Jonny Lang is only 19 years old, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 21. They're both white. And they both purport to play the blues, of all things. Fair enough, but let's take a look at the music. They're both virtuosos, no doubt about it, but fancy fretwork does not make someone the next Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose legacy has been a big influence on both young men. It took Vaughan a long time to work his way through the clubs of Texas before he hit the big time and started to make a reputation for himself. So by the time he arrived, he'd earned his keep and had a soulful delivery to show for it. What Lang and Shepherd play isn't blues, it's blues-rock light -- blues without the soul. But it sure does sell, as the popularity of both musicians proves. Find out what all of the fuss is about when Lang plays tonight at 8 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach). Tickets cost $21. Call 954-946-2402. Shepherd plays the Carefree Theatre (2000 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach) at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $25. Call 561-833-7305.
Orchids are beautiful flowers, but they have a reputation for being prima donnas. Some bloom only once a year, and others aren't very hardy. One exception is the moth orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis), which features white petals resembling the wings of its namesake. Better yet, the flower stays in bloom for two to three months. Although the moth orchid is a good place to start, veteran gardeners prefer choosing from the dozens of orchid varieties, which put out petals in an array of colors. Many of those orchids are on display and for sale at the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show, which began yesterday at War Memorial Auditorium (800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale) and continues through tomorrow. The show, put on by The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society, runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and today, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $3 in advance or $5 at the door. Call 954-761-5380 for more information.
"Hang On Schleppy?" Well, he might not add Yiddish slang to his old hit "Hang On Sloopy," but aging rocker Rick Derringer will join the yarmulke crowd today at Yidstock, an international music and food festival celebrating Jewish culture at Markham Park (16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise). Derringer isn't Jewish, and he's not known for playing klezmer music, but his appearance at the festival isn't as far afield as it seems. Derringer started out as the teenage leader of the McCoys (with whom he recorded the No. 1 hit "Sloopy" in 1965), then went on to produce albums for a variety of artists, including Johnny and Edgar Winter and "Weird" Al Yankovic. So it's not a stretch for him to share the stage with Israeli rock star Yosi Piamenta (often referred to as the "Hasidic Hendrix") and Sephardic/Ladino sensation Avram Pengas. Also on the bill is Dr. Laz, a.k.a. David Lazerson, a multi-instrumentalist who plays songs from a variety of genres with his six-piece band. And it's Laz, who was in the crowd at the original Woodstock, who gives Yidstock its Woodstock connection. Admission to the festival, held from noon to 5 p.m., is $15 for adults, $8 for children. Call 954-442-1660.
The Vatican museums are loaded with the kinds of artwork you'd imagine: cracked, ages-old frescoes featuring biblical scenes. But, to some degree, the curators have kept up with the times. For instance, Salvador Dali's Angelic Landscape (1977), a surrealistic desertscape featuring angels frolicking, is part of the collection in the Vatican's 13 museums. It's also one of the 100 rare works the curators have chosen to include in "The Invisible Made Visible: Angels From the Vatican," which is on view at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) through April 4. The exhibit features paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and liturgical vessels and vestments, which trace the depiction of angels from the 9th to the 20th centuries. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $8 or $10. Call 561-832-5194.