Good Times, Great Oldies
When you're in the mood for some choice 1960s tunes, oldies radio typically is the most convenient way to revive those soothing sounds of yesteryear. But if you want more than just one or two of your favorite band's top hits, it's sometimes necessary to consult your turntable. Rather than dig through the pile of dusty old 45s buried in your attic, you can see the real thing when the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd.,West Palm Beach) hosts the Super 60s Reunion, featuring Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, and the Turtles with Flo and Eddie. While the Turtles are best-remembered for "Happy Together," their catalog includes scores of other great songs, from the gleefully soulful "You Baby" to P.F. Sloan's woefully apocalyptic "Eve of Destruction." In addition to "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" and "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," Herman's Hermits produced numerous poppy, Merseybeat tunes over the years, including the touching ballad "Little Boy Sad" and a remake of the Kinks' playfully upbeat "Dandy." Tickets range from $15 to $50. Call 561-833-8300 or 1-800-KRAVIS-1. -- Jason Budjinski
Zeta Bonsai was the South Florida version of Clear Channel Entertainment's typical rock fests. As if CCE's (owners of 1,225 radio stations and 135 concert venues) cajoling bands into doing a festival (rumor has it that the company offers bands little pay and threatens them with less airtime if they don't play) weren't bad enough, the mega-corporation has staged pro-war rallies across the country. Seeking to kill two birds with one stone, the company -- which is owned by Texas billionaire and Bush family friend L. Lowry Mays -- has morphed Zeta Bonsai into a combination of band exploitation and warmongering, renaming it the Zeta Salute the Troops USO Show. Godsmack, 3 Doors Down, Stone Sour, Powerman 5000, Salina, Systematic, Seether, Trapt, Theory of a Deadman, Endo, Socialburn, American Hi-Fi, Pacifier, Ra, Shinedown, Slaves on Dope, and Skindred rock the troops through a satellite broadcast. Meanwhile, there should be flag-waving aplenty at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, beginning at 2 p.m. So if you love American imperialism and don't particularly care about the treatment of the bands you're seeing, check it out. Tickets cost $24.94. -- Dan Sweeney
Sandoval y Feliciano
On Your Mark, Get Set, Get Your Grammy, Go!
Friday should be designated Grammy night at Dreyfoos Concert Hall (Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Arturo Sandoval and José Feliciano, two of Latin music's biggest superstars, will pair up to sing, strum, and blow the horn at 8 p.m. Between the two of them, they have 28 Grammy nominations and nine Grammy awards. Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is a founding member of (you guessed it) Grammy-winning Cuban group Irakere and widely acknowledged as one of the world's most revered masters of the jazz trumpet. Sandoval grew up in Havana, and he became a protégé of the late master of trumpet pyrotechnics, Dizzy Gillespie. It shows. This three-time Grammy winner is known for jazz riffs that register on the Richter scale.
Puerto Rican-born and New York City-raised, Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics throughout the world as "the greatest living guitarist." Acknowledged by many industry professionals as the first Latin artist to cross over into the English music market, he is revered by other Latin artists for having opened the door to the mainstream. Feliciano has been awarded more than 45 gold and platinum records and six Grammys.
Besides being a master of jazz and Latin jazz, Sandoval is a renowned classical player. Feliciano, who is adept in pop, R&B, and the bolero, to name a few genres, has had hits as varied as the Yule-time favorite "Feliz Navidad" and "Light My Fire." Because they are so diverse in style, the two masters, who also happen to be old friends, promise to offer an evening of eclectic instrumentals and technical virtuosity.
Tickets cost $50. Call 561-832-7469, or visit www.kravis.org. -- Mia Leonin
From Russia with Love
From the land of vodka, topless newscasters, and mail-order brides comes something more refined: the Moscow Classical Ballet. Russia's premier dance troupe pirouettes into South Florida to perform the Tchaikovsky epic Swan Lake, the tale of a doomed swan princess and her prince. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. The show starts at 8 p.m. Call 561-832-7469. -- Audra Schroeder
B.B. (Before Braille)
Before Braille, there was -- what? Hand-tapping out by the well? Yes, indeed, but before the Arizona band known as Before Braille, there was Jimmy Eat World. And Jimmy Eat World begat Jets to Brazil, who begat Sunday's Best, who begat... well, you know your emo- bible scripture, don'tcha? Devotees of Hey Mercedes, Midtown, Piebald will cuddle up to B.B. like an old pink blanket. Catch the self-dubbed "Mesa Rock" five-piece when it rolls into West Palm Beach's Kelsey Club (700 Park Ave., Lake Park, 561-296-1407) for an all-ages show. -- Jeff Stratton
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