Feb 032017

Grab your main squeeze and enjoy a sultry night of red-hot blues, “good for the soul”-inspired cuisine, and straight-up, flirty cocktails during Blue Tuesdays at the oceanfront hot spot Boston’s on the Beach.  Hosted by “Famous” Frank Ward, Blue Tuesdays’ performances take place every Tuesday evening on the Boston’s on the Beach stage from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with no cover charge!

Blue Tuesdays’ performances February 2017:

Matthew Curry

Matthew Curry

Steve Laudicina

Steve Laudicina

February 7: Steve Laudicina Trio is in the house! Steve Laudicina, a young, up-and-coming guitarist based in South Florida, has made a career for himself as a guitar player for hire, touring nationally and internationally. For the last three years, Steve has played with blues band JP Soars and The Red Hots. He now fronts his own instrumental band, offering a fresh spin on rock and roll, surf, and rhythm and blues genres, with influences by artists like B.B. King, Albert Collins, The Sonics, Link Wray, James Brown & The Famous Flames, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

February 14: Matthew Curry. Curry’s roots certainly run Muddy Waters deep. It’s a musical trait that’s not been lost on the guitar legends he’s had the honor of sharing the stage with over the past few years, including Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers, and Steve Miller. “A wonderful guitar player [and] great songwriter,” remarked Miller, “in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.”

Rockin' Jake

Rockin’ Jake

February 21: Rockin’ Jake’s Blues Devils. Rockin’ Jake has been hailed as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues, and zydeco, with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Rockin’ Jake’s Blues Devils also feature Steve Laudicina on guitar, Charles Gasper on bass, and Chris Peet on drums.

Bonefish Johnny

Bonefish Johnny

February 28: Piano Bob’s 88s with Bonefish Johnny. Fans of boogie-woogie, New Orleans, and jump swing blues are in for a musical awakening when local blues royalty, Piano Bob Wilder, sits down to play! He’s joined onstage by Bonefish Johnny, whose songs are a driftwood pile of rhythm and style. Crossing over between the indie, blues, and jam band scenes for years with funk rock act Groove Thangs, eclectic bar band Shack Daddys, and his live Funky Roots Revue, Bonefish Johnny makes music to move to and be moved by.
Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, Florida 33483.

For more information, visit bostonsonthebeach.com/bluetuesdays or call 561.278.3364.

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Feb 022017
The Weight Band

Performing songs of The Band, THE WEIGHT BAND is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era.  Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy.  The group features Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote for The Band and worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, Albert Rogers from the Jim Weider Band and frequent performer at The Barn’s Midnight Rambles.  Michael Bram, the newest member of THE WEIGHT, played with Jason Mraz.

Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like “The Weight”, “Up On Cripple Creek”, “Ophelia”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Rag Mama Rag” and so many others.  Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band’s music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.”  Come and take a load off.

Upcoming concert dates:

02/09 Bull Run, Shirley MA

02/10 The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield CT

02/11 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY

03/01 Crest Theater, Delray Beach FL

03/02 Emerson Center, Vero Beach FL

03/03 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach FL

03/04 Amaturo Theatre, Fort Lauderdale FL

03/24 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth NH

03/25 Cabot Theatre, Beverly MA

04/13 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA

04/14 The Hamilton Live, Washington DC

04/15 Avalon Theatre, Easton MD

05/12 Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY

05/13 South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange NJ

06/30 NYCB Theatre at Westbury (w. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes), Westbury NY

08/05 Mt Baker Rhythm & Blues Fest, Bellingham WA

08/21 – 25  Camp Cripple Creek, Full Moon Resort, Indian River NY

For more information, visit the band’s website:   www.theweightband.com

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Feb 012017
don henley hard rock live

Legendary drummer and co-founder of the classic rock band “The Eagles” Mr. Don Henley made a very intimate tour stop in my hometown of Hollywood, Florida, this past Wednesday, January 25, 2017.   Starting off the evening was The Americana/Roots Rock band from New York, “JD and The Straight Shot“.  They set the tone for an evening that would prove to be very un-forgettable in my opinion.

Stage setupThe atmosphere inside Hard Rock Live was decorated by an array of vintage radios of all shapes and sizes providing the illusion of random thoughts “floating” above the stage.  Just prior to Henley and the band taking to the microphones, each radio was spotlighted.  As the spot lights bounced around showcasing each individual radio, so did the music, playing hits chosen from every decade of rock and roll! While the audience quickly began making their way to their seats, they sang along to some classic favorites by Frank Sinatra, James Brown, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and the Bee Gee’s just to name a few.

After the first two songs, Henley greeted and thanked the crowd but he also quickly laid some ground rules. He pointed to both his eyes and his head and said: “These (his eyes) are still the best camera and this (his brain) is still the best memory bank — most days”. He finished that statement off by asking the audience to please put away all cellular devices and cameras. In exchange, he made a deal stating that when we arrived at the time of the evening when he played the “Hotel Song” we would then be permitted to “Whip them out” and record an incredible memory.

Boasting a 5 piece horn section and 3 back up singers, Henley showcases a total of 16 beyond talented musicians leaving anyone who loves music craving just one more song. Promising over two hours of music that would span over 40 years, he did not disappoint. With a 19 song set list and a double encore, he’s definitely a man of his word.

Here is what the audience experienced:

  •  7 Bridges Road
  •  Dirty Laundry
  •  That Old Flame
  •  Sunset Grill
  •  Witchy Woman
  •  When I Stop Dreaming (Louvin Brohers Cover)
  •  One of These Nights
  •  New York Minute
  •  Shangri-La
  • It Don’t Matter to the Sun (Garth Brooks a.k.a Chris Gaines album cover)
  • The End of the Innocence
  • The Last Resort
  • The Heart of the Matter
  • Everybody Wants to Rule The World  (Tears for Fears cover)
  • The Boys of Summer


Encore 1:

  • Life in the Fast Lane
  • Hotel California


Encore 2:

  • Wasted Time
  • Desperado


don henley concertWhile Mr. Don Henley and his entourage of musicians take a break in February, they will resume their tour dates in early March across Australia and New Zealand. With only 7 US tour dates listed/completed thus far, the eight time Grammy award winning artist made a memorable experience come to life for all in attendance at The Hard Rock Live, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. I would highly recommend watching his website for additional US tour dates in hopes of some late additions. This was a show you do not want to miss!

Review submitted by special contributor: Penny Fiorentino

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Jan 182017
vanilla ice

After a massive 2016 with over 110 shows across North America, the I LOVE THE 90’s TOUR will continue its momentum in 2017, making its way to the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on August 19th, 2017 starting at 8:30pm.  The show promises fans the same unbelievable live experience, with a rotating lineup of the 90’s’ most iconic acts, including Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Rob Base, All-4-One and Young MC.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as an, “arena-sized dance party,” and described by The Arizona Republic as, “a hit-filled trip down memory lane,” the I Love the 90’s Tour is 2016’s most successful concert touring package with over 110 shows in 110 cities and more than 600,000 tickets sold with a gross box office revenue of over $36 million dollars.  Returning in 2017 is headliner Vanilla Ice, star of the DIY Network’s Vanilla Ice Project and fresh off of his Dancing with the Stars appearance.

The I Love the 90’s Tour is represented by Universal Attractions Agency (UAA).  Universal Attractions Agency’s Jeff Allen and Jeff Epstein, co-creators of the I Love the 90’s Tour, are more than excited at the breakout success of the tour and are confident that audiences are ready for their next dose of 90’s nostalgia.  As both say, “Our object was to capture the imagination of a generation and the I Love the 90’s Tour is a phenomenon that has done just that”.

Limited number of I Love the 90’s Tour VIP packages are available, including exclusive VIP meet & greet packages, for details please visit www.future-beat.com

For updates on upcoming I Love the 90’s Tour dates, please visit http://ilovethe90stour.com

Tickets: $25-$128 via www.ticketmaster.com or 954-519-5500

Note: Original date in March as postponed to August

More Upcoming Shows at The Amp


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

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Jan 152017
music at mickel

Live Music at Mickel is back for another year of monthly public outdoor concerts hosted by the City of Wilton Manors.  Concerts are held once a month from January through April and include a variety of music from 7:30pm-9:30pm.  Food trucks will be onsite prior and during concerts so you don’t have to skip dinner to get to the park on time.  Bring chairs and blankets and have a relaxing night under the stars with live music by favorite local bands.

Concert Schedule

Friday January 20th – Jamport Authority (funk, rock and jazz)

Friday, February 17th – Grindstone (Acoustic rock and alternative)

Friday, March 24th – Lifeline, A Tribute to Heart

Friday, April 21st, 2017 – The New Planets (Party Rock & Dance)

More Information

Mickel Park is located at 2675 NW 7th Ave in Wilton Manors.  Admission is Free.  For more information about the Live Music at Mickel concert series, contact the Leisure Services Department at (954) 390-2130 or visit wiltonmanors.com.

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Jan 102017
Music for the Mind

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company will perform a special upcoming public benefit concert at the Harriet Himmel Theater for Cultural and Performing Arts at CityPlace.  As part of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s monthly Music for the Mind concert series, the Youth Touring Company will perform a special benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (payable at the door), with all proceeds directly benefiting the not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Featuring 30 students in grades 4-12, the Youth Touring Company will perform a high-energy singing and dancing performance featuring everything from Broadway show tunes to Motown hits. Performing songs such as At the Hop, I Feel the Earth Move and When I Grow Up, this show is perfect for all ages.

“We’re so honored to be a part of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s Music for the Mind concert series for the second year in a row,” said Julie Rowe, director of education for the Theatre and Conservatory. “Last year’s concert was a phenomenal success, and we’re looking forward to bringing our students’ dynamic performance to CityPlace. We’d like to invite residents of all ages to come out and enjoy an evening of great music and dancing.”

Held the third Tuesday of every month, the Music for the Mind concerts feature musical groups from Palm Beach and Martin Counties. All proceeds directly benefit the performing organization, with all concerts sponsored by the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation and the Harriet Himmel Theater for Cultural and Performing Arts at CityPlace.

“The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation is thrilled to have the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company return for a second year,” said Kathi Kretzer-Sayler, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation. “Last year’s young performers blew the audience away with their singing and dancing talent and we look forward to another evening of great entertainment! All ages will enjoy this concert. Not only are the young performers adorable; they are also quite entertaining.”

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Youth Touring Company benefit performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at the Harriet Himmel Theater for Cultural and Performing Arts at CityPlace. Directions: From I-95, take exit 70 onto Okeechobee Boulevard. Go East on Okeechobee Boulevard; CityPlace is less than one mile on the left hand side. All tickets (available at the door) are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, please call Kretzer Piano at(561) 748-0036.

About The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation
The Kretzer Piano Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the gift of music to children and seniors in our community. We are passionate about music being a part of every child’s life and we provide music performance opportunities where they can share their talents with others. We offer scholarships for music lessons for underprivileged children.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts
Drawing nearly 600 students per year, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts is a premiere professional Conservatory that offers a challenging, innovative and quality theatre experience to students of all ages and abilities. In addition to a full schedule of classes, the Conservatory’s hands-on workshops and master classes offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand from nationally known directors and Broadway performers, agents and local instructors. More than 25 percent of the Conservatory’s students receive scholarships. For more information about the Conservatory including a full schedule of classes, visit www.jupitertheatre.org/education.


About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,732 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.

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