South Florida's Eight Best Concerts This Week
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: The River Tour
You don't have to be a huge fan of his music to know that Bruce Springsteen is one of the greatest American lyricists of our generation. And that's not just an opinion — it's a matter of fact. How else would the Boss have landed 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and his name on both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Sure, from the surface it may seem as if Springsteen simply writes songs — for instance — about doing anything to get his lover back, even drive all night to buy her a pair of shoes (metaphorically speaking, of course). But if you dig deeper, you'll find that the Jersey boy's music is filled with dark imagery, deep thought, and, at times, strong political statements. Check out the Boss this week as he hits up the BB&T Center in celebration of the 35th anniversary of his fifth studio album, The River, and release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection — which includes 52 tracks on four CDs with unreleased material, along with four hours of never-before-seen video.
The Mersey Beatles
There are Beatles tribute bands, then there is the Beatles tribute band — Liverpool's Mersey Beatles fall into the latter. Having worked as the resident band at the world-famous Cavern Club — where John, Paul, George, and Ringo got their start — for more than a decade, the Mersey Beatles have performed in 20 countries and sold out shows across the globe, and now they will finally be making their U.S. debut. Not only do you get to hear all the classics but John Lennon's sister Julia Baird will be in attendance signing copies of her latest book, Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon.
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-243-7922. Tickets cost $39 to $59 plus fees via delraycenterforthearts.com.
From making rock-music videos in reverse to documenting the real-life love story of an 82-year-old man who transformed his home into a memorial in honor of his wife of nearly 60 years, Mutemath's music has certainly evolved from their "Typical" days. Experience the new sounds of the NOLA band as it hits up Revolution Live this week with new music off its latest album, Vitals — its first full-length production in four years — and some classics.
An Evening with Brandi Carlile
After a solid decade-long career, Brandi Carlile has finally received a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album of 2015 for The Firewatcher's Daughter. This week, though, the singer/songwriter will be getting intimate with Fort Lauderdale as she brings her Grammy-worthy tuneage to the Parker Playhouse.
Birthday Candles EP Release Party
Celebrate the release Birthday Candles' latest EP, Movements as the West Palm Beach indie rockers take over Propaganda. Featuring music from fellow punk rockers Howling Winds and '84 Sheepdog, the night will also consist of a special Blink-182 cover set performed by members of Routine Scheme, the aforementioned '84 Sheepdog, and Rude Hecklers.
With Howling Winds, '84 Sheepdog, and a special Blink 182 cover set performed by members of Routine Scheme, 84 Sheepdog, and Rude Hecklers. Friday, February 19, 8 p.m. Propaganda, 6 S. J St., Lake Worth; 561-547-7273; propagandalw.com. Admission costs $8. Ages 18 and up.
An Evening With Zakk Wylde
Rage until your eardrums explode as Zakk Wylde — former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society — rocks the night out at Culture Room this week.
"I feel like if we did it for money, I would have quit a long time ago," Everymen singer Sergio Witis, AKA Capt'n Bobo, told New Times last year. "We really do it because we love to do it. I feel like if we didn't have that — and we talk about this all the time — I don't know what the fuck I'd be doing." From the looks of it, that passion and hard work seems to be paying off. Rock with Capt'n Bobo and his crew as his band of merry men take over Propaganda for their final show before their spring tour in March.
With Sunnyvale and Gravel Kings. Presented by Aces High Tattoo and Wayward Parade. Saturday, February 20, 8 p.m. Propaganda, 6 S. J St., Lake Worth; 561-547-7273; propagandalw.com. Admission costs $5. Ages 18 and up.
Turn up the bass with Miguel Migs as the house-music veteran and Salted Music label boss takes over Stache House Saturdays with Lisa Shaw.
With Lisa Shaw, DJs Roland, and Hans. Presented by Stache House Saturdays. Saturday, February 20, 10 p.m. Stache 1920's Drinking Den, 109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; stacheftl.com. Ages 21 and up.
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