Evenings Out KICKING BACK WITH MUSIC UNDER THE STARS BY GREG CARANNANTE
t’s a balmy winter evening. Onstage a country rock band is playing — what else? — Sweet Home Alabama. A lone couple dances arm-in-arm in the large area in front of the crowd and, back by the entrance, a woman and her young granddaughter swing their hands together to the beat. Just off to the right, kids frolic in a bounce house next to a fenced-off area where grown-ups play a serious game of cornhole. On the opposite side sits a small, pungent pen of goats, available for petting. It’s the inaugural Sounds of the Town concert, and a little petting farm and a country rock band seem just about right. After all, we are in Davie — in the most appropriate of venues, the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. On the hard-packed dirt infield where more often cowboys rope calves and daredevils stand on galloping horses, over 200 folks mostly of parent or grandparent age spread out in folding chairs, grooving to one of two bands and imbibing in fare from food trucks and vendors out in the courtyard. Folding tables with various
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Sunrise’s Tunes ‘N Trucks is one of several free concert series.
wares form a makeshift bazaar at the indoor/outdoor arena. It’s a laid-back scene, and the band isn’t bad either. The Sounds of the Town concert series is just one of many free outdoor music parties thrown by cities or other organizations throughout the year. They often not only reflect the personality of their community but also provide an enjoyable evening out as South Florida weather hits peak-season form. Davie’s quarterly concerts kicked off in January, with upcoming shows May 11 and Sept. 14, from 6-10pm at the rodeo grounds, 6591 SW 45 St. The series replaces the “Concerts In The Park” that were held at the Old Davie School Historical Museum. “We were always running out of room there,” says Anna Francis of Davie’s special events department. “So we started the series at the rodeo grounds, which is a covered venue and where there’s plenty of room.” Apparently, it was a good move, as the new location drew twice as big a crowd as the old one did, she says. And there’s plenty of room to grow — the stands at the 5,000-capacity rodeo arena were completely empty for the January show. Here is a sampling of music series presented throughout the county. You are encouraged to bring your lawn chair or blanket. Please consult each city’s recreation department website for more information.
Published on Feb 21, 2018
Published on Feb 21, 2018
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