January means that it’s time for the… South Florida Fair! Starting this Thursday with it’s Ride-A-Thon at 5 p.m. we have two full weeks of rides, food, parades, music, entertainment, shows, music & shopping awaits. Did I mention music?
This year the fair has an exciting lineup spanning multiple genres. All concerts are free with a fair admission ticket. Reserved seating also is available for purchase online for $10, which is in addition to the fair admission ticket.
Ticket costs are:
Adults (12+): $20 at the gate Saturday & Sunday; $15 at the gate Monday through Friday
Seniors (60+): $9 at the gate
Children (6-11): $8 at the gate
Children 5 and under are always FREE.
Ride/Wristband*: $25 at the gate Monday-Friday; $40 at the gate Saturday & Sunday
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Completely Unchained, the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30 – Russell Dickerson, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1 – 11th Annual Rock Tribute Band Competition
For all my fans of worship music Cory Asbury, of Reckless Love fame, will be kicking off the music line up in the Party Pavilion at Sunday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m..
Like 90’s rock? At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will take the stage. Held in conjunction with the fair’s first Bike Night, Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, he has established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. Thomas made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, he joined the Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. The band went on to be renamed Starship and scored a string of top hits and Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum records.
The Starz of the Future
To celebrate 20 years of “The Starz of the Future,” the largest talent competition in South Florida, the fair will host a Starz MVP (Most Valuable Performers) fundraising concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Starz of the Future has hosted thousands of aspiring artists and is the largest competition over five counties.
“The Starz will feature and honor previous Starz participants and winners who have carved out incredible careers and made an impact in the music and entertainment industry,” said founder and event organizer Maggi Rosenberg. “To celebrate this special milestone, this concert will benefit a local charitable organization and establish scholarships for high school students interested in the arts and entertainment industry.”
Starz performers will include Chris Grant, Beyoncé’s longtime choreographer; singer-songwriter-storyteller Michaela Paige, Season 3 runner-up on NBC’s “The Voice;” Emmy and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jaime Floyd; and Prodigal Son, a seven-time Billboard-charting gospel rap artist who rhymes about his rough and tumble past life on the streets.
At 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, The Lettermen are expected to draw a large crowd during Seniors Day. For more than 50 years, The Lettermen — Donovan Tea, Bobby Poynton and Rob Gulack, each of whom are entertainers in their own right — have kept the meaning of harmony alive with their soft, romantic, harmonic blend of music which is as popular with their fans today as it was in 1961 when they recorded their first hit, “The Way You Look Tonight.” The Lettermen have more than 75 albums — numerous certified gold — and a myriad of hits.
The band also has enjoyed international success touring Japan, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, France, South America, Canada, Mexico and even Saudi Arabia.
Completely Unchained the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, on the evening of the fair’s second Bike Night, Completely Unchained will perform at 8 p.m. Promoted as the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band, the group won the Tribute Band Competition at the 2019 fair. The four energetic and creative musicians re-create the ultimate Van Halen production, complete with the attitude, sounds, excitement, energy and most of all the fun that Van Halen produced as one of the best rock bands in the world.
Country music will fill the air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, when Nashville-based Russell Dickerson takes the stage. A multi-platinum recording artist and 2019 ACM Award nominee for “Song of the Year,” Dickerson is one of country music’s most talked-about new talents. His smash single “Yours” is a ballad inspired by his wife that has racked up more than 33 million streams to date on Spotify, where he’s been on the Hot Country, Country Gold playlists and more for over a year, and has exploded since being serviced to country radio in April.
The concert series will close on Saturday, Feb 1, with the 11th Annual Rock Tribute Band Competition, which has become a favorite event among fairgoers and music lovers.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, presented by Art Miami and hosted by the City of West Palm Beach, welcomes you to the fourth edition at the City’s Tent Site between January 9th and January 12th, at Dixie Hwy and Okeechobee Blvd in downtown West Palm Beach.
Collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries alike will have the opportunity to acquire investment quality Blue Chip contemporary, Post-War works from top international galleries from as far as Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Venezuela.
Learn more about Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary at their website.
I took a stroll through all the amazing galleries and found my favorite pieces.
1. 50″ Icosahedron by Anthony James
Anthony James is a British/American artist based in Los Angeles, known for his monumental and performative sculptures and installations. His work gestures towards minimalism, materiality, process, alchemy, language, mechanization, and experimentation with light and space.
Be prepared to fall into this sculpture which is both amazingly simple and eternally complex at the same time.
Carole A. Feuerman is an American sculptor and artist working in Hyperrealism, a movement that began in the 1970s in relation to photorealist painting. Born in 1945, Feuerman is younger than Duane Hanson and John de Andrea, the pioneers of Hyperrealism in figurative sculpture. Dubbed “the reigning doyenne of super-realism” by art historian John T. Spike, Feuerman is known for her lifelike portrayals of swimmers. Feuerman utilizes a variety of media including resin, marble, and bronze.
Look familiar? One of Carole Feuerman’s hyperrealistic sculptures “The Message” stood in Cityplace (now Rosemary Square) from 2018 into 2019.
3. Filling the Void by William Finlayson
Born in Tallahasee Fl, William started his artistic career as a color consultant for his family’s Design and Painting company that took on constant projects of custom painted interiors and decorating. This work of 20 yrs lead him to his fascination with textiles and paint, along with custom furniture. After creating and selling dozens of unique pieces of furniture, here began his transition from wall, to wood on furniture, to canvas. Painting on canvas was the culmination of his creative outlet. William feels that his lack of formal training in Fine Art has afforded him a freedom to paint what he envisions and feels, rather than conform to specific style or genre that he feels is limiting
You can find William Finlayson’s work at our local JF Gallery in Antique Row.
Joel Besmar is a Cuban Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1968. Their work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Arkansas Arts Center and the Cernuda Arte.
I loved “Siren Songs” a beautiful oil painting depicting stacks of philsophical books by Ayn Rand, Marcuse, Thomas More & Voltaire full of stories of a utopian future, now discarded and tattered in a dystopian deserted beach. 🤯
5. Nameless Woman & The Skin of the City by Pancho Luna
Francisco (Pancho) Luna grew up around a big library in his grandmother’s house in his native Argentina. The library covered a whole wall from the floor to the ceiling and it was filled with tons of books, old and new, written in many languages. As a kid, he would spend time imagining meanings for that maze of incomprehensible objects engraved with symbols and signs…. From that point on, that vision of an enigmatic universe in front of him yet to be known, hasn’t abandoned him. (source).
Impossible to capture this great piece in a photo, but I loved how he played with the light in the clear acrylic sculptures of library shelves. You’ve got to see it.
RETNA was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and started his career in the early 1990s. He developed a distinctive constructed script which is derived from Blackletter, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Arabic, and Hebrew calligraphy, as well as more traditional types of street-based graffiti. In addition to exhibiting at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, London, New York and Hong Kong, Retna has done advertising work for brands such as VistaJet, Louis Vuitton, and Nike. His artwork adorns the cover of Justin Bieber’s Purpose album that debuted in 2015.
Are you wondering where to party to bring in 2020? Do you have kids and want to go to a family friendly party? Are you looking to enjoy some fine dining? Or do you want to hit up the most happening block party in town?
Look no further. Everything you need is right here.
Please note that there will be no fireworks at the West Palm Beach waterfront.
It’s going to be a BUSY night. Please call ahead and get a reservation / tickets where appropriate.
Be safe – get a designated driver or use Uber / Lyft.
Thanks to Pamela Friedlander for contributing to this list.
This article is a work in progress so if you have any additions or changes please message me on Facebook and I will update the list.
Family Friendly Parties
Wave goodbye to Sandi at the West Palm Beach Waterfront
All Day West Palm Beach Waterfront
Come ‘wave’ goodbye bro! See Sandi’s 2019 last hurrah for the year. Stop by Sandi Land to catch her final shows running until midnight. Play Glow FORE It Mini Golf, visit SnowieVille and swing by Sandi’s Surf Shack.
Please note that there will be no fireworks at the West Palm Beach waterfront.
New Year’s Eve at Rosemary Square
7 PM – 12:30 AM Rosemary Square – 700 South Rosemary
Kick off the New Year at the best party in town with Mister Trombone & Friends at the newly reopened Rosemary Square on December 31 at 7PM – 12:30AM.
Noon Year’s Eve at the Palm Beach Zoo
9 AM – 2 PM Palm Beach Zoo – 1301 Summit Blvd
RING IN 2020 at our BETTER THAN EVER 8th annual Noon Year’s Eve: Countdown & Ball Drop from 9A-2P! We’ll cheers to the new year with a festive dance party in the Fountain Plaza, complete with a special toast, countdown to 12 noon and ball drop! Fit for all ages!
Celebrate the last meal of the decade with Café Centro! Festivities include an amazing four course prix fixe menu, champagne toast at midnight and live soul, R&B and Motown entertainment all night long. Chef Jamie Steinbrecher’s New Year’s Eve menu includes:
First Course ~
Carrot ginger soup with curried yogurt
Second Course ~
Shrimp cocktail with house sauce and basil, or
Heirloom tomato & mozzarella with baby arugula, fennel, basil, balsamic
Third Course ~
Lobster, clams, shrimp, linguine, marinara, or
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
Roasted peppers, mozzarella, prosciutto, capellini, or
Pan Seared Grouper
Fingerling potatoes, grilled zucchini, citrus beurre blanc, or
Roasted Prime Rib
Horseradish mashed potatoes, au jus, or
Fourth Course ~
Strawberries Crème Anglaise, or
Champagne Toast at midnight!
Live entertainment by “Magic Moments” Gregg Jackson, Popeye Alexander, Tessie Porter and DJ Raul Delrosario kicks off at 10 p.m. and lasts all night long.
PRICE: $135++ per person. A credit card may be required to hold the reservation.
Reservations (561) 514-4070
New Year’s Eve at Il Bellagio
5 PM – 2 AM Il Bellagio – 600 S Rosemary Ave, Ste 170 $75 – $85 more info here
Join us on New Year’s Eve for an Italian Feast.
Please click the reservation form below, fill it out and email back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Please be sure to include your suggested time. We will contact you to confirm after we receive your agreement.
The first seating will be $75 and include a 3-course meal including an appetizer, entree and dessert, second seating is $85.
Cheers to a wonderful 2020!
New Year’s Eve at Pistache
5:30 PM – 1 AM Pistache French Bistro – 101 N Clematis St, #115 $78 – $150
Ring in the New Year at Pistache!
First seating starting at 5:30 pm with a special three course prix fixe menu for $78 pp.
Party starting at 9:00 pm, with live music by Girlfriend Material along with a set four course menu for $150 pp. This is a night you don’t want to miss!
From 8-11:30 p.m. a four-course prix fixe menu featuring five appetizers choices including grilled fish tajin, hummus and eggplant; a salad of mixed greens; and your choice of entrée served with rice and fresh grilled vegetables including shish tawook (grilled chicken kebab), lamb shank; shish kebab; bronzini or kraidis (grilled shrimp kebab). Enjoy your dessert with a glass of Champagne to toast the new year.
Reservations: 120 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. leilawpb.com; 561-659-7373.
7 AM – 5 AM
Howley’s Restaurant – 4700 S Dixie Hwy
See us before, during, or after your NYE plans. We’ll be here and serving until 5am!
5 PM – 2 AM Hullabaloo – 517 Clematis St
Taking reservations now for NYE Dinner at Hullabaloo! Free champagne toast at midnight 🥂
Dinner specials: 8oz filet, Maine Lobster, Surf & Turf. 561.833.1033. Live funk/hip-hop/salsa fusion by Moon Kaboom!
7 PM – 3 AM
O’Shea’s Pub – 531 Clematis St
$29.95 for 3 courses
Ring in the New Year with us at O’Shea’s! If four or more people reserve a table and have dinner, they will get a FREE bottle of Champagne. We will have a special dinner menu and a FREE Champagne toast at midnight.
Make your reservation today 561 833 3865
Live Band and DJ in the courtyard!
New Year’s Eve at Galley
6 PM – 1 AM Hilton West Palm Beach – 600 Okeechobee Blvd
Ring in the New Year at Galley! A specialty holiday dinner with two seatings at 6 pm and 9 pm.
The first seating from 6 pm to 8:30 pm is a 5-course family style dinner for $120++ per person that will feature tuna tataki, oven roasted chicken, smoked strip steak and more.
The second seating from 9 pm to 11:30 pm is a 6-course family style dinner for $145++ per person that will feature tuna tataki, grouper, smoked strip steak and more.
Full menu for both seatings posted in the discussion or available on OpenTable.
First Seating 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Second Seating 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM
DJ David Paul 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
5 VENUES • ONE PRICE*!
Hullabaloo, Kapow, Respectable Street, Lost Weekend & Voltaire!
WE ALWAYS MAKE NEW YEARS EVE EASY!
No Velvet Ropes. No Hassles. No Fancy Pants stuff. Just us ringing in the New Year together!
We have a couple of options on New Year’s Eve to accommodate everyone’s plans!
$55 WELL Open Bar – Good at Hullabaloo, Kapow, Lost Weekend, Voltaire & Respectable’s.
$75 PREMIUM Open Bar – Good at Hullabaloo, Kapow, Lost Weekend, Voltaire & Respectable’s.
NO COVER charge at Hullabaloo, Kapow or Lost Weekend.
Just show up and pay a la carte! Pay as you go. Buying a package is NOT required.
There is a separate COVER CHARGE at Voltaire & Respectable’s for their entertainment (live music & DJ’s)
See… No strings. Simple. Easy enough for even me to figure out and I’m just an Eventbrite page!
Open Bar is from 10pm – 2am
Pre-sale ticket sales END at 4pm on 12/31
Gratuity is NOT included so PLEASE remember to take care of the bar-staff at the event. (It’s the holiday’s Mr. Grinch)
Purchasing a package is NOT required. You can pay a cover at RSC and Voltaire and pay for drinks as you go!
OPEN BAR PACKAGES WILL BE $10 MORE AT THE DOOR!
NYE at Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap
9 PM – 1 AM Batch New Southern Kitchen – 223 Clematis Street $50 open bar – get tickets here
Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap celebrates the new year by offering guests a $50 Open Bar from 10PM-1AM! Enjoy a champagne toast and free party favors. Dance into 2020 with our DJs. Simply grab a ticket here and let us take care of the rest!
EUPHORIA | A New Year’s Eve Special Event!
8:00 PM – 4:00 am Blue Martini – 550 South Rosemary Avenue #244 $60 – get tickets here
GENERAL ADMISSION: $60.00
Event Entrance at 8:00pm
Limited Open Bar 8pm-10pm (shots, martinis and doubles are excluded)
Gourmet Butler Passed hors d’oeuvres 8pm-10pm
Champagne Toast & countdown to Midnight
Standing Room Only (No Seating)
General Admission Ticket Information
Sales End 12/30 at 6:00pm.
All Online Ticket Sales are Final, No Refunds.
Tickets will be available at the door.
ELEGANT ATTIRE ENCOURAGED.
ALL BLUE MARTINI EVENTS ARE 21 and over.
For Table Reservations, contact JoeD@bluemartini.com or call Mayira (561) 907-9187
We will be having our annual Rooftop NYE party on Dec. 31st. We have VIP cabanas & tables available. Each booking includes cover, a bottle of booze with mixers & a bottle of Champagne!
We have some awesome DJ’s booked, along with our champagne toast at midnight & rooftop’s perfect view of the fireworks from Palm Beach!
If you have any further questions or would like to make a reservation, feel free to contact us at 296-ROXY or email@example.com. Don’t wait too long, as our tables normally sell out quickly. Happy Holidays!
NYE | She’s Lost Control
10 PM – 4 AM
Voltaire WPB – 526 Clematis Street
$35 – $75 get tickets here
Dance | Post Punk Revival | 80s New Wave with DJs Dino, Ultra Vivid Unseen (Rodney Mayo) & Zaii Zeus Whatevrr. A naughty & nice candle wax edition by Kira.
10 PM – 4 AM Respectable Street – 518 Clematis St Tickets · $35 – $75 get tickets here
A CBGB NYE at Respectables! A tribute to the infamous NYC music venue that spawned so many acts we love. Special set by The Ramones… actually, wait… The Marones (covers covers covers) and The GutterTones. #RSCBGB
New Year’s Eve Party at American Craft Aleworks
9 PM – 1 AM American Craft Aleworks – 200 Clematis Street $75.00 – get tickets here
Come join us for our annual Great Gatsby soiree as we ring in the New Year in style! We will be offering an all you can eat/drink package starting at $75 including a Champagne toast at Midnight. Top shelf upgrades available. DJ Frank Hernandez will be rocking the wheels of steel starting at 10PM. 1920’s era attire is highly recommended! This early bird special pricing ends December 20th, grab your tickets on Eventbrite today! We hope to see you all there!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Butcher Shop WPB
8 PM – 1 AM The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill – 209 6th Street $25 – $75 get tickets here
Call us (561) 812-2336 with any questions!
Come and join us for our New Year’s Eve 2020 celebration at The Butcher Shop in West Palm Beach.
Enjoy 4 hours of open bar drinks, unlimited gourmet bites with our famous house made sausages, pretzels, sliders and pierogis and midnight champagne toast while you mingle with friends old and new.
We will be live streaming the ball drop from NYC’s Times Square and celebrating the entire night!
NYE at Drive Shack West Palm Beach
9 PM – 1 AM Drive Shack West Palm Beach – 710 Belvedere Rd $250 – $450 (per bay of 6 people) – get tickets here
Enjoy 20s-themed Live Entertainment! Festive Attire Encouraged. Light it Up Package – $250 per Bay (only $42/per person!)
Reserved Bay for up to 6 people, on the first floor
Unlimited BayPlay from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Party favors
VIP Package – $450 per Bay (only $75/per person!)
Reserved Bay for up to 6 people
Unlimited BayPlay from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Party favors
One (1) Chef-driven Charcuterie Board
One (1) Bavarian Pretzel Platter
Complimentary Dessert Bar
One (1) Bottle of La Marca Prosecco*
Unlimited Soda, Tea/Coffee, Water
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
We will send out Bay reservations at least 48 hours prior to the event. Bays will be assigned based on when the order is received. We will request the names of your guest to personalize your experience.
*Must be 21+ over to purchase or consume alcohol.
Cancellation requests must be submitted 7 days prior to the event to receive a full refund. All reservations purchased after the cancellation deadline are final; no refunds.
6th annual NYE 2020 Black and White Affair Party! Roaring 20s! The party goes 4am with top 40 and hiphop music format. We will be providing four different table packages! Start the year off right with us!
Call (561) 833-6500 to RSVP your VIP table reservation!
Camelot Presents New Years Eve 2019-2020 | The Garden of Disco Eve | Don’t Miss out on this. We will reach capacity. Includes Champagne split, Party Favors and entrance. Music by DJ Mike Louis. For VIP and Table Reservations please call 561.408.1001.
Fern Street Wine Bar & Kitchen : NYE – Brett Staska
Starting at 8 PM Fern Street Wine Bar & Kitchen – 501 Fern Stree
Join us New Years Eve with Brett Staska.
Brett is an American-born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist crafting his own style of ‘sunburnt folk-rock’; a term often used to describe his original sound. Pairing warm acoustic tones with layers of ambient vocal harmony, subtle percussion, and a heavy beach culture influence, Brett Staska creates a relaxed vibe both live and on his debut EP, No Worries.
Fern Street Wine Bar & Kitchen is open from 5pm-12am on the weekends.
Fjällräven Polar is an international Polar expedition where “ordinary people” from around the world get selected to guide 200 highly skilled sled dogs through 300km of Arctic wilderness of Sweden and Norway.
The seed for Fjällräven Polar was planted back in the early 1990s when Fjällräven founder Åke Nordin met Kenth Fjellborg, one of Sweden’s leading dog-sled drivers. Kenth had participated in Iditarod, the world’s most difficult dog sled competition through the harsh Alaskan wilderness, and this inspired Åke.
They wanted to create a Swedish equivalent, but not for experts like Kenth – for ordinary people. And a few years later in 1997, once all the details were ironed out, Fjällräven Polar took place in the Scandinavian Arctic for the first time.
Who is Eric Jensen
Local American Airways pilot and adventurer Eric Jensen needs your help (and vote) to win a spot on on the Fjällräven Polar dog sledding adventure.
Eric says: “I’m thrilled to be applying for the Polar Adventure! Every great adventurer relies on a team’s support. As a pilot you count on your crew. At home, I’ve always enjoyed the support of my family. They may not share my passion for extreme sports, but do whatever they can to encourage my pursuit of big adventure! The action is outdoors!“
Meet “Hello Sunshine” – Hello Sunshine is the geometrical representation of the sunrise that is sectioned into five clusters of sunrays. Each cluster is unique and together they form the whole sunrise, but just like the notion of union, one cannot see the whole picture at once. You have to experience each part individually, in order to appreciate the whole thing. We want to give people the opportunity to go out and experience all five districts and see the whole picture that makes up West Palm Beach.
Here are the renderings and locations for each of the sculptures.
District 5 at Phipps Park
District 4 at Grassy Waters
District 3 at Okeechobee Blvd
District 2 at Cumberland Dr.
District 1 at Australian & 45th
Each sculpture will have specific characteristics based on where it is located. District 1 (Australian & 45th St) and District 5 (Phipps Park) will be unique in that they will include features which will allow people to interact with the sculpture through a bench that is incorporated into the design.
District 3 at Okeechobee and Rosemary will be the tallest sculpture towering at 16ft.