PREPARE TO BE AWED: Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival Set For February 26-28
By Space Coast Daily // February 22, 2016
Brevard's hottest ticket for 2016
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Prepare to be awed when the Seafood and Music Fest arrives at Port Canaveral in late February.
This is no mere gobble festival, for along with all the enticing seafood comes three days of live musical entertainment that showcases everything from legends to the best new local bands.
Like country music? Then mega-country-star Clint Black should keep you humming, Saturday, Sept. 27. On Friday, Feb. 26, the chart-toppers Dirty Heads and the Supervillains take to the stage.
End the weekend by listening to reggae legends Original Wailers and Third World. In between all those sizzling artists, take in the sounds of Brevard’s best local bands.
“The fest is going to be the hottest event next year,” said Tom Palermo, publisher of Space Coast Daily, which is sponsoring the fest.
“We are expecting tens of thousands.”
Thousands will come in just to hear Clint Black, the country music traditionalist who helped kick-start the country music mainstream movement during the 1990s.
The singer/songwriter/record producer/multi-instrumentalist/occasional actor is a consistent chart-topper with more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts. Twenty-two of those have reached number one.
This “hat act” to follow has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1991.
Opening for Black on Saturday are Janna Ivey, Charee White and the Smokin Country Band.
The hip hop, ska punk experts, the Dirty Heads, hail from Huntington Beach, California.
Their melodic style makes them frequent performers at venues in the United States and abroad.
For Mike Burns, lead singer and guitarist for award-winning Cocoa Beach band General Eyes, the Dirty Heads concert is a dream come true.
“I have gone to see the Dirty Heads in Orlando, St. Augustine, Sebastian and Ft. Lauderdale,” said Burns.
“I look up to them and it is an honor to share the stage with them, as well as opening for the Original Wailers for the fourth year in a row. I hope Wailers guitarist Al Anderson is in need of a guitar pick again, because when he couldn’t find any before entering the stage the last two years, I was there to save him by giving him my picks.
“He repaid the favor by giving me his personalized Al Anderson Wailers picks after the show, once he found them.”
The Original Wailers certainly own reggae chops, for band co-founder Al Anderson was guitarist for
Bob Marley & the Wailers, the group that defined reggae.
Carrying Marley’s torch, Anderson united with a group of handpicked musicians to honor Marley’s legacy.
Third World, one of the longest-lived reggae bands of all time, is beloved by audiences around the world for their seamless mix of roots reggae with R&B funk, pop, rock, dancehall and rap.
Formed in Jamaica in 1973, Third World endures in popularity even five decades later.
In addition to General Eyes, Central Florida area bands playing at the fest include Lights Out Project, Coastal Breed, Part One Tribe, The Supervillains, Kash’d Out, Heritage Band, Charee White, Cotta, Janna Ivey, Funkle Fester.
To keep concertgoers well-fed, seafood restaurants and vendors from around the country are heading to Port Canaveral to participate in the three-day event.
Arrive hungry, because you will want to try out the many temptations. Gregory Firestone’s Golden Gate seafood, for example, will present 150 feet of drool-inducing seafood, including crawfish, crab legs, alligator, calamari, lobster mac and cheese, and seafood boil, for starters.
“For guests who like their fish properly prepared the British Way, fish and chip specialist The Union Jacks will oblige with fresh fish fried to order and with chips, English style,” said Giles Malone, Space Coast Daily Partner and Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival Committee Chairman.
The team from Richard Cockerel’s What’s the Catch will present Key West grilled grouper, island shrimp and pan-seared ahi tuna, among others.
Lobster lovers should make a beeline for Cousins Maine Lobster, where Kevin Townsend’s crew will serve Maine and Connecticut lobster rolls, Cousins lobster tacos, lobster quesadilla, Maine lobster tail and lobster bisque.
Hammerheads from Tampa will offer seafood jambalaya, sautéed scallops, grouper fingers, coconut shrimp, shrimp scampi, fried oyster, and for the guest who wants everything, a seafood platter.
The Cove Merchants’ Association, represented by Fish Lips, Grills, Millikens and Rusty’s, are definitely in the running with a huge array of seafood entrees.
Landlubbers don’t fret, for there will also be plenty of selections to your taste.
To wash all that food down, head to the International Beer and Wine Garden, which in addition to a wide selection of brews and vinos, will also feature cocktails.
The 2016 Seafood & Music Festival at Port Canaveral is sponsored by Cape Canaveral Hospital, Space Coast Daily, Florida’s Space Coast, Bright house Networks, Giant Recreation World, SOAR, Miller Lite, The Cove At Port Canaveral and Savings Safari.
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION. Vendors and Arts & Crafts Exhibitors call 1-855-386-3836 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com
CLICK HERE FOR DIRTY HEADS Concert tickets (includes Seafood Festival access)
CLICK HERE FOR CLINT BLACK Concert tickets (includes Seafood Festival access)
CLICK HERE FOR WEEKEND SUPER CONCERT PASS (includes 3 days of concerts and festival access)….only $57 for 3 days of concerts.
CLICK HERE for Seafood Festival Weekend Pass for festival access (no concerts)
CLICK HERE for Seafood Festival Friday, Feb. 26 ticket – (not including Dirty Heads concert)
CLICK HERE for Seafood Festival Saturday, Feb 27 ticket (not including Clint Black concert)
CLICK HERE for Seafood Festival Sunday, Feb. 28 ticket (includes The Original Wailers and Third World Concert)
Tickets also available at :
Port Canaveral: Exploration Tower at the Port, Fishlips Waterfront Grill, The Lazy Pirate, Wild Ocean Seafood Market
Cocoa Beach: Sunrise Bank, Slater Surf Tackle, Endless Summer Tattoo, Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness
Merritt Island: Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Viera: Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Melbourne: Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce
Titusville: Bar IX