John McDonald & The Mango Men To Jam at Space Coast Seafood & Music Seafood Festival in Viera

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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: John McDonald & the Mango Men are set to cook up a fun, well-seasoned dish of Floribbean-style Rock during the 4th annual Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival, March 7 through 10 at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera, Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – John McDonald & the Mango Men are set to cook up a fun, well-seasoned dish of Floribbean-style Rock during the 4th annual Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival, March 7 through 10 at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera, Florida.

As a solo performer, singer-songwriter John McDonald is steadily gaining a reputation as a distinctive vocal talent and charismatic entertainer on the Space Coast.

Although new to Brevard’s thriving music scene, he has not gone unnoticed.

Veteran drummer and producer Todd Charron said McDonald immediately showed us all how talented and entertaining he is.

John can really captivate an audience…an amazing voice,” said Joel Greenblatt of the Space Coast Jazz Society.

McDonald performs at several Brevard venues including Lou’s Blues, Manatee Cove, Meg O’Malley’s, Squid Lips Cocoa, The Old Fish House, Norman’s, Siggy’s and Oasis.

Squid Lips Melbourne GM Don Martin said McDonald is a first-rate entertainer.

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For the Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival, McDonald will renew his 20-year collaboration with master percussionist Kevin Kornicki and guitar virtuoso Dale Cinski.

The bandmates will meld idiosyncratic musical tastes and a collective passion for tropically inflected jazz, reggae, rock, Latin and world beat rhythms into a fun, infectious party atmosphere.

Kornicki, a graduate of Philadelphia’s acclaimed Settlement Music School, is a drummer and audio engineer, who has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia.

As a composer, Kornicki’s soundtrack credits include CSI Miami, History Channel and A&E. Kornicki plays a wide variety of acoustic and electronic drums, including the Zendrum.

Although Cinski cites guitar heroes like Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Chet Atkins as influences, his life-long obsession with the guitar was stirred by his home town idol – jazz superstar George Benson. After seeing Benson in concert at age 12, Cinski slipped backstage to meet him.

Although Cinski cites guitar heroes like Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Chet Atkins as influences, his life-long obsession with the guitar was stirred by his home town idol – jazz superstar George Benson. After seeing Benson in concert at age 12, Cinski slipped backstage to meet him.

For the next two years, Cinski studiously devoted himself to emulating Benson’s smooth style and once again mustered up the moxie to track Benson down at his hotel. Since that encounter, Benson has been Cinski’s benevolent mentor and close friend.

Like the burgeoning style of Floribbean cuisine which combines Florida cooking with the flavors of the Caribbean Islands, Latin America and Africa, Cinski’s eclectic blend of flamenco, jazz and rock complements Kornicki’s hard-driving Afro-Cuban percussion.

Their creative synergy can be heard on McDonald’s CD Right Place, Right Time.

For John McDonald & the Mango Men, the happy result of their enduring personal and musical relationship is a dynamic, high-energy style of music featuring a distinctly Floribbean fusion of reggae, rock, jazz, Latin and world beat. You may be tempted to sip a Mojito or swill your favorite tropical cocktail as you party to their delectable Floribbean Rock.

You can enjoy the live musical performances of John McDonald & The Mango Men at the Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival during its 4-day run March 7-10 at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera, Florida.

• Thursday, March 7: 6 to 10 p.m.
• Friday, March 8: 6 to 11 p.m.
• Saturday, March 9: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL 

The Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival will feature a large and diverse variety of seafood and other food choices for the public during the four-day festival, March 7-10 at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera.

Lobster, aka Maine’s red gold, is one of the gustatory stars of the Cocoa Beach Seafood and Music Fest, a weekend jammed with great music and fantastic food.

From 5 p.m., Thursday, March 7 to the evening hours on Sunday, March 10, Viera’s expansive and easy to get to Space Coast Daily Park will be the place for grazing on seafood and listening to top musical entertainers perform live on the Space Coast Daily Stage.

“King Lobstah” will be joined by shrimp, clams, oysters and other princes of the deep during this seafood extravaganza. For seafood lovers and music lovers, this will be a weekend to remember.

“We will have a terrific amount and variety of seafood on offer at the festival,” said Giles Malone, partner in Maverick Multimedia and Brevard Productions, publishers of Space Coast Daily and organizers of the festival.

“Top-class seafood vendors will join us from here at the beautiful Space Coast Daily Park and from all across the USA to satisfy every appetite. We thought of the landlubbers, too, and we’re also offering lots of great BBQ and other food choices.”

Francine Quigley from New Jersey will offer her Clam Stew at the festival

Seafood vendors have been selected for the variety of dishes they bring to the festival table, including delicious clam stew.

Shrimp cocktails will be offered by Jersey Girl Superfoods at the festival

Shrimp cocktails will be offered by vendors at the festival.

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Seafood vendors have been selected for the variety of dishes they bring to the festival table. Familiar faces on the Brevard restaurant scene will also be dishing out their specialties.

High-quality vendors will serve shrimp cocktails, prepared with fresh, still warm shrimp with lots of spices, cocktail sauce and drawn butter.

Additional menu items, among others, include fish tacos and smoked whiting with drawn butter.

If all the mention of drawn butter brings images of high cholesterol, not to worry, for Firestone will also have non-seafood, healthy offerings such as broccoli salad and kale salad.

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Willy T’s Crab Shack, home of Maryland-style crab cakes will offer their legendary authentic Maryland-style crab cake sandwich, Willy T’s chefs start with generous portions of lump blue crab meat, to which is added the company’s “World Famous Secret Family Recipe” spices before being deep-fried to perfection.

The sandwiches are served on artisanal buttery brioche buns with lettuce and tomato on the side.

Willy T’s also features mini versions of the crab cakes and spicy shrimp sandwiches, as well as crab salad and shrimp and clam baskets.

 

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Golden Gate Seafood will feature crawfish among many other delights.

Hammerheads Seafood will feature crawfish among many other delights.

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Hammerheads Seafood, mainstays at outdoor events around the country, will present 40 feet of seafood delights, including crawfish, crab legs, alligator, calamari, lobster mac and cheese and seafood boil, and that’s just for starters.

From Jacksonville straight to the Seafood Fest arrives What’s the Catch, a super-cool retro Airstream brimming with Florida Keys attitude…and seafood.

Catch both amazingly tasty options such as Key Est Grilled Grouper and pan-seared ahi tuna as well as some delicious deep-fried dishes such as the Blue Lava Shrimp Taco and island-style shrimp entrees.

These are just for starters, folks. There’s plenty of more seafood to discover at Space Coast Daily Park.

Richard Cockerel with his What's The Catch unique Silverstream trailer will offer some delicious tuna

Because man lives by more than seafood alone, the festival features an international beer and wine pavilion, an arts and crafts show, a children’s activity zone and special events such as the Pirates’ Parade and Party, when several Pirate Krewes, including the Brethren of the Space Coast Pirates’ Krewe, strut their stuff.

Pirate sword fighting demos, roaming pirate troubadours, pirate belly dancers and even a pirate balloon artist make for “aargh-mazing” entertainment. The legendary Panama Pearl and Rosalie The Red will organize a wide variety of pirating activity during all four days.

After the parade, the pirates will party hearty, with samplings from Code Rum, the festival’s official rum.

The festival also features a carnival with rides and games, cooking demos, magic shows and much more.

The 2019 Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera, Florida is sponsored by Viera Hospital, Space Coast Daily, News 6,  Florida’s Space Coast, Miller Lite, Giant Recreation World and Savings Safari.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit SpaceCoastSeafoodFestival.com, call 321-323-4460 or 1-855-386-3836 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

Prepare to be awed when the fourth annual Space Coast Seafood & Music Festival arrives at Viera’s Space Coast Daily Park set for March 7-10.

SPACE COAST DAILY PARK – THE VENUE: The beautiful 30-acre park was named after Space Coast Daily – Brevard’s most popular free news source. Space Coast Daily Park is ideally located in the middle of Brevard County, just off Interstate 95, for easy access from all areas of central Florida. Please do not bring the following items to the event: No food or beverages, coolers, chairs, alcohol of any kind, weapons, umbrellas may be brought into the event. Enter Space Coast Daily Park from Stadium Parkway. Parking is $5 and VIP parking is $10.

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