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Ariana Grande at BB&T Center

Following a sold-out concert in Miami Saturday night, pop queen and former Boca Raton resident Ariana Grande on Monday announced a July 18 stop for her Honeymoon Tour at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Tickets cost $25.25-$75.25 and go on sale at noon Saturday, April 4, at  all Ticketmaster outlets. Fan club presales begin at 4 p.m. Monday.

The Live Nation-sponsored Honeymoon Tour is Grande’s first arena tour, providing a test for her still-evolving pop bankability, which has proven ample enough to inspire numerous sellouts around the country.

Grande will ride a wave of good fortune back to South Florida this summer, including a coveted performance spot on the 57th annual Grammy Awards, where she was nominated for the platinum-selling album “My Everything” and for the single “Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.

The 21-year-old former “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat” star also will return to TV this fall in Fox’s college-campus horror-comedy anthology “Scream Queens,” joining a cast that...

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Weekend preview

The gathering of tribes for Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival this weekend is an annual reminder of the transcendent power of music to become more, to become, via fearless creativity, an experience entirely new.

Ultra, running Friday through Sunday in downtown Miami, is a virtual sellout (see, and certainly an experience. But we may have reached the point where its once-youthful audacity has become obscured by imperatives of the marketplace. Top talent such as Afrojack, David Guetta, Skrillex and Avicii are now staples of Top 40 radio.

Winter Music Conference (, the dance-music industry confab that long before Ultra made Miami a DJ destination, turns 30 this year. Astonishing.

So what’s next? Where do we go from here to experience the shock of the new? Maybe we follow BT.

Brian Transeau, the Rockville, Md., native better known as the multiplatinum-selling trance-music icon BT, has for years been a fixture at Winter Music...

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Tortuga Music Festival: Single-day tickets available

Single-day tickets for Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival 2015 are set to go on sale Tuesday morning with the announcement of the entertainment schedule for the third annual two-day event on Fort Lauderdale beach April 11-12.

The single-day tickets are $99 for either day, or $165 for a two-day pass, at VIP and Super VIP tickets are also available, as are two-day shuttle and water taxi passes, priced at $30 advance (10 and younger free).

The entertainment schedule for Day 1 on April 11 includes headliner Kenny Chesney, returning for his second appearance on the festival’s main stage. Also performing on April 11 will be Florida heartthrob Jake Owen, country-rock veterans the Mavericks, the Doobie Brothers, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, David Nail, Will Hoge, Old Dominion, Chase Bryant, Brooke Eden, Drake White and the Big Fire and Judah & the Lion.

The Day 2 lineup on April 12 is led by the Zac Brown Band, joined by the Band Perry, Little Big Town, Sublime...

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Lauderdale Live 2015: O.A.R., Phillip Phillips top bill

O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips headline the recalibrated Lauderdale Live concert series that will return June 19-21 to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Huizenga Plaza.

Other acts on the bill, set to be announced Monday morning, include Sister Hazel, Dumpstaphunk, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Kris Allen, Ben Rector, Luke Wade, and popular locals Beverly McClellan and Emily Kopp.

Advance tickets cost $39.50, $69.50 for a two-day pass, and will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, at  and all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices at the gate will be $47 and $87. Various VIP packages, including admission for the June 19 pre-festival performances, also will be available.

The inaugural Lauderdale Live made its debut in December 2013, with a lineup of remarkable ambition: Performances by Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis, Robert Randolph and the Indigo Girls were supported by buzzworthy indie acts such as Shovels & Rope, former Drive-by Trucker Jason Isbell, the Wild Feathers and Holly...

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Five things to do with the kids this weekend

When looking for things to do with the kids this weekend we spied a familiar outing, the Scottish Festival, with it's telephone-pole throwing (caber, whatever) and even more exciting kilt wearing.  We were considering all kinds of puns on the word "kilt," but were advised not to go there.

Here are a few ideas ...


The Scottish Festival & Highland Games makes its 32nd annual return with the usual array of music, dancing, food, drink, oddball athletics, sheep dog demonstrations and children's games 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Snyder Park (3299 SW Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale).

Why do the Scots gather so enthusiastically? We asked the only person we know who can say Glaswegian with a straight face, our Scottish friend David T.C. Hayes (don’t ask). He responded:

Despite P.G. Wodehouse’s observation that it’s never difficult to distinguish between a ray of sunshine and a Scotsman with a grievance, it’s grrrreat being Scottish. Here are just three reasons:

Our accent is so...

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Weekend preview: Beer lifters of the world unite!

If the craft-beer community in Fort Lauderdale has a town square, it is on the couple of hundred feet that separate the ultra laid-back Riverside Market and Café and its new offspring across the street in Riverside Park, Craft Beer Cartel.

It is a place one of the owners of the two beer stops, Julian Siegel, calls “a judgment-free zone,” where an $8 billion mogul can sit anonymously on a couch and offer slices of his pizza to a stranger seated next to him, where a college kid “who doesn’t even know who the mayor is” might be lounging next to the mayor, where folks mystified by craft beer are welcome.

“That’s why there’s Yuengling and Michelob Ultra in Door No. 1 at the bottom,” Siegel says of the Riverside Market, which serves more than 500 craft beers. “We’re not going to make you feel embarrassed. If you’re not a craft-beer drinker, it’s OK. Go with what you know.”

The same attitude prevails at Craft Beer Cartel, a chummy homebrew retail shop that opened in December, offering...

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