Driven Music Conference
Conference 9 a.m. Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Showcase 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, to Saturday, May 18, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $29. Call 954-449-1025, or visit drivenflorida.com.
Before South by Southwest became the entertainment industry's hottest convention, it was a quaint music conference attended by about 800 insiders its first year. Now, the annual Austin, Texas, showcase is the largest festival of its kind. Closer to home, however, the Driven Music Conference, which takes over the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six from Thursday through Sunday, continues its path to also becoming a major music-industry destination. "We're connecting the dots between younger emerging artists and top-level music-industry executives," Driven Entertainment Group CEO Dominick Centi told the Sun Sentinel. "This is an opportunity [emerging artists] might not otherwise have, to network and showcase their work."
This year's panelists include brand representatives from some of the biggest record labels in music, including Atlantic and Warner, as well as independent labels like Fueled by Ramen and Takeover Records. Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman is also back on the panel. In previous years, Lyman has selected artists he meets at Driven to perform on the Warped Tour, reaffirming his testament that smaller conferences are often better for business. He told the Sun Sentinel that it's easier to meet and establish relationships with people at Driven because you're not getting "pulled in a million directions." Stay the course at the conference and showcase, hosted by Revolution Live.
The Miracle Tour
With Third Day, Colton Dixon, and Josh Wilson. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25 to $65 plus fees. Call 561-795-8883, or visit cruzanamphitheatre.net.
A mysterious tribe known as "they" say it's impolite to discuss religion, especially when rum's involved. But when righteous rockers Third Day testify in West Palm Beach this weekend, Christianity and Cruzan will meet face-to-face.
Third Day is in the midst of an aural pilgrimage across North America in support of its latest studio record, Miracle. And thank God, the Grammy Award-winning Christian-rock outfit is wrapping up the eastern leg of its Miracle Tour in the sinfully seductive Sunshine State! "A lot of Christian words can lose their meaning," Third Day's Tai Anderson recently told CCM Magazine. "I feel like the album shows that God still works and moves in people's lives."
What timing! Florida, namely South Florida, is in much need of religious intervention. The hedonistic playground many call home has earned itself a reputation as the type of place you visit when you're in the market for a venereal disease, back-alley butt implants, or Bolivian blow. While only a Miracle could save Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties from eternal damnation at this point, it might just happen. But you'll have to keep the faith. Or cross your fingers, at least.
With Get Scared, Dangerkids, and Closer to Closure. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $15. Call 954-564-1074, or visit cultureroom.net.
They've had more lineup changes than a Jeffrey Loria-owned baseball team, but they're grateful for the journey. Sadly, posthardcore alt rockers Attack! Attack! announced in April that they're calling it quits after "six long years" since the release of their first record, Someday Came Suddenly. In a joint Facebook statement signed by "The Andrews" (founding members Andrew Whiting and Andrew Wetzel), the group thanked the "beautiful, wonderful people" who supported Attack! Attack! throughout its career and noted that the band felt "blessed" to have played music together.
"We want to start by thanking every single one of you that has ever come out to a show, bought a shirt, gotten in a fight over crabcore, or spent the time to send us notes online," it reads. "We have been insanely blessed to be able to do what we have done with AA and we think it's time that we wrap up this chapter in our lives."
On the bright side, however, South Florida has one last chance to catch Attack! Attack! before the group disbands. It's headed to Culture Room on Sunday. It claims the Back in Action Tour, its final, will also be its "most ironic," adding, "You are all beautiful, wonderful people, and we want you to know that we deeply appreciate everything you have done for us." Isn't that sweet?