Locals and tourists alike look forward to the annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, which will be taking place in it’s 34th year on the weekend of April 27 through 29, 2018. As anyone who has attended in past years knows, the Seafood and ocean surf are merely backdrops to what else is happening on the sands of Pompano Beach with not one but 3 stages of live music spanning from Atlantic Avenue north to the Fishing pier. In addition to fresh local seafood grilled fresh, visitors will be able to browse through row upon row of local vendors, from arts and crafts to representatives of small to large businesses offering their best deals.
Two Headliners for 2018
Every year, the festival looks for headline bands that will bring back memories to those of us who came of age in the 70’s and 80’s listening to them on the radio and this year is no exception. After several band member changes and lawsuits over the name Jefferson Airplane, the band named Starship emerged in the mid 80’s and was renamed Starship featuring Mickey Thomas in the early 90’s. From 1985 until 1989 the band, Jefferson Airplane had three #1 hit songs with Mickey Thomas as its’ lead singer. Fans will remember “Nothing’s gonna stop us now”, “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)”, “Sara” and more recently “we built this city (on rock an’ roll)”. Are you singing them in your head yet?
Following Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, a second headline act JJ Grey & Mofro will take the main stage from 8:00 to 9:30pm on Saturday night. An American Southern soul rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, JJ Grey & Mofro’s music has been described as a combination of blues, funk, soul, and rock. Band influences range from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jerry Reed to more soulful artists such as Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding. Having toured extensively and playing many major summer music festivals, the band has gained a reputation for strong stage performances, making them a “must see” act on Saturday night.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
5:30-6:30 Riggins Family Band
6:30-7:30 Elvis and Marilyn
8:00-10:00 Motowners (Motown Tribute Band)
6:00-7:45 The Big Harvest
8:15-9:45 The Long Run (Eagles Tribute)
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
11:30 – 1:00 School of Rock Band
1:30 – 3:30 Crazy Fingers (Grateful Dead Tribute)
4:00 – 6:00 Crush (RUSH/Guns N’ Roses Tribute)
6:30 – 8:30 The Chili Poppers (Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute)
8:30 – 10:00 Pure Heart (Heart tribute)
11:30 – 3:30 Andrew Morris (Country)
4:45 – 5:45 Shaw Davis & The Black Ties (Blues)
7:00 – 8:00 Shaw Davis & The Black Ties (Blues)
North Stage / Main Stage
3:30 – 4:15 The Resolvers
5:45 – 7:00 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
8:00 – 9:30 JJ Grey & Mofro
SUNDAY APRIL 29
12:00 – 1:15 Adam & The Allstars
1:30 – 3:15 Steel Soul (Hard Rock/Metal)
3:30 – 5:15 Maggie Baugh (Country)
5:30 – 7:30 Jaded (Aerosmith Tribute)
1:00 – 6:30 The Big Sound
11:30 – 1:00 TwoCan Blue (Blues & Country)
2:00 – 3:15 The Pitbull of Blues
4:15 – 5:30 Shane Duncan Band (Country/Rock)
6:30 – 7:45 Gary King
Tickets & Hours
A 3-day pass is available online only for $30 which includes full access to all festival activities, including all stages and bands and arts & crafts bazaar. Children 12 & under free.
Friday: $10 (5-10pm)
Saturday: $20 (10am-10pm)
Sunday: $15 (11am-8pm)
Sorry, No pets are allowed
Parking should be a lot easier this year thanks to the new 663-space Pompano Pier Parking Garage, located at NE 2nd Street between A1A and Pompano Beach Blvd. Beach front lots are also available at Atlantic and A1A.
Continuous free shuttle buses will run from parking areas west of the intracoastal along Atlantic Blvd. Use of ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft are also recommended to alleviate traffic concerns.
Did you know?
The Seafood Festival is a non-profit event and revenues benefit a variety of charities and organizations. The event is primarily volunteer- driven which means every detail is from the heart. The festival is its own not-for–profit corporation made up of a variety of local organizations that run the event and receive the proceeds. “It’s all about supporting the community,” says manager John Good. “All of our profits go to our volunteer groups and over the years proceeds have funded hundreds of different worthwhile, local charities.” This year’s festival will benefit,among others, The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Clubs, Exchange Club, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Soroptimist, Pompano Beach High School, Ely High School, Women in Financial Services and Pompano Proud
Visit www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com for more information.
Date(s) - 04/27/2018 - 04/29/2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pompano Beach Fishing Pier