What do you say to a person who's given us ten years of booming beats and hypnotic melodies? Beer-soaked, deliriously happy evenings? Who's brought almost everyone you'd ever want to see live -- Tim and Eric, Henry Rollins, GWAR, DMX -- to Fort Lauderdale? You say thank you.
That's exactly the sentiment we wanted to convey to Jeff John on the decade anniversary of his beloved venue Revolution Live, who with help from his partner Live Nation did all that and more. From the first, pre-liquor-license show when John remembered giving out free beers to the sounds of the Wailers while a hurricane curfew was in effect to this week's fully stacked lineup that includes Jeezy, Nick Carter and Jordan Knight, American Authors, and Dumpstaphunk, Rev brings joy to all who enter its doors.
Since that original outdoor affair, John has added to his empire. There's the laid-back watering hole America's Backyard and the more upscale bourbon speakeasy Stache. We spoke with the entrepreneur and music lover about the recent New Found Glory show and the state of live music in South Florida.
And we can't say it enough: Thank you, and happy anniversary!