Feel the breeze of A1A and step into the illustrious LGBTQ entertainment arena. Florida’s east coast gets a great deal of sun and the entertainers heat things up equally. Just like the afternoon summer rain, they also know how to bring a nice sultry cooldown when needed. Explore the coast with us up and down as we take a look at what makes this region so special.
The Space Coast is not only known for its stunning coastline and space exploration history but also for its thriving live music scene. From Cape Canaveral to Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, music enthusiasts can find a diverse range of venues and genres to enjoy. You might even be listening to a star in the making. Space Coast singers bring a talent that’s out of this world, like Billboard top 20 recording artist Adam Barta.
Local musicians and bands frequently take the stage at popular venues like The Dog N Bone British Pub. Patrons can enjoy a pint while listening to talented artists like the one-man-band, Matt Rosman. Jennell Eve (@jennellevemusic) brings her classic jazz and postmodern jukebox style to venues throughout the area. A couple of her most popular spots are Double Roads Tavern in Jupiter and Tako Tiki in Jensen Beach.
The Square Ones, formerly the Humdingers, are a rock and folk classics band that jam out on the regular. You can’t help but tap your toes while you enjoy their hot tunes and a cool drink at Tipsy Tiki in Fort Pierce. And Don’t miss The Little Things (@thelittlethingsduo). Katy and Shanece infuse their ukulele folk pop sound with wit and harmony. No wonder they are rising in notoriety throughout the area. Check them out at places like Islamorada Brewery Distillery in Fort Pierce and Taco Shack in Stuart.
Shepherd-N-Green (@shepherdngreen) are a jazz and brass duo that truly make things special. They are another band you won’t want to miss on the Treasure Coast. Find them supplying the groove every month at The Saints Pub in Port St. Lucie.
Drag shows have become a celebrated part of the cultural landscape on Florida’s Space Coast. Whether it’s a staple community gay bar or a dance club doing special event, Space Coast drag shows provide dazzling performances, bold expressions of identity, and electrifying energy. You don’t want to miss these divas bringing the goods and throwing down an incredible time.
Two local reigning Queens, Shelita Taylor (@shelita_taylor) and Dominique Taylor (@thegoddesstaylor), bring a bubbly cameo drag style to Fort Pierce and all of the Treasure Coast. Their smiles will warm your heart and their outfits are always on point. You’ll find Shelita bringing down the house at the Twisted Rooster in Melbourne and Maxwell’s Plum in Wellington.
Twisted Rooster also brings you the Naughty Drag Bingo night, hostd by iconic Bearded Queen, Anita Bettername (@anita.bettername). You can visit this drag queen hotspot pretty much any night of the week and find something to tickle your fancy. From Mischevious Mondays to Shake It Off Saturdays, the queens run the show. Some local favorites include Azhia Li Kincade (@make_in_azhia), Reptilian, Kitana Gemini (@kitana_gemini), Paris Cyte (@paris.cyte), and the effervescent Daisy Dior (@thedaisydior).
Haus of Mystic (@hausofmystic.entertainment) is a drag collective headed by the gorgeous Paris Cyte. She teams with drag queens from all over the East Coast to bring you incredible themed shows. You can find them around the Cocoa area at The Attic Bar & Nightclub and The Dunes Cocoa Beach.
DJs along the coast help the community get down. They know how to work the room and the community. They bring everyone together and spin mixes that make the parties jam until late into the morning. Venture out into Jensen Beach, Vero, St. Lucie, Melbourne, Daytona and more. You will find some truly incredible spinning talent.
DJ Bradley Krist (@bradleykrist) joins the crew at Kava Kat. His spacey house tunes infuse into his latin roots to produce a dance night that will send you into orbit. Also, on the Treasure Coast is DJ Joshua Atom (@djjoshuaatom). He seems to thrive with disco, but is more than just the classics. He’s the official DJ for Nicole Halliwell’s Drag Queen Bingo and is known to spin at Treasure Coast PrideFest.
DJs Briana Lee (@djbriannalee) and Scott Robert (@djscottrobert) bring you the beats for Twisted Rooster’s many drag and dance nights. These two talented DJs often collaborate for the hottest parties on the Space Coast and all around Florida. Visual artist and DJ, Thai Jesus (@thaijesusbass) blends his dub step and jungle style into a magical musical flow you won’t want to miss. Check him out at venues like Island Root Kava Bar in Stuart and Vybz in Port St. Lucie.
For those who enjoy small venues with renowned local artists, the Space Coast your perfect comedy region. You’ll find no shortage of the best medicine all up and down this coast. There are numerous comedy productions as well, featuring impressive touring artists combined with wonderful locals. Be sure to book ahead and check for reservations.
Justin Silva and Nick DiPaulo are known to split a side or two at Bonkerz inside the Daytona Beach Hilton. These guys will leave you wanting more with their unique and hilarious comedy styles. Murdock’s in Cocoa Villiage hosts monthly Bonkerz Comedy Productions as well. This location features favorite Florida comedians like Nick Harvey and Rauce Padgett.
Regional comedian Ken Miller, also the host of Real Laughs radio show in Orlando, can be seen performing stand up around the area at places like Gregory’s Upstairs Comedy Club in Cocoa Beach. Ken’s comedy stylings won him Florida’s funniest comic in 2013. Come check him out and you will be delighted with his parody acts and electric personality.
Practically Space Coast legends, Pookie F. Baby and Spunky Robinson throw down the standard comedy flare from a soul perspective. Catch their Daytona shows at the annual Punchlinekang Comedy Festival, where Spunky serves as Emcee. Palm Harbor comedian, Kandyce August, also plays this festival. Don’t miss the chance to witness these hilarious locals in their element!
Burlesque, Cabaret, and Dance
Dance, Burlesque, and Cabaret in the Space Coast region is second-to-none, with both mainstay and traveling acts for your entertainment. No matter if it’s Bike Week or any night of the week, you will enjoy the fire and the flare of these Space Coasts artists, who bring both sass and class to the scene. Dance, acrobatics, fire tricks, flips and so much more make this area a blend of the forbidden without pushing the envelope too far. Or maybe they do, and you are simply left mesmerized?
The performers of Polynesian Fire in Daytona Shores create a fun and passionate hula experience. It has been called a show stopping, edge of your seat performance. Fort Pierce has a community Drum Circle and Belly Dance night with aptly-named local leader Kevin Beatkeeper. Follow the beat to this “Pop-Up” Performance, which takes place in front of The Cultural Alliance Gallery. There is so much fun to be had you will be bringing yourself back for more.
For a sweet cabaret treat, be sure to follow Cupcake Burlesque (@cupcakeburlesque) for their latest Space Coast shows. Producer and bombshell performer, Jenna Beth (@jennabeth0926), brings her classic style, and her voluptuous cohorts, to burlesque venues in the Space Coast region. You’ll find Jenna delighting audiences all over the coast, along with other Florida cabaret favorites like Kissa Von Adams (@kissavonadams) and Vanity A’Loura (@creepyy_cutie). Cupcake Burlesque frequents the stage at Tangier’s in Palm Bay.
The lovely ladies of the Orlando-based Les Vixens (@lesvixensburlesque) are no strangers to the Space Coast. Their spectacular shows at Iron Oak Post in Melbourne are quickly gaining fame and drawing in burlesque fans from around the region.
To the Moon with Entertainment on Florida’s Space Coast
Treasure your time on the Space Coast. Don’t get too loose in Lucie—better yet—try it for once. Daytona’s boardwalk and oceanfront share the same local spice. The sparkling waters outside match the entertainment on the inside of venues. Find the balance and find your niche. Wherever you are on 95 or A1A, have fun and light up the night.
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