Independents, tacos and thongs
Independence Day Weekend is not only for looking back at our history, when brave men fought tyranny to set the stage for a great nation, but looking forward to the future in this land of independent thinkers, jazz and men in thongs.
Up your alley
It took some vision to see an empty alley as a canvas for creating community in downtown West Palm Beach, but Tacos and Hip Hop is a dream realized. The sort-of monthly party celebrates two years of music, food and camaraderie on Friday at Subculture Coffee on Clematis Street, with DJ Dan Read spinning early, Selecta Steve and DDubz later, Zipitio’s tacos all night. The event runs 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m., with a $5 cover for those ages 18-20. Visit Facebook.com/SubcultureCoffee.
This weekend, the Damn Good Beer Bus (damn fine idea) will begin its every-Sunday shuttles in the flourishing Boynton Beach neighbeerhood that includes Due South, Copperpoint, NoBo and Devour breweries, with service from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at a rate of $5 for the day (Facebook.com/DamnGoodBeerBus) … The seventh anniversary street party at World of Beer in Coconut Creek on Saturday will have a costumed Vegas theme; live music from Suo Duo (1-3 p.m.), the Indigoes (5:30-8 p.m.) and Polaroid (9:30-1 a.m.); and specialty kegs from Barrel of Monks, Cigar City, Coppertail, Dogfish Head, Funky Buddha and others ( Facebook.com/ WOBCoconutCreek) … Broski Ciderworks in Pompano Beach at noon Saturday will release its “revolutionary” Guavara (a 6 percent ABV cider brewed with guava, citra hops and botanicals), partnered with Caribbean dishes from Fresh Flavor Fusion Truck (Facebook.com/BroskiCider).
The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park begins a free Wednesday-night summer concert series called Buddha Bash, opening the day after Independence Day on July 5 with Against All Authority guitarist Joe Koontz, now the one-man garage band known as MC1. The performance is 8-10 p.m. on the front patio, and this time out will include a pig roast from the brewery’s Craft Food Counter & Kitchen and a vinyl pop-up from We Got the Beats Record Store. Other scheduled performers are Miami’s femalefronted Snowmoon (July12), blues-rockers Slow Coast (July 19), and the Takers and the Leavers, an indie band from Fort Lauderdale. Visit Facebook.com/FunkyBuddhaBrewery.
Black & Creme plays Next Door at C&I Studios Friday night.