Live: SW 3rd Avenue Music Festival's New Times Stage at Green Room, May 6

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John Ralston rocked his own face off Friday at the Green Room.
SW 3rd Ave Music Festival
New Times Stage
The Green Room, Fort Lauderdale
May 6, 2011

Better than: Rebecca Black's version of Friday.

Click here to see a slideshow from the night.

It's disturbingly easy to put into words what the combined efforts of six local acts, a supportive venue, trusting fellow New Times staffers, and a lively crowd meant on Friday: Everything! Given the amount of promotion leading up to this showcase assembled by a team including yours truly, you'd expect that a review would be nothing less than effusive. And you'd be right. Here are a few of the evening's highlights:

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Who Was the Top Vote-Getter at Green Room's New Times Stage?

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All of the bands who performed at Friday's New Times Stage as part of the SW 3rd Ave Music Festival were on point -- but only one can hold high the title of winning the evening's text vote challenge, a "Battle of the Bands" of sorts.

After a long night of tabulating and checking for hanging chads, there is a winner. Is it John Ralston, the Dewars, Young Circles, Plains, the New, or Lavola?

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SW 3rd Ave Music Festival Is Tonight; Vote for Your Favorite Act

One final reminder that tonight is the New Times-curated SW 3rd Ave Music Festival show at the Green Room in downtown Fort Lauderdale. With a packed lineup boasting John Ralston, the Dewars, Young Circles, Plains, the New, and Lavola -- plus an afterparty with Radio-Active Records' DJs -- this should be a mesmerizing evening for local music. Check out the fest's full schedule. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Attendees can text their votes for their favorite act of the six performing on our stage. We'll tabulate the results and release them right here on Monday. Read the instructions below.

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Q&A: John Ralston on Lo-Fi, New Orleans and Not Trying to Make a Springsteen Record

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New Times Hosting SW 3rd Ave Music Festival Stage at Green Room May 6
SW 3rd Ave Music Festival Full Schedule

Those of you who read this week's print piece regarding John Ralston only scratched the surface of what's going on with the Lake Worth master songwriter. In the raw, exclusive Q&A that follows, there's a ton more regarding Ralston's sessions in New Orleans with Michael Seaman and David Vandervelde. Also, read about that strain of Peter Gabriel running through a record that might owe more to the Traveling Wilburys than anyone else, and some real talk about lo-fi and the cutthroat record business.

Whether you read this (admittedly long) interview before his evening performance at the SW 3rd Ave Music Festival tonight at Green Room, or sit back with a copy of Shadows of the Summertime sometime this weekend, it's a rewarding, in-depth read.

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SW 3rd Ave Music Festival Full Schedule

Downtown Fort Lauderdale will overflow with local music fans when the SW 3rd Ave Music Festival gets underway this Friday, May 6. As already mentioned, come early -- the revelry begins at 5 p.m.

Earlier this week, we unveiled the full lineup and set times for the free New Times/County Grind stage at the Green Room -- and today we have every single stage and band taking part in the fest.

With local rockers Nonpoint taking the headlining slot at Revolution -- the only stage with a cover charge -- the night includes stages inside America's Backyard, the Poorhouse, the Green Room, and an outdoor stage featuring stunt BMX riders on a 75-foot halfpipe next to it. Check out the schedule below. More »

SW 3rd Ave Music Festival's New Times Stage Set Times

It's beyond exciting that the SW 3rd Ave Music Festival is this week! Friday, to be exact. We have just received finalized set-time information for all of the stages, including our own New Times-curated event at the Green Room.

One key bit of information: IT STARTS EARLY. Doors open at 5 p.m., and our first band takes the stage at 5:15 p.m. this Friday. County Grind will be there from the very beginning, and after the live music ends at about 11 p.m., Radio-Active Records' DJs Mikey Ramirez, Sensitive Side, and maybe some special guests will take over for the official after party. Peep the schedule for our FREE event below.

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New Times Hosting SW 3rd Ave Music Festival Stage at Green Room May 6

Downtown Fort Lauderdale rock outpost Revolution and nearby watering hole Poorhouse have teamed with New Times Broward-Palm Beach for a night of music unlike any other in the county -- the SW 3rd Ave Music Festival on Friday, May 6. Talk about an event that'll be easy to locate.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale will be a throbbing mass of musicians and fans on SW 3rd Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Himmarshee Street due to five stages of local music, including an entirely FREE New Times-curated evening inside the recently launched Green Room. Check out details on our lineup below.

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