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

More info 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

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 or call 561.278.3364.

 March 10, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
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 or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

 March 6, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 232017

It was a dreary rainy day when I was invited to see for myself the current state of nightclubs inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood complex before being completely pulverized to the ground as if they had never existed.  The weather was a perfect backdrop to the many emotions which went through my mind as I thought of all the good times which were had in these clubs by so many which included Pangea, Gryphon, Opium, the Paradise Theater and the Improv Comedy Club as they were being scavenged for anything of value that could be saved from the complete decimation which was only a few days away from reality.  I snapped a few pictures to save the memories and to share them with others who never were given a chance to say goodbye as these clubs were given short notice before being told to shut down and vacate.  And this was just “phase 1” with the next phase to include the venerable Murphy’s Law, Gloria Estefan’s Bongo’s Cafe and Martorano’s, whose fresh Garlic was permeating the pouring rain as I waited to enter the deserted clubs across the way for one last time.

If this comes as a surprise to those of you reading about this for the first time, you might want to catch up on the news as reported by the Miami Herald and other South Florida publications which explained how this property will be completely overhauled with a new 800-room, 36-floor guitar shaped hotel with a promise to “create 19,452 jobs, including 4,867 full-time positions and 14,585 construction jobs, said Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen.” (February 1, 2016) Read more here:

Construction and venue updates with a preview of what’s to come can be found

Thank you to Anthony Erale Vice President of Allied Bean Demolition for giving me the inside-view on all the hard work that goes into what they do best.


memorabiliaHard Rock Demolition

 February 23, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 152017
PGA Commons Entertainment

What better way to heat up your winter paradise than with great food and live music on the patio at PGA Commons? Treat yourself to a wide variety of local entertainment while enjoying happy hour cocktails or a memorable meal at these celebrated, culinary hot spots: Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Vic & Angelo’s, and The Cooper.

If music be the food of love, play on! William Shakespeare

Renowned seafood utopia Spoto’s Oyster Bar will feature acoustic guitarist Sam Meador on Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Steve Mathison & Friends on Fridays, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mathison will play with an eclectic mix of guest musicians, and include a toe-tapping lineup of modern rock genres. For more information, please visit or call 561.776.9448.

Farm-to-table charmer The Cooper will feature acoustic rock and roll performer Joe Birch on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; mixed genre musician Andy Taylor on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; blues and classic rock guitarist George Manosis on Friday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and blues generalist Mark Telesca will perform on Saturday, March 18 and Saturday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 561.622.0032.

Italian gem Vic & Angelo’s will feature a “Live Music Under the Stars” series with world music crooner Giovanni Fazio on Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and local singing sensation Dawn Marie will appear on Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 561.630.9899.

About PGA Commons

PGA Commons features an exciting collection of upscale boutiques, fine art galleries, top-tier restaurants, and a wide variety of specialty stores and services. For more information about PGA Commons, call 561.630.8630 or visit

Photo credit: Mikel Samel (Mark Telesca); all other photos are courtesy of PGA Commons

 February 15, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Feb 102017

From goblets to swords, the Florida Renaissance Festival embraces the spirit of its “silver” anniversary with an impressive display of radiance and brilliance!  The landmark 25th season of the Florida Renaissance Festival will take place from February 11 to March 26, 2017 at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park (401 S Powerline Rd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442) and, for the second year in a row, will offer an extraordinary SEVEN theme-filled weekends, as well as a variety of fan favorite acts and performances. From jesters, jugglers and jousting knights to music, magic, mayhem and more, the 2017 Florida Renaissance Festival perfectly recreates a story-book Renaissance village.


The idea for the Festival originated in 1990 when Festival founder, Bobby Rodriguez, proposed a medieval fair as a substitute for a black-tie ball for the then upcoming Broward Center for the Performing Arts. While that event never manifested, Rodriguez decided to produce the fair himself and in 1992, the first medieval festival in Florida took place. The one-weekend show generated approximately 3,000 attendees. 


In 1993, Rodriguez changed the event’s name to the Florida Renaissance Festival which took place in Snyder Park in Ft. Lauderdale. The Festival remained in that location for the next four years and grew to a three-weekend event.  In 1997, the growing Festival moved to T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood, Florida where it remained for another four years until moving to the location it has called home for the last 18 years, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. 


mud pit“I am extremely proud of how far we’ve come in the last 25 years,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder and Producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “In the beginning we used to look to other Ren Fairs for ideas and now many of them look to see what we come up with each year.  We are proud to have the support of the county, the city and our community, and to be able to provide this entertaining, educational and cultural enriching festival for people of all ages.” 


Throughout the years, Rodriguez has continuously raised the bar when it comes to incorporating new experiences into the Festival. He was the first to bring Cast In Bronze to the Renaissance Fair stage – a beautifully eerie performance conducted on a traveling Carillon, a musical instrument made up of more than a ton of bronze church bells. Rodriguez’s ability to think “beyond Renaissance” has also resulted in the booking of a variety of acts from Oriental and Scottish themes to ancient African dancers and percussionists. 


Now, in its milestone 25th year, the Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most beloved events dedicated to recreating the historical era of the Renaissance times, each year adding more entertainment and themed weekends while welcoming a crowd that has swelled over the years to nearly 100,000 attendees.


The Florida Renaissance Festival 2017 themed weekends include

 Pirates’ Weekend – February 11 and 12

Debark at your own risk and be weary of land sickness during our opening weekend where the village is overrun with mateys and scallywags.  Anyone not prepared for a “salty” good time will be sent to walk the plank. 

 Time Travelers’ Weekend – February 18 – 20

You won’t need a passport to travel through time during Time Travelers’ Weekend. This weekend is dedicated to adventurers across the centuries and embodies the spirit of recreating the past, symbolic of the entire festival. Open on President’s Day, Monday February 20th

 Masquerade – February 25 and 26

Everywhere you turn, peering eyes from behind a mask let you know that it’s Masquerade Weekend.Unleash your inhibitions behind the anonymity of delicately detailed masks, historic costumes and intriguing disguises!The Masquerade will keep your secrets, until you divulge your identity!

 Wenches – March 4 and 5

Behind every good man is a wench in the trench. Wenches Weekend celebrates the women of the Renaissance with hourglass curves and firey attitudes who can go toe-to-toe with their male counterparts. 

 Taste of FLARF (Florida Renaissance Festival) – March 11 and 12

Eat and drink your way through the Renaissance during Taste of FLARF Weekend. It’s a feast fit for a King as you indulge in foods reminiscent of the era such as hearty turkey legs, Scotch eggs, Sheppard’s Pie and an assortment of delectable desserts. Wash it all down with traditional mead and aromatic wines that you can freshly stomp yourself from the finest grapes!

 Celtic – March 18 and 19

celtic mayhemSing and dance along to Irish, Scottish and English tunes throughout the Shire during Celtic Weekend. Don your finest kilt while bagpipes blare. This weekend is a must for anyone who wants to embrace and celebrate their Celtic heritage!

 Vikings and Barbarians – March 25 and 26

Viking and Barbarians weekend is when you and your Norwegian brothers and sisters can wave your battleaxes while covered in leather and fur, yelling with the fury of Odin. Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will make it through our final weekend!  

The 2017 season also includes a variety of fan favorite acts and performances with an invigorating entertainment lineup that includes something for everyone. 

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2017 Acts & Performances include: 


The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the nationally acclaimed Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The sponsors of the 2017 Florida Renaissance Festival include Comcast, Warsteiner, Guinness, Pepsi-Cola and Walgreens. 


The Florida Renaissance Festival at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park will be open weekends beginning February 11th from 10 a.m. to sunset through March 26th.  Also open on President’s Day, February 20th.

Tickets & Admission

Prices range from 21.00 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Discount tickets also available at Walgreens for $17 for adults (save $4) and $8 for children (save $1).  Children 5 and younger are free.  Special seasonal passes are available for $75 and group ticket rates are also offered.  


While costumes are not necessary for admittance, thousands of people each year enhance their experience by donning garb from the Renaissance era, or participate in one of the festival’s special themed weekends. 


For tickets and more information visit:; Find us on Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Follow us on Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. If you prefer the historical method, call 954-776-1642.

 February 10, 2017  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »