A new live-music spot at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Bowery Live has the right feel, which is key for a club named for its owners’ old stomping ground on New York’s Lower East Side. Not that it’s the ghost of CBGB (we’re talking West Palm Beach here), but co-owner Joe Cirigliano’s attention to detail is apparent in areas major and minor, from the state-of-the-art sound system to the stacks of weathered wood that punctuate the adjacent dining room.
“It is literally reclaimed wood from construction sites around Florida, and from the original build-out,” Cirigliano said recently. “When you look on the wood, you’ll see stamps and markings by the carpenters from previous projects. It’s kind of interesting.”
The loftlike, brick-lined space, which has an old hostess stand from B.B. King’s Memphis club by the door, will get its first true test on Friday with a performance by the Smithereens, the garage-rock veterans led by singer-guitarist Pat DiNizio, the New Jersey resident who has an apartment on the Lower East Side.
Cirigliano said that considerable effort and expense went into bringing the sound system in the room up to the standards needed to attract nationally touring acts. The space made its official debut on Jan. 6 with the Atlanta Rhythm Section, a gentle way to break in the speakers before a rollicking set by the Smithereens and fan favorites such as “A Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep” and “Only a Memory.”
Tickets to the Smithereens cost $25 (standing general-admission near the back bar), $35 (general-admission seats on floor and loge area) and $75 (general-admission seats in first two rows and in VIP lounge). Doors open at 6 p.m., with music at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Bowery Live will host classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult, with future performers including Levon Helm’s daughter Amy Helm (Feb. 4), Blackhawk (Feb. 11), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes (Feb. 18), Lee Greenwood (Feb. 24), KT Tunstall (March 4) and Edwin McCain (March 10). For tickets and more information, visit BoweryPB.com.
South Florida’s own Albert Castiglia this week was nominated for two Blues Music Awards by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, with citations in the categories Rock Blues Album of the Year for “Big Dog” and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. This weekend, the Wilton Manors resident can be heard 10 p.m. Friday at Titanic Restaurant & Brewery in Coral Gables and 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, joined by Mike Zito, also with two BMA nominations in the same categories with the album “Keep Coming Back.” The BMAs will be handed out in Memphis on May 11. Info: AlbertCastiglia.net.
On the weekend preceding the day we celebrate the selfless bravery and humanity of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are lucky enough to have civil rights-era icon Mavis Staples in South Florida for a Sunday performance at the Sunshine Music Festival in Boca Raton. Hit the link to read an interview with Staples and get more Sunshine Music Festival information. Another thoughtful acknowledgment of King’s noble work can be found in a 7 p.m. Friday performance by the Miami-based Zach Bartholomew Trio at the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. The free concert will feature the trio (Bartholomew on piano, joined by bassist Dan Montgomery and drummer Kyle Swan) performing the music of Oscar Peterson, the first recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Guest vocalist Sherrine Mostin will join the band on Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” one of the most memorable anthems of the civil rights movement. Info: Facebook.com/ZBJazz, Facebook.com/GablesUCC.
The Funky Buddha Brewery’s annual Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival is expected to draw thousands of hop heads to the Oakland Park brewery 1-5 p.m. Saturday to genuflect over the “breakfast in a glass” that the fussy reviewers at Beer Advocate gave a world-class score of 98 (out of 100). The event, which includes more than 100 other beers, costs $55, which covers unlimited beer sampling, food from the brewery’s Craft Food Counter and an assortment of food trucks, live music and access to purchase bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Info: FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
While we’re thinking about it, Boca Raton’s Barrel of Monks Brewing will join forces with Bacon Boxes to offer flights of its craft beer paired with strips of crispy bacon 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Each flight costs $15, which gets you four 4-ounce pours of Barrel of Monks’ Belgian-inspired ales and four bacons. Fearing they may run out, they are offering the chance to purchase your flight early at BaconBoxes.com/flights.
FIELD OF DREAMS
Lawn games and releases by some of South Florida’s favorite breweries are part of the fifth annual Miami Beer Festival taking place on the field at Marlins Park at 4 p.m. Saturday. General-admission tickets cost $45, with two levels of VIP access at $60 and $80. Food will be available for purchase. Info: MiamiBeerFestival.com.
Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle in downtown Fort Lauderdale will put $1,000 cash money on the table for the team that wins its inaugural Tarpon Cornhole Tournament, which will close Southwest Second Street, the main drag in the Himmarshee District, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Check-in for teams that have registered in advance (see TarponBend.com) begins at noon, with food and drinks, a DJ, and a long list of raffle prizes on tap. There also will be a designated free-play cornhole area for those on the sidelines. Entry is $40 per team, with a $10 donation per team benefiting the Jack & Jill Children’s Center. The entry fee includes a complimentary bucket of beers during the tournament, and a wristband for discounts on food and drinks throughout the day. Info: TarponBend.com.
Locals Spred the Dub perform 8 p.m. Saturday at the annual South Florida Fair, which opens Friday for a run through Jan. 29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Other performers at the fair will include Dr. John and the Nighttrippers (Jan. 17), Neal McCoy (Jan. 18), Molly Hatchett (Jan. 19), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Jan. 23), Reel Big Fish (Jan. 24), Chase Bryant (Jan. 25) and 38 Special (Jan. 26). Info: SouthFloridaFair.com.
HE'LL BE BACK
It’s never too early to start researching a “Celebrity Apprentice” host for his suitability for the White House. Coral Gables Art Cinema starts the drumbeat for the 2020 election with its Saturday-night screening of Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Terminator.” Until President Trump gets wind of it, the film is preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The 11:45 p.m. screening is part of Gables Cinema’s After Hours series of midnightish movies, which cost $7 and include a free popcorn and two-for-one beer and wine. Info: GablesCinema.com.
MORE TOUGH GUYS
Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek (4441 Lyons Road) continues its Culture & Cuisine series 7 p.m. Monday with a Spaghetti Western-themed dinner featuring the 1965 classic “For a Few Dollars More,” directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, tiramisu, a glass of wine and popcorn for $23, followed by the film at 7 p.m. Film-only tickets cost $14.50. Info: Silverspot.net.
TAKE THE KIDS
You never know if a kid movie is going to satisfy the whole family, but my 10-year-old daughter loved “The Secret Life of Pets” and, as important, my wife “liked it a lot.” The animated comedy screens for free 8 p.m. Friday as part of the Screen on the Green series on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. You bring the blanket/chair and they’ll have popcorn, snacks and beverages at the concession stand. Info: WPB.org. It also is part of the free Moonlit Movies series on Saturday at Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park, where food and field games at 3 p.m. will precede the sundown screening. PDQ will have food for purchase. Info: OaklandParkFL.gov.
Three of the most popular tickets on the horizon were announced this week. Famously fame-averse comedy genius Dave Chappelle is down to perform two shows at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Feb. 10, that is until those sell out and he is compelled (we hope) to add more shows. Tickets ($71.20 plus tax) to the 7 and 10 p.m. performances go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at CoralSpringsCenterForTheArts.com. … Green Day will perform at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on Sept. 3 on the tour supporting the album “Revolution Radio,” with tickets ($22-$81.50) on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at LiveNation.com … On tour for the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree” album, U2 will put tickets ($35-$280) for its June 11 show at Hard Rock Stadium on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.
The smart crowd at the Regent Cocktail Club in the Gale South Beach hotel will offer a night of 1940s-themed cocktails and a performance by the always bubbly Spam Allstars 10 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free. Info: RegentCocktailClub.com.
The food and funky fellowship of Food in Motion returns to the streets around Peter Feldman Park (310 NE Sixth St.) in downtown Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Village 5-11 p.m. Friday, with food trucks, local vendors, picnicking in the park and a full bar (with free beer while it lasts). Admission is free to this pet-friendly “after-dark artisan green market.” Free parking, with free shuttle service, can be found nearby at Sears Town (Northeast Fifth Avenue and Northeast Ninth Street). Food in Motion is held on the second Friday of each month. Info: Facebook.com/FlaglerFoodInMotion.
ROLLINS ON THE RIVER
It was an act of god (Hurricane Matthew) that prompted a previously scheduled Broward Center performance by provocative social observer Henry Rollins to be moved to Friday, a week before the inauguration. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. Info: BrowardCenter.org.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
Boca Raton vocalist Chloe Dolandis performs at Stache in Fort Lauderdale 7 p.m. Friday (ChloeDolandis.com) … Palo! is at Miami’s Ball & Chain 9 p.m. Friday (GoPalo.com) … Uproot Hootennany plays Tim Finnegan’s in Delray Beach 8 p.m. Saturday and Deck 84 in Delray Beach 1:30 p.m. Sunday (UprootHootenanny.com) … Shark Valley Sisters, FTMF and Vagrant Stomp play the Poor House in Fort Lauderdale 11 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/SharkValleySisters) … Hip-hop favorite Biz Markie does a DJ set at Fort Lauderdale’s Cash Only 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/CashOnlyFTL) … JP Soars & the Red Hots bring the blues to the Downtowner in Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Saturday (JPSoars.com) … Miami rap icons ¡Mayday! return to Churchill’s Pub 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/MaydayMusic) … The Spam Allstars and Electric Piquete are among the local bands performing at the second annual Gay8 Festival, a free Latino LGBT art, music and food festival beginning 11 a.m. Sunday in Little Havana (Gay8Festival.com) ...