mar Resort Fort Lauderdale Beach and Modera Port Royale. Friends and Media partners include Lite 101.5 FM, 790 AM The Ticket, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Travelhost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, The Central Beach Alliance and the Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

More Details

For more information on the Friday Night Sound Waves live music series, performers and special dates, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

 March 6, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »