Jan 052017

Kick off the new year on a high note with plenty of home-cooked classics, cold suds, and award-winning blues during Blue Tuesdays at the oceanfront hot spot Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach.  Famous Frank Ward hosts Blue Tuesdays with an ever-changing lineup of some the greatest blues musicians and guests. With his uncanny knack of matching up tremendous talent from both sides of the Mississippi, it turns Boston’s into an intimate and “smooth” venue for a perfect evening of blues.

Blue Tuesdays’ performances in January include:

January 10: Albert Castiglia is in the house! Castiglia is a notable artist who sings from the gut, shoots guitar licks from the hip, and writes songs that articulate one’s hopes, fears, and inevitable heartaches. Possessing a vocal style like Van Morrison, online music database AllMusic noted, “Castiglia combines hardcore blues with soul, rock, and country flavors for a sound that will appeal to rockers and blues purists alike.”

January 17: The Terry Hanck Band. Composed of front man Terry Hanck, guitarist Johnny Soubrand, drummer Butch Cousins, and bass guitarist Tim Wagar, blues fans are in for a musical treat! “This Chicago native, now based in South Florida, is steeped in the blues and soul genres. As a musician, singer, and songwriter, Hanck’s choice of material and his presentation are impeccable,” wrote Elmore Magazine’s Bob Gottlieb of Hanck. “If soul and blues are your bag, grab this.”

January 24: The Chris O’Leary Band. The Chris O’Leary Band, all living in New York’s musically rich Hudson River Valley, worked with producer Dave Gross in his Fat Rabbit Studios to create “Waiting for the Phone to Ring.” Fat guitar and harmonica tones, pumping horns, keys, background vocals, upright bass, and drums, fall in behind O’Leary’s naturally powerful vocals. All 13 songs are Chris O’Leary originals, showcasing moving and incisive lyrics layered over killer grooves that ooze vintage cool.

January 31: The Chris Duarte Group. An artist’s lifetime is often dictated by the heights they reach. For American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Chris Duarte takes fans up to heavenly heights with his signature Texas blues-rock style. Duarte, who credits Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Coltrane as musical influencers, is joined by Dustin Sargent on bass and John McKnight on drums.

Blue Tuesdays also features great food and drink specials, including juicy burgers and jumbo chicken wings, signature lobster rolls, and our “famous” New England pot roast served with creamy mashed potatoes and fresh, seasonal vegetables.

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 or call 561.278.3364. Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, Florida 33483.

About Boston’s on the Beach

Located in Delray Beach, Fla., Boston’s on the Beach has been a premier sports bar, entertainment venue, and restaurant for the past 35 years. As South Florida’s official home for New England sports and your hometown teams, the inviting interior features a comfortable atmosphere with more than 30 TVs. Countless bands for all musical tastes love to play Boston’s. Featuring the most renowned musical artists in the area, this entertainment hot spot’s weekly lineup includes reggae, rock, blues, jazz, funk, and country. You can count on catching fantastic, talented performers “rockin’ the house” every night, giving the evening an exciting vibe all its own. With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the ideal setting to enjoy casual dining, Boston’s is the place to go.

 January 5, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
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Cold Shot

Love to relive the 80’s with favorite pop-rock bands but can’t wait for them to re-appear at a local concert venue?  The next best thing is practically free with tribute bands performing this month all over South Florida.  Not sure where to find them – well we’ve got you covered with yet another list that you will want to keep handy all month long!


January 6, 2017 – Crazy Fingers has been performing their Grateful Dead tribute for many years.  In fact, you can consistently see them every Sunday evening at Boston’s on the Beach which they have coined Grateful Sundays.  On Friday January 6th, they are taking their show “on the road” so to speak at Boca Raton’s Funky Biscuit (ticketed event).

January 7, 2017 – Chain Reaction’s tribute to Journey and Forever Styx (hmm… tribute to who?!) will take turns at Margate’s Sounds at Sundown concert series – a monthly food truck and community event located on the corner of Margate Blvd and 441 in Margate.  Just down the road at Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar, you’ll find Lifeline’s tribute to Heart.  In Boca Raton, you can catch The Long Run with their Eagles Tribute at the beautiful Sunset Cove Amphitheater.   Further North, Solid Brass will be performing a tribute to Chicago and other brass rock bands at Wellington Amphitheater.

January 8, 2017  – Simon & Garfunkel tribute presented by the Guthrie Brothers at Boca Black Box.  Tickets are only $15 when you use our half-price tickets link.

January 14, 2017 – The Shindigs present a tribute to The Beach Boys at Sabal Pines Park in Coconut Creek – a new setting for the Home Grown Concert Series which has outgrown the community center where it was held up until now. Concert starts at 7pm although a BBQ food truck will be on hand an hour earlier if you’d like to grab something to eat.

True Rumours performs a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar in Pompano Beach. There’s no charge to attend and they have a full menu of dinners, small bites and full liquor bar out on the patio. Further north, Fire & Ice pay tribute to Pat Benatar at the Wellington Amphitheater.

Attendees of Eats ‘n Beats at Parkland’s Pine Trails Park will get a taste of Country and Rock and Food Truck fare when Kristen Spencer sings with the Rough Shot Band followed by The Boss Project’s tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.

January 21, 2017 – Doors Alive pays tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors at Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar in Pompano Beach. Also the same night, Derek Villegas and The Fast Forward band pay tribute to Kenny Chesney at Betti Stradling Park in Coral Springs.  DR Smokehouse will be serving BBQ from their food truck starting at 6pm while the concert starts at 7.

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather on the originally scheduled date of January 7th, the Sounds at Sundown concert & food truck event in Margate was rescheduled to Saturday, January 21st.  January’s featured band is Chain Reaction, a Journey and Styx Tribute band fronted by the vocal talent and Steve Perry sound-alike, John D’Agostino.


January 26, 2017 – This weekly Food Truck rally takes place on Thursdays and this week will be especially lively with a tribute to Neil Diamond.

January 27, 2017 – Eddie Jelly and Cold Shot will amaze you with their tribute to guitar legends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.  You never know what else he might throw in there – you’ll sit back and stare at the authenticity! This is part of a double-shot weekend of tributes at Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar in Pompano Beach.

January 28th, 2017 – Galuppi’s is bringing back Titans of Rock’s tributes to Journey & Bon Jovi, each with their own set and costumes too!

Weekly shows:

Monday nights at Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale – discover different impersonators of your favorite legendary musicians while dining with different acts each week.  January features one-man tributes to Tom Jones, Bon Jovi, The Blues Brothers, Buddy Holly, Frankie Valli, Dion, Bobby Darin & more!

Tuesdays at Johnnie Brown’s in Delray Beach and Wednesdays at The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach, you’ll find a sometimes comedic tribute to Rod Stewart by impersonator, comedian and singer George Orr with The Hot Rod Band.  Also Tuesdays, at The Field Irish Pub, you’ll find The Two of Us duo performing a Lennon/McCartney Beatles tribute.


 January 3, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
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There is a certain thrill that comes along with finding a hidden entrance to any place that offers something unique which otherwise could not be seen by the average guy on the street just passing by a barely marked entranceway.  This past week, I was a invited to Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s newest member to join a very small group of “hidden gems” located in the Riverwalk or Himmarshee square-mile district.   They are sometimes called “Speakeasies” which is a throwback to the times when the sale of alcohol was prohibited and you could only find the bar or saloon through word of mouth.  According to Wikipedia, “Speakeasies largely disappeared after Prohibition was ended in 1933, and the term is now used to describe some retro style bars.”  So here’s a rundown of the three I visited last Wednesday night, all within walking distance of each other:

  1. Stache
    Ella Herrera

    Ella Herrera at Stache

    – Opened in 2013, this place calls itself a “1920’s Drinking Den + Coffee Bar” which is immediately apparent once you see the decor inside this hidden gem.  Stache consists of two bar areas on the bottom floor and a mezzanine furnished with leather chairs, antique couches,  a pool table and a 3rd bar with a perfect view of the stage area below. In addition to live music by indie artists and featured DJs playing the latest in electronic and tech, Stache offers unique events on many nights including Whiskey Tastings and Charity Events.   Stache shares both ownership and joining walls with neighboring venues Revolution Live and America’s Backyard.  When you find your way to either venue at 100 SW 3rd Ave, walk around the side of the building around to the rear and you’ll see the entrance marked simply with a mustache painted on it.

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    Tamara at The Apothecary 330

    The Apothecary 330 – Another favorite hidden gem which I discovered while being invited to a bloggers meetup has only one bar and no stage area but very well decorated and an intimate setting to meet one or more friends.  I set my GPS to the address of 330 SW 2nd Street and drove around twice without being able to find a sign for The Apothecary.  Finally, I parked my car and walked up to a gentleman cleaning up outside of Pizzacraft Pizzeria who told me that I had to enter via the restaurant.  Boy was I relieved to find this place and amazed at how hidden away this beautiful one room bar and lounge was from street view.  Since it shares the space with PizzaCraft, you can order anything offered by the restaurant which includes many unique baked items and combine your experience with handcrafted and many old fashioned beverages from the extensive collection of fine spirits you’ll find stacked from floor to ceiling at the bar.  True to its’ name, drinks are prepared just the way you would see a pharmacist prepare medicine back in the 1800’s, hence the name The Apothecary.   However, I can assure you that these will taste a lot better!  Sit back at the bar and enjoy the show as friendly bar staff chat with customers and prepare drinks with great care and intensity.

  3.   Cash Only – Officially opened to a VIP guest list of several hundred, this venue is probably the largest of the three hidden gems mentioned here.  The name “Cash Only” can be deceiving and confusing to some, yet perfectly clear once you visit and understand that the entire venue harkens to the 1970’s just before the era of plastic overtook cash as the primary means of paying for goods and services. Ironically, you’ll have to climb to the second floor when you’ll find a lounge decorated as a 1970’s vintage Northern-State “Basement” completed with woodgrain paneled walls, an arcade video game, LP’s and 8-tracks on a bookshelf and some comfy couches.  The downstairs bar features a large stage area and more vintage decor include a wall of 8-track cassettes, a giant size can of TAB cola and a huge sign hanging from the ceiling that says “Cha Ching”.  You’ll find the entrance located near the Alleyway of The Tilted Kilt located along Andrews Avenue near the Riverfront shopping district.

More Pics from the “Sneak Preview” of Cash Only:

Wood Paneling in the Basement

View from stairway at Cash Only

cha ching

1970’s Decor at Cash Only

 January 2, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Dec 192016

This is the page we update every week showing you which bars and restaurants are the best ones to find a band on both Friday and Saturday nights but due to Christmas falling on a Saturday this year, some of those same places have decided to forgo live entertainment, even if they may remain open.  Rather than shortening the list, we decided to double check with each of those places to give you an at-a-glance view of where you’ll find a full stage and where you’ll find an empty one this weekend. By the way, the first night of Chanukah also falls on Saturday, December 24th but that was never a reason for anyone to cancel a gig – just a piece of trivia we wanted to throw out there because nobody else mentions it even though it’s a “Holiday” too!

CITYVENUEFriday April 21Saturday April 22SMOKING?
Coconut CreekJohnny O'BriansAxcentsStone MojoNO *
Coconut CreekNectar LoungeThe People UpstairsTop PriorityYES
Coral SpringsPremier Billiards Coral Springs[DJ Stefan]SoulicideYES
DavieCagney's SaloonTrip MachineUse The ForceYES
Fort LauderdaleLulu's Bait ShackStereoburnRadio StereoNO
Fort LauderdaleMarina-84Big City DogsAbby DavisNO *
Fort LauderdaleThe Dive BarCrazy FingersOvrholYES
Fort LauderdaleCheers Fort LauderdaleOvrholSpektoraYES
Fort LauderdaleFishtales on 33rdDerek Mack BandBounceNO *
HollywoodMargaritaville RestaurantStereotomyDeep Fried FunkNO
HollywoodWhiskey TangoSnakebiteGreen Means GoNO *
Lighthouse PointPacky's PubSmokin' AcesStereotomyNO *
MargateO'Malley's Sports Bar
O'Malley's Sports Bar
MetaluciousOriginal Band NightYES
Pompano BeachGaluppi'sMr. Nice GuyDoors Alive (Tribute)NO *
SunriseCheers SunriseTuxedo JesusDown Durty BoyzYES

* Smoking permitted at outdoor patio


In addition, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight 3 Places Open for Christmas Eve dinner when so many places are closed and these places support our local music scene including WeekendBroward – so we can highly recommend ’em!

  1. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  2. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar in Pompano Beach
  3. Shooters Waterfront Cafe in Fort Lauderdale (Also featuring the Baron Sisters 6-10pm)

Now keep watching these rotating slides…. if you wait long enough, you’ll start seeing flyers for New Year’s Eve – only a few days away!


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 December 19, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
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City Place New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2016 is fast approaching and you probably waited till the last minute to decide where you’re going to spend it, right?  This is, by no means, a complete list of places to go in Palm Beach County, but, depending on where you live and your lifestyle preferences, you just might find a suggestion or two in the list we compiled below.  We did our best to include events from Boca Raton all the way up to West Palm Beach, many of which are free or inexpensive so you won’t have to kill your entire month’s budget for entertainment all in one night.

Boca Raton

The Funky Biscuit – Ring in the New Year with South Florida’s favorite tribute to the music of Billy Joel thanks to the piano stylings of Tony Monaco and the Turnstiles Band. Reserve Ticket includes a reserved seat and a 4 course dinner with champagne toast at midnight! Dinner options include: 8 oz. Filet Mignon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, 8 oz. Salmon Filet, or Vegetable Lasagna. All entrees include choice of two sides and Chef J’s special dessert. $75.  Purchase online at www.funkybiscuit.com

Pavilion Grille – Dance to a mixture of Oldies, Motown, Latin, and Ballroom music with DJ spinning favorite hits. Dinner includes a Deluxe Dinner Buffet including a Roasted Sirloin, Glazed Ham and Turkey Carving Station, Italian Station, Asian Station plus more. Deluxe Dessert Station with Ice Cream Bar. Champagne Toast at Midnight. Dinner is served from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. All reservations must be prepaid. $99 (not including tax or service charge)  Complete list of pricing options can be found online.


Delray Beach

Bostons on the Beach – Dance the night away with live music by 56-Ace.  Advanced general admission is $25, $30 at the door, or get the “New Year’s Eve package” for $75 which includes Well Liquor, Beer, Wine, Tax and Gratuity.  (Premium liquor additional $25.00)

Johnnie Browns – Enjoy local 80’s Rock cover-band Stall-4 starting at 9pm. No Cover.

Dada – Dinner is a 3-Course Prix Fixe at $75. Entertainment by local band Spider Cherry.

Deck-84 – A casual waterfront restaurant located in downtown Delray Beach located adjacent to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be offering 3 additional entrees on their special menu for New Year’s Eve.  Live Rock, Blues and Reggae by Bruja starting at 8:30pm.


Boynton Beach

Elmo’s Rock Bar – One of South Florida’s highest energy Rock, Pop and Alternative cover bands Project-X – No Cover Charge


Lake Worth

Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill – For the second year in a row, both Metalucious (Metal Tribute Band) & White Noise rock cover band will be headlining the party at this Rock Bar in Greenacres. – No Cover Charge

Rhum ShakSpank the Band consists of 4 fun-loving guys and one outstanding female vocalist who play all your favorite rock hits from the past decades – No Cover Charge

Johnny Q’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge (Palm Springs) – Johnny Q’s has prepared a special menu for New Year’s Eve with entrees to include Yellowtail snapper, Lamb Chops, Surf & Turn and Pork Chops.  Reservations are recommended. Perfect Strangers classic rock band headlines the live entertainment.

Brogues DownUnder – This expansive and authentic Irish bar has added a New Year’s Eve dinner special including choice of salad, grilled tenderloin and grilled lobster tail, dessert and a glass of champagne for $38.95. South Florida cover band Green Means Go will rock you into 2017.


West Palm Beach

Copper Blues – Grindstone rock cover band headlines this year’s festivities dubbed “Black, White & Copper – A Vintage Black Tie Affair.”.  General Admission with advance purchase is $20 and includes entry at 8pm, entertainment, and midnight champagne toast.  VIP Package Includes Entry, Entertainment, Table Reservation, Fixed Menu (Appetizer, Entree and Dessert), Party Favors and Midnight Champagne Toast $46.79 *includes tax & gratuity.  Upgrade to Platinum and receive Entry, Entertainment, Table Reservation, Fixed Menu (Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert), Party Favors and Midnight Champagne Toast all inclusive for $81.89.
For more info: www.copperblueslive.com

City Place – Local cover band QuickFix covers Pop, Rock and Soul in the courtyard of City Place (shopping plaza) beginning at 8pm. Snow will be falling every hour from 6 till 8 + Midnight!

Grande’s Bella Cucina in Palm Beach Gardens featuring Rick St James’s tribute to Rod Stewart starting at 8:30pm.  Prix Fixe dinner includes Soup or Salad, Entree, Dessert, Coffee and a bottle of champagne for each couple.  $59.95/pp.


Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar is presenting both Moska Project and The Ellameno Beat beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend; 21 and over are welcome.


For a more complete list of which band is playing where, visit our Live Music Calendar for Palm Beach County.

 December 11, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
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Every year, we come across extraordinary New Year’s Eve packages put together by aspiring marketing departments who either want to make our mouths water with envy or target the 1% who may be wealthy enough to have unlimited budgets but lack enough creativity to put together their own plans on how best to celebrate this literally annual event.  This year, the prize goes to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort with what they call the  “It’s a Thin Line Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” Suite Package starting at $22,500 per night.   A two-night minimum stay is required so we’re talking about a $45,000 commitment!  Well, we’re not so sure how “laid back” this package really is with that kind of a price tag!

Guests who book the package for a stay in the Jimmy Buffett Presidential Suite or Coral Reefer Vice-Presidential Suite will enjoy the following:

  • Luxurious accommodations atop the highest floor of the 17-story resort, with private balconies facing both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway
  • Round-trip limousine transfers between the resort and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, just minutes away
  • A stocked suite with a full premium bar including beer, wine, liquor and mixers
  • An en-suite, five-course dinner hosted by the resort’s executive chef with pairings from JWB Prime Steak and Seafood (for up to eight people)
  • A private poolside cabana each day with beer, wine and unlimited margarita pitchers
  • A private yacht charter along the Intracoastal Waterway, complete with an open bar and canapes (for up to 12 people)
  • A luxury Margaritaville swimwear makeover for two from the resort’s ‘Live Life Like a Song’ retail store
  • An en-suite Bloody Mary bar and bartender to sooth the morning after blues
  • One Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker® for creating the perfect party drinks

Note: Reservations must be made at least seven days prior to arrival.

Now that we have completely shocked you with a sticker price of $45,000 for two nights, here’s something a little more affordable.

JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, the resort’s coastal-luxe restaurant concept, is offering a special five-course menu for New Year’s Eve for $175 per person. Highlights of the menu created by Executive Chef Andres Teran include pan seared scallop over English pea purée and shallot gastric; bouillabaisse, a seafood stew with clams, mussels, shrimp and fresh catch with grilled ciabatta; and wine-poached pear with moscato zabaglione, among others. A wine pairing is available for an additional $50 charge. Diners can enjoy party favors, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. JWB will host two seating options – the first will be an à la carte seating at 6pm and the second will be the prix fixe menu seating from 9pm to 1am.

With multiple unique on-site food and beverage outlets, guests and locals alike can also choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Margaritaville Restaurant, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill or LandShark Bar & Grill with live music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight being offered in each venue. There will also be a pop-up champagne bar in the resort’s lobby from 5pm to 1am.

New Year’s Eve Entertainment at Margaritaville Resort Venues

LandShark Bar & Grill (2nd Floor) Time TBD DJ Blix

5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 9:00pm-12:30am Tito C. 3 (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

Hollywood Beach Bandshell 10:00pm-1:00am Jason K. & Signal Fire (Classic, New, & Alt. Rock)

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant 10:00pm-2:00am 30 Vice (Top 40, Latin, Rock, R&B & Party Music)

For more information, visit:  https://www.margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/holiday-happenings or call (844)-562-5625

Looking for other places to drink and dine and New Year’s Eve in Hollywood, FL?

Check out:

Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Summary of Restaurants with New Year’s Eve Offerings thanks to VisitHollywoodFl.org.

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