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Diplo and Skrillex top Mad Decent lineup

The annual Himmarshee hysterics known as the Mad Decent Block Party will return to Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 1, with a lineup that includes the Diplo-Skrillex collaboration Jack U, along with Major Lazer (Diplo and Switch), Zeds Dead, Ricky Remedy, Thomas Jack, Jauz and Yellow Claw.

Tickets for the 18-and-older show are $38.50, $75 for VIP, and on sale now at the Revolution Live box office (100 SW Third. Ave., Fort Lauderdale; info: JoinThe, where they don’t charge fees, and at, all Ticketmaster outlets, including and 800-745-3000.

The Mad Decent tour, a caravan of dance-music producers and performers sponsored by Diplo's record label of the same name, kicks off in Atlanta on July 31. Dozens of artists will perform under the Mad Decent flag during the nationwide tour, a diverse collection that includes T-Pain, Tyler the Creator, Flosstradamus, Borgore and ILoveMakkonnen.

Jack U closed the 2015 Ultra Music Festival...

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Weekend preview: On a beautiful street, where the party is free

Bailey Contemporary Arts, the studio and exhibition space in Old Pompano Beach, will be filled with art, music, film and the people who love them on Saturday — exactly as envisioned when the venue introduced itself to the community a year ago.

The building at 41 NE First St. that once housed the old Bailey Hotel before a $1.2 million renovation, now affectionately known as BaCA, will celebrate its first anniversary with a free street party 1-6 p.m. Saturday that includes the adventurous sounds of Miami’s Spam Allstars, art exhibits, artisan edibles and more.

In its first 12 months, BaCA has proven to be a valuable crucible for local creativity, with its art exhibitions, instruction and studio space; weekly music and spoken-word events; and frequent film series.

After Saturday’s celebration, BaCA will offer another installment in the nationally touring Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers documentary series with a 7 p.m. screening of “A Kind of Order.” The film, directed by Noel...

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Drink up with Toby Keith in West Palm Beach

Country singer Toby Keith has made a good living out of songs about patriotism and guns and drinking and drinking with horses – songs that demand to be heard in the great outdoors, at a place such as the Coral Sky Amphitheatre, where he’ll entertain on Aug. 2.

Singing out loud by people who have no business singing out loud is one of the great attractions to a Toby Keith show, which you can take part in with tickets that go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 17. Cost is $45 and $60 for reserved seats, $30.25 for the lawn, or $100 for a lawn four-pack (fees and parking extra) at and all Ticketmaster outlets, including and 800-745-3000.

With “How Do You Like Me Now?,” “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” “Red Solo Cup” and “Who’s Your Daddy?” Keith cornered the market on a swaggering brand of heartland bravado that will be on unapologetic display on his “Good Times and Pickup Lines” tour (sponsored by the Ford F Series).

His new singles fit neatly into that theme:...

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Tortuga Music Festival sets record with 2015 attendance, names headliner for 2016

Blake Shelton will be the headliner for Tortuga Music Festival 2016 on Fort Lauderdale beach, organizers announced Sunday night.

Shelton, whose string of hits includes “Mine Would Be You,” “Sure Be Cool if You Did,” “Over” and “God Gave Me You,” has also been a regular on the hit TV talent search “The Voice” since it premiered in 2011.

Shelton joins an esteemed list of Tortuga headliners, including Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and the Zac Brown Band.

No word on the rest of the 2016 Tortuga lineup, nor specific dates for the shows set for April 2016, but multiday passes already are on sale for $165 at

It couldn't hurt to get in early on Tortuga 2016, as this year's Rock the Ocean Foundation festival was a record-breaking event.

Festival organizers put attendance at 75,000 for the weekend, officially a sellout, and a large jump from the number in 2014, when about 44,000 people attended. This year’s festival site was 300 yards longer than in 2014.


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Tortuga Day 2 review: Zac Brown, Chase Rice

Early on in Zac Brown’s rollicking Sunday-night set at the Tortuga Music Festival, he stood alone on a section of stage that extended into the crowd to deliver the closing lyrics of a song that had put his solar-heated fans into fist-pumping overdrive.

In jeans, open vest and black graphic T-shirt by John Varvatos, under a black hat that was less Waylon or Merle than wayward Mennonite, Brown throttled back for the song’s poignant coda: “Nothing really matters, anyone can see, nothing really matters, nothing really matters to me.” And, then, even more gently, and engulfed in applause, he sang: “Anyway the wind blows...”

This ballad, of course, is not one written by the man who burst onto the country-music scene in 2008 with the catchy ode to good times, “Chicken Fried.” Sunday night’s show-stopper was Brown’s brave cover of the challenging 40-year-old classic-rock favorite “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen, the British quartet led by preening vocalist Freddie Mercury, whose 1991 death was attributed...

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Weekend preview: All the cool bands are here!

The only thing lacking in the rich parade of live music that will roll across multiple outdoor stages in South Florida this weekend is the catchy, T-shirt-ready name that would put it in the conversation with well-known festivals from Austin to Los Angeles.

Consider that in the next three days, on five stages, we will host evolving rock star Zac Brown, local SXSW veterans Surfer Blood, beach poets Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen, provocative Chilean hip-hop performer Ana Tijoux, Southern-fried rapper Colt Ford, New York Afro-soul provocateurs the Budos Band, country chart-toppers Little Big Town and the Band Perry, Colombian cumbia modernizers Puerto Candelaria, re-energized country-rock vets the Mavericks, indie eclectics Wild Belle, ska-punkers Sublime With Rome, honky-tonker Trace Adkins and young country renegade Nikki Lane, to name fewer than half the acts.

But what to call this wealth of live music? SoFloachella? Flalapalooza? SXSF? Right now, we’re leaning toward Burning Mango.


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