3033 N.E. 32nd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Every Friday at Shooters groove to the island sounds of Jah Steve and the Counteract Crew, a cover band that plays Reggae with an “old school” feel. The band satisfies South Florida’s need for professional live island sounds. Shooters opened in 1982 and underwent several makeovers, but the view from its waterside patio still can’t be beat. And many patrons visit the restaurant just for the Key lime baked Alaska, with torched meringue and coconut-scented daiquiri sauce. Shooters can be reached by boat as well as Water Taxi.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
Lilt Lounge, located in the lobby of the luxurious EPIC hotel, offers island sounds and ‘80s rock cover bands Tuesday through Saturday evenings. Regular performances feature the Afro-Cuban jazz Insight Band, and Clarence Charles Steel Drums. The clubs specialty drinks include rum and champagne cocktails. Enjoy the late-night entertainment or visit the Owner’s Lounge for an intimate setting near the mouth of the Miami River with water-front views. There is no charge for admission.
All That Jazz Café and Grill
3141 N. Hiatus Rd.
Sunrise, FL 33351
All That Jazz Cafe & Grill is one of the hot spots for jazz enthusiasts. On Thursday nights they can enjoy bands and performers offering different music styles. Every Friday sway to the sounds of Argarita and her Hot Mess Trio (jazz vocals and flute). Saturdays feature “Straight Ahead/Classic Jazz” with the All That Jazz Trio and guest artists. The house band covers Classic Jazz and Pop Hits, as well as music from Latin America, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Once a month the café even hosts a Beatles Sunday dinner and concert.
5983 S. University Dr.
Davie, FL 33328
Every Thursday night Cagney’s hosts what’s known as “the oldest jam night in Broward” with Jimmy Piro’s Classic Rock Band. From the Beatles to Prince, the band covers many popular songsters. The club even invites local bands on stage, claiming to bring the “finest live bands that have ever plugged in their electric guitars” to the South Florida area for the past seven years. Cagney’s also holds block parties to help raise funds for several children’s charities.
Hoy Como Ayer
2212 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
In 2001, DJ Le Spam started a club night in Little Havana at Hoy Como Ayer. DJ Le Spam & Spam Allstars entertain crowds using Latin, funk, hip hop and dub to create what they call an “electronic download” that’s considered quite unique. The musical blend attracts salsa, break dancers and people from all walks of life. In addition to the featured band, Hoy Como Ayer continues to promote upcoming new artists. Voted Best Latin Club in Miami in 2013, its recognized as a local landmark with write-ups in several publications like the New York Times and Travel + Leisure magazine.
Dylyce P. Clarke is author of The Royalty Principle: a Guide to Reigning in the Kingdom of Heaven. Her personal testimony includes events which she refers to as “close encounters of the God kind.” She is President of Space Coast Word Weavers, a writer’s critique group, and has published short fiction stories in magazines.