This is the time of year that Brooklyn-based musician Jacob Jeffries returns to his roots to teach South Florida students the art of collaboration. This time, he arrives with new music and an even sharper appreciation for the value of teamwork.
Jeffries, formerly of Plantation, takes several weeks every summer to work with students ages 9 to 13 at the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. Over the course of three weeks, the students and their instructors work together to create a two-act musical (Jeffries was once a student in the program).
“It’s really fun, but it’s also a great way for them to learn to collaborate,” Jeffries says by phone from Brooklyn. “What’s very valuable, to me, is that you have to strip yourself of any potential ego … to be aware of your self-centered attitude. Which is not what they teach you in the music business, but it’s what I cling to as a human being. To work for the betterment of the song, or the show, and not you.”
The Jacob Jeffries Band will perform Friday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on an Independence Day bill with pop-rockers the Spin Doctors. Jeffries likely will lean on music from a recently released EP, “Neighborhood Nights,” but may also debut “Did I Get It Wrong,” a simmering pop ballad that marks something of a turning point for Jeffries.
The song was written with help from industry pros Jean-Baptiste Bocle (“an amazing arranger”) and lyricist Scott Cresswell, a relationship suggested by his publisher at Warner Chappell Music. This week, Jeffries released the documentary-style video for the song shot at the Warner Chappell building in Los Angeles.
“It was all about collaboration,” Jeffries says with a laugh. “I can be pretty off the beaten path sometimes, and these guys are very good at reining me back in. You know, saying, ‘Hey, don’t be weird, just deliver the message.’”
The trio have five songs finished, and Jeffries expects them to soon have enough for a full-length album.
Despite winning a large following in South Florida with his own words and music, Jeffries says he’s not hurt that his publisher for the past six years brought in two veterans.
“It’s definitely been a help. ‘Did I Get It Wrong’ is a testament to the fact that I can still be myself and have my own voice but work with professionals who know what makes money,” he says.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday for the Fourth of July Celebration at the BB&T Center, with the Jacob Jeffries Band on at 6 p.m. and the Spin Doctors at 7:45 p.m. Admission is free. Info: TheBBTCenter.com. For more on Jeffries, visit Facebook.com/JacobJeffriesBand.
YOU PARTY ANIMAL
You can warm up for the long weekend Thursday night at a party benefiting the Palm Beach Zoo. Live music, BMX bike tricks, food and drinks will be part of the fundraiser for the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, 6-10 p.m. Thursday at Off The Hookah (314 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach). A free street party at 6 p.m. will include zoo displays, music and the bicycle exhibition, giving way at 7:30 p.m. to a 21-and-older, ticketed party with an open bar and free passed hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20, with all proceeds going to the zoo, and can be purchased at PalmBeachZoo.org.
RED, WHITE & CLUELESS
Fourth of July falls on a Friday, she’s looking to you for a plan and you’ve got … nothing. NUH-thing. The Atlantic Hotel and Spa (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) will combine the swank of its fifth-floor patio, down-homey barbecue from Beauty & the Feast restaurant and the peerless oceanfront view of Fort Lauderdale beach fireworks. Bill: $29.50 per person, extra for alcohol (American Harvest Organic Spirits will be offering specials). RSVP (required): Society8.com.
“Dazed & Confused,” the 1993 Richard Linklater opus that gave the world Matthew McConaughey, is the 8 p.m. Sunday feature as the Riverside Market’s Summer Movie Drinking Games series continues this weekend. As you know, $2 beers will flow during the movie and there are guidelines for when you are encouraged to drink up. For instance, among other rules, you’re supposed to drink everytime there’s a reference to a “sixer,” when someone says “shotgun,” and when a character talks sells, buys, smokes or refers to marijuana. That could be a lot of drinking. The Riverside is at 608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Info: Facebook.com/RiversideMarket.
BEER TO GO
Due South Brewing (2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach) will be open normal hours on Friday, and from 6 to 9 p.m. will offer a couple of special releases: Mango Cilantro IPA, Peanut Butter Bacon Ale and Strawberry Honey Wheat. From 3 to 6 p.m., they’ll be filling to-go growlers and their new crowlers (32-ounce cans) at special prices. Woody’s Burgers will be parked outside beginning at 3:30 p.m. Info: DueSouthBrewing.com.
Man does not live by bikinis alone, so we give you Bacon Beach, the inaugural pork-scented party at perhaps South Beach’s sexiest spot, Nikki Beach (1 Ocean Drive). The Saturday festival will feature top South Florida chefs preparing more than 50 dishes, from beer-candied bacon and bacon foie gras to Nutella-banana-and-bacon crepes, bacon-maple cannolis and bacon churros with dulce de leche. DJs David Tort, LA Riots and Laurent Simec are among those providing sounds to shimmy back into swimsuit shape with. Doors open at noon. Tickets: $25 (plus fees) before 2 p.m., $35 all-day pass. Info: BaconBeach.com.
The third annual free Independence Day celebration sponsored by the sound-obsessed online journal Audio Junkie will take over Gramp’s Bar (176 Northwest 24th St., Miami) Friday-Sunday with bands, barbecue, vendors, an inaugural air guitar contest and the helpful free beer (while it lasts) from MIA Brewing. Rat Bastard, Suede Dudes, Eagle Chief, Shark Valley Sisters, Pocket of Lollipops, Humbert, Gun Hoes and Jellyfish Brothers are among the noisemakers. Radio-Active Records (Fort Lauderdale) and Iron Forge Press (Wilton Manors) are among the hyper locals lending their good names to the event. Info: 786-752-6693, Facebook.com/GrampsMiami.
CUP OF BEANS AND RICE
I don’t have a World Cup team now, but to keep feeling that euphoric energy and passion, the best place to watch the Brazil-Colombia match Friday afternoon is the Brazilian restaurant Feijao Com Arroz (559 E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach). That is, if you can squeeze in the door. Info: 954-784-0909.
All this World Cup watching creates a lot of tension, and it may be time to check out Om Brew Yoga on Sunday at the Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park). The sessions seem likely to clear the cerebral clutter, if only because the denouement is a pint of beer. If I were to start doing yoga, which I am not, Shelah Davis would be my kind of yogi. From ShelahDavis.com: “Her desire to be true to herself is why she proudly admits to loving coffee in the mornings, cursing in traffic and enjoying a good craft beer with dinner. She also feels that it’s OK that she sometimes doesn’t feel all zen/yogi like.” Om Brew Yoga registration begins at 11 a.m., and class is at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15, includes a pint of your choice in the tap room. Info and RSVP (helpful): 954-440-0046, Facebook.com/FunkyBuddhaBrewery.
PANTIES IN A BUNCH
The Ritz Glitz Revue, governed by one of our favorite local burlesque artists, Aurora Natrix, will be inspired by life during wartime with “The USO Burlesque Show” on Saturday at the throwback drinking den called Stache (109 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets: $10. Info: Facebook.com/StacheFTL, Facebook.com/RitzGlitzRevue.
The Downtown Development Authority West Palm Beach began a photography contest this week that could win you $500 in prizes. To enter the Share Your Summer contest, upload your favorite downtown image on the DDA Facebook page (Facebook.com/DowntownWPB). The July picture with the most “likes” will receive $100 in prizes, as will the August winner. The two favorite images will vie for “likes” Sept. 1-10, with the winner receiving $400 in loot. Info: on.fb.me/TAy9ai.
Reminder: Live Nation Florida has put a $20 tag (fees included) on nine of its top summer concerts at the Cruzan Amphitheatre, with discounted tickets available at SummerTicketsFlorida.com through 11:45 p.m. Monday. Shows include: Lionel Richie with CeeLo Green, July 15 (lawn seats); Kiss and Def Leppard, July 22 (lawn); Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and Paramore, July 25 (lawn); Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, Aug. 10 (lawn); Summer Nationals Tour: The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Stiff Little Fingers, Aug. 15 (reserved); Brad Paisley, with Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham, Aug. 16 (lawn); Kings of Leon, Young the Giant and Kongos, Sept. 6 (lawn); ZZ Top and Jeff Beck, Sept. 9 (reserved); and Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, Sept. 13 (lawn).
Looking ahead, Indie Craft Bazaar will return to Fort Lauderdale's Revolution Live and America's Backyard complex with "Spool Party" on July 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Highlights: 15 new vendors, an expanded lineup of food trucks and $5 Pool Waters (Stoli with lemonade and Blue Curacao), $5 Backyard Lemonades (Skyy Citrus vodka and pink lemonade) and $3 mimosas. Admission: $5. Info: GetUpAndCraft.com.