We’re often subjected to crossing county lines to witness quality, massive local lineups (i.e. Zit Fest, Lake Worth It Festival, Respectable Street yearly anniversary party, Death To The Sun, Sweatstock, to name a few). I’m not complaining- I’m more than happy to make the drive to Miami or Palm Beach to support South Florida’s burgeoning music and arts scene. It’s just kind of nice to have a high caliber, local music event in our own backyard every once in awhile. like the one we’ll be experiencing tomorrow. Well, thanks to the people at Revolution and Poor House, we finally have our own epic gathering of quality South Florida bands, the SW 3rd Avenue Music Festival (WARNING: don’t judge this event by its mundane name). With 25 bands on 5 stages with overlapping set times, 1 skateboard half pipe, and a handful DJs, you’ll have a lot of tough decisions to make in regards to what to see. Note: 4 of the 5 stages are FREE, Revolution’s stage where Nonpoint is headlining costs $11.

Although the FTLC staff plans on mingling at every stage at some point, we’ve compiled a list of 12, what we think, must-see performances this Friday. New Times did a great post covering music for all the acts on their Green Room stage. Click here to stream audio from Lavola, The New, Plains, Young Circles, The Dewars, and John Ralston.  We’ve provided the rest.


LAVOLA (5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. @ Green Room stage)

The amazing New Times-sponsored stage inside Green Room opens up early with an FTLC favorite Lavola. We’re guessing the band is going to start off with The Queen Is Dead (one of my favorite songs this year, period, not even just locally), so show up early.

THE NEW (6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. @ Green Room stage)

I saw this all girl punk n’ roll quartet at the AKA reunion show not too long ago (the band includes former members of AKA). Great show with lots of energy. Fun pop-punk music.

DEAF POETS (6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ America’s Backyard stage)

I’m stoked to finally catch a set by this polished-sounding duo from Miami. Just listen to This Pain (below) and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.

REBEL (7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Street Stage)

We plug these guys often on this site- they played our launch party last June and are on our latest compilation. But there’s a reason why we love this band so much — they’re good.

PLAINS (7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. @ Green Room stage)

If Lavola’s The Queen Is Dead was my current favorite local tune, Plains’ Innovator is a close second (Lil Daggers’ King Corpse is probably #3, for the record). Looking forward to catching a rare performance by these guys.

ASTARI NITE (7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ America’s Backyard stage)

Fresh off their Politics of Love Tour, which included a coveted slot at Ultra, the newly signed post-punk band Astari Nite is starting to make waves nationwide.

JUKE (8:10 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. @ Poor House stage)

Some good bluesy rock. Although, they seem to play every other weekend at the Poor House, it’s always a good time.

THE SHAKERS (10:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. @ Poor House stage)

Local punk legends. Pay your respects.

YOUNG CIRCLES (8:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. @ Green Room stage)

I’ve yet to catch a live set by this newest incarnation of Stonefox Blond Fuzz. I’m not missing their set this time.

DEWARS (9:15 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. @ Green Room stage)

This popular West Palm Beach band that opened for Surfer Blood not too long ago, throws some sick house parties. They also just happen to play really stellar music.

JOHN RALSTON (10:15 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. @ Green Room stage)

What more can we say about this incredible solo artist……a must-see. He is one of South Florida’s best songwriters, if not the best.

THE WHOLETONES (1 a.m. – 2 a.m. @ Poor House stage)

At this point, you don’t really have an option. All the other stages are over. I don’t think I’ve seen them before (maybe at Poor House without knowing it), but I’ve heard good things.


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