May 132020
Delray Beach Restaurant

Last week, Phase 1 rules for the re-opening of restaurants, retailers and elective surgeries went into effect for the entire state of Florida except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  When Palm Beach County complained that their incidences of Coronavirus weren’t as bad as those in the Miami to Fort Lauderdale corridor, the Governor agreed to include the Palm Beaches within Phase 1 beginning Monday, May 11th.  For fans of live music, as well as restaurants looking at bringing live music back to their venues, this meant that they could look at neighboring counties to see how they managed the unthinkable – staying in business while limiting their premises to a maximum of only 1 out of every 4 seats or 25% of capacity. While this may have been unthinkable back in the middle of March when everything got shut down, there appears to be a pent up demand from musicians eager to play and a portion of the public eager to pay (to eat, drink and listen).

As Phase 1 arrived, we did an informal survey of a select number of Palm Beach County restaurants who were known hot spots for live music prior to the pandemic and see what they were posting via Facebook.  Here are a few excerpts:

Banana Boat (Boynton Beach) WE ARE OPEN! We will do our best to make you feel safe while still giving you the same service you have come to expect! Can’t wait to see you!

Biergarten Boca Raton – Live music is back at the Biergarten Boca Raton this Friday and Saturday from 8-12. Social distancing rules in effect and 50% capacity inside so get there early if you want a table. They also have tables on their outdoor patio. on Friday and Spektora on Saturday.

Boca Black Box –  The Boca Black Box will open its doors shortly with strictly enforced rules and regulations that directly comply with CDC guidelines.  Part of these will include capping audience attendance, disinfecting every surface before and after all events, checking the temperatures of all patrons and employees before every act, and holding only general admission ticket sales so we can sit parties according to social distancing guidelines.

Boston’s on the Beach – Restaurant re-opening Friday, May 22nd. Live Music to be announced at a later date.

Connolly’s Sports Bar & Grill -Thanks to Andy & The White Noise Boys we are able to bring live music back to you! Come out this Friday & help us rock out in style! Keep in mind we are only at 50% capacity with limited seating so come early if you want a spot inside. Music can be heard outside as well. Social distancing and safety procedures are being followed.

Crazy Uncle Mikes – YES, we are now open 7 days a week from 12:00 P.M. – Midnight and YES we are bringing Live Music back! However we are currently operating at 25% capacity which means space inside is very limited. We have listed our tables on Eventbrite for purchase on these nights. …. All indoor tables have an additional per person Food & Beverage minimum during live performances which will vary depending on the night. These minimums are on the event page as well as on our Eventbrite ticketing page. Our Patios will operate under the socially distant Covid-19 guidelines and are first come first serve. Please be respectful of each others space. If you don’t feel comfortable heading out we are still offering Delivery and Curbside Pickup as well as streaming all live performances on Facebook and YouTube! Cheers

Elmo’s Rock Bar & Grill – Re-Opening Monday, May 18th. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL!!!

The Funky Biscuit – After much debate, we have decided to reopen our doors (on a limited schedule) Memorial Day weekend starting on Saturday, May 23. We will, of course, be strictly adhering to Florida’s Phase 1 Guidelines with tables spaced six feet apart and no bar seating. Our staff will be required to wear masks and gloves for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, our capacity will be limited to 25% and as such, will make it very difficult over the next several months to ensure that we can not only stay open, but continue to bring you quality entertainment and a great dining experience.  [Read more by visiting their Facebook page]

Johnnie Browns – The health and safety of our employees and guests is our number one priority. Johnnie Browns has put in place enhanced cleaning and safety procedures to meet and exceed standards set by the CDC, Federal, State and Local officials. We can’t wait to get back to rocking the Ave with you soon! UPDATE: We spent the time off upgrading our menu and we can’t wait for you to try it. Join us as we re-open Monday May 18

Johnny Q’s  At this time, due to the guidelines, we Will Not be having our Games during the week or Music ? on the weekends. We will keep you all posted on when Games and Music returns. The Good News is that WE ARE BACK and Look forward to serving our Friends and Family at the Q’s. It won’t be Long before we can. ROCK ON! Call 561-433-9800 for more info.

Pavilion Grille –  We are truly heartbroken!  Florida is now allowing Palm Beach County restaurants to reopen at 25% capacity. This still means we cannot have weddings and parties. We will have a capacity of 62 people max. This basically means we can be open but it won’t even cover our expenses. We realize a real re-opening will be months off, but we feel we must do something to keep our staff working. In order to purchase food and supplies(including implementing mandatory Covid safety measures) as well as bills, rent and insurance, we really need your help more than ever.  Visit their GOFUNDME page.

Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub – Our patio will be open this Friday, May 15th! Drive in and pick-up as usual or stay and enjoy your #SociallyDistancedSupperClub order on the patio with #LiveMusic from Brian & Brian from Uproot Hootenannys from 5pm – 8pm.

Tin Roof Delray Beach – Opening at 4pm ~ Reminder to all! 25% occupancy inside, tables 6’ apart, no groups larger than 6, no bar service. We will be closing at midnight when our kitchen closes and practicing all phase one protocols including staff wellness checks and proper sanitation. Once tables are full, we will politely ask anyone waiting outside to also practice social distancing and to consider returning on another night instead of waiting. NEW, FULL Menu Wednesday

Rapoport’s Restaurant Group which includes Deck 84, Burt & Max’s, Prezzo and Max’s Grille put out the following statement on Monday: As much as I would like to open on Monday for dine-in, as per the Governor’s approval, we are not quite ready to do so. My main concern is the safety for our employees, our guests, and my own family. Our opening day will be based upon the completion of additional safety and sanitation protocol training that we have been working on with our staff. Once they are prepared and all of our enhanced Covid-19 protocols are in place, we will open our doors for dine-in. We expect that this can be done sometime within the week. We will update you as soon as we are ready to confirm a date.

Rhum Shak Palm Beach County is slowly getting back to normal!  This means we are back to our normal DINE-IN specials.. We are now allowed to eat at Rhum Shak, with necessary precautions. We have more tables available outside. And although this town is very familiar with one another, we ask that you remember that everyone still needs to social distance. Please be patient with our staff. We are all new to this.

O’Shea’s Irish Pub We’re open today for all your favorite drinks and dishes. Dine in or takeout we’re here for you.

Blue Pointe Bar & Grille Enjoy live music ALL DAY! Our Pool is open with the following guidelines:
10 people max at a time.15 minute intervals of pool use. Practice social distancing.

Ready to go out and support live music at Palm Beach County area restaurants?  Check out our calendar.


So what are the new current CDC guidelines everyone is talking about? Although more are expected, the following were added May 6th:

  • Recommendations for employers to conduct daily health checks
  • Encouraging employees to wear cloth face coverings in the workplace, if appropriate
  • Improving the building ventilation system
  • Implementing policies and practices for social distancing in the workplace


Shanghai Disneyland reopened to the public on Monday – And not that anyone is going to hop on the next flight to China, we might get a clue as to what changes are coming to theme parks here in the good ‘ole USA:

  • advanced reservations, timed entry
  • masks required at all times except when dining
  • temperature screenings and health QR code scans upon entry
  • 30 percent of capacity maximum attendance

Are you looking forward to attending a rock concert anytime soon?

According to a new study from talent agency UTA, less than half of fans who miss going to concerts say they will return to even an intimate or small concert within a month of eased restrictions. Even fewer survey participants said they would attend an arena or stadium concert or a festival in the same time frame, with only 39% saying “yes” to both categories.

Roughly a quarter of fans surveyed answered that they were unsure or would never see another live show again in all three categories.

“While most concert-going consumers miss live music dearly, they are in no rush to return to them when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted,” the survey concludes. “This hunger for live music, coupled with hesitation regarding future concert-going, sets the stage for accelerated innovation in live music.”

In partnership with the emergent automated research company SightX, UTA’s study surveyed nearly 1,100 U.S. consumers between the ages of 18 and 45 earlier this month and found that 90% of concert-goers had sought out ways to fill the void of live music during the nationwide lockdowns. Roughly 50% of fans missing music said they were streaming the catalogues of their favorite artists and watching old footage of performances from those same favorites.

Roughly 45% of those same fans have tuned into a livestream since quarantining and 28% of them have paid to watch a live steam. Of those who have watched a livestream during the lockdown, approximately 7 out of 10 of them say they will continue to watch live-streamed performances, free or paid, once restrictions are lifted.

“Prior to COVID-19, the appetite for virtual concerts was limited,” the survey reads. “Now, optimizing the virtual experience may be critical to the future of live music.”

The survey also suggests that live-streams have the potential to appeal to mainstream audiences, as six in 10 of the study’s total participants said they had already viewed or plan to view a livestream concert.


And that takes us back to Broward County, where bars and restaurants are still closed and the only live music you’re going to find during the week beginning May 11th is ONLINE. Kudos this week goes out to Tailgators Sports Bar & Grille who couldn’t stand looking at an empty stage for another week so they have invited a couple of their favorite bands to play this weekend in support of Heart2Heart Outreach.  Tune into their Facebook page this Friday night, you can catch the guys from 22 North.  Saturday night, Furious George takes the stage with special guest on drums – Brandon D. Sullivan from the band “Red Light District”.

Want to know who else will be streaming to your couch this week?  Check out the daily schedule (which is sometimes updated at the very last minute) by visiting: And if you like JAZZ, bookmark the calendar at which is curated by South Florida Jazz List.

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