Weekend things to do, from Diplo in Fort Lauderdale to Jimmy Buffett in Delray Beach
What’s crazier, Diplo playing a free rooftop show on Saturday in Flagler Village or Jimmy Buffett doing four shows on Delray Beach’s Old School Square? There is a right answer. Discuss.
Diplo by the pool
The Easton, the newest nightlife space created by Fort Lauderdale hospitality impresario David Cardaci (Rhythm & Vine, the Wilder, Roxanne’s, Holly Blue), will have an audacious grand opening party on Saturday with Grammy-winning DJ producer Diplo at the controls of the Flagler Village rooftop poolside lounge. There will be a small number of free general-admission entries, which are first come, first served. The RSVPs for tables moved quickly, but a few are still available; email RubyS@KnallhartGroup.com. For other events at the lounge, visit TheEastonFTL.com.
The Wharf blows up
Blowfish is a daylong party at the Wharf Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, filling the open-air riverfront venue with more than 1,000 inflatables (think pool toys) and a haze produced by a battery of CO2 cannons, $10 Blowfish Punch and $25 Bottles of Côtes de Provence Rosé (noon-4 p.m.). Admission is free. Visit WharfFTL.com.
Rock & ramen
Sometimes things just line up: Delray Beach blues-rock trio the Flyers, a band deserving of your attention (TheFlyersMusic.com), is scheduled to perform at Mathews Brewing in Lake Worth 8 p.m. Friday, the same night the brewery hosts hard-rocking chef Takeshi Kamioka and his Fort Lauderdale-based food truck, Kaminari Ramen (Instagram.com/KaminariRamen). Visit MathewsBrewingCompany.com.
Every day may seem like it during a pandemic, but Sunday is the official National Mimosa Day. How to celebrate? Fort Lauderdale’s waterside Casa Sensei on Las Olas Boulevard (CasaSensei.com) will have bottomless mimosas for $25 per person during brunch; your neighborhood Quarterdeck (QuarterdeckRestaurants.com) goes bottomless for $15 per person; Beach Bar at Newport Pier in Sunny Isles (BeachBarNewportPier.com) has mimosas for $8 per. Love the view at Casa Sensei and Beach Bar, and I’m no mathematician, but Quarterdeck wins.
More good math
The monthly Garage Sale at downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Rhythm & Vine on Sunday includes more than 30 vendors, food, live music and a bottomless drink package (draft beer, mimosas and Watermelon Vine cocktails) for $25 from 2 to 6 p.m. Doors open for this dog- and kid-friendly gathering at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Visit Rhythm-Vine.com.
Free Leslie Cartaya
I’d pay money to hear Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated South Florida vocalist Leslie Cartaya (formerly of Palo!), but she’s performing free on Friday at Las Olas Oceanside Park on Fort Lauderdale beach with husband Raymer Olalde’s band Sonlokos (NoParesEntertainment.com). The 6:30 p.m. show is part of the weekly Friday Night Soundwaves series. Visit MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com.
Some of South Florida’s top musicians will pay tribute to the Who’s iconic rock opera “Tommy” at Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale, with two-hour performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The band includes guitarists AJ Lynn (Shovelhead) and Jason Sambataro, bassist Bobby Sherman (Riverdown), drummer Michel Chade (1,000 Pounds of Thrust), Marcelo Pizzotti Langella on keyboards, with vocals by Paul Martini (Vertigo), Ken Hurley (Shovelhead) and Noelle Kujala (Groove Merchant). The shows, presented by Cloud Entertainment, will be directed by Ted Belloise. Each evening begins with a VIP meet-the-band segment at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $40. Visit Facebook.com/tommytributeshow.
Jimmy Buffett’s four shows on Old School Square (May 13-14, 17-18) were quick sellouts, but Jimmy is a vibe bigger than himself, and the ripple effects can be found all around Delray Beach. The Tin Roof, across the street, will host a six-day Buffett Bash, including a noon brunch on Sunday that includes a performance by Gary and the Landsharks, led by singer-guitarist Gary Roland, who has performed with Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys. Visit TinRoofDelrayBeach.com.
Drew Lynch has six shows scheduled through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach. Fans of “America’s Got Talent” may remember him as the stand-up who stuttered — and created one of the most emotional moments of Season 10. (Lynch went on to perform at Radio City Music Hall and finish second overall that season, with support from panelist Howie Mandel.) Tickets cost $25 (with two-drink minimum). Performances are 21-and-older, except 18+ shows 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday to see Sebastian Maniscalco (very funny) at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Sept. 2-3. Tickets run $155, $105, $85, $65 and $45 at MyHRL.com. A Hard Rock presale begins 10 a.m. Thursday via the venue’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Hard Rock Live also just added shows by comedian Jim Gaffigan Dec. 27-28. Tickets will go on sale noon Friday and cost $106, $86, $66 and $46, with a presale on the Hard Rock’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit MyHRL.com.
Help Luna Star
Influential South Florida singer-songwriter Jim Camacho will do his first performance since COVID closures on Friday, May 21, an 8 p.m. all-ages benefit concert for venerable live-music venue Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St., North Miami). Camacho plans to play his well-regarded 2009 album “Beachfront Defeat,” with other favorite cuts and special guests. Says Camacho: “I’m looking forward to my first live show in a long time, and I’m happy to have it at Luna Star. It’s a place that has managed to survive this insanity but needs help to stay afloat.” Tickets will be available at the door on a sliding scale starting at $10 (cash only). The show can be seen via livestream at Facebook.com/JimCamachoMusic. You also can donate remotely at bit.ly/JCMLuna.
On Saturday former Miami firefighter Derek Kaplan will open a new, larger flagship location of his beloved Wynwood bakeshop Fireman Derek’s. The new space at 2545 N. Miami Ave. is three blocks south of the old place. In making the announcement, Kaplan tipped his hand on next steps: “I’ve always had big dreams for Fireman Derek’s. Broward and Palm Beach County have a number of neighborhoods that would be perfect for future stores.” Visit FiremanDereks.com.
Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at email@example.com.