Oct 022018

Westfield Walls is an immersive art experience and family friendly exhibit happening on October 6 through October 20, 2018  at the Westfield Broward Mall,  8000 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation.  More than just a traditional art exhibit,  Westfield Walls is a new breed of urban street art. Customers can shop while enjoying eclectic artistic excellence. Visitors will enjoy an interactive experience through a transformation of the Center Court into a total graffiti takeover including live artist demonstrations, face painting, store sampling with special offers, fitness sessions, dance performances and more! 🎨

FREE American Express Gift Card Offer

The first 100 guests in line at the #WestfieldWalls event on Saturday, October 6 or Saturday October 13 will receive a FREE $15 American Express Gift Card!

*While supplies last. One American Express gift card per person.


The event hours are Noon through 5pm in the Center Court.

For more details on the event schedule please visit, www.westfield.com/broward/westfieldwalls



Sep 282018
swing dancers

The Historic Ali Cultural Arts is proud to announce that Ashanti Cultural Arts will be hosting an exciting new monthly event at the Pompano Beach venue. Swinging Fridays-Jazz on the Boulevard will take place the last Friday of each month from 7-10 pm. Professional instructors will teach the steps to iconic swing dances including the Lindy Hop, the Shag and more. Then, everyone will practice their new moves during the jazz concert which follows. Admission is $7 per person. To learn more, www.aliarts.org.

“Swinging Fridays will be a fun way to unite everyone in the community, young and old, to share the indelible impact these genres have had on our culture,” said Linda Houston Jones, Ashanti’s founder and executive director. “We are thrilled to be offering these exuberant dance classes followed by concerts featuring renowned artists including Jessie Jones, George Tandy and Nicole Yarling.”

The majority of swing dances originated in African American communities, including the Lindy Hop, which began in Harlem in the 1930s. The term “jitterbug” has been famously attributed to famed band leader Cab Calloway, because, as he put it, “[The dancers] look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor due to their fast, often bouncy movements.”

“According Pompano Beach historians, Calloway along with Louis Armstrong boarded at the Ali Building during the 1930s, bringing this exciting new program full-circle,” said Nguyen Tran, director of the Pompano Beach Northwest Community Redevelopment Agency.


Ali Cultural Arts
353 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

About Ashanti Cultural Arts:

Ashanti was founded in March of 1990 in Fort Lauderdale, FL by Linda Houston Jones. The name Ashanti is a royal West African Tribe known for its Cultural Richness and Diversity. Ashanti has been serving communities for more than 20 years with classes and entertainment in the arts since the organization’s founding.

Aug 172018
tommy the who

The Who’s Tommy is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend based on The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy. The musical originated in San Diego, California, on July 1, 1992. The Broadway theatre debut took place the following year at the St. James Theatre and closed on June 17, 1995, after 899 performances.  The play subsequently was produced by various touring companies throughout North America and Europe.  In Boca Raton, local theater company Q2Q partnered with Boca Black Box to bring the show to Boca Raton on August 16,  19, 23 and 26, 2018.

About Tommy

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy tells the story of a pinball-playing, deaf, mute and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities. Theatrical wizard Des McAnuff translated this five-time Tony Award-winning musical into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind musical theater event featuring music and lyrics by Pete Townshend. After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

To fully appreciate all that this musical has to offer, read the act by act description via Wikipedia.

tommy boca black box


General Admission: $30  VIP $40

Purchase online at: www.bocablackbox.com

A limited number of discount tickets may be online via our partner: Goldstar

Jun 252018
Beach Hub Fort Lauderdale

For the third year in a row, organizers and sponsors of Friday Night Sound Waves will treat attendees at the free beachside concerts, the opportunity to register and win an array of unique experiences – just for showing up for the free weekly concert on the beach!  Kicking off June 22 and running through September 21st, the 13-week Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes features prizes and gifts ranging from adventure experiences and dining certificates to hotel stays and round trip tickets to any destination Friday Night Sound Waves official airline partner, Southwest Airlines flies.

Locals and visitors attending the weekly free music series will have a chance to register onsite between 6pm and 8pm each Friday, with the winner announced at 9pm, immediately following the performance. Complete details on each giveaway night and rules for entry are viewable on their official website, www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com.

About Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves takes place every Friday night, March 16 through November 2 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, where the beach meets the boulevard at Las Olas & A1A. The family-friendly event, sponsored in major part by the beach business community, is free to the public and open to all ages. For those unable to attend in person, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau broadcasts select dates throughout the series live on www.Facebook.com/VisitLauderdale, as well as Hello Sunny TV, viewable on AppleTV Gen4 and www.Sunny.org/TV.

For more information on the Friday Night Sound Waves live music series, performer bios, special sponsor activations, and theme performance nights, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com.

Schedule of Performances and Sweepstakes Prizes:

June 22: Gypsy Lane, presented by Southwest Airlines

Bring your boogie shoes and get ready to get down (get down) to the disco inferno songs of
the 70’s. Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Round Trip Air Travel on Southwest Airlines

June 29: Guavatron, presented by W Fort Lauderdale

Guavatron, the hip, fresh groovy band will dazzle you with catchy dance, rock & jazzy tunes.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Live it up at W Fort with bottle service for up to six guests in
Living Room

July 6: Spred the Dub, presented by Southwest Airlines

Spred The Dub keeps crowds dancing with their own brand of “Good Time Reggae” music –
infusing elements of Soul, Funk and R&B with a foundation of Rock-steady, Ska and Roots
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Round Trip Air Travel on Southwest Airlines

 July 13: Young Trees, featuring Shauna Sweeney sponsored by Las Olas Association
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Shauna Sweeney, sets the tone for this midsummer
night with clever original songs and unique blend of pop, alt-rock and tunes under her
new band.  Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Family Four Pack South Florida Adventure Pass

July 20: Danny Garcia, presented by It’s Better On The Beach Restaurant Group

From Flamenco to Salsa to Electronic-Rock, Danny Garcia and his bandmates promise to bring
an ebb and flow that will keep you on your feet and begging for more.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Four All-Day Passes on Water Taxi Fort Lauderdale

July 27: Rogue Theory, presented by The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

Go Rogue, as in the Rogue Theory Band for this special Full Moon Friday performance, the high
energy band with as bright a future as the moon which will shine from above.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: $250 Gift Card for Galleria at Fort Lauderdale Mall
TIP: Tax-Free Week runs August 3-5, 2018 for back to school shopping

August 3: JM & The Sweets, presented by 104.3 The Shark

Making a name for themselves as Miami New Times Best Unknown Band of 2017, JM and the
Sweets, will dazzle you with their brand of #SouthFloridaSoul for a night you will soon not forget.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: $250 Dining Gift Card valid at Spazio, Tsukuro and Café

August 10: Orange Sunshine, presented by Florida Power & Light

Go back in time with Orange Sunshine performing the greatest songs from the 60’s, from
Beatles to Blues to Pop tunes and Rock Classics.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: TBA

August 17: Fireside Prophets, presented by MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com

Laid back and soaked in Florida sunshine Fireside Prophets are a cool group of musicians who
turn up the heat with a twisted up in reggae-rock sound that exemplify the fun-loving Fort
Lauderdale Beach vibe.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: TBA

August 24: Electric Piquete, presented by Florida Power & Light

A three-peat performance for the band named “Best Latin Band” by the Miami New Times in
2009 and 2015, Electric Piquete is a melting pot of jazz, salsa and funk, and spiced with
everything in between.  Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: TBA

August 31: The Boss Project, presented by The BID and 102.7 The Beach FM

Kick off your Labor Day weekend with the one and only, Boss Project – the ultimate tribute to
the music of the legendary Bruce Springsteen.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Oceanfront Suite with breakfast for two at Bahia Mar

September 7: The Free Rads, presented by Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fasten your seatbelts for the Free Rads – a sub groove experience, a musical rollercoaster ride
packed with a wide range of your favorite classic and current hits infused with high energy,
intense soul and uninhibited passion.

Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: 2 Night Stay and welcome cocktail at Courtyard by Marriott

September 14: Tito C. Band, presented by Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Join the Tito C Band for a night of cool classics, some catchy dance tunes and a fun night of
fan favorites to dance to by the shoreline.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Courtesy of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Details TBA

September 21: B Side Jones, presented by B Ocean

South Florida’s premier Funk/Rock A-listers, B-Side Jones, brings their brand of high energy and
unique repertoire of the songs you love from decades past to the current scene to create a
fun and funky night of music and dancing on Fort Lauderdale Beach
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Oceanfront Suite with breakfast for two daily at B Ocean


Jun 042018

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.


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.


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.


Official website: http://www.thehukilau.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thehukilau
Keep up with the latest news on The Atomic Grog blog at http://atomicgrog.com

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 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


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