Coming Up: Get keyed up for primo pianists at Riverside’s ‘Howl at the Moon’

Don’t miss the final September Howl at the Moon opportunity at Riverside Theatre. This weekend, Sept. 27-28, crazy-talented pianists Katie Pinder-Brown and Scott McGilvrey (plus a secret, skilled, special guest drummer) take the stage to ensure your farewell to September is a doozy.

At the Howl Experience, you, the audience, get to pick the tunes and try to stump the pianists. Like that’s going to happen. While the howling is happening inside, outside, under the oaks, it’s always Live in the Loop, with free live music, and all kinds of foodstuffs and beverages (full bar and grill; don’t BYO). Friday night’s music will be by everyone’s favorite five-piece jam band, Souljam, bringing original music and covers from bands such as the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, the Grateful Dead and Bill Withers. Saturday In the Loop, it’ll be the Beatle Guys, billed as the Treasure Coast’s premier Beatles tribute band. Times: Howl – 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Live on the Loop – 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: Howl – side seats $12; table seating $16-$22. Live on the Loop – free. 772-231-6990 or

Well worth a jaunt up the road: Spectacularly talented young musicians step into the spotlight as the popular free series “Music on the River” launches its new season at First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach this Sunday, Sept. 29, thanks to a partnership between the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, First United Methodist and the Space Coast Symphony.

Five exceptional teens from Space Coast high schools will blow you away with their musical prowess, performing a variety of music from various periods by Poulenc, John Williams, Saint Saen and Bourdeau, as well as tunes from Broadway musicals such as “Camelot,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins.” The “stars of tomorrow” astounding you with their wonderful “Music on the River” will be Eunie Bae, 18, of Eau Gallie High School, on flute; Douglas Dyer, 15, Rockledge High School, on violin; Cole George, 17, Satellite High School, on bassoon; and Sofia Bordner, 14, from Viera High School, joining Astronaut High School senior Ian Gadapee in a vocal performance. Time: 3:30 p.m. Admission: free. (A $10 donation would be greatly appreciated.) 321-604-0103.

Head to Orlando this weekend. The Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts has some entertainment choices for you, starting this Friday, Sept. 27, in the Walt Disney Theatre: Make sure you’re an adult, then check out “Dane Cook: Tell It Like It Is” (which the stand-up comic Wikipedia describes as “prolific, charismatic, observational, often vulgar” certainly does).

The show promo notes Cook’s acerbic wit and “patented brand of provocative, on-fire comedic insight while exploring the hilarious aspects of everyday life and human behavior.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: start at $39.75. VIPs from $100.31. Saturday, Sept. 28, brings an entirely different entertainment opportunity – “Soul of Papua” – described by the theater promo as “a classical dance event lavished with tradition.”

The tradition is from the “ancient Indonesian island known as Papua,” from which, promises the show promo, comes “unique music and diversified colors, along with stunning fashion, and a tradition that spans thousands of years in the Soul of Papua.” Showtime: 6 p.m. Tickets: $35. Also Saturday, later in the evening, you can be a part of “Opening Night with Branford and Boléro,” launching the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season in the Bob Carr Theater.

Joining the orchestra for this thrilling piece will be a musician familiar to jazz lovers everywhere, Branford Marsalis, heralded by the Dr. Phillips promo as “America’s most acclaimed sax man.” Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $27. 844-513-2014.

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