A few weeks ago, Frugal Florida Fun had the opportunity to visit the Lauderdale Live Music Festival! Being a three-day event right in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, this music festival featured some great talent in one of the very best musical venues we have seen in quite a while! We’re curious to see if this will become an annual event or just a one time thing.
Located in Huizenga park, we couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque place to hang out for a few days and listen to some great music! As promised, there were food trucks, and places to get a few adult beverages! As far as pricing went, the food trucks were about what you would expect at an event. Our reviewers were prepared to drop at least $20 a person per meal, but it would up being a little less. They snacked all day, but not exclusively at the Lauderdale Live Music Festival. More on that in just a bit.
In general, we LOVE music festivals, because you can get a chance to see quite a few great acts usually for one low price. At about $60 a day, the Lauderdale Live Music Festival had the potential to be a money-saving event, but only if there were multiple bands that you would like to see. This year’s lineup boasted Huey Lewis & The News, The Indigo Girls, Lyle Lovett and quite a few more top-notch acts. There was such a variety in musical artists that there was certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Our reviewers like a wide array of music, so they enjoyed seeing all the different artists, but in particular Huey Lewis 7 The News was the big draw for them.
The stage was perfectly set, the food trucks were there, and there were a handful of community tents, but we tend to think that the Lauderdale Live Music Festival really missed a great opportunity to get the local community involved. There was plenty of room, and they could have invited some local community groups to set up booths. While there were food trucks, again they missed an opportunity to really pack the house with different options. Don’t met me wrong, those that were there looked delicious, but the variety just wasn’t there.
Something that our reviewers really found strange is that there just really wasn’t anything to hold the public’s attention in between acts. It took anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour in between acts, so many people filed out of the concert area and into the local down town bar scene. Our reviewers knew of the old saying, “When in Rome” so they followed suite. This made for one of the most interesting music festival experience they have had in recent memory! They had a chance to go out into the local community and checkout not only the bar scene but restaurants and shops right in downtown! When the next act was ready to start, they would file back in to listen to some music and repeat the entire process. Bill, one of our reviewers, had a chance to meet such a vast dynamic of owners, staff, and local folks that he enjoyed this as much as the music festival itself!
Overall, the music was great, the ticket prices were reasonable for a music fest, and the location was top-notch. Although not entirely child unfriendly, we wouldn’t really consider this a family friendly event. Because there wasn’t really anything for the little ones to do, we would recommend that next year you may want to leave the little ones behind and have an adult day or two. We think that the Lauderdale Live Music Festival has the potential to become an annual destination, and for their first year they did a great job. We can’t wait to see how this event evolves into something truly special.
Special thanks to Bill C. and BJ who took the time to review this event and venue for us!