Jun 042018
 
Hukilau

The Hukilau is widely known as the East Coast’s largest and longest-running festival celebrating Polynesian Pop culture. Now in its 17th year, the event spotlights all things retro and Tiki, giving thousands of attendees a chance to immerse themselves in the subculture that includes a heavy emphasis on rum and tropical cocktails.  But the Fort Lauderdale event is also an overlooked surf music extravaganza, bringing together some of the top instrumental rock bands from across the country. For 2018, organizers have assembled a high-caliber lineup of surf and exotica that includes Los Straitjackets and The Martian Denny Orchestra from Tennessee; The Madeira from Indiana; Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet and Czarna Wolgastar from Massachusetts; The Exotics from Wisconsin; The Black Flamingos and The Royal Pacifics from New Jersey; and The Intoxicators and Skinny Jimmy Stingray from Florida.

Festival attendees can catch live music, DJs and other entertainers all five days of The Hukilau, from a 7,500-square-foot ballroom the Pier Sixty-Six hotel to the 150-capacity Molokai bar at The Mai-Kai, the legendary Polynesian restaurant that has served as the event’s nerve center since 2003. Other entertainment will include modern burlesque queen Angie Pontani; exclusive aquatic performances by Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid in the Wreck Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach; a dozen pop-up bars featuring acclaimed mixologists from around the world; plus Tiki and rum symposiums, classes and tastings. The Tiki Treasures Bazaar will be open daily featuring artists and vendors selling everything from fine art to aloha shirts.

Among the special guests in 2018 is Boston’s Brother Cleve, a mainstay of the cocktail and music scenes for more than two decades. He toured with The Del Fuegos, was a member of Combustible Edison, and became a pioneer in the craft cocktail movement. He’s also known for his work as a DJ and musicologist. Brother Cleve will DJ, host his own pop-up bar, and present a special symposium.

While the U.S. West Coast is widely considered to be the hotbed for instrumental surf and exotica music, The Hukilau’s 2018 lineup proves that bands from the Southeast, East Coast and Midwest should not be overlooked. Here’s the latest lineup:

  • Los Straitjackets: Returning to The Hukilau for the first time since 2009, the mysterious masked marvels of instrumental rock will headline Friday’s High Tide Party. Formed 20 years ago in Nashville, the Grammy-nominated band released “What’s So Funny About Peace Love And …” in 2017, its 14th studio album since 1994.
  • The Martian Denny Orchestra: This revved-up exotica supergroup features guitarist Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets, the Planet Rockers), guitarist Bob Irwin (Pluto Walkers, reissue label Sundazed Music), bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, et al.), and drummer Jimmy Lester (Webb Wilder, ex-Los Straitjackets). Based in Nashville, the group has been unleashing their dazzling atomicinstrumentals on the unsuspecting public for the past five years, including The Hukilau 2012.
  • Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet: Led by visionary percussionist Brian O’Neill, this Boston-based ensemble will perform exclusively at Thursday’s LuXotica party in the Pier Top Lounge at Pier Sixty-Six. Melding jazz and chamber music into adaptations of mid-century exotica, the quintet will present O’Neill’s original compositions along with unique adaptions of Bach, Gershwin, Shostakovich and John Adams “into cinematic, layered music for armchair travelers ready to journey off road.” Czarna Wolgastar, O’Neill’s surf music band, will also perform at The Hukilau.
  • The Madeira: Founded in 2004 by guitarist Ivan Pongracic of 1990s surf music icons the Space Cossacks, this Indianapolis-based band continues to push the boundaries of instrumental rock. Their 2015 album, “Ancient Winds,” was hailed as a seamless blend of traditional surf and modern progressive rock. The band will be making its first appearance at The Hukilau.
  • The Intoxicators: After a one-year respite, the boys from Tallahassee return to rock The Hukilau for the 13th time since 2005. The ultra-tight trio of Gary Evans (guitar), Brian Crum (drums), and Adam Watson (bass) meld classic surf, rockabilly, and pure guitar-driven instrumental rock into a rousing sound all their own. Also, don’t be surprised if the primitive alter ego of The Intoxicators (aka The Disasternauts) also make an appearance.
  • The Exotics: The Hukilau welcomes back Milwaukee’s long-running and acclaimed surf band for the first time since 2011. Formed in 1994, the band has been releasing albums and playing special events across the country for more than 20 years. They’re also the house band at Foundation Bar in Milwaukee, where drummer Don Nelson is manager and co-owner.
  • The Black Flamingos: This New Jersey instrumental trio has been busy bringing their combination of surf, spy and spaghetti western to the masses since forming in 2014. Their debut full-length album, “Neon Boneyard” (2017, Hi-Tide Recordings) was followed by tours of the United States and Europe. High profile gigs have included the Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Italy, a support slot on the Messer Chups tour, and the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival with Dick Dale and Los Straitjackets in August. A spin-off band, The Royal Pacifics, will also perform.
  • Skinny Jimmy Stingray: South Florida’s own king of the surf guitar will return for a sixth straight year to rock The Mai-Kai. In addition to his instrumental trio playing surf classics and originals, Stingray now plays around the area with a totally different lineup specializing in spaghetti western and rockabilly.
  • King Kukule: The Hukilau’s emcee since day one, the Southern California comedian, actor and ukuleleist otherwise known as Denny Moynahan can always be counted on to keep the show running smoothly with many laughs thrown in for good measure. “The King” is not only a fixture at Tiki events across the country, he’s been a regular performer at Hollywood premieres, Disneyland, Universal Studios and more.

ABOUT THE HUKILAU

This year’s Hukilau takes place June 6-10, 2018 at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with different events at each location. Multi-day passes and special event tickets on sale now at TheHukilau.com along with hotel reservations, a daily schedule and more.

HISTORY OF THE HUKILAU

The Hukilau began in 2002 in Atlanta and moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2003. It has grown from a small gathering into an international event, drawing up to 1,500 visitors annually. A “Hukilau” is a traditional Hawaiian festival at which villagers cast a large net into the sea to bring a wide assortment of fish to shore. It’s followed by a feast that celebrates the spirit of ‘ohana, or family and community. The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale was designed as a modern equivalent that attracts lovers of Tiki culture from all over the world for a unique, vintage-styled celebration. The Hukilau has proudly kept Polynesian Pop’s past alive and well, while also stirring interest among a new generation of talented artisans, performers, mixologists, and enthusiasts from all walks of life.

MORE INFO

Official website: http://www.thehukilau.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thehukilau
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Mar 282018
 
NoBe Sunday Block Party

After 6 weeks of shutting down one direction of 33rd Street just off A1A in the North Beach (NoBe) area of Fort Lauderdale, one thing is for sure – it’s worth the trip! Unfortunately, April marks the final month for the City of Fort Lauderdale to shut down the westbound lane of 33rd street, home of Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub, 33rd Street Wine Bar, Blue Jean Blues, The Dive Bar and many other bars and restaurants which make this the ideal place for a night out on the town. In addition to food and drinks being served right on the street, outside craft vendors and local artists are invited each week to show off their wares.  The highlight each Sunday afternoon from 4 to 8pm is the entertainment by some of south Florida’s favorite tribute bands.  They play on a stage location adjacent to FIshtales and the Wine Bar so you are only a few steps away from great food and beverages.  Watch the bands as the sun sets over the Fort Lauderdale skyline – it’s magnificent!

Check out the list of upcoming acts and make plans to join the party, or should we say “Block Party” this weekend!

APRIL LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE (4-8PM)

April 1 – Solid Brass, tribute to Horn Bands of the 70’s and 80’s

April 8 – True Rumours, tribute to Fleetwood Mac

April 15 – After Midnight, tribute to Eric Clapton + warm up by Pure Heart (Heart Tribute)

April 22- Smooth, tribute to Santana with warm-up one-man band Billy Bones.

April 29 – Smokin’ and Renegade, tributes to Boston and Styx

Smokin  tribute to boston

FREE ADMISSION!

The NoBe Sunday block party ends at 8pm which coincides with the time that entertainment starts at many of the local bars and restaurants, so don’t pack up and leave without checking out the schedules indoors at neighboring venues where the fun continues till, at least, the midnight hour.

Parking is available nearby on neighboring streets.  Be prepared to pay the meters at a rate of $0.50/hour.

Follow updates via the Facebook event page.

More information including vendor contact information can be found at: www.nobesunday.com

MAP TO NE 33RD STREET

Jan 302018
 
florida renfest

Here ye! Here ye! All ye Kings and Queens, Knights and Nobles – and the rest of you wenches and barbarians! You are hereby notified by royal proclamation that your attendance is requested at the 26th annual Florida Renaissance Festival taking place from February 10th through March 25th, from 10am till sunset in the two-thousandth and eighteenth year A.D in the vast open land of Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park.

Seven Fun-Filled Themed Weekends, Variety of Acts & Performances

The iconic Florida Renaissance Festival will ring in its 26th season, and, for the third year in a row, will offer an extraordinary SEVEN theme-filled weekends as well as a fantastical journey back in time with a variety of fan favorite acts and performances. Upon stepping inside the gates of our village, attendees will be transported back to 16th-century Europe where they will find jesters, jugglers and jousting knights along with music, costumed characters, human powered games, artisan craft shops and enough food & drink for a royal family feast! It’s a full day of fun and entertainment where the entire family can experience the magic of the Renaissance era through an immersive interactive, real audience-participation scenario.

The Florida Renaissance Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most beloved events dedicated to recreating the historical era of the Renaissance, each year adding more entertainment and themed weekends while welcoming a crowd that has swelled over the years to nearly 100,000 annual attendees, and with more than two million people having participated over the course of the Festival’s 26 years.

“Being able to provide this alternate universe where attendees can immerse themselves in the rich history that is the Renaissance is something my team and I take great pride in,” said Bobby Rodriguez, Founder and Producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “We are proud to have the continuous support of the county, the city and our community which enables us to grow this event each year, resulting in a culturally enriching festival for people of all ages.”

Rodriguez has continuously raised the bar when it comes to incorporating new experiences into the Festival. Through his forward-thinking, he has set the standard for festivals of this nature to go “beyond Renaissance” by booking a variety of acts ranging from the Orient to Africa, as well as diversified themed weekends. In fact, this year’s Festival will introduce two newly themed weekends!

The Florida Renaissance Festival 2018 themed weekends include:

HOURS: 10am-Sunset 

* Swashbucklers and Sirens – February 10th – 11th

Shiver me timbers! This Pirate-themed opening weekend sees our village overrun with buccaneers and scallywags. Unearth the mysteries of the sea as sirens lure sailors and pirates alike. Anyone not prepared for a “salty” good time will be sent to walk the plank.

* Time Travelers’/Steampunk Weekend – February 17th – 19th

If you like donning a top hat, vest, breeches, and monocle, then board your favorite 18th-century submarine or fantasy-like hot air balloon and zoom for this weekend dedicated to adventurers across the centuries. Bring your brassies Victorian “gears” and join us for “Steampunkin'” good time! Open on President’s Day, Monday February 19th!

* Vikings and Barbarians – February 24th and 25th

Only the strongest and most courageous warriors will brave through this weekend. Norwegian brothers and sisters emerge from the mist on an icy wind, battleaxes in hand, donned in leather and fur during this chilling weekend.

* Bodacious Bodices & Wenches – March 3rd and 4th

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.

* International Weekend – March 10th and 11th

Yet another newly themed weekend! International Weekend celebrates all the exotic cultures that influenced the Renaissance in Europe through exploration and trade. From the Ottoman Empire to the Arabian peninsula, from Africa to the Orient, Polynesia and the New World, this weekend weaves in the impact that other exotic cultures left on this magnificent period.

* Kilts & Colleens – March 17th & 18th

Sing, dance and be merry in your finest kilt whilst bagpipes blare throughout the Shire. Celebrate the Celtic traditions of the Irish, Scots, Cornish and Welsh during this uniquely themed weekend that honors this group of European tribes that existed during the Iron Age through Medieval Times!

* Witches, Warlocks and all about Harry Potter – March 24th and 25th

Expecto Patronum! Bring on your baddest Patronus and chase away pesky dementors during this final themed weekend! Only the most magical witches and wizards in the village can conquer that which should not be mentioned! Wingardium Leviosa your butt off the couch as you won’t want to miss out on this most magical weekend. Muggles are welcome!

The 2018 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 2018 Acts & Performances include:

* History of Chivalry – Live Steel Fighting
Join the History of Chivalry and experience the excitement of yesteryear as fully armored knights go to battle for their honor. Experience real Medieval style combat at its hardest and finest!

* Blue Mermaid Designs
Gaze upon these legendary, beautiful aquatic creatures as they frolic both under the water and above the sea while captivating audiences. But beware as legend has it their beauty can lure sailors to their underwater palace for eternity!

* Cirque Brava
A visual delight for the whole family! Two high-flying, wise-crackin’ acrobats who defy gravity through their aerial performances.

* Stary Olsa
A medieval Belarusian music band of six who mix early Belarusian instruments sound with all-European mediaeval instruments such as lute, rebec, cister, flute and Arabic drum.

* Thom Bedlam – Pirate close-up magician
Not your average rabbit-puller, this pirate magician will delight with a full spectrum of magic that will keep audiences guessing. A spectacular stage illusion show for the whole family.

* Anger of the Mistress – Trebouchet
Come witness an amazing demonstration of a medieval trebouchet – a catapult used to smash castle walls or throw projectiles over them. Definitely a powerful tool for a Medieval woman scorned!

ABOUT

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 2018 Florida Renaissance Festival Comcast, Warsteiner, Guinness, Pepsi-Cola and Funky Buddha Brewery.

TICKETS

Prices range from $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 to 11 years of age. Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $106 (adults), $59 (children) and group ticket rates are also offered.

MORE INFO

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: ren-fest.com;

Follow the action via Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. Download the mobile app by searching Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Android market. If you prefer the historical method, call 954-776-1642.

Jan 172018
 
Fantasticks

Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.

A Funny and Romantic Musical

The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Catch this “Fantastick” show at four different venues from February 2nd through April 15th, 2018:

Feb 2nd @ 8pm and Feb 3rd @ 8pm
Township Center for Performing Arts, 2452 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL. 33063
Tickets: $22.00 non residents  Call 954 970 0606
February 17th  @ 6pm (dinner) 7:15 pm (show) & Feb 18th @ 2pm
Tickets: $30.00 dinner & show; $15.00 Sunday matinee
Sat, Feb 24th @ 7pmSun, Feb 25th @ 2pm
Performance Address- Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, 33351 954 747 4646
Tickets: $18.00
The Fantasticks Discount Tickets
Fri, April 6th @ 8pmSat, April 7th @8pmSun, April 8th @ 2pm
Fri, April 13th @ 8pmSat, April 14th @8pmSun, April 15th @ 2pm
Tickets: $25.00- single ticket
$20.00- 4 or more in single purchase

MORE INFO

For more details on Curtain Call Playhouse, visit: http://curtaincallplayhouse.com
Jan 082018
 
Gypsy Queen

Miami-based Gypsy Queen has officially reunited after many years in 2017.  Originally fronted by the powerhouse Mattioli twins, Paula and Pamela Mattioli, the band now features a single vocalist in Paula Mattioli.  Although the band had performed together a few times in recent years at reunion events in Miami, it was the sudden passing of Pamela from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2014 that became the catalyst for the band’s formal reunion, culminating in what has become a beautiful tribute to their late vocalist.

“Gypsy Queen was only ever apart because of location.  Pam and I lived in Los Angeles, and the guys still live in Miami, but we would always get together with them whenever we were there,” says Paula.  “We had done a few reunion gigs with them in Miami over the last few years.  At the last reunion, after Pam passed, we performed a song written for her and people really liked it, so we decided to record the song.  When I was in the studio singing it, it was very raw and very emotional and I started crying.  You can hear that at the end of the song (Pam’s Song).  When I came out of the booth, the guys all hugged me and we had a real moment.  I realized at that point we had to make another record!”

She continued, “The writing was effortless!  Scotty Migone (guitarist)  flew out to Los Angeles to write with me. He knew I was hurting a lot after the loss of my sister and my marriage.  We wrote about 25 songs in two and a half days.  They were just pouring out. I really thank him, because he threw me a lifeline by doing that.”

The new music tells the stories of love, loss and heartbreak, pain, anger and acceptance. These relatable themes about the messiness of life are wrapped up in music that is intricate and interesting, evoking the the emotion and intensity of life that knocks you down, and the resolve it takes to get back up again.

The new album boasts 14 songs ranging from hard and heavy to heart-rending, with influences of 70’s funk, 80’s metal and alt-pop/rock discernible within the collection.  “Our sound has evolved a bit. It’s still rocking, but with more colors and more facets,” says Paula.  “Every one of us has been through stuff, and that’s what this music came from.  All that stuff, it’s going to come out in the music.  If it doesn’t, the music’s not real.  All of these songs are written from emotion and that’s the way we recorded it.  It was definitely a catharsis making this record.”

GYPSY QUEEN has set January 12, 2018 as the official release date of the self-titled new studio album via Royal Ball Records.  A CD Release party will take place on the same day at Premier Billiards & Sports Club located at 9120 Wiles Rd. in Coral Springs.  There will be plenty of room for everyone and there’s no cover charge to attend.  The event will also feature cover band, Monster, which includes two members from Gypsy Queen.  Follow updated via the Facebook event page.

 

“GYPSY QUEEN” Track Listing:

1.  Amelia
2.  Over The Edge
3.  Carousel
4.  24
5.  Everybody’s High
6.  Open Up Your Mind
7.  Butterfly
8.  This Moment Is All We Have
9.  The Only Way Out Is Through
10.  Sweet Nothings
11.  Happy
12.  Dance Of Life
13.  No Turning Back
14.  Pam’s Song

GYPSY QUEEN

Paula Mattioli – Lead Vocals

Scotty Migone – Guitars

Joe A. Ojeda – Bass / Keyboards

Kenny Wendland – Drums / Vocals

Produced by Scotty Migone

Co-Produced by Paula Mattioli

Mixed by Steve Gordon

Follow GYPSY QUEEN:

https://www.gypsyqueenrocks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/gypsyqueenrocks/

https://twitter.com/gypsyqueenrocks

https://www.instagram.com/gypsyqueenrocks/


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Dec 262017
 
Wilton Manors

Live Music at Mickel returns in 2018 with free monthly 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 at Mickel Park, located at 2675 NW 7th Ave in Wilton Manors.  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 19, 2018 – Inna Sense (Reggae)
Friday, February 16, 2018 – TY Billings Band (Classic Rock)
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffet Tribute)
Friday, April 20, 2018 –  Across The Universe (The Beatles Tribute)

More Information

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.

Music at Mickel 2018