International Beatles fest brings magical mystery to Delray Beach
Delray Beach will transform into Beatlemania central this spring, when worshippers of John, Paul, George and Ringo descend on downtown for the International Beatles on the Beach Festival, April 25-28.
The inaugural four-day music festival will be headlined by ‘70s rockers the Edgar Winter Group (“Free Ride,” “Frankenstein”), topping a bill of local tribute bands and other Beatles-themed activities stretching from downtown Atlantic Avenue to the beach.
Here’s everything Fab Four fanatics should know about the International Beatles on the Beach Festival. Who else is performing? The festival website says “over 100 bands, artists and cool activities” will take part, although the full list of acts is yet to be announced. The music bill is topped ern originals. 305-662-8889. wdna.org $0-$15
Karina Iglesias 8 pm Friday, Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Backed by her Nu-Thang band, the singer/songwriter blends R&B, boleros, gospel and hip-hop. 561-450-6357. artsgarage.org $35-$45
Henry Box Brown 7: 30 pm Friday, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The hip-hop musical tells the tale of an AfricanAmerican slave who takes destiny in his own hands. 305-949-6722. arshtcenter.org $25
Liederabend: An Evening of German Songs and Arias 7:30 pm Friday, ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Florida Grand Opera Young Artists sing classics and rare treasures for the SongFest Recital Series. 800-741-1010. tickets.fgo.org $10
The Capitol Steps Make America Grin Again 6 pm Friday, The Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. 772-2867827. lyrictheatre.com $50 Inspiration of Broadway 8 pm Friday, The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, 7901N. Federal by the Edgar Winter Group, whose frontman performed in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band from 2006 to 2011. Also performing is the Palm Beach symphonic rock tribute band McCartney Mania with the Academy Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Servinsky, covering hits from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Abbey Road” and “The White Album.” How much for tickets? Single-day passes cost $29.50-$49.50 ($79.50 for VIP, which includes front-row seating) at Old School Square amphitheater (51 N. Swinton Ave.; 561-243-7922; OldSchoolSquare.org), for Edgar Winter Band at 7 p.m. April 26 and for McCartney Mania with the Academy Orchestra at 7 p.m. April 27. Meanwhile, a four-day pass costs $51.50-$135.50. For more details, email [email protected]lesonthebeach.com and go to BeatlesontheBeach.com.
What else is there to do besides listen to tribute bands? Highway, Boca Raton. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound join forces with Broadway star J.Mark McVey ("Les Miserables"). 561-995-2333. thewick.org $85 Tony Orlando Live 8 pm Friday, Boca Lago Country Club, 8665 Juego Way, Boca Raton. 561-8698834. bocalago.com $55-$65 Roman Flügel10 pm Friday, Floyd, 34 NE11th St., Miami. German electronic music. 786618-9447. floydmiami.com $10$20
Short of an actual yellow submarine showing up along the Delray Beach coastline, the city will become a wonderland of ‘60s pop psychedelia for four days. Among the activities: a Beatles bikini contest, Magical Mystery Mini-Golf, Beatles yoga, a classic-rock car show, an Abbey Road replica, a Fab Four scavenger hunt and a Beatles Bar Crawl, featuring themed cocktails such as Me and My Monkey Margarita and Strawberry Fields Forever Frozen Daiquiri.
Participating venues include Boston’s on the Beach, Deck 84, Johnnie Browns, Dada, Mellow Mushroom, Death or Glory and Puttin’ Around Delray Beach. Also noteworthy is BeatleCon, a popculture convention where visitors can come costumed as Beatles, rock stars, superheroes and other characters; and symposiums featuring talks with former Apple Records CEO Tony Bramwell and Beatles hairstylist Leslie Cavendish. Classic Albums Live 8 pm Saturday, Old School Square, 51N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Founded in 2003 by Toronto musician Craig Martin. 561-2437922. oldschoolsquare.org $20$75 In Perfect Harmony 8 pm Saturday, Crest Theatre, 51N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-7922. oldschoolsquare.org $55-$65 Jessie Mueller 8 pm Saturday, Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-4620222. parkerplayhouse.com $37-$67 Jim Witter’s Piano Men8pm Saturday, Township Center for Performing Arts, 2452 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. . 954-9700606. townshipcoconutcreek.com $25 Albert Castiglia 8:30 pm Saturday, Boston's on the Beach, 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 561-278-3364. bostonsonthebeach.com Free NewOrder 8:30 pm Saturday, The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The influential '80s band combined a post-punk sound with influences from New York’s club scene. 800-745-3000. fillmoremb.com $78.50-$327.50 The Klik 9 pm Saturday, Packy's Sports Pub, 4480 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point. 954-657-8423. packysportspub- .com Free 3AMTokyo10 pm Saturday, Hard Rock Cafe, 1Seminole Way, Hollywood. 954-315-9112. hardrock.com Free
Uri Gurvich Quartet 8 pm Saturday, Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Saxophonist/composer Gurvich presents music from his latest global jazz-infused release “Kinship.” 561-450-6357. artsgarage.org $30-$45
Henry Box Brown 3 pm Saturday, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-9496722. arshtcenter.org $25
Adriana Lecouvreur1pm Saturday, The Society of the Four Arts, 100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the opera is based on the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and off-stage passion. Soprano Anna Netrebko tackles the title role, with tenor Piotr Beczała as Maurizio. 561655-7226. fourarts.org $15-$25 Emerson String Quartet 7:30 pm Saturday, Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601N. Military Trail,