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Luke Bryan in West Palm Beach: Get tickets Friday

Who says South Florida ain’t country? Tickets go on sale Friday, June 5, to see reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan Sept. 19-20 at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, one of the few markets where he’ll play two performances.

Tickets are $25.50-$65.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at, all Ticketmaster outlets, the amphitheater box office and at 800-745-3000. Various presales, including VIP packages, begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. More information at

Joined by openers Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch, Bryan’s 40-city, coast-to-coast tour includes 13 stops where he’ll play back-to-back nights, a first for the singer. They include Chicago, Dallas, suburban shows outside New York and Los Angeles – and West Palm Beach.

Bryan has not released an album since 2013, but hasn’t had to, given the massive popularity of the double-platinum “Crash My Party” and its six hit singles, most recently “I See You.”

Along with several new songs from Bryan’s forthcoming...

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Juicy J cancels concert at Fillmore Miami Beach

Hip-hop performer Juicy J has canceled a June 27 performance on The Hustle Continues tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

No reason was given for the cancellation in a tersely worded announcement, often an indication of slow ticket sales, but Juicy J also canceled a show at the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 24 after he was taken to a hospital with shortness of breath that he blamed on fatigue.

Refunds are available at point of purchase, and Internet and phone orders will be automatically canceled and refunded, according to the Fillmore Miami Beach.

In February, Juicy J indicated via Twitter that he was considering retirement after this tour, which supports the album “The Hustle Continues.”

“[I’ve] been having thoughts about retiring from rap and becoming a CEO at a major label to help others in the music business,” he wrote. “I don't know for sure yet, but “THC” may be [the] last album I'm gonna drop. Life goes on and music, money, fame, etc., is a job, but it's not real life.”

The rapper,...

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Amber Leigh tops bill at Marine Industry Day festival

Delray Beach country singer Amber Leigh will be the headliner for the second annual Marine Industry Day festival, a family-style gathering set for June 20 at Esplanade Park on the New River in Fort Lauderdale.

The river will be a popular spot that day: The inaugural Marine Industry Day festivities last year brought 2,000 people downtown. This year’s event will happen as thousands more music fans gather a few hundred yards down the river for Lauderdale Live, a two-day concert led by Phillip Phillips and O.A.R. in Huizenga Park June 20-21.

Consider it an embarrassment of live-music riches.

Marine Industry Day is a celebration of the region’s diverse relationship to the sea via its vibrant recreational boating, fishing and diving industries, renowned oceanographic research institutions, Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The festivities also will include performances by local favorites Brass Evolution and Curbstone, a line of popular food trucks, paddleboard...

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Weekend preview: The Bird and the Bumble Bees

Have we reached some kind of critical mass when young entrepreneurs believe there are enough interesting places to go in downtown Fort Lauderdale that it warrants regular sightseeing tours — on bicycles?

On Saturday night during the FAT Village Art Walk, the techy-feely community builders at General Provision (“It's not just your office. It's not home. It's not a club. It's all of those things”) will celebrate the last days of National Bike Month with a party co-hosted by the folks from Bumble Bee Bike Tours

The tour company, which opened last month, is the brainchild of Laurie Menekou and Nate Ernest-Jones, two 34-year-old Sailboat Bend residents with a can-do spirit (they met while volunteering for the nonprofit Emerge Broward) and an indefatigable pride in the town they’ve settled in. And they want to share it.

“We could live anywhere. We choose to live in Fort Lauderdale,” Menekou says. “For young couples just beginning their lives, it’s a great place. It’s a city of neighborhoods,...

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New Found Glory at Revolution Live Oct. 14

News that New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert is about to release the first album by his side project, What’s Eating Gilbert, is no reason for panic among fans of the veteran Coral Springs-bred pop-punk band. NFG just announced a fall tour with Yellowcard coming to Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Oct. 14.

“We booked this tour in 2003 but wanted to keep it a secret until now. NFG and @Yellowcard,” cracked Gilbert on Instagram Tuesday, with a mention that the first wave of VIP packages were on sale.

Tickets for the all-ages New Found Glory show are $24.50 advance ($28 at the door) and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the Revolution Live box office (100 SW Third Ave.),, all Ticketmaster outlets and 800-745-3000.

The Jacksonville-spawned Yellowcard and NFG have frequently appeared at the same festivals, but this marks the bands’ first tour together. The bill also will include indie rockers Tigers Jaw.

Gilbert has scheduled a summer tour with What’s Eating Gilbert (no South Florida...

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Weekend preview: Hail Freedonia, Frida and Tig!

If he knew then what we know now, Rufus T. Firefly would still go to war with Sylvania. No flipping. No flopping. Because amid all the misinformation, personal enmity and alpha-male posturing, this war was about money. And Margaret Dumont’s abundant natural resources.

Memorial Day weekend is a time for reflection on the service and sacrifice of the military and its role in safeguarding all that we take for granted. It’s a noble calling, with reasons for participation more nuanced than soldiers get credit for, as I have learned from two young U.S. Army members who will be staying in my house this weekend.

Recent graduates of West Point, each is honorable, highly educated and ambitious. They are this country’s most valuable natural resource. Which makes any attempt to use them worthy of examination from all sides.

Films can take audiences where dithering politicians fear to tread, with recent examples including the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper” and the new Ethan Hawke drama “Good Kill,”...

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