Broadway stars gather to honor the M.S.D. survivors, Delray’s Affair to remember celebrates its 56th year, and blues-rock luminaries headline Boca’s Biscuit Fest. Plus, Lorde, Descendents, “Fun Home” and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening night of Biscuit Fest
Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $7-$15, $150 for entire festival
Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com
The Funky Biscuit, everybody’s favorite Boca blues, rock and jam club, celebrates its seventh anniversary with this eclectic annual shindig, this time bringing five days of local and touring bands to an audience hungry for authentic music. Crazy Fingers opens the festival Wednesday with a re-creation of the Grateful Dead’s fan-favorite performance from April 11, 1972 in Newcastle, England. Follow it up Thursday with romantic balladeer Edwin McCain; Friday with funk-fusion quintet Kung Fu playing an all-Steely Dan set; Saturday with Blues Traveler vocalist John Popper fronting Kung Fu and other special guests; and Sunday with a bluesy afternoon set from Matt Schofield, Albert Castiglia and others, including Popper. Contact the venue for complete ticket packages and VIP deals.
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
What: Ranky Tanky
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
This four-piece band, along with singer Quiana Parler, performs music in the authentic Gullah tradition—which originated with enslaved West Africans and proliferated in the Lowcountry regions of Georgia and South Carolina. One of the most celebrated contemporary Gullah bands, Ranky Tanky keeps the genre alive and thriving, with raucous barnburners and soul-stirring spirituals alike.
What: Opening night of “Fun Home”
Where: Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
Memoirist Alison Bechdel—of the famous Bechdel Test for gender dimensionality in the movies—penned the best-selling source material for this recent Best Musical Tony winner. The narrative divides its time between Bechdel’s childhood, in which she grew up with a gay father; and her first year of college, in which she comes out of the closet. The first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, “Fun Home” is a tremendous coup for Zoetic Stage, the Arsht Center’s resident company, which is fresh off its six Carbonell wins last week. The production runs through May 13.
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 786/777-1000, aaarena.com
With the release of her second LP, Melodrama, last summer, New Zealand-born singer-songwriter Lorde shattered any fears of a sophomore slump. The wunderkind behind 2013’s ubiquitous “Royals,” who was just 17 when the song blew up the internet and Top 40 radio, still couldn’t legally drink when she unveiled Melodrama, a concept album of misguided decisions and clear-eyed revelations, explored with the wisdom of a writer twice her age. The songs work as both thumping club hits and spartan piano ballads; how she’ll present them at this blockbuster tour is an intriguing mystery. Arrive early for a pair of excellent opening acts, Run the Jewels and Mitski.
Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net
These nerd-punk pioneers have managed to maintain a devoted fan base despite three hiatuses and four reformations over more than 40 years—such is the enduring power of the group’s primitive, fast-n-loud formula and the earnestness of singer Milo Aukerman’s lyrics and voice. Aukerman has spent much of his life divided between his “A” career as a biochemist (!) and his side gig as the frontman of an iconic punk group, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Aukerman fully jettisoned his scientific career for the chemistry of three chords and caffeinated melodies. Fans new and old will welcome his group back again for its first South Florida gig in God knows how long. Expect “Bikeage,” “I’m the One,” “Suburban Home” and all the other timeless gems.
What: Opening night of “24 Frames”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth
When: 4 and 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
Bravo to the Lake Worth Playhouse for being, to my knowledge, the only cinema in the region to open “24 Frames,” the final film from Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami. The great experimental director died in 2016, and this year three-year labor of love qualifies as his swan song. Unlike anything else in his oeuvre, “24 Frames” is an animated feature, but it’s a far cry from Disney or Wes Anderson. It’s essentially a non-narrative compilation of 24 shorts, each about four and a half minutes long, almost all nature stills he animated and brought to life. There’s no dialogue, thus no need for subtitles. Just sit back and luxuriate in the director’s meditative attempt to square film and photography, light and movement. It runs through April 19.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Delray Affair
Where: Downtown Delray Beach
When: April 13-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Assuming the mantle of the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeast United States, the Delray Affair once again promises a cornucopia of stuff, as 500 artists cram 12 city blocks in the heart of downtown. Whether it’s a vibrant watercolor, a quirky sculpture or a funky artisanal clock, the 56th annual tradition specializes in the eclectic and the whimsical, traits that help define the Delray mystique. The Delray Affair introduces attractions each year, and 2018 is no exception: New to this spring’s event is a beer and wine garden with live music, which will showcase specialty brews and varietals along with local musicians. Last year’s successful “Delray After Dark” festivities return this year with weekend drink specials, after-hours gallery openings, and other reasons to stick around after the tents fold up. Stop by the Delray Beach Historical Society’s 20-foot booth and learn about the event’s origins as the Gladiola Festival—and take home one of the iconic flowering bulbs.
MONDAY, APRIL 16
What: “From Broadway With Love”
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 800/345-7000, ticketmaster.com
The M.S.D. High School students’ inspiring activism is not slowing down anytime soon—in fact, it’s snowballing into a global movement that includes plenty of friends in high places. Many of these allies in the entertainment industry will join the Parkland students at this benefit concert, in which grief, healing, hope and change will share the stage of one of South Florida’s largest concert venues. Among the talent performing at the event: Matthew Morrison, of “Glee;” Rachel Bloom, of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend;” Deborah Cox, who is in town for “The Bodyguard;” Wayne Brady, of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and many more. The incredible list really does go on and on. Backed by the South Florida Symphony, the stars and the students will join forces on songs penned by the survivors.