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Countryish rocker Zac Brown and his band performed this past Friday and Saturday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Ben Crandell attended the first show, where he found a "communal, hands-clapping-over-your-head mood ... in a briskly paced concert that ran more than two hours. The highlight: a cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post" that Crandell writes exceeded 10 minutes, featured a star turn on guitar from opening act Darrell Scott and was, in a word, "sublime."
Recommended listening: "Midnight Rider" by Zac Brown Band and Gregg Allman
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Photographer John McCall on Friday night visited Bayfront Park, where Nas and Lauryn Hill brought their co-headining North American tour. Reggae singer Chronixx opened the show. View McCall's photos here.
Recommended listening: "Bridging the Gap" by Nas and Olu Dara
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Tickets went on sale this morning for the 2018 Sunshine Music Festival, the blues, soul and R&B jamboree founded in 2013 by married guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. The couple's Tedeschi Trucks Band will, of course, be back to play Mizner Park Amphitheatre, and this year they'll be joined by Medeski, Martin and Wood; Hot Tuna; Galactic; and — hold on to your Hula-Hoop — Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Ben Crandell has the details.
Recommended listening: "Tell Mama" by Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones
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Rod Stafford Hagwood recently interviewed Robert Schenkkan, the New York-based playwright and screenwriter whose latest play, "Building the Wall," took just four months to go from concept to stage. Why the rush? "I felt [the presidential campaign] was a genuine crisis and a moment of emergency and requires an immediate response," Schenkkan says. "It wasn’t just the racist rhetoric that came from the Republican candidate that was concerning. It was the way other normally responsible and intelligent members of that party … tried to normalize this." The play, appearing through Oct. 8 at the Arsht Center in Miami, imagines an America ravaged by the effects of Donald Trump's Islamophobic immigration policies. If you think things are bad now, Schenkkan's play suggests, here is one way they can get much worse.
Recommended listening: "We the People" by A Tribe Called Quest
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"Dual Currency," a group show that opened this past Friday at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, features works by winners of the most recent South Florida Cultural Consortium grant contest. One of the winning pieces, Phillip Valys reports, is an Everglades-filmed video in which artist Christina Pettersson "twirls batons in the river, dances with a paper parasol and lights rings of fire in the scrubland." Isn't that what everyone does in the Everglades at one point or another?
Recommended listening: "Trinity Lane" by Lilly Hiatt
Good night, Mr. Bradley.
Recommended listening: "Lovin' You Baby" by Charles Bradley
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