July, 2011

Down At Clematis And Up In The Loft (at World Of Beer with Trial By Fire)

By at July 29, 2011 | 11:33 pm | 1 Comments

So when you walk into World of Beer on Clematis in West Palm (and I believe all the WOB's are set up this way) you have to look to the sky to see the band.  They are nested well above the bar in a little alcove, and it's difficult as heck to see them up there (but you can hear them great). Thursday night a great three piece called "Trial By Fire" was playing at World

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It’s a Live Music Downtown Saturday Night BC in West Palm

By at July 26, 2011 | 10:51 am | 0 Comment

Can't really call it a bar crawl, when you have so many different venues to hit, and try to catch a little bit of video at each one... more like a bar sprint! So we went from fountain to fountain -- probably missing some live music -- but you can get an idea of how much is going on downtown on a typical weekend night. It's easy to forget about the significant

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Relaxed but Rock Solid: Derek Mack Band on a Hot Clematis Night

By at July 23, 2011 | 11:53 am | 0 Comment

To call "relaxed" the high energy act that is the Derek Mack Band seems a bit odd, but it's refreshing to watch a band that is so comfortable with what they do so well that they can relax while they do it...  Derek's band took over Clematis Thursday for a few hours and made all the crowd a part of the Derek Mack Band family. Watch the videos for the energetic, but

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SATURDAY Night DOwntown!

By at July 23, 2011 | 9:28 am | 0 Comment

Tonight’s the big Saturday night in DOwntown West Palm! Yes, we’re not in season but let’s start at the City Place fountain and see what there is to DO from the CP fountain to the Clematis fountain City Place Fountain – The Solid Gold Band BB Kings – The All Star Band Blue Martini – Valerie Tyson Improv – Steve O O’Shea’s – Stranger

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If You Work “In The Biz,” There’s Some Affordable Beer and Bites in Your Future

By at July 22, 2011 | 12:41 pm | 2 Comments

If you work in the hospitality industry in Downtown West Palm, it can be "feast or famine" (monetarily speaking), depending on a) the "season" b) who's in town c) the "season" d) the weather e) the "season."  But even if the tips are sparse, there are some feasting perks for being "In The Biz," (or in SIN -- Service Industry Night, as some places put it).  Here's a few

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Surprised by Jazz at West Palm’s Jazz on the Palm: Dr. Ed Calle

By at July 16, 2011 | 6:43 pm | 0 Comment

I've been to a few free jazz gigs in West Palm, but Friday's Jazz on the Palm blew me away. I wasn't familiar with him, but apparently Dr. Ed Calle has performed on hundreds of albums, with artists such as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Rhianna, Extreme, and Vanessa Williams. He's been nominated for a couple of Latin Grammys,

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Downtown Dodges the Rain for Clematis by Night with Flavor

By at July 15, 2011 | 12:05 pm | 0 Comment

After a two-week hiatus, Clematis by Night came back this week with a hot band, a hot competition and a hot but rain free evening. "Flavor," the band of the night, debuted at CBN with style, flair and great sound. The crowd started out a bit sparse; just 3 minutes southwest it was pouring rain, so many may have decided to see if downtown would stay dry and warm, which

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David Shelley and Bluestone put the Blues back in BB Kings West Palm Beach Downtown

By at July 14, 2011 | 4:36 pm | 0 Comment

If you love the blues but haven't heard David Shelley lay down great original electric blues music, you've gotta catch this cat and his top notch band sooner than later. He's at BB Kings on Wednesdays in July! Shelly puts his own twist on the blues, throwing in some extra percussion at times, and has the backing band to take the music anywhere he wants to...

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Off the Hookah puts on a great party for its anniversary on Clematis in West Palm

By at July 14, 2011 | 4:08 pm | 0 Comment

The 300 block on Clematis was closed down Wednesday for some deconstruction Wednesday; if "deconstruction" means breaking it down to essential elements -- of music and fun.  $20 bought a wrist band and night of food and all sorts of music and other amusements.  Right around 7:30 the big horse trailer pulled onto Clematis with two real live camels and their handlers.

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BB King’s: Great Bands, Great Venue; Where are the Crowds?

By at July 13, 2011 | 5:38 pm | 0 Comment

BB King's in West Palm Beach is definitely one of the nicest venues of its type in South Florida.  To me it has that sort of campy House of Blues feel without being a full concert venue.  Though I love the House of Blues, it's dang hard to catch actual blues there, though.  Our local BB King's, while not purely a blues venue, has more blues acts than many of the

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Tom Jackson, Craig Campbell, and Randy Houser Country-fy CityPlace thanks to WIRK

By at July 13, 2011 | 3:08 pm | 0 Comment

Another night of perfect weather (hot, but nicely overcast) set the stage for Tom Jackson to open another of the WIRK free concert series at CityPlace. Jackson opened for Craig Campbell and Randy Houser in a night of incredible country music right in DOwntown West Palm. Kudos to WIRK for bringing three straight hours of great country music to CityPlace. And some folks

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Not just great martinis; great food and great music at Blue Martini

By at July 10, 2011 | 5:57 pm | 0 Comment

You would be hard pressed to find anyone downtown that has more great deals going on every day than Blue Martini, one of which is their happy hour seven days a week (we'll have details soon on our Happy Hour tab). We stopped by there on a Saturday, and a band I hadn't heard before was setting up, so we lingered to hear how they sounded, and enjoyed a couple of items off

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Cover Up Covers Foo Fighters at World of Beer (WOB)

By at July 8, 2011 | 11:00 am | 0 Comment

The lead singer for Cover Up could has the kind of energy level that normally you see at a Flogging Molly concert: Jumping up on tables, serenading the ladies at the bar (from the top of the bar), playing the crowd from one end of the bar to the other, from one end of the song to the other. Combine that with dozens of dozens of beers (not ingested, but available) and you

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No CBN (and no rain) but GREAT original music with the Heavy Pets!

By at July 8, 2011 | 10:09 am | 0 Comment

Roxy's 10-2 is one of the few local venues that host one of the hottest jam bands in the country, the Heavy Pets. (Are their fans called PetHeads?) They've played festivals such as Langerado Music Festival with the likes of  Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips, G Love, and Robert Randolph.  You could have heard them at Bonnaroo, moe.down,  Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival,

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Fourth on Flagler, rocking the stages and the skies

By at July 7, 2011 | 9:02 am | 0 Comment

The rain (pretty much) stayed away from downtown West Palm but the crowds didn't, making for an enjoyable day of music.  A total of five bands were playing on Clematis and the Meyer;  I caught two. One of the high points? Mighty Mongo played the Meyer and put on a great high energy show, mixing up covers and their own original material. My favorite cover was Whole

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Sunday is Funday in the “Biz” at Roxy’s Rooftop Bar

By at July 6, 2011 | 2:22 am | 0 Comment

Maybe it was just because Monday was a holiday (the 4th of July), or maybe it's always packed out crazy fun on Roxy's roof on Sunday nights... perfectly covered 80's music (and some other decades) married to 1/2 price beers for those employed in the service industry makes for a welcome break for the hard working downtown crowd. Great music! Magic Hat on

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Some of the Best Music to be found is at the Christ Fellowship Night of Worship

By at July 5, 2011 | 11:27 pm | 0 Comment

This was a tough place to get some video footage on the eve of the 4th of July, because during the Night of Worship the Harriet Himmel was packed wall to wall with young and old enjoying the exceptional quality of music and worship here in Christ Fellowship's downtown campus. While the lighting was subdued (with candles illuminating the background), the music was not.

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Downtown West Palm: Not just a lot of bands; a lot of GREAT bands!

By at July 5, 2011 | 10:29 pm | 0 Comment

A friend of mine told me about the great happy hour at Blue Martini in West Palm.  It goes until eight (you can find the menu under our Happy Hour section) and the tenderloin I ordered was great!  The band was setting up while I ate... I have to confess, I really haven't considered Blue Martini as one of the spots I would frequent to listen to the band. I have a couple

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Free Block Party Tonight!

By at July 2, 2011 | 2:46 pm | 0 Comment

I just met Drew the manager o the new LongBoards restaurant opening tonight.  They are busy working on the final touches so I didn't want to take to much of his time.  The paper is off the windows and I was able to walk around inside.  It's like stepping back in time into a Malibu bar on the water.  It's not just palm trees and beach balls that take up the space that

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