THE GO GUIDE Fish tales, popsicles and beer
Hundreds of fishermen and friends (some from as far away as Minnesota, Texas and New York) will be at Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Downtowner Saloon tonight for LunkerCon 2017, a free, opento-all and vigorously anti-corporate gathering of saltwater anglers united for a night of drinking, joking and sharing of fish tales.
Fort Lauderdale-based Capt. Jeff Maggio — who estimates this is the 10th such event he’s organized under various names for the legion of fishermen he describes as “reel guys” — calls LunkerCon “the biggest fishing social event of the year.” And by “social,” he doesn’t mean the face-to-face kind. He means Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
It is Maggio’s social media presence — he has attracted about 100,000 followers with videos showcasing his fishing expertise and acerbic wit — that has made LunkerCon such a draw for rank-and-file fishermen and stars of the industry. Among the special guests will be three-time sailfish world champion Peter Miller and TV personalities Capt. George Gozdz and Brian Sanders.
If history is any indication, a funny thing will happen at LunkerCon — for the first 90 minutes or so fans will be lined up to get pictures with some of the stars and, Maggio sheepishly admits, the longest line likely will be for Snapchats and Facebook Live footage with him. While TV hosts have their following, the fans aren’t as enthusiastic, Maggio says.
On YouTube, Maggio has created a crusty, irreverent character, who happens to be who Maggio is in real life.
“TV is just media. This is true social media, where people identify with the person. They want a photo with that person. They know all about him. They know what truck he drives,” Maggio says. “The TV guys, they only get 12 minutes of content. They can’t say what they want, and the sponsors basically drive everything. The reason LunkerCon is so successful is because there are no sponsors driving it. It’s natural. We’re not shoving anything down people’s throat.”
LunkerCon begins at 7 p.m. and will include a DJ, food, beer and liquor, raffles and giveaways, and the inaugural Capt. Jeff look-alike contest. Visit Facebook.com/ MulletRun.
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in one of those unaffected spots that seem so rare in South Florida. Known for their wine, kombucha and popsicles made from a pickeddaily crop of flowers, vegetables, plants and herbs, and two miniature donkeys named Henry and June, Sons & Daughters also is home to a smart lineup of live music, continuing with the sweaty, hip-swaying Latin vibe of Tamboka today and the always exuberant funkiness of the on Sept. 1. Visit: Facebook.com/SonsAndDaughtersFarm.
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a new downtown West live-music venue booked by veteran scene curator will have a grand-opening celebration of free music through Saturday. Plugging in at 526 Clematis on Friday will be
and Saturday by Facebook.com/VoltaireWPB.
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If you need to soak up the mysteriously retro allure of closer to your home, the band is playing the party at in at noon Sunday. The gathering is so
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Gold Dust Lounge Palm Wipe Concrete Beach Brewery
named because the brewery is wiping out its use of bottles and going cans-only. The beach-themed party will include a display from the food from El Mago popsicle-beer pairings by and a limbo contest, which could get dangerous if GDL has anything to do with it. Visit Facebook.com/ ConcreteBeachFL.
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The Wynwood begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mana boasting a lineup of 150 beers from all over the country, including from breweries in exotic places such as North Miami
(Descarga Brewing), Doral (Tripping Animals Brewery) and Clearwater (Pair O’ Dice Brewing). General admission tickets cost $40 online, $50 at the gate (Facebook.com/WynwoodBeerFest) …
Due South Brewing Boynton Beach Category 4 Red IPA (
will tap its their Cat 4 mashed up with a traditional Irish red ale) noon-11 p.m. Friday, and begin pouring
(a coffee-infused Imperial Caramel Cream Ale) at 3 p.m. (Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing) …
in p.m. Monday will host
a blindfolded instructional taste test of eight beers led by Funky staff designed to heighten your knowledge of aromas and tasting notes. Cost is $25. (Facebook.com/ FunkyBuddhaBrewery).
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RNGR, Fort Lauderdale’s Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Cocktails for Humanity General Provision FAT Village Art Walk.
the young-professionals group at will gather at the pop-up bar at 6-11 p.m. Saturday during the All the proceeds from drinks served by “celebrity” bartenders, including tips, will support enhancement projects at the park. Visit Facebook.com/CocktailsForHumanity, Facebook.com/FriendsOfHughTaylorBirch.
Music for Dolphins
A who’s-who of South Florida singersongwriter royalty will gather at the in North on Sept. 1 to raise money and awareness for Sept. 1 is which marks the beginning of the annual dolphin-drive hunts in Taiji, Japan, revealed in Academy Award-winning documentary “Hosted by and the music begins at 8 p.m. with performers including and
Star Café ry’s Dolphin Project. Dolphins Day, Jim Wurster Ric O’BarJapan The Cove.” Rich Ulloa, Diane Ward Jack Shawde, Matt Sabatella, Charlie Pickett, Darrel Arnold, Sarah Jacob, Birdman, Karen Feldner, George Zhen, Chris DeAngelis, Trish Sheldon, the Atomic Cowboys, Adam Matza
and others. Visit DolphinProject.net, LunaStarCafe.com.
Tickets go on sale 11 a.m. Friday for the inaugural scheduled to bring more than 50 Americana and red-dirt country artists — including the Turnpike
Mile 0 Fest, Troubadours, Cody Jinks, Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Old 97’s Shooter Jennings — Waterfront Park Amphitheater Key West
and to the new Truman in 7-10. Hosted by singer-songwriter of Sirius/XM’s “Outlaw Country,” the festival also will include performances by
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Pat Green, Charlie and Bruce Robison, Wade Bowen, Jack Ingram, the Black Lillies, William Clark Green, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, the Great Divide
and many others. Advance four-day general-admission passes will cost $275 through 5 p.m. Sept. 4, when they’ll increase to $325. Four-day VIP passes will cost $425/$475 and Platinum VIP will go for $575/$625. Visit Mile0Fest.com.
Music for all ages
From the live-music-in-unexpectedplaces file: in downtown Fort will host a lineup of youthfully energetic bands at 6 p.m. today, including
ArtServe Lauderdale Natalie Claro, the Takers and Leavers, Most Bad Things Cannibal Kids.
and Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The show is open to all ages. Visit Facebook.com/ArtServeFlorida. Slightly more mature energy will power Rock the free summer concert series returning to in
3 p.m. Saturday. Co-hosted by iHeartRadio and DJ Doc Reno, music will be by Mouth (3-6 p.m.) and
(7-10 p.m.). Visit Facebook.com/ ShootersWaterfront.
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Reminder: Country-pop queen will bring the 2018 tour for her imminent album “Now” to the BB& in on June 1, with tickets scheduled to go on sale 10 a.m. today at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-345-7000. Prices start at $35.
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Russell Mofsky and Gold Dust Lounge will play Voltaire in West Palm Beach on Saturday and Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami on Sunday.