South Florida is great for live music, but if you’re under the impression that it begins and ends with Cuban beats, you’re only getting part of the picture. Head a few minutes north of Miami to Fort Lauderdale for some of the best jazz and blues in the area. There, you’ll find Blue Jean Blues, a classy nightclub where the sound of horns, piano, and husky-voiced singers drifts through the air like a revelation. There’s a tune at Blue Jean Blues just waiting for you to tap your foot or snap your fingers to, so ask your sweetheart out on a special musical date and experience it together.
Blue Jean Blues hosts live jazz and blues music seven nights a week. The neon sign and sounds of acts such as Rita Wilburn with the Mitch Goldstein Band, the Jesse Jones Jr. Quartet, and the Blue Fire Band–one of the area’s most popular blues ensembles–evoke a bygone era. But what good is live jazz and blues without an old-fashioned dirty martini? Sip around the olives in a a cocktail glass filled with ice-cold vodka (or gin, if you’re a purist), then jitterbug with your date as the singers, horn players, and percussionists create a scene straight out of the Jazz Age.
Since nobody can survive on a diet of music alone, Blue Jean Blues also boasts an impressive food menu. Split a savory thin-crust pizza, dip succulent shrimp into tangy cocktail sauce, or enjoy a fried cod sandwich made with locally caught fish as you get ready to hit the dance floor for a second round.
And because Blue Jean Blues is located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, it’s convenient if you’re in Miami, Palm Beach, or anywhere else in South Florida. So grab your special someone and enjoy an evening of music and romance in a truly unique spot.
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