Local folk gather at the Round Up Country Western Club to either learn how to dance, dance, listen to a wide range of recorded country music, see a nationally known recording artist (Tracy Lawrence appears Sept. 5 and Jimmy Wayne on Sept. 19), or even celebrate a wedding.
Offering plenty of room for multiple celebrations, the Round Up has four full liquor bars, 15 overhead television sets, a dance floor large enough for a few hundred people, pool tables, darts, video games and food service. Rustically designed, with a high ceiling and colored lights spinning across the dance expanse, Round Up provides counter seating surrounding the dance floor and bi-level booths, and it attracts an all-ages audience. People-watching is interesting.
Arrive at 7 p.m. for free dance lessons, with beginner's line dance lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays. One of the draws of country music is that line dancing does not require a partner, so singles never have to feel out of place at a country bar. Couples' dance lessons are from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.
The food menu includes items such as chicken wings ($7), rib-eye steak sandwich ($10), mozzarella sticks ($6) and apple pie ($5). Well drinks are $4 and domestic beer is $3.50, plus drink specials occur nightly. Music mostly is modern country with songs such as Elvis Presley's Burning Love thrown into the musical mix. The usual cover is $5, upped to $10 on a Thursday when it includes free drinks, but is $25 for Lawrence's 10 p.m., Sept 5 appearance and $10 for Wayne's 9 p.m., Sept. 19 concert. Part of the rise of rock-tinged honky-tonk country, Lawrence is known for hits such as Paint Me a Birmingham and Lonely. Contemporary country performer Wayne recorded I Love You This Much and Stay Gone.
Nightlife news Tonight: Enjoy the rustic flavor, intimate surroundings and live music by the Smokin' Lucky's at Rosey Baby, 4587 N. University Drive, Lauderhill (954-749-5627).
Saturday: Watch sporting events on one of 30 satellite TVs while enjoying the live entertainment at Arena Grill, 13141 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise (954-846-1050).
Sunday: Take the family to a dinner/show experience featuring Brazilian costumes and dancing plus a martial arts performance at Brazilian Tropicana Restaurant, 410 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach (954-781-1113).
Monday: Check out college night at Porter's Place, 4535 N. Pine Island Road, Sunrise (954-741-6850). From 9 p.m.-4 a.m., a DJ spins hip-hop, r&b, dance and reggae at the sports bar owned by Daryl Porter. The club is an attraction for past and present Miami Dolphins players.
Wednesday: Find live music at Our Place, Best Inn, 3711 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-563-1966). Look for the bar on the west side of the street between Oakland Park and Commercial boulevards.
Thursday: Say hello to the Gypsy's Tambourine, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Oakland Park (954-566-1996). The restaurant and live music cafe is dedicated to the owner's brother, a police officer who passed away last year. He was also a drummer with a love for classic rock. He had an extensive collection of posters and memorabilia, which is posted on the cafe's walls.
Joan Brazer Durante is a freelance writer based in Plantation. Please fax news concerning local entertainment events and performers to 954-835-2347, e-mail email@example.com or mail to Joan Brazer Durante, Entertainment Department, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2293.