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Classic Albums Live plays note for note

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Warmer weather heralds the arrival of a very special kind of musical bird: Classic Albums Live.

This celebration of great vinyl, a highly anticipated series of performances at the King Center, continues to draw audiences in for its musical integrity and no-nonsense approach.

“It’s really become a staple event series for classic rock-n-roll fans here on the Space Coast,” said Chad Ballard, director of sales and marketing at The King Center.

Craig Martin, founder of Classic Albums Live.

Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage, note for note, cut for cut, using the nation’s top touring musicians.

“Think of it as a recital,” Martin said. “These albums are historic and stand the test of time.”

Forgoing costumes and impersonations, Classic Albums Live has amassed a loyal fanbase by simply focusing on great music.

“We don’t dress up or wear any type of costume,” Martin explained.

“All our energy is put into the music. These albums are sacred to people. We want the performance to sound exactly like the album.

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With over 100 shows a year across North America, Classic Albums Live has been a huge hit in performing arts centers and theaters.

The performers are pros who play with the best of the best bands. The concerts also feature outstanding local talent.

“We get the best of both worlds with national touring talent that also includes some band and production members residing right here in Central Florida,” Ballard said.

If social media posts about past shows are any indication, fans should be thrilled.

“Worth every penny,” one wrote. “Fantastic musicians and the best value for money,” mentioned another.

Kicking off Classic Albums Live's summer concert series at the King Center is

This year’s concerts are scheduled at 8 p.m. on Saturdays once a month until October.

  • May 14: The Eagles, the greatest successes (1971-1975)
  • June 18: Pink Floyd The Wall
  • July 16: The who, who’s next
  • August 13: Dire Straits, brothers in arms
  • September 24: U2, the Joshua tree
  • October 22: Billy Joel, the stranger
Classic Albums Live will play "Dire Straits, brothers in arms" at the King Center in Melbourne on August 13, 2022.

“We can’t wait to hear and see the reaction of our fans when they hear them, as they were meant to be,” Ballard added.

The King Center also goes into party mode when Classic Albums Live comes to town. Two hours before each show, “Party on the Patio” begins, rain or shine.

“We have new surprises and local partners in on the action, with the King Center’s newest partner, Intracoastal Brewing Company, serving fresh local brews for the first time.”

This is just the beginning. The King Center will also offer several fresh and hot meal package options and 98.5 The Beach will be out in force with the Beach Cruiser and Prize Wheel, entertaining the crowd with music and more well before performances begin.

Tickets cost between $26.75 and $31.75. Shop at kingcenter.com or by calling 321-242-2219.

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