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King Center for the Performing Arts

Dedicated to providing educational and cultural events to the Brevard County community.

King Center for the Performing Arts
3865 N. Wickham Rd
Melbourne, FL 32935
321.242.2219
Today's Hours: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

King Center for the Performing Arts Events

Aug 25

BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas
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Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Saturday August 25, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Concert / Live Music
BJ Thomas owns one of the most distinctive voices in American pop music-a reassuringly masculine timbre conveyed with a smattering of unique embellishments. With over 70 million records sold, BJ's vocal versatility is as apparent today as it was when he recorded his first hit in 1967, "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry." A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. The singer, a five-time Grammy and two-time Dove Award winner who is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, invites longtime fans and newcomers alike to his living room—or more accurately, The Living Room Sessions, his debut recording for Wrinkled Records featuring intimate acoustic re-imaginings of 12 of his most renowned songs. Many of Thomas’ signature hits, from “Raindrops” to “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” and “Lonesome,” find him seeking some level of positivity to overcome the proverbial universal battle with loneliness. He extended this theme into his successful late 70s-early 80s foray into gospel music, which earned him the first four platinum albums in the genre’s history. BJ Thomas has become one of the most recognized and respected voices of the American musical landscape. Be sure not to miss his concert this summer!

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Sep 13

Jerry Seinfeld

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Time: 7:00 pm
Date: Thursday September 13, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Comedy
America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will return to the King Center stage on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m.

Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. His latest projects include the Emmy nominated web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and his Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld. Seinfeld continues to perform both nationally and internationally.

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Sep 15

2018 Classic Albums Live Summer Concert Series

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Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Saturday September 15, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Concert / Live Music
Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage - note for note, cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as 'the world's best musicians', Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in performing arts centers across North America.

The 2018 series includes:
FLEETWOOD MAC: Rumours - MAY 19

QUEEN: A Night at the Opera - JUNE 16

PINK FLOYD: Wish You Were Here - JULY 21

BEATLES: White Album - AUGUST 18

LED ZEPPELIN: Houses of the Holy - SEPTEMBER 15

EAGLES: Greatest Hits - OCTOBER 13

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Sep 15

Classic Albums Live recreates LED ZEPPELIN

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Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Saturday September 15, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Concert / Live Music
Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage - note for note, cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as 'the world's best musicians,' Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in Performing Arts Centers across North America.

Join us at 6 pm for our Picnic on the Patio, weather permitting. WSBH will be joining us at the picnic. “Come out and spin to win with the Beach Prize Patrol and 98.5 The Beach.”

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Sep 22

Blake Aaron, Brian Simpson, & Paul Taylor

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Time: 7:30 pm
Date: Saturday September 22, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Concert / Live Music
Blake Aaron, a multifaceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality, draws on a lifetime of diverse musical influences to create a masterful fusion of jazz, R&B, soul, rock, blues and Latin sounds. The Southern California based Aaron creates his most expansive, fully expressive collection yet, artfully alternating his lead voice between three of his favorite guitars: the D'Angelico hollow body, the Fender Stratocaster and the Cordoba Nylon string. Aaron's fans have long been entertained by his multi-guitar approach in his live performances where he'll set up his nylon string guitar on a stand while the Strat or hollow body is strapped around his shoulder – allowing for some amazing switch offs during the same song.

Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer, Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense of how to craft a song that stands the test of time, have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years, Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves. Simpson’s soulful approach to music has made him first call for many including, Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. A chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit “The First Time,” for Surface in the 1990s, Brian Simpson has a knack for churning out timeless anthems. Simpson’s latest release, Persuasion, should further assert him as one of the most thrilling and innovative pioneers on the contemporary jazz scene.

Saxophonist, Paul Taylor, has over ten albums of non-stop hit making, thousands of charismatic performances worldwide and years of setting new standards for the sonic possibilities of contemporary urban jazz. Taylor has been a groundbreaking force among the sax elite in the genre since his hit 1995 debut, On The Horn. His 2014 #1 hit “Supernova” continued the exhilarating upswing he has been enjoying since he started his second decade as an artist with Ladies’ Choice, – his first ever #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. “Burnin,’” the title track from his 2009 album, hit #1 on the airplay charts, and “Push To Start,” from Prime Time, hit the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Prime Time further lived up to its colorful name by reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. His new Peak Records/eOne album, Countdown, launches Taylor into his incredible third decade as a solo artist with a set that fuses his trademark jazzy/funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of dance pop, neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, and even a touch of blues.

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Sep 23

Cultural Arts Showcase 2018

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Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Date: Sunday September 23, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Cultural
One Day. One Place. Brevard's ULTIMATE Performing Arts Festival.

Enjoy a day of art displays, cultural demonstrations, family activities and LIVE performances across THREE stages including a family concert by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. BSO family concert begins at 2:00pm.

FREE for the entire family! No tickets required.

For more information, visit CULTURALARTSSHOWCASE.COM

This event is presented by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the King Center for the Performing Arts with support from local sponsors including Harry & Wendy Brandon – proud sponsors of the BSO’s Family Concert.

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Sep 28

Basia

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Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Friday September 28, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Concert / Live Music
Basia is a unique world-jazz vocalist who has sold millions of records world-wide, scoring a number of adult contemporary hits, a Top 30 pop hit with “Time and Tide” and even a #1 dance hit since her solo emergence in 1987 following a hit-making stint with the group Matt Bianco. Like such similar uniquely jazzy pop artists as Sade and Michael Franks, Basia albums often come out after a long hiatus yet always meet instant success due their passionate fan-bases and their exceptional artistry. Butterflies, Basia's first new studio album in 9 years, is certain to be an event as it delivers her inimitable, breezy fusion of jazz and Brazilian/Latin sounds topped with her beguiling vocals. Produced and written with her long-time collaborator Danny White, the album is a sparkling set of originals delivered with impeccable musicianship and production that presents her classic sound with a contemporary sheen.

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Sep 29

3rd Annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony

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Time: 5:30 pm
Date: Saturday September 29, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Other
To benefit The Brevard County Public Safety Charity
Hosted by Sheriff Wayne Ivey and presented by Space Coast Daily

In every community there are great men and women who have, by their strength of will and character, become ingrained in the consciousness of our society. They are doers and risk takers who have made a stand and a commitment for the common-good. They are labeled as public servants, but they are truly our natural leaders whose legacies are the milestones of our progress.

PURPOSE
The 2018 Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018, at The King Center for the Performing Arts.

The purpose of the Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony is to celebrate the value and virtue of the highest standards of public service to our community; highlight the contributions and devotion of public service, recognize the commitment and sacrifice of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

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Oct 6

A Bernstein Celebration!

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Time: 8:00 pm
Date: Saturday October 6, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Concert / Live Music
Saturday, October 6, 2018 is Opening Night and we are proud to present a program celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernsteins birth! This All-Bernstein concert focuses on Bernsteins great theatrical works, with excerpts from Candide, On the Town, West Side Story, Mass, and Fancy Free. One of Bernsteins former Personal Assistants and Librarians, Charlie Harmon, will join us as a special guest for the concert, offering anecdotes about his time working for Bernstein and his experiences watching Bernstein prepare and perform many of the works on our program. Charlie has made a special arrangement for solo violin and orchestra of themes from On the Town. Well give the World Premiere of the On the Town Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra with Jennifer Frautschi as our soloist. Our vocal soloists for the West Side Story Suite are two amazing performers I work with at Disney Jackie Stressman and E.J. Cardona. This will be a spectacular way to open our season, and a fitting tribute to a great American musician!

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Oct 7

Jonny Lang

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Time: 7:00 pm
Date: Sunday October 7, 2018
Location: King Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Category: Concert / Live Music
It is hard to believe that at 36 years old, Grammy Award winner Jonny Lang, has already had a successful career for two decades. Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15 -- an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lie to Me revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Setting Lang apart from the wunderkind crowd was a 15-year-old voice that sounded like a weathered soul shouter. What began as a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, evolved over those recordings into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Lang's distinctive, blues-inflected licks appeared on every album, but became one element in a sea of passionately sung and tightly arranged songs.
His newest CD, Signs, is not merely a return to the artist's guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. It has recaptured the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center. Lang breaks out the slide for the title song, "Signs," which extends outward from personal stories into the dramatic events of today's world. Since the release of his debut album, Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to support or perform with some of the most respected legends in music. He has shared the stage with everyone from The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today. Fans who discovered Jonny Lang through his searing instrumental work will revel in the huge guitar tones and go for broke solos on Signs, while those who have appreciated his growth as an honest and passionate songwriter will find that honesty and passion unabated. Signs reaffirms his commitment to the blues and the guitar without sacrificing the modern approach that has made him such a singular artist.

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