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LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC & ART

RECURRING EVENTS

SUNDAYS

Now Year Round! ( View September - November 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

Invite, family, friends, neighbors and everyone you know to come and enjoy a great performance form the Jodi Gaines Band right in front of the Indian River Lagoon!

Admission to the concert is FREE and to make a great event even better, we will have FREE kids activities to keep the little ones entertained! Food and beverages will be available for purchase to satisfy all your cravings! No coolers allowed. Click here for dates and times ! Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 Northeast Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

TUESDAYS

$7 - $8 Cover Charge. 2019 dates include 7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22. Weekly on Tuesdays from November 2019 - June 2020. Hosted by the Fort Pierce Jazz Blues Society. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 117 S 2nd Street, Downtown Fort Pierce

EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY

6:30PM - 9:30PM. $7 cover, $6 cover for members. Rain or Shine, event held in the Nature Center at the Gardens if raining. Bring a chair! 2019 dates currently are 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7, 8/21, 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27, 12/11. Call 772-337-1959 for more information. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd., Port St Lucie

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

OCTOBER 19, 2019

"Located on the banks of the St. Lucie River, Downtown Stuart brims with activity daily. With over 70 gift shops, restaurants and clothing stores, this quaint downtown area sees locals and visitors alike who wish to enjoy a small town warmth coupled with all of the luxuries of a city.

The Downtown Stuart Craft Festival is nestled in the perfect location!  From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Downtown Stuart is promised to be a feast for the senses. This spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart

OCTOBER 20, 2019

"Located on the banks of the St. Lucie River, Downtown Stuart brims with activity daily. With over 70 gift shops, restaurants and clothing stores, this quaint downtown area sees locals and visitors alike who wish to enjoy a small town warmth coupled with all of the luxuries of a city.

The Downtown Stuart Craft Festival is nestled in the perfect location!  From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Downtown Stuart is promised to be a feast for the senses. This spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed." Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 26 SW Osceola Street, Stuart

OCTOBER 22, 2019

It's National Nut Day at Little Jim's Bait and Tackle, 1PM - 4PM
Admission is free, The Sophisticats will provide the music. Mother Nature and The Indian River Lagoon will supply the atmosphere. Full bar, beer, wine, soft drinks, and deli sandwiches are available at reasonable prices. Seating is limited, so if you have a lawn chair, please bring it along. We'll see you there (weather permitting). Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 601 North Causeway, Fort Pierce

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

Ace Frehley at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"You surely know Ace Frehley as a co-founder and original lead guitarist for KISS and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His song-within-the-song guitar solos are as much as part of KISS's lore as the band's seven-inch platform boots. He's always been the epitome of cool, with his rock 'n roll swagger and laid back air of mystery. He's The Spaceman and he's on a roll, releasing three solo albums in four years.

What you may know not is that Ace has not been a member of KISS since 2002. In his times away from the mother ship (1983-1996) and (2002-present), Ace Frehley has put together a highly successful solo career. His 1978 solo album, Ace Frehley was widely acclaimed, and his 2018 album, Spaceman is considered the closest in spirit to that 1978 album. Frehley played all of the guitar parts on Spaceman, as well as bass on all but two songs. Longtime drummer Anton Fig, whose friendship with Frehey began in that 1978 record, also appears on several tracks.

The album has an almost biographical thread running through it, taking it from Frehley's childhood in the Bronx, running with an Irish street gang, the Ducky Boys in "Bronx Boy." Many consider that song his grittiest, with an opening riff "that lashes out like a switchblade." "Pursuit of Rock and Roll" pays homage to the rockers who influenced him, from Little Richard to the Rolling Stones. He covers Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back," and is on the road with "Rockin' With the Boys," a tale of life touring. On "Without You I'm Nothing," you hear a growling bass tone that can only be Gene Simmons, who co-wrote the song as he and Ace relaxed, writing songs, hanging out and eating sandwiches. There may have been rough times between the two over the years, but it's clear that there is mutual respect and, yes, love.

Frehley, who has been sober for more than a decade, released a best-selling autobiography, No Regrets, in 2011. His 2014 album, Space Invader, was the only post-KISS solo album to crack the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart. He has a new album, Origins II in the works and is more productive than ever. He's busy writing and recording and touring, playing around the United States and abroad, including dates with Alice Cooper. He's traveling, as he always had, at an altitude mere mortals will never understand, a life lived to the fullest and one that has defied, well, everything. If you ever see Space Ace in the cosmos, there's only one reaction: "Hey look, it's rock 'n roll!"" Tickets are $75. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

OCTOBER 27, 2019

"Julian Marley released his first album when he was only 21. That's not surprising for the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, who grew up in London and Jamaica surrounded by music and musicians. The younger Marley taught himself to play bass, drums, guitar and keyboards, but his reggae mentors included Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Earl Wire Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl "Chinna" Smith.

In 1996, he released that first album, Lion in the Morning, which was recorded at Tuff Gone Studio in Jamaica. In it, he paid tribute to his roots and his heritage. An international tour with The Uprising followed as they performed in New York, Brazil and Japan. He contributed to Lauryn Hill's Grammy-winning album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including guitar work on the single, "Forgive Thy Father," and with his siblings Stephen, Cedella, Damian and Kyman, he performed a version of the single "Master Blaster" for Stevie Wonder's tribute album. In 2003, he released his sophomore album, A Time and Place, a fusion of roots reggae and jazz. In typical Marley-family style, it was produced by his brother Stephen.

The family came together for another project, a series of "Africa Unite" performances which began in Ethiopia and included Ghana and Jamaica. At the invitation of the Jamaican government, Julian Marley and The Uprising performed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and celebrated with Jamaica's Gold Medal winner, runner Usain Bolt. Marley album, Awake, another family production, was nominated for a Grammy and his "Awake" world tour morphed into the Raggamuffin tour in 2010. That year, Awake took home the Best Album of the Year award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards.

In the same tradition as his father, Julian Marley is a devout Rastafarian whose music is inspired by life and spirituality. While he has built a formidable reputation by transcending musical genres, his music is always imbued with his spiritual and moral values. His latest album, As I Am, is a summer 2019 release and he will continue touring to bring it to his fans around the world." Tickets are $45. www.lyrictheatre.com . Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

OCTOBER 29, 2019

It's National Cat Day at Little Jim's Bait and Tackle, 1PM - 4PM
Admission is free, The Sophisticats will provide the music. Mother Nature and The Indian River Lagoon will supply the atmosphere.

Full bar, beer, wine, soft drinks, and deli sandwiches are available at reasonable prices. Seating is limited, so if you have a lawn chair, please bring it along. We'll see you there (weather permitting). Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 601 North Causeway, Fort Pierce

OCTOBER 30, 2019

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"The swing/jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was given its name by a musical legend. When co-founder Scotty Morris went to a concert given by blues giant Albert Collins, he asked for an autograph. Collins wrote, "To the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy" and Morris picked up the name for the band he was forming in the 1990s. Now, more than 25 years later, the show still has its original core line-up of Morris on lead vocals and guitar, Kurt Sodergren on drums, Dirk Shumaker on double bass and vocals, Andy Rowley on baritone sax and vocals, Glen "The Kid" Marhevka on trumpet, Karl Hunter on sax and clarinet and Joshua Levy on piano.

The band, which was at the forefront of a swing revival, easily blended together the classic American sounds of jazz, swing and Dixieland. They hit the big time in 1996 with the indie film Swingers, which introduced the band to an audience beyond their Los Angeles base. The band's music has appeared in films and television shows including Despicable Me, Ally McBeal and Phineas & Ferb and they have appeared live on Dancing with the Stars, NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center and the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show.

For trumpet player Glen Marhevka, the show is intended for an audience "from 8 to 80." He explained why swing is so important to a group of musicians who didn't know it the first time around. "It's a style of music we all love," he said. "We all grew up listening to it and parents and teachers influenced us. We found each other and started playing. It's a passion of ours."

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has promoted and revitalized swing music as more than just a tribute to the genre. They have taken inspiration from the creator of the uniquely American art form and created original, horn-infused music. The band's high energy shows introduce the music to a new and younger generation while remaining respectful of the music's rich legacy.

Marhevka said audiences should expect that high energy. "Our shows are energetic," he said. "We feature five horns and everyone runs around playing solos non-stop from the second we hit the stage. It's uplifting. Even if it's your first time hearing us, you walk away smiling. We're excellent in front of audiences; we work well in front of people. This band has that showmanship and musicality."

After 25 years together, 11 records, more than 2800 live shows and countless appearances on film and television, audiences and listeners agree. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will cast a spell." Tickets are $53. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

NOVEMBER 2, 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

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

Free concert hosted by the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. Featuring the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society's Performing Ensemble from 1PM - 2:30PM, and Rappture from 3PM - 5PM. For more information, call 772-460-5299. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce

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 8, 2019

Invite, family, friends, neighbors and everyone you know to come and enjoy a great performance form the Jodi Gaines Band right in front of the Indian River Lagoon!

Admission to the concert is FREE and to make a great event even better, we will have FREE kids activities to keep the little ones entertained! Food and beverages will be available for purchase to satisfy all your cravings! No coolers allowed. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 1707 Northeast Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

DECEMBER 11, 2019

Winter Wonderland Concert at the North Indian River County Library, 6PM - 7PM
Dave DeLuca brings you a feel-good, family-oriented event filled w/yuletide whimsy & winter wonder that celebrates the magic of the holiday season. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 1001 Sebastian Blvd, Sebastian

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 21, 2020

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience​ at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$50. "That'll Be the Day Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience, rock 'n 'rolls into town, bringing the music you danced and sang to. From "Peggy Sue" to "Everyday," to "It's So Easy," Buddy Holly managed to change the face of rock 'n roll and become a legend before dying in a plane crash at 22.

Rave On! is not an ordinary tribute show that tries to replicate every song as it was produced. Instead, the show reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy rock 'n roll extravaganza. The musicians are top flight and help re-imagine all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert so many years ago. In a unique twist, the show's creator, Billy McGuigan, as Buddy Holly, celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The latter two, of course, would die in a snowy cornfield with Holly on a day that singer/songwriter Don McLean called "The Day the Music Died."

For McGuigan, playing Holly was the role he was born to play. An Air Force brat, his father loved to sing Beatles music. In an interview with Broadway World, McGuigan described how his house was always filled with music. "One of my first musical memories was my dad teaching my brother Ryan and me to sing the high harmony lines on 'She's Leaving Home.' There we were, Ryan, 5, and me, 8, singing these high parts terribly while my dad did his best Paul impersonation. Little did he know he was planting the seeds of a career in music!"

McGuigan has played Holly, the rock 'n roll pioneer who died too young, more than 2500 times in Rave On! and hundreds more times in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. He has received critical acclaim for his energy, realism and raw talent. Tommy Allsup was a Grammy winner and a lead guitarist for Buddy Holly, gave up his seat to the Big Bopper on the fateful deadly flight. He has said that "Rave On! is the best Buddy Holly show out there."" 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. 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

Branford Marsalis at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$70. "A revolutionary jazz musician and Grammy-winning saxophonist, Branford Marsalis is in a league of his own. He is an NEA Jazz Master and Tony award nominee for the original score for the revival of August Wilson's Fences. The New Orleans native, eldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis and the brother of Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, the musician began his career as a youngster, picking up the clarinet first. He eventually settled on the soprano sax and worked with Clark Terry and his brother, Wynton, in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers while in college. In 1986, he formed his own quartet, which has become one of the most widely respected groups in jazz.

In 2015, Marsalis and his quartet received a rare invitation to join Kurt Elling in a weekend performance at the New Orleans Snug Harbor. Elling and Marsalis recorded their collaboration, which can be heard on the 2016 release Upward Spiral, which was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Now the artist and his ensemble have released The Secret between the Shadow and the Soul, which capitalizes on Marsalis' collaborations with Sting and Elling. "Working with Kurt for a year and a half took me back to what I learned in hindsight from my gig with Sting," he said. "Working with a singer changes you in ways you don't realize. When I started playing jazz, after my background in R & B, all the possibilities I discovered led me to play solos that went on and on. Sting said, 'No, you've got 45 seconds,' which did more than just cause me to edit. It taught me to focus on the melodies, to get to the point."

Marsalis and his group have longevity not often seen in the music business. Pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis have been with the group for more than 20 years, and drummer Justin Faulkner, known as "the rookie," has been with it for a decade. In addition to performing, each of the veterans, including Marsalis, is a composer and their works are heard on the recording and in concert. For Marsalis, it's about the non-verbal story-telling, a lesson he learned from Sonny Rollins. "Sonny Rollins provided the template for playing each piece with a ton of vocabulary and how to use the sound of one's instrument," he said. "With us, it's all about the sound and the power it has to create emotion. When you deal with sound, you don't play the same thing twice in a row. You listen to each other and every song is different."

Marsalis has had a wildly successful career as a solo artist, working with some of the best classical ensembles in the world. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Dusselfdorf Symphonies, and performed his first solo concert at San Francisco's Grace Church in 2014, a performance documented in the recording, "In My Solitude." He served as creative director for the Ascent series for the Cincinnati Symphony in 2012-2013 and served as musical director to The Tonight show with Jay Leno.

Still, Marsalis finds that his band works best for him. "Some musicians may need to work in different projects to create the illusion of sounding different by changing the context," he said. "We are confident that we can adjust our group sound so we don't have to change the content. Staying together allows us to play adventurous, sophisticated music and sound good. Lack of familiarity leads to defensive playing, playing not to make a mistake. I like playing sophisticated music and I couldn't create this music with people I didn't know."" 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

JANUARY 23, 2020

Branford Marsalis at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$70. "A revolutionary jazz musician and Grammy-winning saxophonist, Branford Marsalis is in a league of his own. He is an NEA Jazz Master and Tony award nominee for the original score for the revival of August Wilson's Fences. The New Orleans native, eldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis and the brother of Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, the musician began his career as a youngster, picking up the clarinet first. He eventually settled on the soprano sax and worked with Clark Terry and his brother, Wynton, in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers while in college. In 1986, he formed his own quartet, which has become one of the most widely respected groups in jazz.

In 2015, Marsalis and his quartet received a rare invitation to join Kurt Elling in a weekend performance at the New Orleans Snug Harbor. Elling and Marsalis recorded their collaboration, which can be heard on the 2016 release Upward Spiral, which was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Now the artist and his ensemble have released The Secret between the Shadow and the Soul, which capitalizes on Marsalis' collaborations with Sting and Elling. "Working with Kurt for a year and a half took me back to what I learned in hindsight from my gig with Sting," he said. "Working with a singer changes you in ways you don't realize. When I started playing jazz, after my background in R & B, all the possibilities I discovered led me to play solos that went on and on. Sting said, 'No, you've got 45 seconds,' which did more than just cause me to edit. It taught me to focus on the melodies, to get to the point."

Marsalis and his group have longevity not often seen in the music business. Pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis have been with the group for more than 20 years, and drummer Justin Faulkner, known as "the rookie," has been with it for a decade. In addition to performing, each of the veterans, including Marsalis, is a composer and their works are heard on the recording and in concert. For Marsalis, it's about the non-verbal story-telling, a lesson he learned from Sonny Rollins. "Sonny Rollins provided the template for playing each piece with a ton of vocabulary and how to use the sound of one's instrument," he said. "With us, it's all about the sound and the power it has to create emotion. When you deal with sound, you don't play the same thing twice in a row. You listen to each other and every song is different."

Marsalis has had a wildly successful career as a solo artist, working with some of the best classical ensembles in the world. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Dusselfdorf Symphonies, and performed his first solo concert at San Francisco's Grace Church in 2014, a performance documented in the recording, "In My Solitude." He served as creative director for the Ascent series for the Cincinnati Symphony in 2012-2013 and served as musical director to The Tonight show with Jay Leno.

Still, Marsalis finds that his band works best for him. "Some musicians may need to work in different projects to create the illusion of sounding different by changing the context," he said. "We are confident that we can adjust our group sound so we don't have to change the content. Staying together allows us to play adventurous, sophisticated music and sound good. Lack of familiarity leads to defensive playing, playing not to make a mistake. I like playing sophisticated music and I couldn't create this music with people I didn't know."" 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

JANUARY 25, 2020

Fastball at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$40. ""In the past, we'd make a record and then everybody would go their separate ways for a while," says Fastball's Miles Zuniga. "But now, we're feeling so excited about the music that it's 'How soon can we make another record?' We're feeling a sense of urgency about the music that's really refreshing."

Fastball's new album The Help Machine follows on the heels of the band's acclaimed 2017 release Step Into Light. The new set, on the Austin, Texas trio's own 33 1/3 label, once again demonstrates the distinctive songwriting, expressive vocals and inventive melodic sensibilities of Zuniga and his bandmate Tony Scalzo. With drummer Joey Shuffield completing the longstanding lineup, the trio's time-tested creative rapport is as potent as ever on such compelling tunes as Scalzo's "White Collar," "All Gone Fuzzy" and "The Girl You Pretended to Be," and the Zuniga compositions "Friend or Foe," "Holding the Devil's Hand" and the album's enigmatic title track.

The Help Machine's 11 new originals gain added sonic appeal from the production of Los Lobos member and versatile Grammy-winner Steve Berlin, whose studio resume includes work with the likes of Alejandro Escovedo, Faith No More, Rickie Lee Jones and the Tragically Hip.

"Steve became an integral part of the team," Shuffield explains. "He's a really positive guy, he's got a great ear, and he helped us come up with some great sounds. His personality fit right in to what we were doing, and he understood where each of us was coming from. He just about drove us into the ground; it would be one or two in the morning and he'd say, 'Alright, what do you guys want to do next?'"

"Steve was the perfect guy to produce this album," adds Zuniga. "We worked really fast. We did it in ten days, and we didn't really need the last three."

Recording at Austin's Treefort Studios with engineer Jim Vollentine, who'd worked on Fastball's 2004 release Keep Your Wig On, the band and Berlin maintained an organic creative atmosphere that allowed the group members to break out of their respective comfort zones. Scalzo didn't even play his usual instrument, bass, on the sessions, instead tackling new challenges on keyboards and guitar. The group brought in old friend Bruce Hughes (formerly of Cracker and Poi Dog Pondering) to handle the album's bass parts. Other guest players on The Help Machine include Austin legend Charlie Sexton, who adds guitar on "Girl You Pretended To Be"; Wye Oak member Andy Stack, who plays multiple instruments on a pair of tracks; and Band of Heathens members Gordy Quist and John Chipman.

"We had a great time in the studio, and the whole thing was a very creative experience," Scalzo notes. "When Fastball started out, we were almost like two different bands, and Miles and I tended to be careful to keep our hands off of each other's songs. But now, we just view them all as Fastball songs, and we generally feel free to mess with them. It works better that way."

With nearly a quarter-century of music-making under their collective belt, the members of Fastball continue to extend and expand the band's widely loved body of work. The trio's catalog encompasses such memorable albums as their 1996 debut Make Your Mama Proud, their 1998 platinum breakthrough All the Pain Money Can Buy (which spawned the Grammy-nominated Top Five hit "The Way"), 2000's The Harsh Light of Day, 2004's Keep Your Wig On, 2009's Little White Lies and 2017's Step Into Light.

"When I look at our catalog, there's not a bad record in there," Shuffield asserts, adding, "We've been through our ups and downs, but I think we've really found our groove over the last few years. We spent a lot of time on a major label, so initially the transition back to being an indie band was a little bumpy. But now it feels comfortable being responsible for everything ourselves, because that way we're more likely to get it right. We're all so into the music now, and I think you can hear that on the last couple of albums."

"It's only natural," Scalzo adds, "that you get better at what you do as you get older and more experienced. But you can't always figure that out when you're in your 20s. Now that we're on our own label, the pressure's all on us, and that's fine. All I ever really wanted was a consistent creative outlet, and we've got that now."

The ongoing resonance of Fastball's music is reflected in the passion of Fastball's ardent fan base. Shuffield: "We're always meeting people who tell us how we helped them get through college, and we have whole families that coming to the shows now. At nearly every show, we'll meet people who've flown in from other states, or other countries, to see us play. That kind of thing really warms the heart, and makes us feel like we're doing something right."

"We'd love to have another massive hit single," Zuniga reflects, "but you can't really plan that. We're living in a different world now, and all we can do is just make the best music we can. When you're young, you're insecure and trying to get attention for yourself. But when you get a little more mature, you start to care more about what's right for the music. When I was in my 20s, I was always trying to impress people. But now all I care about is making great music, and I think that the whole band feels that way.

"We're all grown-ups with kids now, so there's more of a sense of urgency," Zuniga concludes. "We're all still here, everyone's healthy, and we all still feel like if we're going to do something, we should do it now. I don't want to wake up ten years from now and wonder what I did with my time. We've still got things we want to do, and I think that our attitude now is 'Let's get this stuff done, there's no time to waste.'"" 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

JANUARY 28, 2020

Taj Mahal Featuring Very Special Guests Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley at the Lyric Theatre
7PM - 9PM. "Taj Mahal believes that the blues are everywhere, transcending time and place. The 76-year-old legend, who has been making music for six decades, makes the music that has meaning to him. "I just want to be able to make the music that I'm hearing come to me," he said. "That's what I did. When I say, 'I did,' it's not coming from ego. The music comes from somewhere. You're just the conduit it comes through. You're here to receive the gift."

For this great artist, his gift has served to reveal the scope of the blues to a wider audience. "The blues is bigger than most people think," he said. "You could hear Mozart play the blues. It might be more like a lament. It might be more melancholy, but I'm going to tell you, the blues is in there."

Taj Mahal has spent decades pursuing the roots of the music to the American South, the Caribbean and Africa, creating new sounds again and again. It's the juxtaposition of the traditional and the avant-garde that has brought him praise from rock 'n roll stars like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. The artist's exploration of  music began as an exploration of self. He was born in 1942 in Harlem to a jazz pianist father with Caribbean roots and a gospel-singing school teacher mother from South Carolina. "I was raised really conscious of my African roots," he said. "I was trying to find out where what we did here connected to what we left there."

In the 1950s, the family moved to Springfield, Mass., a melting pot for immigrants. While there was music from a variety of cultures, it was a challenge to hear it. "Things were different in those days," Taj said. "There weren't a lot of places that African-Americans had to go out and entertain themselves, so people did a lot of entertaining in their homes. Friday and Saturday night, you'd move the furniture, mop and wax the floor and set things up so people could pop over and hear all the music." Taj Mahal attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied agriculture and animal husbandry. He felt that his interest in agriculture was as basic as his interest in music. "Those were the two things I recognized, even as a very young child, that people were never going to do without," he said.

In 1964, Taj headed to Los Angeles and formed a group, the Rising Sons. He released several albums and received a Grammy nomination, the first of 14, for the soundtrack from the film, Sounder. In the 1980s, he moved to Hawaii, and as he toured internationally, his gritty blues sound began to incorporate Latin, reggae, Caribbean, calypso, Cajun and jazz, layered with an Afrocentric roots base. Taj Mahal hasn't done it alone. For more than 40 years, he and bandmates bassist Bill Rich and percussionist Kester Smith have been on a wild ride through reggae, funk, jazz and more. In 2019, guitarist and lap steel virtuoso Bobby Ingrano joined the group and they became the Taj Mahal Quartet.

It's hard to quantify Taj Mahal's importance, but there are a few hints. He's been nominated for a Grammy 14 times and won three, the latest in 2017 for TajMo, a collaboration with Keb' Mo.' He is in the Blues Hall of Fame and has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Mahal is proud of the accolades, but that's not what drives him. "I was raised really conscious of my African roots," he said. "Like it or not, the music and the movement of my people to the West completely shaped the modern music that we have. I'm not trying to start crowing about it, but popular music is shaped on the backs and shoulders and foundation of what came out of Africa."" Tickets are $85. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

JANUARY 30, 2020

Beginnings: A Celebration of the Music of Chicago at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$50. "A successful tribute band needs great musicians and a real love for the music they play. Beginnings, a band that celebrates the music of the legendary band Chicago, came together over the love the musicians had for the band that has 22 gold records, 18 platinum disks and eight multi-platinum records. Chicago also racked up five No. 1 albums and 21 Top 10 singles in a career that spanned four decades. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

In 2002, eight New York musicians who loved and admired one of the greatest American rock bands came together as a labor of love, based on musicianship and professionalism.

"Many of us were working in other bands and knew each other," front man Mason Swearingen said in an online interview with axs.com. "Many were horn players and always looking for other ways to play music. Growing up, I was a huge Chicago fan because my parents were big fans of Chicago."

Swearingen, a North Carolina native, moved to New York to pursue a career in rock. "I learned about the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, had a lot of fun and made some great friends. I just wished we had made more money," he said with a laugh.

Swearingen connected with a bunch of musicians many of whom were working in other bands. For Swearingen, it was not about the individual musicians, it was about the music. Still, the talented group includes five lead vocalists and musty instrumentalists who bring the music of Chicago to life and recreate every decade of the band's hits without the use of pre-recorded tracks. The show is family-friendly and meant to appeal to music lovers of all ages.

In an interview with Mike Friedman for Psychology Today, Swearingen spoke about being a tribute musician. "It all begins and ends with the music," he said "Chicago's music is just brilliant. To me, they are the ultimate band incorporating virtually every genre of music. Listen to their catalogue and you hear rock, jazz, funk, soul and pop. There's just so much depth. The orchestration of the songs is phenomenal between the horns, strings and rhythm section."

Swearingen has absolutely no regrets about dedicating his career to the music of a great band. "Professionally, Beginnings is the thing in my life I'm most proud of," he said. "The band has made me a better musician and singer. We've grown from a bar band into a legitimate rock 'n roll show with over 60 performances a year in major venues, performance arts center, festivals and casinos all over the Unite States and we're still growing."

They certainly are. The band has performed at Epcot Center, The M Resort Spa Casino, Bally's Atlantic City Resort Casino, The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, Caesar's Pocono Resorts and theaters around the country. In 2018, they made their Broadway debut with a show Chicago Meets Motown, a one-night event for charity. You have the opportunity to come hear the music you love, performed by professionals who love it as much as you do. It will be hard to say you're sorry if you do." 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

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 7, 2020

Phil Vassar at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"He's a singer who writes hit songs and a songwriting piano player who rules the stage. Phil Vassar, a country music hit maker, is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage who taps into his audience via social media for song requests during his more than 135 shows a year.

Vassar was writing hit songs before his own recording career began. His songwriting career blossomed in the 1990s, when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye "Little Red Rodeo," Alan Jackson "Right on the Money," Tim McGraw "For a Little While," Jo Dee Messina "Bye, Bye, I'm Alright" and Blackhawk "Postmarked Birmingham." "Bye Bye, I'm Alright," earned Vassar his first ASCAP Song of the Year.

In 1998, he signed a record deal of his own with the Arista Nashville label, and in 1999, Vassar was named ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year. His debut single, "Carlene," was his first #1 hit as a singer, and his signature songs such as "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Six- Pack Summer" and "When I Love You" were part of a sweep that included 10 #1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits. His first album, Vassar, went gold and its success led to tours with Kenny Chesney. In addition to recording, Vassar kept writing and a song he co-wrote, "My Next Thirty Years" was a chart-topper for Tim McGraw.

Phil Vassar continues to write incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in his unique style. On his latest tour, "Stripped Down," he will be bringing new insights to the songs and stories that have been become some of the biggest hits in music. His Lyric concert in February will follow the January release of his new acoustic EP, titled Stripped Down. Be one of the first to hear it up close and personal." Tickets are $53. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Bel Canto Trio at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$58. "The great singer Mario Lanza became a star when he toured in 1947-1948 with George London and Frances Yeend as the Bel Canto Trio. For 10 months, the group toured the United States, Canada and Mexico, bringing some of opera's greatest works to their audiences. To honor the 70th anniversary of that tour, the Bel Canto Trio, now made up of soprano Julie Adams, tenor Joshua Guerrero and bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee, will perform the original program of that historic tour, featuring some of the greatest arias, duets and trios from Rigoletto, La Boheme, The Barber of Seville and others. The artists chosen for this concert are among the most talented of rising stars.

Julie Adams was a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 2015 George London Award, the 2015 Elizabeth Connell Prize for aspiring dramatic sopranos and the 2015 Sara Tucker study grant. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the 2017-2018 season, she performed at the San Francisco Opera in Francesca Zambello's production of Wagner's Ring cycle. She has also performed with the opera as Mimi in La Boheme, and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. In 2018-2019, she debuted with the Arizona Opera in Silent Night by Kevin Puts and as Mimi in La Boheme with the Des Moines Metro Opera. She has performed Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 with the Phoenix Symphony and a concert version of West Side Story with the Oakland Symphony. On the recital stage, Ms. Adams was featured as part of the Schwabacher Debut recital series with John Churchwell.

Joshua Guerrero was the second prize winner at Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition in 2014 and was the recipient of the 2016 Richard Tucker Grant. He is a Grammy winner for the Los Angeles Opera's recording of John Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles. He has performed at the Washington National Opera in a new production of La Traviata, at the Houston Grand Opera in Catan's Floriencia en el Amazonas and at the Canadian Opera Company in La Boheme. He has performed at the famed Glydebourne Festival in England and toured Europe in concert with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra singing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.He was a featured soloist at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Carnegie Hall and appeared at a special gala honoring Placido Domingo at the Salzburg Festival.

Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee received a Master of Music degree from Rice University. The singer, whom The New York Times described as "charismatic and charming," is a first prize winner of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, winner of the Zarzuela Prize at Operalia and the grand prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. He recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Soldier in Salome. He has performed as Colline in La Boheme at the LA Opera, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and in the same role at the Atlanta Opera. He has an extensive concert background, performing with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak's Te Deum, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under Gustavo Dudamel, in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. He also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Pelleas et Melisande, under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Bel Canto literally means beautiful singing. This is an opportunity to hear some of the world's most beautiful music, sung by some of opera's rising stars. Sponsored by Gloria Whittle." 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$50. "Trey McLauglin and The Sounds of Zamar are known for their expressive vocals and intricate arrangements of classic gospel hymns, but they have gently pushed the boundaries of gospel to add fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop and musical theater. Their viral videos on YouTube have millions of viewers and they have performed with gospel greats like William McDowell, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, Brian Courtney Wilson and James Fortune. They are recent competition winners for their rendition of "Chasing After You." This win led to a featured appearance of Grammy nominated artist Vashawn Mitchell's Triumphant DVD. Their single, "I Will Praise," taken from the debut album, Limitless, is on the Billboard Gospel Charts. In 2018, they embarked on their first national tour, "The Zamar Experience."

Behind the sound is Trey McLaughlin, a passionate vocalist, educator, composer and arranger. Known for fusing together an eclectic mix of musical genres, he performs original works with the ensemble he created. He also serves as director of worship and arts at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia and is the artistic director of the non-profit performing arts youth group, Creative Impressions, of which he was once a member and student director. He serves as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching graduate level courses in conducting, vocal technique, composing, arranging and piano.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, McLaughlin attended the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where he was a member of the University Singer and Chorale and placed second and third in Georgia's National Association of Teachers of Singing competition for two consecutive years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree with emphasis on vocal pedagogy. He is a member and past president of the professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and is a former director of G.E.N.E.S.I.S, the Columbia State Gospel Choir.

In 2014, McLaughlin had the honor of conducting a Master Class and performing at the L'Opera de Massy in Massy, France. In 2015, he conducted a 300-voice choir on Krakow, Poland as a guest clinician. He often serves as guest clinician for Honor Choruses throughout Georgia. Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar are known for their distinctive gospel style and their new arrangements of musical theater tunes. They bring a fresh perspective to their songs, but always capture the essence of the original piece.

Zamar is from the Hebrew and means sing or praise. You will hear songs of praise that will inspire and bring joy to the heart. As the group prepares to produce a second album, the future is "Limitless."" 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Al Stewart with Special Guests the Empty Pockets at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$45. "When British singer/songwriter Al Stewart told his parents he was going to be a musician, they weren't happy. "My parents said this pop stuff wasn't going to last six months, I was advised to get a job with British Leyland and 40 years of solid income. They went bankrupt, yet the music industry that wasn't supposed to last is pottering along and I still have a job."

Indeed he does. Stewart came to prominence as part of the British folk revival of the late '60s and '70s and had No. 1 hits with "Year of the Cat," "On the Border," "Time Passages," and "Nostradamus." He performed at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono before there was a Lennon and shared an apartment with Paul Simon. He performed alongside Van Morrison and Cat Stevens. He has released 19 studio albums and is a popular touring artist who weaves his love of history and films into his songs. The beginning though, was when he was 11 or 12 and Elvis Presley and rock 'n roll arrived.

"I adored the Everly Brothers," he said. "I loved Eddie Cochrane, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. When I left school, I thought, 'I'll have a crack at that.' I left school and joined a band as the Beatles came along. They were so successful that every third kid was in a band." Stewart performed in six different bands in his late teens and realized that he wasn't very good at what he wanted to do. "I was not a good electric guitar player and I didn't look or sound right. I was beginning to despair, and just at that moment, Bob Dylan came along. He couldn't sing or play guitar, but boy, could he write lyrics. I could have a career doing that."

Stewart speaks with a little tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating British humor. Asked whether he considers himself a singer who writes songs or a songwriter who sings, he has a quick answer. "I'm not a singer at all. I have a range of one octave. There are four things that make you into a pop star. You have to sing, play, have a sense of fashion and look great. Sting has all four. I only have one. I write lyrics and it's enough to have a career with one."

Stewart describes his music as "aural cinema" and "aural geography" and says that movies and atlases are a big influence on him. "I watch an enormous amount of movies, a couple of hundred a year," he said. "I'm taking movies, literature, history, and geography and putting them into a pot and stirring. Those elements are in pretty much every song. If I open an atlas, a song appears. I opened one to China and could see six songs in front of me. It works for me like that. It makes it three-dimensional."

Stewart brings out that self-deprecation in describing his success over 40 years, "You don't get famous writing historical folk rock, but you can make a living," he said. "I think if one history teacher would buy a guitar, they'd have my job. No one has. It's a great mystery." A student of history, Stewart began reading Sartre and ended going in reverse order, back to the Trojan War. Historian Barbara Tuchman was one of his idols and figures in how he'd like to be remembered: "I write like Barbara Tuchman and play like Eddie Cochran."

Special Guests the Empty Pockets sound is built upon a strong foundation of the timeless Americana, Blues, and Motown Soul that came before them; an old-school sensibility showcased by multiple lead singers, rich harmonies, and skilled instrumentalists. Rolling Stone called "bandmates Josh Solomon, Erika Brett, Nate Bellon and Danny Rosenthal, members of polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit."

Teaming up with a wide range of legendary artists; Kenny Loggins, Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free), Al Stewart ("Year of the Cat"), Gary Wright ("Dreamweaver"), and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield/Poco), both as direct tour support and backing band, their sound has evolved, influenced not only by these remarkable musicians, but also through collaboration with independent artists and, most importantly, among themselves." 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Bravo Amici at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$55. "Take three handsome tenors and add two stunning sopranos. Add a blend of classical and contemporary songs and arias and you have Bravo Amici. This dynamic group was formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Geoff Sewell and Simone Lanham, founders of Amici Forever, the world's first opera band. Bravo Amici is a tribute to the emerging genre of contemporary classic crossover music, with world-class international performers who take on the best of pop and opera, giving each genre a taste of the classical. Their music has attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

Geoff Sewell is a native of New Zealand who studied music at the Boston Conservatory. He moved to London and got into the music business with Lanham, eventually forming Amici Forever. The group went on to sell more than 3.5 million albums worldwide and had two No. 1 albums. He had a successful solo career and performed for the Queen, Princes Charles, William and Harry and other members of the Royal Family at The Royal Albert Hall.

Bravo Amici has performed around the world, wowing audiences in the United States, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Their recipe for thrilling audiences is to take the essential elements of classical crossover: pop, Broadway, the West End and opera and put it in a package that is uniquely their own. The classically trained singers bring audiences of different backgrounds together in a show that defies boundaries as it creates a new genre of music. The show is meant not only to entertain, but to excite and to connect with audiences in a concert listeners will never forget.

If you missed them the first time, you get another chance to hear them. If you know their work, you won't want to miss the chance to see them again. Partial proceeds to benefit Little Lights Dentistry, a program of Light of the World Charities. Little Lights Dentistry provides free dental care to uninsured children living in poverty on the Treasure Coast." 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

FEBRUARY 23, 2020

The Moody Blues' John Lodge at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"Bass player John Lodge was still in school when the Moody Blues took some songs they'd written to a festival in France. They were a secondary act, but when the main act dropped out just before the festival began, the call came for a band that could play live. The Moody Blues played three new songs, one a longer tune called "Night in White Satin." It went to number one in France within a week and became one of the greatest seduction songs of all time.

John Lodge has been a vocalist, songwriter and bass player with the Moody Blues for more than 50 years. While the band is on hiatus, he is bringing his Classic Moody Blues tour to the United States with the 10,000 Light Years Band behind him. Lodge and the Blues have sold more than 70 million albums, including the groundbreaking Days of Future Passed, and has composed many of their greatest hits. The album, Seventh Sojourn was a Billboard number one for five weeks and Lodge wrote both singles from the album: the high-energy, "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)" and the lovely "Isn't Life Strange." He has also released solo albums including 10,000 Light Years Ago. A song from it, "In My Mind," was nominated for Anthem of the Year. On this tour, he'll also play songs from his new "best of" album, B Yond.

Lodge has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contributions to Music. He has also been named one of the 10 most influential bass players. While proud of the honors, what remains uppermost is the music. "Music is my life and I can't wait to get on the road with the 10,000 Light Years Band," he said. "I am a 'Moody Blue,' I always will be, and the fans and I have traveled this road a long time. I hope they will continue with me as we keep the Moody Blues music alive. I hope new fans will discover and explore with us as we go 'B Yond.'"

Joining Lodge on the tour are long-term collaborator Alan Hewitt, the music director and keyboard player; Billy Ashbaugh, from the Moody Blues touring band, on drums; Duffy King on guitar; and Jason Charbonneau on cello. Reviewers have noted the beautifully crafted songs, great energy and a sound that brings the audience to its feet. It's a rare chance to see a rock legend up close and personal.

Long ago, Lodge was banned from music class because he didn't know Beethoven's birthday. He was forced to take woodworking instead and had no aptitude for it. Perhaps that's why, to quote himself, he's just a singer in a rock and roll band." Tickets are $53. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

FEBRUARY 25, 2020

Sheléa - Natural Woman: A Night of Soul from Aretha to Adele at The Lyric Theatre
7PM - 9PM. $50. "Whitney. Cher. Adele. Aretha. There are those few legends who need only one name to identify them. Singer, songwriter and pianist Sheléa seems poised to enter that rarified atmosphere. She performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Stevie Wonder, a friend and mentor, plays the harmonica on her hit song, "Love Fell on Me," the theme song for the Angela Bassett film, Jumping the Broom. Quincy Jones asked her to be the first vocalist at his jazz club at the Palazzo Versace Dubai. She has a sultry sound that blends traditional pop, jazz, R & B and soul with a contemporary edge to classics and a classic touch to contemporary pop standards.

Sheléa first began to think of music as a profession at Oakwood University, from which she received a degree in music with an emphasis on piano. She told singersroom.com that the college experience set her on her path. "That was my first time being immersed in music culture like that, with late nights in the studio, writing and producing," she said. "That's when I felt like, 'I want to do this on my own.'" Sheléa began her career as a songwriter/vocalist with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. She wrote and produced for Chanté Moore's album, Love the Woman, and recorded vocals for soundtracks for Hotel Rwanda, Akeelah and the Bee and Be Cool. In 2008, she teamed up with the Grammy winning Take 6, singing "Someone to Watch over Me" for their Grammy-nominated album. Her debut album, Love Fell on Me, not only featured Stevie Wonder but had Brian McKnight and Narada Michael Walden on board, as well. It charted for more than 22 weeks on Billboard's R & B lists.

While Sheléa had considerable success in R & B, she was noticed in other arenas and other genres. Her 2012 invitation to the white House was to honor Burt Bacharach and Hal David with the Gershwin Prize. She also performed at the Library of Congress for ASCAP's "We Write the Songs." During rehearsals, she impressed Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who wrote many of Barbra Streisand's hits and her latest album, Pretty World: Through the Eyes of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, has songs picked for her by the duo. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2017 with a tribute to songwriter Jimmy Webb. Her range truly knows only one imperative: great songwriting.

Sheléa is an artist who believes in giving back. In 2012, she joined Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, the South African Children's Choir and others at the Kennedy Center for the UN International AIDS Conference. She is a staunch advocate for female and empowerment and as a member of The Recording Academy, has shared her insights with high school students on the value of music, the craft of songwriting, vocal technique and professional development. You may not yet know her name, but you will. You have the chance to hear her perform live; don't miss it. Partial proceeds to benefit St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church." 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

FEBRUARY 27, 2020

The Magic of Motown at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
$50. "In the decade from 1961 to 1971, Motown Records had 110 top 10 hits. The company founded by Berry Gordy launced the careers of artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Four tops, Stevei Wonder, The temptations and the Jackson 5. The Magic of Motown brings the great muscis of these legendary groups and others beyond the sixties to life to life with great harmonies and choreography backed up by a six-piece bsdn that is a show in itself. Dartha Reeves, Smokey Robinson and more "stop by' as the dazzling dance routines, glittering costumers and outstanding musicianship take you back to the soundtrack of your life.

The music si non-stop, with hit after hit. Songs like "Ain't No Mountain,","Sighned, Sealed Delivered," "Dancing in the Streets" "My Cherie Amour," anf "Heatwave" are recreated as audiences, who can';t help themselves, tun the show into a party. There are sing-alongs to songs like Lionel Richei's "All Nigth Long" and The O'Jay's "Lo ve Train," but you don't have to know Motown to be swept away by the high energy and sheer fun of a show that keeps on kepping on. The Lyric will rock Hw sewwt it will be if you;'re there, too." 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

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

Stayin' Alive - A Tribute to the Bee Gees at The Lyric Theatre
Showtimes are 6PM - 8PM and 8:30PM - 10:30PM. $50. "You know the music. Songs by the Bee Gees like "Staying Alive," "How Deep is Your Love?" "Night Fever" and "You Should Be Dancing" fueled the disco craze and defined a decade. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, founded by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, began in 1958, but it wasn't until the early 1970s, when hits like "Lonely Days" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" that they hit it big, with appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. In the mid-1970s, at the suggestion of Eric Clapton, the group moved to Miami and started recording fewer ballads and more dance music.

In 1977, a little movie called Saturday Night Fever was released. Producer Robert Stigwood had asked the Bee Gees to write the songs for the movie and the soundtrack and film were both phenomenal successes, making international superstars of John Travolta and the Bee Gees. The album was the highest-selling album in history and is among the best-selling soundtracks ever. The Bee Gees, who wrote every song, as they did for their entire career, won five Grammy Awards for the album, production and individual performances.

Stayin' Alive, the foremost Bee Gees tribute band, brings the high energy of the original group to the stage, with the up-tempo dance hits as well as the softer ballads. Starring Mitch Seekins, Todd Sharman and Tony Mattini, Stayin' Alive relives the glory days of disco and the sounds of a group at the height of its power. They perform all the big hits and enhance their show with big-screen video clips, dazzling photos and incredible imagery. Whether you lived through the disco era or just love music, Stayin' Alive will have you dancing.

Stayin' Alive sells out every time the group comes to The Lyric, so get your tickets early. You won't want to mend a broken heart. Partial proceeds to benefit The Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties. The Salvation Army is a church and social services agency driven by its mission to meet human needs without discrimination. It offers many programs and services in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties, such as its food pantries and emergency financial assistance, its Compassion House shelter for homeless women and children, its Adam's Place shelter for homeless men, a weekly soup kitchen and homeless ministry, church services and bible studies, youth programs, disaster services and more. To participate in our fundraiser for The Salvation Army and enjoy VIP seating, call 772-288-1471, ext. 202." 772-286-7827, www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

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

Steep Canyon Rangers at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"It's bluegrass as you haven't heard it before. Since a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill started Steep Canyon Rangers in 2000, the group has been expanding and redefining the parameters of bluegrass. The genre-defying band has brought elements of pop, country, folk and folk rock to music that is very much their own. In 2013, the group won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass album for their solo work, Nobody Knows You.

The band consists of Woody Platt on acoustic guitar and lead vocals; Graham Sharp on banjo and harmony vocals; Mike Guggino on mandolin and harmony vocals; Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals; Mike Ashworth on box kit, cajon and vocals; and Barrett Smith on upright bass. They began performing in festivals and recording. Their fame has spread since 2009, when they began collaborating with actor, comedian and banjo player Steve Martin, and their 2012 album with Martin, Rare Bird Alert, featuring guest appearances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks, was nominated for a Grammy.  On July 4, 2011, Steep Canyon Rangers joined with Steve Martin for "A Capitol Fourth" on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. That same year, the group and Martin were jointly named Entertainers of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. In 2017, the group and Martin, with Edie Brickell, recorded The Long Awaited Album and joined Martin and Brickell on tour.

A hallmark of Steep Canyon Rangers has been their ability to produce two distinct bodies of work, with Martin and on their own. They tour 150 dates a year and are considered one of the hardest working bands around. They have worked with a wide range of producers who have brought something new to the table each time the group steps into a studio. In 2017, they arrive at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, N.C., a facility owned by Mitch Easter, producer for R.E.M, among others. They were surprised to discover the plans their producer, three-time Grammy-winner Joe Henry, had for them. They were going to record Out in the Open in classic fashion, with all six members singing and playing in a room with no overdubs. In an interview, Platt admitted that they were nervous.

"We've recorded in a circle before, but with baffles and other ways to isolate yourself," he said. "This record, if I stepped six inches to my left, I'd bump into the mandolin player. Six inches to my right, I'm bumping into the banjo player. Our microphones were all over each other. If you turned over my vocal mic, I was in 12 others. There really was no way to fix anything, just like our live show."

The process allows the group to record the album completely live, tracking a dozen songs in 3 ½ days. Tracks were jammed, rehearsed, played and recorded with no time wasted.

"There's no sleight of hand," Graham Sharp said. "It may not be straightforward, but it's honest." "What you lose in perfection, you gain in energy and authenticity," Platt added.
                                                     
That pretty well sums up Steep Canyon Rangers, too." Tickets are $50. www.lyrictheatre.com . 772-286-7827. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events. 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 3, 2020

Menopause The Musical® at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"Here's a hot flash! Menopause The Musical® returns to prove that "The Change" is indeed a laughing matter. Filled with parodies of songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s,' like "Stayin' Awake" and "Puff, my God, I'm Draggin,'" the show tackles the good, the bad and the ugly of getting older while female.

Menopause The Musical®, debuted in Orlando in 2001 in a 76-seat theater and converted perfume shop, the Orlando Street Theatre. It quickly became a world-wide phenomenon, and is the longest-running scripted musical in Las Vegas history. Nearly 15 million people in over 500 cities and 16 countries have seen the show, which has universal appeal from South Korea to Slovenia and Italy to Israel.

The show loosely deals with 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. There are 25 parodies of songs from the Baby Boomer era that will have you dancing in the aisles and then complaining that you're soaking wet.

Menopause The Musical®, is not just for women, although it makes a great Girls' Night Out. Archie Bunker once told Edith, when she was going through menopause, that she had 60 seconds to "Change." Menopausal women and the men who love them will love the light-hearted look at a time that is too often treated as the beginning of the end, instead of as a new beginning.

The show serves to remind us of several important messages that will make the menopausal experience more tolerable and are almost public service announcements. Two of them, sold on T-shirts so you won't forget the messages, are "I Want Peace & Love but Chocolate Will Do for Now" and "Keep Calm and Turn the Fan on." Fans and chocolate and maybe the occasional glass of wine will get you through the challenges of menopause. So will laughing yourself silly, especially at yourself. Come see Menopause The Musical®. It's part of the cure." Tickets are $50, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 4, 2020

Menopause The Musical® at The Lyric Theatre, 4PM - 6PM and 7PM - 9PM
"Here's a hot flash! Menopause The Musical® returns to prove that "The Change" is indeed a laughing matter. Filled with parodies of songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s,' like "Stayin' Awake" and "Puff, my God, I'm Draggin,'" the show tackles the good, the bad and the ugly of getting older while female.

Menopause The Musical®, debuted in Orlando in 2001 in a 76-seat theater and converted perfume shop, the Orlando Street Theatre. It quickly became a world-wide phenomenon, and is the longest-running scripted musical in Las Vegas history. Nearly 15 million people in over 500 cities and 16 countries have seen the show, which has universal appeal from South Korea to Slovenia and Italy to Israel.

The show loosely deals with 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. There are 25 parodies of songs from the Baby Boomer era that will have you dancing in the aisles and then complaining that you're soaking wet.

Menopause The Musical®, is not just for women, although it makes a great Girls' Night Out. Archie Bunker once told Edith, when she was going through menopause, that she had 60 seconds to "Change." Menopausal women and the men who love them will love the light-hearted look at a time that is too often treated as the beginning of the end, instead of as a new beginning.

The show serves to remind us of several important messages that will make the menopausal experience more tolerable and are almost public service announcements. Two of them, sold on T-shirts so you won't forget the messages, are "I Want Peace & Love but Chocolate Will Do for Now" and "Keep Calm and Turn the Fan on." Fans and chocolate and maybe the occasional glass of wine will get you through the challenges of menopause. So will laughing yourself silly, especially at yourself. Come see Menopause The Musical®. It's part of the cure." Tickets are $50, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 5, 2020

The Outlaws at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"For The Outlaws, it's always been about the music. For more than 40 years, the Southern Rock legends have celebrated triumphs and endured tragedies to remain one of the most influential and best loved bands of the genre. Today, The Outlaws have returned with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission that makes it clear it's about the band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It's about a group that respects its legacy while refusing to be defined by the past. It's about pride.

The Outlaws was formed in Tampa in 1972 and quickly became known for triple guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies. At the urging of Ronnie Van Zant, The Outlaws were one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis to his new Arista label. Their first three albums, The Outlaws, Lady in Waiting and Hurry Sundown were gold and platinum landmarks. Known as "The Florida Guitar Army," The Outlaws' reputation grew as an incendiary live act touring with friends like The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and the Charlie Daniels Band, as well as the Doobie Brothers, The Who, the Eagles and the Rolling Stones. The band experienced personnel changes and bitter battles over trademarks that left the band's members and fans saddened and frustrated. When songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson died in 2007, it seemed as if The Outlaws had reached the end of the trail.

Then came It's About Pride. It wasn't only their mantra, it was their comeback album. When it debuted in 2012, it received critical acclaim, original band member Henry Paul spoke of its importance to the band. "Because the band had been out of the public eye for so long, it was almost like starting over," he said. "Because of the band's history, we're still seeing this as a new chapter. What our fans loved then is what they still love now, because we are just as good, or even better than we were." For Monte Yoho, a band co-founder, this part of the journey is both bittersweet and jubilant. "I still think about the friends we made when we first came into this industry, how we struggled to define this thing that became known as 'Southern Rock.' The Outlaws still embody all the things we shared musically and personally, most of all the relationship we have with our fans to this day."

Today, The Outlaws has Paul and Yoho, as well as several of Southern Rock's most respected veterans, including keyboardist and vocalist Dave Robbins, a co-founding member of Blackhawk; long-time Outlaw's bassist and vocalist Randy Threet; lead guitarist Steve "Grits" Grisham, a former Outlaw; and co-lead guitarist Dale Oliver, formerly lead guitarist of Blackhawk. "From the beginning, The Outlaws had heart." Yoho said. "A lot of people who come out to see this incarnation of the band now are responding to the exact same things we used to put on stage in the '70s and '80s."

For Paul, The Outlaws are back, with pride. "I want people to see our show, hear our new songs and realize that The Outlaws are back," he said. "Our goal is to unite the fans and bring the band back into the light. In a way, this is like a second chance at my first love; it's about finishing what we started." It's about the pride." Tickets are $50. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 7, 2020

An Evening with Tom Rush accompanied by Matt Nakoa at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"His 1965 album, The Circle Game, is said to have ushered in the singer/songwriter era, and artists as diverse as James Taylor and Garth Brooks credit him as influences. His songs have been hits as folk, country, heavy metal and rap tunes, but it will always be the sweetness of the ballads and the grit of the blues that people remember. He is Tom Rush, a legend with humility, a guitar hero who majored in English Lit at Harvard.

Rush began his musical career in the early 1960s, playing the club scene while at Harvard. Club 47 was the premier club and he soon had a weekly gig there, learning from the legendary artists who came to play, honing his skills and developing his gigantic talent. By the time he graduated, he had released two albums.

Rush has always had the knack for finding great songs and writing his own. In the early 1970s, when folk took on a folk rock cast, Rush branched out. He toured with his five-man band, playing concerts around the country. After five years of touring, recording and promoting his work, he retired for several years to his New Hampshire farm. He came back in 1981, selling out Boston's Symphony Hall. Knowing that his audiences were interested in both the old and the new, he set out to create a music forum like Club 47 to allow newcomers to share the stage with established artists. A few concerts turned into the Club 47 series, featuring concerts with well-known artists like Bonnie Raitt or Emmylou Harris with (then) newcomers like Alison Krauss and Mark O'Connor. Rush took the show on the road and Club 47 events have played prestigious concert halls and been seen on PBS and NPR specials.

On Dec. 28, 2012, Rush appeared at Boston's Symphony Hall to celebrate 50 years in the music business, but he is still releasing albums and touring, especially with pianist Matt Nakoa. When he is not touring, he's at his New Hampshire farm. His voice is richer and his music has matured and ripened with the blending of traditional and modern influences. He is still a terrific story-teller who is doing what he loves and his audience loves him for it.

Matt Nakoa is an internationally touring singer/songwriter who tours frequently with Tom Rush. He grew up in rural New York on a goat farm and discovered music as an escape. He trained to be a concert pianist and was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied alongside St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding. After school, he landed in New York's vibrant piano bar scene, becoming a star performer at Manhattan's Brandy's Piano Bar. The Boston Globe said, "Nakoa does not disappoint...Actually, between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence and heartfelt originals on guitar...he drops jaws."

Tom Rush was more succinct. "Matt is definitely on his way up. I'm hoping he'll let me open for him when he's doing stadiums."" Tickets are $45, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 12, 2020

The Jersey Tenors at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"Hey, youse guys. The Jersey Tenors are coming to town, bringing music from Frank Sinatra to Frankie Valli to Figaro. The four talented guys, complete with Broadway and operatic credits, are Jersey born and bred and Jersey proud.

The latest opera and rock mash-up sensation, The Jersey Tenors seamlessly perform some of opera's greatest works alongside the best of Josh Groban, ABBA, Queen, Journey, Elton John, Kool and the Gang, and of course, the best that Jersey has to offer, from Sinatra and Valli to Bon Jovi and Springsteen and Jersey girl Whitney Houston. They are genre-bending and hard to classify and they like it that way. The Jersey Tenors have opened for Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Chubby Checker and President George W. Bush and were featured on the season finale of The Real Housewives of New York on Bravo. Backed by a six-piece band, the boys bring a vast musical repertoire together in one night of song that honors the sound of "Joisey" and beyond.

The Jersey Tenors debuted their show in Florida in 2014, bringing with them original arrangements of songs like "Walk like a Man," "Still Rock 'N Roll to Me," and "You Raise Me Up." Their great vocal talents and killer harmonies have made them popular throughout the United States and at events around the world. They're having a good time and they want you to know it.

"We take out music seriously," said singer Vaden Thurgood. "The biggest take-away is for us to see the audience share in the fun we're having." Thinking of not coming to the show? Fuggedaboutit." Tickets are $53, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse  tStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

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

Rocky and the Rollers at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"Come back to a time when rock 'n roll was king, American Bandstand ruled and groups from Brooklyn or Jersey or Philly could be the next big thing.

Gerry (Rocky) Seader, drummer and founder of Rocky and the Rollers started the group in the 1980s, after 20 years touring with the best rock 'n rollers around. A native of Philadelphia, Seader began playing the drums when he was 10 and was soon playing big band music from the 1940s in his grandfather Chet DeLorenzo's band. He was all of 13. When he was 16, Seader began playing rock 'n roll with a variety of bands in the Philly-South Jersey area. He met up with the popular group, Danny & the Juniors, and his drumming impressed them so much that he became first their drummer and eventually their music director. He spent 10 years with Danny & the Juniors and it shaped the rest of his musical life. "Those were some of the best times of my life," he said. "Joe Terry and Frank Maffie really showed me the ropes."

Seader also got to play with many of the recording artists from the '50s and '60s when they went on tour, and noted that "If they had a record in the 1950s or 1960s, I probably played drums for them at one point or another." As a touring drummer and with the Rollers he worked with Dick Clark, Chuck Berry, Fabian, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, The Shirelles and more.

In the early '80s, Seader decided to front his own band. He met Jon "Bowzer" Bauman from Sha Na Na and the two quickly became friends. Rocky and the Rollers became the touring band for Bowzer's Rock and Roll Party and the band toured with Bauman nationally and internationally throughout the year.

In addition to Seader, Rocky and the Rollers consists of a bunch of rockin' musicians including Bruce Wallace on guitar and vocals, Al Layton on keyboard and vocals, Pat Gallo on bass guitar and vocals, Bruce Nardi on sax and vocals, Steve Falkner on trumpet and Rick Abbott on trombone.

A Rocky and the Rollers doo wop n' rock show takes you back to the great sound of the songs that had harmonies and melodies that we danced to and loved. If the music of the 1950s-1970s is the music that you know and cherish, you don't want to miss this one. You'll have a rockin' good time." Tickets are $50, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 18, 2020

Neil Berg at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"Neil Berg, who has paid tribute to 100 Years of Broadway history, turns his attention to the music that is the soundtrack of our lives: rock 'n roll. He celebrates 50 years, from its birth in the 1940s, to the glory years of the '50s, '60s and '70s, all the way through the 1980s and MTV. He provides the fascinating stories and groundbreaking music of everyone's favorite genre with a cast of Broadway headliner and rock 'n roll icons, including performers from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Along the way, you'll hear the best of chuck Berry, Elvis, The Who, Aerosmith, Springsteen, Journey and more.

Berg has a long history in the theater. A composer and lyricist, he has written the off-Broadway musical, The Prince and the Pauper, and is the composer and lyricist with playwright Robert Schenkkan, of the rock musical, The 12. He produced the off-Broadway revival of Closer Than Ever, which won the off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical revival. His Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway has played in more than 120 cities a year for over a decade. As a film composer, he scored and was music supervisor for the film Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn, starring Armand Assante. He was the recipient of the 1995 Bistro Award for Best Musical for his show Asylum in the Night and has performed at well-known clubs like Joe's Pub and Feinstein's. As the owner of Leftfield Productions, he has produced more than 1,000 Broadway concerts worldwide with artists such as Michael Crawford, Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno and Ben Vereen.

A long-time rock fan, Berg toured with the rock band Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan and played on seven of their CDs. He also performed with them on the 100th anniversary tour for Harley-Davidson." Tickets are $58, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 20, 2020

Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"On Sept. 19, 1981, more than 500,000 fans gathered in New York's Central Park for a reunion of two legends: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. After 10 years apart, the two came together to raise money for the park's restoration. Decades later, Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers, both performing artists in their own right, decided to pay tribute to Simon and Garfunkel, but they wanted something more than a tribute show. Lessack felt he needed a hook, something more specific than a general tribute. "I said, 'What if we recreate the identical set list they played at Central Park, recreate that moment in time?'" he asked.

The result is Live in Central Park : Simon & Garfunkel. Lessack has stressed that he and Rodgers are not assuming the persons of Simon and Garfunkel and there will be no Gar-funky hair. "We're using an identical song list, song for song," Lessack said. "I'm very excited that there was a lot of interest. Most of what I do is The Great American Songbook. I was thrilled to get the interest I did (for this). Personally, I think these songs are standards." The play list includes everything from "Mrs. Robinson" to "Scarborough Fair," "The sound of Silence," "The 59th St. Bridge song (Feelin' Groovy)" "Homeward Bound," "Bridge over Troubled Waters" and "Kodachrome." The show features more than 20 songs and there is not a bad one in the bunch.

Lessack, a Philadelphia native, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He fell in love with the theater when he saw Pippin as a gift for his Bar Mitzvah. The show was written by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote Wicked and Godspell. He became a Lessack fan and Schwartz specifically asked for Lessack to work on the soundtrack recording of his Gepetto a Disney television movie. He tours extensively and has released five albums. Johnny Rodgers was described by Stephen Holden of the New York Times as an "entertainer who has show business in his bones," with "fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer." A singer/songwriter, pianist and recording artist, Rodgers has toured the world with his band as music ambassadors for the State Department.

Lessack said that they don't give a lot of context to the songs because there are just so many of them and it's about the music. "We talk about what was going on in the country in 1981. The first IBM personal computer came out, Reagan was shot and Beyoncé was born. Then we talk about them as songwriters and there's some fun stuff and a little trivia. I grew up listening to the album and thought it would be piece of cake. I didn't know the proper lyrics." He knows them now." Tickets are $50. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 21, 2020

The Duprees at The Lyric Theatre, 4PM - 6PM and 7PM - 9PM
"The sound is unmistakable from the very first note. The songs are songs you've loved for decades. The Duprees have taken some of the most beautifully written love songs and given them their own romantic interpretation, featuring their distinctive harmonies and mix of doo-wop vocals with big band arrangements. They've created a sound that is all their own, taking music from the 1940s and 1950s and giving the songs new life with a new twist.

The Duprees began in the early 1960s in Jersey City, New Jersey. The original group was discovered by George Paxton of Coed Records, who was impressed with their smooth vocal quality. He had them record the Jo Stafford hit, "You Belong to Me," with big-band back-up and it became their first million-seller. More hits followed, including "My Own True Love," a vocal adaptation of "Tara's Theme" from Gone with the Wind, "Have You Heard?" "The Sand and the Sea" and "Let Them Talk."

Personnel changes are inevitable in a band spanning more than 5 decades, but the sound has never changed. Tony Testa, one of the original guitarists for the Duprees during the early years, is the leader and emcee. He sings bass, baritone, and a unique top falsetto. Phil Granito has been with the band since 1987 and does a show-stopping Jackie Wilson medley. Jimmy Spinelli, a member since since 1989, is known for his high energy, and Tommy Petilli, the fourth member, was the last lead singer to perform with the original Duprees. His vocals are considered the essence of the heart, soul and voice of the Duprees.

While the group will present all the songs you know and love, there will also be a few contemporary tunes, like Lionel Richie's "All Night Long." One thing that hasn't changed is the sound or the showmanship." Tickets are $50, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 22, 2020

Bruce Hornsby at the Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"There are few musicians who have had a more varied career than pianist and singer/songwriter Bruce Hornsby. He has won Grammy Awards in different genres: in addition to Best New Artist with his band Bruce Hornsby and the Range, he has won for Best Bluegrass Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He has worked with Ricky Skaggs and was a member of the Grateful Dead from 1990-1992. He has scored films and performed with symphony orchestras. His latest album, his 21st, is Absolute Zero, and it owes its existence to Hornsby's long collaboration with filmmaker Spike Lee, for whom he has written six full film scores and contributed incidental music to others.

Hornsby became intrigued with film "cues," the passages of music that heighten a scene. He began writing and collecting the cues and amassed some 230 of them. "Through the last 10 years of doing this, there were ways certain cues that sounded like they wanted to be songs, wanted to be developed into something more than cues, more than just tiny instrumentals setting moods," he said. Hornsby began working with some of them, shortening or lengthening them. "You sculpt and shape the music accordingly, based on the new information you've created over top of the cues," he said.

There's the music, but Hornsby needed the lyrics and for that, he turned to literary fiction. "Like many readers do, I'd dog-ear a page or mark something I thought was well-said or an amazing description of a thimble, say. I began to think about what, for me, were the most memorable passages I'd encountered from my reading, the good bits from two writers I admire greatly, Don DeLillo and the late David Foster Wallace. On this record, those are my two literary inspirations and guides, Don and Dave."

Hornsby's storied career began in Williamsburg Virginia, his hometown. He studied at the University of Richmond, as well as Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami, from which he graduated. In 1974, his older brother, Bobby, formed Bobby Hi-Test and the Octane Kids to play for college audiences. Bruce appeared on guitar and vocals. The band did covers of the Allman Brothers, The Band and the Grateful Dead. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles and wrote for movies and worked as a session musician. In 1984, he formed Bruce Hornsby and the Range and signed a record contract with RCA. His first recording, the album, The Way It Is, went multi-platinum and the single of the same name topped the charts in 1986. Other songs, including "Mandolin Rain" and "Every Little Kiss," were part of what came to be called "the Virginia sound," blending rock, jazz and bluegrass.

Hornsby's work with the Grateful Dead was a fruitful time for him and he was the presenter when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2005, he participated in "Comes a Time," a tribute concert to Jerry Garcia. "I've always liked the group of fans that we've drawn from the Grateful Dead time, because those fans are often adventurous music listeners," he said. That would surely suit Bruce Hornsby, who is an adventurous music maker" Tickets are $70. www.lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

MARCH 27, 2020

Brooklyn Rider at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"If you think you know chamber music, think again. Brooklyn Rider has been described as "four classical musicians with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Colin Jacobsen on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Michael Nicolas on cello offer an eclectic repertoire that is as much at home at the SXSW Festival in Austin as at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Their first album, Passport, was selected by NPR as one of the best classical albums of the year, and they were chosen by composer Philip Glass to record his complete string quartets, including the world premiere recording of his "Bent Suite." They are known for playing unusual works and for collaborating with musicians not traditionally associated with classical music.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015, the group put together a ground-breaking multi-disciplinary project, Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. Other recent recordings include 2016,'s The Fiction Issue, with music by Gabriel Kahane, and The Impostor, with Bela Fleck. In 2018, Brooklyn Rider released Dreams with celebrated Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera. The recording includes pieces written to texts by Octavio Paz, Ruben Diario, and Federico Garcia Lorca. Their first stop to support the recording? New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center. They also debuted their "Healing Modes" project, which presents Beethoven's Opus 132 in its entirety, alongside five compact new commissions which explore the subject of healing from a wide range of historical and cultural perspectives.

Brooklyn Rider has worked on several projects with banjoist Bela Fleck and has also partnered with two other artists at the forefront of their respective genres: jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes. In the midst of these exciting collaborations, the quartet performed across the U.S. and Europe. They have also spent time teaching, with past residencies at Dartmouth College. Williams College, the University of North Carolina and Texas A & M University.

For Johnny Gandelsman, this is an exciting time to be an artist. In a radio interview on WGBH, he explained why collaborations were so important to the group. "There's a freedom for musicians (right now) to go after the things they're really passionate about and make it work, a do-it-yourself feeling, and it's just incredible how many ensembles there are that explore world music and bring influences of that in what they do. It's a really exciting time to be a musician. In a way, commissioning all these different composers is a way of celebrating this larger community that we are a part of. Even the people we haven't' met personally, it does feel like we're in it together, making things happen. And that's an exciting thing." Come share the excitement." Tickets are $53, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

APRIL 2, 2020

The Atlantic City Boys at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"Partial proceeds to benefit Caring Children Clothing Children. It must be something in the water. New Jersey seems to bring out more than its fair share of singers. There was, of course 'Ole Blue Eyes, Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. To that illustrious group, add The Atlantic City Boys, a group that takes you back to the days of street corner crooners and wonderful harmonies and songs you fell in love to.

The Atlantic City Band was created in 2008 as a tribute band to Frankie Valli, but the four talented lead singers and live band have expanded to cover some of the greatest sounds of rock 'n roll from its very beginnings, from the Drifters to the Beach Boys and beyond. Each of the members of the quartet takes a turn leading the group, creating a dynamic atmosphere that changes for each tune.

Whatever your favorite musical era, The Boys have you covered. From Rat Pack hits like "The Lady is a Tramp" and "New York, New York," to '60s favorites like "In the Still of the Night" and "Don't be Cruel" to yes, the Four Seasons, the boys will take you on a trip down Memory Lane. Then they'll have you dancing in your seats with the Beach Boys, the Beatles and The Bee Gees.

"The Atlantic City Boys were the best! We had a full house and everyone was cheering for each one of the boys. They are some of the nicest guys and put on an incredible show, after which they stayed to meet with the audience," Naomi Well, Hard Rock Casino, Tampa.

Come on down. You will be dancin' the night away. Caring Children Clothing Children: Our Mission: To provide top-quality, gently-used clothing, new shoes, socks and underwear and a helping hand toward literacy to underprivileged children in Martin County, at no cost. www.4cmartin.org" Tickets are $53, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

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

MAY 5, 2020

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at The Lyric Theatre, 7PM - 9PM
"He is a 16-time Grammy winning banjo player named after three classical musicians. She plays the claw hammer banjo and almost became a lawyer in China. They met at a square dance where he was playing and she was dancing. They're husband and wife and the parents of two young sons. They're Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn and a visit from them is a visit from musical royalty.

New Yorker Béla Fleck was named after Béla Bartok, Anton Webern and Leos Janacek, but he took up the banjo after hearing Earl Scruggs and the theme from Deliverance. His grandfather gave him his first banjo when he was 15 and he taught himself to play, using an instructional book by Pete Seeger. He attended the prestigious High School of Music & Arts in New York City. After high school, he went to Boston and became a street performer. He was asked to join New Grass Revival, where he played for nine years and recorded a solo album, Drive, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

In 1988, Fleck and Victor Wooten formed Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Fleck, who has been nominated for Grammy awards in more categories than any other musician, continued to collaborate with a wide array of artists from many genres. He worked with Edgar Meyer on Perpetual Motion, an album of classical music played on the banjo, which also featured Lyric favorite Joshua Bell as well as Evelyn Glennie and Gary Hoffman. It won Grammy Awards for Best Arrangement and Best Classical Crossover Album. He and Meyer composed a double concert for banjo and bass, which they debuted with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Fleck has also recorded with traditional African musicians, co-written a documentary, Bring it Home, about the Flecktones, co-produced Song of the Traveling Daughter, his wife's debut album, and recorded as member of the Sparrow Quartet, featuring Washburn, Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen.

Abigail Washburn is a singing, songwriting Illinois-bred, Nashville-based claw hammer banjo player. When she was offered a recording contract at a bluegrass convention, she decided to become a traveling folk musician instead of the lawyer she had planned to be. Washburn, who speaks Chinese, has traveled widely in Asia and tours and performs their regularly. She was named a TED fellow and gave a talk in 2012 about building US-China relations through music. Two songs on her album with the Sparrow Quartet were recorded in Mandarin. The New York Times praised her 2011 release, City of Refuge, written with collaborator Kai Welch, saying the songs "mingle Appalachia and folk pop with tinges of Asia and Bruce Springsteen." Her most recent release, in 2017, Echo in the Valley, was recorded with Béla Fleck and is a follow-up to their self-titled album that earned the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album.

For Fleck, Echo in the Valley is reflective of where the two are right now. "Some of the most interesting things in the world come together in strange and unique ways and show our diversity," he said. "The banjo is just one of those things. It's a great example of how the world can combine things and create surprising hybrids. We're expressing different emotions through past techniques and going to deeper places."" Tickets are $70, purchase at lyrictheatre.com. Browse SupportStLucieCounty.com for more events! 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart

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