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The King Center offers a very musical October

The King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne has brought live musical entertainment on the Space Coast to a whole new level since it opened. And now, they are out-doing themselves with six shows in October guaranteed to please music-lovers of all tastes.

Tim Reynolds holds an audience captive as he performs his musical magic.
Photo: K. Maki

Saturday, October 11

The Beatles: White Album will be performed by the Classic Albums Live band at 8 p.m. on October 11. A listing of all the songs in the double album maybe found by following this link.

The Classic Album Live series is a huge hit at the King Center. The musicians are exceptional, the mannerisms of the bands being portrayed are spot on, and the music is an almost flawless duplicate of the original.

Classic Albums Live is a concert series out of Toronto that was created in 2003. They are studio musicians and vocalists that perform a rock album in it's entirety: "note for note, cut for cut". They are said to go to great lengths to accurately recreate the original piece of music.

Wednesday, October 15

The Space Coast has a legion of Dave Matthews fans, many of which think nothing of driving to West Palm, Tampa or Jacksonville for one of his concerts. Many of those fans are also familiar with Tim Reynolds, a guitar wizard who appears every now and then with Dave in an acoustic concert. This writer was lucky enough to attend such a concert and is looking forward to hearing Tim perform with his own musical group, TR3. Musicans, especially guitar players, will not want to miss this concert.

Friday, October 17

On Friday, October 17, Martina McBride will appear in concert at 8 p.m. One of country music’s best female vocalists, Martina McBride has earned herself 14 Grammy nominations and four Female Vocalist of the Year CMA awards. The Academy of Country Music has named her Top Female Country Singer three times.

Martina not only has 20 top10 hits and six No. 1 hits but she is unique in that she also addresses some issues that are sensitive but very dear to her. Those include

  • Domestic violence and female empowerment in "This One’s for the Girls"
  • Child abuse in " Concrete Angel "
  • Alcoholism in " Cheap Whiskey "
  • Poverty in " God’s Will "
  • Cancer in " I’m Gonna Love You Through It. "

Tickets go on sale Fri Aug 22 at noon and start at $47.50

Saturday, October 18

Earth Wind & Fire will take the stage on Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets have been on sale but there are still some seats left. Tickets start at $58.50

This group has been around for over 40 years and has been a musical force for most of that time. Difficult to lump into any one musical category, they are often referred to as a ' R&B/pop/funk ' group. They have recorded eight #1 R&B singles and eight Double Platinum Top 10 Pop Albums, and are especially famous for:

  • " Shining Star "
  • " Fantasy "
  • " Getaway "
  • " Got To Get You Into My Life "
  • " Boogie Wonderland "

Sunday, October 19

This special event garnered so much attention that it was extended to two shows. Eagles fans are invited to check into Hotel California, as they perform some of the Eagles' greatest hits.

Much like Classic Albums Live, Hotel California has traveled the world faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. Chart-busters such as “ Take It Easy ”, “ Heartache Tonight ” and “ Hotel California ” are just some of crowd-pleasers scheduled. The two shows are at 3 and 7 p.m. and tickets start at $33.

Wednesday, October 22,

Rounding out the month will be Ringo Starr, who brings his All Starr Band, all of whom have performed with other musical acts in the past. The show starts at 8 p.m..

Some of the songs on the set list include:

  • " It Don't Come Easy "
  • " Wings "
  • " Yellow Submarine "
  • " I Wanna Be Your Man "
  • " Photograph "
  • " With a Little Help from My Friends "

Videos of the entire playlist can be heard through this link.