The weekend: Beer, bacon, bourbon, Flolfing and free Surfer Blood
It’s been a year, no kidding, since Tarpon River Brewing opened to great fanfare — the almost incomprehensible conception of Julian Siegel, sire of the proudly scruffy Riverside Market, with Tim Petrillo and the strategically slick Restaurant People — in an isolated south-downtown spot that had you going, “Where, now?”
Now, of course, you can find your way there and back with your eyes closed (and, thanks to Uber, maybe you do).
On Saturday, beginning at the crack of 1 p.m., Tarpon River Brewing will begin a first-anniversary celebration that will sprawl across the parking lot out back, where the brewery will show off its growing reputation for smart booking of local musicians. (They also do a fine burger. Love the burger.)
The music festival, with free admission, will include performances by some of South Florida’s most popular bands, including Surfer Blood, the Heavy Pets, Kids, the Goddamn Hustle, Mark Dubin & the Honest Liars, Fat Sun, Emily Sheila Band, Jabrjaw, the Gazms and Gone in Bloom.
Again, parking will be harder to find, but all that music is free. And they brew beer right there for you to drink. What more do you want?
For more information, visit Facebook.com/TarponRiverBrewing.
Beer needs women
The third annual FemAle Brew Fest sets up at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach on Saturday with more than 20 top brewers and experts from around the state and some right in your neighborhood, including Jessica Dornblaser, co-owner of NoBo Brewing in Boynton Beach; Kristen Lorow, certified cicerone from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park; and Stephanie Harper, head brewer for Islamorada Beer Co. The pet-friendly event includes live music from West Palm Beach’s Mona Lisa Tribe, sounds from DJ La Trice Perry and small bites from local restaurants. Tickets start at $35 (plus fees) for three hours of sampling from 3 to 6 p.m., with $45 and $60 VIP tickets available for 2-6 p.m. sampling. Now, beer-making is a genderless enterprise and no one is saying women make better beer than the guys do, but … Wait, maybe they are. Let’s drink and find out. Visit FemaleBrewFest.com.
I don’t typically do home and garden tours (too depressing), but I do know genius when I see it. The Downtown Jewel Neighborhood Association’s annual Flolfing Tournament is back 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, when you’ll find nine homes on the “urban golf” tour of Lake Worth’s historic Jewel neighborhood, each personalized with a unique putt-putt hole. Players will find complimentary adult beverages and snacks at each hole (along with mulligans for sale), and there will be raffles and prizes for the top three finishers, as well as for the hole design that Flolfers vote as their favorite. The Flolfing (a mashup of Florida and golfing) costs $25, with clubs, balls, scorecards and golf-cart transportation provided. Check-in is at Revelry and Rudy’s on South J Street. Visit Facebook.com/DNJAFlolfing.
Free La Santa Cecilia
Another great lineup of free music will be found at Ritmo Doral, 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Doral Park, where Grammy-winning Los Angeles alt-Latino band La Santa Cecilia (the voice of immigrants”) tops a bill with genre-defying locals Elastic Bond and Mr. Pauer. Hit the link for an interview with La Santa Cecilia co-founder Jose “Pepe” Carlos. Visit RhythmFoundation.com.
Blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy cuts loose 8 p.m. Friday at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, where tickets can be had for a mere $25 (BrowardCenter.org) … You can still get in to watch those wacky gents from TV’s “Impractical Jokers” on their “Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour” 8 p.m. Saturday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, where tickets start at $32.50 for the lawn and $49.50 under the roof (LiveNation.com) … There are lower-bowl tickets available, starting at $49.99, for multiplatinum Grammy winners Muse at the BB&T Center in Sunrise 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Ticketmaster.com).
Dennis Miller, Rob Schneider, Darrell Hammond and Jon Lovitz all played high-profile roles on “Saturday Night Live” without prompting a president to call for a federal investigation. Truly incredible. The “SNL” stars perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, a benefit show for the venue’s education and enrichment programs. Tickets start at $55. Visit BrowardCenter.org.
The Marcus King Band, led by a 22-year-old hailed as one of the next great blues-rock guitarists (“an artist you need to know,” Rolling Stone says), is one of the headliners at the all-ages Wanee Block Party, a jam-band hootenanny on Friday and Saturday at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. Two-day passes cost $39.50 advance, $45 day of show. Visit JoinTheRevolution.net.
South Florida guitar hero
Shaw Davis & the Black Ties are a South Florida band led by a 23-year-old blues-rock guitarist from Pompano Beach who you surely will be hearing more about. Davis and band (bassist Patrick Stevenson and drummer Bobby Van Stone) are on their way back from a national tour supporting the album “Tales From the West,” and will set up at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell on the Broadwalk for a free show 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Visit ShawDavisBlackTies.com.
The Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Fest, returning Friday and Saturday to the Village of Wellington Community Center & Amphitheater, requires no explanation. Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace, Barton 1792 and all your Kentucky friends will be there. Your buddy Milk Chocolate Dipped Bacon will be there, too. Musically, expect to see Taylor Road (6-7:30 p.m.) and Bradley Brown and Friends (8-9:30 p.m.) on Friday, followed on Saturday by Mark Telesca (12:30-2 p.m.), Aaron Mansfield (2:30-4 p.m.), Mitch Herrick and the Homegrown Sinners (5-6:30 p.m.) and the Tom Jackson Band (8-9:30 p.m.). Admission is free. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Visit BaconBourbonFest.com.
Paddle for good
Sunday is the new date for Paddle for the Battle, postponed in January, which offers free wine and beer, local bands (the Copper Tones, Pete from Behind the Housesand the Marcus Amaya Band), raffles, and paddle boarding and kayaking to raise money for Kristi House and its fight against human trafficking and child sexual abuse. Taking place 3-9 p.m. at Sunrise Paddleboards in Fort Lauderdale, admission to the party is $25 for an all-access wristband. Xpress Yo Self food truck will be on hand with other sponsors including Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Andy's Live Fire Grill + Bar, Chi Spa and Tarpon River Brewing. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of personal-hygiene items. Visit Facebook.com/SunrisePaddleboards, KristiHouse.org.
If you are in a more competitive mood, Beach House Pompano in Pompano Beachon Sunday will host the Beach House Paddle Challenge, an ocean race featuring 2- and 5-mile SUP and OC1 canoe courses, beginning at 9 a.m. (check-in starts at 7:45 a.m.). You’ll find food, drinks, music, prizes and more. Visit BeachHousePaddleChallenge.com.
Happy hour of the week
Former NFL star Stephen Tulloch’s new Circle House Coffee in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village offers half-off beer, wine and CBD infusions 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and half-off all beer and wine (by the glass and bottle) noon-9 p.m. Saturday. During March, morning drive-thru customers get a free 8-ounce house latte with any sandwich, pie or pastry purchase from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday-Friday, while walk-ins get a free 8-ounce coffee when they purchase a slice of pie or cake all day Monday-Friday. Visit Facebook.com/CircleHouseCoffee.
When legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata returned at age 78 to direct “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” the hand-drawn animated feature left critics slack-jawed at its extraordinary beauty. The story is based on a 10th-century Japanese folk story, “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” about a poor couple who discover a mystical girl in a forest and raise her as a princess, exploring the evanescent wonders of life and the superficial distraction of materialism. Nominated for the 2015 Best Animated Feature Oscar, the film includes voice work from Chloë Grace Moretz, Lucy Liu, James Caan and Mary Steenburgen. “Princess Kaguya” screens 7 p.m. Friday at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $7, $5 members. Visit Morikami.org.
So here’s my fantasy when Big Bounce America brings “the biggest, craziest and most awesome inflatable theme park ever” to Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in Boca Raton this weekend: A bunch of parents get tickets for the three-hour adults-only, all-access session ($28) and make the kids watch. For more information on the tour, which is at Miramar Regional Park March 29-31 and April 5-7, visit TheBigBounceAmerica.com/Family/Tickets.