One of the unexpected highlights of the 2014 South Florida concert season was a performance by Johnnyswim, a singer-songwriter duo of relentlessly eclectic tastes that gave the first performance in the Broward Center's new Riverview Ballroom.
Abner Ramirez, a Jacksonville native and son of Cuban immigrants, and wife Amanda Sudano Ramirez, daughter of disco icon Donna Summer, offered a memorably energetic performance filled with warm humor, tender romance and a dynamic set list of rock, folk and boleros that included beautifully rendered originals as well as twangy covers of Edith Piaf, Britney Spears and the rollicking Johnny Cash-June Carter love song "Jackson."
A sold-out audience of the stylish and stiletto-ed standing elbow to elbow with the bearded and knit-capped seemed properly captivated.
Perhaps we are not alone in our eager anticipation for the return of Johnnyswim to the Broward Center on Jan. 26, this time playing in the venue's Amaturo Theater in a show presented by radio station 104.3 the Shark. Tickets cost $25-$33.50 ($50 VIP includes seating in the first three rows and a meet and greet) and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the box office (954-462-0222), BrowardCenter.org and all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com.
For a primer on the duo, who met in Nashville about 10 years ago, moved to Los Angeles and this year welcomed a new son, check out their most recent album, "Diamonds" (Big Picnic Records), including choice cuts "Home," "Take the World" and "Live While We're Young." For more, visit Johnnyswim.com.