If you’re tired of going to the same bars on Friday nights—or tired of watching the same reruns on your couch—the Delray Marketplace has come up with a solution to your dilemmas.
West Delray hotspot is hosting its Marketplace Music Fest every Friday night during the month of July. Set in the center’s amphitheater, the weekly concert runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is open, best of all, free to the public.
The musical event, which began over a year ago, showcases local acts and bands from all over the state of Florida; this month’s bands all hail from the South Florida area. Amy Ferguson, general manager of the Delray Marketplace and who is also in charge of booking the bands, aims to hire a variety of musicians to play in the Marketplace Music Fest.
“What’s cool is that I’ve been getting a lot of calls from bands who want to perform in the amphitheater because of the crowds we get,” says Ferguson. “And it’s a variety of bands—so each week will different, and it’ll never be the same type of music every week.”
The Delray Marketplace is on 14851 Lyons Road, and it is suggested you bring a blanket or lawn chair to the open-air amphitheater. So if you have nothing to do this Friday night, or the next two, stop by the Marketplace Music Fest and dance to start of a new weekend.
Marketplace Music Fest Concert Lineup:
Friday, July 11
The Magic Bus Band
Dying to hear live music that is reminiscent of Woodstock and the psychedelic period during the ‘60s and ‘70s? Then look no further. Drummer/vocalist Jim Rizzo launched the Fort Lauderdale-based band Magic Bus in 2007, and the group has created a following with its tribute to early British Invasion bands. Sheldon Voss (bass/vocals) and Ron Tillman (guitar/vocals) complete the Magic Bus line-up.
Friday, July 18
Having eight members, with each playing a different instrument, in one band may seem like a messy disaster, but Solid Brass has dedicated itself to the motto “Live Solid, Play Solid.” Based in Palm Beach County, the eight-piece band formed in 2011 and covers classic rock and R&B songs from music staples such as Chicago, James Brown, Hall & Oates and Joe Cocker.
Friday, July 25
Classic Rock Therapy
Dubbing itself as South Florida’s premier party band, Classic Rock Therapy covers classic/current rock and dance music from the ‘60s to today. Hailing from the Fort Lauderdale area, the cover band formed in 2006 by five friends looking to play fun music and ended up with a following, enjoying crowds all over South Florida.
Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women’s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn’t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at email@example.com.