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Start the year with a group
2022 gets into the groove with a Big Band, courtesy of the Melbourne Municipal Band’s Swingtime Ensemble and Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Churches aren’t your typical Big Band venue, but Riverside, aka Music Church, isn’t your typical church. The Music Church will enter 2022 with two Swingtime concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 16. Entitled “Your Most Popular Songs”, the concerts are a collection of the favorites of the time.
The group is led by Art Martin, who acquired his musical skills performing with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and The Platters. Len Fallen, as well as Sally Hart, once a regular on the legendary “Lawrence Welk Show”, are star singers.
The Swingtimers Vocal Trio of Connie Maltby, Diana Sageser and Dave Hutson will also add their vocals, performing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “I Only Have Eyes for You”, “Juke Box Saturday Night” and more in the style of tight harmony. reminiscent of Manhattan Transfer.
The concerts are part of the Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series, a musical legacy dedicated to uplifting the people of Brevard. Tickets are free, but a must-have for these very popular events. Book online on RiversidePres.org or by calling 386-320-6112.
“The free tickets will go really fast for these shows,” said concert producer Pam Geiger. âPeople love the old standards and the energetic Big Band sound of Swingtime. “
Radio Randonneurs in Titusville
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, named Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, will travel to Titusville for a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 14 at Shepherds Hall, 2063 Garden St., Titusville.
Promoter JT Shealy is helping bluegrass fans kick off 2022 in style, as Mullins and his band have steadily delivered radio hits and energetic performances for nearly 15 years.
The Radio Ramblers are seen by tens of thousands of bluegrass fans every year as regular guests on the historic Grand Ole Opry. Their previous album, “For the Record”, remained on the Billboard charts for a record 13 months, producing several top 10 singles. Their latest all-Gospel album, “Somewhere Beyond the Blue,” received awards. rave reviews with the debut single, âHear Jerusalem Calling,â nominated for Gospel Recorded Performance by the IBMA. Most recently, Mullins produced the IBMA’s Album of the Year, “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Reserved seats cost $ 25 and are only available at jtsbluegrass.com.
In Italy, with love
CafÃ© Margaux celebrates the end of another successful wine dining season with a culinary love poem to Italian wines by Rossello Vini. The five-course event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 13 and 14, at Cocoa Village Restaurant, 220 Brevard Ave.
The Piedmontese vineyard has four generations passionate about the production of the region’s classic wines. The Coremilia cellar was founded in 1920 by Bernardino Rossello.
Rosello wines will be accompanied by a six-course menu that begins with a sweet potato and chorizo ââsoup. A salad of Brussels sprouts and manchego shavings includes grilled pignolias and black currants with a cranberry white balsamic vinaigrette.
Lumpia Salmon and Broccolini, served with Ginger Jasmine Rice and De Arbol Chili Sauce is the third course, followed by Pasilla and Syrah Marinated Strip Loin with Bel Paese Fried Polenta and Maille Sauce Djon with coral teeth. Grana Padano cheese from Emilia Romagna, Italy, is the star of the cheese. Dinner ends with a dessert of raspberry limoncello cake with lemon mascarpone mousse, raspberry puree and white chocolate.
The cost is $ 110 per guest. Reservations are requested. Visit Margaux.com or call 321-639-8343.
Aqualung visit to the King Center
In 1969, four English musicians arrived in New York and took America by storm. Over the next half century, this legendary group racked up over 65 million record sales and a legion of fans. We are talking about Jethro Tull.
“Aqualung”, arguably the most famous of all the group’s albums, today celebrates 50 years of its release in 1971. At the center of Tull’s unique sound is guitarist Martin Barre, renowned for his tremendous mastery of historic riffs , soaring melodic power chords and solos.
Barre is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of “Aqualung” with a world tour that stops at the King Center for a concert at 7:30 pm on Wednesday January 12th.
He will perform the entire album with his touring group, The Martin Barre Band, which includes Dan Crisp on vocals, Alan Thomson on keyboard and Darby Todd on drums, as well as former band members Jethro Tull Clive Bunker at drums and Dee Palmer on keyboard.
Tickets for this chance to relive one of the greatest albums of all time start at $ 49.75. Buy on kingcenter.com.
Psychic Offers Readings to Benefit Melbourne Nonprofits
Celebrated medium Jeffrey Wands returns to Melbourne for a program that begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday January 21 at FOP Lodge # 37, 1049 Julia Dr., Melbourne. Wands will provide psychic readings for reserved ticket holders and host a question-and-answer session before signing any books.
Wands is a medium, radio host, author and speaker who offers strategies for creating harmony, happiness, purpose and peace in all aspects of life. He has helped locate missing children and has appeared on numerous television shows, including “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
All money from the ticket sales will be distributed between the non-profit organizations bUneke and Green Gables in Historic Riverview Village.
Tickets cost $ 35. Buy on eventbrite.com. Search for “An Evening with Jeffery Wands.”
For more information, call 321-794-8901.
Bark Brew Fest at Cocoa Village
Dogs and their humans are invited to the 17th Bark Brew Fest, presented by Tails at the Barkery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, at the Dirty Oar Beer Company, 329 King St., Cocoa Village.
Two-legged folks can play bingo for prizes, enjoy dishes from Burger Rob’s Food Truck, and enjoy an evening of fun in the Dog Beer Garden.
All proceeds go to Furever Home Animal Rescue, Inc., a titusville nonprofit run by volunteers. Their mission is to help homeless and neglected animals find new loving homes while striving to educate and inform the community about responsible animal ownership.
All pets should be kept on a leash or in proper transport cages and have up to date vaccines and county tags for the safety of our pets and friends.
For more information, call 321-305-4584.
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