Bands, Baubles, Broadway, Burgers and Babes on Boats

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 25 - 2009

Band from TV Makes a Splash at Shore Club

Big on enthusiasm and actual musical talent, The Band from TV, comprised of Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Teri Hatcher, James Denton, Bob Guiney and Jesse Spencer along with Louise Griffiths (model/actress) rocked the Shore Club Saturday night with their garage band antics, and to quote Paula Abdul from American Idol, “really had fun up there and made the songs their own.” The Band’s energy was evidently contagious, as the packed crowd jumped, sang, danced and shouted requests. Audience favorites included: The Who’s Teenage Wasteland, Kid Rock’s All Summer Long, Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, and Bruce Springsteen’s version of Presley’s Pink Cadillac, The Charlie Daniels Band’s The Devil Went down to Georgia and to end, Twist It (Shake Your Tail feather) from the Blues Brothers. Teri Hatcher, who sang her heart out and was joined by her daughter onstage, was hot, literally, ending her performance with a dive into the pool. Other band mates followed her lead, ending the concert with a splash. All proceeds from the evening went to the band members’ favorite charities.

Tea, Trump and Crumpets

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump

On Sunday, the PlayGround Theater hosted a whimsical afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Lucky guests of all ages were greeted by fairytale characters from Inanna and the Huluppu Tree as they approached the ballroom, which was transformed into a scene out of a child’s story book by event planner extraordinaire, Barton G. The charismatic, Belkys Nerey served as Mistress of Ceremonies throughout the tea, which included an auction, children’s fashion show, raffle, jewelry making and a photo booth. A flawless Ivanka Trump served as honorary chairperson of the theater’s fifth anniversary celebration during which she showcased her eponymous jewelry collection, with fifteen percent of sales proceeds going towards the theater. More like “Trump change” than “chump change,” being that our favorite cuff goes for $180,000!


Meat me in New York

8 oz. Burger Bar, rapidly becoming an addictive South Beach staple, (responsible for many a late-night, post-indulgence, walk of shame), was featured on NBC’s Today Show on Monday. Michael Blum did a cooking demonstration along with NBC host and expert griller, Al
.  Blum showcased the 8 oz veggie burger and homemade fried caper tartar sauce during the segment, at the end of which Roker and fellow anchors indulged. This appearance follows 8 oz/Table 8 owners, Govind Armstrong and partner Josh Woodward’s recent debut of Table 8 in Manhattan. The successful team is looking into a potential Manhattan outpost of the delicious artisanal burger bar. For now, New Yorkers are just going to have to continue flying down for their fix.

Coming up:

RA Sushi will host its fifth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser May 24 to 30, to benefit the internationally renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The restaurant and bar will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of select menu and bar items to St. Jude, in memory of longtime St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, a nephew of one of RA’s founders. To support the cause, RA Sushi will host a line-up of events, including “Battle of the Mascots,” featuring Billy the Marlin and Burnie of the Miami Heat on May 25, a 944 magazine party on May 30, and an extended happy hour, from 3:00-6:00 all week long. For more details about Nicky’s week, visit:

The gals who brought you Single and Fabulous, Erin Newberg and Tiffany Rosen, invite all of you who are single and/or fabulous to “Rock the Boat – Destination Fabulous” next Wednesday, May 27th, aboard the Biscayne Lady Yacht, to be docked across from the Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach. The event, which goes from 8:00-11:00 p.m., will feature open bars, food, live music courtesy of Cleaveland Jones and lots of other surprises. Tickets can be pre-purchased online for $30 or at the door for $40. For more information about this event or on how to become a member, email

Celebrity Sightings

The star-studded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gala at the Hotel Intercontinental on Saturday night was hosted by Daisy Fuentes. Honorees, included Thalia and Tommy Mottola, and Cristian Castro, Willy Chirino, Fanny Lu and Arthur Halon provided the entertainment. Also on Saturday night, at Pangea at the Hard Rock, Dennis Rodman celebrated his birthday alongside delightful diva and BFF Elaine Lancaster. More diva glam prevailed at Hard Rock Live on Sunday, where disco legend, Donna Summer performed.

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