Weekend preview: Tortuga ticket news and the new Mike Tyson

The rumors running rampant (OK, two friends from different parts of Broward County) that Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival is sold out are not true. In fact, organizers are expecting “heavy walk-up” at the festival on Saturday and Sunday.

One-day tickets are $100 each day at the box office, located on A1A near the overpass crosswalk at the north end of the festival site on Fort Lauderdale beach.  Prices for two-day passes go from $150 on Friday to $160 on Saturday. The cost of various VIP passes also will rise on Saturday. The box office is open until 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets also are available at BC Surf and Sport (1701 N. Federal Highway,  Fort Lauderdale) and Uncle Sam’s Music (1141 Washington Ave., Miami Beach).

As you well know, Tortuga brings 22 top country, roots-rock and reggae performers to the beach from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, including Kenny Chesney (Saturday’s headliner), Eric Church (Sunday’s headliner), the Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Gary Clark Jr. Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ben Harper and the Wailers.

More info: TortugaMusicFestival.com.

WE LIKE MIKE
What is it you really need to know about Mike Tyson’s one-man show at Miami’s Arsht Center?

Yes, it’s worth money.

The touring production of the Spike Lee-directed “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” which had a brief stay on Broadway, was first seen in South Florida last fall before a sold-out crowd at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek. While the audience Tuesday at the Arsht may change slightly (the casino show was attended by a large contingent of guys out to prove they were familiar with Tyson’s old Brooklyn stomping grounds and could out-Ed-Hardy anyone in the room), the show, we hope, remains the same.

In “Undisputed Truth,” the former heavyweight champ and “Hangover” actor plays a version of Mike Tyson that is largely scripted, but no less genuine and endearing for it. There may be an awkward pause or a line retraced — a former boxer wanting to hit his marks precisely — but Tyson’s authenticity remains intact.

It’s a warts-and-all showcase: His rape conviction is explained away, as is his famous Evander Holyfield ear chomp. There are moments of bravado and self-deprecation, profane rants and affection for lost loved ones (his eulogy for the young daughter he lost is still raw), there is music and some physical comedy. It will be an evening that is touching, unsettling, funny and bizarre. But, above all, entertaining.

It is worth seeing if for no other reason than to hear, from Tyson’s mouth, a description of the night he found ex-wife Robin Givens in the company of a young Brad Pitt.

Tickets for “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” cost $35 to $75. Info: 305-949-6722, ArshtCenter.org.

MORE PAIN AND GAIN?
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson
and director Michael Bay are in town this weekend to do press for the opening of the filmed-in-South Florida thriller “Pain & Gain,” and on Friday night Liv nightclub (4441 Collins Ave.) is touting its party with the cast of the movie. We hesitate to put two and two together, but you never know. Info: LivNightclub.com.

HEAR NOW
Miami-based Limited Fanfare Records’ free “Spring/Summer 2013 Sampler”  offers new music from some off the bands performing at next weekend’s Block X Blog Festival in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee District. The sampler has 14 songs, including “Hurricane City” from Plains, “Spider Lilly” by Lil Daggers, “Chinese Fire Drill Underwater” from sound sleeper, "Bibi Kan Werk It" from Ex Norwegian and Sunday Driver’s “The Downside of Things.” All will appear at Block X Blog, a music and arts festival from Subculture and 3J Hospitality on April 20 at America’s Backyard, Green Room and Revolution Live. Info:  Subcultureus.com.  For the sampler, go to the Limited Fanfare Bandcamp page. Here's a favorite tune from Plains:

MORE PAIN?
I’m riding my bike to the Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale beach this weekend to hear and see in the flesh two of the acts that the national press has glorified so: Gary Clark Jr. and Grace Potter. I will make use of the bicycle parking at D.C. Alexander Park, just south of Southeast Fifth Street. The flaw in my plan is that the shows end at 9 p.m. and some of my favorite and most-accommodating bartenders work on the beach (at places such as McSorley’s, Bahia Cabana and the Internationally World Famous Treasure Trove), and that once you make it up the Intracoastal bridge on Las Olas, you have to come down the other side. Info: TortugaMusicFestival.com.

GET CLOSER NOW
Here are two acts that could easily be on the Tortuga bill, but you’ll be able to see up closer: Acclaimed bluesman Walter Wolfman Washington is at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.; SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com) at 8:30 p.m. Friday, while onetime Plantation wonderboy Jacob Jeffries and his band are at the Stage (170 NE 38th St., Miami; TheStageMiami.com) with Suzanna Choffel on Friday, too.

DANCING WORDS
Miami City Ballet dancer Jennifer Kronenberg (lovely in every way) will sign copies of “So, You Want to be a Ballet Dancer?” ($14.95, University Press Florida) on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Books and Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). The book is a guide both for aspiring dancers and parents, and the signing, of course, offers a young dancer a unique opportunity to meet and ask a question of a principal dancer for one of the country’s leading companies. Info: BooksandBooks.com.

VINYL WARNING
We recommended this to serious vinyl aficionado Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers, in case they roll in early for the Tortuga Music Festival: In the run-up to Record Store Day next weekend, Sweat Records (5505 NE Second Ave., Miami) will offer a free, 7:30 p.m. Friday screening of the British documentary “Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop.” Along with shop owners and industry types, you’ll hear from Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and Fatboy Slim. April 20, of course, is Record Store Day and the fourth annual Sweatstock, a full day (beginning at 9 a.m.) of local bands, food and special vinyl releases. Info: 786-693-9309, SweatRecordsMiami.com.

WORDS TO DIE BY
As part of the O, Miami poetry festival, South Florida bard Campbell McGrath will be joined by fellow Sylvia Plath scholar Catherine Bowman on April 16 at the Betsy Hotel (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) for readings and conversation about the iconic poet on the 50th anniversary of her death. A special poetry edition of Bookleggers Mobile Library will accept used books in the lobby before and after the 8 p.m. event. Info: OMiami.org.

SERIAL BOXES
Sometimes, you just want a snack. With that in mind, check out “Boxer Shorts 2” this weekend at the Delray Beach Playhouse (950 Lake Shore Drive), where the actors stage short plays in settings created by your imagination and a jumble of wooden boxes. The streamlined quality of the exercise extends to the cost: $10. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Info: 561-272-1281 or DelrayBeachPlayhouse.com.

GOOD CAUSE
Friday night brings something new: The inaugural Weston Town Center Crawl, an interactive tour of the delicacies of the nightspot via its most popular merchants, all to raise money for 2-1-1 Broward. JG McGuinness Irish Pub, Yogurt Land, Tarantella, Cigar Bar, Cheese Course and Japan Inn are among the participants offering special drinks and light bites during the event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 with registration at JG McGuinness Irish Pub (1744 Main St.), where you can return for the afterparty, with live entertainment, beginning at 8:30 p.m. In support of the event, East City Grill, Del Vecchios Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, UdderSweets, Libation the Love of Wine, and Burger Zone will be donating 10 percent of their sales during the evening to 2-1-1 Broward (211-Broward.org), the nonprofit that connects Broward County residents with family, financial, crisis and suicide counseling. Event info: 954-349-5900 WestonTownCenter.net.

WOMEN UNFETTERED
SHEfest is being marketed as “South Florida’s very own Lilith Fair” without any tongues in any cheeks, as far as we can determine. What the show, at the Stage (170 NE 38th St., Miami) on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m., may lack in singer-songwriter earnestness it will more than make up for in glittery awesomeness. Among the many scheduled acts: the ziggy-zaggy electro-pop stardust of Mercury Wolff; singer, rapper and erotic slam poet Blondie C. Bitch (as seen on “South Beach Tow” and, soon, the big-screen feature “Pain & Gain”; and Annishka, who has appeared on BET's “106 & Park.” Tickets: $10 for 12 and older, $15 ages 18-20. Info: 305-576-9577, TheStageMiami.com.

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