Cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Space Coast Music Festival is back in a big way.
“More than 80 Brevard County-based acts will perform on six stages across downtown Eau Gallie from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. That’s up from 68 musicians and bands that played at the 2019 festival,” event co-organizer Steven Spencer said.
The free festival likely will set a record for the most musical acts to perform at one live event in Brevard. And it could have been even bigger, Spencer said.
“I have probably another 20 bands that are trying to get on this thing, and I can’t make room for them,” said Spencer, a Melbourne resident, algebra teacher and singer for the punk-metal band Sixty Foot Giant, one of the acts scheduled to perform.
Most of the bands play rock music, but some jazz, rap, hip-hop, reggae and funk acts also are in the lineup, Spencer said. Jazz singer Kristen Warren and her Brevard All-Stars, a backup band of local talent, will be the festival’s headliner.
“Kristen’s one of the best jazz singers I’ve ever heard,” Spencer said.
Musicians will perform at the Eau Gallie Square Pavilion, a municipal lot on Highland Avenue across from The Cottage Irish Pub, a site on St. Clair Street, the Intracoastal Brewing Co. beer garden, Pineapples restaurant, and Funky Dog Improv.
A separate stage will be set up for high school jazz ensembles and young musicians from The Groove Shack, a local business that offers music lessons.
The Pat Travers Band headlined the 2019 festival, which raised $13,000 to purchase musical instruments for Brevard Title 1 schools. Spencer said this year’s goal is to surpass that total and help create a grant program for local kids who can’t afford music lessons or instruments.
From 2010 to 2015, the festival took place in various locations at Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Spencer, the founder of the nonprofit Harbor City Local, and Keenun Barley, co-founder of the FLEAGAD Market, revived the event and moved it to the Eau Gallie Arts District.
In addition to live music, the festival will have yoga from 10 to 11:30 a.m., vendors, beer trucks, a kids’ zone, an obstacle course, face painting and demonstrations by skateboarders from 518 Underground skate shop, Spencer said.
The festival is also meant to spotlight Brevard’s vibrant music scene and give some acts a chance to perform before appreciative audiences after months of closed clubs and canceled gigs due to COVID-19, Spencer said.
“The SCMF is such a wonderful event for Brevard: raising money for music education while sharing the artistry of local musicians and songwriters,” said Andy “A.K” Stanfield, singer and bassist for the Melbourne-based electronic music group The Slackadaisicals, another festival act. “What’s not to love?”
Visit spacecoastrocks.com for a list of acts and sponsors.