We hope you enjoyed Sweet Justice & Army Gideon at Clematis by Night last Thursday!
Through August Clematis by Night is featuring two bands each night. On top of that, the City is bringing the Antique and Flea Market to Clematis by night.
The “Antique and Flea Market at Clematis by Night,” will feature a variety of antiques and unique finds. The market will be set up under the trellises along South Clematis Street, near the waterfront, similar to how GreenMarket vendors are stationed under the shaded treetops. Vendors will sell a variety of antiques and crafts, including, jewelry, clothes and decorative items. The Vintage Flea Market will keep the same hours as Clematis by Night, from 6 – 10 p.m. in August, and 6 – 9 p.m. in September and beyond.
And here’s your music lineup!
Thursday, August 9:
Opener: B-Side Jones (Funk/Rock) | www.bsidejones.com
South Florida-based B-Side Jones is an eight-piece performance band with a playlist that is tailored to get the audience up and dancing. With a dynamic horn section presenting infectious grooves for current hits like” Uptown Funk” and classics like James Brown’s “Sex Machine,” to Kid Rock’s “Cowboy,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” all genres – and generations – will be represented.
Headliner: Andrew Luv & The Franchise Players Band (R&B/Pop/Top 40) | https://www.facebook.com/franchiseplayersband/
Clematis by Night guests will witness a unique and refreshing music experience with Andrew Luv & The Franchise Players Band. The group blends elements of soul, pop, smooth jazz, hip hop, and more, to create a dynamic entertainment package. The show stoppers hail from Central Florida, so be sure not to miss this South Florida stop.
Thursday, August 16:
Opener: Mischief (Classic Pop Rock) | www.mischiefband.com
Five-piece band Mischief covers the most popular party hits. Clematis by Night guests will sing and dance to a diverse playlist that includes songs from modern artists like Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 – to classics from Led Zeppelin, Styx, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Toto. With male and female vocalists, the band’s range is truly endless.
Headliner: Poor Life Decisions (Rock) | www.poorlifedecisions.com
Justin Enco & Poor Life Decisions Band has been one of the most creative and innovative cover groups on the South Florida circuit. Vocalist, guitarist and front-man Enco has played more than 2,500 showcases and local shows in his musical career, an unforeseen passion that began at an open-mic night. Music lovers are encouraged to make the right decision and attend this show.
Khemistry is a group of dynamic musicians who perform Top 40 hits. From Al Green to Meghan Trainor, they cover all the best songs of the ’60s to the present! The South Florida-based party band will entertain the Clematis by Night audience with their high energy and diversified song list.
For nearly two decades, Eclipse has been wowing audiences with their eclectic mix of music – from today’s top hits to the good old classics! A well-known name in the South Florida music scene, the 5-piece band will “get the party going” at the West Palm Beach Waterfront with their energetic and dance-worthy rhythms and beats.
Thursday, August 30:
Opener: Sunset East (Alternative Pop-Rock) | www.sunseteastmusic.com
Established in 2016, Nashville-based band Sunset East has the energy of rock and roll, the soul-touching lyrics of folk, and the feel-good melodies of pop. With heavy vocal influence from the Eagles and the instrumental “jam band” style of Dave Matthews Band, Sunset East is a band Clematis by Night guests won’t want to miss!
Hailing from West Palm Beach, Krazy Train gets the party started and keeps on going with their winning formula of rock and a highly energetic stage show. Playing all of the audience’s favorite rock and Top 40 hits from the ’80s through today, Krazy Train will have guests singing and dancing all night long! Whether they’re on stage or out in the crowd, the guys in Krazy Train will surely make everyone a fan!
Are you a teenager with an idea for how you can make an impact within your community? Beginning August 1st, 2018 students who live in Palm Beach County or who are enrolled in 8th-12th grade within the county, can apply to become Finalists for the 4th year of the Philanthropy Tank program.
Philanthropy Tank fuels and inspires Palm Beach County’s next generation of change leaders. The program challenges, empowers and equips them to develop and execute sustainable initiatives and solutions to these problems. Philanthropist-Investors fund student initiatives, investing in their community projects. Through one-to-one mentoring, philanthropist-investors also fuel students’ desire, helping them execute initiatives while increasing their ability to make meaningful change.
Students are making an impact in the health & human services, education & youth development, women & girls and community development sectors. The fundamental aims of Philanthropy Tank are to help shape students’ leadership paths and, through their creative solutions, address and improve social issues in our community. To date, Philanthropy Tank has:
Generated more than $300,000 in grants for 57 student entrepreneurs for 26 projects
Inspired more than 500 students to get in clubs that support Philanthropy Tank programs
Impacted more than 200,000 people in our community.
Last year’s Finalists included projects focusing on literacy, clothing and food distribution for those in need, music promotion and computer programming classes for kids, among others.
A total of $100,000 of project funding was awarded. Applications for year 4 of the program open on August 1st and will close on November 4th.
I have never arrived in Ft. Lauderdale (or Miami) in a good mood. I95 has a way of sucking all the energy out of you. So when I was invited by the team at VisitLauderdale to do some sightseeing I jumped at the opportunity.
Of course, I tweeted the whole way in one epic thread.
I would like to say that the 43-minute train trip was uneventful, except that sitting in the chair behind me was the former US Ambassador to Hungary and founder of the Susan G. Komen foundation, Nancy Brinker. I introduced myself and she was incredibly gracious, and LOVED the Brightline, said she “wouldn’t travel any other way“. We chatted for a couple minutes and took a picture and before we knew it, we had arrived in Ft. Lauderdale.
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale and jumped on the SunTrolley, a low-stress hop-on, hop-off transit system that links up Ft. Lauderdale. Grab the app, find a trolley on one of the 7 lines, wave for it to stop, pay $1/trip or $3 for the day and you’re off. We headed to Las Olas.
First official stop of the day was Louie Bossi, the Italian destination restaurant. Meatballs, pasta, pizza, craft cocktails, freshly brewed beers and desserts, with beautiful indoor seating and a piazza to enjoy in the back. The place was packed.
To work off some of these calories we jumped on the CycleParty and took a tour of historic old Ft. Lauderdale. The CycleParty is a 15-seat human-pedaled party bike. You can enjoy them in West Palm Beach as well as Wynwood and other locations. As we peddled around we heard the stories of the original settlers, drove by the Historic Stranahan House Museum, and saw the New River. We also made a pitstop at the Royal Pig pub.
Having taken a train, trolley, and CycleParty, it was time for the water-taxi part of our adventure. This was provided by the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. A day-pass is $28, happy hour (after 5) is $18 (with 2 for 1 drinks), and you can get a month pass for $49. Sounds like a deal to me.
Next stop was a short walk from where we disembarked from the water taxi. We enjoyed the Rooftop of Township. Perfect view for seeing all the impressive development that is happening in this area of Ft. Lauderdale. We went downstairs for some pretzels and beer cheese. So good.
Back on the trolley (it’s about 5pm at this point) for a quick visit to FAT Village to check out their ART Walk.
FAT Village bills itself as “Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s creative enclave” and their monthly ART Walk includes “Open Galleries showcasing new art exhibits, local artists and artisans selling gifts and goods, and a variety of food and entertainment.” It reminds me of Wynwood 7 or 8 years ago, before everyone discovered it. Very cool!
By this time we were exhausted and hopped back on the trolley to catch the 7:45 back to West Palm Beach. I was too tired to notice any celebrities on the train, but I did bump into some of neighbors who live a street away from us in the South End of West Palm Beach. We pulled back into our home station right on time at 8:25.
Here are some notes:
Downtown Ft. Lauderdale is surprisingly walkable. We took various modes of transportation, but a similar trip could have very easily been accomplished on foot. An alternative to doing the entire trip on foot is to plan your trip so that you walk on the way out, then uber back to the station at the end. You don’t want to miss your train.
The Brightline connects South Florida culturally. We have so much going on in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, that people who aren’t exposed to them have no idea are going on. Arts, history, architecture, music. Having our downtown linked through Brightline provides easy access to all of this, and will help grow the smaller/underground arts and culture scene throughout South Florida.
Brightline is for everyone. On the way there we traveled with Palm Beach royalty, and the way back we traveled with young families. People like to push back on alternative transportation saying things like “why take a train when our cars work just fine”. If the number of people coming in and out of the station on a Saturday morning is an indication of the acceptance of this new(ish) form of South Florida transportation I’d say we’re on the right track.
Finally, I have talked a lot of crap about Miami and Ft. Lauderdale over the years. It turns out that I just really don’t like I95. The cities themselves aren’t that bad, I just need a Carefree / Carfree way of getting there.. Also I’ve got to do some sort of juice cleanse because I ate waay too much over the weekend. Send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt is Auditioning for the coveted position as the Brightline Mascot