Looking Ahead: February 2011

For being the shortest month out of the year, this February is packed with great live music.  There’s no way to see it all (some of it will be happening simultaneously) but if you’re like me, I’m sure you can scrape together a few bucks and catch a ride to the show.

Most of the good stuff this month is packed into the first couple weeks. Tomorrow (Feb. 2) we’ve got Hoosha, bringing their funky-rock sound to Vinyl & Kai. They’ll be playing alongside a few other groups to celebrate the venue’s one-year anniversary. It shouldn’t be more than $5 to get in, if there’s a cover at all. Last time I was there I didn’t have to pay a dime.

February 4 will bring two notable shows. One that you should ALL know about by now is Yonder Mountain String Band at Revolution LIVE in Ft. Lauderdale. The drive isn’t that bad, so that should be no obstacle to you jam-heads (even if you don’t have a car, you do have friends, don’t you?!) This costs $26.29 on Ticketmaster, so be prepared to pay around that much at the door. Also, it’s 18+.

If you happen to be in Boca Raton this night, you’d be in a position to check out The Fritz, a very funky, very talented jam group based out of Jacksonville, FL. I saw them last year at a bar and was blown away. They also made an appearance at the last Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival. They’ll be throwing down at the Funky Buddha Lounge.

The following day, February 5, you can find local Latin juggernaut Suenalo playing at Jazid on Miami Beach. It’s a pretty sweet venue and the band is great! Of course, this is no now-or-never situation. You can find these guys a few times a month down here.

Also on the 5th, you can check out local hip-hoppers The Cornerstoners jamming at Jada Cole’s. They’re a fun group to get down with. I used to play bass for them for a spell awhile back and I had a great time. Cool people.

Local jazz/hop fusion act, Artofficial, will be bringin’ it at Bougainvillea’s in downtown South Miami (right by Sunset Place on US-1 and Sunset), also on February 5. This one’s appealing for two reasons: A – they pull a good crowd littered with pretty young ladies, and B – it’s free to get in. Bear in mind that they card at the door, so keep your fakies handy, kiddies!

Fast-forward to the following weekend and you’ll find some serious national acts coming to town. The first of which will be Zach Deputy, the one-man-jam-band out of South Carolina. You’ve GOT to see this guy. Those of you who have know what I’m talking about. Those who don’t—well, find out for yourselves! He’ll be playing at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale.

On Friday and Saturday Delray Beach has it’s annual Garlic Festival. I don’t know why they’d make a festival about garlic, but hey—it’s an excuse to party, right? Anyway, on the 11th they picked up Dark Star Orchestra to headline. Expect some heady vibes and Deady tunes here.

The next day, these guys got blues legend Buddy Guy to headline! Personally, I’ve not yet been fortunate enough to catch this piece of history yet, but with some luck and determination, I’m sure I’ll change that this month.

The third weekend you can catch some nasty blues brought to you by hometown hero, Albert Castiglia and funky Miami blues veterans, Iko-Iko. Castiglia will be bringing his viscious blues to Macguire’s Hill in Ft. Lauderdale on the 18th. Iko-Iko will be dropping their funky blues bomb in Key Largo at Burgee Bar Ocean Reef Club on the 19th.

Finally, on February 25, you can boom up to Ft. Lauderdale and catch a groove Keller Williams at Revolution LIVE.

Phew, so much music, so little time! Go get yourself a piece of it! Drop me a line if you go to any of it, I’d love to hear about your experience.

Also, don’t forget to tune into my buddy, Will Hurwitz’ radio show The Jamtastic Voyage every Sunday night from 8 – 10 on 90.5 FM WVUM for your chance to WIN FREE TICKETS to upcoming shows like Keller Williams, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, moe., Furthur and Wanee Music Festival!

-Chris Lazaga

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About clazaga5

I am a music writer. I graduated from FIU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications in April, 2011. I've always had a passion for music. Since high school, I've been involved in a few bands and written a good number of original songs. I loved going to shows and seeing live music. So when the notion struck me to combine the two, it seemed only logical that I write about live music when and wherever I find it. This blog is what came of that notion.
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