Churchill's Pub: 35 Years of Blood, Sweat, and Beers

Categories: Heads Up

Marta Xochilt Perez

By Mariel Zayas-Bazan

Blood, sweat, beers, and maybe a few tears were shed three months ago, but Churchill's change of ownership has proven a smooth -- and even positive -- transition. Toes no longer curl at the smell of piss by the door. The patio bar is renovated. Damn decent food is churning out of the kitchen and punks are still booking ceiling-crawling shows. A few fixtures may be missing from the walls, but Mr. C's jar of English jam is still around, and so is he. We can't complain.

This Monday marks 35 years since Churchill's Pub first opened. While a lot has changed since '79, you can still play pool, swig beer, and watch soccer. And for a long while now, you can also catch local bands from the bright side of the bar. This Friday through Saturday you'll have 60 bands and three stages to choose from and no cover. It's only fitting that legendary and soon-to-be legendary Broward heavy-hitters dot the lineup.

See also: Churchill's Pub, My Childhood Drawings, Filth, and Art

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Summer Soundtrack Comes to a Sweaty and Satisfying End (Video)


C&I Studios and Exposed PR's Summer Soundtrack came to a close last night. The pop-up concert series centered on local music, and was emceed by South Florida musician Phil Barnes.

See also: Summer Soundtrack Pop-Up Music Series: A Perfect End to the Season


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PureHoney's Third Anniversary Reminds Us to "Bee Authentic"

Categories: A Gay Ol' Time

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PureHoney Magazine's Steve Rullman shared with us quite a few nuggets of good advice when we spoke with him earlier this week. His independently produced print music guide, peppered with quality articles and interviews, is celebrating three wonderful years of informing you music freaks on where to go and what to do in South Florida for a good time.

PureHoney isn't some precious thing you pick up to simply admire -- though it always has a rad poster hidden in its belly -- it's also very functional. Considering it's deliciously thriving in the age of the internet, we advise you take Rullman's sage words to heart.

"Authenticity is key," Rullman says. "I love turning people on to sweet junk I come across." And PureHoney is truly authentic. It displays the finest aspects of our community and Rullman's own refined tastes. He's curating a scene of his own, in a way, through this foldout publication.

See also: Roadkill Ghost Choir Headlines PureHoney Magazine's Three Year Anniversary



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Silver and Velvet Musical Meditation Combines Flute with Higher Consciousness in Dania Beach

Categories: Arts & Culture

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Photo by Ana Graves, Courtesy of Laura Sue Wilansky
Laura Sue Wilansky plays with Fernando Perdomo.

I took in the scent of paint and candles as the group closed its eyes and drifted off. Some of us sat on the floor, pillows under our butts, our feet were bare. A few others perched on couches behind our backs.

After meditating to live flute music performed by Laura Sue Wilansky, the sound of a gong brought us back to reality. It was time to sit in a circle to share what we'd all experienced at the Silver and Velvet Musical Meditations. This being my first time, I wasn't quite up for sharing, but I listened to others talk about what they'd felt or seen while meditating or painting to the live music.

Some had experienced specific colors during their meditation and purple seemed to be the color of the day because a few people chimed in about having a very purple meditation. There was talk of peace and changing the world. A few griped about the woes of watching the news and seeing the mess we're in, not just locally but globally.


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Camelot Officially Opens Tonight in West Palm Beach (Photos)

Categories: Nightlife

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Camelot opens in West Palm Beach, but only cardholders can get in.
This Labor Day weekend, South Florida restaurateur and nightlife maven Rodney Mayo is celebrating the grand opening of his thirteenth establishment. Tonight, the doors officially open for Camelot, the new late-night spot in downtown West Palm Beach. And as last night's soft opening revealed, it brings to life a unique nightlife concept.

But hold up ladies and gents: Before you go slapping on your party dress and lacing up those dancing shoes, check the mailbox for the special VIP card you'll need to get in the doors.

Oh, what's that? You didn't fill out the online application to request one of Camelot's 1,000 charter member cards? That's a shame. You'll probably have to buy one now.

See also: Camelot Soft Opening in West Palm Beach (Slideshow)


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Savoy Promises "a Crazy Ass Light Show" at Revolution Live

Categories: Interview

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Savoy hit the scene only a few years back and already has a diverse following of devoted fans addicted to its adrenaline-inducing, notoriously high-energy live shows. The band's name itself is all inclusive. The trio of Gray Smith, Ben Eberdt, and Mike Kelly titled their act after the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the first nightclub where everyone, all races included, could come dance for free.

The group's unique setup - two DJs and a live drummer - is just one of the things that has it standing out starkly from countless other EDM acts filling up venues. Drummer Mike Kelly explains why this format works for them. "When drumming with a traditional band, you're really the machine that is keeping time. With the live production stuff, the time is being kept by the computers giving me more room to rock out and embellish the tracks."

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Ten Best Guitar Shops in Broward County

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Photo by Elvert Barnes via Flickr cc
Long before the internet changed the way we do everything, guitar stores were mystical places. While some of them still operate in the tradition of the past, providing as much social hub as a house to facilitate the sale and maintenance of our beloved instruments, the guitar shop of yore is an endangered thing.

The fondest memories of my youth involved trekking through New York City to guitar shops with my father. There was absolutely nothing that could top the excitement felt turning the corner onto 48th Street to be greeted by the endless Mecca of shops peddling obscure and vintage stringed delights. It was a place where you could spot the most famous players in the world rubbing elbows with tire-kickers as they all sought their own idea of perfection in wood and wire. As such, it was the place that provided many a legend with the instruments they wielded with which to conquer the world. And once upon a time -- before that wonderful block was bought up by chains and homogenized -- that aura of importance was palpable thing.

The reality is that there is a certain magic that can't be stomped out of any guitar shop. That's because there's a certain magic that permeates the air around guitars; it's resilient and can overcome things like multiple botched attempts at the lead riff from "Sweet Chile O' Mine" or countless fat-fingered introductions to "Stairway to Heaven." And while you may not have heard of them all (yet), South Florida is fortunate to have some really great places to buy guitars.

Here are the top ten guitar shops in Broward with one in Boca and one online.


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Former Stone Fox Guitarist Is Back in a Big Way with Celebrator

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Every now and again, jaded though we are, we get a little excited about some new musical gem we encounter. For example, yesterday we stumbled upon the dreamy, trip-a-delic sounds of Celebrator.

It's the latest project of Boca Raton resident David Barnard. If you didn't know any better, listening to the soulful, reverb-ified, honeyed loops of his debut EP Save Yourself, you might think you've unearthed some rare, early Portishead demo session. But you'd be mistaken, my friend. This chimerical creation was brought to life right here in the suburban confines of Barnard's mother's residence. Some parts were recorded straight from the white noise resonance of Barnard's iPhone.

South Florida music aficionados will remember Barnard from other projects. He was the one with the Dylan-esque 'fro who struck the gargantuan guitar licks for Jordy Asher's blues-infected garage rock creation Stone Fox (which later became Blond Fuzz and then morphed into Young Circles). He may have been quiet over the past few years since Jordy moved to the Big Apple and lucked upon working with Queen Bey, but Barnard has come back in a serious fashion with this little 4-song nugget of lo-fi mastery.

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Top Ten Most Famous Hats in Music History

Categories: Useless Lists

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Jeffrey Delannoy

Subscribers to guitar magazines are probably those most excited about Slash coming to town August 29 at Hard Rock Live. But a close second would be hat aficionados.

Slash might still be a household name for his blistering guitar playing with Guns N' Roses alone, and while his trademark hair, sunglasses, and tough sounding name probably have something to do with his continued fame, it is undoubtedly that black top hat which makes him an icon. In his honor we present the ten most famous hats in music.

See also: Slash Keeps Rock and Roll Alive at Hard Rock Live on August 29

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Ten Best Labor Day Parties of 2014

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On Labor Day, we enjoy the fruits of our labors and, well, the fruits of others' as well.

Although it's considered a day to rest, it's also one of the finest party weekends of the year. You can get shitfaced Sunday without the risk of flaunting nasty bloodshot eyes all over the office on Monday morning.

Celebrate summer's end (Bye-bye summertime!) with these ten best Labor Day parties, ranging from artsy to period-specific to classy and, of course, downright fucking wild.


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