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Weekend preview: Beer, blues, bacon, Kevin Hart and Ween

No offense to my local bar, brewery and boite, but at least once during October, I find myself deciding to give a schnitzel about the authenticity of my Oktoberfest experience. I don’t always need more than an overflowing dirndl and stein of mystery beer, but when I do, I look for the local German club.

At noon Saturday, the American German Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth kicks off its two-weekend celebration of Oktoberfest for the 45th time. As in the past 10 years, festival organizers will bring in the party-rock band Heldensteiner, direct from Munich’s Löwenbräu-Festhalle.

The all-ages festival, with carnival rides, vendors and plenty of food, runs this Friday-Sunday and Oct. 19-21 at the club, 5111 Lantana Road. Tickets cost $10 (per day), $6 for ages 7-14, free for 6 and younger. Parking is free nearby with free shuttle service, with limited VIP parking also available for $15. Visit Facebook.com/AmericanGermanClubOfThePalmBeaches.

Oktoberfest takes place on two more Saturdays at the German American Club of Hollywood, including this Saturday at 4 p.m. Along with authentic food and beer from Munich’s Hofbräu München, this weekend features the Miss Oktoberfest pageant. Tickets cost $10, younger than 12 free. Parking is free. The final Oktoberfest celebration at the German American Club of Hollywood, 6401 Washington St., takes place Oct. 27. Visit Facebook.com/GermanAmericanClubHollywood.

Ticket window

There are no pairs of seats left under the roof for Kid Rock and Brantley Gilbert (headliners for the Red Blooded Rock ’n’ Roll Redneck Extravaganza) on Saturday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, but you can still get $25 lawn tickets (LiveNation.com) … General-admission tickets ($20.50) are available to see Anderson East (on a tour shaking off the memory of Miranda Lambert) 7 p.m. Saturday at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. Up-and-comer Savannah Conley opens (JoinTheRevolution.net) … General-admission seats and standing room ($49.50) are available to see experimental rockers Ween 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fillmore Miami Beach (FillmoreMB.com) … Scattered seats (starting at $51) remain for Grammy-winning R&B crooner Maxwell at the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood 8 p.m. Wednesday (MyHRL.com).

Greta in Miami

Be advised that precocious rockers Greta Van Fleet are on their way to Bayfront Park Amphitheater on the tour supporting their debut album, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” (Lava/Republic Records), due out Oct. 19. The pride of that rock ’n’ roll hotbed of Frankenmuth, Mich., who dazzled Coachella, and whose 23andMe results must include references to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, will perform in Miami on May 7. Tickets will cost $44.50-$54.50 and on sale 10 a.m. Friday at LiveNation.com. A fan-organization presale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. For more information, visit GretaVanFleet.com.

Big laughs

What we have is an embarrassment of standup comedy riches this weekend. Reigning movie box-office king Kevin Hart brings the Irresponsible Tour to Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena 8 p.m. Saturday, with tickets starting at $54.50 for a show performed “in the round,” from a stage in the center of the arena floor. Visit Ticketmaster.com. Also at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aussie standup Jim Jefferies, the host of the popular eponymous Comedy Central late-night program and a new Netflix special “This Is Me Now,” is at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood. Tickets cost $35, $55 and $75. Visit MyHRL.com.

Transformational talent

Less well known but perhaps more interesting is comic Julia Scotti, who was a fan favorite while being voted through to the quarterfinals of Season 11 of NBC’s “America's Got Talent” in 2016, prompting hard-to-please Simon Cowell to say, “You genuinely made me laugh.” Scotti’s run of success on the show was memorable not so much for being a triumph over ageism (she’s 66), but that her back story shared during the show matter-of-factly acknowledged that the New Jersey resident lived the first 48 years of her life as a man, nationally touring comedian Rick Scotti. She quit comedy for several years before coming out as trans, a decision that has allowed her to tell jokes with “total truth and fearlessness,” she said in an interview with Metro Weekly. “I had no more secrets, and so I could come out and be who I was for the first time, really, onstage, and it’s been wonderful.” Scotti performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $25-$35. Visit BocaBlackBox.com. For more on Scotti, visit JuliaScotti.com.

Enter the Oculus

C&I Studios, the frisky marketing and “idea agency” in Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village, will host “Beyond,” its first public fundraiser for the nonprofit C&I Reach, 7-11 p.m. Saturday. The gathering will take guests wearing Oculus Go headsets on a virtual-reality tour of daily life among villagers the C&I crew works with in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Zambia, captured on 360-degree, high-definition 8K cameras. Tickets cost $75 and include food and open bar. Visit CIReach.org.

B3 <3

In its appearance and its sound, the Hammond B3 often is dismissed as a vestige of the uncool history of popular music, but young Cory Henry is out to change ears and minds. “The Hammond organ has made it through every type of genre since the 1940s," the two-time Grammy winner said in an interview published awhile back in this space. "It’s been very influential through country, R&B, soul, hip-hop, classical. There’s no reason why people should want to kill it off. I’m going to spend my time getting it back.” Henry will be a featured guest performer when the Nu Deco Ensemble opens its fourth season at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Miami with performances 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The program, always adventurous, includes the music of Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis and R&B legend Curtis Mayfield. This has been a hot ticket, with $5 and $70 (VIP) seats for Thursday still available, and only VIP remaining for Friday’s show. Saturday is a sellout. Visit Nu-Deco.org.

Weekend beers

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park hosts its Morning Woodstock festivities 1-5 p.m. Saturday, an annual celebration of the 32-ounce bottle release of Morning Wood (its bourbon barrel-aged imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter) that includes live music from Tasty Vibrations and Spider Cherry (Facebook.com/FunkyBuddhaBrewery) … Miami Hurricanes legend Warren Sapp will be on hand 1 p.m. Saturday to talk about his new beer (and, without much encouragement, the Canes win over FSU) when he helps introduce #99, the Belgian-style blonde ale created in his honor by Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton (Facebook.com/BarrelOfMonks) … Wynwood Brewing Co. will provide the first part of Keg ’n’ Klean if you’ll handle the second when the beach cleanup event takes place 3 p.m.-sunset Saturday at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, where costumes are encouraged (Facebook.com/HistoricVirginiaKeyBeachParkTrust) … 26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach at noon Sunday hosts Tales ’n’ Ales, a fundraiser for Everglades Golden Retriever Rescue (Facebook.com/26brewing).

Doc’s advice: More bacon

If you like your bacon and brews with a shot of blues, some popular local workers in the genre will perform at Doc Reno's Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie. The festival is South Florida radio personality Doc Reno’s annual fundraiser for Construction Angels, which supports families of victims of construction accidents, while encouraging safety education and public awareness of work-zone hazards. Among the performers will be J.P. Soars and the Red Hots (noon-12:45 p.m.), the Fabulous Fleetwoods (1:15-2 p.m.), Shaw Davis and the Black Ties (2:30-3:15 p.m.), Joel Da Silva and the Midnight Howl (3:45-4:30 p.m.), and Josh “Pitbull of Blues “ Rowand (5-5:45 p.m.). Tickets cost $10, ages 12 and younger free. VIP $75. Visit DocsBaconFest.com.

Free burger

American Social Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale (where it all began) will celebrate six years in business with a week of specials beginning 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, when a $5-burger offer kicks off with free AmSo burgers for the first 25 guests. From Monday through Friday, they’ll offer $6 off all regularly priced food menu items (items under $10 excluded). For information on other specials, visit AmericanSocialBar.com/Las-Olas.

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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