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Weekend preview: A night of music for Douglas High School

When word started spreading this week that Revolution Live owner Jeff John was looking to use his downtown Fort Lauderdale stages to help raise money for families who lost loved ones in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, guitarist Jason Bieler of iconic Miami rockers Saigon Kick got to work.

Not only did he round up his old band — including Matt Kramer, Phil Varone and Stephen Gibb — for the all-ages Friday night benefit, he worked with John to help line up a broad spectrum of acts that continues to grow each day, with pop star Austin Mahone and L.A. pop-rap duo Jack and Jack the latest to be added.

Others on the bill, from South Florida and parts more distant, include the Ries Brothers, Alex Di Leo, Anastasia Max, the Goddamn Hustle, Tchaa, Leave It to Us, Tasty Vibrations, Jacob Reese Thorton, Letters to Part, Love Abbey, Mike Mineo, Tchaa, Sometimes Chad, Marcus Amaya, Ben Sparaco and Mr. Do It and the Downtown Boys.

The show starts at 6 p.m. at Revolution Live, a 3,500-capacity complex at 100 SW Third Ave. Tickets start at $20, with other prices available to those who wish to donate more. For tickets and other information, visit

All proceeds from ticket sales, and a large part of the bar sales (alcohol donations are still coming in) will be divided among the 17 families, with a portion going to agencies that sent first responders. All the bands are donating their time for the event, which includes a silent auction.

For Bieler, the project was personal: His family grew up in Coral Springs, adjacent to Parkland, and they had friends who attended Douglas High School. And that emotional proximity makes him sensitive to the potential for people to confuse his promoting the event with promoting Saigon Kick or his music — so he declined an interview request.

“Thrilled to be able to help in any way possible,” Bieler wrote in a text message, “but I really feel like the focus should be on these kids and their ideas. Hopefully that doesn’t come off as rude.”

John doesn’t mind giving Bieler credit.

“Jason has been very instrumental from the get-go,” John says. “He contacted us right away. He’s made calls. He’s made intros. He’s got his band flying in. He’s been great, man.”

John still has items coming in for the silent auction, which will include entertainment and sports gear, among them tickets to BB&T Center performances of “Disney on Ice” and Hall & Oates from former Florida Panthers owner Stu Siegel.

John is still fielding calls from “some top acts” who are interested in joining the lineup, which may have performers added as late as Friday afternoon, he says.

“I’m sure there’s a ton of people who went to Douglas, past students, graduates, current students, that support us,” John says of Revolution Live, which has for years offered all-ages shows with leading pop acts. “Nobody wants any credit. We’re just trying to raise a few dollars for the families who went through this horrible tragedy.”


The seventh annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance returns to Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami through Sunday, with a strong lineup of local sounds. Among the performers will be Locos Por Juana, Elastic Bond, Electric Piquete, Suenalo, Afrobeta, JUke, Nag Champayons, Telekinetic Walrus, Electric Kif, Chantil Dukart and Guitars Over Guns. Organizers say that collections for Douglas High families will be taken Saturday and Sunday in the Kids Village. All day Saturday, visitors can help create a banner of supportive messages that will be delivered to Parkland next week. Visit


Think KRS-One doesn’t have something to say about what is going on in South Florida, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.? The rap icon brings The World Is Mind Tour to Respectable Street in West Palm Beach on Sunday for a 9 p.m., 18-and-older show. Tickets cost $20-$25. Visit


“Love Saves the Day” is the title of a 2015 album by G. Love & Special Sauce, headliners of the 10th anniversary block party at Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar in West Palm Beach. The festivities, which also include an opening performance by Spred the Dub, will run from 5 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Visit


The young professionals of the South Florida-based nonprofit Deliver the Dream, which organizes retreats for families experiencing serious illness or crisis, will host their annual Red Hot White Party charity date auction 7 p.m. Friday at ARTS Up! in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village Art District. The auction will include more than two dozen singles, most you’ve never heard of, but not all. Among those waiting for your bidding paddle are Ghia, that crazy girl from Big 105.9’s “Paul Castronovo Show,” Nick Benvenutti, from Season 12 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor in Paradise,” and Kelley/Uustal attorney Josiah Graham of Season 13 of “The Bachelorette.” Tickets cost $50 in advance and $75 at the door. Visit


The social event of the beer-drinking season begins at 4 p.m. Saturday as Tarpon River Brewing makes its debut at 280 SW Sixth St., in downtown Fort Lauderdale. A joint venture between Riverside Market owners Julian and Lisa Siegel, Native Brewing Co. and the ubiquitous scene-shapers known as the Restaurant People, Tarpon River Brewing has “your new favorite place” written all over it. Visit


Clematis By Night festivities in downtown West Palm Beach 6-9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) will include a celebration of the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros, who recently opened a beautiful spring-training facility in the city with the Washington Nationals. Bringing the World Series trophy to Clematis Street with them will by pitcher Brad Peacock (a West Palm Beach native), third baseman Alex Bregman and Jeff Luhnow, the general manager. The night will include free Cracker Jacks and hot dogs for the first 500 people, and the Top 40 R&B of New Horizon. The dress code is orange and blue. Visit


On Thursday (March 1), the Riverside Market in downtown Fort Lauderdale will donate all proceeds from the sale of Abita draft beers ($5) to the GoFundMe page for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims fund run by Broward Education Foundation. Visit


Los Lobos are one of the great touring bands on the road right now, and it may not get more poignant this weekend than hearing their version of “Tears of God” at the Parker Playhouse on Thursday (Feb. 22). Tickets, starting at $38, are available at Opening for Los Lobos will Fort Lauderdale’s own “soulgrass” quartet the Copper Tones. If you miss them there, catch them at Tim Finnegan’s in Delray Beach 8-11 p.m. Friday. Visit,


The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival returns to downtown Lake Worth 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with more than 600 artists, local bands, food and drink. Among the performers will be Nathan Skinner, Grace and the Victory Riders, Richie Cole and Alto Madness, and Nicholas Marks. Nearby, C.W.S. Bar & Kitchen will fill Sunday afternoon with music by Marcus Amaya, Mike Mineo and Diogo das Virgens. Visit


The beautiful Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach will have its formal grand opening 7-10 p.m. Friday, with the main gallery, artists’ studios and other spaces open for wine-fueled roaming. Artists exhibiting work include Jen Clay, Sarah Knouse, Russell Bellamy, Nick Mahshie and Cherie Saleeby. Admission to the event is free with an RSVP ticket, which are likely to go quickly. The space, at 313 NE Third St., will be open 9-5 Monday –Friday, and they no doubt will have something special planned for Art Walk on March 2. Visit


The spirited new watering hole in downtown Fort Lauderdale known as the Wilder has debuted a new ladies night on Thursdays, with free rosé from 7 p.m. to closing and free signature cocktails from 9 p.m. to midnight. The DJ starts in the Great Room at 9 p.m., too. Visit


The Fort Lauderdale Major beach volleyball tournament is setting up at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park for competition Feb. 27-March 4, when some of the world’s best players may turn up in your favorite table at your favorite restaurant. No problem. We are pleased to have them. Among the competitors will be Fort Lauderdale’s Nick Lucena, who, along with legendary teammate Phil Dalhausser, was called a “golden oldie” in a story on At age 38. We should all be that golden when we’re that old. Visit


Glamour girl Dita Von Teese will bring her Copper Coupe Burlesque Review Tour to the Fillmore Miami Beach on April 25, with tickets on sale 10a.m Friday at the Fillmore box office, at and by calling 800-745-3000. Prices are $129.50, $84.50, $59.50 and $44.50. Visit,


So the California Pizza Kitchen near you (I was at the one at 2301 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale) may be offering pizza with cauliflower crust. I have one word: Astounding. Made with “a custom blend of cauliflower, mozzarella cheese, rice flour, herbs and spices,” this crust is thin and pliable, yet firm with a golden crunch around the edges, and almost indistinguishable from a traditional bread version. And beyond the deliciousness, it comes with the added virtue of fewer carbs (14 grams per slice versus 21 on a standard pie), if that’s important to you. It’s a couple of bucks extra, but worth a try. Visit


Butterfly World at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek celebrates its 30th anniversary with $10 admission this Saturday and Sunday and March 3-4. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Kids 2 and younger get in free. Be aware that there is a gate fee at the park of $1.50 per person. Visit

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