Summer Activities for Westonites

What’s going on arounD town & its surrounds  |  By Michael Isenbek

Backstreet Boys

Orlando natives and new millennium heartthrobs, will be bringing their DNA tour to BB&T on August 23. Kevin, Brian, Nick, AJ and Howie are definitely back, with their latest album, DNA, going to #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the singles “Chances” and a remake of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” becoming hits. The tour is already making waves in Europe with sold out shows, and a “reimagined” version of “I Want it That Way” dropping right as it started. The group is aiming for intimacy with the production via moving platforms and, for select, lucky fans, an area incorporated into the stage dubbed the “DNA Circle.” For more information, visit thebbtcenter.com.

Birds of a Feather Flock(fest) Together

Who knew that an informal gathering of friends at the beach relaxing on floats would turn into such a big deal? After that initial innocuous fun day in 2015, FlockFest would grow and grow each subsequent year, topping out in 2018 with 1,800 attendees, 500 colorful floats dotting the waters off Fort Lauderdale, money raised for several local non-profit organizations and a score of sponsors. The 2019 edition will take place on July 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sebastian Beach in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit flockfestevents.org.

Happy 243rd Birthday U.S.A.!

The City of Weston’s Annual July 4th Hometown Celebration Parade is a fixture on the locale’s annual schedule. Starting at 10:30 a.m. sharp, and continuing until 12 p.m., the parade will commence at the corner of Town Center Blvd. and Three Village Road, head east on Three Village Road to Bonaventure Blvd., briefly go south to Bell Tower Lane, and then wind through Weston Town Center to the heart of Main Street. Parade participants will include local businesses, civic groups, schools, bands, organizations and residents, who will be adhering to this year’s “The Everyday Hero” theme while also sporting plenty of red, white and blue. Preceding the parade will be a 5K Run/Walk at Weston Regional Park, starting at 7 a.m. For more information, call the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321 or visit westonfl.org.

The Queen of Forró Holds Court

Elba Ramalho, aka, “The Queen of Forró” is bringing the spirit of this thoroughly Brazilian musical form to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on July 13. “Forró” is essentially a synonym for “party” and Ramalho has been a mainstay of the traditional style for over 40 years, which she blends with rock, funk, salsa and Caribbean music. “Lively” doesn’t begin to describe the vibe at her shows, and she puts out an energy that proves age is nothing but a number. For more information, visit seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com.

Boy Band Bonanza at BB&T

Calling all boy band fanatics, BB&T Center in Sunrise will be hosting two icons of the genre in July and August. New Kids On the Block are visiting on July 14 as part of The Mixtape Tour, their most extensive outing in years. Besides the hits that gave them fame in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Joey and Jon are looking forward with performances of new songs “80s Baby” and “The Boys in the Band (The Boy Band Anthem).” Be sure to give a listen to the recently released 30th anniversary deluxe edition of their 1988 breakthrough album Hangin’ Tough to instill pre-show excitement. Also sharing the bill and popping up for mid-show collabs with NKOTB are fellow ‘80s-90s hitmakers Salt N Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. 

Bringing It at Broward Center

High-energy contemporary dancing is coming to Broward Center with Bring It! Live gracing the stage on July 24. This is the 3rd live-action version of the hit Lifetime TV reality show Bring It!, which features super talented dancing kids ages 10-17, known as the “Dancing Dolls,” coordinated by coach Dianna Williams. Never-before-seen routines will dazzle the crowd, and there will even be audience member vs. Dancing Doll dance battles, in a show advertised as “an evening packed with motivation, inspiration and formation.” For more information, visit browardcenter.org.

Lionel Says Hello

Venerated music industry veteran Lionel Richie first made a splash as a member of the ‘70s/’80s funk/soul band Commodores, followed by a string of solo hits in the ‘80s, which became the soundtrack to memorable videos that had him “Dancing on the Ceiling” and saying “Hello.” You may have seen him as a judge on the recently rebooted American Idol, a role that has given him a career renaissance. Check Lionel out live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood on July 27. For more information, visit seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

Freddie Mercury Would Be Proud

Queen’s dearly departed lead singer/pianist Freddie Mercury may be gone, but his worthy successor continues to carry the torch along with still-rocking band members in the guise of Queen + Adam Lambert, coming to BB&T Center in Sunrise on August 17. Legendary guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor remain from the original group, with Lambert out front. He first gained fame as an American Idol runner-up with a powerhouse, operatic vocal style—perfect for interpreting Mercury’s epic-ness. Expect a setlist comprised of all the hits, culminating in “Bohemian Rhapsody” an epochal tune that needs no introduction. For more information, visit thebbtcenter.com.

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