Sometimes living in a vacation destination reaps rewards. The last time Wayne "The Train" Hancock was in Fort Lauderdale, he played a much-fanfared standing-room-only gig at the Monterey Club with his regular touring band for a $10 admission. Somehow, he has found himself stuck in South Florida playing the same joint for free, 10 days before the next published date on his website.
One can only ponder how this came about. Perhaps his bottle of Jim Beam accidentally wrecked his motel room. Maybe he used his return plane ticket as a marker at the Hard Rock casino. Maybe he showed up to Swing Night, and never left, sacking out on the club's couch. It's possible he drunk dialed the wrong girl, who then gave his credit card to a Nigerian email address. Or maybe Monterey Club owner Rob Stannard has a cop on the payroll, and the Monterey Club is the new Boar's Nest - where country musicians pay off their bar tabs and speeding tickets with a free show.
Regardless, Wayne Hancock will be playing tonight - for free at the Monterey Club with members of The Rock City Angels backing him up. That is cause for celebration. Readers of Miami Music Matters, get off your tails and get thee to the corner of 84 and US1by 10 PM to enjoy this rare free musical gift fate has bestowed upon you. Sure, you may be hungover tomorrow at the office. But at least you'll have a better weekend tale to tell than that aging hippie who saw the Spin Doctors.