Cultural Calendar April 27-May 4


Performances & Events

Downtown Friday on April 29, 6 – 9 pm

Live music, vendor booths, food trucks along

14th Avenue in Historic Downtown Vero Beach.

Free to the public! Historic Downtown, 14th Avenue, Vero Beach 

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on April 29 & 30,  7 & 9 pm shows

Headliner Gains Kelly is sometimes called a redneck, but he’s not offended, because of his slow southern drawl and blue-collar style. Feature act Eric Grady is the “World’s Tallest Comedian” and has been making audiences laugh since 1995 with his hilarious, edgy, and fresh stand-up comedy. Steve Kalisik will be your emcee!

Riverside Theatre presents Live in the Loop on April 29, 5:30 pm

Experience Souljam the legendary local jam-band! Playing select cover tunes and write and perform their own material as well. Even when they’re playing material by other bands and writers, creativity and self expression lie at our core. While they hover within parameters familiar to fans of classic rock or those acquainted with The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, and Umphrey’s McGee, they want listeners to be stimulated by the new and exciting rather than hypnotized by the tried and true.

April 30, 5:30 pm, The Jacks Band features Classic Hits that bring back your favorite rockin’ memories from: Springsteen, The Beatles, The Stones, Joe Cocker, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, and Hall and Oates. PLUS, Blues from B.B.King, Stevie Ray, The Allman Brothers, and Johnny Winter. AND, 60’s rock from The Kinks, The Bee Gees, The Isley Brothers, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Temptations, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and much more. Music for every age who loves to dance.

Vero Beach Museum of Art is hosting the annual Children’s Art Festival on Saturday, April 30,10 am – 3 pm throughout the Museum, inspired by the exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed. This year, creative art-making returns to the studios with MAS instructors inspiring young artists to try Easy Easel Painting, A-Door-Able designs inspired by Francis Sprout’s painting called Surrounded by Others, Express Yourself self-portraits, and Scratch Art Masterpieces with Tyler Evin and students from Indian River Charter High School.

Imagine South Vero Tangerines

Vero Beach Theater Guild presents THE CHICAGO GYPSIES By V Glasgow Koste

A heart-warming tale about the migratory life of a show business kid during the Great Depression. Winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award and the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award! Carolina Lee, nick-named Charley, is the youngest actress in the company that suddenly finds itself stranded, where she becomes a drop-in at the local school and recess is more like a Roman coliseum. Connecting rich, fully realized characters from three generations, audiences warm to Charley’s temperamental actress-mother; her loving, song-and-dance-man of a father; and Charley’s illegitimate adopted grandmothers. While set in the Depression, these Chicago gypsies stubbornly see their way through the worst of times to the best of times in a regenerative reunion that makes these odd yet ordinary people shine with the miracle of loving, quiet survival.

Sundays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19 & 26

Vero Beach Art Club offers Wine & Design on April 28, 6 – 8:30 pm

Palm Trees on an Inviting Beach

You’ll have a blast painting a piece of art step by step while enjoying your favorite drink and leave with a masterpiece you’ll be proud to display. Don’t worry if you aren’t the artistic type—at these painting classes, no experience is necessary! An instructor will guide you through each step. The Art Club Gallery & Marketplace is part of the Vero Beach Art Club. This class is a friendly, relaxed, and judgment-free environment, so you can let your creative juices flow. This month’s painting – Palm trees on an inviting beach. Abstract painter Britt Bair will show her color-infused paintings 

Reisling by Britt Bair

The Center for Spiritual Care

On view through April 29

1550 24th St in Vero Beach

Southern Lights by Brett Bair

Gallery 14 presents Southern Light: Watercolors by Reed Dixon

On View through April 29. Reed Dixon is debuting at Gallery 14 with his lively colorful watercolors. The show will be focused on Reed’s endearing birds, but there will be other subjects represented as well.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra players entertain tykes at Vero Beach Museum of Art

Once Upon an Orchestra’ – The Clarinets

Brings Fairy Tale to Life  on April 30 with performances at 12:30 & 2:15 pm. Designed for preschool and kindergarten aged children, the free 45-minute story time will feature members of the clarinet family. Accompanied by narration from conductor, Aaron Collins, the concert will feature the world premiere of Vero Beach composer, R. Michael Daugherty’s The Golden Goose.  The Golden Goose tells the story of a young man who is called a “simpleton” and considered by his family to be worthless. One day, he goes to the woods to cut down a tree and comes across an elderly man who asks for food. The boy offers the man all he has and in return, the man reveals to him the location of a golden goose. The entire program will entertain and educate kids about various instruments in the clarinet family. Afterwards, children may meet the musicians, who are happy to pose for photos with the young audience members. 

Your Spring Escape is Here! The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery’s Sunday in Key West  on May 1, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Pelican Yacht Club, 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. The beloved winter getaway is now the spring escape that Treasure Coast regulars relish for a fun feast, exclusive and special items for both silent and live auctions, and surprising door prizes, all with the playful allure of Key West. All proceeds benefit the Backus Museum. 


McKee Botanical Garden presents Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors, through May 1.  In this specially constructed outdoor version of the popular Dinosaurs Around the World exhibition, visitors will be whisked back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth that’s very different from the one we inhabit today.  Travel back to the time before the continents as we know them existed, when arid deserts covered Brazil and polar darkness was the norm in Australia! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, cutting-edge research, in an outdoor environment surrounded by nature, you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles brought back to life!  Open daily to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm. The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm and the Children’s Garden closes at 4:30 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at McKee Botanical Garden and

Retrospective: Work by Viola Pace Knudsen

Viola Pace Knudsen Coral Reef Pine Needle sculpture

On View May 3 – 27, Gallery Reception May 6, 5 – 8 pm

A very special retrospective of the work of Viola Pace Knudsen, who has been a popular represented artist at Gallery 14 since its inception. This greatly expanded showing of her work, will celebrate her pine needle sculptures and will feature a selection of her acrylic paintings as well. 

Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown Historic Arts District of Vero Beach

Another Day in Paradise ~ Art at The Emerson Gallery.

Artists display their vision of paradise. On view through May 3. Located at  590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm.

Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Department

presents Children Will Listen Chorus Concert

Enjoy the melodic voices of the VBHS Chorus

May 3, 7 pm

Fifth Dimensional Mountainscape by Gwen McNenney

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center.  Mix it Up  ~ An Exhibit of Mixed Media, Member Exhibit.

On View through May 4

Art at the Emerson offers The Nature’s Palette: Animals in the Wild Exhibit On View May 4 – July 28 Artists capture the exciting colors of animals in the world. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm with no entry fee.

Spring Jazz & Chamber Music Concert

Wrap up the season with the sounds of the Vero Beach High School Jazz and Chamber Orchestra

May 5, 7 pm

The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery presents Tuned to the Spirit: Photographs from the Sacred Steel Community On view through May 8

The Museum is honored to be debuting the traveling exhibition that will highlight more than twenty years of “Sacred Steel” photography, which has a notable Fort Pierce connection.

In the late 1930s, two related African American Holiness-Pentecostal churches began incorporating a novel, modern instrument into worship services – the electric steel guitar. The expressive and energetic music rendered on the instrument soon became essential to the spirited worship services. Today, with more than fifty congregations throughout the state, Florida is a stronghold for the House of God and Church of the Living God, where musicians have passed down the unique musical tradition known as “sacred steel” for generations. Two of these churches (House of God No. 1 and House of God No. 2) are located in the City of Fort Pierce.

Robert L. Stone (b. 1944).

In three decades of work, photographer and folklorist Robert L. Stone has documented this music and church culture through images (photography, video) and audio recording. Tuned to the Spirit presents a selection of more than thirty soulful images, augmented by music performances accessed in the exhibition through QR Codes on visitors’ mobile devices. Stone’s 2003 documentary film “Sacred Steel: The Steel Guitar Tradition of the House of God Churches” will also be available to see historic footage of these important musicians.

Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed

Les Amoureux au Trois Bouquets by Marc Chagall

The Museum’s third curated collection exhibition, representing more than 50 local collectors and over 100 artworks. On view through May 15.  The exhibition is filled with treasures from local collections that are enjoyed in private residences, and now revealed in the public setting of an art museum. The show offers a rare glimpse into artworks seen for the first time at the VBMA, where we can discover major artworks collected in Vero Beach homes. It is a public view into the private world of collecting.  A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Indian River Light by Susan Miller

ELC offers Nature-Inspired Artists Series Solo exhibition of Susan Miiller: Sand and Shadows.  On view through May in the Tidal Gallery Showcase.

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Exhibit “Members’ Show”

On View through May 30. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 3 pm

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace, 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Salvador Lorenzo The Juggler

SPRING ART SHOW  ~ The Galleries at First Pres

Featuring the works of local artists Richard Gillmor, Salvador Lorenzo González, and Theresa Prokop. On View through June 1. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Sunburst by Patricia Padoll

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery featuring original art by local artist-owners. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing.  Located: 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, Saturdays 11 – 3

Barbara Krupp Fine Art Artist Studio/ Gallery

 4315 US Highway 1, Vero Beach

Wednesday & Thursday 10 – 4 pm, By appointment 440-574-4662

A Union Village

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Courthouse presents a Solo Exhibit by Mark San Souci  – An Artist’s Wanderings

On View through June 29.

Two for the Sail by Judy Burgarella

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Administrative Buildings A & B

I Love Indian River County ~ Hometown Love Letter

On View through July 6

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