Pineapple Groove Renamed Hangar 88, Returning With 88's Dueling Pianos

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Delray Beach's Pineapple Groove finally decided on a new identity. The local musical venue closed its doors back in October and is now redefining itself as Hangar 88 under the ownership of Jim Layson's 88's Entertainment.

The club is calling itself "the most unique venue in Delray Beach." According to Facebook, Hangar, or Hanger as it's also being referred to, 88's Dueling Pianos are leaving the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and relocating to the Delray Beach spot, bringing their "Dueling Piano Show" with them.

Pineapple Groove was open for under a year and featured a Best of Homegrown Concert Series pushing local acts. The energy may remain -- "No bad vibes allowed" -- but it seems the sounds will change a bit. Along with the dueling pianos, apparently, there will also be karaoke, DJs, dance music, and national acts. The new manager is Philip Simonetta, down from Philly, serving what Hangar 88 described as Lebanese and Italian tapas.

The venue is currently hiring bartenders with a minimum of two years' experience. Hangar 88 will be accepting résumés from 5 to 10 p.m. before tomorrow, so start working on that résumé ASAP. 

When you're in the mood for some serious piano-key action, Hangar 88 is located at 19 NE Third Ave., Delray Beach. 
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Jef Kabes
Jef Kabes

I walked down there 3 times a week .. it's ALWAYS EMPTY !  10 box to park  your car 10 feet away, no thanks.They REALLY need to think about good music, you can find crab anywhere.and what are LIBANESE tapas ?  Couldn't you really not think about anything else ?

Shawn Hagood
Shawn Hagood

Once again, South Florida finds another way to fill an awesome venue with.... ehem... less enticing acts.  Can we please figure it out?... so bands like Rich Kid Sound System, Dangerflow, Will Ave, Radioboxer, Krisp, The Ruins, Afrobeta, Viva Le Vox, ArtOfficial, Pangea Kidz, Spred the Dub, South Side Dub, Everymen, and hundreds of other local acts can create a movement to continue to uplift our local scene and get people out of shitty overpriced clubs....

freakerdude
freakerdude

Pineapple Groove never had any acts to lure me to drive 20 miles. City Limits, however, did with bands like the Radiators, Tab Benoit, Devon Allman, etc.

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

"The most unique venue in Delray Beach" is not the toughest thing to be.

Chris R
Chris R

It would be nice if venues in Palm Beach County (Propaganda, Speakeasy, Respectables)  weren't so prejudice in general in which bands they allow in their venues as they only seem to want to play host to indie rock acts as you just now only named indie acts who are always playing these mentioned venues. If those bands hate the venues so much they should stop playing them or stop complaining.

Guest
Guest

Clearly you are just looking to complain about indie rock when SO MANY of the bands above are not indie, and not even rock bands... Uh, just to point out a couple, the ones with "Dub" in the name play, you know, reggae. Some of the others are hip-hop and electronic acts. I think if you actually spoke to anyone in ANY of those bands, they wouldn't have anything bad to say about the venues they like to play. You are just looking for a place to complain.

Guest
Guest

ArtOfficial and Dangerflow are more like live hip-hop acts... Afrobeta doesn't even have a single guitar in the group, which is just two people... Pangea Kidz are also a hip-hop act.... I don't know the Ruins but Radioboxer and maybe Krisp are the only ones who cater solely to the "indie" scene. We can both agree though that the place was too expensive and by gossip-y accounts didn't treat acts of many genres particularly well.

Chris R
Chris R

Excuse me, most of the bands that Shawn noted are indie rock, with the exception of the two reggae acts and and a hip-hop act (Rich Kid). It's cool that propaganda at least let's some hip hop in, but last I checked it was Sunday nights.I know of quite a few rock bands, lighter and harder who have said that they were refused to play in mentioned venues. I will agree with Jef below me though, I work in Downtown Delray and that place is empty pretty much all the time. If they did allow local acts in, I couldn't see how the bar would do well as they're kind of pricey drink-wise.

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