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 May 26Saturday May 27SMOKING?
Coconut CreekJohnny O'BriansRiverdownSteeltown ReligionNO *
Coconut CreekNectar LoungeThe RegsThe GoodnicksYES
Coral SpringsPremier Billiards Coral Springs[DJ Stefan]Project-XYES
DavieCagney's SaloonSoulicideSucker PunchYES
Fort LauderdaleLulu's Bait ShackBounceBounceNO
Fort LauderdaleThe Dive BarLattitude-26SuperFuzzYES
Fort LauderdaleCheers Fort LauderdaleShovelHeadGreen Means GoYES
Fort LauderdaleFishtales on 33rdCrushRock CandyNO *
HollywoodMargaritaville RestaurantStereotomyJason K & Signal FireNO
HollywoodWhiskey TangoManny Diquez BandSex CellsNO *
Lighthouse PointPacky's PubBombshellStereotomyNO *
Pompano BeachBriny PubSekond NatureHigh ToleranceYES
Pompano BeachGaluppi'sWildfireSimply TinaNO *
SunriseCheers SunriseSmokin' AcesBombshellYES

* 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 »
Dec 112016
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

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.
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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 »
Dec 062016

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: 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

 December 6, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 182016

Americana band JD & The Straight Shot – featuring vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan whose voice the New York Post calls “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton) and violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) – are set to kick off the new year on tour with legendary artist Don Henley. The trek starts on January 14th in Austin, TX at Austin City Limits Live.

JD & The Straight Shot are currently working on their forthcoming album due out in early 2017. The achingly beautiful first single “I Know, You Know, I Know” gives an exciting taste of what’s to come. The sparkling ballad produced by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert), was written by Dolan, Slaver and Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash) with sweeping accordion melodies performed by Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band). The new song was a rousing audience favorite along JD & The Straight Shot summer 2016 European tour dates with Don Henley and U.S. shows with Joe Walsh.

JD & The Straight Shot spent 2016 touring nonstop in support of their highly praised all-acoustic album Ballyhoo!. Neo Music Scene raves, “Ballyhoo! is a refreshing record that gets back to the roots of great American music,” I’m Music Magazine gushes the album is “A tasty slice of Americana music at its finest,” The El Vee enthuses, “JD & the Straight Shot mix blues, folk, and Americana styles into a timeless American music sound of their own” and Music Matters Magazine calls the record “a listening pleasure.”

In addition to touring with Don Henley and Joe Walsh, JD & The Straight Shot have played alongside luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Jewel and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. New England Music News declares, “Awesome is the word” for JD & The Straight Shot’s live show.

Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight GRAMMY Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles that has become one of the most influential bands in America. Henley’s solo career is acclaimed with such hits as “Dirty Laundry,” “Heart Of The Matter,” “Boys Of Summer,” “The End Of The Innocence” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors later this year, as a member of the Eagles.

JD & The Straight Shot 2017 Tour Dates with Don Henley:

January 14 – Austin, TX @Austin City Limits Live

January 15 – Sugar Land, TX @Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

January 17 –  San Antonio, TX @Majestic Theater

January 19 –  Tulsa, OK @Paradise Cove Margaritaville

January 20 –  Little Rock, AR @Robinson Theater

January 22 –  Atlanta, GA @Fox Theatre

January 24 – Clearwater, FL @Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 25 – Hollywood, FL @Hard Rock Live Hollywood FL


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 November 18, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 162016

Holidays like Thanksgiving can be pretty lonely if you are the kind of person who doesn’t have much family in town or like many people I know these days who just hate to cook or clean up after hosting yet another holiday dinner.  Once again, I have cobbled together a short list of places that will be open on Thursday, November 24th for your dining, drinking and/or partying pleasure!

  1. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar in Pompano Beach – Known for their huge Sunday Brunch Buffets, this hidden treasure located at the entrance to the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course will probably have the largest spread of both traditional and non-traditional foods on their all-you-can eat buffet beginning at Noon on Thursday, November 24th.  Seating will be available in both their intimate dining room or out on the patio.  RSVP recommended (954) 785-0226 $29.95pp (14.95 for kids 4-12)
  2. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Live Music & Great Food are guaranteed 7 Days a week at this intimate restaurant and nightclub located in the North Beach Shopping District of Fort Lauderdale.  Thanksgiving will be No Exception.  Owner Cathy Vassallo has prepared a special menu with a choice of Prime Rib or Cajun Fried Turkey, traditional side dishes, soup or salad and dessert for a Prix Fixe of $20.95.  Since there are only a limited number of tables inside and out on the patio, reservations are highly recommended.  (954) 689-2344.
  3. Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale – Known for their beautiful view of the intra-coastal waterway and docks that let you park your boat while you eat indoors or out on their extensive patio, “Shooters” is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet this year. The carving station will offer turkey, prime rib and roasted ham. The buffet will also include soups, salads, traditional sides and desserts including Pumpkin Cheesecake for a set price of $49/pp ($26 for kids 12 and under).  One other interesting note is that they will prepare a complete dinner to serve 6-8 people for only $95.00.  Call (954) 566-2855 for more info.
  4. Tanzy’s of Boca Raton – Tanzy’s feast features traditional Thanksgiving favorites, from tender Roasted Turkey Breast to orange-cranberry compote and fresh-baked parker house rolls, and Yard’s signature Three-Layer Silken Pumpkin Pie wraps up your unforgettable meal with her decadent twist on a classic.  Impress friends and family while Tanzy Restaurant’s imaginative and eclectic atmosphere sets the perfect backdrop for a memorable evening this Thanksgiving. $45/person ($20 for children 12 and under ) Enjoy a curated holiday menu by celebrated Chef Sherry Yard. Make reservations for Thanksgiving Day 11:30 a.m. – (561) 922-6699.
  5. Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood – Even if you live in South Florida, a trip to the Hard Rock Cafe always makes you feel like you are on vacation somewhere else! You’ll be surrounded by Rock memorabilia and memorable rock tunes via a surround sound system that includes videos in every corner of the restaurant.  Although the menu for all Hard Rock Cafe’s is almost identical worldwide, this location offers some items you won’t find elsewhere.  And on this special day, they have put together a traditional Thanksgiving dinner including Turkey, Stuffing,  Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Pumpkin Pie for a prix fixe of $23.95.   The entrance is next to the Hotel Lobby so be sure to park in Hotel Parking if you want to avoid a long walk through the casino.  For more information or reservations, call (954) 315-9108.
  6. Brogues DownUnder in Lake Worth – This Irish Restaurant-Bar located in downtown Lake Worth is offering a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet including the traditional Pumpkin Pie for a very reasonable $20.00/pp. With 33 large screen TV’s, it might be the best place to catch a bite without missing a touchdown.
  7. City Tap West Palm Beach – New to the CityPlace scene, City Tap is excited to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with all of their new South Florida friends and family. The restaurant will offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring items like oven roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, potato dishes including mashed potatoes and potatoes au gratin and casseroles like sweet potato and classic green bean. Mouthwatering dessert selections will include pumpkin cheesecake and a selection of cupcakes. The Thanksgiving buffet is priced at $35 for adults and $15 for children.

thanksgiving dinner


Live Music on Thanksgiving

Done with dinner?  Need to get out of the house?  Check out some of the following bars and restaurants open for Thanksgiving entertainment –  the bands will appreciate having some friends and fans!


Ronnie Davis (1pm) and Butch Corridori (5pm) and [email protected] at Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale

The Silent Shout at Nectar Lounge (8pm), Terry Hanck at Legends Lounge (7pm) inside Coconut Creek Casino

Furious George at Sunset Grill inside Coconut Creek Casino (8pm)

Jam Session & Turkey Dinner ($12.99) at Alligator Alley Native Florida Tap Room & Gastro Pub in Oakland Park


Big Medicine at Copper Blues “Rock Pub & Kitchen” in West Palm Beach (8pm)

Peter White & Friends at The Duck Tavern in Boca Raton (also, a Benefit for Lilly Cox)

* All engagements are subject to change without notice (unfortunately!)


Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at for more places to eat and drink the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.

 November 16, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 162016
mason jar drinks hard rock cafe

Just in time for the holiday season, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood FL is mixing it up with new, limited-time mason jar cocktails. In addition to offering innovative, festive flavors for the season, two of Hard Rock’s drinks will also give back to charity.
The new “Mix It Up” holiday cocktails, available at Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Monday, November 14 through Sunday, January 29, include:

  • Angelo’s Passion – Winner of Hard Rock’s 2016 Global BARocker Championship, Angelo Delgado, created this passionately refreshing and fruity concoction made with BACARDI Superior Rum, Midori Melon Liqueur, Passion Fruit Reál and ginger beer
  • Velvet Rain – A luscious and velvety sangria made with Soul Sister Pinot Noir, Southern Comfort, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, tropical juices and fresh berries
  • Bourbon Milk Punch – The ultimate decadent treat – Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon, RumChata, Monin Spiced Brown Sugar and milk shaken together then topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and spiced pecans
  • Pineapple Sage Rita –  Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and fresh sage bring aromatic, savory spice to this margarita made with Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila and Monin Agave Nectar
  • Maria Sangria* – mix of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Havana Club Anejo Clasico, Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate and tropical juices shaken with fresh lime, orange and strawberries
  • Pomegranate Cooler (alcohol free)* – Don’t take this pom for granate! Monin Pomegranate, Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate, sweet and sour and fresh raspberries, rosemary and lime

In the spirit of giving, for every Maria Sangria and Pomegranate Cooler purchased featuring Lifewater® Yumberry Pomegranate, Pepsico will donate 50 cents to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, which aims to improve lives through the power of music.

About Hard Rock Heals Foundation

The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.

 November 16, 2016  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »