Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues

Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues
Courtesy of Button South Class Reunion

This Friday and Saturday night, the Button South will hold its fifth-annual class reunion. Former customers, employees, and bands will all gather at Revolution Live to celebrate and reminisce about the former Hallandale club that brought to Broward all your favorite rock bands starting in the '70s and ending in the '90s.

This got us thinking about some of the other great Broward music venues that are no longer with us. From small clubs to gaudy arenas, here are the ten most legendary closed down Broward music venues.

Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues
Photo by Chris Hakkens

10. Flying Machine
The most notable aspect of this Fort Lauderdale club was that its entryway was made from an old sea plane. Legendary local bassist Jaco Pastorius cut his teeth here with gigs at the Flying Machine in 1969 and 1970, when he was still a teenager. Punk rock forefathers the New York Dolls played a cross-dressing gig here in 1974 that was bootlegged and released.

Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues
Photo by Sayre Berman

9. Downbeat Club
Demolished in 2012 by a church that bought the land, this Fort Lauderdale club saw its fair share of musical dynamos. Opened in 1956, it played host to James Brown, Little Richard, and B.B. King in the bad old days when Florida was segregated. It was one of the only spots where Fort Lauderdale African Americans could see the biggest national acts.

Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues
Photo by Nicola Goode

8. Bachelors III Club
This Fort Lauderdale bar was one of a string of clubs owned by the Hall of Fame quarterback and ladies man (hence the name) Joe Namath. The 300-seat club off Federal Highway booked historic musicians throughout the '70s. Jerry Lee Lewis played a ton of gigs there, as did Fats Domino and Ray Charles.

Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues
Courtesy photo

7. Code One
Besides a high school auditorium, Code One is the first place Jaco Pastorius ever played in public. The Fort Lauderdale bar on Federal Highway started out as an ice rink and morphed into a swinging sixties spring break hangout. The Who also played a gig there. 

Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues
Courtesy of Button South Class Reunion

6. The Button South
Starting out in the '70s as the Agora Ballroom, the Button South lasted to 1994 hosting just about every local band that got signed to a label from that time including Marilyn Manson, Saigon Kick, and even Johnny Depp's band, the Kids. National acts also made their way to its stage, including Faith No More, Pantera, Ice T, Cyndi Lauper, and Hootie & the Blowfish. 


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