'80s Metal Mecca, The Button South, Back For One Head-banging Night

In the late '80s and early '90s, The Button South in Hallandale was the place for punk and heavy metal. Every night, sweaty hordes of South Floridians would converge to rock out, head-bang, and hail Satan until sunrise.

Now, The Button South is rising from the sulfurous ashes, at least for one night.

On September 11, the bar will be reborn -- including its original neon signs, bartenders and bouncer -- at Cheers in Ft. Lauderdale. And that slutty girl from high school is sure to be there... with her kids.

Local bands that once rocked the bar will also plug-in for one last show. The set-list includes performances by members of Farrcry, Psychodrama, Skintite, Forget the Name, Sixo, Heartless, and 80s tribute band Lazey Bonez.

"The Button South was the most famous rock club in South Florida, like CBGB's in New York," says Lazey Bonez bassist Ludwig Bautista. "It's a total throwback. Like a timewarp, stepping back two decades. A lot of these people haven't seen or heard of one another since then."

That includes Button South owner "Crazy" Greg Newell, who died in 2003.

Bautista, who is helping organize the event, says he expects as many as 600 people to attend, including old friends from out of state who are flying in for one last, seemingly endless guitar solo.

Cheers is located at 941 E. Cypress Creek Road in Ft. Lauderdale. More information on the event on its Facebook page.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.