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LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC & ART

RECURRING EVENTS

SUNDAYS

Now Year Round! ( View June - August 2019 Schedule ) Free event! Live Local Bands playing Various Genres! Behind City Hall. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 121 SW St Lucie Avenue, Stuart

Live Music @ Earl's Hideaway, 2PM – 6PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1405 Indian River Drive, Sebastian

The Shakers @ Shucker’s & Island Beach Resort, 2PM – 6PM
Radio Days alternating nights. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 9800 S Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach

Wired @ Archie's Seabreeze, 2PM - 6PM
Every other Sunday. Hired Guns perform alternating nights. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 401 S Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

SELECT SUNDAYS

Martin County's monthly music series is back and better-than-ever! Catch a live band, food & beverages, kids activities and more. All on the house! Click here for dates and times ! Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 Northeast Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

LAST WEDNESDAYS

Home Town Communications along with WGYL 93.7 FM presents a free concert. Bring your coolers and lawn chairs and spend a relaxing evening at Tradition Square. Visit the restaurants before or after the show. Last Wednesday every month. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 10489 SW Meeting Street, Port St Lucie

FRIDAYS

Dr. Papachubby @ Archie's Seabreeze, 3PM – 6PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 401 S Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

John Faulkner @ Sailor's Return, 3PM – 6PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart

FIRST FRIDAYS

Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) works to revitalize, preserve and create a vibrant, historic downtown community in which to live, work, shop and play. Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Florida Main Street program, part of the State Division of Historical Resources and is a member of The National Main Street Center a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Main Street Vero Beach can be reached at 772-643-6782. Browse  SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 2036 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Friday Fest at Fort Pierce City Marina Square, 5:30PM - 9PM
Arts & Craft, Food, Live Music, etc. Weather permitting. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1 Avenue A, Fort Pierce

THIRD FRIDAYS

Art Walk in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, 5PM - 8PM
Art is on exhibit at participating Studios, Merchants & Restaurants in the Historic Downtown area of Fort Pierce, FL. Visit www.facebook.com/ArtWalkFP for more information. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! On 2nd Street in Fort Pierce

"Entertaining night out for all ages. This event will happen rain or shine either outside the Civic Center at Village Square Stage or inside the Emerald Ballroom.

Participants will enjoy the free concert, arts and craft vendors, food for purchase and a fully stocked cash bar. This event is presented and catered by the Civic Center’s South Florida Carefree Catering. There is no charge for entry or parking. Should the event be held indoors due to inclement weather, please note that the Civic Center does not permit food and beverage to be brought into the facility. There will be food and beverages available for purchase.

Vendor spaces are available for $25 per 10' x 10' booth space, $50 for food truck/food vendors including tax. Spaces are limited. The Civic Center will provide tables and chairs; the vendor must provide the tent, lighting and extension cords. The vendor sign-up form can be found here. Questions about becoming a vendor should be directed to the Civic Center staff at 772-807-4488." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St Lucie

SATURDAYS

Live Music @ Earl's Hideaway, 2PM – 6PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1405 Indian River Drive, Sebastian

Chemistry @ Shucker’s & Island Beach Resort, 2PM – 6PM
Baker Boys alternating nights. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 9800 S Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach

Ben Kmosko @ Manatee Island Bar And Grill, 3PM - 6PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1640 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce

Radio Days at Archie's Seabreeze, 1PM - 4PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 401 S Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

SECOND SATURDAYS

5:30PM – 8:30PM. Hours are 6:30PM – 9:30 from June to September. Free concert. “Come out and enjoy fantastic music once a month on a gorgeous Florida Saturday night. Outside food and beverages are discouraged in lieu of the many food venues and beverage bars which are on-site on concert nights. You will find different styles of music each month. When the music is over, you can enjoy a stroll down Ocean Drive, and maybe cruise on over to an after-party at one of our fabulous hotels, restaurants, and bars!”

www.verobeachoba.com. No coolers please. 2019 Dates (subject to change): 2/9, 3/9, 4/20, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10, 9/14. 10/12, 11/9. For more information contact, Joyce at jkashawlic@comcast.net. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 3000 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

THIRD SATURDAYS

Chubby Bones @ Archie's Seabreeze, 1PM - 4PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 401 S Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

FOURTH SATURDAYS

Chubby Bones @ Archie's Seabreeze, 1PM - 4PM
Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 401 S Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

FIFTH SATURDAYS

Gospel Solo Artists, Mass Choirs, Praise Dancers, Spoken Word Artist, Inspiration Bands, Comedian, Praise & Worship Teams, Gospel Rappers, Bounce Houses, Food, Fun & Games. Subject to change, please call 772-801-0352 or email for vendor or event information. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1 avenue A, Fort Pierce

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

AUGUST 24, 2019

Event to benefit Cancer and M.S. patients. Featuring Myasia, Johnny O the King of Freestyle, Nas-T Boyz, Sammy XO, Jae Mazor, Amy Tori, Emmanuel, Toby Lopez, Jose Angle, The Authority, Vic the Kid, Kikiysucalle, Karibe Kings, YCBabyface, Day-Ja La Dama, Chelin DM, Aiki, JBlock, Jowi, C-Rico, DJ Fate, DJ Lexus and DJ Morenito. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 601 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce

AUGUST 28, 2019

Pure Prairie League at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"That old cowpoke "Sad Luke" is their mascot and their name comes from an obscure 19th century Temperance Union mentioned in the 1939 film Dodge City. Pure Prairie League is a distinctly American band, founded in Columbus, Ohio in the mid-1960s by a group of friends playing cover songs. The group played around Ohio for a year before earning a record contract with RCA Victor. In its fifth decade, the band continues to lead the way in country rock. As a reviewer wrote, "Pure Prairie League's sound combines sweet memories with edgy, contemporary muscle. Their vocals are as strong as Kentucky moonshine and the musicianship and performance skills are as sharp as a straight razor."

Pure Prairie League hit it big with its second album, 1972's multi-platinum, Bustin' Out. The Craig Fuller song, "Aime" has become a classic. With songs like "Two Lane Highway," "Let Me Love You Tonight," "Falling In and Out of Love," and "Early Morning Riser," Pure Prairie League stayed at the top through the 1970s and early 1980s. The group's third album, Two Lane Highway, featured Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris and Johnny Gimble. They went on to record 10 albums, many reaching the charts.

Today, the band features founding member/pedal-steel innovator John David Call, veteran bassist Mike Reilly, propulsive drummer Scott Thompson and guitarist Donnie Clark. They continue to tour and bring fans the music they love.

"People come to hear the music the way it was played back then," said Craig Fuller, the band's founder, who occasionally tours with them. "We may have improved on fidelity, but when we do a song off one of our records, we do it just the way it was recorded."

Perhaps the words of a reviewer from Country Music Online says it best: "PPL does what it's always done: they remain true to themselves, creating a sound that doesn't compromise their vision, yet manages to capture the ears of their adoring faithful 'prairie dog' fans, as well as a new legion of listeners. If there is a formula to PPL's longevity and success that may very well be it."

Whether you're a prairie dog or a newcomer, you'll love the sound of music played the way it used to be." Tickets are $50 . www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

AUGUST 31, 2019

Praise on The Marina at the Fort Pierce Marina, 4PM - 8PM
Event repeats 5th Sundays. Gospel Solo Artists, Mass Choirs, Praise Dancers, Spoken Word Artist, Inspiration Bands, Comedian, Praise & Worship Teams, Gospel Rappers, Food, and fun. Subject to change, please call 772-801-0352 or email for vendor or event information. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1 avenue A, Fort Pierce

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

Spyro Gyra at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
Proudly Sponsored by Paul & Tasha Shirley. ""It began as a joke," Beckenstein said some years ago. "I said 'spirogyra,' he misspelled it and here we are thirty years later. In retrospect, it's okay. In a way, it sounds like what we do. It sounds like motion and energy."

Beckenstein loved playing in clubs around Buffalo in the 1970s. The Long-Island born musician grew up listening to the music of Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie. "Not many people know it, but Buffalo was like a mini-Chicago then, with a smoking blues, soul, jazz, even rockabilly scene, of all things," he said, "After being confined to classical music for so long, it was heaven. I was in the horns section around town, backing some great vocalists."

The band developed such a good reputation in Buffalo that they began to get local airplay. Beckenstein decided to capitalize on it by pressing 500 records himself and selling them out of the trunk of his car in Buffalo, Cleveland and Rochester. They did a commercial and began selling more and more. "When I listen to that recording, I hear seeds of the music that made us popular," Beckenstein said. "It was pretty innovative at the time, I guess, a strange but still accessible blend of jazz, R & B and even Caribbean music. It's funny how people didn't know what to make of it and now it's so ubiquitous."

Beckenstein and Spyro Gyra wanted to push the jazz envelope and they received some flak over it. "When we first started, a lot of the jazz purists got on our case about calling what we did jazz and now it's funny to hear us getting respect from the same people," he said. "Like, 'Wow, what you guys did was so much more intriguing than some of the stuff they hear today.' Art manifests itself in a multitude of styles and contexts. Isn't that why we started to play in the first place?"

Now more than 40 years later, Spyro Gyra has performed more than 5,000 shows, released 31 albums, and sold more than 10 million of them. They have one platinum and two gold albums. They could rest on their laurels, but they don't. Beckenstein and his pals, Julio Fernandez, Joel Rosenblatt, Scott Ambush and Tom Schuman are still having too much fun and touching audiences.

"My hope is that our music has the same effect on the audience as it does on me," Beckenstein said. "I've always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words. Whether it's touching their emotions or connecting them to something much bigger than themselves, there's this beauty in music that's not connected to sentences. It's very transportive. I would hope that when people hear our music or come to see us, they're able to share that with us. That's the truly glorious part of being a musician."" Tickets are $53 . www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

Classic Albums Live: Queen - A Night at the Opera at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"Note for Note, Cut for Cut. Queen has been in the news a lot lately, with the release and success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie title is a cut from the group's fourth studio album, A Night at the Opera, released in 1975 and remastered in 2011. It was the album that established Queen as superstars, with its multiple styles that incorporated ballads, the music hall, Dixieland, hard rock and progressive rock. The album received two Grammy nominations and in 2003, Rolling Stone put it at 231 on the list of the Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2008, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

When the album was remastered and re-released in 2011, a reviewer for PopMatters said that the album "was the realization of such a unique sonic vision that pushed the album into the realm of true excellence. 'A Night at the Opera' stands as a breathtaking, involving creation and unequivocally, Queen's finest album."

Since 2003, Classic Albums Live has taken the greatest albums of all time and recreated them, live, on stage, note for note, cut for cut, using only the best musicians available. Craig Martin, founder of Classic Albums Live, spelled out his goals for each performance. "The audience should think of them as recitals," he said. "These albums are historic and stand the test of time. We don't dress up or wear any sort of costume. We just stand there and play. All of our energy is put into the music. We want this performance to sound exactly like the album."

Classic Albums Live puts on more than 100 shows a year across North America. Martin has his own theory about the reason for the program's success. "We created something that endures and connects," he said. "These albums are sacred to people. We deliver exactly what we promote: note for note and cut for cut accuracy. It's this type of accountability that works for the series." Come be with some good company at The Lyric." Tickets are $48. www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

OCTOBER 5, 2019

"The area is shaded by majestic Oak trees and overlooks the Indian River. This year’s show is part of the Centennial Celebration and will include local entertainment, founding father presentations, children’s activities, a variety of food vendors and 100 plus exhibits.  Come join the fun.

For more information, contact Tammy Bursick at 772-978-4700." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach

Selwyn Birchwood at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$33. "Selwyn Birchwood picked up a guitar when he was 13, just like a lot of teens. One day, he heard the music of Jimi Hendrix and it set his creative juices flowing. "I was so blown away by his creativity and had to know what would possess someone to write like that," he said. "When you look back at his influences, there were lots of blues guys like Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Once I heard that, I found the sound and it set me off to play that way."

Birchwood, son of a father from Tobago and a British mother, grew up in Orlando. That was to prove important for Birchwood, because Buddy Guy was appearing at the House of Jazz in Orlando and Birchwood went to hear him. "It seems like the very same week I hear about him, he came to play at the House of Jazz. I had no idea what I was in for. I knew that whatever it was that I was witnessing, I wanted to do."

As the young man's proficiency grew, he learned about a nearby blues guitarist and band. The guitarist turned out to be legend art blues artist Sonny Rhodes, who was impressed with the 19-year-old. Within a month, Rhodes asked Birchwood to join him on the road. The transformational experience went a long way to shaping his view of music and his career.

"It was kind of cool to have someone show me the ropes and what it was to be a touring musician and bandleader," he said. "I'm forever grateful. Sonny always said, 'Play what's in your heart.' I've never lost sight of that."

Birchwood had promised his parents he would go back to school and he returned to earn an MBA from the University of Tampa. In 2010, he created his own eponymous band and in 2013, they won the prestigious International Blues Challenge. Birchwood took home the Albert King Guitarist of the Year Award. The wins gave a big boost to his young band. The 2014 release of the album, Don't Call No Ambulance took the band from playing small clubs to headlining international festivals. The album received the Blues Music Award and the Living Blues Critics' Award for Best Debut Album of 2014, and Birchwood won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. He wrote and produced all 13 songs on his most recent album, Pick Your Poison, and said that they reflect his life experiences. "I write and sing what I know," he said. "This album has a broad reach. It's for young, old and everyone in between."

Bruce Iglauer, president of Alligator Records, signed Birchwood to the label shortly after the Blues Challenge win. He knows both the hard-driving, high octane blues musician and the thoughtful, reflective songwriter. "Selwyn writes, smart, infectious, fresh songs and delivers them with a warm, conversational style and a fun-loving attitude," he said. "He's a killer guitarist, switching between a regular six-string and lap steel. Live, he's a ball of energy, interacting with the audience like they were in his living room."" www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

OCTOBER 6, 2019

"The area is shaded by majestic Oak trees and overlooks the Indian River. This year’s show is part of the Centennial Celebration and will include local entertainment, founding father presentations, children’s activities, a variety of food vendors and 100 plus exhibits.  Come join the fun.

For more information, contact Tammy Bursick at 772-978-4700." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach

OCTOBER 25, 2019

Hoey at The Lyric Theatre,7PM - 10PM
$33. "Whether Hoey is playing scorching original pieces or new takes on classic rock covers, his solos are thrilling and reminiscent of Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. One thing that remains the same is Hoey's command of the guitar. He attacks it with intensity and then plays something soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of the master guitarist.

When Gary Hoey was 14, he hung around the prestigious Berklee College of Music, near his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. He made friends with students and graduates and offered to pay them for lessons. It was the only way he could afford them. "I learned how to read and write music through the back door," he said in a 2007 interview. "It gave me some background in jazz and some theory, which helped me with my rock. It gave me things to focus on and more to practice. That was kind of how I learned."

Hoey dropped out of high school and began playing local clubs. In the late 1980s, he auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne. It was am experience that changed his life. "Ozzy came to Boston and was on the radio, talking about looking for a guitar player," he said. "I sent a demo and I got a call about a week later, saying they really liked it and that they'd be flying me to California. I flew out there and got to play with Ozzy. (Black) Sabbath was one of my main influences, so it was a dream come true."

Hoey was on the short list for the job, but although he didn't get it, he took Osbourne's advice and moved to the West Coast. He drove cross-country with a rental truck and within five years, had a major label record deal and a manager. He went on to record more than 20 albums and is considered among the top 100 guitarists. His 2013 album, Deja Blues, brought him back to his bluesy roots and his latest work, "Neon Highway Blues," continues the journey. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart.

Joe Satriani, himself a guitar hero, admires Hoey's latest work. "It's great to hear Gary sing and play the blues with his trademark intensity, feel and authenticity," he said, "And the guitar tones are both vintage and modern at the same time."" www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

OCTOBER 26, 2019
In collaboration with Grace Austin & Co. Gifts, Crafts, Art, Decor, Food Items, and much more! Celebrating the community and the upcoming holiday season!

Accepting vendor applications until October 15th. Non-resident vendor fee is $10 (July 1st - September 30th), $15 (October 1st - October 15th). Visit https://rpartsandcrafts.weebly.com to register. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 450 NE Lazy River Parkway, Port St Lucie

NOVEMBER 2, 2019

Acoustic Alchemy at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 10PM
$45. "Acoustic Alchemy has never accepted a place in one genre. The boundary-pushing instrumental group has been challenging audiences for nearly four decades with its blend of jazz, classical, flamenco and other world music, rock and New Age. The group has received three Grammy nominations, but also has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands around. Their mission? Reaching the broadest audience by taking the potential of instrumental music as far as they can.

For the last decade or so, the band lineup has been made up of Greg Carmichael in nylon guitar, Miles Gilderdale on steel string acoustic and electric guitars, Fred White on keyboards and a powerful rhythm section featuring Greg Grainger on drums and his brother Gary on bass.

Acoustic Alchemy began in London in 1981 by guitarist Nick Webb and nylon guitarist Simon James. Webb had studied jazz at Leeds College of Music in England. When the two parted ways, Webb joined with Greg Carmichael, a classically trained guitarist, and the duo found work with Virgin Airlines, providing in-flight music on trans-Atlantic flights. They sent a demo to MCA and six weeks later were signed to a contract. Their first album, Red Dust and Spanish Lace, was released in 1987 and they went on to release several more albums with MCA. In 1990, the duo signed with jazz label GRP and the album, Reference Point, earned them their first Grammy nod for Best New Age Performance for the track "Caravan of Dreams." Five more albums followed, including 1996's Arcanum, which garnered an Emmy nod for Best New Age Album.

Webb died in 1998 and Carmichael revamped the band, bringing in Gilderdale and White. Their album AArt was released in 2001 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In 2011, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with Roseland, which reached No. 6 on the jazz albums chart, and 2018's 33 1/3 cracked the Top Ten of Billboards' Jazz albums chart. The band had been recognized in a variety of genres, doing exactly what they had set out to do. Throughout its creative life, the band has defied categorization. In an interview, Carmichael described why the name Acoustic Alchemy fit the band.

"It's a good name," he said. "It says we're acoustic, although we're not strictly now because you couldn't be heard. In essence, though, the identity is two acoustic guitars. Acoustic Alchemy is not about a person, it's about a band. Alchemy means a blend, a combination of lots of different styles. Alchemy suits us. It implies a magical blend."

This "G Force" of Greg Carmichael, Gilderdale, Grainger, Grainger (and White) has been defying gravity for years. Come along for the ride." www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

NOVEMBER 8, 2019

Sinatra, Motown, and More at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 8:30PM
"Starring Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Winner of America's Got Talent. "Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. is the complete package: talent, personality, character, class and humility . . . His sound is clean, pure and rich, but don't get it twisted - he's got R&B chops as well." Glenn Leonard, Former Lead Singer of The Temptations.

Back by popular demand! Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. won America's Got Talent by the largest vote total in the show's history. He's gone on to hit the top of the Billboard charts and sell out concert halls across three continents. Experience the voice that won America's hearts as he performs cuts from his Live in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace album.

You'll savor Landau's smooth and soulful renditions of such favorites as "Come Fly with Me," "Night and Day," "For Sentimental Reasons," and "New York, New York," as well as Motown classics like "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," and "Superstition." You won't want to miss this incomparable vocal talent as he performs his signature interpretations of timeless classics we all know and love.

Landau has raised more than a million dollars for children's and homeless charities through his benefit performances. This is his second benefit concert for the Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families, a private, non-profit organization that helps young boys with behavioral issues become young men of character, and works with their families to create a positive home dynamic. Learn more at www.thesamaritancenter.org . Tickets are $50 - $100. www.lyrictheatre.com . 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

NOVEMBER 9, 2019

JJ Grey at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 10PM
$58. "He has been called the north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker, and he still lives on his family's north Florida land, a former chicken farm. Now it has a recording studio, a warehouse that doubles as his gym, an open-air barn and some 50 pecan trees from which he removes moss, suspended 50 feet above land. He is JJ Grey, and while he now headlines major festivals instead of local juke joints, he has not lost a blue-collar spirit and love for the land, the swamps of his youth and the Louisiana swamp-blues tradition.

Grey was drawn early-on, to country-rockers like Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Redding and other Memphis soul icons and he listened to Run-DMC as well. Merging those traditions, Grey began touring as Mofro in the late 1990s. His debut album in 2001, Blackwater, emphasized his love of roots-rock and he was soon playing beyond America and the UK at larger and larger clubs and the biggest festivals.

On his latest album, Ol' Glory, Grey spent more time than ever on new material. He says that he "draws blood" making all his albums and he takes no shortcuts. While he is known as a hip-shooting, off-the-cuff performer whose first vocal take is often his favorite, he took more time constructing the lyrics and vocal lines for this album. "I would visit it often in my mind, visit it more often on the guitar in my house," he said. "I like an album to have balance, like a novel or like a film. A triumph, a dark brooding moment or a moment or peace-that's the only ring I consistently try to achieve with a record."

Grey has several treasured possessions, including Otis Redding's In Person at the Whisky a Go Go, and Jerry Reed's greatest hits. He has said that he grew up "wanting to be Jerry Reed, but with less or a country and more of a soul thing." As one commentator said of Ol Glory, "Grey does his idols proud. It's a country record where the stories are all part of one great mystery; it's a blues record with one foot in the church; it's a Memphis soul record that takes place in the country."

It's JJ Grey in all his glory. Don't miss it." www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

An Evening at the Copacabana: An American and Latin Extravaganza at The Lyric Theatre
7PM - 10PM. $50. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

NOVEMBER 16, 2019

Handcrafted creativity and inspiration with 200 booths of arts & crafts just in time for the holidays! Live music, kids zone, food, adult beverages and all weekend fun! FREE admission and parking! Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St Lucie

The Wizards of Winter at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 10PM
$53. "Celebrating their 10th Anniversary - THE WIZARDS OF WINTER - A Holiday Rock Event for the whole family featuring former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Ted Nugent, The Irish Tenors and more. THE WIZARDS OF WINTER perform a holiday rock opera titled "Tales Beneath a Northern Star". Join them on a musical journey inside a snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas. The story is based around the music of their self-titled CD, their album "The Magic of Winter" and new music from their upcoming 3rd album entitled "The Christmas Dream". WOW will bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to venues across the nation again this year. This 12-member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December's past! Celebrate the Season with WOW! A show the whole family will enjoy!" www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Handcrafted creativity and inspiration with 200 booths of arts & crafts just in time for the holidays! Live music, kids zone, food, adult beverages and all weekend fun! FREE admission and parking! Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St Lucie

NOVEMBER 23, 2019

John Oates with the Good Road Band at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$55. "John Oates introduces his life this way in his autobiography, Change of Seasons: "Thursday, April 7, 1948 - Al Jolson was voted most popular singer in America by Variety magazine and Columbia records introduced the new 33 1/3 long-playing record album. At 1 a.m. that morning, I was introduced to the world at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, starring as the first child born to Anna and Alfred Oates."

It was an auspicious beginning to an auspicious career. John Oates went on to become half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1999, Oates went solo and has recorded six solo albums, the most recent Arkansas. He has teamed with a group of accomplished Americana musicians, known as The Good Road Band, to pay homage to the state's beauty and underscore Oates' interest in early American music.

John Oates met Daryl Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia. Both were devotees of earlier soul greats and they began performing together in the early 1970s. They went on to record 21 albums, selling more than 80 million units with hits like "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That," and "She's Gone." They have scored 10 number one records, more than 20 Top 40 hits and were involved in the original "Live Aid" concert and the "We are the World" charity recording.

The album Arkansas was released in 2018 and was originally inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, Oates' musical idol. It expanded to encompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music from the early 1920s and 1930s. Oates assembled a band of all-star Nashville musicians to shine a light on American music long before the birth of rock 'n roll. There are new interpretations of the Emmett Miller classic "Anytime" from 1924, as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, "Miss the Mississippi and You" from 1932. The album reimagines traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime. Oates has contributed several tracks: the title song, "Arkansas," and "Dig Back Deep." They blend with the traditional roots material to make the recording a retrospective of American popular song in an earlier era. Asked to describe, the album, Oates said "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass and salted with Delta blues."

Others had praise for the work. No Depression: The Journal of Roots Music, said that "Arkansas may be Oates' very best album, simply because the music is so much a part of him that he can deliver it with a simple intensity that evokes a range of feelings in the listeners."" www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

NOVEMBER 30, 2019

Praise on The Marina at the Fort Pierce Marina, 4PM - 8PM
Event repeats 5th Sundays. Gospel Solo Artists, Mass Choirs, Praise Dancers, Spoken Word Artist, Inspiration Bands, Comedian, Praise & Worship Teams, Gospel Rappers, Food, and fun. Subject to change, please call 772-801-0352 or email for vendor or event information. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1 avenue A, Fort Pierce

DECEMBER 3, 2019

Four Italian Tenors at the Lyric Theatre. Show times at 4PM - 6PM, and 7PM - 9PM
$53. "What's better than four Italian tenors? Four Italian tenors honoring four Italian tenors who came before them: Caruso, Lanza, Pavarotti and Bocelli. The Four Italian Tenors: Alessandro D'Acrissa, Federico Serra, Federico Parisi and Roberto Cresca are making their United States debut in a program of the greatest tenor arias and songs, all done in arrangements created especially for their U.S. tour.

The tenors will bring to life arias from Rigoletto, La Boheme, and I Pagliacci, as well as beloved Italian songs such as "Volare," "O Sole Mio," and "Granada." They will sing the aria that is guaranteed to bring tears to my eyes, "Nessun Dorma," from Puccini's Turandot.

The talented singers who bring this wonderful music to life have impressive biographies. Alessandro D'Acrissa graduated with honors in opera singing at the Conservatory of Cosenza. He has performed in operas throughout Italy and in 2013, he performed the role of Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. He was selected by the Pavarotti Foundation to take part in the show, Belcanto: The Pavarotti Heritage.

Federico Serra won his first pop music competition at 11 and his family enrolled him in singing lessons. At 17, he enrolled at the Liceo Musicale of Varese, specializing in opera singing and piano. In 2014, he made his debut at the Donizetti Theater in Bergamo, and in 2015 he performed with the Verona Philharmonic in concert.

Federico Parisi began studying voice at 14. In 2011, he won "The Youngest Tenor of Italy" award and in 2012, he was awarded the Citta di Taormina Prize. He performed concerts throughout southern Italy and in 2014, he broadened his horizons from classical music, opening for Italian pop music artists.

Roberto Cresca began his voice studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2004, he made his operatic debut and in 2006, he sang at the Palais de la Bourse in Paris. In 2008, he made his debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca and he has performed at opera houses throughout Italy. In 2010, he won the 64th European Union Contest at Spoleto, and performed in that same year at the Universal Expo in China as a representative of Italian excellence.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear this wonderful music, sung by gifted performers making their first tour of the United States. Years from now, you'll be able to say you saw them when..." www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

DECEMBER 12, 2019

Canadian Brass at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$70. "Strike up the band! That's Canadian Brass, one of the most popular brass ensembles performing today. The group has spent more than four decades bringing the sound and excitement of brass music to audiences around the world with the hallmarks of entertainment, virtuosity, spontaneity and, most of all, fun.

Canadian Brass began in 1970, when friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts came together to form a brass quintet in a chamber music setting. They quickly filled the three remaining chairs and began presenting a full range of music form their trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them. Masters of concert presentations, they have developed a unique and engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences that allows them to move from formal classical presentations to music served up with a lively dialogue and theatrical effects. Their repertoire features brass standards and original arrangements of Renaissance and Baroque masters, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music, as well as popular songs and standards. They have created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 600 works. In the process they have brought brass instruments to the forefront and created an ensemble that can span centuries of music in a single concert.

The musicians of Canadian Brass include founding member Chuck Daellenbach on tuba, Christopher Colletti and Caleb Hudson on trumpet, Achilles Liarmakopoulos on trombone and Jeff Nelson on horn. They have sold more than 2 million albums worldwide, and their album Stars and Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, spent eight weeks in the top 25 on the Billboard Classical Chart. They have performed in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and South America, and were the first brass ensemble from the West to perform in the People's Republic of China. They have made several appearances there, including one on Hunan TV for the Chinese New Year. They were the first brass group to take the main stage at Carnegie Hall in New York and have often been asked by Canadian officials to play for visiting heads of state as musical ambassadors. They are noted for their Holiday Concerts at Christmas time.

Education is an important part of the Canadian Brass mission. As they tour the world, they often work with students, young audience and professional musicians. They recently completed a four-year residency at the University of Toronto and were Chamber Quartet-in-Residence at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. They also created an innovative brass summer course at the Eastman School of Music and have also worked with El Sistema, the acclaimed global music education program founded in Venezuela.
 
Canadian Brass enjoys interacting with an international audience with videos, DVDs and cutting edge technology including multimedia airplay, downloads, YouTube videos and streaming opportunities as well as digital applications with phones. They truly are universal and appeal to audiences of all ages with an exciting show that will make you tap your feet and sing along while being taken on a musical journey that spans centuries. This is not your grandmother's chamber music, but bring her along. She'll love the show, too." www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

DECEMBER 14, 2019

For a fourth year in a row, Oak Harbor Club will once again be decked out for the holiday season for a festive afternoon of fun to support the educational programs of Ballet Vero Beach, including the spectacular Nutcracker on the Indian River! A full afternoon of activities is planned to provide a spectacular experience for all ages! Tickets: 772-905-2651 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 4755 S Harbor Drive, Vero Beach

DECEMBER 17, 2019

Rhythm of the Yuletide Dance at the Lyric Theatre, Show times are 4PM - 6PM and 7PM - 9PM
$50. "It's flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic dances and homages to history, sensational sound effects, luminous lighting and colorful costumes. It's Rhythm of the Dance, celebrating 20 years of entertaining audiences in 50 countries from Siberia to Spain.

Rhythm of the Dance began as a show put together for a three-week tour of the United States. While the world and Irish champion dancers, traditional musicians and singers have never stopped, producer Kieran Cavanagh has strived to breathe fresh air into the traditionally rooted, authentic production. To that end, the show combines traditional dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology. The two-hour dance and music extravaganza takes the audience on an exhilarating and exciting energy-packed time trip through the ages. More than 2000 years of dance and culture, from pre-Celtic times to the present day are all covered.

The show is fast-paced, with dancers having only seconds to make 25 costume changes during the show. Backing them are top-flight musicians who play a vast array of instruments from the traditional uilleann pipes, Irish bodhrán, fiddles, flutes, accordions, banjos and whistles. Dance and music are universal languages, and the show has been a hit in China, where it was presented on the Earth Dome stage before an audience of 50,000 and beamed to television audiences of 750 million. In Greece, the group performed at the 2500 year old Acropolis and In Russia, at the Kremlin Palace Theatre, the Ministry of Culture gave the show a special award. In 2015, Rhythm of the Dance played at the closing ceremony of the European Games in Azerbaijan.

Rhythm of the Dance has already entertained more than seven million people in its 20 years and with the updated format and latest production values, the goal is to entertain seven million more. You may think you've seen Irish dancing, but you haven't seen Rhythm of the Dance. www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

DECEMBER 30, 2019

8PM. Nutcracker on the Indian River is a unique Vero Beach production. The libretto and classical score retain all the whimsy and magic of the original ballet, but move the action to the year Vero was founded (1919). By taking the ballet’s heroine, Marie, on a holiday journey from New York to Florida, Fifth Avenue Mansions, Grand Central Station, and rail cars become settings. Instead of a second act featuring candy characters, Marie dreams of the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, and is entertained by all manner of local flora and fauna. From land crabs to manatees and river otters to bougainvillea, Nutcracker on the Indian River takes all the magic of the stage and uses that magic to both entertain and inspire. The production moves beyond the stage with the help of The Indian River Land Trust. Walk-through exhibits placed throughout our venue highlight the fragility and necessity of the Indian River Lagoon to our local way of life. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

DECEMBER 31, 2019

2PM. Nutcracker on the Indian River is a unique Vero Beach production. The libretto and classical score retain all the whimsy and magic of the original ballet, but move the action to the year Vero was founded (1919). By taking the ballet’s heroine, Marie, on a holiday journey from New York to Florida, Fifth Avenue Mansions, Grand Central Station, and rail cars become settings. Instead of a second act featuring candy characters, Marie dreams of the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, and is entertained by all manner of local flora and fauna. From land crabs to manatees and river otters to bougainvillea, Nutcracker on the Indian River takes all the magic of the stage and uses that magic to both entertain and inspire. The production moves beyond the stage with the help of The Indian River Land Trust. Walk-through exhibits placed throughout our venue highlight the fragility and necessity of the Indian River Lagoon to our local way of life. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

JANUARY 4, 2020

"The January 2020 Art Show in The Gardens will feature local, regional and renowned artists in the mediums of Original - 2D, 3D, Jewelry & Fine Crafts. Rain or shine.

ARTIST CALL: If you are interested in being considered as an Artist for the show, all work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the approved artists themselves. Kits, imports, and mass produced items are not allowed. You may review the Exhibitor Guidelines as well as apply on our website at www.pslbg.org/artshow.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE:  Contact Mark Barnes at art@pslbg.org for more information, or visit our website at www.pslbg.org/artshow ." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd, Port St Lucie

JANUARY 5, 2020

"The January 2020 Art Show in The Gardens will feature local, regional and renowned artists in the mediums of Original - 2D, 3D, Jewelry & Fine Crafts. Rain or shine.

ARTIST CALL: If you are interested in being considered as an Artist for the show, all work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the approved artists themselves. Kits, imports, and mass produced items are not allowed. You may review the Exhibitor Guidelines as well as apply on our website at www.pslbg.org/artshow.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE:  Contact Mark Barnes at art@pslbg.org for more information, or visit our website at www.pslbg.org/artshow ." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd, Port St Lucie

JANUARY 8, 2020

Stickwork Sculpture Buildout with Patrick Dougherty at McKee Botanical Garden
10AM - 5PM. "Internationally acclaimed landscape artist Patrick Dougherty, the ‘Stickman’, will return to McKee to create another hand-crafted masterpiece made exclusively for the Garden. In January 2016, Patrick and a team of volunteers constructed “The Royals” over a three-week period. The sculpture featured three tall towers nestled among the stately palms in the Royal Palm Grove. “The Royals” graced the Garden for two and a half years until succumbing to the weather and nature’s elements.

In January 2020, Patrick Dougherty will once again design a one-of-a-kind sculpture woven from willow saplings harvested from a farm in upstate New York.  A team of McKee volunteers will work alongside Patrick to construct what begins as a figment of his imagination and evolves into a masterpiece for all to enjoy. 

General admission rates apply: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, $10 Children ages 2-12. McKee members and children under 3 free." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach

JANUARY 11, 2020

"The Winter Vero Beach Arts & Crafts Expo has 100 booths under a 20,000 sq ft roof, open air sides and concrete floor with unique crafts and art from local artists and crafters as well as abroad! Listen to the smooth live music as you stroll the booths. Right across from it is the Vero Beach Home & Remodel Show all indoors with another 100 booths! 40,000 sq ft of event and free admission and parking." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach

JANUARY 12, 2020

"The Winter Vero Beach Arts & Crafts Expo has 100 booths under a 20,000 sq ft roof, open air sides and concrete floor with unique crafts and art from local artists and crafters as well as abroad! Listen to the smooth live music as you stroll the booths. Right across from it is the Vero Beach Home & Remodel Show all indoors with another 100 booths! 40,000 sq ft of event and free admission and parking." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach

JANUARY 15, 2020

Stickwork Sculpture Buildout with Patrick Dougherty at McKee Botanical Garden
10AM - 5PM. "Internationally acclaimed landscape artist Patrick Dougherty, the ‘Stickman’, will return to McKee to create another hand-crafted masterpiece made exclusively for the Garden. In January 2016, Patrick and a team of volunteers constructed “The Royals” over a three-week period. The sculpture featured three tall towers nestled among the stately palms in the Royal Palm Grove. “The Royals” graced the Garden for two and a half years until succumbing to the weather and nature’s elements.

In January 2020, Patrick Dougherty will once again design a one-of-a-kind sculpture woven from willow saplings harvested from a farm in upstate New York.  A team of McKee volunteers will work alongside Patrick to construct what begins as a figment of his imagination and evolves into a masterpiece for all to enjoy. 

General admission rates apply: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, $10 Children ages 2-12. McKee members and children under 3 free." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach

Sounds of Soul Tribute to Motown and Beyond at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$50. "Berry Gordy started the record label that came to be known as Motown 61 years ago. It's hard to understate the impact that label and that music had on American culture. Since 1996, the Sounds of Soul has brought to life the stars of Motown and those who followed. The group is known for its choreography, distinct harmonies and flashy, upscale stage personas and with a grueling schedule that averages more than 450 shows a year, they have reminded audiences that great music has no boundaries.

The six artists who make up the Sounds of Soul bring great vocals, slick dance moves and snazzy costumes to an exciting, high-energy show that spotlights Motown classics and just great songs from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Barry White and more. The Tampa-based group has performed at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, The Sun Dome in Tampa and the Registry Hotel in California. They are regularly featured on cruise ships and were the big hit at a "Motown Excursion" sponsored by CBS Radio. They have shared the stage with The O'Jays, Bobby Brown and funnyman Sinbad.

Richard Haerther of the Carrollwood Cultural Association said that the group put on a show that was one of the best his audiences had seen. "It was an amazing show, right down to the choreography. Audience members were dancing in the aisles. The Sounds of Soul Tribute to Motown and Beyond truly defines the Motown Sound and the soul music of the era. Patrons were asking to buy tickets to see them again right after the show and I had to rebook them that night."

You've heard it through the grapevine. Don't miss them." www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

JANUARY 17, 2020

The official opening of our expanded 2019-2020 Season pays tribute to Ballet Vero Beach’s very own founding fathers. Program 1 features a world premiere work by Ballet Master and Principal Dancer Camilo A. Rodriguez, who, throughout our history, has emerged as one of the company’s strongest purveyors of the Ballet Vero Beach aesthetic. Also on the program are Rodriguez’s poignant and emotional solo Harlequin/Pierrot, which makes its main stage debut, and, the company premiere of one of Artistic Director Adam Schnell’s seminal works, Friends and Lovers. Created while Schnell was resident choreographer with Sarasota Ballet, Friends and Lovers uses Max Bruch’s sweeping Concerto for Two Pianos to reflect on humanity’s quest for love and companionship. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

Ana Popovic at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$45. "Bruce Springsteen called her "One hulluva guitar player." She was the only female guitar player invited to play in the All-Star Hendrix Experience, a national tour celebrating the music and legacy of another helluva guitar player, Jimi Hendrix. She is Ana Popovic, Lyric favorite and fiery performer who didn't come to the blues in an ordinary way.

Popovic grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, in the former Yugoslavia. Music was an important part of her life as her father was a musician and often invited friends to jam. Although she grew up in the oppressive Milosevic regime, she was able to study guitar privately and before she was 20, had started her own band, Hush. They performed all over Yugoslavia, and with the fall of Communism, she was able to travel throughout Europe. She studied at the Conservatory in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and eventually signed a record deal with a German company.

In 1999, Popovic formed the Anna Popovic Band and began gaining international attention with her blend of electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumental and soulful blues. By 2009, two of her albums reached the Billboard Blues Chart.

Popovic is very aware of her role as an international artist and a representative of women. "I grew up in Serbia, but my childhood was nice," she said. "Later on, by the time I left, it was a difficult time for the family I left behind. I left at the right moment. I moved to Holland and studied jazz and world music. I was traveling to both sides of the ocean and was the first international, central European artist to be nominated for an American Blues Award. That's when my career really started. I'm very fortunate and thankful to the audience. It's wonderful to be acknowledged for this work, and it's a huge honor to represent women and Europeans who come here to play."

The Hendrix tour has been another outlet for her representation of women. "I'm representing women and it's a great thing," she said. "I'm hoping they'll include more women. I'm here to open doors. There were women before me and it got easier with time. I wanted to play and have my own sound, not male or female. Younger women come to my shows and want to do what I do. That's wonderful. The guitar is becoming a female instrument and women are taking the lead. I think they can be as successful as men, being business ladies and taking their careers into their own hands."

Popovic practices what she preaches. She released her album Trilogy on her own label and it was in the Top 10 alongside Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt.

The musician stressed that no two shows of hers are the same. "Trilogy has 23 songs to choose from," she said. "There's everything from funk to soul to rock and blues and jazz. There's lots of guitar, melodies, jazzy standards, funk and soul. There's a little bit for everyone. If you've seen other shows before, it's not the same show. That's not how we roll. It's fun for the band and me."

That makes it fun for the audience, too, and a great night of music." www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

JANUARY 18, 2020

The official opening of our expanded 2019-2020 Season pays tribute to Ballet Vero Beach’s very own founding fathers. Program 1 features a world premiere work by Ballet Master and Principal Dancer Camilo A. Rodriguez, who, throughout our history, has emerged as one of the company’s strongest purveyors of the Ballet Vero Beach aesthetic. Also on the program are Rodriguez’s poignant and emotional solo Harlequin/Pierrot, which makes its main stage debut, and, the company premiere of one of Artistic Director Adam Schnell’s seminal works, Friends and Lovers. Created while Schnell was resident choreographer with Sarasota Ballet, Friends and Lovers uses Max Bruch’s sweeping Concerto for Two Pianos to reflect on humanity’s quest for love and companionship. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

$50. "Sons of famous fathers take different paths. Some run as far away as they can from their father's fame and legacy. Others try to emulate it and fail. Some like Tito Puente, Jr., son of the performer known as El Rey, the King, embrace the legacy and work to keep it alive, while making their own kind of music and their own mark.

In an interview, Tito Puente Jr., who was raised in New York and now lives in Miami, spoke about the different influences on his father and himself. "I was born in the suburbs of Rockand County," he said. "I was suburbanized. New York is a totally different feeling. It's more urban jazz. South Florida is more mambo, more Caribbean islands, more Afro-Cuban salsa. It's part of the aura of South Beach, New York is more jazz and big Band."

Puente noted that his father, who was born and raised in Harlem, was exposed to jazz, blues and the Apollo sound. "My father created a sound and a vision," Puente said. He added mambo to swing. It was very danceable and was very structured in its way. It had the rhythm. Gloria Estefan was right about that."

Puente liked and admired his father, who taught him valuable lessons. "He was an incredible man," Puente said. "He said the main thing was to hone your craft and surround yourself with creative people and you will be creative, too. He was always around musicians. He was a cool cat and spent a lot of time with jazz, Latin and percussion players. I learned that from him and it's taken me far into a career having that instilled at an early age."

One thing his father did not teach him was the drums. The younger Puente began his career in the school marching band and he took drum lessons with someone else. "He didn't have the patience to teach," Puente said. "He sent me to drum classes and in college, jazz appreciation pushed me to learn more about music. I would come on the road with him from my late teens to early adult, watching and listening. It was the greatest way to learn about Latin jazz music, seeing that mentorship. It got into my heart. He didn't push me; I gravitated to it."

Puente has created his own style and it has taken him a long way. He brings a taste of contemporary jazz to the traditional mambo style and performs more than 300 shows a year across the country, from jazz festivals to grand symphony halls. In 2004, he released the celebrated album, In My Father's Shoes, which inspired a BET Jazz television special. He also appeared on the NPR tribute, The Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem. His 2010 album, Got Mambo, featuring guests Hansel and Raul and Bobby Cruz combined traditional mambo with new and innovative salsa compositions.

Now 47, Puente is comfortable with his legacy and his own music. "I'm getting to the point where I feel I've embraced his spirit," he said. "He left a catalogue of more than 186 records. I've embraced the 'nepotism.' I do feel that I honor his name. He shined a light on Latin music as an ambassador and I'm proud to hold that crown highly. What makes my concerts unique is that I have a quirkiness between songs and tell how it was written. I also engage the audience and talk about the great nightclubs and places like Kutcher's in the Catskills. It's really nostalgic and your feet will be hurting you."" www.lyrictheatre.com. 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

JANUARY 22, 2020

Stickwork Sculpture Buildout with Patrick Dougherty at McKee Botanical Garden
10AM - 5PM. "Internationally acclaimed landscape artist Patrick Dougherty, the ‘Stickman’, will return to McKee to create another hand-crafted masterpiece made exclusively for the Garden. In January 2016, Patrick and a team of volunteers constructed “The Royals” over a three-week period. The sculpture featured three tall towers nestled among the stately palms in the Royal Palm Grove. “The Royals” graced the Garden for two and a half years until succumbing to the weather and nature’s elements.

In January 2020, Patrick Dougherty will once again design a one-of-a-kind sculpture woven from willow saplings harvested from a farm in upstate New York.  A team of McKee volunteers will work alongside Patrick to construct what begins as a figment of his imagination and evolves into a masterpiece for all to enjoy. 

General admission rates apply: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, $10 Children ages 2-12. McKee members and children under 3 free." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach

FEBRUARY 1, 2020

Pareidolia Uke Fest at Pareidolia Brewing Co., 1PM
Free admission. Group jams, open mic, workshop, concert, food  and craft beer. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 712 Cleveland Street, Sebastian

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

at The VBHS Performing Arts Center, 8PM. Program 2 of our expanded 2019-2020 Season represents our organization’s commitment to diving deep into the work of both the choreographers and composers we feature in our performances. For the first in what promises to be many in the Composer’s Notebook series, we feature our unique collaboration with local composer Paul Gay. Both of our much-lauded previous collaborations with Mr. Gay return to the stage. And in addition, this program will be brought to an exciting close with a world premiere work set to Gay’s thrilling Sonata for Violin and Piano co-choreographed by Ballet Master Camilo A. Rodriguez and Artistic Director Adam Schnell. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

FEBRUARY 29, 2020

at The VBHS Performing Arts Center, 2PM and 8PM. Program 2 of our expanded 2019-2020 Season represents our organization’s commitment to diving deep into the work of both the choreographers and composers we feature in our performances. For the first in what promises to be many in the Composer’s Notebook series, we feature our unique collaboration with local composer Paul Gay. Both of our much-lauded previous collaborations with Mr. Gay return to the stage. And in addition, this program will be brought to an exciting close with a world premiere work set to Gay’s thrilling Sonata for Violin and Piano co-choreographed by Ballet Master Camilo A. Rodriguez and Artistic Director Adam Schnell. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

MARCH 14, 2020

Spring Arts & Crafts Expo at Tradition Square, 10AM - 5PM
Free admission and parking. Live music, kid zone, food and drinks. Over 180 booths. 10x10 vendor spaces for $150. www.ArtandCraftExpo.com. 866-611-0442. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 10824 SW Village Parkway, Port St Lucie

MARCH 15, 2020

Spring Arts & Crafts Expo at Tradition Square, 10AM - 4PM
Free admission and parking. Live music, kid zone, food and drinks. Over 180 booths. 10x10 vendor spaces for $150. www.ArtandCraftExpo.com. 866-611-0442. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 10824 SW Village Parkway, Port St Lucie

APRIL 17, 2020

Our expanded 2019-2020 Season surges towards a bright future for Ballet Vero Beach as we present our season finale: Clarity of Vision. Ariel Grossman, choreographer of last season’s smash hit Ori, returns to create a world premiere work for the men of the company. Additionally Program 3 features the main stage premieres of Artistic Director Adam Schnell’s romantic and meditative duet Ballade, as well as je, tu, il, elle created by Camilo A. Rodriguez and konverjdans in last season’s show stopping collaboration. Clarity of Vision promises to once again reinforce the values of artistic quality and cultural relevance Ballet Vero Beach has become known for. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

APRIL 18, 2020

Our expanded 2019-2020 Season surges towards a bright future for Ballet Vero Beach as we present our season finale: Clarity of Vision. Ariel Grossman, choreographer of last season’s smash hit Ori, returns to create a world premiere work for the men of the company. Additionally Program 3 features the main stage premieres of Artistic Director Adam Schnell’s romantic and meditative duet Ballade, as well as je, tu, il, elle created by Camilo A. Rodriguez and konverjdans in last season’s show stopping collaboration. Clarity of Vision promises to once again reinforce the values of artistic quality and cultural relevance Ballet Vero Beach has become known for. Tickets: 772-564-5537 or www.balletverobeach.org . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach

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