Another Big Weekend in South Florida
There’s hardly a dull moment this time of year in South Florida. Spring breakers are flocking to the beaches, music lovers make the annual migration to Miami Beach for the Winter Music Conference and Fort Lauderdale celebrates the first of two Pride festivals. Where to begin?
Winter Music Conference, celebrating its 26th year in 2011, is the annual industry gathering for DJs, producers, promoters and dance music fans. Nearly every venue in town, including the convention center, will host events and parties all week long as DJs and producers show off their stuff and insiders seek out hot new sounds and trends.
Most of the official events feature a number of the nearly 2000 artists appearing at the conference and individual tickets range from $20-$30 or are included with conference registration. For a full lineup, go to WinterMusicConference.com.
Score nightclub on trendy Lincoln Road offers up the official gay party with “Fly-life,” featuring performances by Eva, iSquare, Neon Hitch, Wynter Garden and Jessie & The Boy Toys. DJ Pride will be in the booth. You’ll find the action at 727 Lincoln Rd.
The Lords South Beach, the new straight-friendly hotel in the gayborhood, will host several special events, including the premiere of gay rapper Cazwell’s new music video on Friday, March 11 at 10 p.m. His Ice Cream Truck boys will also be on hand and Cazwell will offer up a special DJ set. On Sunday, Lords hosts a hot pool party for women, presented by Sunkissed Productions at noon. Both events are free.
Meanwhile, north of the border in Broward County, the LGBT community celebrates PrideFest in Oakland Park this weekend. In addition to the official events planned at Jaco Pastorius Park, a number of local bars and clubs are celebrating with these fun festivities:
Thursday, March 10
I don’t know where they found them, but Johnny’s is featuring “little guys” billed as the “world’s tiniest male entertainers” with a series of themed nights on Thursdays in March. Tonight, the theme is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” complete with Johnny’s own version of Oompa Loompas. Down plenty of $5 chocolate raspberry shots because we think this is going to be one crazy party.
Friday, March 11
South Florida boasts a diverse LGBT community that includes all flavors of gay. The cowboys and cowgirls at Scandals Salon in Wilton Manors will be showing their pride the country-western way tonight. Music is by the Outlawz, so get out those boots and get ready for some rowdy good fun.
Saturday, March 12
After a day at the festival, the ladies will be heading to New Moon on Wilton Dr. to celebrate their pride. On Saturdays, the bar featuring live music by Bev McClellan beginning at 9 p.m. She has a repertoire that ranges from Johnny Cash to Snow Patrol and even throws in some of her own original songs. New Moon is located at 2448 Wilton Dr.
Sunday, March 13
DJ Tracy Young is a legend and she’s appearing at The Manor for an “After Gay Pride” T-dance starting at 6 p.m. Is there any better way to conclude a fantastic Pride weekend? Tracy Young and the crew at The Manor are certain to make this a memorable night for everyone. The Manor is located at 2345 Wilton Drive.