Kimberly Haggard wants every kid in her class to have a drum, and that will happen if Sue Luley has her way.
Haggard is a music teacher at Fairglen Elementary School in Cocoa, and Luley promotes the Space Coast Music Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday in downtown Cocoa Beach.About 30 musicians will give two dozen performances at the event.
Festivalgoers will hear rock and roll, rhythm and blues, soul, dub, reggae and funk. The headliners are blues prodigy Daniel Heitz, blues man and comedian the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Australian blues singer Anni Piper, and Hi Tide, from Grand Cayman.
Look for five stages and musicians stationed on street corners, parking lots and around the beach, as well as at various clubs and restaurants along Minutemen Causeway. A street party is Friday night, and a reunion of musicians who once played at one of the city’s seminal clubs, the Thirsty Turtle, will be Saturday at Coconuts on the Beach.