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Ten Best Outdoor Music Venues in Broward and Palm Beach

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5. Pompano Beach Amphitheater
This 3,000-seat venue is intimate enough that there really isn't a bad vantage point. This is a true open-air space, so if the weather does get bad, there's nowhere to hide from the rain. But you can afford a rain poncho on what you saved from the venue's free parking.
4. Mizner Park Amphitheater
Mizner Park is probably the closest thing to an architectural marvel on this list. This Boca Raton amphitheater has hosted the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, '80s acts like Cyndi Lauper and A Flock of Seagulls, and the annual Sunshine Music & Blues Festival. 
3. Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Now that The Stadium Formerly Known As Joe Robbie is building a retractable roof,  this is the largest outdoor music venue in South Florida. With 8,000 permanent seats under cover and 12,000 bodies able to squirm onto the grass lawn, it brings in all the big acts. This year alone saw titans like Steely Dan, the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley,  the Dave Matthews Band, Gwen Stefani, and Snoop Dogg.  
2. ArtsPark at Young Circle
Young Circle is more than just a roundabout that slows your drive down Federal Highway. It's also a brilliant site for outdoor concerts. The gently sloping hill allows a sightline of the musicians even if you get there late and have to sit in the back. While most concerts coincide with a food truck gathering, you are also in walking distance of your favorite bars and restaurants on Hollywood Boulevard. 
1. Sunset Cove Amphitheater
As you drive west from Boca Raton toward Sunset Cove, you can be forgiven for thinking you are entering a wilderness. Situated on a lake that makes for great sunset views, Sunset Cove never feels full even when it flirts with its 6,000-person capacity. The sound quality is generally topnotch whether the musical act's genre is reggae, rock, or country.
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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