Sure, South Florida may have its fair share of corrupt cops, shady characters, and dad bars, but you gotta admit one thing: no other region beats our live music scene.
Here, it doesn't matter what genre you're into. Whether it's Lori Garrote's "grunge/pop," Jimmy Buffett's classic beach jams, or Tortuga Music Festival's boozy-country madness, SoFla has nothing but love for all musical palettes.
So gather up your fellow rock, pop, oldies, country, and plain ol' tuneage junkies altogether, and hit up the five best music events in South Florida this week.
You'll never meet another "grunge/pop" badass like Lori Garrote. Formerly of the New, the South Florida rocker has played across the country, spreading her songs to Los Angeles, New Orleans, and even at the legendary rock palace that was CBGB in New York.
Now, Garrote is on the verge of dropping her latest EP, Subject to Change. But first, the rocker girl is giving SoFla a little taste of her extended production at the "Undertow" single release party at Radio-Active Records.
"Undertow" 7" Release Show with Bonnie Riot and DJ Hiltronix. Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m. Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Hgwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-762-9488; radio-active-records.com. Admission is free. All ages.
Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band.
If there's one musician who knows a thing or two about tequila, it's Jimmy Buffett. And as the voice (and owner) of the Margaritaville franchise, Buffett has some sound drinking advice: "pace yourself" and "drink coconut water." So the next time you're out sippin' ritas with your mom, and don't wanna suffer the consequences of one too many umbrella drinks, remember those wise words.
Thursday, April 9, 8 p.m. Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; cruzanamphitheatre.net. Tickets cost $29 to $129 plus fees via livenation.com.
Surfers For Autism Concert.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Surfers For Autism will be bringing the "Floating Vibes" of Surfer Blood, Steel Margarita, Buddy Sparrow, and Time With Tom to the sandy shores of Deerfield Beach for the Surfers for Autism South Florida Spring Music Jam.
With Surfer Blood, Steel Margarita, Buddy Sparrow, and Time With Tom. Friday, April 10, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Deerfield Beach, NW 2nd St. and NE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. Admission is free. All ages.
Kreamy 'Lectric Santa.
Experience the "amalgam of rock, experimental, electric, and classical music" of Kreamy 'Lectric Santa as the legendary South Florida punk band helps raise $20,000 needed to acquire a special handicapped van for singer, and violinist, Priya Ray. A longtime member of the band, Ray suffered a spinal chord injury back in 1998, and is on the road to recovery.
With Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers, Party Flag, Doom De Pop, Noel Thrasher, DJ Skidmark, and Boise Bob and his Backyard Band. Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m. Jump the Shark, 810 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-667-4126; facebook.com/jumpthesharkevents. Admission costs $5.
Tortuga Music Festival.
Pre-game with plenty of Jack and Cherry Coke. Snack on salted peanuts and baby carrots throughout the day. Prioritize your viewing schedule with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and the rest of the country superstars set to play the Tortuga Music Festival. As long as you follow New Times' TMF life hacks, chances are you won't wake up with a heavy head on Monday morning. You can thank us later.
With Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Sublime with Rome, David Nail, the Mavericks, Colt Ford, Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, Frankie Ballard, Chase Bryant, the Dirty Guv'nahs, the Cadillac Three, Old Dominion, Maddie & Tae, Nikki Lane, Brooke Eden, Drake White and the Big Fire, Judah & the Lion, and others. Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 11 a.m. The festival is located at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Single-day tickets cost $99 plus fees and two-day passes cost $165 to $799 plus fees. Visit tortugamusicfestival.com.