Music Festival returns with more than 80 acts in downtown Eau Gallie | New
Canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Space Coast Music Festival is making a comeback.
“More than 80 artists from Brevard County will perform on six stages in downtown Eau Gallie from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. This is an increase from the 68 musicians and bands who performed at the 2019 festival.” , co-organizer of the event Steven Spencer mentioned.
The free festival will likely set a record for the most musical acts to occur at a live event in Brevard. And it could have been even bigger, Spencer said.
“I probably have 20 other bands trying to get into this thing, and I can’t make room for them,” said Spencer, a Melbourne resident, algebra teacher and singer for the punk-metal band. Sixty Foot Giant, one of the things to do.
Most bands play rock music, but some jazz, rap, hip-hop, reggae and funk bands are also on the schedule, Spencer said. Jazz singer Kristen Warren and her Brevard All-Stars, a backup group of local talent, will headline the festival.
“Kristen is one of the best jazz singers I have ever heard,” said Spencer.
Musicians will perform at the Eau Gallie Square pavilion, a municipal lot on Highland Avenue across from the Cottage Irish Pub, a site on St. Clair Street, the Intracoastal Brewing Co. beer garden, Pineapples restaurant and Funky Dog Improv.
A separate stage will be set up for high school jazz ensembles and young musicians from The Groove Shack, a local company that offers music lessons.
The Pat Travers Band was headlining the 2019 festival, which raised $ 13,000 to purchase musical instruments for Brevard Title 1 schools. Spencer said this year’s goal is to exceed that total. and help create a grant program for local children who cannot afford music or instrument lessons.
From 2010 to 2015, the festival took place in various locations in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Spencer, the founder of the Harbor City Local nonprofit, and Keenun Barley, co-founder of the FLEAGAD Marketplace, revived the event and moved it to the Eau Gallie arts district.
In addition to live music, the festival will feature yoga from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., vendors, beer trucks, a kids’ area, an obstacle course, face painting, and skate demos from 518 Underground skate shop, Spencer said.
The festival also aims to shine a light on Brevard’s vibrant music scene and give some artists the chance to perform to grateful audiences after months of club closures and canceled concerts due to COVID-19, Spencer said. .
“The SCMF is such a wonderful event for Brevard: raising money for music education while also sharing the artistry of local musicians and songwriters,” said Andy “AK” Stanfield, singer and bassist for the electronic music group Melbourne-based The Slackadaisicals, another act festival. “What’s not to like?”
Visit spacecoastrocks.com for a list of acts and sponsors.