Festival at the Cape
The Cape Canaveral Friday Fest will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at 7300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cape Canaveral.
There will be food vendors, novelty and craft vendors, children's activities and beer and wine.
Rock Foundation will provide live entertainment on Taylor Avenue.
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Admission is free.
Interactive murder mystery at cafe
Café Unique, 607 Florida Ave., Cocoa, will present a interactive theater troupe, The Murder Mystery Company, with its show, "Crime and Pun-shment" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5.
The mystery is set in the world of 1920s. "gangsterland," with mobsters, murder and comic mayhem.
Tickets cost $60 per person.
Visit www.grimprov.com/murdermysterydinnerflorida/cocoa or call (888) 643-2583 for tickets or more information.
The show will also run Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, with two more shows in March.
Sunday afternoon music
Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Carpenter, an accomplished self-taught musician, will play at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org or call (321) 868-1104.
Vaudeville comes to life at library
The "Sounds of Vaudeville," an original performance by musical artists, will be presented at the Brevard Central Library, 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6.
Music, stories and humor of the stars from 1890s Vaudeville through Prohibition (Al Jolson, Fanny Brice and Eddie Cantor) will be presented.
For more information, call (321) 633-1792.
Famous orchestra coming to town
The original Glenn Miller Orchestra will play at the Hilton Rialto Grand Ballroom, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6.
There will be a dance floor, signature drink specials from the 1940s and keepsake photos.
The Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation and the Brevard Music Group is presenting the event.
For tickets and more information, visit www.brevardmusicgroup.com or call (321) 783-9004.
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.
Swing in time at the auditorium
The Swingtime Jazz Band and special guest, the Melbourne Community Orchestra, will present "The Cool Sounds of Swingtime" on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
There is no charge for the concert, and tickets are not required.
The combined groups, under the direction of Art Martin, will play a variety of popular jazz tunes, among them will be "Fly Me to the Moon," "Tijuana Brass Medley," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" and "Doin' Basie's Thing." Popular local vocalist Sally Hart will be featured.
Call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.
Swingtime, part of the Melbourne Municipal Band, is a 20-piece jazz band, playing music from the 1920s to the 1970s. The for-hire band features saxophones, trombones, trumpets, a piano, guitar, bass and trap set, along with two vocalists and a conductor/announcer.
The Melbourne Municipal Band, established in 1965, plays free concerts for the citizens of Brevard County nearly every month, and also contributes to the community through parades, patriotic concerts and ceremonial performances. Some 30 percent of the band's 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 69,000 concert attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.
English horn artist, concerto and symphony to be highlighted
The Space Coast Symphony will present English horn artist Kristin Naigus, in Aaron J. Kernis' "Colored Field," a concerto for English horn and orchestra and Dvorak's "Symphony No. 8" at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at The Scott Center.
St. John's is at 5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera; and The Scott Center is at Holy Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.
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Invitational golf classic scheduled
The Titan Fundraiser, benefiting student athletes at Brevard Community College has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge.
Cost is $125 per person to play, with $500 per foursome.
There will be prizes for net and gross divisions, and hole sponsorships are open.
A shotgun start will be at 1 p.m., with a dinner and awards' ceremony at approximately 5 p.m.
For more information, call Jeff Carr, director of athletics at email@example.com or call (321) 433-7054 or Jamie Howell, men's golf coach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 504-2073.
Comedy drama at theatre
"Same Time, Next Year" will be presented by the Surfside Players Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Jan. 11-27, at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
"Same Time, Next Year" is one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century.
In the play, two people, who are married to other people, rendezvous with each other once a year.
The audience learns about them and their separate families as they meet over a span of 25 years.
Cost for the main stage production is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors/active military and $13 for students.
Season tickets (five admissions) cost $100 for adults and $75 for seniors/active military.
Call (321) for reservations. Online tickets are available at www.surfsideplayers.com.
First concert of season to be presented
The Space Coast Pops Orchestra presents "A New Year's Celebration" for the first concert of its 27th Annual Season Subscription Series at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Merritt Island First Baptist Church on State Road 520 and Courtenay Parkway (140 Magnolia), Merritt Island.
Conductor Candler Schaffer will direct the Pops Orchestra in compositions of Johann Strauss, Franz Lehar, Les Brown and Leonard Bernstein, and then present and accompany guest artist Copeland Davis, the pianist, who regards the keyboard as his kingdom.
Mr. Copeland appears as a jazz pianist, but he can send his instrument into pop, rock or classical ends of the spectrum; he is comfortable in all phases. His skill includes playing to, with and for his audience. His program will include some of the famous jazz numbers, performed in his style.
Single concert tickets cost $20 for general admission in advance at ticket outlets and $3 extra at the door.
Call (321) 632-7445 for more information, ticket outlet locations and single concert reserved seat tickets.
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.
A century of American music
"The Great American Songbook," a journey through a century of American music, is brought to life through performances by a cast of eight performers and a jazz trio, with creative sets costumes and choreography, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Tickets start at $29.
For more information, visit www.kingcenter.com or call (321) 242-2219.
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.
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.
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.