SunFest always reminds us how many of our friends actually love live music, yet only get out to hear it on special occasions. While we’ve long had Sunday Sharpied with the word “Pixies!,” this also is a good weekend to sample the kind of thoughtful indie sounds that South Florida never gets any credit for producing.
At C&I Studios (541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale) on Saturday, you’ll find free sets by Ryan Alexander, Danny Brunjes and Jeff Rose, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Alexander (of the band Civilian), Brunjes (Rivers) and Rose (Civilian and Great Aunts) will each play a solo set in the FAT Village studio, and all have new music to share.
Civilian, the spawn of Fort Lauderdale has been in a Nashville studio recording the followup to its 2012 debut, “Should This Noose Unloosen,” and there is a Kickstarter component to finish the album, which you'll find here. More info: Info: Facebook.com/CivilianSounds. The Boca Raton-based Rose, the drummer who has set the pace for Léger, Stonefox and Lavola, in February released the album “Deep Breaths," which you can check out at JeffRose.bandcamp.com. And the West Palm Beach quartet Rivers is set to release music from a new EP, “Wide Eyes,” on May 19. Info: Facebook.com/RiversFL.
West Palm Beach’s modern-reggae alchemists Spred the Dub will bring the good-times vibe to a release party for their album “Coming Home Drunk” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton). The funk-soul-reggae brothers of Bushwood will open. Cover: $10-$25. Info: Facebook.com/SpredTheDub, BushwoodBand.com, FunkyBiscuit.com.
Sound Sleeper, led by former Sunday Driver guitarist Alex Martinez, performs music from its acoustic-driven debut EP, “A Perfect Sea For Drowning,” on Saturday night at 11 at Dada (52 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach). Info: Facebook.com/SoundSleeperMusic, DadaDelray.com.
Whiskey Blue, Rande Gerber’s stylish lounge at the W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.), this weekend will launch a weekly Friday concert series, Live at Whiskey Blue, with irrepressible Boca Raton singer and TV personality Chloe Dolandis. The music begins at 9 p.m. Info: Facebook.com/WBFLL, ChloeDolandis.com.
Coming up at Respectable Street in downtown West Palm Beach on May 9 is a benefit for Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who recently revealed that he has cancer and needs help covering the cost of his treatment. Fekete’s friends from Beach Day, Sweet Bronco and Wake Up will be among the performers, with Fekete receiving all proceeds from the suggested $10 admission, plus 10 percent of the bar. Info: Sub-Culture.org/Respectable-Street. If you can't make it, you can contribute on the Thom Fekete GoFundMe page.
Also next weekend, Fort Lauderdale-based roots rockers Sosos will release their long-awaited third album, “naturally,” with a party on May 8 at Shade Post (16 NW First St., Fort Lauderdale), a welcome new art-design warehouse on the leading edge of Flagler Village near First Avenue and First Street. The $10 cover gets you a CD and a beer you’ve never had before from 26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach. Info: SososMusic.com, ShadePost.com.
ROLLING TO SUNFEST
Speaking of SunFest, there are a couple of new ways to get to the music. TriRail is running a special late-night southbound train on Saturday (leaving West Palm Beach at 11:45 p.m.) and Sunday (leaving at 10:10 p.m.). Cost is $5. Free DDA trolleys will run to and from the station. Info: SunFest.com/RideTriRail. And the South Florida Brew Bus has a SunFest shuttle scheduled to leave from the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and have you back by around 10:30 p.m. Cost: $25 round-trip, which includes two beer on the bus. Info: 954-256-7979, Facebook.com/SoFLBrewBus. Looking for cheap tickets? Courtesy of Florida Health of Palm Beach County is a $10 discount on admission Friday night, when the music includes Kaskade, Lindsey Stirling and 311. Details are here.
If you are rolling around downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday night, don’t be surprised if you see members of alt-rock icons the Pixies. The band gets into town a day before its SunFest performance on Sunday (2:15 p.m.), and guitarist Joey Santiago, who was born in the Philippines, will be looking for a spot to watch countryman Manny Pacquiao’s title fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “When I’m home in L.A., I make an awesome brisket, have friends over, and we make a night out of it,” Santiago says. “But, I’ll see it. [In West Palm Beach], we’ll just bop around and find a place.” Near the festival site, the fight will be shown at Duffy’s on Clematis Street, where there’s a $20 cover. Prediction? “Oh, god. I want Pacquiao, of course,” Santiago says, tentatively. “It’s going to be heartbreaking if he gets pounced on, but if he wins... I’m going to feel so good.” Hit the link for the Joey Santiago interview.
YOUR WEEKEND LAUGHS
A few months back, John Mulaney’s eponymous Fox series, which set the young comedian among such witty co-stars as Martin Short and Elliott Gould, was canceled. Most of his fans rejoiced, because this would keep Mulaney right where they wanted him: onstage doing his nuanced brand of observational stand-up. It seems like only a matter of time before another set of TV writers creates something that will keep the “Saturday Night Live” alum from the stage, so catch him while you can 8 p.m. Friday at Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets: $26-$32.50. Info: 954-462-0222, ParkerPlayhouse.com.
EAT AND RUN
At the Color Run in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Saturday morning (be at Huizenga Plaza in your white shirt at 7:30 sharp) the emphasis is more on fun and the psychedelic hues applied to the participants than it is on burning calories by, you know, running. But, remember, sweating a little in this 5K sets you up to really go to town, guilt-free, at the Riverwalk Burger Battle VI in the same location 7-10 p.m. May 8. For your $40 ticket you get three drink tickets, the French Fry Bar and samples from all 16 of the top burger-pushing places in the area, including American Social, Georgie’s Alibi, Frankey’s Sports Bar at Gulfstream Park, Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox, Grill Republic and MEAT Eatery and Taproom in Boca Raton. Both events benefit Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Info: GoRiverwalk.com.
The Delray Beach Craft Beer Festival, 6:30-10:30 p.m. May 8 on downtown’s Old School Square, is, first, a fundraiser for local community projects, and, second, a fine opportunity to try unfamiliar beers. Included will be the hometown microbrewery Wild Oak Artisan Ales (barrel-aged beer made with wild yeast), Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewery, 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg and Big Storm Brewing Co. in Odessa. The aforementioned Spred the Dub will provide the danceable soundtrack. Tickets: $35, $50 VIP (advance); $40 and $60 at the gate. (VIP). Info: 561-243-7922, ext. 1, DBCraftBeerFest.org.
The Young Professionals for Covenant House, well known for their nightcrawling Bus Loop charity fundraisers, will get out in the sun at 9 a.m. Saturday for their inaugural Disc Golf Tournament at the new Jet Stream course in Snyder Park (3299 SW Fourth Ave, Fort Lauderdale). Cost is $15, or $50 per foursome. Discs will be provided for the competition, which includes a free how-to clinic at 9:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 10 a.m. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at Pavilion 1, on the north side of the lake. Light refreshments will be provided. Info: YPFCH.org. Tickets: Tinyurl.com/YPDiscGolf.
REMEMBER YOUR MOTHER?
As you may have heard, Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 10), and if you are, as always, bankrupt of ideas, consider the Indie Craft Bazaar on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale's Himmarshee District. From noon to 5 p.m., the Revoluton Live complex (with its adjoining spaces at America's Backyard and Stache) will be filled with more than 65 vendors (10 new to ICB events) offering the kind of one-of-a-kind, handmade inspiration that will make you look more thoughtful than your siblings — the whole point of the Mother’s Day gift. Other diversions include the 90 Miles food truck (Cuban and Puerto Rican eats), $3 mimosas and Panther Coffee offerings. Admission: $5. Info: Facebook.com/IndieCraftBazaar.
CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
Anthony’s Runway 84 (330 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale) will host a “Meatballs & Martinis” fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation 5:30-7:30 Wednesday, May 6. For a mere $15 you get two free drinks and unlimited servings of Anthony’s famous meatballs, raffles, live entertainment, yada. Tickets: Bit.ly/1FHY5UT.
In what we can only hope will be an annual event, the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival, a day of original, uncensored and unjuried performance art, spoken word and theater, is coming to Broward College’s downtown Fort Lauderdale campus noon-10 p.m. Saturday. The festival will be accompanied by a street fair that includes food trucks, local arts-and-crafts vendors and a menu of family-friendly diversions. Tickets are $5-$10, with a $2 donation suggested for the street fair. All proceeds go back to the artists. Info: Broward.edu.
EARLE OF WISDOM
Steve Earle is coming to Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room on May 22 with new songs from the album “Terraplane Blues.” Earle’s literate, working-man approach to music will always be on the outer edge of popularity. As he told the Los Angeles Times this week, “Mainstream country music has become … boy, I’m going to get in trouble for this... It’s become music for 20-somethings who can’t deal with hip-hop for whatever reason.” Tickets to the Culture Room show, with openers the Mastersons, are $28. Info: CultureRoom.net.