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Friday Night Sound Waves Concert Series Relaunches This Week on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Spring-break season is in full effect in South Florida, and while that typically means increased traffic on our roads and beaches, it's also marked by some of the year's most beautiful weather and an influx of activities for locals and visitors to enjoy. On Fort Lauderdale Beach, this week marks the return of the Friday Night Sound Waves concert series, which brings some of the best local and regional musical talent to the waterfront beginning at 5:30 p.m. for 36 weeks, through November.

This Friday, March 18, Nightlife Magazine’s six-time Solo Artist of the Year, Tom Sartori, will kick off the 2016 season. Other highlights from the family-friendly live music series include Rocket Man, a full-production Elton John tribute show; and a tribute to Jazz Appreciation month in April featuring two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning musician Ed Calle.

This year's series also features a half-dozen of Fort Lauderdale’s up-and-coming indie artists comprising the "Underground Lauderdale" component of the programming. Among those artists is local roots-reggae act Spred the Dub, and indie-folk outfit Sosos.

“We are thrilled to bring Friday Night Sound Waves back for South Florida’s local residents and visitors to the area, as music is one of the few things that truly transcend age and background through its global language,” says this year's series producer, Arianne Glassman.


Organizers are promoting the free concert series with the hashtag #MeetMeAtTheHub, encouraging residents and visitors to come together at the Hub on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A to enjoy curated live music with the ocean backdrop we're lucky to call our backyard.

Friday Night Sound Waves 2016 lineup:
  • March 18 – Tom Satori | Top 40: Dance
  • March 25 – The Rocket Man | Tribute: Elton John
  • April 1 – Ed Calle | Jazz: Latin
  • April 8 – Electric Piquete | Jazz: Latin Fusion
  • April 15 – Andrew Morris Band | Country
  • April 22 – Joel DaSilva | Jazz: Chicago Blues
  • April 29 – Jesse Jones Jr. | Jazz: Classic/Fusion
  • May 6 – Mr. Nice Guy | Classic Rock
  • May 13 – The Resolvers | Reggae: Big Band Jazz/Funk *
  • May 20 – Suenalo | Latin: Fusion
  • May 27 – The Shindigs | Oldies: 50's- 70's Rock & Roll
  • June 3 – Free Radicals | Top 40: Dance
  • June 10 – Eugene Grey | Reggae/Jazz
  • June 17 – Grace and the Victory Riders | Indie: World *
  • June 24 – Across the Universe | Tribute: Beatles
  • July 1 – Weedline | Classic Rock
  • July 8 – Party Express | Top 40: Dance
  • July 15 – Sabor Latino | Latin: Brazilian and Samba
  • July 22 – Spred the Dub | Reggae: Funk, Roots *
  • July 29 – Piano Bob's 88's | Jazz: Boogie Woogie
  • August 5 – Jimmy Stowe | Top 40: Tropical
  • August 12 – David Morin Elvis | Tribute: Elvis
  • August 19 – JL Fulks | Jazz: Indie, Blues
  • August 25 – Celebration | Top 40: Dance
  • Sept 2 – Woody & the Longboards | Oldies Rock & Roll
  • Sept 9 – Pocket Change | Top 40: R&B/ Funk/Soul
  • Sept 16 – UpRoot Hootenanny | Indie: Folk/Roots/Irish *
  • Sept 23 – Simply Tina | Tribute: Tina Turner
  • Sept 30 – Joel DaSilva | Jazz: Blues
  • Oct 7 – Shane Duncan | Country
  • Oct 14 – Full Moon Party | New Disco
  • Oct 21 – Big City Dogs | Classic Rock
  • Oct 28 – Blues Brothers | Tribute: Blue Brothers Show
  • Nov 4 – Sosos | Indie: Singer Songwriter *
  • Nov 11 – The Fabulons| Oldies: 50's- 70's Rock & Roll
  • Nov 18 – PALO! | Latin: Afro-Cuban Jazz
(* indicates Underground Music Series night)
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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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