The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is not until next weekend, but I feel like it should be mentioned now so we’re not caught off-guard, you know, scuttling around like a crawfish with its head sucked off.
The annual festival is what South Florida tastes like, smells like and, especially this year, what the area sounds like these days. Taking place April 22-24 at Pompano Beach Community Park (820 NE 18th Ave.), this year’s edition of the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival crushes the live music schedule.
Included among nearly two dozen acts performing on two stages is a who’s-who of popular local bands, including Spred the Dub, Shaw Davis & the Black Ties, the Copper Tones, Valerie Tyson, Tasty Vibrations, Uproot Hootenanny, the Resolvers, Guavatron, the Weedline and many others.
As always, the event will include boat and car displays, arts and crafts, people watching, family fun and more. Tickets ($15 Friday, $20 Saturday-Sunday) are available now at PompanoBeachSeafoodFestival.com.
Downtown brews: The inaugural Riverwalk Rhythm & Brews festival will energize the after-work crowd in downtown Fort Lauderdale 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, at Esplanade Park on the New River. The rhythm will be provided by recommended Delray Beach rockers Spider Cherry, and the brews will come courtesy of Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha Brewery — you know what they do. There will be food trucks curated by the Burger Beast, along with lawn games a plenty. Admission is free. A donation to the nonprofit Riverwalk gets you the T-shirt. … At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Funky Buddha will have its first four-pack bottle release for Chocolate-Covered Sticky Nuts, part of its Funklighted series of experimental beers. Visit FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
Weekend laughs: Yeah, for some reason Chris Rock’s Friday night show at Hard Rock Live is sold out. But you can still get tickets to see ubiquitous Domino’s Pizza pitchman Craig Robinson — he’s got a new oddball comedy on Peacock, “Killing It,” and recently did the film festival circuit with the fantasy thriller “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon,” but will probably always be Darryl Philbin on “The Office,” which is not a bad place to be. Robinson is at the Dania Improv 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $35 at DaniaImprov.com.
Balls and pucks: Interesting weekend to be a local-sports fan in South Florida. The Miami Marlins are playing their first home series of the season at LoanDepot Park in Miami against the Philadelphia Phillies, with tickets for Friday’s 6:40 game starting at a sweet $13 at MiamiMarlins.com (Prediction: The Marlins do not finish last or even fourth in their division.) … The first-place Florida Panthers, riding an eight-game winning streak, play the Winnipeg Jets at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise 7 p.m. Friday, with tickets starting at $31 at FloridaPanthers.com. … The Miami Hurricanes have their annual Spring Game noon Saturday at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale (home of Inter Miami CF) and the game is a sellout (watch it on the ACC Network). … The Miami Heat begin their march toward an NBA title with a game against an opponent TBD at 1 p.m. at FTX Arena in Miami. Tickets start at $64 at MiamiHeat.com.
Air apparent: The Hyundai Air & Sea Show is returning to Miami Beach on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-29) and on Friday organizers will start taking applications for a chance to win a spot as wingman in a 45-minute ride on an L-39C Albatros fighter jet operated by decorated Navy pilot Matthew “Whiz” Buckley. Applications will be accepted Friday-May 15 at USASalute.com. Meanwhile, the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, is right around the corner, April 30-May 1. Discounted advance tickets can still be had, with single-day general-admission Drop Zone admission starting at $35, $24.50 for kids at FortLauderdaleAirShow.com.
Weekend movie: On Friday, the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science will begin daily screenings of “Last Glaciers,” which follows filmmaker Craig Leeson and climber-paraglider (and restaurateur) Malcolm Wood to the top of some of the Earth’s most vulnerable glaciers, chunks of ice that may someday be lapping at doorsteps in South Florida. The 45-minute film, which journeys from Antarctica to the Himalayas, the Alps and the Andes, is set to a soundtrack by British electronic trio Above & Beyond. Visit MODS.org.
Art from the heart: For the first time in three years, Cruiser Palooza returns to Delray Beach on Saturday, the annual fundraiser for quadriplegic artist Cruise Bogle taking place 6-10 p.m. on Lake Ida, at the Delray Beach Playhouse. Your $100 ticket covers food, drinks and music from local favorites the Resolvers. As always, the event will help cover ongoing rehabilitation costs for Bogle, a Delray Beach resident who has faced his paralysis (suffered in a 2008 skim-boarding accident) with a contagious optimism we all should be so lucky to have. An artist who learned to paint with his mouth after his accident, Bogle recently exhibited his paintings at Art Basel 2022 in Miami Beach. New at this year’s Cruiser Palooza: Bogle will send half the proceeds a young woman named Glenniesha Darkins from South Miami, also a quadriplegic mouth-painting artist that he met at Art Basel. Bogle says she does not have access to the same level of care and support that he does, so he is stepping up. Visit CruiseBogle.com.
Are you Flamingoing? Not that Boca Raton needs any tips from Fort Lauderdale on how to throw a cool party, but Carley Sumner will bring the infectious life-is-good vibe of the Flamingo Flea, her Fort Lauderdale-based makers market, to Crazy Uncle Mike’s restaurant-brewery in Boca Raton for the first time noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Fort Lauderdale fans, note that the Flamingo Flea is hosting a dog-centric Puppy Brunch at Tarpon River Brewing at noon Sunday, April 24. Visit Facebook.com/theflamingoflea.
Feelin’ Bruvvy: When the long-awaited Bon Jovi tour supporting the album “2020″ hits FLA Live Arena in Sunrise on Saturday, the concert will open with locals Bruvvy, a “loud and messy” female-fronted rock band with members from Miramar and North Miami Beach (Facebook.com/bruvvyband). The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $54.75 at Ticketmaster.com.
Four years of beer: Prosperity Brewers in Boca Raton is celebrating its four-year anniversary, even though it took you three years to find it, tucked away as it is off Dixie Highway (4160 NW First Ave.). The noon-10 p.m. party will include music from Jordan Laurenti, Eastway Music, Metropolitan Sound and 59 Shop. Food trucks will include Outside the Box, Taco Inn, Just Baked and a mystery truck. Tickets start at $7 for a beer, $35 for all-you-can-drink admission from 5 to 9 p.m., $50 includes a souvenir glass and 4 p.m. admission, or $70 to add a hat or T-shirt. Visit ProsperityBrewers.com.
Jazz and genius: The two-day Jazz Fest Pompano Beach reaches its apex 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center with a performance by Miami native Cécile McLorin Salvant, a three-time Grammy winner and 2020 MacArthur “genius grant” recipient. The 32-year-old singer’s recent debut for Nonesuch Records, the album “Ghost Song,” has earned effusive praise from critics, Downbeat magazine noting her “velvety voice,” “intellectual playfulness” and “impeccable” musicianship.” Tickets cost $65 at PompanoBeachArts.org. Day 1 of the festival on Friday features 8 p.m. performances on The Great Lawn by headliner Arturo Sandoval, Grammy winner Nestor Torres and New York vocalist Ashley Pezzotti. A full day of music on Saturday will include Pezzotti, Magela Herrera, Brian Lynch and Sammy Figueroa. Admission wrist bands to outdoor performances on Friday and Saturday are free with an RSVP at PompanoBeachArts.org.
Wild hares: Nothing says Resurrection Sunday, of course, like a $30 bottle of Chandon Garden Spritz followed by an Easter egg hunt. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale’s annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza returns to the river in downtown Fort Lauderdale noon-4 p.m. Sunday and includes live music, drink specials (beyond the Chandon) and games. And, yes, there will be eggs. To reserve a VIP table, visit WharfFTL.com.
Nicole Henry time: South Florida jazz vocalist Nicole Henry will perform the first local concert on the tour supporting her new album “Time to Love Again” 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Thesis Hotel in Coral Gables (1350 S. Dixie Highway). Tickets start at $40. Visit MiamiJazz.org.
Dan & Shay, finally: Country-pop chart toppers Dan & Shay will finally perform their pandemic-sidelined show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Thursday, April 21. The concert, originally scheduled for Nov. 3, is part of the arena tour supporting the album “Good Things,” best known for the single “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber. A handful of tickets remain, starting at $50, at MyHRL.com.
Re-Pete: The Who Hits Back! Tour brings the iconic sonics of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Friday, April 22, their first South Florida performance since a powerful 2019 show at the former BB&T Center. A couple of hundred tickets remain in the intimate venue, starting at $157, at MyHRL.com.
Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at email@example.com.