South Florida’s “Hottest” Labor Day 2011 Weekend Events

Here are some ways to enjoy this Labor Day Weekend in South Florida with echoes of ’90s good times. In the immortal words of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf: “I get knocked down, but I get up again! You’re never gonna keep me down!” Or was that Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”? Whatever.

vanilla-ice-seminole-casino.jpgVANILLA ICE
His evolution from the early ’90s to today is probably just like yours: Funny hair and clothes, record deal, Suge Knight threatens to whack you, stardom, obscurity, funny hair and tattoos, home improvement show on DIY network. Palm Beach County resident Rob Van Winkle (left) puts on his Vanilla Ice face for a free, 21-and-older ChillFest show 8 p.m. Saturday in the east parking lot at the Seminole Casino of Hollywood (4150 N. State Road 7/441). Info: seminolehollywoodcasino.com, 954-961-3220.

CHEESY ’90s HOMECOMING
The home of the Cheesy ’80s Prom, Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) has decided it’s time for an update with its inaugural homage to Melrose, Marilyn Manson, Pulp Fiction and Jason Priestley’s hair. The Cheesy ’90s Homecoming gets going at 9 p.m. Sunday, but it’s not a party until Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” comes on. Admission is free. Info: respectablestreet.com, 561-832-9999.

SOMALIA BENEFIT
It was 1991 when civil war broke out in Somalia, creating millions of refugees and recurring waves of disease, starvation and death that continue two decades later. Also still in place are relief efforts such as that found on Friday at some of South Florida’s most popular nightlife venues, from West Palm Beach to Miami. From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., UNICEF’s Somali famine relief program will receive 100 percent of the profits generated at Respectable Street, Dada, the Vagabond, Delux, Kill Your Idol, The Lounge, Lost Weekend, The Dubliner and Howley’s. Event info: sub-culture.org or the event Facebook page.

Wyclef-Florida-Marlins-Super-Saturday.jpgWYCLEF JEAN
The Fugees’ brought out “The Score” in 1996, and it remains one of the most revolutionary of hip-hop albums. Wyclef (right) seems to be trying to find himself musically these days, and we are waiting anxiously. On Saturday, the one-time Haitian presidential candidate plays the final Super Saturdays concert of the year after the Marlins’ 7:10 p.m. game against the rival Philadelphia Phillies at SunLife Stadium (2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens). Get there early, Wyclef is signing autographs beginning at 6 p.m. Info: floridamarlins.com.

2 LIVE CREW
South Florida’s own bad-boy rap outfit owned a certain corner of popular culture in the early ’90s thanks to their saucy lyrics and Broward Sheriff Nick Navarro. Their symbiotic relationship helped sell millions of “Parental Advisory”-stickered records that otherwise might not have sold beyond the lower half of the state. On Friday night, original members Brother Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice (who preceded Uncle Luke) will perform “the hits your parents hated” under the 2 Live Crew flag at Delux (16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach). Tickets: $15, tables $250. Info: deluxdelray.com, 561-279-4792.

THE SMITHEREENS
It appears I was a couple of years late to the party. In my head, “A Girl Like You,” “Blood & Roses,” and “Only a Memory” are classic early ’90s jams by the band that could grease a ball joint as well as any group that claimed “garage band” status. Pat DiNizio leads the Smithereens to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.) at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Info: seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com, 954-977-6700.

cupcake-burlesque-churchills-labor-day.jpgMIAMI ROCK FESTIVAL
The 17th annual Miami Rock Festival at Churchill’s Pub (5501 NE Second Ave., Miami) is 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday night and features a bunch of bands who have their hearts in, if not the ’90s, then another less Auto-Tuned era. The lineup includes the Dead Popes, Brain Chips, Brand Name Punk, Heartline Fits, Here’s To Nathan, To Be Hated and Riot Agents. The night also features performances by the Fort Lauderdale flirts of Cupcake Burlesque, which celebrates birthdays for Miss Jenna Beth (left) and Miss Rosey Troy. The troupe will welcome new members to the self-proclaimed “naughtiest burlesque in South Florida”: Isadora Bull, Madame Pa Touche and the ever-popular Betty Pickle. Cover: $10. Info: churchillspub.com, 305-757-1807.

SERGENT GARCIA
This is where you’ll find all those people who seem to know what’s happening before you do. Garcia came up in the French punk scene and dabbled in all kinds of music found along the Spanish border before settling on a Caribbean-Colombian salsa hybrid that has had a major following in Europe since the mid ’90s. Says London’s Financial Times: “Fans of Manu Chao will find Sergent Garcia immediately recognizable: insistently catchy reggae and salsa rhythms, sing-song rap, horn riffs propelling the whole mix.” Garcia makes his first South Florida stop Saturday night at Little Havana’s PAX (337 SW Eighth St., Miami) in support of a new album, “Una y Otra Vez” (Time and Time Again). Tickets: $20. Info: PaxMiami.com, 305-640-5847.

FINNEGAN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL
Finnegan’s River (401 SW Third Ave., Miami) speaks to anyone “sick of hearing that Miami’s a DJ town” with a three-day event that includes 20 of the most popular bands in the area. Highlights include: Suenalo and Johnny Dread on Friday, ArtOfficial and MayDay! on Saturday, and Elastic Bond and Experimento on Sunday. Tickets: $10, $15 for a weekend pass. Info: finnegansriver.com, 305-285-3030.

ROCK OUT WITH YOUR COOKOUT
The regular Sunday evening get-together at Hurricane Bar & Lounge (640-7 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) seems particularly appropriate this weekend. Free barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. and the jammy funk of Saltwater Grass beginning at 9 p.m. What’s not to like? Info: hurricanelounge.com, 561-278-0282.

FAMILY FOOD TRUCK EVENTS
You’ve been wanting to do the food truck thing, and this is a great weekend to make it happen. On Saturday, many of your favorite trucks will gather at the under-appreciated Gold Coast Railroad Museum (12450 SW 152nd St.,  Miami), where you’ll find free museum admission (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), free parking and a chance to chow down in a vintage railroad dining car. At 2 p.m. you can watch a screening of the classic film “Spartacus.” Trucks include: Latin Burger, Che Grill, Jefe’s, Yellow Submarine and Big Kahuna. Info: gcrm.org, 888-608-7246.  On Labor Day, the trucks are scheduled to gather for their regular 5:30 p.m.. Monday roundup for the picnickers at the ArtsPark on Young Circle in Hollywood. Nacho Bizness, Ms. Cheezious and Sugar Yummy Mama are among the trucks joining those mentioned above. Info: miamifoodtrucks.com.

joel-madden-arkadia-miami.jpgBaby-Anne-Duffys-Labor-Day.jpgJOEL MADDEN
He’s the frontman for “the historic pop-punk group Good Charlotte,” as the online arbiter Reverb smirked in its VMA coverage the other night. But he’s also just a guy, just a dad. On his Paper Mag blog he described his “best day ever” as the hours he spent before leaving for Europe shows at the Santa Monica Pier with his wife, Nicole Richie, and their kids, 3-year-old Harlow and 2-year-old son Sparrow. Good man. Madden (left) turns up at Arkadia (in the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins, Miami Beach) on Saturday night to do a DJ set. Info: arkadiamiami.com, 305 674 4690, 786-457-4159.

DUFFY’S POOLSIDE SESSIONS
Duffy’s used to be a great place to get a giant beer cheap and watch the game. That’s not ambitious enough for the newest Duffy’s on the water in North Miami Beach (3969 NE 163rd St.). The sports bar’s Poolside Sessions from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday will include a lineup of DJs, highlighted by the one and only Baby Anne (right), as well as live reggae by Johnny Dread and Fourth Dimension. You probably know the drink special drill: 5-for-$15 beer buckets, $5 specialty cocktails and premium 2-for-1 happy hour starting at 4 p.m. But is there a game on? Info: DuffysMVP.com, 305-760-2124.

CIRQUE ÉLOIZE iD
A collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, this eye-popping, genre-bending whirl of circus, dance, acrobats, contortionists, stunt bikes and video artistry has been dazzling crowds at Miami’s Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) for weeks. It’s down to its last few shows, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $25 to $80. Info: arshtcenter.org, 305-949-6722.

Article Courtesy of Ben Crandell, SunSentinel

Amy Vulpis is a full-time real estate professional with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st  in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is dedicated to providing her clients with the finest customer service available. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is an international residential real estate franchise company with a growing global network of brokerages and real estate professionals. For more on the Florida Real Estate market contact Amy Vulpis, Realtor @ 954.591.4280 or visit www.amyvulpis.com.

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