Get ready to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. With the sand and waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the background, the free Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series will return to the Hub, located at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, and kick off on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.

The series will open with a high-energy performance by one of South Florida's favorite Motown and R&B bands, Pocket Change, followed by a wide array of musical genres every Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through November 10, 2017. Special highlights over the 36 weeks include performances by rising stars on the country music scene, Farewell Angelina, on April 7; the Shane Duncan Band on May 5 for the official Fort Lauderdale Air Show welcome concert; and returning performances from crowd pleasers Mr. Nice Guy, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, Tom Sartori and Spred the Dub.

"We had fantastic feedback on our performer selection during our inaugural season in 2016, and with such an incredible local talent pool, it was challenging to narrow down this year's lineup," said Friday Night Sound Waves producer Arianne Glassman. "We think our faithful fans and those new to discovering the series are going to be really pleased with our final selection. After a four-month hiatus, we're just ready to welcome our community of friends, neighbors and global visitors back to the beach every Friday night."

The free concert series, funded in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), attracts more than 15,000 locals and visitors each year. The Hub, which is situated 1.3 miles from the 17 Street Causeway to the south and 1.4 miles from Sunrise Boulevard to the north, serves as the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach "island."

Friday Night Sound Waves 2017 Concert Lineup
March 10: Pocket Change (R&B)
March 17: Resolvers (Reggae)
March 24: 30Vice (Top 40/Latin)
March 31: Moran Levi (Indie/Top 40)
April 7: Farewell Angelina (Country)
April 14: Mike Mineo (Beach Soul)
April 21: Spred the Dub (Reggae)
April 28: Tom Sartori (Top 40)
May 5: Shane Duncan Band (Country)
May 12: Ladies of Soul (Motown)
May 19: Sabor Latino (Latin/Samba)
May 26: Wolfepack Band (Classic Rock)
June 2: Funkabilly Playboys (Rockabilly)
June 9: School of Rock (Rock/Pop)
June 16: Bushwood (Reggae)
June 23: Bungled & Botched (Bluegrass)
June 30: Free Rads Band (Top 40)
July 7: Fabulons (Classic Oldies)
July 14: Goodnicks (Pop/Country)
July 21: Othello Molineux Quintet with special guest Nicole Yarling (Steel Pan Jazz)
July 28: Shauna Sweeney (Pop/Alternative Rock)
Aug. 4: Celebration (Top 40 Dance)
Aug. 11: Andrew Morris (Country)
Aug. 18: Big Harvest (Roots Reggae)
Aug. 25: Grace & the Victory Riders (Indie/World)
Sept. 1: Roll the Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute)
Sept. 8: Adam Uhlan (Classic Rock/Blues)
Sept. 15: Oriente (Afro-Cuban/World Jazz)
Sept. 22: SOSOS + Friends (Roots All Stars Jam)
Sept. 29: Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl (Chicago Blues)
Oct. 6: All Access (Top 40/Pop)
Oct. 13: Orange Sunshine (Classic '60s)
Oct. 20: Electric Piquete (Latin Jazz)
Oct. 27: All Star Soul Band (Motown/Funk/Soul)
Nov. 3: The Heavy Pets (Jazz/Alt-Rock/Funk)
Nov. 10: Mr. Nice Guy (Classic Rock)

"Fort Lauderdale is a close-knit community that just happens to be made up of more than 60 individual neighborhoods," said Glassman. "In a detached world where we connect through digital media, spending a few hours on a Friday night on the sand with family, co-workers, friends and live music is the perfect way to connect in person. Watching relationships build and new friendships develop out of this series is one of our proudest accomplishments."

Friday Night Sound Waves is presented by the Fort Lauderdale Beach BID and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, The Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Entercom Radio, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Visit Florida. Performance sponsors include the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, It's Better on the Beach Restaurant Group, Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, and Modera Port Royale. Friends and Media partners include Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Media Associates, Travelhost FTL, Water Taxi, Sun Trolley, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and the Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

For more information on the Friday Night Sound Waves live music series, performers and special dates, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

About Beach BID:
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District's (BID) primary focus is to market Fort Lauderdale Beach as a premier destination to locals and visitors from around the globe. Through private investment, they enhance one's experience between its governing boundaries along A1A from Harbor Drive to Sunset Boulevard. To learn more about the different places to "Dine, Discover, Stay and Play" on the beach, visit www.myfortlauderdalebeach.com/ or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.

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