It’s not often that the Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers a concert by a singer whose songs are heard among the thumpy pop hits on Y100, but there are all kinds of new things going on at the big house on the New River.
To be sure, it’s not much of a stretch for the Broward Center to host Tuesday’s performance by suave and soulful singer-pianist John Legend, who himself may be a little uncomfortable having his ballad “All of Me” bumping up against the Chainsmokers’ “Selfie” on pop radio. But we like to think we see a shift in the Venn diagram that illustrates the relationship between popular culture and the new and improving Broward Center.
The new riverside Huizenga Plaza — with its ground-floor restaurant and bar and second-floor ballroom, which opened last weekend with a performance by Sheryl Crow — is the most dramatic piece of a 40,000 expansion and remodeling that seems aimed at bringing a youthful energy to the Broward Center.
“It’s part of it,” Broward Center CEO Kelley Shanley says. “We hope that overall this generates a lot of new interest in the center.”
Shanley says that initial discussions about the expansion to the center four years ago coincided with the formation of a young-professionals support faction called the Ghostlight Society.
“They are a really strong group, raise money for us and do all kinds of events, but it’s also a younger generation that’s a great sounding board,” Shanley says. “They already have the propensity to attend, but they’re also good for guidance on what experiences we should provide, what programming we should have. They can help us cultivate that audience, as well, in a really authentic way.”
Two seasons ago, the center added the luxurious and popular Club Level suite, and in November opened the Intermezzo Lounge, a casual dining and socializing space.
Booking someone like Legend, who appeals to a diverse and monied pop audience is another step in that direction, Shanley says.
“Gestures like that don’t go unnoticed. Just in terms of how they feel and how they get associated with the brand,” he says. “It’s one thing to say we’re going to renovate the complex. It’s another thing to say, who do we need to be for the next 20 years? What do we have to anticipate? Who is going to be our audience?”
John Legend will perform 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Broward Center. Tickets: $40-$120. Info: 954-462-0222, BrowardCenter.org. He also will play the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets: $31+. Info: 561-832-7469, Kravis.org.
THE TORTUGA CROWD
Despite a stretch of ark-worthy rain on Sunday, last weekend’s second annual Rock the Ocean Tortuga Music Festival drew more than 44,000 attendees, organizers say, a major jump over the 25,000 crowd for 2013’s inaugural gathering on Fort Lauderdale beach. If you want to relive the energy, Country Music Television will look back at Tortuga on “CMT Hot 20 Countdown,” with hosts Alecia Davis and Cody Alan, airing 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get a preview here at CMT.com.
In this recent review of the punk-opera outfit Timur and the Dime Museum, the Los Angeles Times’ music man Mark Swed offered a goulash of source material for singer Timur Bekbosunov, from L.A. by way of Kazakhstan, that included elements of Al Jolson, Ethel Merman, Maria Callas, Cathy Berberian, Liberace, Tim Buckley, Frank Sinatra, Boy George, David Bowie and Mick Jagger. The mind (and ear) reels. Timur and the Dime Museum perform at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in one of the few places cool enough to hold them, the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Miami). Tickets: $20-$100. Info: 305-576-4350, MiamiLightProject.com.
This weekend, for Record Store Day on Saturday, the late, lamented LCD Soundsystem will release on vinyl its final show in 2011, “The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden.” Next weekend, on April 26, you can tell James Murphy how much you still miss his old band when he does a DJ set at Bardot in Miami. Tickets: $30, $40. Info: BardotMiami.com.
Record Store Day happens all over, of course, but closest to us is Radio-Active Records (845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale), where you’ll find live music (from Sweet Bronco at 5 p.m. to Ketchy Shuby at 9 p.m.), food trucks and giveaways. Make a purchase and get a raffle ticket to be in the running for tickets to Revolution Live shows including Band of Skulls, Ghost, Neon Trees, Say Anything and Earl Sweatshirt. Doors open at 9 a.m., with raffle at 5 p.m. Info: 954-762-9488, Facebook.com/RadioActiveRecords.
For all the exotic allure of the leaf-chomping giraffe and the Malayan tiger, the most captivating animal making its home in West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society may be the capybara, the world’s largest rodent. The zoo has wisely decided to leverage your curiosity (or, maybe, your kids’) with the opportunity to meet and feed the 140-pound cousins of the guinea pig during 25-minute sessions in the “Capybara Experience.” Guests must be at least 8 years old, and accompanied by an adult if younger than 12. Cost is $15 through May 23, when the price goes to $20 for nonmembers ($15 for members). Pre-registration required at PalmBeachZoo.org/Animal-Experiences.
NO. 1 JACKASS
My Gator and Seminole friends suggest that it was his year at the University of Miami, and not his graduation from clown school at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College, that best prepared London-born comedian and stuntman Steve-O for his roles as a professional “Jackass.” Ask him yourself when Steve-O brings his stage act to the Fort Lauderdale Improv at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday (tickets are $22 at FTL.Improv.com) and the Palm Beach Improv at 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday (tickets $22 at PalmBeach.Improv.com).