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Space Coast Music Festival, September 28th
Posted By: Bob - Last Edited: Oct 1, 2013 
Information provided by Sue Luley, longtime Space Coast music supporter and promoter:


Cape Canaveral, FL: E.A.R.T.H. Awareness, Jack Link & Associates and The City of Cape Canaveral are preparing for September 28th when the City of Cape Canaveral will be hosting the Space Coast Music Festival, a benefit for E.A.R.T.H. Awareness’s music in the schools program. This year’s recipient is Mila Elementary School.

Aside from the big stage talent and the beautiful waterfront setting, the event will feature a renowned and diverse array of critically acclaimed art and craft vendors. It will also feature an Eco Awareness Village celebrating National Public Lands Day, a classic car show cruise in, and a children’s stage and activities area with Rock Star Parties, where children get their face painted, colored hair spray and perform with real instruments. Bounce house, rock wall, slide and jousting along with many other fun activities for the kids.

The Space Coast Music Festival will be held at Manatee Sanctuary Park, at 701 Thurm Boulevard in Cape Canaveral.

Admission is $5 to enjoy 10 hours of non stop music.

Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult admission.

2 stages of continuous music will feature top national super groups filling the day with unprecedented music.
Our national headliners, THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS will grace the stage of this year’s festival. It’s been said that the musicians of New Orleans are all members of one gigantic band that breaks up into smaller groups on a nightly basis. If this were really the case, The New Orleans Suspects would be in a class all their own. The group is comprised of musicians with experience and versatility that rival any other band the city has ever produced. Jeff Watkins is an accomplished sax player, engineer and producer. He played all over the world leading James Brown’s band for 12 years, including the induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. After Brown’s passing, he worked for six years with Joss Stone as her producer, engineer and band-leader before joining The Suspects full-time. “Mean” Willie Green has been the drummer for the Neville Brothers band since the 1980s. His unique attack has defined funk drumming for a quarter of a century, yet he is not a one-dimensional player. His taste in music spans the gamut of modern rock styles and he is as comfortable driving the beat as he is holding down the groove. Reggie Scanlan‘s career has been defined by his thirty-three years playing bass in The Radiators – the longest running rock act in the history of New Orleans – but his resume is far deeper. Scanlan spent much of the 1970’s in the bands of legends such as James Booker and Professor Longhair. Jake Eckert was the lead guitarist in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. While living in Los Angeles he played in the band New Soul Underground along with jazz great Larry Carlton. He has performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Dave Matthews. CR Gruver is a classically trained pianist who immersed himself in New Orleans piano style after touring with nationally known bands such as The Meters Experience, Outformation, and singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. Since moving to New Orleans he has become a well-regarded sideman adept at James Booker-style piano and the swelling B-3 stylings of Art Neville.

Together, these five musicians are The New Orleans Suspects. Known for their high-energy live shows, they create music that is firmly rooted in the modern New Orleans sound with compelling originals and tasteful covers. They released two albums in 2012 – their eponymous debut studio album, and “Live at the Maple Leaf”, making it into iTunes highly competitive “New and Noteworthy” page. The band is continually touring while working on a second studio album to be released in 2013.

To start off this 2 hour jam will be Walter Earl and Paul Ill as TRULY BLESSED, then mix in Guitarist extraordinaire and Forbes audio guru blog writer, Bobby Owsinski , add the hard kicking grove of double bass drummer Michael Wright, to reunite the band BPM and then stir it up by adding, ROCKET RANCH featuring the Space Coast Pro’s, Kenny Cohen, Kenny Clarke, Austin Pettit, Mark Gleason and Michael Wright and the amazing piccolo bass work of LA session musician Paul Ill, Paul was raised on the Space Coast and is coming home to pass on his musical tradition to the kids. Paul has recorded with such greats as Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilar and others, he has several platinum albums and many recordings to his credit.

“NO SAFE WORD” with Chris Risola of Steel Heart and Timothy DiDori of Vince Neil, will rock heavy.

To kick off the Fest, The Cape View Elementary Drum tribe will show their talents on the new drums they have received over the past couple of years. Then the Pro’s take the stage. This year, classic rock will flow from Deluxe Mojo, The ladies of the Space Coast take the stage with their band “Bittersweet”, From the Treasure Coast Hurricane Hawk and The Invaders bringing home the blues, new music sensation “Rough Edges”, featuring 16 year old guitar virtuoso Coleman Wilcox, Space Coast favorite John Quinlivan with his new band will excite the crowd.

On the acoustic Boardwalk stage we will feature returning International artist HI TIDE, Sunnyland Steve, Jon Parrot, Susan Rose, Eddie “ Willie Nelson “ Clevenger and others. WOW, what a day of music it will be.

Non-Stop Music, all weekend long, is the goal of this year’s festival.

The festivities will kick off with a VIP Cocktail Party and celebrity autographed guitar auction. Thursday, September 26th from 7 PM to 10 PM at Milliken’s Reef on the water at Port Canaveral. The Guitar Auction will cumulate to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Crosby, Stills and Nash autographed guitar, but not before we auction off the Creed, Joe Bonamassa and others have signed guitars for this event featuring Reflections R& B Soul Revue, free beer and hordeurves.

Friday, September 27th, MAD HATTER’S “Best Music On The Beach” a Cocoa Beach Pub Crawl to check out some of the top music venues on the Space Coast showcasing the best acts in Brevard. The evening will kick off at 7:00 PM at The North end @ Slow and Low BBQ.

The music festival will be held on Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM, then From 10 PM to 1 AM an after festival jam at Baja Tavern and Eats will feature the performers from the event mixing it up with R & B sensation Mojo Sandwich.

The list of supporting organizations involved for the event is growing, Our Site Host, The City of Cape Canaveral, The Kristensen Foundation, Jack Link & Associates Production Services, Wrap Giants, Milliken's Reef, Slow and Low BBQ, Casablanca, Coconut’s on the Beach, Hunker Down and The Beach Shack, WFIT 89.5 Radio, Lite Rock 99’3, Space Coast Live, Brevard Live, Jazz & Blues Florida, Horizons Magazine are already on board.

We feel all children need the hope of music. The Music Community is coming together to ensure all children have creative outlets and learn wonderful musical traditions.

The organization raises funds to help with their The Music in the Schools Program, a direct-to- teacher classroom supply program for music programs in Central Florida schools. eARTh has donated over $85,000 in musical instruments and equipment to 6 Brevard county schools since 2005, this fundraiser is to assist EARTH in purchasing instruments for Mila Elementary School, in Merritt Island. Our goal is to purchase $10,000 in new instruments for this school, so the children can have hands on musical experiences in their classroom. Mila Elementary is a title 1 school and many of the children in this school are on subsidized lunch and have special needs. Mila Elementary has minimal instruments in their music program. The music teacher receives a .50 per student per year for music instruments & supplies. Help us help this wonderful school.

A MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND PACKAGE will be available for September 26, 27, 28, 2013. $299 for a 3 night stay at the Country Inns and Suites and 2 tickets to the VIP Party, the Festival and the after bash jam.

The Country Inns and Suites Cape Canaveral is offering a special $89 per night room rate ask for the Space Coast Music Festival group.

The show will be held rain or shine. No Coolers or Outside Food or Drinks, Please No Pets or Bad Vibes. Come enjoy a fun filled day of great Music, Wing Competition, Kids Activities & Fun! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend a musical day to help buy instruments for the kids at Mila Elementary School. e.A.R.T.h. supports young creative minds and appreciates your assistance in making children’s creative dreams come true.

Contact Information: Susan Luley

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