With so many tough choices to make this weekend, we decided to give everyone a headstart on the decision making and preview Friday’s festivities a day early. Here are three events this coming Friday that caught our eye:

Island Water Sports’ Annual Midnight Madness

Unless there are Charm City burgers being served, it takes a lot to drag me out to the northereastern border of Broward County. That is, unless there is a free block party with quality local music, live skate demos, free swag, and cheap clothing on sale — oh yeah, and no cover. Island Water Sports’ annual Midnight Madness is being held on a closed off portion of A1A off Deerfield Beach by the Island Water Sports store from 8am – 11pm (if you’re wondering, it’s called midnight madness because the surf shop will be open to 12am). The band lineup is headlined by Alexander, along with BLORR, Buffalo Gun, Darkhorse Saloon, Hanna, Because Greatness Belongs, and Cadence. We aren’t sure about the alcohol situation at this event, but I’m guessing there won’t be any beer vendors based on the glaring absence of any mention of booze on the event website. I’m all for getting drunk on life, but it is Friday and we aren’t at work for 3 more days…pack an emergency flask.

Technically, they’re not local, but we’re big fans of BLORR (Bastard Lovechild Of Rock n Roll) after seeing them perform at 1921 a couple times and the Poorhouse. This Jacksonville dance-punk duo always induces wild dancefloors. Here’s a video of BLORR performing Hallelujah I’ve Been BLORRn Again.

Art/Heart October Live at Stage 84

Founded this past February, Art/Heart is an organization that focuses on giving back to the community through art. This Friday, they are throwing a big bash at Stage 84 in Davie with the proceeds of the party going to His House Children’s Home, an orphanage that is housing some displaced Haitian children and needs some help. For a $5 cover charge, you’ll get to see art by 15 different artists, as well as live music from What Glorious Things , Jennie Mahood, and Deejay Sensitive Side.

Here is Jennie Mahood’s music video for her song Seven.

Rocktoberfest: Beer and Music Festival

Last but not least, is downtown Fort Lauderdale’s drunken inclusion into the October 15th festivities. The Third Annual Rocktoberfest is back with it’s $20 all-you-can-drink/eat ($25 at the “door”) October party in Riverfront. Throw in some lineup of local music, and it’s an all around good time. This year’s musical lineup consists of The Freakin’ Hott, Fourth Dimension, Ghosts of Gloria, Audio Heist, Big Bang Radio, and Recover South. Like Art/Heart’s event, this event’s proceeds also go to charity.

Here’s a live performance by The Freakin’ Hott:

So I’ve stayed up too late adding myspace pages and youtube videos to this post. I hope I’ve given you enough media and details on these events to make an educated decision. At the very least, I hope I’ve provided enough links to keep you busy at work for an hour or so, checking out some local music.

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