From April 25-27, the 30th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival will take place over three days providing seaside fun and plenty of live entertainment, arts and crafts, “Pompano Jack’s Fun Zone”, local food, hot sun, cold drinks and of course, the seafood that South Florida is known for.
This year’s headline band on Saturday night Grand Funk Railroad is a classic rock and roll favorite. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969 and known as “The American Band”, the high-energy five-piece group includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars.” Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim”, his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.
According to David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine, “you cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!”
Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape forty years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Mega-hits We’re An American Band, I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind Of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. We’re An American Band has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie sound tracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a recent General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney’s animated feature film The Country Bears. In 2004, We’re An American Band was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film RADIO, and in 2005 it was featured in the swashbuckler SAHARA starring Matthew McConaughey.
Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.
The fun doesn't stop with them, however, as Iron Butterfly’s Mike Pinera and Blues Image will rock the beach Sunday Afternoon.
Gates open on Friday, April 25 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 26 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, April 27 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00, with kids Under 12 Free. Tickets will not be presold, so you must buy your tickets at the door. Multi-Day Tickets are not available.
The Seafood Festival is on Pompano Beach, just north of Atlantic Blvd., surrounding the Fishing Pier, and has brought top-notch entertainment and has fed South Florida’s taste buds for 29 years. The newly revised layout means the Main Stage has more beach seating than ever before, and features just about every kind of fish and shellfish imaginable, cooked in almost every way possible.
While there, you can walk along the festival’s Boardwalk Bazaar for a selection of unique, local arts & crafts while the sounds of local bands drift to your ears. This is a largely volunteer driven event. Groups like Pompano Beach High School, the Boy Scouts, Blanche Ely High School, Exchange Club, Pompano Proud and civic groups like the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, Women in Financial Services, Kiwanis, Rotary, Soroptimist, and others supply volunteers and benefit from the profits. Over the years hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for all these groups.
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