THE GO GUIDE Fish tales, pop­si­cles and beer

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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 Face­ Mul­letRun.

Gar­den party

At the risk of ru­in­ing a good thing, I di­rect your at­ten­tion to

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: Face­­sAndDaugh­ter­sFarm.

Farm and Win­ery Sons & Daugh­ters Lake Worth, Spam All­stars Free mu­sic

Voltaire, Beach

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 Face­

Grumps Dead and Lov­ing It, Prison Warder, Gold Dust Lounge. More Gold

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

Out! Mi­ami Steve Rull­man,

fol­lowed on Visit

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 Face­ Con­creteBeachFL.

Surfrider Foun­da­tion, de las Fritas, Señor Pop Week­end beer Beer Fes­ti­val Wyn­wood,

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 (Face­­woodBeerFest) …


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. (Face­­ing) …

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. (Face­ FunkyBud­dhaBrew­ery).

Caramel Latte Bud­dha Brew­ery Dark,

at 7

Power RNGRs

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 Face­­tail­sForHu­man­ity, Face­­sOfHughTay­lorBirch.

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 Dol­phinPro­, Lu­naS­

Key West­ern

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

beth Cook Funky Oak­land Park Drink­ing in the Mi­ami Luna


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

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 Face­ 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 Face­ Shoot­er­sWater­front.

Shooters Wa­ter­front derdale stone Twain meet

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 Tick­et­mas­ and by call­ing 800-345-7000. Prices start at $35.

Twain Cen­ter Tape Sunrise


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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.

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