Internationally acclaimed musicians return to Vero Beach for annual music festival


Award-winning bluegrass, Americana, and folk musicians from around the country will gather to perform together in one-of-a-kind collaborations as part of the Vero Beach International Music Festival at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. The event, part of the Mike Block String Camp, is from July 10-13, 2019. Three public performances are held in McAfee Hall in the Center for Christian Life at the church. Admission is free; a suggested $20 donation will benefit the Mike Block String Camp Scholarship fund.

Main stage performances will be held Wednesday, July 10, and Friday, July 12, both at 7:30pm. Musical styles featured are Americana, Bluegrass, Brazilian, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, World Music, and more. “Main Stage performers include multiple Grammy Award winners and nominees, as well as advanced students from around the world.  Most of this year’s performers have appeared in past years, except for R&B and Jazz musician Mazz Swift, who will be joining us for the first time!”, said the camp’s founder and director, internationally acclaimed and award-winning cellist Mike Block.  Be on the lookout for Darol Anger, Trina Basu, Zach Brock, Melissa Brun, Hanneke Cassel, Colin Cotter, Joe Craven, Natalie Haas, Kimber Ludiker, Taylor Morris, Arun Ramamurthy, Lauren Rioux, Joe K. Walsh, and Mazz Swift. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat. Last year’s concerts were standing-room-only by 7:00pm.

The final performance of the Festival will feature student musicians from the Mike Block String Camp and a barn dance. It will be held Saturday, July 13, at 3:00pm. The Mike Block String Camp offers education for string players of all ages and backgrounds in non-Classical traditions and contemporary musical styles, with emphasis on learning by ear, creativity, collaboration, and performance.

For more information, please visit or contact Jacob Craig, Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian, at (772) 562-9088 or

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