South Florida is Destination for Recording Artists and Comedians, Too

Just as South Florida boasts three world class performing arts centers, the region also has a wide array of concert venues, presenting both solo artists and some of the most popular bands of all time, as well as comedians and more:

The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach has enjoyed new life in recent years as The Fillmore (, attracting national and international acts. The fall season at the historic venue includes Erasure: The Violent Flame Tour, Sept. 12; The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Oct. 7; and filmmaker Isabella Rosellini’s “Green Porno” on Stage, Nov. 15.

Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ( in Hollywood celebrates the biggest acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s on its fall schedule: Foreigner, Sept. 27; Chicago, Oct. 2; Peter Frampton, Oct. 5; Earth, Wind and Fire, Oct. 15; Motley Crue, Oct. 17-18; and Judas Priest, Oct. 30. The concert venue also will host Latin crooner Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Oct. 25; Natalie Cole, Nov. 5; Heart, Nov. 9; “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, Nov. 15; and the first “America’s Got Talent” winner, ventriloquist Terry Fator.

Balladeer Richard Marx kicks off the season Oct. 10 at Fort Lauderdale’s classic Parker Playhouse ( Texan trio Los Lonely Boys take the stage Oct. 23 and British guitarist Robin Trower, “The White Hendrix,” comes to town Nov. 14.

West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center ( doesn’t always stick to button down classical performances. The legendary Charlie Daniels Band performs their greatest hits on Oct. 11 and the center welcomes the top contenders of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Tour to the stage on Nov. 2.

The biggest names in cabaret will appear at The Colony Hotel’s fancy Royal Room ( in Palm Beach. The hotel is undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation before welcoming The Four Freshmen, Dec. 10-13, and Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway, Dec. 31.

Country music fans will have the opportunity to hear the lovely Jo Dee Messina, Dec. 11-12, at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College ( in Lake Worth.

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