Weekend Best Bets: Jazz Guitar Edition

Legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell is playing two shows this weekend at the Arts Garage.

Legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell is playing two shows this weekend at the Arts Garage.

Legendary Guitarist Visits Arts Garage

Who: LARRY CORYELL

When: Fri, Sep 19 & Sat, Sep 20, 8:00PM 

 

Larry Coryell is a master jazz guitarist who has remained in the pantheon of great jazz guitarists for more than 30 years. He has recorded over 100 albums, performed with Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix and graced the front page of Rolling Stone magazine and the inside pages of many others including Guitar Player.

Visit www.artsgarage.org for  tickets. Hurry, they go fast.

Kids Safety & Wellness Day in Boca

When: September 20, from 10am-3pm

Where: Costco, 17800 N Congress Ave., Boca Raton

How much: Free

Please join Costco for their  annual Kid’s Safety & Wellness Day.

 They are pleased to present the PBSO Greyhounds Sonic and Missile, PBSO Child ID, PBFR Firefighters & Engine  (unless out on a call) and All for One Pet Rescue, Personal Ponies, Boca Raton Children’s Museum, Boca Regional Urgent Care, and i9 Sports.

Sounds like a full dance card.

The Green Artistry of Contemporary Eco Artist Del Foxton

When: September 19 from 7-9pm

Cost: Free

Where: The Arts Arena Gallery, 777 E Atlantic Ave (Atlantic Plaza).

Fox is an immensely talented and unique artist, come out and meet her. Visit www.delfoxton.com for more information.

 

 

Weekend Best Bets: Tuba, Little River Band & More

Redefining the tuba.

Redefining the tuba.

Bill Muter & The Sharp Shooters

Set your preconceived notions aside about the tuba. The tuba soloist for the Tony Award winning “Blast” jumps on the music scene with his band “The Sharp Shooters” and he’s coming to The Arts Garage.

Bill Muter mixes soul, fusion and R&B and will make you rethink the boundaries of the tuba.

He’ll play Friday at 8 p.m. at The Arts Garage.

Visit www.artsgarage.org for tickets and more information.

Sessoms rocks

Possessing an exquisite, soulful voice, Vivian Sessoms is an absolute powerhouse of a performer. She has worked as a backing vocalist for Christina Aguilera, Cher, Joe Cocker, Pink, Patti Labelle, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole and Chaka Khan to name just a few.

She has recorded and toured worldwide as a featured vocalist for several artists, including Chris Botti (jazz trumpeter), Harold Mabern (legendary jazz pianist), Eric Benet, Will Downing, Towa Tei (Dee-Lite), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japanese composer), David Morales (DJ), Junior Vazquez (DJ), The Bingo Boys (Austrian pop group) and Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20).

Vivian will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Arts Garage, get your tickets now at www.artsgarage.org

Shred for Pets

Have you ever been to a shred party?

We haven’t either, although Dave has been known to tear it up on the shuffleboard court. But I digress.

Come to Iberia Bank, 900 SE Sixth Avenue in Delray from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and shred for a good cause.

Dispose of old bank statements, checks, contracts, etc. $3 donation per box, all proceeds benefiting Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Debbi’s Mobile Dog Grooming will be on site and Christie Banks of Sunny 107.9 is broadcasting live, light refreshments will be served. Enter to win a personal shredder and other raffle prizes. Petco and 1-800-PetMeds will also be there.

Catch the Little River Band at The Crest

Have you heard about the Lonesome Loser?

I can take a shot at Dave here, but it’s simply too easy so once again I will digress.

This will be an amazing concert at Crest Theatre / Center for the Arts in Delray Beach.

The famed Little River Band will perform April 1 at the Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave.

 Get your tickets now before they sell out. Proceeds benefit Florida Fishing Academy programs. Tickets prices start at $50. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Buy tickets at www.FloridaFishingAcademy.com

 

 

Weekend Best Bets: Tennis, 60 Days of Fun and Elton

Emmy winner Dick Hyman will be at the Arts Garage tonight and Friday

Emmy winner Dick Hyman will be at the Arts Garage tonight and Friday

Support Tomorrow’s Promise

Tomorrow’s Promise is a charter school originally founded by two members of the Delray Beach Police Department, the late, great Officer Johnny Pun and Community Service Officer Fred Glass.

For more than a decade now, the school– under the leadership of our friend Marjorie Waldo– has done a great job with kids who need a little extra attention.

On Saturday, you can support this great cause, eat healthy food and listen to great music at a benefit hosted by the Delray Beach Initiative, a new group formed to raise money to help Delray kids.

From 6:30-9:30pm visit DIG restaurant, 7777 E. Atlantic Ave, and listen to the songs of Steve Martel, Jimmy Durkin and Max Dubose.  A $10 suggested donation will benefit the school.

Bring your friends and spread the word.

Tennis Finals

This weekend marks the semifinals and finals of the Delray Beach Open.

It has been a glorious week of tennis at the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium with personalities ranging from Andy Roddick and Kei Nishikori to the Bryan Brothers and breakout American star Steve Johnson delighting fans.

There’s still time to catch the end of the event and experience tennis up close and personal–the Delray way.

Visit www.yellowtennisball.com for tickets and more information.

60 Days of Fun in Boca

Well folks, we’re in the midst of The City of Boca Raton’s 60 Days of Family Fun. And fun it is with music, live entertainment and family-centric activities at Downtown Boca’s Mizner Park Amphitheater. 

Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Sunday, February 23 – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Arts Power’s Production of:  Are You My Mother?: This national touring theatre production brings to life the beloved children’s book by P.D. Eastman with two matinee performances.  The first event will take place under the “Big Tent,” bring blankets or chairs. Chairs will also be available on site for $5.00.

Saturday, March 1 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1st Annual Health & Wellness Experience: Presented by the City of Boca Raton, CBS12 and Sun Sentinel, the 1st Annual Health and Wellness Experience will be the “must-see, must attend” health and wellness event in South Florida.  The free, interactive event will offer something for every age and every interest including medical screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, celebrity appearances and activities for the kids.  As part of National Bike Month a kid’s safety & fun zone will offer bike helmet safety tips, demonstrations and fittings.  For more information, please call 561.881.0702 or visit www.thewellnessexperience.org.   The event is FREE and takes place under the tent.

All events are rain or shine.  There is limited parking in Mizner Park garages.  Attendees are encouraged to park for free and walk from City Hall and the libraries. For more information, visit www.mizneramphitheater.com or www.downtownboca.org.  For recorded information call (561) 544-8600.

Early Elton at Crest Theater

We love Elton John.

In fact, Dave has a collection of eyewear that honors the legendary rocker.

But we really prefer his early years to the late career schmaltz. At least I do. Dave’s middle name is Schmaltz.

That’s why we are recommending the show “Early Elton” at the Crest Theatre, this Friday at 8 p.m.

This dynamic show is a tribute to the music Elton John wrote and sang during his “Trio Period “ with Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson, from 1970-1972.

 Featuring Jeff Kazee (piano and vocals), Rich Pagano (drums and vocals) and John Conte (bass and vocals), the show is sure to appeal to those who love Elton’s work. 

As the story goes, Elton’s label didn’t have the funds to send him out on a U.S. tour with a full band, but Elton needed to promote his pending releases. 

He brought Dee and Nigel on board and rearranged the songs and vocals to fit within the limitations of this trio. Suddenly, a new sound emerged that was both raw and poignant.

The rest as they say..is history.

For more information, visit www.delraycenterforthearts.org

Arts Garage has packed weekend

The venerable Arts Garage offers two cool performers this weekend.

Winner of an Emmy and seven “Most Valuable Player Awards” from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Dick Hyman performs two distinctly different concerts this week.

  THU 2/20 | 7:30PM – History of Jazz.

FRI 2/21 | 8PM – The Great American Songbook.

Visit www.artsgarage.org for tickets.

On Saturday night, Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express will play at 8 p.m.

Lauded by Billboard magazine and others, Valera is a rising star in the jazz world and he will be right here in Delray.

Have a great and safe weekend!

P.S.

Head over to Third and Third tonight for their first anniversary party. Great food and music and walk over to nearby Artist’s Alley at Third Avenue and Third Street to see and meet some great local artists.

 

 

 

Weekend Best Bets: A Girls Night Out, Wine & Seafood, Zumba And More

Perfect for a Girls Night Out

Perfect for a Girls Night Out

The weekend starts early in Boca/Delray. So take a deep breath, there’s a ton of stuff to do starting tonight.

A Great Girls Night Out

Did you like the book “50 Shades of Grey?” We didn’t read it, but we hear it’s something else.

On Nov. 7 and 8, the Crest Theatre at the Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square will present a spoof on the cultural phenomenon entitled “Cuff Me.”

Tickets are $40 and show time is 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday Night.

“CUFF ME” is the unauthorized, hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey bestseller. This highly entertaining performance dives into a sexually charged romance in true satirical fashion. Get ready to laugh at this sexy, hysterical romp.

CUFF ME features a score of pop hits (with altered lyrics) performed by a cast of four.  The show jumps back and forth between two women reading the series with scenes of actual events from the novel…with a parody twist, of course.

Don’t expect to see a literal translation of Fifty Shades on the stage — this show is all about sending up the phenomenon with over-the-top performances, wild comedy and a slew of musical numbers that turn pop music on its head.

We await your reviews.

Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam entertain and educate

Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam entertain and educate

For the Kids

If Cuff Me is for the adults, then we suggest this for the kids.

“Steam Trunk Circus” featuring our good friends Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey is set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. also at the Crest Theatre.

The talented duo will perform an educational show that explores the themes of “STEAM”, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

The show is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Trust us on this one, Page Turner Adventures never disappoints.

Get your tickets

Wine and Seafood Festival Highlights Weekend

Wine and seafood lovers will have two days to enjoy their favorite pairings during the 2nd Annual Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, Nov. 9-10.

The festival will be held on the east end of Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at http://www.dbwineandseafood.com/

Highlights include dozens of vendors, seminars, special pairings and two stages featuring musicians.

The festival, run by the Delray Chamber, runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

 

Friday Zumba Gold

Zumba is sweeping the nation and it’s popular in Delray Beach too.

On Friday, Nov. 8 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. you can take a Zumba class at picturesque Veterans Park, on Atlantic Avenue at the Intracoastal Waterway.

Zumba combines music and dance and is a great way to shape up for the weekend.

Cost is $5 per class for Delray residents, $6 for non-residents.  Call 561-243-7350 for more information.

Hope Bash Boca

You read about it first right here on www.yourdelrayboca.com

But now the event is here and it should be on your weekend calendar.

Hope Bash Boca with the theme “Jewels and Jeans”  is Friday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boca Resort and Club.

The event is the inaugural fundraiser for Place of Hope at The Haven Campus.

Cost is $250 which benefits a great cause.

Visit www.hopeatthehaven.org for more information.

The Resolvers Free Friday Night Concert

The Resolvers Free Friday Night Concert

Friday Concert Series: The Resolvers

The Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square continues its hugely popular free concert series Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with The Resolvers.

Voted the “Best Reggae Band” in these parts by the readers of “New Times”, The Resolvers draws influences from classic Jamaican Reggae, Rocksteady, and Ska along with American Rock, Jazz, Funk, and Soul. Their live show has been described as explosive with up to 10 musicians on stage, 5 singers, a full horn section, and a powerful brother & sister on lead vocals.

Rain or shine; bring your blankets and chairs, and bring the family… but PLEASE, no pets or outside food or beverages.  Food trucks and cash bar available.

Saturdays at Sanborn

There’s no better way to kick off your Saturday than with yoga.

Every Saturday, you can take an invigorating yoga class at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, in downtown Boca Raton.

Registration is at 8:45 a.m. Class begins at 9 a.m. For more information visit www.downtownboca.org or call 561-393-7703. Classes are free.

Support the Boca Ballet

Support the Boca Ballet

A Princely Affair

Sunday, Nov. 10 is the date for “A Princely Affair” a luncheon/fundraiser benefitting the Boca Ballet Theatre.

The event kicks off at noon at the Boca Resort and Club. Cost is $45-$90. Visit www.bocaballet.org for more information.

Vitali Imereli violinist extraordinaire

Vitali Imereli violinist extraordinaire

 

Jazz at The Arts Garage

Saturday night is a big night at Delray’s Arts Garage with a performance by violinist Vitali Imereli.

The show is 8 p.m. For ticket info visit www.artsgarage.org

Imereli’s playing  is a true joy to experience.  He is a virtuoso in both classical and jazz genres and has performed at concert halls and festivals throughout Europe such as the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands.  Vitali  has performed with and gained the admiration of jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson and Larry Coryell.

A former Soviet Union expatriate, now living in Finland, Vitali’s talent was recognized at the young age of 5.  His early influences include the great Stephane Grappelli and the classical masters.  His playing is renowned for its energetic and lyrical style, beautiful phrasing, blistering technique, and his impeccable delivery.  “Europe’s #1 Jazz Violinist” begins his American tour here at the Arts Garage. Don’t miss it.

 

Weekend Best Bets: Strings, Tomcats and Waxing For A Cause

String Theory plays tonight at the Delray Center for the Arts Downtown.

String Theory plays tonight at the Delray Center for the Arts

String Theory Gives Free Concert at Delray Center for the Arts

The Friday night concert series continues this evening with a performance by “String Theory”, a South Florida band that plays favorites from the 60s through today.

The four piece band is known for its guitar work and has been a local favorite since 2007.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy gourmet food trucks and a  cash bar.  Limited chair rental is available or bring your lawn chairs, but please no pets or outside food/beverage.

Tomcat Blake brings his fretwork to The Arts Garage

Tomcat Blake brings his fretwork to The Arts Garage

Tomcat Blake rocks the Arts Garage

With a name like Tomcat Blake you gotta be cool. You just gotta be.

Tomcat will rock The Arts Garage, Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

If you like blues, country, rockabilly and soul, you’ll like Tomcat, who performs original music.

He’s renowned for his guitar work and showmanship.

Check it out at www.artsgarage.org

Mention Bethesda not Kelly Clarkson and make a difference

Mention Bethesda not Kelly Clarkson and make a difference

Make a Difference Monday

We know Monday is technically not part of the weekend, but we couldn’t resist this item as a best bet.
Monday, Nov. 4 is MAKE A DIFFERENCE MONDAY!

European Wax Center (1000 N Congress in Boynton Beach) will donate $10 to Bethesda Health Foundation for every new guest that mentions Bethesda.

New guests (with a valid FL ID) are entitled to a FREE WAX! Ladies: eyebrow, underarm or bikini wax.  Men: eyebrow, nose or ear wax. You know who you are.

Call 561-734-4200 for more information.