It’s Sammy Hagar weekend on Lake Boca as the Red Rocker gets behind the bar on Saturday, July 23, at the Waterstone Resort & Marina’s SeaSpray Inlet Grill with his new line of “sparkling rum” cocktails in a can.
The event runs from noon to 4 pm, with Hagar scheduled to be on hand from 1 to 2:30 pm and behind the bar from 1 to 1:30 pm
Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktails, which recently arrived in Florida after rollouts in California, Nevada and Texas, come with names like Tangerine Dream, Pineapple Splash, Island Pop and Cherry Kola Chill. They are made with Hagar’s Puerto Rico-distilled Beach Bar Rum.
If the cute names sound like the product of a marketing meeting, know that Hagar is very serious about his cocktails — he wrote the book on them, “Sammy Hagar’s Cocktail Hits: 85 Personal Favorites from the Red Rocker,” published by the Simon & Schuster imprints Skyhorse on March 29.
“I wrote this book for the Redheads,” says Hagar in a statement. “I have been working and studying the art of making and drinking cocktails for decades now and have finally pulled together all of my favorites, my knowledge on how to do it, and what you need to throw the best parties with the best cocktails. I guarantee this is the only cocktail book you will ever need.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is best known as the former frontman of the iconic band Van Halen (“Right Now” and “Why Can’t This Be Love”), along with a stint fronting Montrose and, currently, Sammy Hagar & The Circle. But he’s also a businessman, with Cabo Wabo Cantinas and Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grills, and a line of tequilas and other spirits.
More than anything, Hagar is selling a personality and vibe—not unlike Margaritaville and No Shoes Nation—that will be on full display in Boca Raton on Saturday.
“Sammy Hagar’s Cocktail Hits” was co-written by James Beard Award-winning culinary author James O. Fraioli, and includes a foreword by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, no stranger to South Florida.
“One of the greatest things about Sammy is how he loves to share all of these experiences with his friends, family, and fans, and this book is a perfect example of that,” Fieri writes.
In that spirit, Boca Raton resident Jason Bonham, drummer for the Circle and his own excellent outfit, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, may be available to drop by his friend’s appearance by Lake Boca, as both bands have downtime on their respective summer tours. Jason?
Rolling thunder: Wait, it’s also Rolling Loud weekend in South Florida, with Hard Rock Stadium filling with music superstars and perhaps future superstars, including Kendrick Lamar, Future, Latto, Saweetie and dozens more performing Friday through Sunday. KidCudi is a late replacement for Ye. You can still get tickets (age 16 and older), sold as three-day passes starting at $349+ (plus $105 fee) at RollingLoud.com.
Afterwork: Riverwalk Rhythm & Brewsthe riverside hang hosted by Funky Buddha Breweryreturns to Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale from 5:30 to 9:30 pm Friday. There will be food trucks, beers and seltzers, lawn games and live music from the promising new band Mama Fuma (Cuban soul-pop jams led by vocalist Nikki Guerra). Visit FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
Weekend laughs: actor-comedian Luenell Campbell (she’s OK with just Luenell) has been in everything, from her memorable role as the “hooker with the heart of gold” in the Oscar-nominated comedy “Borat” to voice work in “Hotel Transylvania.” The “Original Bad Girl of Comedy” has five performances at the Dania Improv on Friday through Sunday. Tickets start at $30. Visit DaniaImprov.com.
The kindest cuts: Fort Lauderdale barber Greg Young, co-owner of Noblemen’s Cut & Shave in Progresso, is one of five finalists in the Wahl Benevolent Beards contest, which salutes good grooming and goodwill in the community with a $20,000 grand prize. For several years, Young has operated the Backpack Barber Foundation, sharing free haircuts, positive conversation and dignity with the homeless around Fort Lauderdale. The winner will be chosen by a public vote, which runs now through Aug. 5 at Bit.ly/BenevolentBeards.
Take the kids: There will be a special edition of the free Starlight Musicals series at Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park from 7 to 10 pm Friday, when Parks & Recreation Night fills the fields with bounce houses, pony rides and water slides. The band is the crowd-pleasing Southern Blood (think Skynyrd and the Allmans). Visit parks.fortlauderdale.gov.
weekend movie: Equal parts “fiery feminist outcry” and “stirring coming-of-age drama,” “Murina” was the critically lauded toast of the Cannes Film Festival, with special acclaim for the star-making work of actor Gracija Filipovic in the title role, director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic and the film’s sumptuous images of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. (Martin Scorsese is executive producer.) Lake Worth Playhouse begins its weekend screenings on Friday. Tickets cost $9+. Visit LakeWorthPlayhouse.org.
The Weekender – South Florida Events
Get a roundup of the best events and things to do in South Florida so you can make it an epic weekend.
Burmese pop-up: For those on the lookout for something different, we present Chief May Aungthet‘s four-course burmese dinner from 7 to 10 pm Saturday at Palm Beach Meats in West Palm Beach. Cost: $75. Chef Aungthet, a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (culinary management) with experience in a variety of South Florida restaurants (Sushi By Bou, Morimoto, The Grille on Congress), spreads the word on Burmese cuisine and culture at Ahmay’s Kitchen. Note: Aungthet’s pop-up dinner at Palm Beach Meats in June sold out. Visit PalmBeachMeats.com.
‘Beach’ party: Copperpoint Brewing Co. (a few miles from the beach) in Boynton Beach will host a sundown summer beach party in its fresh outdoor space from 5 to 11 pm Saturday, with special beer releases, chow from Leftovers Food Trailer and V’s Cakesand live music from local singer-songwriter Keith Michaud (6 to 9 p.m.). Visit Facebook.com/CopperpointBrewingCo.
Farewell, kid: Legendary jazz-fusion guitarist larry carlton made his name with the Crusaders, but his session work with Steely Danespecially the iconic solo on “Kid Charlemagne,“made for equally indelible memories. Carlton brings his farewell tour to the Funky Cookie in boca raton at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. Tickets cost $60+ at FunkyBiscuit.com. … On a related note, scattered tickets remain (starting at $65+) to see Steely Dan during their Earth After Hours tour stop on Thursday, July 28, at Hard Rock Live. Visit MyHRL.com.
Tequila sundown: Sunday is National Tequila Day all over, and the celebration at Lona Cocina & Tequileria we fort lauderdale beach comes with a view and specials from its extensive tequila selection. One highlight for the merely tequila-curious is Lona’s refreshing Las Bellezas Tequila Flight ($20), featuring three 21 Seeds Tequila flavors: Grapefruit Hibiscus, Cucumber Jalapeño and Valencia Orange. The restaurant is at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Visit LonaRestaurant.com.
Wine and dine: Sidewalk Bottle Shop — a relaxing niche in the historic Progresso Building in Fort Lauderdale’s up-and-coming progress neighborhood — debuts its Sunday wine-pairing dinner series this weekend with a 7 pm Sunday five-course dinner beginning with drinks at 6:30 pm Price $175 per person (plus tax). Visit Instagram.com/sidewalk.bottleshop.
weekend shopping: The thoughtfully curated Flamingo Flea returns to Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Fort Lauderdale from noon to 4 pm Sunday, a bonanza for those looking for the handmade, upcycled, vintage and locally sourced. Visit Facebook.com/theflamingoflea gold flamingoflea.com.