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Eddie Money and Starship at The Pompano Beach Amphitheater

By Adriana Naylor

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On Saturday January 24th, Eddie Money performed at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The show was energizing at a great music listening venue. Eddie Money the singer, songwriter, musician and all around entertainer rounded out the show that began with Starship lead by original band member Mickey Thomas. The passion in Eddie Money is still evident, after 30 years of performing his iconic tunes like “Baby Hold On”, Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Think I’m in love” among others.

Starship band with original Jefferson Airplane band member Mickey Thomas

Mickey Thomas and Starship were electrifying with a harder edge than previously. The iconic tunes “Sara“ and “White Rabbit“ transcend the test of time. Listening to Stephanie Calvert sing vocals on White Rabbit especially was like being in a time machine that took you back to 1969 and the infamous Woodstock Music Festival.

The evening at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater had great vibes and is an experience one should not miss.
For more info on future events visit www.theamppompano.org/wp/events/category/concerts/

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Left to right: Dusty Hill (bass guitar), Billy Gibbons (guitar) and Frank Beard (drums)

After four decades they truly are iconic and timeless in their bluesy rock and roll sound.
This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard).

One of the few rock & roll groups with its original members still aboard, ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100 percent American in derivation.

Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is a great venue and offers some of the greatest rock shows in South Florida.

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Toni Braxton Comes to Hard Rock Live

By Chantal Forster- PR & Marketing Manager for Opulence Magazine

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Toni Braxton brought down the house Wednesday at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood!

The Seven-Time Grammy Award-Winning singer and songwriter gave an amazing performance in spite of her recent health concerns.  Toni had the entire crowd on their feet singing so many of her greatest hits including “UnBreak My Heart”,  “Seven Whole Days”, “Breathe Again”, “Another Sad Love Song” and my favorite “Yesterday”.  Toni Braxton is a dynamo with an unforgettable voice!

 

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Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday Sept 14, 2016– Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

wilson_147388060411832Inspite of the time passed since the inception of the Beach Boys the genius of Brian Wilson is still evident. He was a musical innovator then and he remains so to this day. Music is just as viable and exciting.

Backed up by a musically talented group of professionals Brian Wilson lets the audience step back in time when the creation of the California sound first was introduced in 60s and 70s.

01-los-angeles-ca-3-21-16-041_wide-4b77167cd379af48f19a521954d03842be9484ad-s800-c85Some of the band includes: Probyn Gregory, (playing horns); Paul Von Mertens (saxophone, harmonica); Bob Lizik (bass), the current roster includes longtime Beach Boys Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and Jardine’s son Matt, and keyboard players Gary Griffin and Billy Hinsche. The entire crew is currently on a world tour to celebrate Pet Sounds’ 50th anniversary.

Although his difficult and challenging past is still evident in the person that is now Brian Wilson, on stage the music is the soul of the man and that is wonderfully evident. A legend for all time.

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For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com,facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood,
twitter.com/HardRockHolly, http://instagram.com/HardRockHolly
and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.

 

 

Australian Pink Floyd Band

By Adriana Naylor- Senior Art Director for  Opulence Magazine

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Thursday August 25, 2016 – The Australian Pink Floyd is as near to the real thing as anyone is lucky enough to get to. Flawlessly true to the original iconic band. Members include: Steve Mac (Guitar/Vocals); Colin Wilson (Bass/Vocals); David Domminney Fowler (Guitar/Vocals); Ricky Howard (Bass/Vocals); Emily Lynn (Vocals); Jason Sawford (Keyboards); Paul Bonney (Drums); Chris Branes (Vocals); Lara Smiles (Vocals); Mike Kidson (Saxaphone).

022-1024x768The visual light and video presentation including three huge animated blow-up animal creatures added to the very breath of the performance. It was both musically and visually a joy to be at The Hard Rock Hollywood to see this band perform. Normally tribute bands do not get the kudos they deserve mostly because they are not as good as the original band, but this band was the exception.
In fact this band is so good they were even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration! All in all the high expectations were met and went beyond.

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For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com,facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood,
twitter.com/HardRockHolly, http://instagram.com/HardRockHolly
and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.

 

 

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

By Adriana Naylor- Senior Art Director for South Florida Opulence Magazine

RMP6434Wednesday June 8, 2016 – What a great concert. The band was tight and the videos of John Bohnham, Jason’s father were both erie and memorable.  Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience 2016 line-up is as follows: James Dylan on vocals, Tony Catania on guitar, Dorain Heartsong on bass, Alex Howland on keyboards & guitar and Jason Bonham on drums.

The guitar solos and the singer James Dylan were so intensely into the music it was a deja-vu moment for many Led Zepellin fans. And of course the venue of the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood always has such a great vibe, the audience was completely involved in the whole “Led Zeppelin Experience” often being encouraged by James Dylan to get involved in the song lyrics .

But for me as a fan of Led Zeppelin, the most incredible moments that gave me chills was when Jason performed alongside his dad (on video) and matched the drum solos beat for beat. Incredible!

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For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com,facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood, twitter.com/HardRockHolly, http://instagram.com/HardRockHolly and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.

 

 

Come to the Cabaret Ole Chum & Celebrate Its 50-Year History

By Jana Soeldner Danger

CABARET-Photo-by-Joan-Marcus.When Cabaret comes to the stage at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts April 12-17 (and again January 10, 2017 at the Broward  Center for Performing Arts), it will build on a 50-year history. The hit musical first opened on Broadway in1966 at the Broadhurst Theater with a wildly successful run of 1,165 performances.

It was a time of burgeoning political activism, with sentiment building against the war in Vietnam, and the civil rights and women’s movements growing stronger. Cabaret was perfect for that turbulent era, because although at first glance it may appear to be a romantic story set against a backdrop of memorable music, it also carries an ominous message about the danger of closing your eyes to what is going on in the world around you.

Cabaret is based on a 1939 novel, Goodbye to Berlin, by Christopher Isherwood, and the 1951 play I Am A Camera by John Van Druten. The original Broadway production directed by Hal Prince was an experiment in making a musical in which the message is as important as the plot. Set in 1930s Berlin during the violent rise of Nazism, Cabaret tells the story of the life and loves of flamboyant Sally Bowles, a 19-year-old American who works as a singer at the seedy Kit Kat Club. A raucous ensemble takes the stage there every night to tantalize a crowd trying desperately to lose itself in the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife to get through times that are growing uncertain. Sally falls in love with Brian Roberts, a bisexual Cambridge University student who has come to Berlin to complete his German studies. The two have an affair, but later, they fall under the spell of wealthy Baron Maximilian von Heune, who seduces them both. With the Kit Kat Club serving as a metaphor for the world, the club’s master of ceremonies is the storyteller, and the rise of the Nazis is a dark, ever-present undercurrent.

The production by the award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company comes directly from Broadway. Kelley Shanley, president and CEO of the BCPA, said, “Broadway shows spark the imagination and create lifelong memories. Through our partnership with Broadway Across America, each season boasts at least one regional premiere that offers our audiences the first chance of seeing the latest blockbusters right here.”

 

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The Steve Miller Band

By Adriana Naylor- Senior Art Director for South Florida Opulence Magazine

_SteveMillerBandPhoto-2015The Steve Miller Band performed at the Hard Rock-Hollywood  March 6 and did not disappoint. In between his standards and the crowd favorites he briefly laid down some background as to the band history and his own experiences. It made the Hard Rock Live venue intimate and thoroughly enjoyable. The crowd was into it from the first set and could not get enough. The keyboardist Joseph Wooten performed magic on the keyboard. He along with his band mates,  Kenny Lee Lewis, Gordy Knudtson, Jacob Peterson were at the top of their rock and roll bluesy game. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood, twitter.com/HardRockHolly, http://instagram.com/HardRockHolly and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.

 

 

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By Adriana Naylor- Senior Art Director for South Florida Opulence Magazine

March 3, 2016 The Moody Blues 50th Anniversary Tour at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. Drummer Graeme Edge will turn 75 this year but is still as energetic and vibrant as ever. “It’s the 50th anniversary of ‘Days of Future Passed,’” he said, as any Moodies fan knows, is the 1967 album, recorded with an orchestra, that signaled the band’s change of stylistic direction. It was the band’s second album and its first concept album, and it included “Nights in White Satin” and “Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?),” along with spoken-word pieces written by Edge. The music was melodic and bluesy and crisp. Justin Hayward, John Lodge along with Edge brought us back in time while still pleasing the younger members of the audience. Even after 50 years The Moody Blues still can get the fans up onto their feet. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood, twitter.com/HardRockHolly, http://instagram.com/HardRockHolly and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.

 

 

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By Adriana Naylor- Senior Art Director for South Florida Opulence Magazine

America and Three Dog Night Come to Hard Rock Live on Thursday, November 12

Hollywood, Fla. (June 2, 2015) – Multi-platinum iconic bands America and Three Dog Night come to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, November 12 at 8 p.m.

The year 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Their best-known tunes, which also include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” were cornerstones of 1970s Top 40 and FM rock radio.

americaEnjoying massive success early in their career, America earned their stripes as musical soldiers on the battlefield amidst the excess, craziness and chaos of the 70s. The trio won the Grammy® for Best New Artist in 1972 and began working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick in 1974.  This successful team went on to record seven albums and several Top Ten hits, including “Tin Man” and “Sister Golden Hair”.

2015-11-12-Three-Dog-Night-at-Hard-Rock-LiveBoasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three No.1 singles, 11 Top 10’s, 18 straight Top 20’s, seven million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their hits appeared on best-selling charts across all genres including pop, rock and country.

Three Dog Night’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures — songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night’s continuing popularity.

The Grammy-nominated band is not content resting on their legacy alone, their releases from this decade have sold more than a million copies and the band’s continued popularity has landed “The Best of Three Dog Night: 20th Century Masters” on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for nine of the past 12 months.

Three Dog Night maintains an aggressive, year-round touring schedule of over 70 dates a year. Their well-loved hits, plus some amazing new songs, are performed for audiences spanning generations by founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, as well as original band member and guitarist Michael Allsup. Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums) complete the lineup.

About Hard Rock Live

Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 2005, and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment, Where Rock Royalty Lives. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, over 2,200 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef’s Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 142 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, Rock Spa, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightclubs, lounges and bars, boutique retail shops, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood, twitter.com/HardRockHolly, http://instagram.com/HardRockHolly and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.

 

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Smokey Robinson

By Adriana Naylor- Senior Art Director for South Florida Opulence Magazine

smokey-robinsonJuly 25, 2015— Smokey Robinson is a class act. His memories of the early Motown days were intertwined with some of the great hits that made that era so special. His prolific songwriting and singing has stood the test of time and his charm and showmanship made the show a memorable one. In addition to his band his backup singers and dancers were an integral part of the whole act.

With Smokey’s encouragement the entire audience knew and sang every word, and note and was not shy about singing along . The Hard Rock was the perfect venue for Smokey Robinson. For information about future events at The Hard Rock, click here.

 

 

 

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KC & the Sunshine Band

He has been called the “Founder of the Dance Revolution.” Harry Wayne Casey, better known as the founder and leader of KC and The Sunshine Band performed at the Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood on March 20, 2015.

hard-rockThe band was electrifying and the dancers were in sync and engaged the audience to join in the music and dancing. Everyone was dancing in the aisles after just a few of the standard favorites from the 70’s and 80’s .

The band also performed a couple of songs from the newly recorded album  “Feeling You! The 60s”.

KC was personable and warm and the undeniable good vibes filled the venue. Great entertainment and the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood delivered once again!

For more Hard Rock Live events visit:
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Hard Rock Live in Hollywood hosted Eric Clapton who was amazing and can still reach out and touch those listening with his magical power on the guitar. He still has it. Alongside Eric the rest of the band Doyle Bramhall II – guitar,  Greg Leisz – pedal steel guitar, Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards, Paul Carrack – organ, keyboards, Willie Weeks – bass, Steve Jordan – drums, Michelle John – backing vocals, Sharon White – backing vocals, did not disappoint. www.SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com The Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden, NY on April12 and 13th promises to rise above anyones expectations. As the principal organizer of the festival, Clapton is just one artist out of many that will entertain the masses. With guest musicians like Allman Brothers Band, BB King, Booker T, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and many more. The festival benefits The Crossroads Centre and its services to those that suffer from the devastating effects of addiction.

 

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