SMDCAC’s Backyard Bash to feature Southern Rock sounds of Molly Hatchet

SMDCAC's Backyard Bash to feature Southern Rock sounds of Molly Hatchet

Molly Hatchet

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC), 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay, and Jack Daniels will present Backyard Bash featuring Molly Hatchet, The 18 Wheelers and other local bands on Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., on the center’s concert lawn.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 on the day of show and can be purchased at or by calling 786-573-5300.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center begins its 2016-17 season with a rock and roll theme at the third annual Backyard Bash.

Attendees can enter a contest to win a Jack Daniels guitar, sample from Food Trucks and bars including special offers by Jack Daniels and Funky Buddha Brewery, explore the center’s many performance spaces between the music performances, stop by the Peterson’s Harley Davidson South tent, meet the staff, look through the SMDCAC’s season schedule and secure seats for upcoming shows.

Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, but no coolers permitted.

Molly Hatchet
In the early 1970s a new form of music was emerging in the South. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock and roll that later was to be coined the phrase “Southern Rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion and with bands in the forefront such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and a band from Jacksonville called Molly Hatchet. Named after a famous 17th Century axe murderess “hatchet molly” who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous.

Their self-titled debut album — which included Danny Joe Brown, Dave Hlubek, Duane Roland, Steve Holland, Banner Thomas and Bruce Crump in the lineup — was released on Epic records in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more. In 1979, Flirtin’ With Disaster was released and history was in the making.

The 18 Wheelers
Blending elements of roots rock, honky tonk country, western swing, rockabilly, and bluegrass, The 18 Wheelers keep it upbeat and danceable.

They’re not afraid to do the occasional “cry in your beer” song either.

Boasting three vocalists who sing lead, this Miami-based band has been entertaining audiences from the Palm beaches to the Keys with their combination of humor, good grooves and three part harmonies.

Whether they’re driving the train on a Johnny Cash number, rocking out on an Elvis tune, or singing an old classic by Buck Owens or Gram Parsons, the band seamlessly blends a deep catalog of covers with their own original songs.

All the topics of the genre are covered – driving a big rig across the country, losing your girl, getting drunk, going to jail, and disappointing your mama.

Backyard Bash is presented by Jack Daniels and sponsored by Peterson’s Harley Davidson South and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

More information about the SMDCAC and its programs can be found at

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