The line for wristbands likely will begin to form at dawn Saturday, and there is talk among fans of camping overnight in the parking lot to assure a prime spot. Already there are Internet negotiations from around the country to barter with those lucky enough to score. The price may be steep: The last time something like this happened, the eBay markup to buy just one was more than 2,500 percent.
Beatles tickets, with John and George risen from the Great Beyond?
No. It’s beer. But not just any beer: It’s the legendary Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, which will celebrate its first commercial bottle release with an all-day festival, including live music and food trucks, from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday at the brewery (1201 NE 38th St.).
The brewery website includes a list of specific rules for the thousands of people expected to show up for a shot at the limited batch of 3,000 22-ounce bottles that will be available.
“It’s not bigger than Jesus, but we want to be prepared,” the brewery’s John Linn says with a laugh.
Maple Bacon Coffee Porter has been available in draft form off and on since Funky Buddha founder and brewmaster Ryan Sentz put the first small batch in bottles at the original Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca Raton in April 2011. That fall, one of the 16-ounce bottles was listed on eBay for $250, Linn says.
At beer zombie headquarters, BeerAdvocate.com, the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was ranked the No. 2 porter in the world, and the site is littered with effusive praise from Connecticut to California for the breakfasty, maple-scented beer. (Note to vegans: Spices are used to simulate the smoky "bacon" flavor, which reviewers say is almost indistinguishable.)
“One of the most unique beers I have had the pleasure of trying,” homebrew 311 from Illinois posted.
“I drove through a hailstorm just to get the chance to try this, and I'm so glad I did. Worth the money, the hype and the trouble,” Immortale25 of Delaware wrote.
This response put the Funky Buddha name on the national beer map and convinced Sentz it was time to build a stand-alone brewery devoted to his “culinary" beers, Linn says. When the Funky Buddha micro brewery had its grand opening in Oakland Park last June, 2,500 fans were there.
“It’s safe to say there would be no Funky Buddha Brewery if it weren’t for this beer,” Linn says.
Saturday's festival, beginning at 11 a.m., includes music from Snow Leopard (featuring Julius Pastorius), Spred the Dub, Short Straw Pickers and others, plus a phalanx of food trucks, among them the popular Rolling Stove and Pescados Unido.
Maple Bacon Coffee Porter will be available in 22-ounce bottles for $15 per bottle (cash only), limit two per customer, while supplies last. You'll also find many other popular examples of Sentz's hopped-up craft-beer scorcery on tap, including Snow Day, No Crusts, Rice Crispy Treat and Pineapple Jalapeno Hop Gun, to name a few.
For more details, go to FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
NO LAS OLAS BLUES
Blues fans can rejoice that the 16th annual Coral Gables Blues Festival, typically a four-day affair, will run 11 days beginning Thursday (Jan. 16). But it comes at a cost: No Las Olas Blues Festival this year.
The organizer of both events, Harald Neuweg, of Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, had targeted Thursday through Jan. 19 for a reprise of his inaugural Las Olas Blues Festival, which debuted under rainy skies last January on the lawn next to the Riverside Hotel. Shortly after his Las Olas Oktoberfest ended on the lawn, Neuweg began booking acts for a 2014 Las Olas Blues Festival. But it turned out the lawn, once home to the popular O’Hara’s blues bar, was committed to another event that weekend, according to Heiko Dobrikow, Riverside Hotel’s general manager.
With no other appealing option, Neuweg added the Las Olas-bound acts to the lineup performing in front of Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables, and extended the festival to Jan. 16-26. The conflict was “unfortunate,” says Dobrikow, who hopes a 2015 Las Olas Blues Festival will happen. “The feedback we had [on last year’s festival] from the local community was very supportive.”
Neuweg is planning to bring the blues back to Fort Lauderdale, as well. “I love Las Olas,” he says.
The inevitable kicker to the story? Dobrikow says the business group that had secured the lawn next weekend subsequently pulled out.
BUT IS THERE A CHAMPAGNE ROOM?
Locals who have been salivating for the extra-lean beef packaged under the Chippendales label are pleased at its arrival this weekend at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), where the “male revue” will perform Thursday-Saturday nights through Jan. 25. The 40,000-square-foot nightclub will be reconfigured for these 75-minute shows, with the dance floor set up with private tables, soft sofas and raised banquets, which sounds suspiciously like what we hear Scarlett’s looks like. Tickets cost $49.95-$99.95. Info: 305-432-9293, Chippendales.com.
MEGAN MULLALLY? HOO-HA!
We’re told that Megan Mullally and Karen Walker, who used to hang out with Will & Grace, are not the same person. One of them said: “I may be a pill-popping, jet fuel-sniffing, gin-soaked narcissist... but I'm not an actor. I listen when people speak.” And one of them said: “God didn’t give me the ability to play piano, paint a picture, or compassion. But he did give me the ability to crack a walnut with my hoo-ha!” It may have been the same one. At any rate, let's get to the bottom of it when Mullally offers a night of banter and Broadway standards, accompanied by pianist Seth Rudetsky (energetic host of the satellite radio show “Seth's Big Fat Broadway”) on Thursday (Jan. 16) at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets: $31.50-$76.50 (VIP $126.50). Info: 954-462-0222, ParkerPlayhouse.com.
BEST PIZZA IN TOWN?
The Cooking Channel’s “Best in Chow” host Cris Nannarone will have his cameras in Fort Lauderdale this weekend looking for the best pizza in town. Nannarone has scheduled three stops for his taping: Dough Boys, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Kitchenetta. All make a fine pie, but we have our money on Kitchenetta’s Vincent Foti, who opened his restaurant at 2850 N. Federal Highway 10 years ago this spring (can that be right?). Foti will be slinging dough in front of the cameras at 5:30 p.m. Sunday while making his specialty pizza: five-cheese with prosciutto di parma and baby arugula. The restaurant will be open during the taping. Info: 954-567-3333, Kitchenetta.com.
Later this month, the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray will perform three album-release shows — in Atlanta, Asheville and Durham, N.C. — to celebrate her solo work titled “Goodnight Tender,” but we’re hoping to get a sneak peek at the Girls’ performance at the Kravis Center on Thursday (Jan. 16). As the other half of the duo, Emily Saliers, said in advance of their shamefully underattended Lauderdale Live show last month, Ray has created “a fantastic record. It’s country, like real down-home country. It’s a wonderful record.” Tickets: $25-$128. Info: 800-572-8471, Kravis.org.
“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the slacker hit starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, hit theaters 25 years ago next month. But if you think you’d seen the last of the duo, think again: Reeves, who, unbelievably, turns 50 this year, recently told NBC’s “Today” show that there’s a script for another “Bill & Ted” adventure. The “Matrix” star is scraping together the money to make the film. “I think it's pretty surreal, playing 'Bill & Ted' at 50. But we have a good story in that,” Reeves said. “You can see the life and joy in those characters, and I think the world can always use some life and joy.” In case you need a refresher, the original film will screen for free Friday at 8 p.m. in the ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood. Info: 954-921-3500, VisitHollywoodFL.org.
DANNY HEARTS SANDY
It is not being billed as a sing-along, but how can you resist, and who’s going to stop you? The free Friday movie on the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach is the John Travolta-Olivia Newton John musical “Grease.” Have your blanket, chairs and kids (and perhaps an umbrella) arranged on the lawn by 8 p.m. Looking ahead, the Valentine’s Day movie on Feb. 14 will be romantic disaster flick “Titanic.” Info: 561-822-1515, WPB.org.
HORSEPLAY IN DELRAY
Oshogatsu, the Japanese New Year's celebration at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach) is one of the best places to torture friends and family up North with balmy, palmy Instagram photos. Sunday’s 37th annual festivities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (celebrating the Year of the Horse) again offer a long lineup of exotic, educational and family-friendly activities. And there’s the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station. Just saying. Admission is $6-$15. Info: 561-495-0233, Morikami.org.
ROLLING ON THE BEACH
Buy your tickets before the end of Friday and you’ll pay just $20 for the next Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop on Jan. 17, a beach circuit that includes the new Bokamper’s (3115 NE 32nd Ave., on the Intracoastal at Oakland Park Boulevard). Tickets for the trolley bar-hop fundraiser rise to $30 from Friday to noon Jan. 17, and $35 at check-in (cash only) at Bokamper's and Tropic Cay (529 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.). Other stops include the Parrot Lounge, S3, Sandbar, McSorley's, Tonic, Tokyo Blue and Bamboo Beach Club. Proceeds benefit Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Covenant House Florida, Broward County Gator Club and Jack & Jill Children's Center. Info: 954-574-6000, BusLoop.org.
ROLLIN' WITH DICE
By the time polarizing comic Andrew Dice Clay brings his famously classless and profane persona onstage at the Fort Lauderdale Improv next Thursday (Jan. 16), he may be introduced with words you never thought you’d hear in this lifetime: “Please welcome, Academy Award nominee Andrew Dice Clay.” However unlikely, Clay’s improbable against-type performance in Woody Allen’s critically lauded “Blue Jasmine” has put him on the fringes of the conjecture about this year’s Oscar nominations, which will be announced Thursday morning. Even if he doesn’t make the cut, you have to imagine the day will be a strange and special one for Clay. Performances are Jan. 16-18 at the Hard Rock comedy club (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets are $35 (two-drink minimum). Info: 954-981-5653, FTL.Improv.com.
RESTARTING THE FIRE
Billy Joel returns to Sunrise on Saturday for a performance in the BB&T Center, but the afterglow will stretch into the following weekend, when the Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheater (10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.) debuts its free Tunes ‘N Trucks concert series with the seven-piece Billy Joel tribute band Turnstiles. The monthly outdoor party will offer food trucks at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7 p.m. Info: 954-747-4600.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
The rich rewards of New Orleans’ Revivalists will be on display Friday night at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, where the Lee Boys and the Heavy Pets take over on Saturday (FunkyBiscuit.com) … Onetime Las Olas Boulevard favorite Gary King performs at Blue Jean Blues on Saturday (BlueJeanBlues.net) … The Spam Allstars funk up the dance floor at The Stage in Miami on Saturday (TheStageMiami.com) … Natalie Merchant shares her dynamic post-Maniacs philosophy at the Arsht Center on Sunday (ArshtCenter.org) … Folk icon Tom Rush is at the Broward Center Sunday night (BrowardCenter.org) … Trumpeter Chris Botti shows off his Grammy-winning style Wednesday at the Kravis Center (Kravis.org) and Jan. 17 at the Arsht Center (ArshtCenter.org) …