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Good morning, South Florida. And how was your weekend?
(Photos: Barbara Corbellini Duarte)
The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival took place on Sunday, and Barbara Corbellini Duarte's 170 photos from the event capture a display of colors so bright even Roy G. Biv was reaching for his shades. Y100 radio's Elvis Duran was the grand marshal, and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was a guest of honor. And if it's musclebound men firing water guns from a parade float you want, it's musclebound men firing water guns from a parade float you'll get.
Recommended viewing: "The Iggy Azalea Show" on "Saturday Night Live"
(Photo: Daniel Bergeron)
Here's a dilemma for you: This Saturday night on Fort Lauderdale beach, country star and occasional actor Tim McGraw ("The Blind Side") will headline the Tortuga Music Festival. At the same time across town at Parker Playhouse, comedian and actor David Cross ("Arrested Development") will perform as part of his "Making America Great Again!!" tour. Me, I'm choosing the show by the guy I'd most like to hear pay tribute to the late Merle Haggard. See you at the Parker.
Recommended listening: "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" by Merle Haggard
(Photo: Talia J. Medina)
As someone who lives within walking distance -- OK, power-walking distance -- of Key Biscayne, I can endorse Keg & Klean, the beach cleanup Miami-based nonprofit Debris Free Oceans hosted this past Saturday. Talia J. Medina photographed the volunteers in action. (And note that "action" involved receiving free beer for doing good, which is something else I wholeheartedly endorse).
Recommended listening: "Keys" by Golden Smog
(Photo: Michael Laughlin)
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, the last thing you want right now is to read another word from me about Pearl Jam's concerts this weekend in Sunrise and Miami. Well, then, I'm sorry to tell you that I'm not done. As excellent as Friday's tour-opening show at the BB&T Center was, the band's performance Saturday at the AmericanAirlines Arena was even better, as the band seemed at once more relaxed and locked-in than they did the previous evening. Among the highlights: a cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," which Pearl Jam first performed last November in Brazil, where the band also tackled "Mother." During an interview last week, I asked lead guitarist Mike McCready about the inspiration for Pearl Jam's recent Pink Floyd kick. "I came up with the idea to do 'Mother,'" he told me. "And Ed [Vedder] said, 'Hey, let’s try 'Comfortably Numb,' and I was like, 'Whoa. OK.' And that happened on the South America tour. I sat down and listened to that lead. It took me, like, five hours to figure it out. YouTube helped me figure out that lead, and it’s still tricky. That’s where you want to make the notes right. You can kind of mess your own songs up, but when you do somebody else’s song, it’s not a good thing to mess up." Here, again, is my review of the BB&T concert.
Recommended listening: "Comfortably Numb" by Pearl Jam
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"When I talk to students, I tell them the reason I have a job right now is because a computer can't play the blues. There's no soulful connection there. Yet!" Jazz trumpeter Bria Skonberg drops some truth on Ben Crandell in advance of her performance Wednesday night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Recommended listening: "Cornet Chop Suey" by Bria Skonberg
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