New Year’s has passed, and now is the time to start planning out 2016. One great way to start out and continue the new year is by checking out the vibrant music scene that South Florida has to offer. Although many of these bands have not made it onto the national stage yet, it may be only a matter of time before they make it big. These five great local bands are must-listen-to options for this year! Plus, if 2016 holds an important event for you, such as a wedding, an anniversary or any other celebration, hiring a band is a must, and one of these might be the perfect fit.

Big City Dogs Band

www.bigcitydogsband.com/DogHouse

This classic rock & blues band is based out of Fort Lauderdale. They play throughout the South Florida area, from Marina 84 in Fort Lauderdale to Lefty’s in Coral Gables; they even will be playing at St. David’s Church Carnival on March 11, 2016 in Davie, FL. The band includes four players: Rick Smith on guitar, Georgio Bouza on percussion, John Crockett on bass guitar and Carlos Cano on guitar/keyboards. For more information on this up and coming band, check out their website or Facebook page.

Blues Brothers Soul Band

www.bluesbrotherssoulband.com

Blues Brothers Soul Band is actually already a very popular band, but is currently auditioning for the part of “Elmwood Blues” to give it an updated and new sound. From the Jungle Queen Riverboat out of Fort Lauderdale to Casino Miami, this band plays in a wide range of clubs and events throughout South Florida. This band has even played with the famous Dan Aykroyd. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for details on their upcoming shows.

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Inna Sense

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A popular reggae band, Inna Sense, also incorporates rock into their unique playing style. This band puts on shows not only throughout South Florida, but they also host many shows in Orlando and Naples. The band’s influences include everything from classics like Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin to more modern musicians like Coldplay. For more information on the band and their shows, head over to their Facebook page and website.

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Fusion Band

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From ’60s music to current hits, the Fusion Band plays a wide range of music. For those looking to host a wedding, anniversary or any celebration in 2016, this would be a great band to hire for your special occasion. The band also includes dance and choreography with their songs and are a big hit in the casino circuit. They mostly perform in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Broward county. Like their Facebook page for updates from this band and for upcoming show information.

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Jahfe

www.facebook.com/JahfeMusicGroup

This unique band is a mix of pop, roots, rock and reggae. They are also proclaimed as the “International Reggae Ambassadors.” Best of all, they really play throughout all of South Florida, from Miami Beach all the way down to Summerland Key. If you like everything from Bob Marley to No Doubt, or even Lauryn Hill, then be sure to check out this band. To listen to some of their songs, find upcoming shows or learn more about the band, head over to their website as well as their Facebook page.

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Suzy Fielders is a working mom of a spirited 9-year-old daughter. She has an MA in Communication Studies and BA in Psychology and Communications. She works in marketing/public relations, is a freelance writer and is very involved in the Winston-Salem community and arts & films scene.