Cultural Calendar Mar 1-9


Performances & Events

ELC hosts 2nd Annual Spring Fling Art Show March 1 – May 31

Environmental Learning Center 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach

Live from Vero Beach! presents The Grass Roots

March 2, 7pm, The Emerson Center

The 60’s were known musically for folk rock, psychedelic pop, pop rock or sunshine pop. It was also known for The Grass Roots, whose songs were heard on radio, movies and TV. The Grass Roots, formed specifically to record the songs of legendary songwriter P.F. Sloan, began in 1966 as a bunch of faceless, veteran session musicians playing soulful pop, but they were no mere bubblegum band—they developed a mix of blue-eyed soul, 70’s pop, folk and big, brassy rock that would one day morph into the power-pop phenomenon making songs that are familiar to you even if you don’t know the band. “Let’s Live for Today”, “Sooner or Later”, “Temptation Eyes” and “Midnight Confessions” remain the most likely candidates for Grass Roots songs you might have heard on radio, movies, or TV such as “American Horror Story,” “The West Wing” and on the radio in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Their claims to fame were that they were an important development in the formation of “power pop” and somewhat unusual for their time, they employed three lead vocalists. Their 1967 smash “Let’s Live for Today” is one of the defining statements of the “Summer of Love.” Audiences should prepare for a fun evening at this concert!

The Grass Roots

Lenten Organ and Poetry Series March 2, 11am

Weekly concerts of the spoken word, highlighted by organ improvisation featuring nationally-recognized poets and Andrew R. Galuska.

Community Church of Vero Beach Sanctuary, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach 

Kerwick Ylang Ylang

Center for Spiritual Care offers Heightened Awareness

New paintings solo exhibition by Jill Kerwick

Opening March 3, 5 – 7pm, On view March 3 – 31.

Kerwick brings her paintings to the Center after a series of highly praised gallery and museum shows in the Northeastern United States over the past year. Kerwick, who earned her MFA from New York University, did her undergraduate work in painting at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, the oldest art school for women in the country.

Viewings at the Center from March 4-31 will be by appointment only. Personal tours of Kerwick’s show can be arranged by calling 772-567-1233.

Form + FireContemporary Clay Exhibit Opening Reception March 3, 5 – 8pm. On view through March 28.

Indian River Clay presents Form + Fire, a juried contemporary clay exhibit featuring functional, sculptural, decorate and experimental pieces in clay created by Florida artists.  Location: Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach.

Janet Kipp Tribus Broad Street

Gallery 14 presents the work of  a contemporary oil painter Entitled Red Umbrellas and Abstraction: Oil Paintings by Janet Kipp Tribus, this colorful, vibrant and joyful exhibit will run  through March 31, with an opening reception on Friday March 3 from 5-8pm as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll.  Janet, who has been painting for almost forty years came from an artistic family. She studied at the Art Students League in NYC and at Oxbow, a residency program of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work has been showcased at The Morris Museum in New Jersey. After being part of Palm House Gallery & Studio in Vero Beach, she founded her own studio where she has been painting since 1918.   Janet’s highly imaginative work focuses on figurative subjects, black and white abstractions, colorful abstracts, and stylized landscapes known as ‘red umbrella paintings.’Also featured will be Gallery 14 artist-owners: Edgardo Abello, Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, George Pillorgé, Deborah Polackwich and Dorothy Napp Schindel, as well as Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, Carol Staub, and artist-sales associate Jo Zaza. 

Writers Window Pane on March 3, 10am, Vero Beach Main Library, 1600 21st Street

Mike Delguidice Big Shot

Sunrise Theatre offers Mike Delguidice & Big Shot on March 3, 8pm

Evil Woman– America’s Premier Tribute To ELO on March 4, 8pm


Utah’s New Hot Five Pure Dixieland March 4, 12:30 – 3pm

11:30 Lunch with RSVP Concert at 12:30 

Oak Harbor (New home of Treasure Coast Jazz Society) 4755 S. Harbor Dr. in Vero Beach 

“Juice & Jazz” returns to the Backus Museum on March 5, 10:30 am – 12:30pm

Enjoy a tuneful time on the Indian River for the return of the Backus Museum’s new choice outdoor concert event, “Juice & Jazz”! On Sunday, March 5 from 10:30-12:30, live music from the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society on the Outdoor Mural Plaza complements a delicious assortment of sweet and savory delights with fresh juice from Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, coffee and Mimosas, Bloody Marys, or Prosecco. At 12:30pm we crescendo to the drawing for the annual Win a Masterpiece of Florida Art Raffle.

Beautiful Morning Sam Newton

This year, that masterpiece is a spectacular 18″ x 24″ oil painting by Sam Newton (b.1948), Original Highwaymen artist and inductee to the Florida Artist Hall of Fame. “Beautiful Morning,” 2005, eloquently captures the iconic beauty of Florida’s wild and wide terrains, through the eyes of one of the original masters of the beloved and unique landscape painting tradition that began here. This exceptional work of art is valued at $6,500. The Backus Museum is grateful to Highwaymen Art Specialists for this generous donation to assist us in our nonprofit fundraising.

Only 2,500 tickets are available this year, but are moving fast. Supporters don’t have to be present to win, but Juice & Jazz is a great excuse to join us. Raffle tickets are available in advance while supplies last, and supporters are encouraged to bring their stubs for the exciting drawing. 

Pelican Island Audubon Society Saving Paradise GALA March 6, 6 – 9pm

You are invited to the Grand Harbor Clubhouse for the Saving Paradise Gala benefitting Pelican Island Audubon Society’s mission to preserve and protect the animals, plants, and natural environments of Indian River County. Enjoy an evening featuring a gourmet meal, drinks, a guest speaker, entertainment, and a live auction all in the elegant surroundings of the Grand Harbor Clubhouse.

Grand Harbor, 4985 Club Terrace in Vero Beach

VBMA Museum Babies & Toddlers

March 7, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 0-24 months old on March 8, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday)

for 2-4 years old on March 8, 10:30 – 11:30am

The Emerson Center offers E-Series: IN HARM’S WAY

Michael Tougias

THE SINKING OF THE USS INDIANAPOLIS with Speaker: Michael J. Tougias on March 7, 7 – 9pm

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of over 30 books. Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures’ version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip’s War, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe.

The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis a harrowing story of survival. The sinking of Indianapolis resulted in the greatest single loss of life at sea from a single ship in the history of the US Navy. Tougias will also discuss why certain people survive against all odds.

Live from Vero Beach! presents Beginnings, The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band on March 9, 7pm at The Emerson Center

Beginnings: Chicago tribute band

The Producers of LIVE! From Vero Beach have been looking for the best Chicago Tribute band around and have found that in Beginnings! This awesome group which features three horn players and the promise of a “goose-bump experience,” brings song after song of Chicago favorites to The Emerson Center stage on Thursday, March 9 at 7pm.  Beginnings formed in 2002 as a musical tribute to the super-group Chicago. The band makes its home in the New York City metro area and regularly performs for highly enthusiastic and loyal audiences all over the United States. Beginnings perform accurate versions of Chicago’s classic chart-smashing hits (and even a few rare gems) from across their fifty-plus year songbook.  Fueled by world class musicianship and a passion for performance, the band is a live music experience not to be missed.  The group’s love of the music and their fans makes for an outstanding and electrifying show every time.  Come see the band live and they promise to “Make You Smile.”

JM Stringer Gallery presents Favorite Places…Favorite Moments

the recent paintings of Edward Noott & Joy Jackson

On view through March 11

Thursday 4 – 8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 6pm

Riverside Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s~ A Comedy of Tenors

”A romantic-madcap tale”. Performances run through March 12, ON THE STARK MAIN STAGE. Written by one of America’s most prolific playwrights, A Comedy of Tenors is an uproarious tale of romantic indiscretions and madcap situations. On the eve of the concert of the century, 1930’s Paris is all abuzz as four renowned tenors are set to take the stage in a stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently, a lot, when you have one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, and three girlfriends. Can producer Henry Saunders keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife from causing operatic chaos? 

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Big, Bold, & Beautiful

On view through March 17 1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center Emerging Artists Showcase  ~ A Juried Exhibit for Student Artists in Grades 9-12.

 On view through March 17.

Water Woman

Sixth Anniversary Art Show ~  Galleries at First Pres

The show will feature the works of local artists Jean Breeding, Cathleen Hahn, and George Kofas. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach

Art at The Emerson presents The Honor Roll Exhibition

On view through March 28.

A tribute to the past and present IRC school teachers exhibiting their fine arts.

On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.

Gallery Hours: Monday -Friday 10am – 3pm, No entry fee.

Twins by N. Binghieri

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

Ella Chabot Children’s Moon

Art in Public Places Programsponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit, IRC Administration Buildings A & B Artist Choice”.

Featuring works by Tony Caruso, Ella Chabot, Janet Grossarth, Evelyn Haught, Barbara Krupp, David LoPresti, Gwen McNenney &  Tara Rovani.

On view through April 5.

Merana Cadorette pond at dawn

Art In Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Exhibit IRC Courthouse Solo Exhibit by Merana Cadorette, Acrylic Art: A Retrospective. On view through Apr 19.

Yellow and White Cattleya Set

McKee Botanical Garden to Host World-Renowned Master Glass Sculptor and Artist Jason Gamrath’s Garden of Glass Exhibition

McKee Botanical Garden is hosting Master Glass Artist Jason Gamrath’ s Garden of Glass Exhibition which will run through April 30th.

Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Historic Home Opens for the 2022-2023 Season

Tours: Every Tuesday afternoon 1 – 5pm through May 23, 2023 

& The 2nd Sunday of each month 1 – 5pm through May 21, 2023

A Look Ahead:

Vero Beach Art Club 72nd Annual Under The Oaks
Fine Arts & Craft Show on March 10, 11 & 12, 2023
Fri & Sat 9am – 5 pm & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Over 200 artists from around the nation and beyond to exhibit at this highly respected juried show. Voted in the Top 200 Art Shows in the Nation by Art Fair Source Book and in the Top 200 Art Shows in Florida by Sunshine Artist. Popular crowd favorite in shady Riverside Park. 

The Pelican Island Conservation Society, the citizen support “friends” organization for the Refuge, invites you to join us and President Roosevelt the weekend of March 10-12, for a variety of events marking the anniversary. Fundraising events include “An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt” and a sunset wine and cheese cruise with the President around Pelican Island.  Free events taking place at the Pelican Island NWR include meet-and-greets with President Roosevelt, a wildlife display, kids’ activities, stroll the Centennial Trail boardwalk leading to the overlook of the island that started it all – Pelican Island – and a “Sundae Social.”

Please visit for details and online reservations for fundraising events, or call 772-202-0697.

Vero Beach Theatre Guild – Mainstage Theatre PIPPIN

Performances run March 10 – 26

Pippin is the story of a young prince, an old king, and a group of traveling performers. Pippin is seeking fulfillment in his life…he is on a journey and has plenty of exciting, tragic, and thought-provoking adventures along the way. 

Join this wild, fun, sometimes dark, and magical ride with an amazing cast to bring this memorable musical to life! 

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The Chamber Music Society has its home in Alice Tully Hall – the finest hall in the world for chamber music. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

Brahms and Arensky on Monday, March 20, 2023, 7pm

Performances at The Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street in Vero Beach.  

RISING STARS OPERA FESTIVAL: Competition & Concert on March 22, 23, & 24.  Each year Vero Beach Opera invites at least 10 of the MET Opera Laffont Audition Finalists to compete for cash prizes in Vero Beach. First prize is $10,000, second prize is $5,000 and third prize is $3,000. Prizes are provided by the Kleinschmidt Family Foundation. Additional Cash Encouragement Awards are presented by Vero Beach Opera.

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