Say goodbye to Halloween and hello to Thankgiving and Fall Festivals starting off this weekend in South Florida. The clocks will be turned back and the air slightly cooler so hopefully we can get out a little early and enjoy free concerts without getting sunburned too quickly! While Facebook has been abuzz with word of a certain outdoor food & rock festival in Miami, I have some suggestions for staying inside Broward County.
First, I am quite interested in The Rockers In Recovery Music and Art Festival taking place this Saturday at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. The festival will feature musicians from many famous bands playing together and having a good ‘ole time sans alcohol, if you know what I mean? As an example, the RIR All-Star band includes RIR Musical Director Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), RIR Unplugged Director Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Kasim Sulton(Todd Rundgren and Utopia), Mark Stein(Vanilla Fudge), Liberty Devitto(Billy Joel) , and Christine Ohlman(SNL Band). Where else can you expect to see such a blend of talent on one stage? Check out their WeekendBroward event page for more details including admission prices.
Another outdoor event that might be of interest to music fans, especially those that grew up listening to Elton John and Billy Joel. This tribute act takes place at Park Trails Park in Parkland. This free monthly concert series features quality entertainment on a big stage with a dance area, a huge park to relax in your folding chairs, kids can run around, and don’t worry about bringing food because a large selection of Food Trucks will be on-hand to cater to every appetite. More information can be found on my new website, www.foodtrucksfortlauderdale.com. Several meetup groups will also be there so don’t feel obliged to bring your family if you just want to mix and mingle.
Of special interest to Coral Springs residents is a Bruce Springsteen tribute concert taking place at the Sportsplex Athletic Complex. There will also be an opening band by one of our local blues superstars – Albert Castiglia. Tickets are free to residents but they are limited and must be picked up in advance at City Hall, City Hall in the Mall or The Coral Springs Gymnasium. This event is one of several taking place this year to celebrate Coral Springs’s 50th anniversary. Food will be available for purchase on-site and the only admission fee will be $3 for parking.
All of the above will be taking place early enough in the day this Saturday so that you can still see some of our great local bands in and around Fort Lauderdale afterwards. Check the live music events calendar at WeekendBroward for a complete list of who will be where this Saturday night.
See you somewhere soon!
Rob aka The Weekend Concierge