By Chuck Strouse
By Scott Fishman
By Terrence McCoy
By Ryan Yousefi
By Ciara LaVelle, Kat Bein, Carolina Del Busto, and Liz Tracy
By Pepe Billete
By Ryan Yousefi
By Kyle Swenson
Independence Day is more than just the name of an old Bruce Springsteen song. It's a chance to see Holy Terrors, Velvet Taxi, Picasso Trigger, and Little Sister sharing a bill at the Square. Or, if four blazin' locals aren't enough for you, try the Rock Box, which is closing (for a brief while, we hope) with a bang-up blast featuring Eyes of Pandora, Little Sister (busy day, huh?), Grand Fanelli, Allied Force, Crossblades, Sinful Lust, Freedom Cage, Mistreater, and Amboog-a-lard, in that order, beginning at 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. The price is a very mere $5, culinary supplements available.
Don't get angry at me, but I intend to spend my Fourth of July slobbering drunk. At least I have an excuse: The folks at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale have somehow managed to convince me (of all people) to help judge a bartender mix-off in the resort's Cafe 66. There'll be fireworks and such, too, all of it to help raise fuel for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Call 525-6666.
Scene shaker and reliable source Adam Matza has bolted outta here, gone to New Yawk. I don't know what I did to peeve him. Wish him luck.
A busy holiday weekend for Black Janet. They play -- along with Wet Flower, Plastic Nude Martini, and Big Tall Wish -- at the Plus 5 on Friday, and -- with Jessie Strange -- at the Cameo on Saturday.
Butthorn of the week: Who else but? I inadvertently ignored Saigon Kick's June 26 concert. I failed to plug the finals of the PACE R&B competition. I neglected completely Cachao's appearance. I face the disgrace.
The media circus: Al Goldstein, citing personal reasons, has abandoned his campaign to unseat Nick Navarro as Broward sheriff. All is lost.
Pet corner: A preview of the Florida Philharmonic fund raiser, which includes a "Best Bartender Joke or Story" competition" "Horse walks into bar. Bartender says, `Hey, why the long face?'