Palmetto Bay Food and Rock Festival returning on Nov. 2

Palmetto Bay Food and Rock Festival returning on Nov. 2

This year’s festival will feature six classic rock bands on the big stage.

The second annual Palmetto Bay Food and Rock Festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Rd.

Last year’s event drew a large crowd and organizers say they are putting everything they can into this year’s concert to make it even better.

“It’s been a fun ride creating this event but the annual Palmetto Bay Food and Rock Festival is growing up quick,” said Mickey Filippucci of Florida Rock Stars. “As we discovered, people love classic rock and roll and we are so pleased to tap into that raw emotion. Everyone that touches this thing wants to get involved, so we take great pride in building the Rock Stars Nation. It may take a while but it’s coming just the same.”

This year’s festival, sponsored by Miami Brewing Company, runs from 3 p.m. to midnight and will feature six classic rock bands on the big stage, plus 20 gourmet food trucks for assorted dining experiences, four cash bars hosted by Tobacco Road and a silent auction for authentic autographed classic guitars.

“The show is a throwback to the ’70s when outdoor music was the norm,” said Richard DiBenedetto of Florida Rock Stars. “We all remember the unbelievable wall of sound and the big stage and light shows. Well, that’s what we do at the local level and the fans love it. For the Palmetto Bay show we are giving fans the Zeppelin Experience and we brought in the ultimate Led Zeppelin tribute band, Led Hed.”

Other rock bands featured in the show are Jamie King Colton Band, Riverdown, Classic Rock Therapy, 3 Feet Closer and Colbert.

“Wait until you hear these bands,” DiBenedetto said. “We can’t believe how lucky we are to have Jamie King Colton Band at the show. They are famous and have played with everyone in the business. The other bands at the show are some of the best classic rock bands in South Florida. If you love rock and roll, you are going to love this show.”

Florida Rock Stars also uses the annual event to help create awareness of and funding for local charities and has partnered with the American Way Foundation, based in Homestead, which provides unique support services to underserved communities in South Florida.

Organizers say that part of their mission is to connect local talent with local communities and businesses through good music and good times, as well as preserving rock and roll music and culture in South Florida.

“We want to recognize our fantastic business partners, SkyNet 360, Tobacco Road, Baptist Hospital, Playboy Energy Drink and especially our title sponsor, Miami Brewing Company, which will be showcasing the finest in craft beer made right here in Dade County at the Schnebly Winery,” Mickey Filippucci said. “Finally, we are pleased to be working with the folks, who will be providing a live video stream of the show over the Internet.”

The gates open at 2 p.m., rain or shine. No coolers allowed. Tickets are $20 at the gate but advance tickets are $15 online. Reserved VIP tables (which includes eight tickets, with cocktail waitress service) are available for $200.

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