Concert to feature bluegrass music
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold its "Night Sounds" concert series 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28.
Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artists, Atlantic Bluegrass.
Come and enjoy some pickin' and grinnin' with some good bluegrass music.
This five-piece band features guitar, mandolin, stand-up bass, fiddle and banjo.
The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.
The concert is free with regular park entry fees.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is at 9700 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
For more information about Atlantic Bluegrass, visit www.myspace.com/atlanticbluegrass.
For more information about the concert, call (321) 984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.
Debutante ball is fundraiser
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Melbourne-Palm Bay Alumnae chapter, will host its 23rd annual Clarissa E. Hall Debutante Ball on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7 pm. at the Melbourne Hilton, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne.
Proceeds from this fundraising event will support college scholarships and various community outreach programs in south Brevard County.
Tickets cost $35 each and must be purchased in advance of the ball, as tickets will not be sold at the door.
Attire for this sit down dinner and cotillion is formal.
For tickets, contact Tracy Hollis at (321) 863-4665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more event information, contact Yolanda Warren at (321) 261-8244 or email email@example.com.
Hear jazz at the flea market
The Central Brevard Humane Society's jazz band will perform 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at Super Flea & Farmers Market, 4835 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne.
The jazz band will perform free and feature a mix of jazz and blues music and requests.
The event will also showcase some of the society's shelter dogs.
For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Last weekend for festival of lights
Space Coast Light Fest is a family-oriented celebration, taking place through Dec. 31, at Melbourne's Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne.
The area is transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with hundreds of thousands of lights.
Visitors drive through the attraction to witness this once-a-year spectacle.
The event draws more than 15,000 vehicles annually.
Admission is $10 per car. Discounts and promotions can be found at www.spacecoastlightfest.com.
Light Fest is open nightly from 5-9:30 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 614-6286.
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS
Cultural center New Year's Eve party
The Portuguese-American Cultural Center of Brevard will present a New Year's Eve dinner and show Monday, Dec. 31 at 6525 S. Babcock St., Palm Bay.
International Portuguese artist Sandro G will be releasing a first video shoot in Palm Bay. DJ Sspace Jamm and David Loureiro will also perform.
Cost is $50, with children 15 and younger admitted free.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call (321) 216-6914 or (321) 728-0201.
New Year's Eve on the beach
The Sebastian Beach Inn has booked Absolute Blue for its New Year's Eve party.
The band will play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
No reservations are needed for general seating. There will be cover charge at the door.
This is a fundraiser for Serene Harbor.
Sebastian Beach Inn is at 7035 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
For more information or reservation information, visit www.sbimelbournebeach.com/sbi-special-evnets.html or call (321) 728-4311.
Rock the New Year's at the pier
The 24th annual "rockin' the dock" at the Cocoa Beach Pier will be 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31.
There will be five different parties with live entertainment hosted by the restaurants and bars on the pier, stretching out 800 feet into the Atlantic Ocean.
The pier will also have large television screens displaying other New Hear celebrations from around the world.
Cost is $20. Tickets may be purchased at the Ocean Notions Gift Shop on the pier.
For more information, call (321) 783-7549.
Family New Year's in the park
The Cocoa Beach/Cocoa family New Year's event will be hosted at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31.
Children and their families can experience the countdown to 2013, complete with a balloon drop, entertainment and fun art activities.
Cost is $5 for children, and adults are free.
For more information, call (321) 639-3503 or visit www.cocoafl.org.
Radio New Years Eve party nationwide
DJ Mike Harvey will be broadcasting live New Year's Eve from Melbourne's Hilton Rialto's Wakefield Ballroom in Melbourne, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31.
The event will include hors d'oeuvres, a three-course meal, dance music and a midnight champagne toast.
The event is sponsored by 98.5 The Beach radio and the Brevard Music Group.
The Hilton Rialto is at 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne.
Overnight accommodations at the Hilton are available.
For more details and all-inclusive packages, visit brevardmusicgroup.com.
New Year's Eve gala ball
The Azan Shrine Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, is having a New Year's ball 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31.
Shrimp cocktail, prime rib, a dessert and more will be on the menu. A full cash bar will also be available, with champagne and a snack at midnight.
Dinner is at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m.
The public is welcome.
Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. All major credit cards are accepted.
For more information, call (321) 259-5302.
Woman's club sponsors New Year's Eve gala
The Cocoa Beach Woman's Club will present its New Year's Eve gala 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach.
There will be live music, dancing, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction, balloon drop, cash bar and a midnight champagne toast.
Music will be by Charles P. and the Park Avenue Band.
Cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple.
Tickets may be purchased at Ace Hardware in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral.
Reserved tables for parties of 8-10 are available.
For more information, call Marilyn at (321) 783-8303 or Rjozan at (321) 613-2399 or visit www.cocoabeachwomansclub.org.
'The Groove' presents annual New Year's Eve ball
WGRV The Groove, a nonprofit public radio station, will present its seventh annual New Year's Eve ball Monday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn - Viera.
Doors will open and cocktails will be served at 7 p.m., with dinner at 8 p.m. and dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
This will be a classy, stylish, upscale and fun evening that will feature national recording artists Elan Trotman and Matt Marshak.
Cost is $99 per person.
Ticket and event information can be found at www.thegroove.org. Ask about full tables and hotel room packages.
Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are on sale now at (321) 951-9310.
Third annual New Year's Eve party
Ring in the New Year at the third annual TropStock New Year's Eve party at the International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, Monday, Dec. 31 through Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Two days of music, a barbecue dinner, a buffet breakfast, one free drink, a champagne toast, a costume contest, a 50/50 raffle, and more, will be featured.
Cost for the event, which includes a room at the International Palms Resort, is $225 per couple.
Music will be by Jimmy Parrish and the Ocean Waves Band, John Friday, Randy Zimmerman and Tim Boyd.
For reservations and tickets, call (321) 392-1647 or visit tropostock.com.
For more information, call (321) 427-3479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday lights at the Port continues
The Port Canaveral Association has announced the "How the Port Stole Christmas - Animated Light Display" through Wednesday, Jan. 2.
This is a unique family-oriented event that benefits the Central Brevard Sharing Center.
Come out and enjoy an evening full of holiday entertainment, hot cocoa and dinner at your favorite Cove restaurant.
Santa Claus is even scheduled to make special appearances throughout the month. A great location has been chosen right on the waterfront, between Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill & Baja Tavern & Eats; so those visiting the Cove area will be able to view the spectacular show.
This light show is like no other in the area, especially since it will be free to the public.
Consisting of more than 110,000 LED lights, this show is big and sure to amaze visitors and locals alike.
The show will continue through December, every evening beginning at dark.
The Port Canaveral Association is a not-for-profit in Port Canaveral, whose mission is to promote commercial family-oriented development in Port Canaveral through special events and marketing.
Local chorale seeks new members
The Brevard Chorale, started in 1966, is an affiliate of Brevard Community College. The Chorale meets in the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the BCC Cocoa campus, 1519 Clearlake Road, Mondays at 7 p.m. during the school year.
New members are welcome to join during the first two weeks of each new semester. Join in on Monday, Jan. 7 if you would like to participate in the spring season.
New music venue is open
Open Mike's is the new addition to the Brevard County music scene, located inside Florida Discount Music in Melbourne, with an original music showcase stage and event area (available for private parties).
The venue will feature a daily happy hour 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with the best singer and songwriters in Brevard County.
There are free music lessons Fridays and Saturdays 5-6 p.m. with the Florida Discount teachers.
There will be coffee, cold beer, wine and live music.
Open Mike's is at 454 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 254-5645.
International pianist to play
Pianist Yoko Sata Kothari will play at Melbourne's Atlantic Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
Cost is $27 for adults and $20 for students.
Ms. Kothari began playing piano at age 4. At age 8, she won the Northern Japan classical piano competition.
She continued to win prizes in Japan, and earned more trophies when she moved to the United States, including second place in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev international competition and the Kathleen McGowan piano scholarship award.
Most recently, she received an award at the Bradshaw & Buono international piano competition in New York.
Ms. Kothari has performed with the Boca String Quartet, the Lotus Duo (a piano-violin duo) and currently is a member of the Trillium Piano Trio.
Call (321) 768-2221 for reservations and information.
Visit her website at www.yokoskothari.com.
For more information, contact Ginny Gatchell
ice president and entertainment director,
Atlantic Music Center, 25 S. Wickham Road, Melbourne, or call (321) 768-2221.
Sunday in the park and chili cook off
The first Sunday in a music series in the New Year will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. "Second Sunday in the Park" will feature the music of "Sound Traveler." This is a mix of music for all ages by the husband and wife team of Bob and Patty Tatum.
Sound Traveler features acoustic vocal and instrumental renditions of popular classics from genres as diverse as classic rock and pop, folk, classy standards, country, blues, light jazz and gospel.
Instrumentation includes guitar, trumpet, bass, mandolin, harmonica, concertina and percussion.
Come on out with your picnic supper and enjoy the park and this musical duo, free of charge to the community.
Following the "2nd Sunday in the Park" concert there will be the "Annual Chili Cook-Off," across the street in the parish hall of St. John's Church.
Admission to the cook-off is $5. There will be an assortment of chili concoctions to sample and choose your favorite.
The entrance fee includes five voting tickets that you may use in judging the chili. It is also possible to purchase additional tickets, once you have entered the hall.
The proceeds from the chili cook off will go to Solar Light for Africa. Solar Light for Africa, Ltd. is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 Christian organization, whose mission is to transform lives and empower the people of Africa by providing light and energy using the natural power of the sun.
Come and taste some tremendous chili and help support and learn more about the wonderful ministry of SLA.
For more information, call (321) 254-3365.
Live concert at the center
The Henegar Center for the Arts and Brevard Music Group has announced it is continuing its Henegar Music Series with a live concert, featuring a return engagement of the California Guitar Trio.
This year, the trio will be joined by the Montreal Guitar Trio for an evening of music Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
The evening will feature all six virtuoso.
Representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium and the United States), the performers fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six-string 'phenomensemble.'
CGT's steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3's nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others' original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.
Inspired in 2010 by an impromptu studio session together in Montreal, CGT and MG3 have proceeded to release a live recording (2011), and showcases at numerous arts presenter conferences, and sustain frequent co-bill touring throughout North America; from the Iridium in New York City, to Montreal Jazz Festival (twice), to Napa Valley Opera House. The two trios tour again in 2012/13 visiting 20 cities (and counting) in the United States and Canada.
The Henegar Center for the Arts is fully handicapped accessible and located at 625 E. New Haven Ave., in the Downtown Melbourne Theatre District.
The California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio concert tickets are on sale, with reserved seating for the performance at $40/$35/$30, plus applicable handling charge ($5). Tickets are available at the Henegar Center box office during regular business hours by calling (321) 723-8698 or by visiting www.henegar.org using Visa/MC/Discover. The concert is a Brevard Music Group Production Tickets may also be purchased at www.brevardmusicgroup.com or by calling (321) 793-9004. Additional information is also available on the center's website at www.henegar.org.
Country music legend to play at local venue
Tickets are now available to hear one of America's greatest country music legends, singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, in his return to the King Center in Melbourne.
Willie Nelson, with special guest Lukas Nelson, will play at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
With a career that has spanned six decades, Mr. Nelson has won multiple awards, including countless Grammy's, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards.
Recently, the Country Music Association honored Mr. Nelson with an all-star tribute at the CMAs in Nashville, Tenn.
He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.
With songs such as "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," "On The Road Again," "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" and "Georgia On My Mind," it's easy to see why his career has stood the test of time.
Be sure to get your tickets soon for this amazing concert. Tickets start at $40.50, plus fees.
Join in at 6 p.m. for the Picnic on the Patio (weather permitting). Maxwell's will also be open.
Black heritage festival planned
The 13th annual Black Heritage Calendar Fest, presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The doors will be open to the public to view displays at 5 p.m.
The event, which includes a sit-down buffet and entertainment, will commence at 6 p.m.
The guest speaker is Corliss Heath of Tampa. Ms. Heath is the former chaplain for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, southern region.
The mistress of ceremony for the program is Rolanda Gallop, an adjunct communications instructor at Florida Institute of Technology and president/CEO at RoJe' Communications.
Tickets are required. Attire is Afro-centric or casual.
For more information about the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Melbourne-Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter event, including where and how to purchase tickets, contact Xiomara Thomas at (321) 917-2511 or email email@example.com.