What to do on the Space Coast this weekend, from music to art to wine

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Fjords, trolls and Vikings, oh my!

Cool off from the summer heat with the music of a glacier-carved land as the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents “Scandinavian Road Trip,” a 7 p.m. concert on Saturday, July 23, at the Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.

The musical road trip begins with “Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop” by Hans Christian Lumbye, a famous work that faithfully recreates the sounds of a chugging train.

Next, composer Carl Nielsen conjures up the romantic intrigue of a scintillating masquerade 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 with Russian oppression.

Rounding out the trip to Northern Europe is Dane Launy Grøndahl’s ‘Trombone Concerto’, 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 Miami Sousa Band.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Buy at SpaceCoastSymphony.org or in person at Marine Bank & Trust in Suntree.

Spectators 18 and under or with college ID are admitted free. For more information, call 855-252-7276.

LA Guns and Faster Pussycat are planning a performance at the King Center

Faster Pussycat will perform on July 22 at the King Center in Melbourne.

Rock fans, get ready for the sound, because “Sonic Slam” is in town, at the King Center to be exact, where LA Guns and Faster Pussycat promise a loud and raucous concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

Tickets cost between $35 and $35 at kingcenter.com.

Blind Lion in Cocoa Village Hosts Weekly Comedy Showcase

Every Thursday, some of the best comics from across 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 drink, 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 on Comic Strip Live and of the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. The next showcase is July 21. Advance tickets are $10 at eventbrite. Tickets at the door are $15, if available. Visit spacecoastcomedy.com.

Voices of Broadway

This review of Broadway hits will be at Tangier, 4500 Dixie Highway, Unit 1A, Palm Bay, Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Popular Broadway tunes 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.

Concert Sun and summer nights

Reggae-influenced headliners Iration will perform at Riverfront Park in Cocoa on Sunday, July 24.

Reggae-influenced alternative rock band Iration and underground hip-hop group Atmosphere co-front the Sun and Summer Nights Tour. They will perform at 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 www.sunnyandsummernights.com.

Crafts for Little Gardeners at Rockledge Gardens

Rockledge Gardens, 2153 US 1, celebrates the reopening of the newly renovated Little Bugs Club garden with a craft night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20.

Children aged 4 to 12 can stop by between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to decorate wooden cutouts of flowers or butterflies which will be permanently displayed along the garden fence.

The 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 takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, begins at Breezeway Bar and Grill before heading to Johnathan’s Pub, Hunderdown Hideaway Lounge, Beach Shack and last but not least, Coconuts on the Beach.

The event is free, but tickets, which cost $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event, provide drinks at each stop. The event is co-hosted by Jennifer Taylor of the National Homeless Support Group for Veterans. Participants must be at least 21 years old. For more information, visit madhatterpromotions.com.

Watch “Finding Nemo” from the pool

Marlin and Dory face an ocean full of perils, including a close encounter with a most unusual group of great white sharks, in "The world of Nemo."

The Palm Bay Aquatic Center, 420 Community College Pkwy. SE, will host a Fun Friday event on Friday, July 29 from 7-10:30 p.m. Enjoy swimming, music, face painting, glitter tattoos, and watching “Finding Nemo” (G) from the pool . No flotation tubes/items are allowed. ; only noodles and approved life jackets will be allowed. The dive will close at sunset when the movie starts. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at 8:30 p.m. 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 screened at the Wickham Park Pavilion, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne on Friday July 22 from 5-9pm.

Spectators are asked to distance themselves from neighboring vehicles during the film. Audio will be available through the car stereo and external speakers. Free entry. Visit facebook.com/events/694087495090653.

Still playing

"Briel," played by Deborah Miller, right, receives a visit from the ghostly "Dany," played by Marissa Kemp in the original play "The Women of Saint Regret," on stage at the Surfside Playhouse until July 24, 2022. Visit surfsideplayers.com.

“The Women of Saint Regret”: Ropp’s award-winning play is at Playhouse by the surf, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, through July 24. Three friends reunite for a get-well weekend in the Catskills, where they are visited by apparitions who crash the party with unspoken truths and startling requests. Tickets are $20. Call 321-783-3127 or visit surfsideplayers.com.

Painting with a twist for kids

Kids ages 8-13 will have a Moana-themed day of fun on Wednesday, July 20 at Painting with a Twist, 109 King St., Cocoa Village.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees will enjoy art, games, dancing, snacks and more, as well as working on a Moana-themed artwork or two. Parents can either drop off their children or reserve their place to paint with their offspring.

A similar children’s camp is also planned for Wednesday, July 27, themed around dragons. The cost is $60 per person per camp day. Visit paintingwithatwist.com/studio/cocoa-fl/calendar.

Blues rocker Fowler at Heidi’s in Cocoa Beach

Tampa blues rocker Damon Fowler will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22 at Heidi's Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach.

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 and The Outlaws.

Masterful singer, guitarist and songwriter Damon Fowler of Tampa continues the musical legacy of the Gulf Coast. The driving troubadour earned the respect of his peers with his spot in Butch Truck’s band Freight Train and his side gig as a 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 terrific slide guitarist who’s also proficient in lap steel and dobro as well as electric guitar, indeed Fowler may be so adept he’d rather pick savory tunes than heroics. larger than life guitars.”

General admission is $25. VIP seats are $35. Buy at heidisjazzclub.com.

fun and games

The cast members of Funky Dog Improv invite the public to participate in their shows.

Funky Dog Improv challenges you to join its ‘improvmeisters’ with ‘Fun & Games’ as they provide laughter during a totally improvised and improvised show where the audience is expected to participate with abandon.

Tickets for the two-hour show are $20. The 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 at Satellite Beach

ABC Fine Wines and Spirits of Satellite Beach, 1426 State Road A1A, will be hosting an in-store wine tasting from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20.

For $10, taste a wide range of high-quality wines. Take home your favorites and receive 10% off the cost of the bottles that night. Buy your tickets via eventbrite.com.

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