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Fjords, trolls and Vikings, oh, my!
Cool off the summer heat with music from a land carved by glaciers as Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents “Scandinavian Road Trip,” a concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Scott Center, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.
The musical road trip begins with Hans Christian Lumbye’s “Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop,” a celebrated work that faithfully recreates the sounds of a chugging train.
Then composer Carl Nielsen brings to mind the romantic intrigue of a glittering masked ball with his overture to the Danish opera, “Maskarade.” “A confession of the soul” is what Jean Sibelius called his “Symphony No. 2. The work gave hope to a Finnish people struggling under Russian oppression.
Rounding out the trip to northern Europe is “Trombone Concerto” by Denmark’s Launy Grøndahl, performed by Miami-based Thomas McKee. A classically trained tenor trombonist, McKee is also a teacher, composer and arranger.
The Houston native currently performs with the Nu Deco Ensemble, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Master Chorale and the Miami Sousa Band.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Purchase at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or in person at Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree.
Concertgoers 18 and younger or with a college ID are admitted free. For more information, call 855-252-7276.
L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat plan King Center performance
Rock fans, prepare for the sound, for “Sonic Slam” is in town, at the King Center to be exact, where L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat promise a raucous and loud concert at 7 p.m., Friday, July 22.
Tickets run from $35 to $35 at kingcenter.com.
Blind Lion in Cocoa Village hosts weekly comedy showcase
Every Thursday, some of the best comics from throughout the Southeast gather at Pub Americana’s Blind Lion Jazz and Comedy Showroom, 101 Harrison St., Cocoa Village, for the Space Coast Comedy Showcase.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for food and drinks, so plan to arrive no later than 7:15 p.m. to get settled before the 7:30 p.m. show, hosted by Judd Jones, who was a regular at Comic Strip Live and Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Next Showcase is July 21. Advance tickets are $10 at eventbrite. Tickets at the door are $15, if they are available. Visit spacecoastcomedy.com.
This revue of Broadway hits will be at The Tangiers, 4500 Dixie Highway, Unit 1A, Palm Bay, on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Popular Broadway showtunes will be performed by Daniel Grest, Kaimi Lucker, Grace Gustino and Alfie Silva. Tickets start at $41. Call 321-327-8759 or visit thetangiersflorida.com.
Sunshine & Summer Nights concert
Reggae-influenced alternative rock band Iration and underground hip-hop band Atmosphere are co-headlining the Sunshine and Summer Nights Tour. They will perform in Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd, Cocoa, on Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
The show also features reggae rock band Passafire and rapper and producer The Grouch with DJ Fresh. General admission tickets start at $34.50, and VIP tickets start at $100. Visit sunshineandsummernights.com.
Crafts for little gardeners at Rockledge Gardens
Rockledge Gardens, 2153 U.S. 1, celebrates the reopening of the newly remodeled Little Bugs Club garden with an evening of crafts at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20.
Children ages 4 to 12 can stop by between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to decorate wooden flower or butterfly cutouts that will be on permanent display along the garden’s fence.
Cost is $5 and includes all materials. Visit rockledgegardens.com for more details.
Cocoa Beach pub crawl helps homeless vets
Madhatter Promotions has planned a pub crawl to raise money for homeless vets. The crawl, which happens from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 23, starts at Breezeway Bar and Grill before heading to Johnathan’s Pub, Hunderdown Hideaway Lounge, Beach Shack and last but definitely not least, Coconuts on the Beach.
The event is free, but tickets, which are $15 in advance, or $20 on the day of the event, provide beverages at each stop. The event is being co-hosted by Jennifer Taylor of the National Veterans Homeless Support group. Participants must be at least 21 years old. For more information, visit madhatterpromotions.com.
Watch ‘Finding Nemo’ from the pool
The Palm Bay Aquatic Center, 420 Community College Pkwy. SE, will host a Fun Friday event on Friday, July 29 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy swimming, music, face painting, glitter tattoos and watch “Finding Nemo” (G) from the pool. No tubes/flotation items are allowed; only noodles and approved life jackets will be permitted. Diving will close at sunset when the movie starts. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Space is limited so registration is required. Call 321-952-2833.
Drive-up movie under the stars
The movie ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ will be shown at Wickham Park Pavilion, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, on Friday, July 22 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Audience members are asked to distance themselves from neighboring vehicles during the film. Audio will be available through car stereo and external speakers. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/events/694087495090653.
‘The Women of Saint Regret’: The Ropp Award-winning play is at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, through July 24. Three friends gather for a wellness weekend in the Catskills, where they are visited by apparitions who crash the party with unspoken truths and surprising demands. Tickets are $20. Call 321-783-3127 or visit surfsideplayers.com.
Painting with a Twist for Children
Children ages 8 to 13 will have a day of Moana-themed fun Wednesday, July 20, at Painting with a Twist, 109 King St., Cocoa Village.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will enjoy art, games, dancing, snacks and more fun, plus work on one or two pieces of Moana-themed art. Parents can either drop their children or reserve their own seat to paint with their offspring.
A similar kids’ camp is also slated for Wednesday, July 27, with the theme of dragons. Cost is $60 per person per camp day. Visit paintingwithatwist.com/studio/cocoa-fl/calendar.
Blues-rocker Fowler at Heidi’s in Cocoa Beach
The multi-talented Damon Fowler will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, July 22, at Heidi’s Jazz Club, 7 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Florida’s Gulf Coast has nurtured its share of great musicians, from the blues of Tampa Red to jazz greats Cannonball and Nat Adderley to former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts to The Outlaws.
Tampa’s Damon Fowler, a masterful singer, guitar player and songwriter, continues the Gulf Coast musical legacy. The hard-driving troubadour has earned the respect of his peers with his featured slot in Butch Truck’s Freight Train band and his side gig as guitarist in the Dickey Betts Band.
Critics have compared Fowler’s guitar work to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar is reminiscent of the late Duane Allman.
“Billboard” notes that “he’s a formidable slide guitar player who has also mastered lap steel and dobro as well as electric guitar, indeed, Fowler may be so skillful that he prefers pickin’ tasty to larger-than-life guitar heroics.”
General admission is $25. VIP seating is $35. Purchase at heidisjazzclub.com.
Fun and games
Funky Dog Improv dares you to join its “improvmeisters” with “Fun & Games” as they deliver laughs during a totally seat-of-the-pants, unscripted show where the audience is expected to participate with abandon.
Tickets for the two-hour show are $20. Next “Fun & Games” starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 23. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Beer, wine and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Visit funkydogfl.com.
ABC wine tasting in Satellite Beach
Satellite Beach’s ABC Fine Wines and Spirits, 1426 State Road A1A, will host an in-store wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20.
For $10, sample a wide range of high-quality wines. Take home favorites and receive 10 percent of the cost of the bottles that evening. Purchase tickets through eventbrite.com.
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