I believe it was a few weeks before Memorial Day Weekend last year that a friend who lives in Lauderdale By The Sea suggested that during my next visit to Fort Lauderdale I should check out the Friday evening Jazz On the Square at Pelican Square.
Though I missed the Friday evening Jazz On the Square at Pelican Square during my Memorial Day 2007 and November 2007 visits when joining two friends from New York during their 6 - 10 March weekend trip to Fort Lauderdale I made sure to stop in at the Jazz On The Square.
As I entered The Village along Commercial Boulevard from Ocean Boulevard a soulful rendition of "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay" reverberated through the Square as folks danced in the street and meandered about the Village to the sounds of the Rick Bauer Band.
Bruce Springsteen's "Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart", Johnny Cash's "Love Is a Burnin' Thing", Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet's "Old Town Rock and Roll" and Stephen Still's "Love The One You're With" followed before the band took a break.
At which time I headed back to the apartment on Ocean Boulevard to join friends for dinner which our guests from NYC had prepared.
May I suggest that if you are ever in the Lauderdale By The Sea area on a Friday evening that you check out Jazz On The Square at Pelican Square which, just yards from the Anglin Pier and beach, takes place from 6 until 10 pm on the streets just outside of The Village Grille and Village Pump at El Mar Drive and Commercial Boulevard.
And should you ever get the opportunity to catch the Rick Bauer Band, by all means do so.
To order cds or learn more about the Rick Bauer Band, visit their website or myspace.
In addition to founder Rick Bauer, drummer Rich Pistocchi and bassist Rick Bauer (known to all as Pops), a power trio that has garnished local an international acclaim as one of the most ecclectic and capable three pieces anywhere, on this particularly evening, the Rick Bauer Band also featured Richard Malfitano or "Malfie" on sax.
Here is video clip #2/5, from the event, of the Rick Bauer Band performing Bruce Springsteen's "Everybody's Got A Hungry Heart". Other clips and a compilation will be uploaded along with more photos once I get back to DC.