Pensacola Crawfish Fest returns with Cajun music and food
Seven Days Out is your guide to entertainment events, concerts, festivals and activities in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.
Monday night blues
7 p.m. Monday, April 25. Seville Neighborhood, 130 E. Government St. The Seville Neighborhood and Blues Society of Northwest Florida bring the “blues” back to the Seville neighborhood entertainment district. The event features live blues music and “BBQ and Bud” food and drink specials. More information: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.
Jazz concerts with Joe Occhipinti and his friends
1 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesday through July 26. West Florida Public Library, 239 N. Spring St. The West Florida Public Library sponsors a series of jazz concerts hosted by Joe Occhipinti, one of the founding members of Jazz Pensacola. Occhipinti and his friends will perform jazz standards as part of an educational action to highlight the jazz room on the second floor of the library. Free. More info: www.jazzpensacola.com.
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Groups on the beach
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, Pensacola Beach. Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series featuring artists for every musical taste. With a lineup of regional artists, Bands on the Beach offers an eclectic musical experience all summer long. This week features the Whitesands Panhandle Band. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. More information: 850-932-2257 or visit pensacolabeach.com.
Wishbone Ash: The Phoenix Rising Tour
7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Tuesday April 26. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Inspired by both British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, Wishbone Ash has won critical and public acclaim. Celebrating 50 years of continuous touring – up until the pandemic – the band are the quintessential road band, having achieved worldwide recognition, firmly based on a regimen of relentless touring and recording that nurtured and developed their rabid following. More info and ticketing information: vinylmusichall.com.
Tuesday night jazz
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Seville neighborhood, 130 E. Government St. Enjoy jazz with Melodious Allen and The Funk Heads in Lili Marlene’s. More information: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.
6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave. Christopher’s Concerts, free live music shows featuring some of the area’s best local bands. Participants are encouraged to bring their own food and drink. This week features Bay Bridge. Free. More information: 850-433-0074.
7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Thursday April 28. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Evoking the ocean and guided by the spirit of travel, The Hip Abduction pilots a sonic expedition beyond genre barriers. The band is the nickname of singer/songwriter David New who writes and produces music between endless surfing and hiking trips. More info and ticketing information: vinylmusichall.com.
Matthew West: The All-New Tour
7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 North W St. Matthew West is a five-time Grammy nominee, multiple-time ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist, and 2018 Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient. He received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award and was named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. Special guests Cain and Hannah Kerr will join the show. Tickets start at $25. More information: 855-484-1991 or platformtickets.com.
Pensacola Crawfish Festival
11 a.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday, from April 29 to May 1. Seville Square and Fountain Park, downtown Pensacola. The Pensacola Crawfish Festival features thousands of pounds of boiled, Louisiana-fresh crawfish brought to attendees by Pensacola locals, Cordova Crawfish Company. Cajun dishes include boudin, jambalaya, etoufée, fresh and fried seafood, and gumbo. Traditional festival options and desserts are also available. Live entertainment begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, noon on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Adults: $5 per day. Children 6 to 12 years old: $2 per day. Children 5 and under: free. More info: fiestapensacola.org/crawfish-festival.
Bands on the Blackwater
7 p.m. on Friday, April 29. Jernigan’s Landing on the Blackwater River in downtown Milton. Bands on the Blackwater is a series of free outdoor concerts held on Friday evenings. The series offers a variety of music ranging from local favorites to national touring bands. Bluegrass, country, blues and rock and roll will be there. This week features Rhonda Hart & the Hartstrings. More info: 850-564-1647 or facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater.
The Wizard of Oz
7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday from April 23 to May 1. Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Take a trip this spring to the Emerald City as Ballet Pensacola follows the yellow brick road somewhere over the rainbow for the Country of Oz. Join Dorothy on her journey to meet the wonderful wizard as she makes some amazing friends along the way. Inspired by the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum. Single tickets: $30. More information: 850-432-9546 or balletpensacola.org.
Gulf Coast Community Love Affair
7 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Belmont-DeVilliers. Change Tomorrow Today 365 features the premier Gulf Coast community love affair with fashion, games, educational resources, shopping, jobs, housing information, gifts, food, financial information, art, music and entertainment. More information: changetomorrowtoday365.org/communityloveaffair.
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87 Arts Festival
9 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Pik-itz, 1922 US 87, Navarre. The 87 Art Fest features over 30 local artists in attendance as well as food trucks and live music all day. More information: pikitz.com or 850-710-7128.
Battle on the coast
8 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Navarre Maritime Park, 8739, boul. of the Gulf, Navarre. Battle on the Coast is the premier female-only fitness competition on the Gulf Coast. The competition includes teams of two and four people. More info: battleonthecoast.com.
Children’s Day in memory of Norm Crowder
11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Brewery Ye Olde Brothers, 4458 FL-87, Navarre. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, join the Santa Rosa Kids House for a day of fun. Activities include face painting, bouncy castle and a dunk stand. Ye Olde Brothers Brasserie will serve barbecue plates for $15. Musician Stevie Hall will provide live entertainment. Profits are donated to the Santa Rosa Kids’ House. More information: srkidshouse.org or 850-623-1112.
Spring Crafts and Vendors Fair
11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Innerity Point Park, 5828 Cruzat Road. The Perdido Area Chamber of Commerce will showcase local artists, artisans and businesses at the Spring Crafts and Vendors Fair. Shoppers can shake off the winter blues while browsing locally sourced artwork, jewelry, crafts, and clothing. More information: 850-492-4660 or [email protected]
Navarre Sunset Stampede
5.30 p.m., fun race; 6:30 p.m., race; Saturday April 30. Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway. Join the 13th Annual Navarre Sunset Stampede, the largest race held at Navarre Beach. This is a certified fast flat out and back course along White Sands Boulevard. There will be an awards ceremony and beach party at Juana Pagodas with live music, food and drink on the sand at Santa Rosa Sound. More information: facebook.com/navarresunsetstampede or call 850-243-1007.
The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra presents: Sounds Triumphant
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox St. The 96th season ends with the heroic music of triumph. Composer Libby Larsen will join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra from the stage to discuss her own work, Symphony: Water Music, and the composers and pieces that inspired her, including Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Sibelius’ majestic Second Symphony. Tickets start at $20. More information: 850-595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.
Iron Chef Kids Contest
Noon Sunday May 1. Ever’man Educational Center, 350 W. Garden St. Kids in the Junior League of Pensacola’s Kids in the Kitchen program will compete in a cooking contest featuring healthy recipes guided by celebrity chefs, including Pensacola Country’s Bradley Hamblin Club. , Rudy Rudolph of the Pensacola Yacht Club and Sean Robinson of Perdido de Jaco. A group of local celebrities will choose the winning recipe. Free. More info: juniorleagueofpensacola.org.
7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Sunday May 1. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Battles will perform in concert at Vinyl Music Hall. The band returns this fall with their fourth album Juice B Crypts on Warp Records to follow their complex and mind-bending predecessors Mirrored, Gloss Drop, Dross Glop and La Di Da Di. More info and ticketing information: vinylmusichall.com.
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