Ongoing karaoke contest benefits homeless animals
The "Karaoke Contest for Critters" is an eight-week-long contest being held at Thirsty Bones, 221 Crockett Blvd., Merritt Island.
It is running now, and will continue through the finals on Oct. 4 to see who is the best karaoke singer in Brevard.
Votes will be tallied by donations made to benefit the Central Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa.
Contestants must be human and 21 or older.
All entries (with their song choice) must be received before 9 p.m. when the contest starts, and only 20 individuals can enter per night.
Winners will be chosen by celebrity judges for vocal quality, stage presence and audience response.
The grand prize is a one-hour recording session to the winner, and there will be great prizes given to two contestants each week who will be competing in the finals on Thursday, Oct. 4.
For more information or to register, contact Milt Kendall at (321) 243-4396.
Doctors Lawyers Weekend Warriors Surf Festival
The 20th Annual Doctors Lawyers Weekend Warriors Surf Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22 at Sebastian Inlet.
This year's event will benefit the Satellite High School Surf Club.
The Surf Stomp Party will be held at Mambo's in Cocoa Beach at the International Palms Resort. Dinner and dancing to the Mango Brothers will start at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 727-8100, (321) 693-3249 or (321) 508-3348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Kickoff Ball
The Melbourne Municipal Band's Swingtime Jazz Band will present the Fall Kickoff Ball 1-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
This smoke-free venue will feature an 18-piece live band and vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and cost is $7 at the door, or $5 in advance at WMMB, Honor America and Marion Music.
BYOB. Snacks, soft drinks and ice will be available for purchase.
Dance instruction will be available 6-7 p.m. with Laura Beers. Cost is $5. Visit www.adancersvoice.com.
The event is sponsored, in part, by the Brevard Board of County Commissioners, Brevard Cultural Alliance and the city of Melbourne.
Swingtime Jazz Band kicks off fall dance season
The Swingtime Jazz Band - the dance ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band - is kicking up its heels and starting its 2012-13 season with the annual Fall Kick-Off Ball on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium.
Dance tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
The dance will include a wide variety of selections covering swing, waltz, polkas and Latin music, as well as the occasional rock tune. The audience will also be treated to some new arrangements of old favorites.
Several soloists will be featured during the performance. Swingtime vocalists Sally Hart, a singing star with the Lawrence Welk Show, and Len Fallen, another local favorite, also will be featured.
The dance begins at 7 p.m. Those who would like to brush up on their dancing skills can do so from 6-7 p.m., when Laura Beers (www.adancersvoice.com or (321) 751-4766) offers lessons. The fee for lessons is $5, payable to the instructor.
Swingtime is also available for hire for community, church and other social functions.
For more information about the event, ticket locations and the band, visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org or call (321) 724-0555.
Atlantic Music Center announces first concert of fifth season
Classical pianist and composer Alexander Peskanov will be in concert at Atlantic Music Center, 25 S. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Cost for adults will be $27 and $20 for students younger than 18.
For more information, visit www.peskanov.com or call (321) 768-2221.
Motorcycles and Friends benefit in Palm Bay
A benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Space Coast Harley-Davidson, 1440 Executive Circle, Palm Bay.
Presented by Motorcycles and Friends, the event will feature lunch, vendors, a silent auction, 50/50s, event T-shirts, parachute landing, music, Sheriff's department equipment and precision drill teams from Miami and Daytona.
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Fall Central Florida car show
More than 100 collector cars are expected in the streets of Cocoa Village Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2-5:30 p.m.
Classics to hot rods, sedans to racers, see them all.
The event will feature a DJ, music and fun for the whole family.
This free event is brought to you by the Historic Cocoa Village Association.
For more information, call (321) 631-9075, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit visitcocoavillage.com.
Bluegrass, gospel and country
On Sunday, Sept. 23, the regular choirs at Eastminster Presbyterian Church will be joined by the Backstreet Bluegrass Band of Palm Bay, at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services for a morning of bluegrass, gospel and country at 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic.
For more information, call (321) 723-8371.
Free family and children's concerts
The Melbourne Municipal Band will debut its 47th season of free community concerts in late September with three special programs designed to be enjoyed by families.
The events also will serve as collection points for food donations for The Children's Hunger Project, which provides needy elementary school-age children on the Space Coast with free weekend food backpacks.
. Concerts on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 26 and 27 will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
. A shorter afternoon concert - complete with an instrument petting zoo designed to delight and inform school-age children - will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. This concert will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy's Scott Center Auditorium, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive - between Wickham Road and U.S. 1 on the Pineda Causeway road.
Attendees are encouraged to bring food donations for The Children's Hunger Project.
A complete list of items needed for the organization's weekend food backpacks is at the MMB website at www.melbournemunicipalband.org.
The concerts will celebrate music education, with pre-show entertainment on Sept. 26 and 27 provided by students who participated in the Melbourne Municipal Band/4 The Kids of Brevard summer music program.
Parents and teachers may want to download the concert guide, which will prepare young people to be knowledgeable concertgoers, by visiting www.melbournemunicipalband.org.
The concerts will include classics like Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" (with narration), "Children's Corner Suite" by Debussy, selections from "Carnival of the Animals," as well as "Ringling Brothers Grand Entry March," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Harry's Wondrous World," and a medley of favorite Disney movie tunes sung by local students Ariel and Eliana Berrean.
This concert is funded, in part, by a grant from the Community Foundation for Brevard.
There is no charge for the concerts and tickets are not required.
Call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.
More information about the Children's Hunger Project is available at www.thechildrenshungerproject.org/.
'Menopause the Musical'
Menopause the Musical is playing the King Center for the Performing Arts Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30 at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more is "Menopause the Musical."
This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for more than 10 years.
It's the hilarious celebration of women and the change.
Shows will be Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.menopausethemusical.com.
Space Coast Music Festival to benefit elementary school
Entertainers Against Ruining Their Home Awareness, Jack Link & Associates and the city of Cape Canaveral are preparing for Saturday, Sept. 29 when the city of Cape Canaveral will be hosting the Space Coast Music Festival, a benefit for E.A.R.T.H. Awareness's music in the schools program.
The Space Coast Music Festival is celebrating the kick off of the 50th anniversary of the city of Cape Canaveral and will be held at Manatee Sanctuary Park , 701 Thurm Blvd., Cape Canaveral.
Cost is $5 to enjoy 10 hours of non-stop music.
This year's recipient is at Cape View Elementary School in Cape Canaveral.
Aside from the unprecedented big stage talent and the beautiful waterfront setting, the event will feature a renowned and diverse array of critically acclaimed art, craft and food vendors. It will also feature an Eco Awareness Village celebrating National Public Lands Day.
Two stages of continuous music will feature top notch talent filling the day with unprecedented music. An international recording artist has been secured as the headliner.
The two headlining bands represent what is best of Cape Canaveral, the space program and the beautiful beaches.
The No. 1 attraction in the Caribbean, Grand Cayman Island's Own Superstars HI TIDE, Quintessential Island Style Music and the second national headliner Rocket Ranch will feature the amazing piccolo bass work of LA session musician Paul Ill. Paul was raised on the Space Coast and is one of the most national recorded artists from the Space Coast. He has recorded with such greats as Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and others, he has 27 platinum albums and many recordings to his credit.
Space Coast favorite original band, The Bone Dogs; the rocking tunes of Fun Pipe; John Quinlivan's Heartbreaker Band, featuring vocalist Shelly Maloney; the trippy jam styling's of New Gravity; Entertainer of the Year, 2011 - The Spanks Band; hard rocking Starring Blind; the folk and country stylings of Steve Hodak, Jon Parrot, Rich Deems and Eddie " Willie Nelson " Clevenger are already scheduled to perform.
There will be a classic car show cruise by High Performance Hot Rod promotions and many children's activities, kayaking, a drum circle and more.
Festivities will kick off with a VIP cocktail party at Rusty's Seafood in the Cove at Port Canaveral on Friday, Sept. 28 from 7-10 p.m., featuring jazz sensation Ocean Breeze.
The music festival will be held on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
There will also be a music memorabilia silent auction, raffles and more fun awaiting the music fans.
Make sure to buy your chance to win an autographed guitar.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. an after-festival jam will feature the performers from the event, mixing it up with Space Coast sensation Luna Pearl at Baja Taverns and Eats in Port Canaveral.
The show will be held rain or shine. No coolers or outside food or drinks, no pets or bad vibes. Come enjoy a fun-filled weekend of great music, silent auction, kids activities and fun. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend a musical day to help buy instruments for the kids at Cape View Elementary School .
For more information and special packages, call (321) 613-2275 or email email@example.com
The VFW Men's Auxiliary Seventh Annual Golf Tournament, in memory of Clint Parsons, will be 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Mallards Landing, 2750 Lake Washington Road, Melbourne.
Proceeds go to NANA's House for neglected, abused, needy or abandoned children.
This an 18-hole best ball, shotgun star. Be at the course at 6:30 a.m. Mulligans will be sold three for $5.
There will be prizes for first-, second-, and third-place teams and closest to the pin and longest drive.
Entry fee is $50 per person for a four-man team, and includes green fees, cart and buffet-style meal at the VFW Post 8191, 4130 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne.
The fee can be paid at the VFW 8191 or mailed to the address above.
To sponsor a hole, the cost is $100 per hole.
All entry fees and hole sponsors must make payment by Sept. 15.
For more information or to sign up, contact Eddie Weber at (321) 751-9300 or Nick Lewis at (321) 253-0035.
Sebastian Inlet State Park to host 'Night Sounds' concert series
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Sebastian Inlet State Park will feature a concert in the "Night Sounds" program series on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park supporting National Public Lands Day, the concert will showcase recording artists Billy Mure, Debbie Murphy and the Top Hats.
The five-piece Top Hats play all the great sounds from every generation back to the 1930s. Be prepared to dance to Swing, Dixieland, Big Band, Jazz, Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues.
The Top Hats play instruments: including the guitar, banjo, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet and French horn.
Billy Mure is 96 years young, and his resume includes the who's who of the late 1950s and 1960s.
He played guitar on records by Paul Anka, Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, Marty Robbins, Bobby Darren, Steve and Eydie, Mitch Miller, Rosemary Cooney, Connie Francis, Cole Porter, Johnny Mathis, Patti Page, Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli, Ray Charles, Carole King, Sam Cook, Peter Nero, Al Hirt and many others.
Billy Mure is credited with writing 243 songs on the BMI database.
Billy Mure played on the "Arthur Godfrey Show" for six years. His list of TV shows that he has appeared on continues with Jimmy Dean, Barbara Streisand's first TV Special "Barbara," "Your Hit Parade," "Sing Along with Mitch" and the "Ed Sullivan TV Show."
Debbie Murphy's incredible career led her to be the lead singer for top bands, such as the Billy May Orchestra, Bob Bachelor Orchestra, Hal McIntyre, Johnny Long Orchestra, where she sang the top hit "Shanty in Old Shanty Town" and the Pee Wee Hunt Orchestra, where they recorded for Capital records.
This starts off the fifth year of the "Night Sounds" at Sebastian Inlet State Park with a good time journey down memory lane. Be ready to smile, dance and reminisce.
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.
For more information about Billy Mure, Debbie Murphy and the Top Hats, visit www.billymure.com. , www.debbybrown-murphy.mynetworksolutions.com and www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6kfl7r71k.
For more information about the concert, call (321) 984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.
This event will take place at Sebastian Inlet State Park 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9700 S. Highway A1A
'Music on the Hill' returns
"Music On The Hill" will resume performances starting the last Sunday of each month.
On Sept. 30, the program will be headlined by musical theater performer Hunter Curry, 19, who starred in "Fiddler On The Roof" at the Henegar Center.
Also performing, will be Angela Tucker, 16, violinist and pianist; and Lainey MacKinnon, 12 year-old singing sensation.
Admission is a $5 donation request.
"Music on the Hill" will be at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge.
The event is sponsored by the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard Inc.
For more information, call (321) 254-3398 or visit www.CAFOB.org.