Brooklyn Allman understands why people with an interest in rock ‘n’ roll history get a little anxious when they find out she’s not using her actual first name, Layla.
Why would a singer with a blood connection to one of the great rock songs of all time ignore its title when it’s right there on her birth certificate.
“Yeah, I get it, the Duane riff,” Allman says from a tour bus in Norfolk, Va., where she and her band, Picture Me Broken, are the opening act for Marilyn Manson. The tour hits the Fillmore Miami Beach on Sunday.
Allman is the 20-year-old daughter of Gregg Allman, who teamed with brother Duane to create the seminal Southern rock group the Allman Brothers Band, responsible for such four-decade-old classics as “Whipping Post” “Statesboro Blues,” “Midnight Rider” and “Jessica.” Duane Allman also provided the iconic guitar to Eric Clapton’s signature song, Derek & the Dominoes’ Miami-recorded hit “Layla.” Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident a year later.
Brooklyn Allman — the product of Gregg’s brief relationship with a radio music journalist — and her dad went long stretches of rare and perfunctory interaction, she says. Brooklyn was classically trained as a pianist beginning at age 8, and formed her own Bay Area rock band at age 12, but her famous father’s music had no place on her personal soundtrack of bands such as Green Day and AFI.
“I didn’t even give my dad’s music the time of day,” she says.
But as Brooklyn grew more dedicated to her music, her father took notice.
“We’d see each other a couple of times a year, but until I proved that I was a serious artist, he didn’t take much of an interest,” Brooklyn says. “We started to grow closer around the spring of last year. He was really impressed with my music. It’s cool to talk work with him.”
Brooklyn says her father, who underwent a liver transplant in 2010, is clean, sober, exercising and “better than ever.” He now mentors her a little on the creative side and a lot on the business side of the music industry.
She says touring with Manson has been a revelation, and she counts the former South Florida goth svengali as a mentor as well. They talk every day, and she’s holding out hope that they can work on a song together.
“He’s a really smart guy, really funny,” she says.
Picture Me Broken, which includes guitarists Dante Phoenix and Jimmy Strimpel backed by drummer Shaun Foist, is performing dark propulsive rock from a new EP, “Mannequins.” While Brooklyn is out front, she rejects the lazy pigeon-holing of PMB as a “female-fronted” rock band. They’re just a rock band, she says.
Beyond an appreciation for the jam-kicking guitar of Heart’s Ann Wilson and the “kicking ass” confidence and style of Rihanna (“Don’t look to artists for personal choices, just enjoy their performances,” she says), all of Brooklyn’s heroes are men. High on her list are Davey Havok of AFI and Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day, author Christopher Hitchens and evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins.
Oh, and one more. When she was 16, Brooklyn’s father took her to get her first tattoo: Inside of her right forearm is a heavily inked “Brooklyn.” It’s the name Gregg Allman added after her mom had decided to name her Layla, and the name she now takes onstage.
“I wanted something that represented him,” she says.
IF YOU GO: South Florida-bred shock-rocker Marilyn Manson performs with opening act Picture Me Broken at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.). Tickets: $58.50, $79.75. Info: 305-673-7300, FillmoreMB.com; Facebook.com/PictureMeBrokenBand.
ArtServe’s annual RedEye has always been synonymous with a certain brand of je ne sais cool, but is it even more so this year? Expect live art, live bands, DJs, fashion shows, films and food trucks to overload all of your senses from 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Special spotlights will shine on Torche Perkins, the metal sculptor on HGTV’s “Brother vs. Brother,” and two urban artists of different stripes, Miguel Paredes and graffiti stylist Abstrk. Tickets: $10, $50 VIP ($7 and $35 presale through 12 p.m. Friday). ArtServe is at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Info: 954-462-8190, ArtServe.org.
SKIN AND BONES
Our friends at Cupcake Burlesque are calling Saturday’s Battle of the Sexes Part 2 a “huge show.” Pitting the ladies of Cupcake against the boylesque beefcake of Hurly Burly Burlesque, we’re not sure how to take that. The event begins at 10 p.m. at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). Info: 561-832-9999, Sub-Culture.org/Respectable-Street, Facebook.com/CupcakeBurlesque.
BIG TWANG THEORY
South Florida surf-rock twanger Laramie Dean, now of L.A. and last seen during a 2011 drive-by from guitar legend Dick Dale, returns to the area for a slate of weekend shows with Dale’s drummer son Jimmy. On Friday the duo will play Churchill's Pub (5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; $10), while Saturday they’ll do a free 5 p.m. pop-in at the ever-cool Mai-Kai (3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-563-3272) and an 8 p.m. show with Skinny Jimmy & Stingrays and Morgan La Rue’s burlesque troupe at Mickey's (350 SW 12th Ave., Pompano Beach; 954-941-1611; $10).
Not that you need another reason to attend downtown Hollywood’s delightful monthly ArtWalk, but on Saturday you can witness creativity in action as art-scene fixture Rob Robi will begin adding his vision to downtown’s ongoing mural project. Robi’s work, “The Concrete Daydream,” is going on the 720-square-foot space at Muzart Studios (1946 Harrison St.), the all-ages arts center. “Some of our students are just starting their journey in art, so it’s new and exciting for them,” says Muzart owner Tina Buccellato in a press statement. “ ’The Concrete Daydream’ will capture that same innocent curiosity, especially since children will be some of the protagonists in Robi’s piece.” The Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk takes place on the third Saturday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m. Info: Facebook.com/DowntownHollywoodMuralProject.
One of the defining events of the South Florida social season, no matter what anyone tells you, is the annual Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament, which returns on Saturday to the Internationally World Famous Treasure Trove on Fort Lauderdale beach (2933 SE Fifth St.). It may be too late to sign up, but that’s the best part. The fishing is almost irrelevant. When the boats start coming back in to collect their prizes (in 18 categories) the outdoor block party starts, with the free fish fry (5 p.m. and sponsored by the Key West Fish Dip Co.), free booze (until it runs out, and then you’re on the Trove menu, which is not going to kill you), music (Peter White), giveaways and raffles. Proceeds (they’ll also have T-shirts on sale) will benefit The One Fund charity for Boston Marathon attack victims. You have nothing better to do. Info: 754-245-6062, or email email@example.com
MARVELOUS NIGHT FOR A MOON DANCE
Fort Lauderdale beach hotspot S3 will throw its second Full Moon Rising party on Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., with live music, naked sushi (7:30 p.m.), Brazilian dancers, a snake charmer, fire dancers and a special fire show. S3 is at 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., on the ground floor of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. There’s a valet, but a lot of metered parking spots. Info: 954-523-7873, S3Restaurant.com.
WHO’S ON FIRST
Up the beach, local turntable favorite Jessica Who, best known for her popular Purdy Lounge sets, will DJ at W Fort Lauderdale's Living Room (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) on Saturday night, a party hosted by Voli Vodka that will spotlight the brand’s specialty cocktails for $10. Info: 954-414-8300.
No ego for Luke Bryan, clearly. Fresh from being named Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards, Bryan’s Dirt Road Diaries Tour is on its way to the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, with tickets ($25.20 lawn, $50 reserved) on sale 10 a.m. Friday. The game that some acts play with opening acts (popular, but not TOO popular) is not being played by the headliner, who will share the stage with hot-selling openers Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. Don’t be late! Get tickets at the box office, LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets and by calling 800-745-3000.
The monthly Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami) has a new theme this Saturday: bacon. Each of the two dozen food trucks taking part will have a bacon dish, including Ms. Cheezious (pork belly, manchego and thyme mac ‘n’ cheese), the Rolling Stove (bacon-wrapped, roasted jalapeno peppers stuffed with scallion cream cheese), Zombie Ice (bacon ice cream topped with maple bacon bits) and Sugar Yummy Mama (chocolate-bacon cupcake), to name but a few. Hours 5-10 p.m. Admission free. Info: BurgerBeast.com.