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Weekend preview: Treasures lost and found

The week before the Tortuga Music Festival, the massively popular celebration of no-shoes country-music that takes over Fort Lauderdale beach this weekend, the owner of the bar across the street that best embodies that vibe learned that he’s being booted from the beach.

According to the eviction letter, Jeff Rudd’s Internationally World Famous Treasure Trove must close its doors by Oct. 1 after more than two decades as a last-of-its-kind dive on Fort Lauderdale beach — a place where “you can hear the ocean” and is “the last place open,” to borrow from Kenny Chesney’s “Bar at the End of the World.”

There is irony in the timing, but Rudd doesn’t do irony. He’s just mad.

“They’re making it so you go to Fort Lauderdale beach and there’s nowhere to go unless you want to sit in the Ritz hotel bar or go into the W. But who wants to do that? You want to go somewhere where there’s character, where there’s a little bit of leftover charm,” Rudd says. “Fort Lauderdale beach is just completely destroyed.”

On the bar’s Facebook page, a picture showed a sign in the front door: “To the City Council, when you chop down the last tree, you will finally realize you can’t eat money! Good luck!”

Rudd has done this dance before. He thought he had negotiated at least another year or two with new owners of the building, who have plans to level it to make way for a boutique hotel, he says.

While he’s fielded calls from all over the country from people with deep pockets who have offered to help (and some who want to claim the iconic cannon over the bar), Rudd speaks with an air of resignation.

The timing of his eviction will force him to miss the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the fall, so along with the annual Treasure Trove annual fishing tournament in July, Tortuga weekend is his last big event. He’s not planning anything special.

“Right now, my main focus is just to make it through this weekend, which is just overwhelming for my little shoebox,” he says. “We’ll just ring the bell and kick ass.”

For updates, visit Facebook.com/iwftt.

FREE COUNTRY

Miami-Nashville singer-songwriter Edan Archer will set up at the intersection of Las Olas and A1A on Fort Lauderdale beach 6-9 p.m. Friday, serving a bracing cocktail of Americana and alt-country influences during the free Friday Night Soundwaves series, just a bottle-cap toss from the Tortuga Music Festival. Looking ahead to the rest of the month, the series includes a parade of local favorites, including Oriente (April 14), Joel DaSilva (April 20) and the Valerie Tyson Band (April 27). Friday Night Soundwaves runs through Nov.2. Visit FridayNightSoundwaves.com.

WOMEN WE LOVE

The seventh annual KeroWACKED Multimedia Fest is 3-10 p.m. Sunday in and around the ActivistArtistA Gallery in the Boynton Beach Art District (402-422 W. Industrial Ave.), hosting an evening of studio tours, vendors, food trucks and music from Altered Roots, ReMerge, Grace Roots, Xotic Yeyo, Mood Swing, the Coven and Silky Milky Sugar. This year’s festival will celebrate underappreciated writers of the Beat Generation, namely Joyce Johnson, Diane Di Prima, Brenda Frazer, Joan Vollmer, Carolyn Cassady and Elise Cowen, women who created in the shadows of the festival’s namesake, Jack Kerouac, and peers such as Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Neal Cassady. Visit BoyntonBeachArtDistrict.com.

WEEKEND BEERS

Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach celebrates National Beer Day on Saturday (the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect April 7, 1933, repealing Prohibition) with a special beer tapping at noon (Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing) … Mathews Brewing Co. in Lake Worth will celebrate with 25 percent off growlers (Facebook.com/MathewsBrewing) … The Sprung! Beer Festival takes over Wynwood Marketplace in Miami 4 p.m. Saturday, with tickets starting at $40 (SprungBeerFest.com) … More than two dozen Florida breweries will be represented at Brew at the Zoo, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach; tickets cost $37.50 (PalmBeachZoo.org).

SUN DANCE

The 20th annual edition of the Afro Roots World Music Festival is at the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach 7 p.m. Saturday, with the Sun Ra Arkestra showcasing the music of the late cosmic keyboard explorer, with special guest Morikeba Kouyate. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the gate. Visit RhythmFoundation.com.

WEEKEND LAUGHS

A former Wall Street lawyer and a former writer for “The Daily Show” and Stephen Colbert, Paul Mecurio was funny before everything got so strange. Imagine what he’ll do with all the low-hanging punchlines we have now. Mecurio will do five shows Friday-Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20 (plus two drinks). Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.

STREET KIDS

Busy weekend for Fort Lauderdale indie rockers Kids, who will play their first headlining show at the Culture Room Saturday night. Visit Facebook.com/TheBandKids. On Friday night, they will perform at the season finale of Giralda Under the Stars, the free downtown Coral Gables series that shows off the outdoor dining and strolling possibilities around the city’s remodeled Giralda Plaza. Orlando’s Sh-Booms are also scheduled to perform. Visit ShopCoralGables.com.

FREE SPAM

The Spam Allstars can be found in a new location this weekend, playing a free show (donations accepted) 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty City’s Sandrell Rivers Theater, named for beloved arts advocate Chief Sandrell Rivers and home of M Ensemble, the long-running African-American theater organization. The theater is at 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Visit SandrellRiversTheater.com, Facebook.com/SpamAllstars.

MUSIC IN THE WOODS

The Folk Club of South Florida has its inaugural Musical Weekend in the Woods this weekend, a membership-drive campout on the banks of the Oleta River in Miami’s Greynolds Park 2 p.m. Saturday-3 p.m. Sunday. The schedule includes sets by Eric King; Wagner, Hand and Pflug; Rod MacDonald; Diane Ward and Jack Shawde; and Periphyton, led by revered Miami guitarist Buffalo Brown, (Elastic Bond, Cog Nomen, Maryel Epps). Periphyton’s Sean Dibble (Rhythm Flow, New World School of the Arts accompanist) will lead an 11 p.m. drum circle. The festival takes place in a special corner of the park not open to the public. Admission is $10, applicable to club membership. Tent, cabin and RV accommodations are available. Visit Facebook.com/FolkClubOfSouthFlorida.

WEEKEND CORN HOLE

I was on fire the other day in cornhole at Tarpon River Brewing, taking my 11-year-old daughter to extra innings before the pressure got too much. For me. I can only attribute my staying power to the Parkland Pale Ale, a light, bright, citrusy yet manly brew from proprietor Julian Siegel that, if memory serves, checked in at a mere 4.4 ABV. It’s a really nice pour and a dollar from every $6 pint goes to the Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund. Tarpon River Brewing is at 280 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Visit TarponRiverBrewing.com.

MIAMI CAVE-IN

O Cinema Wynwood and Miami’s Sweat Records on Thursday, April 12, will host an official screening of the one-night-only, worldwide theatrical debut of the concert film “Distant Sky: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Live In Copenhagen.” The film was shot during the band’s world tour supporting the album “Skeleton Tree,” which managed to skip South Florida. The screening is at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12. Visit O-Cinema.org.

WEEKEND BRUNCH

The hipster Miami Beach hangout Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. debuts a new brunch on Sunday, distinguishing itself in my book by not beginning until noon. Because they know how I tend to roll (or not) on a Sunday morning. The menu includes interesting new features, such as cauliflower nachos. I’m into cauliflower these days. Then, there’s the Pimp Your Prosecco menu, with drinks ($10, $55 for a pitcher) elevated with fruit, juices, herbs and oils. Note: If you see me with a passionfruit-cinnamon Bellini, please call me an Uber. Visit MySweetLiberty.com.

DRAGS TRIP

As you may recall, it’s Pride Week in Miami Beach, leading up to the Miami Beach parade on Sunday led by Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and NBC6’s Roxanne Vargas as grand marshals. On Saturday, Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami is collaborating with Gramps to present a beer brunch and drag show hosted by DJ Hottpants with 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. performances by drag personalities Candi Dixx and Dang-Ho Yu Sickning, among others. Seriously. Visit MiamiBeachGayPride.com and ConcreteBeachBrewery.com.

OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS

JP Soars and the Red Hots uncrate the blues at Hullabaloo in West Palm Beach Thursday (April 5) at 10 p.m. (JPSoars.com) … The Jonathan Auerbach Trio brings rock fusion to Dada in Delray Beach 9 p.m. Friday (JonathanAuerbach.com) … Joe Cardona returns the Miami Boheme party to Ball & Chain in Miami with Pepe Montes and his Conjunto at 9 p.m. Friday (BallAndChainMiami.com) … The zany Zoo Peculiar, the Wombbombs, the Grumps and others play Voltaire in West Palm Beach 8 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/ZooPeculiar) … AnastasiaMax and Supergold bring youthful energy to Dada in Delray Beach 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/IAmAnastasiaMax) … Krazy Train rocks Mathews Brewing Co. in Lake Worth 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/KrazyTrainBand) … Aaron Lebos (11 a.m.) and Randy Bernsen (12:30 p.m.) have brunch sets scheduled Sunday at Fort Lauderdale’s LauderAle (Facebook.com/LauderAle).

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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