A little late with your taxes? Well, if you're willing to brave Boca Raton on Passover evening, Billy Boloby might be able to help you. The boys have taken time out of their busy schedules to play a set at Oh! Martini (131 Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton). And drummer/CPA Gary Lee Harris is ready to unleash his "weapons of tax deduction" on any unlucky late-filers. After he's done screwing up -- er, preparing your tax return, enjoy an evening of federal-government-approved rock 'n' roll. You might even be able to catch a reprise of the band's Palm Beach Snot Club in all its yacht drivin', khaki-wearin', high-society splendor. Show starts at 10 p.m. and is oh! so free. Call 561-995-1238 or visit www.billyboloby.com.
Friday, April 18
Stanley Clarke has been called the greatest bass player in the world (see the Music section) by many of the people who enjoy making such audacious claims (read: music journalists and concert promoters). And while that may be pushing it, one must admit that Clarke has rare talent. His slapping, popping style may seem run-of-the-mill these days, but one must remember that back in the early 1970s, this was revolutionary. Clarke's first three solo efforts, Stanley Clarke, Journey to Love, and School Days are required listening for anyone who digs deeply funky bass. Clarke moved on in a more jazz-oriented direction in the 1980s, culminating in 1995 with The Rite of Strings. That record included Clarke, guitar god Al DiMeola, and violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty. The results were suitably stunning. After that, Clarke dropped off the face of the Earth until less than a month ago, when 1, 2 to the Bass landed in record stores. The album proves that, despite several decades slapping his bass around, Clarke's skill has not diminished. See for yourself at the Carefree Theatre (2000 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach) at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $26. Call 561-833-7305.
Staurday, April 19
If jazzy bass isn't your thing, how about classical Indian sitar? No, seriously. Stephen Mikes puts in an appearance at Inspire Yoga (918 NE 20th Ave., Second Floor, Fort Lauderdale) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to bring you the twangy sounds of the Indian instrument. Mikes learned to play the sitar in the traditional way, studying under a master in India, using methods that go back more than six centuries. Following his performance, a DJ kicks out the world-music jams. Admission is $15. Call 954-828-1651.
Sunday, April 20
Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach) closes its season today with a star-spangled, flag-waving tribute to our boys overseas. Freedom Fest, possibly renamed from French Fest, includes both the Brazilian Tropical Review and two-hit wonders Smash Mouth, who will no doubt perform "Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star." Perhaps we wouldn't mind Smash Mouth as much if every station from album rock to easy listening to Top 40 hadn't insisted on playing "All Star" throughout the summer of 1999. But even if you're not into the irrepressibly sunny ska of Smash Mouth, before the band's 3:30 p.m. show, you can enjoy the razzle dazzle of the Brazilian review at 2:30 p.m. The scantily clad dancers reminiscent of Carnaval support audience participation, so form that conga line! This is, remember, a salute to the most monstrously powerful army in the world, so 5,000 of those little flag lapel pins that politicians fancy so much will be given away to the first 5,000 attendees. And, natch, military personnel with ID get in free. For the rest of us, it's $5, which includes grandstand admission and a $2 racing voucher. If you're the type that prefers having your own seat, reserved seating is $10, $12 in the VIP tent -- but you have to buy every seat in a table of six. In any case, all proceeds go to the Broward County chapter of the American Red Cross. Call 954-454-7000.
Monday, April 21
Economy got you down? Check in to the Synergy by Design Resource Center (25A N. A1A, Pompano Beach) to get an Introduction to Financial Prosperity. But, as the name of the place suggests, this is economic advising on a different level. The class promises to teach participants to exercise their earning, saving, spending, and investing muscles. Those would be located somewhere near the quads and the glutes, we believe. Admission is $25. Call 954-781-2118.
Tuesday, April 22
What to say about Karl Denson? First off, anyone associated with the Greyboy Allstars is guaranteed to be a stand-out musician, and Denson is one of two founding members, along with DJ Greyboy. But nothing has been heard from that sickeningly talented acid-jazz sextet in the last six years. Although there was never any official word, it's safe to say they've broken up, as Greyboy has released a solo album and Hammond wiz Robert Walter has started his own group. Denson has gotten out there to do his own thing, too. The saxophonist started Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (affectionately referred to as KDTU) just a couple of years after the breakup, and Denson's new work, including his most recent, 2002's The Bridge, keeps that funk alive. Catch the Tiny Universe when it comes to the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $18. Call 954-564-1074.