Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society

Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society

VERO BEACH - The year-long Vero Beach Centennial celebration is approaching its Oct. 26 finale, but several fun events remain before then.

On Fri., Oct. 11, two great local jazz bands will play a free, family-friendly concert in Pocahontas Park at the Heritage Center.

First up at Vero's Centennial Jazz on the Lawn is the Indian River Charter High School Jazz Band, playing 6-8 p.m. Then the Ft. Pierce Jazz and Blues Society celebrates Vero Beach with a set from 8-10 p.m.

Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs for the outdoor concert.

There will be a trivia contest with a focus on Vero Beach history, a Vero Selfie photo booth, and food for purchase. The Vero Beach Lifeguard Association and Waldo's will sell beer, wine, and rum buckets.

Partial proceeds from the beverage sales go to the Thomas Warren Memorial Scholarship Fund, named for Thomas Warren, guitarist and singer of the rockabilly band Sweet Chariots, who was killed in an auto accident returning from a show in 2014. The funds will support music scholarships at Indian River Charter High School.

Don’t pass by the commemorative towels on sale for $10, with proceeds to Little Birthday Angels, a local non-profit that provides birthday gifts and school supplies for homeless children, and the Vero Beach Recreation Department.

The Heritage Center is located in Pocahontas Park, 2140 14th Ave., Vero Beach. The free jazz concert takes place Fri. Oct. 11, 6-10 p.m.

For more information including details about the Oct. 26 finale, visit

There will be a separate benefit for the Thomas Warren scholarship fund featuring the band Sleepin’ Dogz on Sat., Oct. 12, 7-10 p.m., at Waldo’s.

Waldo's Bar & Grill at the Driftwood is located at 3150 Ocean Dr., Vero Beach.

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