Say konnichiwa to Lauderhill with Kent Jones
In the last couple of years, few between 16th and 19th streets, near artists this side of Pitbull have the new Lauderhill Performing served a national pop-music audiArts Center. Admission is free. ence the unique flavor of South Along with performances by Florida cultures freshly melted in Jones and comedian Chris Priester, the pot like Kent Jones. the event will include a barbecue
The onetime Dillard Center for competition, local artists and local the Arts jazz student broke out in craft beer, with representation 2016 with the No. 1 hit “Don’t from Funky Buddha Brewery in Mind” (perhaps best known by its Oakland Park, Mack House in catchy refrain, “She said, ‘Hola. Davie, Holy Mackerel in Pompano
Get daily ¿Como estás?’ / She said, ‘KonBeach and Khoffner Brewery in
updates on nichiwa’ ”), and followed it up Fort Lauderdale.
South earlier this year with the LatinLeslie Johnson, director of public
Florida infused hit “Merengue,” which relations and cultural arts for the
entertainname-dropped Marc Anthony and city, says the event serves as an
ment and came with a video featuring DJ introduction to the area around
things to do Khaled. LPAC — the “crown jewel,” she
at South On Saturday, Jones will return to calls it — that the city is re
Florida.com South Florida as the headliner for imagining as Lauderhill’s down
and on the inaugural Pork, Pints and town arts district.
Twitter at Palettes Festival, a celebration of Johnson notes that the area isn’t
@Ben local craft beer and barbecue much to look at, but change is
Crandell sponsored by the city of Lauderhill. coming. New businesses have beRunning from 6 to 11 p.m., the block party gun to pop up around the LPAC, and new takes place along Northwest 38th Avenue streetscaping is on its way, she says.
“This is more than a dream. It’s starting,” she says. “We want people to come to the downtown entertainment district to eat, drink and be merry.” Kent Jones, a 2011 graduate of Dillard High School and past member of the Dillard Jazz Band, has taken off as a hip hop artist. His recent hit single “Don't Mind” just broke through to the Top 10 Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. He also opened for Beyonce’s Formation tour in Miami and is featured on DJ Khaled's new album Major Key.
The Pork, Pints and Palettes Festival is the first of several community events planned for the area, with a cognac-and-cigars night and a taco festival (pegged to Cinco de