Memorial Day, in many places, is a military exercise, like the show of force on display at the Hyundai Air & Sea Show on South Beach on Saturday and Sunday. It also can be an opportunity to commemorate a memory, like Fort Lauderdale’s Great American Beach Party on Saturday, a family first tribute to an idealized, simpler, happier time in the community.
Such is the allure of the tribute band, as a conveyance back through time to carefree moments shared as a group, bonded by treasured lyrics, bad voices and no inhibitions. Watching people around you shriek the words in unison to, say, Rupert Holmes’ “Escape” (“If you like piña coladas…”) – a song you hate! – is a moment illuminated with a palpable, inescapable joy. Good times memorialized, then and now.
Thanks to my wife, I know a few of the songs that will be performed on Saturday by the rock en Español tribute band SurDeluxe at Fort Lauderdale’s Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers. Not enough to hate on a Rupert Holmes level, and not enough to sing along, you’ll be pleased to know.
But in watching the Miami-based band’s recent performances (packed) around the country on YouTube – covers of iconic 1980s-2000s bands such as Mana, Cafe Tacvba, Caifanes, Soda Stereo and Hombres G in front of jubilant audiences that know every word – the effect is irresistible. Whether you know the lyrics or not, how can it not feel good to be surrounded by that kind of universal joy?
SurDeluxe will perform on a bill with South Florida’s Doctor Calavera (covering Argentine ska band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) at 9 pm Tickets cost $ 25. Visit Facebook.com/holymackerelbeers.
Bright Eyes onstage: The most interesting moment of the weekend may come when Bright Eyes rolls into The Fillmore Miami Beach on Friday, less than a week after singer-songwriter Conor Colonel walked off stage two songs into a Sunday show in Houston never to return. (The incident has gone unexplained on Oberst’s socials.) It was the latest in a number of “erratic” events on the tour, chronicled by Variety. We’re giving Oberst a pass – he’s a brilliant songwriter and can not help but be dismayed by what he sees. Tickets for the 8 pm show start at $ 42.50 for GA. Visit FillmoreMB.com.
Bikini Killing it: Feminist punk-rock doyennes Bikini Kill bring their pandemic-delayed tour to The Ground in Miami for two shows, to 8 pm Friday and 7 pm Saturday – an embarrassment of riches. Kathleen Hanna and band planned the tour around the time their album, “Reject All American,” was turning 25 years old, so maybe we’ll get a little “RIP” Tickets start at $ 25. Visit TheGroundMiami.com.
Free funk: The free Art After Dark festivities at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beachseen before 5-10 pm Friday, will include a performance by 10-piece, funk-reggae party igniters The Resolvers and a screening of “Herb & Dorothy,”The remarkable look at art collecting through the lens of a postal worker and a librarian who amassed more than 4,000 pieces of art in a humble one-bedroom New York apartment. Visit Norton.org.
Naming names: In case you were wondering, even in the absence of a big event like the Super Bowl, Miami Grand Prix or the NBA Finals (boo-hoo), we’ve still got it. Miami nightclub Story will host Lil Baby at 11 pm Friday and Quavo at 11 pm Saturday (StoryMiami.com), while LIFE at the Fontainebleau has 11 pm events with 21 Savage on Friday, Lost Kings on Saturday and DJ Khaled on Sunday (LIVNightclub.com).
Working out the kinks: Postponed three times by the pandemic, the 25th annual Florida Fetish Weekend, sponsored by Fetish Factory and blessed by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, has taken over the Westin Fort Lauderdale hotel through Sunday. That’s not the Weston on the beach, but the hotel at 400 Corporate Drive, near I-95 and McNab. In case your mother-in-law coincidentally is booked there and you wonder why she’s late for brunch. Again, it’s just good to know we’ve still got it. Visit FetishFactory.com.
Dave is back: It’s not summer in South Florida until the Dave Matthews Band says so. DMB returns for its annual two-night run at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for both 7:30 pm shows are still available (an easier get on Sunday), with prices starting at $ 49.50 lawn seats. If you get a lawn seat for both nights, it’s $ 85. Visit Ticketmaster.com.
Bottomless brunching: Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar‘s four South Florida locations (Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Plantation spirit South Miami) will kick up their traditional brunch offerings on Saturday and Sunday with a staggered drink special that puts you on the clock. Bottomless mimosas, sangria and spritzes will cost $ 10 from 11 am to noon, $ 15 from noon to 1 pm, and $ 20 from 1 to 3 pm Remember, it’s not a race. Visit Tacocraft.com.
Optional floats: DJ celebrity Steve Aoki will perform for the pool crowd at DAER dayclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Saturday, with doors open at noon. Tickets cost $ 75. DJ Snake will take over DAER’s nighttime edition, going on at 10 pm Tickets cost $ 50. Visit HardRockNightlife.com.
Memory lanes: Another new luxury housing project being proposed for Flagler Village – the Ombelle’s twin towers are each nearly 500 feet tall – is a reminder that we should enjoy the neighborhood’s creative spaces before they become a memory. When the original art walks began in the downtown Fort Lauderdale neighborhood more than a decade ago, the name was FAT Village Art Walk. No one used the term “Flagler VIllage,” there was no MASS District. It was FAT Village that introduced two things antithetical to life in downtown Fort Lauderdale: art and walking. The FAT Village Art Walk (whatever you want to call its various iterations) returns 6-10 pm Saturday. Visit FATVillage.com, Facebook.com/FTLArtwalk.
Cigars and whiskeys: The second edition of Big Smoke Meets WhiskeyFest takes over the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Saturday, where lovers of top-shelf cigars and whiskeys will conspire amid a cloud of pricy aromas. A highlight of the event is a tasting of Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year, Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo, with the “Whiskey Advocate” Whiskey of the Year, the Lagavulin 11 year old Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish. (That’s “Offerman” as in actor Nick Offerman.) General admission costs $ 325, VIP $ 450. The main tasting event is 6: 30-9: 30 pm, with VIP admission at 5:30 pm Visit BigSmokeWhiskyFest.com.
The Weekender – South Florida Events
Get a roundup of the best events and things to do in South Florida so you can make it an epic weekend.
He’s got a way about him: Speaking of tribute acts, one of South Florida’s best can be found in Boca Raton at 7 pm Saturday when Tony Monaco brings his popular Billy Joel Tribute Turnstiles thaw The Funky Biscuit. Tickets cost $ 25- $ 40. Visit FunkyBiscuit.com.
Pigs on Las Olas: Perhaps to remind us that it is not, in fact, a nightclub, downtown Fort Lauderdale hot spot Cuba Libre will prepare the stars of its Sunday pig roast in Caja China boxes positioned in front of the restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard, beginning on Friday. The boxes will roast two whole pigs for 48 hours, before they find their way to plates during Sunday dinner, beginning at 4 pm The dinner costs $ 29.75 per person, with a two-person minimum). Visit CubaLibreRestaurant.com.
Just add water: The No Pool Pool Party to Rhythm & Vine in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village begins at noon Sunday and includes multiple food vendors, DJs and drink specials. The name? It’s the swimsuits-are-OK-with-us dress code. Visit Rhythm-Vine.com.
A bowl of Me So: Social Clematis in downtown West Palm Beach hosts an I Want My 80′s Back day party from noon to 5 pm Sunday, with a Miami Bass throwback theme featuring 2 Live Crew, DJ Laz spirit DJ Johnny Quest. Remember when “Me So Horny” used to be provocative? Tickets cost $ 15. Visit Facebook.com/ClematisSocialWPB.
Signs of the times: Fort Lauderdale bar The Fitz, a lowkey hit on the west side of the Brightline tracks in the downtown area, is hard to find. Hence the yard sale-style signs scattered around the neighborhood with an arrow pointing you to a “Cool bar.” So when some wise guy starts stealing the signs, it’s a problem. Owner John Fitzgerald is offering a free drink to anyone who returns a sign. No questions asked. Well, maybe the obvious: “Why?” You’ve got nothing better to do with your Monday than hunt down signs, right? Or just drop in without a sign. Cool bar. Visit Instagram.com/thefitz.bar.
We all scream, “Jerk!”: A highlight of the Florida Jerk Festival3-11 pm Monday at John Prince Park in Lake Worth Beach, has to be Paul Johnson’s jerk ice cream, which he has been perfecting for more than 20 years. Beyond the jerk seasoning, this is not your average ice cream, with one flavored with soursop, another called Jerk Nuts, made with Grape-Nuts cereal, and his Stout Jim, made with Guinness Stout. Festival tickets start at $ 45, with a variety of group discounts and VIP options. Visit FloridaJerkFestival.com.
Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at email@example.com.