Ten Best Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Parties in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County

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George Martinez
There's just something in the summer air that makes celebrating our lady 'murica feel especially right. June's around the corner, the summer heat is here to stay, and all the school kids are about to be let loose on the 'burbs. Let us welcome the season, honor and remember our fallen armed forces, and have a hell of a party in their name.

Here are our top 10 events going down this weekend in Broward and Palm Beach counties in celebration of Memorial Day 2013.

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Jamburger Hill Memorial Day Bash by JAMS - Laser Wolf - May 27

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JAMS Memorial Day weekend shindig took place on a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon. The talented group of DJs brought a sizzling line-up of funk, surf rock, and hip-hop to the lawn of everyone party kid's favorite neighborhood bar, Laser Wolf.

The center courtyard was transformed into a perfect summertime picnic/BBQ/pool-side wonderland, covered in patriotic decor. When we got there at around 1 p.m., folks were already spilling out to the Wolf's doors with their beach towels and sheets, quickly congregating around the piece de resistance: A rather sizable kiddie pool filled to the brim with dozens and dozens of dollar-store squirtguns and JAMS beach balls.


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Black Locust Society's BLS954 - Five Points Lounge - May 25

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More fun than: Trying to figure out why Gremlins can drink beer yet not multiply.

There is something to be said for the importance of a creative collective, people of similar artistic interests who share a common vision for their community and look to one another for inspiration and support. The impact of such groups can be measured in a number of ways. It is most clearly seen and rewarding when it breaks out of an often insular world and lands casually before a mix of new and familiar faces at a tiki bar just steps from the airport. 

Broward's Black Locust Society, renowned for their Swarm parties in the warehouse district on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale, hosted their first monthly event BLS954 at the up and coming Five Points Lounge. It featured performances by local versemongers Protoman, Bleubird, Gaps, and Jabrjaw as well as lambently weightless experimental group Astrea Coropration.

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Weeping Willow - Radio-Active Records - May 25


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Better than: a South Beach happy hour


Last week, County Grind gave you a touch of what to expect from the first ever Weeping Willow event. Friday night at Radio-Active Records featured out of this world experimental noise organized by Richard Vegez of dark synthy act Mothersky. There might not have been weeping or any willows, but some of the sounds coming from Radio-Active probably had unprepared passers-by in tears. 

There were six acts involved in the noise-fest, so take a deep breath, put on some Enya, light some incense because we are about to embark on a dark journey down a loud, long, eery  road that was the inagural Weeping Willow event.



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Rock 'n' Roll Ladies Night with Avenida Zero, All the Pretty Cars, The Reckless Dames, and DJ Sweetswirl


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Joan Jett, bad-ass leading lady of all time? Probably.

Green Room nightclub, the growing epicenter of the Fort Lauderdale's live music scene is hosting a girls' night of rock on this Saturday. 

The event, appropriately called "Ladies That Rock," is a tribute to all of the fabulous female-fronted bands of yesterday, today, and tomorrow who have helped shape the often male-dominated music industry. Think bad asses like Joan Jett and The Runaways circa 1976 meets No Doubt and Paramore -- need we say more?

The line-up of fierce performers are all headed up by lovely and talented ladies. There's Latin pop/punk five-some Avenida Zero, fronted by lead singer Lisa Abreu. Abreu agrees that Joan Jett exudes everything that is bad-ass, noting the frontwoman's influence on her own music. Madonna is another leading lady that Abreu admires, saying, "When I first discovered her (at age 8), I knew I wanted to be an artist/performer for the rest of my life." No arguments there. We think Madonna rules too!


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Jimmy Pagano Memorial Jam at America's Backyard Benefits Artists with Autism

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Denise Langella

In April 2011, Jimmy Pagano, a valued local drummer, promoter, and friend, was murdered trying to break up a bar fight at Fishtales Bar and Grill, where he himself hosted a weekly Pro Jam event. It was a huge blow for the Fort Lauderdale music scene and also for those who loved him. This Sunday, May 20, Pagano's friends and supporters will gather at America's Backyard for a memorial jam. There will be raffles and a silent auction to benefit musicians with autism.

Roscoe Peterson, his best friend and the guitar player in Jimmy Pagano's Untamed Band offered us a few words in remembrance of Pagano:


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Best of the Best 2010 Spotlight: Serani



The 27-year-old Serani's 2008 single, "No Games," with its sped-up, hiccuping beat and indelible chorus, was everywhere that year. A debut album of the same name followed in 2009, but since then, he's been working to prove he's no one-hit wonder. Newer songs like "When It's Cold," "Naked," and "Romance" center on the same R&B-style beats and syrupy melodies, aiming squarely at the females.

Check out some slightly newer Serani songs after the jump.

Best of the Best 2010. With Diddy, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, Capleton, Barrington Levy, and others. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets currently cost $54 and up; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 305-438-9488; bestofthebestconcert.comMore »

Check Out Miami New Times' Memorial Day Weekend 2010 Event Listings

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Barbie princess Nicki Minaj is all over Miami during Memorial Day Weekend.
Thousands of people will flock to South Beach on Memorial Day Weekend, and there are a head-spinning number of beach parties, pool parties, club parties, concerts, and a seeming million other things to keep them all busy. Luckily, Miami New Times has a handy online central listing of them all.  A sample of some of the things going on:

Thursday:
-Rick Ross' Memorial Day Bash at Cameo

Friday:
-Dipset Mania at Sobe Live
-Diddy's Dirty Money Memorial Day Bash at Cameo
-Young Money and Cash Money at Mansion

Saturday:
-Waka Flocka Flame at Sobe Live
-Juelz Santana at the Living Room
-Mardi Gras party with Mr. Vegas and Serani at B.E.D.


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Best of the Best 2010 Spotlight: Lady Saw



Since the mid-'80s, Lady Saw has represented for the females in the highly male-driven world of dancehall. And throughout her career, she's racked up a lot of firsts. She was the first female dancehall artist to headline major genre events outside of Jamaica, the first to win a Grammy, and the first to go triple platinum. Saw has accomplished much of this thanks to her outspoken talk. While her male peers have usually taken to macho posturing, Saw's own perspective is decidedly female, and often, frankly sexual. It's not all bawdy pillow talk, though -- her songs have duly railed against mistreatment of women, and even advocated for safe sex.

(After the jump, too, watch her calling out an unruly fan and verbally crushing him. Amazing.)

Best of the Best 2010. With Diddy, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, Capleton, Barrington Levy, and others. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets currently cost $54 and up; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 305-438-9488; bestofthebestconcert.comMore »

Best of the Best 2010 Spotlight: Barrington Levy


Barrington Levy has had two musical lives, it seems, in the past few decades. There was his first one, as a wildly popular singer of reggae and a splash of early dancehall, a career which began in the '70s and netted him hits like "Collie Weed" and "Under Mi Sensi." His second musical life, though, has come about mostly in the form of samples. Levy's unmistakable tenor and his penchant for scatting along the words "skiddly-widdly-whoooaaa" have made him a favorite of producers of hip-hop and electronic music. These days, he records new material somewhat sporadically, but unlike many of his peers, he seems to be plugged in to the latest of the web. Just check Levy's active Twitter account; he big-ups Best of the Best itself there pretty regularly.

Best of the Best 2010. With Diddy, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, Capleton, Barrington Levy, and others. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets currently cost $54 and up; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 305-438-9488; bestofthebestconcert.com

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