Last January, a special kind of memorial concert was held at Club Cinema in honor of Fort Lauderdale resident Sheila Witkin. Witkin passed away at 66, but she left a legacy as the godmother of South Florida rock ΄n’ roll – a manager, agent, and friend to many of the dozens of influential and, in some ways, successful rock, punk, and new wave bands that formed the local scene in the late 1970s and early ΄80s. The concert was a triumph for the music scene, drawing folks from around the world and reuniting some of the era’s most important bands, The Kids, Z-Cars, Critical Mass, Charlie Pickett, The Cichlids, Slyder, and Tight Squeeze. These were bands on the verge of stardom, which played at packed clubs every night of the week and earned press across the country, but never quite made it to elite stardom. Blame the pigeonholing of Miami as a disco scene, the raising of the drinking age to 21, or even blame the weather, but for whatever reason, this bright spot in Florida’s musical history had all but been forgotten... More >>>