Best Bets: Daughtry at the King Center, murals in Cocoa Beach and a French wine dinner

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Chamber music concert to benefit Ukrainian family

Leslie Spotz and Dmitry Perevertailenko will perform a chamber music concert, "A Heart for Ukraine," on Sept. 18 in Indialantic.
Leslie Spotz and Dmitry Perevertailenko will perform a chamber music concert, "A Heart for Ukraine," on Sept. 18 in Indialantic.

Earlier this year, Dmitry Perevertailenko watched in horror as events unfolded in his homeland of Ukraine. When fighting became intense near his family's home in Kharkiv, the musician and Tarleton University associate professor, brought his parents, sister and niece to live with him in Texas

His family members now wish to return to Ukraine and begin their life anew. Sponsored by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, a benefit concert will help Dmitry’s family with both current needs and relocation assistance back to Ukraine.

Titusville resident Sara Ann Conkling was touched when she heard about the Ukrainian family from her friend Leslie Spotz. Spotz, a pianist, is Perevertailenko's colleague at the Stephenville, Texas, university.

Conkling contacted the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra about the possibility of holding a benefit concert in Florida. "We can't help every family in Ukraine, but we can help this family,” said Conkling.

A chamber concert, "A Heart for Ukraine," has been planned for 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic. The concert will feature Perevertailenko on clarinet and Spotz on piano.

The program will feature the music of Ukrainian composers including Verbytsky, Kashyrtsev and Skoryk, along with popular works from Chopin, Verdi and Beethoven.

Although A Heart for Ukraine is free, a donation of $25 per audience member is suggested. For more information, call 855-252-7276.

Le French in Indian Harbour Beach plans Alsace Loraine wine dinner

Le French restaurant, 1924 State Road A1A, Indian Harbour Beach, will host a four-course dinner featuring wines from the Alsace Loraine region at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Dinner begins with bretzel with bacon and munster cheese, followed by Pate Lorraine from Grandmother with mixed salad, spaetzle with pork, onion and mushroom sauce and kugelhopf cake with kirsch brandy, vanilla ice cream and cherries.

Cost is $95, plus tax and gratuity.

Reserve at 321-622-8977 or email

Space Coast Mural Festival headed for Cocoa Beach

Murals and more are in store for attendees to the Space Coast Mural Festival Sept. 16 to 18 in downtown Cocoa Beach.

The weekend begins with the city’s Friday Fest from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 16 and continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with artists, vendors and music. Kids’ crafts, mural maze, mural tours, food trucks and some of the hottest bands in Brevard are all part of the fun.

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Melbourne Municipal Band concerts celebrate all things water

The theme for Melbourne Municipal Band’s season opener is all wet, and that’s a good thing, because "The Water is Wide," marking the band’s 57th annual season of free concerts, is a musical tribute to the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22, the concerts feature music inspired by lakes, rivers and oceans, including selections from Felix Mendelssohn and John Philip Sousa.

“We are looking forward to presenting this program of music designed to excite and refresh our audience after a long, hot summer,” said conductor Staci Rosbury.

Concerts this season begin at 7 p.m., which is earlier than in the past, but performances remain at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.

The audience will also be able to purchase food and beverages from City Bistro on site for a dinner-and-show experience.

Because of the nature theme of the concert, the Conradina Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Florida Wildlife Hospital will feature displays of their organizations. There may even be a surprise ambassador of the local animal kingdom.

Admission is free with no tickets needed. Arrive as early as 6 p.m. to catch pre-show entertainment by the Rock & Roll Revue.

Call 321-724-0555 or visit for more information.

Cafe Margaux in Cocoa Village hosts beer-pairing dinner

Café Margaux, 220 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village, will host a six-course dinner featuring the different beers of Canadian brewery Unibroue at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15.

The menu begins with cream of parsnip soup with venison and continues with a salad course of bibb lettuce and frisee on cheddar crostini with beer-poached Granny Smith apple. For the seafood course, it’s puff pastry-encrusted salmon filet with lemon lobster cream. Cayenne-seared duck breast with spicy citrus glaze continues the dinner, followed by rich chocolate mousse and a cheese course of Grevenbroeker Blue & Belgian Gouda.

Cost is $110 per guest. Reserve at 321-639-8343.

King Center brings 'Grace Experience' and Daughtery to its main stage

Micah Tyler will headline the “Walking Free in Grace Experience” brought to the King Center by MPACT Men’s Ministries. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16.

Joining Tyler on stage will be MPACT Men’s Ministries founder Trey Etheridge.  Also bringing a powerful message of hope and redemption will be Gary Miracle of the “Say I Won’t” video by Mercy Me.

Tickets range from $35 to $60.

Daughtry will perform 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.
Daughtry will perform 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.

Two days after the “Walking Free in Grace Experience” is Daughtry’s “Dearly Beloved Tour.”

Daughtry, one of the most visible and consistent rock 'n' roll torchbearers of the 21st Century, has sold more than 9 million albums and 16 million singles worldwide and played to sellout concerts across the globe.

The band's debut album, the self-titled Daughtry, was the top-selling album of 2007, producing four Top 20 Platinum-selling singles on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also nominated for four Grammy Awards and won four American Music Awards and seven Billboard Music Awards including “Album of the Year.”

The King Center concert, slated for 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, features music from the latest album, "Dearly Beloved," which was released in September of 2021, plus material from Daughtry's five previous albums.

Tickets range from $35 to $65. VIP experiences range from $169 to $349.

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Jazz Society plans Merritt Island concert

Thanks to the Space Coast Jazz Society, the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Dexter Wilborn and his group will perform for jazz lovers at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at Veterans’ Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island. The Dexter Wilborn Quartet also features Daniel Tenbusch on keyboard, Ashton Bailey Gould on drums and Thomas Milovac on bass.

Wilborn, who has performed for President Joe Biden, is a seasoned artist with plenty of music festivals to his credit. Like father, like son, Wilborn is heavily influenced by his jazz roots and the mentorship of his father, Dan Wilborn, another local musical favorite. He additionally draws inspiration from gospel music, R&B, salsa, blues, and rock and roll.

Tickets are $10 for Jazz Society members and $15 for non-members. Pay at the door. Students under 25 are admitted free. Bring your own repast for Sunday dinner and a show.

For more information, visit

Touch-a-truck and rummage sale

The parking lot at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., is the location for this family-friendly event on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be vehicles of all shapes and sizes for kids to roam, hit the horn, and explore. Go inside and look to purchase from one of the kid’s rummage sale vendor booths. Younger kids can ride through an obstacle course and the older ones can compete in a Grand Prix-style pedal race. Admission is free. Call 321-608-7420 or visit

Still playing

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’: The show is playing at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, through Oct. 2. The musical revue is a sassy, sultry celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. The songs will delight and energize audiences as well as provide great insight into a vibrant time in American history and music. Tickets are $27-$35. Call 321-268-1125 or visit

Get in on the act

Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, will hold auditions for the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta ‘HMS Pinafore’ on Sept. 18-19 at 7 p.m. Auditions will consist of readings from the script, a short dance routine and a short song from the show. No prior experience is required. Performance dates are Nov. 4-20, 2022. Call 321-783-3127 or visit

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