An end-of-season treat from the good folks at the Van Wezel: Tony winner Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked, If/Then and on TV, Glee) makes her Sarasota debut at the Purple Palace, delivering songs from her recent solo album, Idina. We’re betting the powerhouse voice behind Frozen’s Queen Elsa (“Let it Go…”) and the witch Elphaba (“Defying Gravity”) will render a few of her stage and screen hits as well.
A big weekend for blues fans, too, at Snook Haven, on the banks of the wild and scenic Myakka River, for the Myakka River Blues Festival, a day of soul, funk and blues with Biscuit Miller, Ben Prestage (shown here), Kellie Rucker, the All Veterans Blues Band, the Mark Telesca Band and Souliz. Proceeds benefit Loveland Center and the Suncoast Blues Society.
And if you love beer, this is your weekend; you can sample more than 60 imported, domestic and craft brews; talk to the brewers; and enjoy the music by Jah Movement Reggae Band at this sixth annual event in downtown Venice. It all takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park.
Memorial Day Parade
Honor our military servicemen and women at the annual Memorial Day parade, kicking off at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Osprey Avenue and ending up at J.D. Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main.
A musical salute to the Armed Forces from this 50-member symphonic band, with plenty of patriotic music as well as jazz pieces and Broadway tunes, in this annual outdoor concert at Phillippi Estate Park. Bring a picnic, or purchase food from area vendors—and don’t forget your lawn chair.
It’s a decade-long tradition, when the First Brass, Jacobites pipe band and Riverview High School Highland Dancers join up for a concert of rousing patriotic music. Special guest is vocalist Sharon Scott. The Saturday concert is at Bradenton’s Palma Sola Presbyterian Church; the Sunday concert is at Sarasota’s St. James Methodist Church.
Memorial Day at Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Active military, veterans and their families can enjoy buy-one-get-one-free admission to Sarasota Jungle Gardens Memorial Day weekend. A valid military ID is required.
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