Music moves to another stage

Jefferson Starship performs in Miami Friday and in Dania on Saturday.
Jefferson Starship performs in Miami Friday and in Dania on Saturday. Magic City Casino

A new concert stage at a refurbished casino in Dania Beach likely will mean more music in Miami.

That’s because The Casino @ Dania, which reopened in January after a year of remodeling, is being managed by the same folks who run Magic City Casino in Miami. And with two venues in two counties, they can coax performers into a convenient back-to-back.

“We can bring in acts that we haven’t been able to previously,” said Scott Savin, CEO of both casinos.

Jefferson Starship performs Friday at Magic City, then Saturday in Dania Beach. Also upcoming: Foreigner (March 11 in Dania and March 12 in Miami) comic Ralphie Mae (March 18 in Dania, March 19 in Miami), comic Gabriel Iglesias (April 1 in Dania and April 2 in Miami) and Air Supply (April 15 in Miami, April 16 in Dania).

When Savin and the Havenick family opened Magic City Casino in 2011 they said they would focus on classic rock and comedy for entertainment and they created Stage 305 adjacent to the slot floor. The venue is similarly arranged at Dania and is … Stage 954, named after the primary area code in Broward County.

Tickets usually run about $40. Get ticket info at MagicCityCasino.com or DaniaCasino.com.

Hialeah cook-off

Hialeah Park is conducting the inaugural “Pig Cook Off,” a competition among a dozen police and fire departments throughout Miami-Dade County.

The event runs from noon to sundown Sunday and concludes with a country concert by Ricky Valido and the Hialeah Hillbillies. Admission is free but the food is not. Proceeds go to local charities.

On Saturday, PALO!, specializing in Afro-Cuban funk (I never thought I’d string those words together) plays at 9 p.m. at Hialeah. The band describes its sound as “Cuban music with funky beats and jazzy improvisation.”

Meanwhile, the quarter horse season ends Monday.


▪ Latin band Timbalive plays at 11 p.m. Saturday at Casino Miami. The casino also will have a Leap Day Scratch Off from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday. Guests can win up to $300 in free play.

▪ Calder Casino offers a free contest for those who like to predict NBA games. Each Sunday through 5 p.m. Wednesday, casino patrons can predict the winners of selected games for free. The top 20 scores each week win a share of over $1,000 free slot play. The top 100 scores for the season get a piece of $7,500 in slot play.

▪ Car giveaways are common at South Florida casinos, but not ones that are worth six figures. The Isle Casino in Pompano Beach gives away an Alfa Romeo 4c at 11 p.m. Saturday. That’s a handmade Italian luxury sports car, worth $150,000. Slot players have been earning entries into the drawing all month and everyone who swipes their player’s club car received a free entry each day they visited the casino.

▪ Friday and Saturday are the last two days to enter the climactic event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino “Escalator” series. February started with a $100,000 guarantee event at the poker room, now this weekend it’s up to a $400,000 guarantee. Players can enter at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m., with survivors vying for the title on Sunday. The final two players also receive a free entry into the $3,500 buy-in WPT Showdown championship in April. The card room also has a Mega Satellite tournament at 6 p.m. Sunday, with 10 seats into the Showdown guaranteed. Buy-in is $385.

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