Black Fridays Turns 3 With These Most Memorable Moments

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Celebrate three years of goth at Black Fridays' anniversary bash.

Since its inception in 2011, Black Fridays has been the go-to bash for the "dark electronic and classic new wave"-lovin' crowd.

And in the past three years, the popular party has seen it all -- from suspension acts to zombie walks to cosplay nights. It even outlasted multiple moves, from its home in the 954 at Green Room to the 305's Vagabond and back to its original spot in Fort Laudy's revamped spot, now known as Stache.

Tonight, Black Fridays will be celebrating its anniversary at Revolution Live along with Astari Nite. The band also premieres its "I.O. 1987" music video.

But before you black-wearing masses crowd the Fort Lauderdale venue, here are some of Black Fridays' most memorable moments according to the man who started it all, Mike Linder, AKA DJ Lindersmash.

See also: Black Fridays Return to Fort Lauderdale: "It Feels Like Home"

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Pangaea and Gryphon Nightclubs Shut Doors for Good

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Say goodbye to Gryphon and Pangaea.

After almost a decade of throwing some of the wildest parties in Hollywood, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Pangaea and Gryphon nightclubs have officially shut their doors.

Both clubs have welcomed some of the most talented names in dance music, including John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, and other uhntz-uhntz legends to the stage. But they're keeping quiet on the matter.

"I am sorry but I really can't comment on this. Thanks," wrote Eden Bauer, a spokesperson for both clubs, in an email.

See also: Bamboo Room Closes for Summer

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Island Bass Saturdays at PRL: "Not Your Cookie-Cutter EDM"

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Get your Island Bass on with Juan Luv at PRL Euro Cafe.

Crank up the bass and party like you're smack in the heart of the Caribbean at Island Bass Saturdays at PRL Euro Lounge.

The monthly fête is a "fusion and celebration of the global bass movement" where DJs Juan Luv, Jared Cole, Mello T, and surprise guests spin serious hits of moombahton, zouk bass, kuduro, and other uhntz-uhntz vibes from the islands.

"It's pretty much the whole global bass movement and keeping it alive," explains DJ Juan Luv, the man behind the bash.

"We did it because we just love the music so much and wanted to bring something different to the table," he adds.

"It's not your typical cookie-cutter EDM stuff. This is more passion driven than anything else."

See also: PRL Hangover Sundays Are Back With Big Bass

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Stache Launches LGBTQ Night with China White

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Nicole Halliwell is hosting and performing.
When Stache was Green Room, Jonny Veo's was a face you'd see around regularly. Since the closing of the Vagabond in Miami -- where he was throwing Thursday nights -- Veo returned to the Revolution Live complex in Himmarshee in both managing and marketing roles. His latest project is an all new Sunday LGBQT night at the Fort Laudy speakeasy. China White Tea Cup Party throws us back to the days of big drag, but for the cause of both making new friends (maybe very good friends via a Grindr party meet-up) and giving back.

Stache partnered up with Out of the Closet, the national thrift store chain where you can check up on your HIV status and give to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation while redecorating your house. "We'll have people dropping off clothing every week for a free drink ticket," explained Veo, and all your old duds will be donated to Out of the Closet.

"All I care about is just making sure all of my friends have a place to go," said Veo said of his intentions with the night. He thinks the downtown Fort Lauderdale scene is in need of some soul and community building. "We haven't had heart in a while," he observed. China White guarantees something different from the downtown status quo.

See also: Jonny Veo Benefit at C&I Studios Reunites Green Room DJs

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Bamboo Room Closes for Summer (UPDATED)

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Sing the blues at Bamboo Room one last time with JP Soars & the Red Hots.

Bamboo Room has been singing the blues for nearly 15 years, bringing music from blues legends and local acts alike including David Shelley, Albert Castiglia, Igor & the Red Elvises, and Iko-Iko to Palm Beach County.

Tomorrow night, the Lake Worth bar will be shutting its doors, at least for the summer, with a final show from JP Soars & the Red Hots.

"Bamboo Room will be closing for the summer months and will return in October," that's what Craig Young, the booking manager, said in an email.

UPDATE: The Palm Beach Post reports that owners, husband and wife Russell Hibbard and Karen McKinley are planning on selling Bamboo Room sometime during the summer. While there is no confirmed buyer as of yet, there are several interested parties. According to the Post, the potential owners have indicated they would carry on the same musical concept as the current Bamboo Room, but that, of course, is subject to change.

See also: The Talent Farm Closes Doors After Nearly a Decade

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Eight Fashion Tips for the 8th Ever '80s Prom at Respectable Street

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It's a totally tubular blast from the past!

Bring out your pink ruffles, giant dangling earrings, and white tux. We're gonna get Footloose and party like it's 1982 at Respectable Street's Eighth Ever '80s Prom!

And since you were a lanky, flat-chested teenager with braces all over your mouth and only scored a free, crappy meal with bland chicken and stale bread that night, chances are your real prom was grody to the max.

While you can't turn back the clock and show your entire class how hot you are now (and probably wouldn't want to, anyway), you can pretend it's senior year all over again this Sunday when the WPB rock institution transforms into your high school auditorium.

See also: Ten Memorial Day Parties to Kick Off Summer in Broward and Palm Beach

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Minimal Celebrate Ten Years of Indie-Latin Goodness at the Garret Tonight

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¡Feliz cumpleaños, Minimal!

Ten years ago, nearly 90 million viewers were exposed to Janet Jackson's nipple during her Super Bowl XXVIII "wardrobe malfunction" with JT, Brittney Spears eloped twice in 12 months, her first marriage lasting a mere 55 hours, and the driver of the Dave Matthews Band tour bus made it rain 800-pounds of feces onto the Chicago River.

Yeah, 2004 was a questionable year for pop music. But in the midst of all the head shakes and face palms the fourth year of the new millennium brought upon us, one of the best indie, electropop Latin bands to hit South Florida's music scene was born: Minimal.

Tonight, the eclectic foursome will be throwing A Beautiful Chaos at the Garret at Grand Central in downtown Miami in celebration of their ten year anniversary.

County Grind hit up drummer Alejo Angee on the eve of Minimal's birthday bash and spoke to him about the band's evolution throughout the years, the state of SoFla's local music scene, and lead singer Gabriel Ayala's alter ego.

Happy Birthday, Minimal! Here's to ten more.

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Laser Wolf's New Promo Director on Playing "the Douchebag"

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Fort Lauderdale's hot spot, Laser Wolf, is surely no stranger to the film world. Having already been the host of a wild and raunchy music video for Death Jam's aptly titled "Death Wolf." The Broward bar has seen its fair share of the nasty and naughty.

So what's a couple gallons of fake blood to them?

In Laser Wolf's newest video promo, we meet some classic loafer wearing, Yelp reading a-holes seeking Sobe drinks. Written and directed by local BJ Golnick, the clip is as bizarre and hilarious as anything you'd expect to come out of a bunch of Fort Lauderdale creatives.

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Broward and Palm Beach County's 4/20 Party Guide

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Happy 4/20!

Medical marijuana may not be legal in Florida just yet, but that doesn't mean pot enthusiasts everywhere won't smoke their brains out on 4/20.

So in celebration of National Smoke-Out Day, we've provided you with some of the best herb parties going down in BroCo and Palm Beach.

Now go puff and be merry.

See also: Ten Songs That Could Be Used in Marijuana Commercials


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PRL Hangover Sundays Are Back With Big Bass

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Next weekend, Theoryon Records will relaunch its weekly Hangover Sundays at hopping hot-spot PRL Euro Cafe off Hollywood Boulevard. If you've been to PRL -- and you likely have -- you know that atmosphere is abundant at the cozy hangout. That's a principal reason why the label's Ryan De La Torre decided to host his early-night party there again.

"The vibe at PRL is very underground and laid-back with a splash of art," he points out, adding, that there are "over 100 beers on tap with such exotic names as: Delirium, Zywiec, Framboise or Skull Splitter..." You get the idea. There's plenty of finely titled brews.

But the mood of Hangover Sundays is truly guided by the music it showcases. "I decided to do it early so that when people come out, they can really hear and take an educated listen to the music versus getting to the club after midnight and focusing more on raging out."

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