A country-music star headlines an MSD benefit, Boynton’s beloved art walk returns for the fall, and a ukulele art show wants to get you lei’d. Plus, Ghost Town Blues Band (pictured above), Lovelorn and more in your week ahead.
Where: Kaye Auditorium at FAU
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
With 11 No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Charts, Justin Moore is one of his genre’s young lions, an Arkansas native with an authentic style, rock ‘n’ roll leanings and a cheeky sense of humor: His latest No. 1 single is called “You Look Like I Need a Drink.” This weekend, he’s touring South Florida for a cause, headlining this benefit concert to honor “the heroes, the fallen and the survivors of gun violence in our schools. Celebrating togetherness in an often-divided nation, the concert will open with “American Idol” alum Emily Brooke. Though the music begins at 7:30, doors will open at 6 p.m. for festivities including a mechanical bull—with prizes for riders who can stay on the longest—a beer garden, and food from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ.
What: Opening night of “Love, Gilda”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
The entertainment world lost Gilda Radner far too early, at age 42, from ovarian cancer, but her voice lives on. For the young ‘uns out there, Radner was very much the Tina Fey of her time: She was the first person Lorne Michaels cast when he launched “Saturday Night Live,” and despite its machismo-drenched environment, she paved the way for countless women in comedy. Recently unearthed audiotapes from Radner form the basis of this documentary about her life and legacy, along with diary entries read by a handful of her enamored devotees, among them Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler and Bill Hader. It’s a history lesson about a side-splitting pioneer that, according to many critics, feels utterly contemporary. It plays at least through Sept. 27.
Where: Voltaire, 526 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
If you never discovered the psychedelic Philadelphia band Creepoid, well, you’re out of luck. Earlier this year, the quartet played its final show. But, like New Order following in the wake of Joy Division, three-fourths of Creepoid have returned with a new project, Lovelorn, fronted by the ethereal vocals of bassist Anna Troxell. The group’s hazy sound is rich in goth-rock textures and atmospherics, conjuring mid-period Cure or Jesus & Mary Chain, a sound designed for smoke machines and dimly lit dives. The band makes its South Florida debut Saturday with the hilariously named opening acts Beatles Haircut and Lion Country Ferrari.
What: “Everybody Gets Lei’d: A Ukulele Art Show”
Where: Vatican Tattoo Studio, 325 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach
When: 6 to 10 p.m.
Contact: 561/403-5631, vaticantattoodelray.com
Hawaii’s generous spirit of aloha will pervade this Pineapple Grove tattoo shop on Saturday in a tuneful celebration of its native stringed instrument, the ukulele. The uke has been increasing in popularity lately, with more and more adopters finding joy in its easy-to-learn chords. Consider purchasing your first ukulele—or upgrading to a fancy new one—at this showcase of more than 30 hand-painted, -carved and -sculpted instruments, each of them a unique work of art in its own right. Death or Glory will provide a pop-up bar to go down with Mexican favorites from Tacosaurus (what, no poke bowl trucks?!), and the shop will resound with the melodies of too many ukes to count. All proceeds from the event will benefit Future 6 Helping Hand Organization, a local nonprofit that supports surf camps for children with disabilities and special needs.
What: Ghost Town Blues Band
Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
This bold and brassy sextet from Memphis’ legendary Beale Street has been climbing the BillboardBlues Charts—culminating at No. 6 this year for its album Backstage Pass—on the strength of a pure, soulful sound that conjures the Allman Brothers Band, Van Morrison and, in frontman Matt Isbell’s gravelly vocals, Dr. John. Exuberant horns and rollicking keyboards complement Isbell’s elaborate electric guitar work, which is all the more impressive for being played on a cigar-box guitar of Isbell’s own making.
What: September Art Walk
Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 401 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach
When: 6 to 10 p.m.
The Boynton Beach Arts District’s popular monthly art walk took the summer off—and, really, who can blame it?—so this weekend’s third-Saturday event is the first of its kind in three months. The warehouses will be open with working artists showcasing their latest masterpieces; vendors will be on hand hand-made art, jewelry and collectibles; and multiple food trucks will soothe restive bellies. The live music will be provided by at least six underground rap artists affiliated with the production company 90Culture.