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Weekend preview: Bumblefest has the bands you need to know

21 things to do in South Florida this weekend and beyond.

The Bumblefest block party in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday will celebrate the anniversary of Steev Rullman’s indomitable monthly culture magazine PureHoney, printed on paper, bound into 10,000 or so copies and hand-delivered to more than 300 bars, restaurants and shops, where it is eagerly consumed by Internet-raised masses. Rullman has been confounding the digital-media orthodoxy in this way for five years.

A one-man editing and design team, Rullman acknowledges his against-the-odds accomplishment, but only grudgingly. He has readers and advertisers, but the word “success” doesn’t quite fit, he says.

“The doors are open, but the lights aren’t always on,” he says, with a laugh, from his front porch in West Palm Beach. “But, yes, we’ve hit the five-year mark and stood the test of time. Maybe some potential advertisers who haven’t stepped up to the plate will see that we are a viable source for getting their information out to the public.”

The goal of PureHoney is the goal of Bumblefest, celebrating Rullman’s true love: music created in South Florida.

The party will take place on five stages in the 500 block of Clematis Street, with 25 bands performing 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Respectable Street (two stages), Subculture Coffee, Hullabaloo and O'Shea's Irish Pub. Admission is free, except for entry to Respectable Street, which is $5.

The $5 is a donation that benefits the Hope From Harrison Foundation and the family of Thom Fekete, guitarist for West Palm Beach indie-rock band Surfer Blood, who lost his cancer fight in May at age 27, leaving his wife with mounting medical expenses.

Headlining Bumblefest are Pennsylvania’s psychedelic-shoegaze trio the Stargazer Lilies, joined by a long, strong lineup of locals, among them Chaucer, John Ralston, Cog Nomen, the Dewars, Wallace, Whiskey Wasps, Fat Sun, Grey & Orange, Peyote Coyote, Pocket of Lollipops, Rivers, Sweet Bronco and Treeswifts.

Rullman says this is an especially good, creative, productive time on the local music scene.

“Every three to five years, it cycles through. We are in one of the upswings, where there seem to be good communities happening in different sections of the scene, people reaching out and working together, whether it’s through live broadcasts on Internet radio or recording live videos,” he says. “I don’t know why that happens from time to time, but right now, there seems to be a lot of people doing cool things. It’s nice to see.”

Rullman scored a Bumblefest performance by the Stargazer Lilies (which rose from the same sweetly brackish swamp that gave the world Black Moth Super Rainbow and Tobacco, a.k.a BMSR’s Tom Fec), by doing what he does, going to live shows. The trio played a lightly attended bill with the Casket Girls at Churchill’s in Miami a couple of years ago and Rullman struck up a conversation with Stargazer’s bassist and vocalist Kim Field, joined in the band by husband John Cep (guitars) and Tammy Hirata (drums).

Rullman nurtured the connection from afar: “For some reason, through the social media postings she was doing, I felt some sort of connection. She had a certain vibe, about social justice, being good, honest, true, authentic. She comes across as being those things. And I gravitate toward people like that.”

The deal to do Bumblefest was a simple as Rullman asking, and Field agreeing. Hear them at Respectable Street at 12:30 a.m., as well as at a Bumblefest pre-party Friday night at Gramp's in Miami.

Rullman, who has used “Steev” for more than a decade after his young goddaughter started addressing notes to him that way, has a vast background on the local music scene that stretches back more than two decades.

A Boynton Beach native who attended Atlantic High School in Delray Beach and got a marketing degree at Florida Atlantic University, Rullman spent five years singing for the Boyton Beach hardcore band the Unseelie Court in the ‘90s, had radio shows on WPBR and WOEQ, worked for the concert promoter Fantasma Productions and for about a decade booked shows Respectable Street. He started the local-music website TheHoneycomb.com in 1997.

If his magazine and events such as Bumblefest provide the glue to keep the local music scene together, the self-effacing  Rullman says he’s not alone.

"I enjoy turning people on to music and art, things I enjoy, things they might not have otherwise gotten a chance to see and hear,” he says. “But I’m just another brand of glue. A lot of people are doing some interesting things.”

Rullman says his favorite local band of 2016 is Chaucer, also known as Josh Simkowitz, of West Palm Beach, who is on the bill at Bumblefest, playing Hullabaloo at 11:30 p.m.

“He’s just intelligent, clever. His lyrics are hilarious. His stage banter is witty, and he’s got a very dry, sarcastic demeanor. It’s engaging, to me anyway,” Rullman says. “And the thing about him is, every show is different. One show he might do solo and the next time he’s got, like, nine people onstage. You never really know what lineup he’s going to bring.”

Chaucer was recently signed by New Los Angeles Records, which just released the album “Iced,” a rock opera “dedicated to candy, allergens and all things icy.”

Rullman says Chaucer has been back in South Florida recording with another one of his favorite local acts, Lake Worth singer-songwriter John Ralston, who has a family and a day job, working on music in his free time.

“I would love to see John make a living making music one day. A lot of what he does is simply on par with people who are making a living doing music. He deserves it. His music deserves it,” Rullman says.

Ralston also is part of the lineup at Bumblefest, playing O’Shea’s Pub at 10:15 p.m.

For more information, visit PureHoneyMagazine.com

PADDLE BOARDS GONE WILD

The inaugural Margaritaville Cup stand-up paddle-board competition 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the beach at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort comes with a variety of events for all ages. Hosted by Stand Up Paddle Lessons, run by longboard surfing champion Barry Shaw, the event begins 5 p.m. Friday, with a luau at the resort’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, where participants can pre-register for the event and take part in a free, full-moon paddle-board session at 7:30 p.m. The racing on Saturday, with $10,000 in cash prizes at stake, begins with registration at 7 a.m. for competition in three categories: elite (10 a.m.), novices (11 a.m.) and kids 14 and younger (noon). Saturday also will include a sprint race, coed relay and treasure hunt, with free paddle-board lessons available between events. Along with the cash, a Margaritaville Cup and a limited-edition paddle board, signed by Jimmy Buffett, will be awarded to the top male and female entrants in each division. Registration costs $100 for elite racers and $40 for novices (kids’ entry is free). Spectators can watch for free. Info: MargaritavilleCup.com.

DOG PADDLE BOARDS

While we’re talking paddle boards, here’s a reminder that the inaugural PawSUP & Surf Competition, a dog-friendly surfing and paddle-board event, is next Saturday, Sept. 24, on the dog beach at Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. The event aims to raise money for Canine Companions for Independence, a 40-year-old nonprofit that provides highly trained service dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Sponsored by BC Surf & Sport and Hang Loose Surf School, the event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes food and prizes, with surf boards and paddle boards available for the competition at no cost. To take part, you can register at CCI.org/PawSUPDogSurf. Cost is $35 to enter each event (surfing and paddle board) or $55 to do both. Info: CCI.orgFacebook.com/BCSURFSPORT,HangLooseSurfSchool.com.

SURF CINEMA

The Miami chapter of the ocean-advocacy nonprofit Surfrider will hold a night of surfing movies and refreshments at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Tiki at the Palms Hotel & Spa on Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door ($10/$15 for members), and include two beers or wine. Additional drinks and food will be available at discount prices. It’s a plastic-free event, so bring a reusable drink container or support the cause by purchasing a Surfrider Miami pint. Info: Miami.Surfrider.org.

TAKE THE KIDS

The Goodyear Blimp Base in Pompano Beach (1500 NE Fifth Ave.) will have one of its free open-house events – the first since December – to show off the recently completed renovations made to the base to accommodate its new NT model airship, Wingfoot One. The update was completed while Wingfoot One was on the road (so to speak) this summer covering everything from the NBA and Stanley Cup championships to NASCAR, PGA Tour golf and Major League baseball. The free tours will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include an up-close view of the airship and stories from the pilots and crew about where it’s been. Info: GoodyearBlimp.com.

WEEKEND MOVIE

Cuban-American actor Lucas Quintana, who co-stars with Martin Sheen in the Terrence Malick-produced spiritual fable “The Vessel,” will attend a series of opening-weekend Q&As at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, AMC Aventura 24, AMC Sunset Place 24 in Miami and the Bill Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables. The Cinema Paradiso appearance is special, as Quintana, also a musician and singer, will perform live during an 8:30 p.m. reception between the 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Spanish-language screenings of the film (shot in both Spanish and English versions, it also will screen in English during its Hollywood run).  Info: FLIFF.com.  Quintana also will take part in Q&As for screenings 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday at AMC Sunset Place 24 (Spanish), 3 p.m. Saturday at AMC Aventura 24 (English) and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bill Cosford Cinema (Spanish).  “The Vessel” tells the story of coastal village in Puerto Rico still dealing with the decade-old emotional aftermath of the loss of dozens of schoolchildren to a freak wave and the miraculous recovery of a drowning victim (Quintana), who becomes a Christ-like symbol of hope.  A Variety reviewer called it a “muted, moving small-scale tale of sorrow and faith [that] will strike a chord with both the churchgoing crowd and aficionados of Malick’s contemplative, theologically predisposed cinema.” For information on the film, screenings and Quintana’s Q&As, visit TheVesselMovie.com

BASQUIAT, DANTICAT

Perez Art Museum Miami will offer a thoughtful pairing on Saturday afternoon as acclaimed author Edwidge Danticat explores the art and influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Danticat will draw from her essay “Welcoming Ghost,” a selection included in her book “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work,” which will be in the PAMM Shop and be signed by the author after the 2 p.m. lecture. The exhibit “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks” is up at the museum through Oct. 16. Info: PAMM.org.

WEEKEND BEER

If you haven’t tried anything from 3 Sons Brewing Co. in Dania Beach, you can fix that at the Brass Tap in Fort Lauderdale at 5 p.m. Saturday, when the brewery taps a new beer, Hypnotize Minds, a Florida Weisse laced with blueberry and passion fruit. They’ll also be pouring their Pumpkin Spice Latte, Boysen Tha Hood Boysenberry Berliner Weisse and Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Summation (Facebook.com/3SonsBrewingCo) … Oktoberfest begins in Munich at noon Saturday, so that’s when Wynwood Brewing Co. in Miami will holds its annual release of its seasonal beer called the Wyntoberfest (WynwoodBrewing.com) … The tyranny of the pumpkin also will be on display at noon Saturday when Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach debuts its Pumpkin Puffer Stout, brewed with real pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices (SaltwaterBrewery.com).

DRINK TO THE ANIMALS

The fall edition of the sudsy fundraiser known as Brew 2 at the Zoo returns to the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, with pours from more than 25 craft breweries (half within 50 miles of the zoo, they point out), food from top local restaurants and music from local favorites Sosos. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, cost $35, $65 VIP (which is the only way you can sample Ookapow’s custom Zookapow brew, featuring jackfruit harvested at the zoo). Info: PalmBeachZoo.org.

TEAM SPIRITS

The FANtastic Bus Loop will roll around downtown Fort Lauderdale 6-11 p.m. Friday with Loopers encouraged to come in their favorite team’s jersey. Check-ins are at American Social and the Tilted Kilt (until 9 p.m.) with stops on the rolling bar crawl scheduled at Mellow Mushroom, Flagler Village Brewery, Lucky's, Fork & Balls, Tarpon Bend and America's Backyard. Tickets cost $30 at BusLoop.org ($35 at check-in), which gets you a free drink at each stop and the knowledge that it’s going to some good causes, including Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation, Jack and Jill Center, Covenant House Florida, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County Gator Club.

GLADES FOREVER

A stellar lineup of local bands and musicians will gather for the ninth annual Everglades Awareness Concert 2 p.m. Sunday at Gramps in Miami. The Spam Allstars, Army Gideon, the Baboons, Iko-Iko, the Medicine Box, Nag Champayons, the Oski Foundation, Magic City Hippies and Blue Sky Drive are just some of the acts coming to three stages for an all-ages salute to a natural resource under siege. Tickets cost a mere $10, 12 and younger free. Info: LoveTheEverglades.org, Facebook.com/GrampsMiami.

OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS

The Copper Tones perform 8 p.m. Friday at Bangin Banjo Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach before they hightail it out of town for shows through the South and Texas (Facebook.com/TheCopperTonesMusic) … Uproot Hootenanny plays the free Friday Night Soundwaves series at the Hub on Fort Lauderdale beach at 5:30 p.m. (FridayNightSoundWaves.com) … The Lee Boys’ sacred-steel guitarist leads the Roosevelt Collier Trio in a show called “Jimi Hendrix Meets Funk” 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach (ArtsGarage.org) … The Gary King Band plays Blue Jean Blues in Fort Lauderdale 9 p.m. Saturday (BJBLive.com) … Diane Ward and the Band of Virgos play 8 p.m. Saturday at Luna Star Café in North Miami (Facebook.com/DianeWardMusic) … Country singer Craig Campbell will bring the new single “Outskirts of Heaven” to the family-friendly Sunday on the Waterfront concert series at 4 p.m. in West Palm Beach (WPB.org/events) … The Jim Camacho Band will be joined by Seafoam Green at Ball & Chain in Miami 8 p.m. Tuesday (JimCamacho.com) … Bluesman Keb Mo is at Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse 8 p.m. Thursday (ParkerPlayhouse.com). 

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