Returning to South Florida has not been an easy task for the Radiators this year. Not only were the August shows canceled as a result of Hurricane Katrina but these New Orleans-based boys experienced the storm's devastation first-hand. Since its inception in 1978, the Rads have built a loyal fan base, collectively known as "fishheads." (And no, we aren't talking about that phunky four-piece from Vermont.) The Radiators effortlessly combine blues, R&B, jazz, country, Zydeco, soul, swing, and gospel through their unique, Nawleans sound. Each show is improvised, so you never know what surprises are in store. Billed as "From the Gold Coast to the Gulf Coast," proceeds from both Revolution shows will benefit the Tipitina's Foundation and Neighbors 4 Neighbors, both of which will donate proceeds to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
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The Radiators play at 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $24 at the door. Local band Hep Cat Boo Daddies opens on Friday, while New Orleans' own Bonerama opens on Saturday. Call 954-727-0950.