Coming Up! Emerson tribute bands bring songs of yesteryear


Vero Beach music lovers of nearly all genres will all get some satisfaction this coming week.

It starts tonight, Thursday, Feb. 22, when Live from Vero Beach brings a double-header to the Emerson Center. Two tribute bands will take you back to the iconic tunes of Southern California in the late 1960s. The band “Broken Arrow” will perform the music of Neil Young with both his Crazy Horse collaboration and his more acoustic songbook. It stars Joe Mass and is among the most requested of Live from Vero Beach. Then, the group Laurel Canyon will perform its tribute of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. That group is made up of Grammy Award-winning writer/producer Mark Hudson, Hall of Fame songwriter Gary Burr, and singer songwriter Mark Mirando. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $95. Then next week, Live from Vero Beach presents the Music of John Denver starring singer/songwriter Ted Vigil. That concert starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29. Tickets are $45 to $95. Both concerts will be held at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. For more information, call 800-595-4849 or visit

The Vero Beach Blues Festival runs this weekend at the Indian River County Fairgrounds. The music lineup features 10 bands with Ana Popovic headlining Saturday night and Chris Cain headlining Sunday evening. There will be more than 100 vendors, including those selling food, beer, cocktails and other beverages. You are urged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no large tents allowed. Those with small umbrellas need to set up toward the rear of the festival. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Admission is $15 to $175. The Indian River County Fairgrounds is at 7955 58th Ave., Vero Beach. For more information, call 772-492-6105 or visit

The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Don Soledad as the next artist in its “Concerts in the Park” series. The outdoor concert offers a wine and beer cash bar and urges guests to bring their own chair. The concert runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is at 3001 Riverside Park Dr. Tickets to the concert are $10 museum members and $12 for non-members. For more information, call 772-231-0707 or visit

Vero Beach High School music students will perform a couple of concerts next week. The concerts are what the school’s music department will present at the annual Musical Performance Assessment. So it follows that these are extremely well rehearsed event. First is the chorus concert beginning 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Next is the school’s award-winning orchestra performing 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. Tickets are $5 to $12. The Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center is at 1707 16th St. For more information, call 772-564-5537 or visit
Ballet Vero Beach presents “Balanchine, Graham and Wheeldon” this weekend at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. The program explores modern and contemporary choreography by artists George Balanchine, Martha Graham and Christopher Wheeldon. The dances feature Graham’s “Lamentation Variations,” Balanchine’s “Sylvia Pas de Deux” and Wheeldon’s “Je ne t’aime pas.” Also on the program is “Museum Pieces,” a new work by Camilo A. Rodriguez and Adam Schnell, the company’s artistic director.” Balanchine, Graham and Wheeldon perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. For its accessible/family friendly performance, the company will present “Firebird” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Performances are held at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center (address above). Tickets are $10 to $75. For more information, call 772-269-1065 or visit

The Emerson E-Series presents marine biologist Shanen Cox speaking on “Enchanting Encounters with Marine Mammals.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Emerson Center (address above). Although free, a $10 donation is suggested. For more information, call 772-778-5249 or visit

The award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” runs through March 17 at Riverside Theatre. Cyndi Lauper won a Tony Award for her score. The book is by Harvey Fierstein which takes a fun look at the changes an heir goes through to keep a shoe factory alive. Tickets start at $45. The show performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach. For more information, call 772-231-6990 or visit

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