THE RIPTIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL DOES IT AGAIN.

                             FORT LAUDERDALE'S TWO-DAY BEACH BASH


                                     FOR A STAR-STUDDED MUSIC EVENT


It could not have been more perfect! With rain pouring down heavily during most of the week, even Mother Nature wanted the weather to be perfect for the second annual Riptide Music Festival 2017, and made sure that it was. Saturday and Sunday gave South Florida some of the best weather we have had in a while. Sun, blue skies and 78 degrees were the backdrop for this years sought-after music event that featured today’s biggest new bands and legendary rockers.

Saturday’s line-up was an amazing array of musical talent. Bands like Cage The Elephant, Weezer, and Portugal The Man were among the many bands to grace the sand on this beautiful day. Gates to the festival opened on time and entry to the music festival was a breeze. The first to warm up the crowd was Mike Mineo on stage 1, while Mondo Cosmo hit the larger stage 2.

Alex Di Leo, Joywave, and Brother Sundance were next in the early afternoon line-up. By this time, lines at the concession stands began to fill with hungry concertgoers. There was a wide variety of eats and drinks available. Everything from gyro’s, pizza, and cheese steaks were offered. The beach bars drink menu offered many alcoholic drinks with rum, vodka, and tequila, along with a selection of wines.

Although labeled as a headliner, it was interesting to see that Portugal The Man was slated for an early time slot. Their set began at 3:40 pm and lasted 45 minutes. The band performed about 9 songs and included some covers by the Beatles & Metallica.

Weezer, Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Saint Motel, and Cage The Elephant rounded out the last of the bands on this first incredible day of the Riptide Music Festival.

Day two of Riptide saw an ever bigger line-up of music talent that spanned over forty years. Entry to the festival went even smoother than the day before and free beach chairs, along with tons of free swag, were filling the bags and pockets of those in attendance.

Today’s warm-up band is Morris Day and the Time. There is not a more perfect band to start off this music festival! Taking the stage with his esteemed side-kick Jerome, Morris Day’s set started with the opening to the song Purple Rain,made famous by his friend and co-star from the film, Prince. Before taking the mic in his hand, Day had to do his trademark check in the mirror to make sure he looked his best for the Sunday crowd. Day performaed a short set, but it was filled with non-stop music and dance. The crowd went wild when the band performed their hit, Jungle Love. Needless to say, this is the performance that pumped up this early Sunday crowd and propelled them through the day. Thank you Morris Day and the Time!!!

80’s icons and radio-friendly rockers Loverboy  took the stage next. This band is full of great rock classics. The Kid Is Hot Tonight, Lovin’ Every Minute Of It, and of course, Everybody's Workin’ For The Weekend came off amazingly and singer Mike Reno sounded better than ever!

After Loverboy’s performance, I went backstage to where the tour busses and performers trailers were located to visit with my friend Lou Gramm. I boarded his trailer and he was very jovial about his up-coming performance. We talked about his recent performances withs old band mates in Foreigner and asked him if he would be performing with them again when Mick Jones and Foreigner returns to the Broward Center For The Performing Arts in March. Unfortunately, Gramm will not be performing with Foreigner again until sometime next fall. It is great to see that all between Gramm and Jones are in the past and they are friends once again.

Gramm took the stage and sounded better than he has in the past. Looking more trim and vibrant, Gramm belted out hit after hit, including Juke Box Hero, Cold A sIce, and I want To Know What Love Is. After his performance, Gramm signed autographs and met with fans at a tent he had set up.

Other performers included Shannon, Tito Puente, Jr., Lime, and South Florida’s own KC &The Sunshine Band. Needless to say, KC shook the sandy foundation and almost caused a tsunami. This is the way to end a successful music festival.

The Riptide Music Festival is a prime example of how to do a festival of this magnitude. In light of the recent tragedies at concert music events such as the bombing in Manchester and the shooting in Las Vegas,  there is no need to cower in fear and to dismiss yourselves from attending these events. Over thirty thousand people attended Riptide and there were no reported incidents of misbehavior. There was plenty of security in place, but it was done in such a way that you did not feel overwhelmed by their presence.

Work is already in progress for next years Riptide Music Festival…. And it only looks like it is getting better and better.