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For those new to the Palm Beach County music scene, Family Function may provide the who's who you're looking for. And for all those jokers who go to Respectable Street Cafe every weekend anyway, your entrance to the Street this Sunday may be greeted with the same sort of shouts of approbation that the Cheers bar crowd used to offer to Norm.

The event, sponsored by the usual suspects -- Closer magazine, Planet Radio,, Respectable Street itself, etc. (in other words, all of Steve Rullman's little indie-media empire and everyone he could convince to join him for the occasion) -- features a live radio feed, free stuff laid out on a merchandise table, and a gathering of movers, shakers, performers, and scenesters from the burgeoning Palm Beach arts and entertainment industry. Oh, and there'll be music too.


Family Function

Respectable Street Cafe, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

Takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday, December 15. Admission is free, though the show is for those age 18 and older only. Call 561-330-9169.

The bill lists a handful of acts that have become fairly common in venues around the area over the past few years. Particularly ubiquitous are the Groovenics, who have brought their take on the rap-metal hybrid to South Florida stages more times than even they can likely count. Your typical Palm Beach heiress has had less plastic surgery than the Groovenics have had Respectable gigs; and that, friends and neighbors, is truly saying something. They've opened for everyone from the Misfits to Orgy to Less Than Jake to Mötley Crüe, who stuck them on the roster after the band won Crüe's "Kick Start Your Career" contest. With shows that are famously high-energy affairs and a new album produced by Michael Wagener, king of 1980s metal producers (Skid Row, Ozzy Osbourne, White Lion, and Dokken among many, many others), the Groovenics look to carry the torch lit by Korn, Limp Bizkit, and their ilk a few years ago.

Among the other acts are the more punky colors of Pank Shovel and the synthy stylings of the Yoko Theory -- the latter quite possibly the standout of the night for all those who don't like their tunes pushed through a meat grinder and screamed at them.


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