Culture Fest, Fitness Fest, and more


Seven Days Out is your guide to entertainment events, concerts, festivals and activities in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.


Jazz Gumbo: women in jazz

5:30 p.m., doors; 6:30 p.m., program; May 16. Seville Neighborhood, 130 E. Government St. The evening features Mary Chavez, keyboards and vocals, Rebecca Barry, saxophone and vocals, Holly Phillips, bass, Leah Yelverton, drums and a special guest. $10 each for Jazz Pensacola members and guests, $12 for non-members, free for students with ID and uniformed military. Also join Jazz Pensacola at this event and admission is free. Appetizer includes a cup of seafood gumbo. More info: 850-433-8382 or

Monday night blues

7 p.m. May 16. 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


Break Benjamin

6:30 p.m. May 17. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. Breaking Benjamin, a rock band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, formed in 1999 by vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel, will perform in concert. The group has sold over 7 million units and produced three RIAA-certified platinum records, two gold records, and several certified singles, including two multi-platinum, two platinum, and five gold. Seether, Starset and Lacey Strum will open the show. Tickets start at $41. More information: 850-432-0800.

Groups on the beach

7-9 p.m. May 17. 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 Cristi Dee’s Bad Juju. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. More information: 850-932-2257 or visit

She comes from Ukraine. He comes from Russia. The musicians of Escambia organize a concert in aid of Ukraine.

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Tuesday night jazz

7:30 p.m. May 17. 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


Christopher’s concerts

6 p.m. May 19. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave. Christopher’s Concerts, free live music performances featuring some of the area’s best local bands. Participants are encouraged to bring their own food and drink. This week features Cross Town. Free. More information: 850-433-0074.


Gallery evening

5 p.m. May 20. Downtown Pensacola. Gallery Night Pensacola is a non-profit organization whose goal is to inspire culture, engagement and the practice of arts of all types in an entertaining event for all ages and backgrounds. These monthly events focus on specific themes, showcase featured artists, and recruit the region’s top creators. This month’s theme is Dancing in the Streets. More info:

Bands on the Blackwater

7 p.m. May 20. 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 ‘n’ roll will be there. This week features Kacy Moon. More info: 850-564-1647 or

drive and cry

7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; May 20. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Thirty-five years after playing their first gig at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club—and releasing four full-length albums on Island Records and one on Geffen Records—the founding members of Drivin N Cryin, Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band, having survived the pressures of fame, a changing musical landscape, multiple lineup changes and miles of back roads and… highways to get here. Heavy Kid and Big Jim Brown & the Speedkings will open the show. $15. For all ages. More info and ticket purchase:


Gulf Coast Culture Day

8:00 a.m. on May 21. Seville Square. Gulf Coast Culture Fest will be a day when the whole community can come together and learn from many different cultures through a celebration of the arts. It will also allow artists from across the Gulf Coast and surrounding regions to showcase their talents in the visual, cultural and performance arts, while building and unifying the community. Free. More info:

Ninth edition of the Fitness Festival

9 a.m. May 21. University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway. The Fitness Festival takes workouts to the heart of Pensacola. Enjoy multiple fitness classes, a live DJ, and amazing health and wellness vendors. Hosted by @ReginaPerezFitness. Enjoy belly dancing, Zumba, Soca and TwerkFit. Classes last approximately 20 minutes each with a 10 minute break in between. A portion of the funds is intended to help children with Tetralogy of Fallot. More information:

The Star-Spangled Salute Military Appreciation Festival

4:30 p.m. May 21. Bayou Grande Marina, aboard NAS Pensacola. The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, the NAS Pensacola Office of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and the Perdido Key community of organizations, businesses, and volunteers work together to provide military families with this free event. The luau-themed family fun day will include games, crafts, water activities, live music, door prizes, free food and costume contests. The event will conclude with a performance by a professional Hawaiian dance troupe. More info: 850-492-4660 or [email protected]

Hands on the sand

5 p.m. May 21. Gulfside Pavilion, 20 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach. Join other residents, business owners and tourists as they take their annual stand against oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the transition to clean energy. Hands Across the Sand takes place on beaches around the world, as communities come together to send a powerful message to protect beaches and coastal areas. More information: 850-687-9968 or [email protected]

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Relief performance in Ukraine

6:30 p.m., refreshments; 7 p.m., performance; May 21st. Temple Beth El, 800 N. Palafox St. The Jewish Federation of Pensacola and Temple Beth El are hosting a free family performance by Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy, Dr. Victoria Adamenko and their students in a show of unity and support for help the children of Ukraine. Donations will be accepted. More info:

The New Southern Momma Comedy Tour

8 p.m. May 21. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox St. Bang Productions presents the New Southern Momma Comedy Tour featuring Darren Knight, comedians Red Squirrel and Gary Cargal, and special guest Alabama Big Earl. Knight, aka Southern Momma of Munford, Alabama, has sold out theaters and casinos his entire career. Her character “Southern Momma” is a household name in the South. Red Squirrel entertained audiences nationwide with his country twang and out-of-control lively stage presence. Tickets start at $28. More information: 850-595-3880 or


Blues on the Bay

6 p.m. May 22. Community Maritime Park Hunter Amphitheatre, 301 W. Main St. This free concert series is one of the most popular events for locals and visitors who spend the last hours of their weekend listening to great music with their family and their friends in a great atmosphere. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring coolers and lawn chairs. Guests of all ages are encouraged to enjoy the cool bay breezes while listening and dancing to some of the area’s top musical talent. This week features Nobius. More information: 850-436-5670.

Crown the Empire: Road to Hell Tour

6:30 p.m., doors; 7:30 p.m., show; May 22. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Metalcore band Crown the Empire rode it in their first gig, writing a handful of songs shortly before taking the stage to open Memphis May Fire. In 2012, their debut single, “Makeshift Chemistry”, was viewed over seven million times and featured their signature sound, a melodic take on metalcore with soaring choruses. The Word Alive and Afterlife will open the show. $22. For all ages. More info and ticket purchase:

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