Live the month of August with six cool events

We’re going to keep it short and quick this week. August’s scorching days are over, primary is over and college football is back!

Florida State takes on Duquesne (Pittsburgh) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. The FAMU Rattlers travel to North Carolina to face the Tarheels at 8:15 p.m.

Here are at least six things you won’t want to miss, culled from emails, online listings from the Council for Culture and the Arts and elsewhere.

Concert:Tallahassee Nights Live pays homage to the past and nurtures the future with Soul Heaven concert

Jurassic Quest:Walk among the dinosaurs when Jurassic Quest stomps the Tucker Civic Center this fall

The Lil Grizzly Boogie Band plays Cascades Park from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, August 27 with Country Westerns.

1. Sundown Concert Series at Cascades

It looks like a romantic date. Enjoy sunset opportunities and live music under the stars (fingers crossed it doesn’t rain) at the lovely Cascades Park Amphitheater from 7-10 p.m. Saturday with Lil’ Grizzly Boogie Band and Country Westerns.

The monthly Sundown Concert Series is presented by Tallahassee Downtown. The free concerts are held every fourth Saturday of the summer, as well as three fall dates at Cascades Park. BYOB and food trucks on site. Upcoming dates include: The New 76ers with The Common ‘Taters & the Turn-Ups on September 17; and The Filthy Six with Tocamos Mas on October 22. Stay tuned.

Soulful Femme with special guest David Julia, performs at the Bradfordville Blues Club on Friday August 26, 2022.

2. Soulful Femme and Bobby Blackmon at the Bradfordville Blues Club

Soulful Femme with special guest David Julia kicks off a weekend of soulful blues at 7.30pm on Friday August 26th at the Bradfordville Blues Club. Soulful Femme is a sultry blues, soul, funk rock and jazz duo from Pittsburgh powered by Stephanie “Stevee” Wellons, energetic, dynamic vocals and the stellar, flavorful guitar work of Cheryl Rinovato. They will be joined by David Julia from Florida with virtuoso guitar, bass and vocals. Advance tickets are $20 at Coverage at the door is $25.

Bobby Blackmon comes out at the Bradfordville blues Club on Saturday August 27, 2022.

Club favourite, Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & The B3 Band wrap up soulful blues weekend at the BBC at 7.30pm on Saturday 27th August. perfect match for the juke. Bobby’s blues is influenced by his South Texas roots and his Florida home producing a blended style of rootsy blues, deep southern soul, mellow R&B and upbeat music. He is backed by longtime Smilin’ band members Jack Bumgarner on vocals and keyboards and Jimmy Seay on bass. Advance tickets are available for $20 at Coverage at the door is $25

Madame Ernestine will be serving her famous fried fish all weekend.

Self-portrait of Nathan Archer.

3. Celebrate Fantasy at the Fourth Annual CosmicCon at the Library

The fourth annual CosmicCon, a celebration of fantasy, comics, graphic novels, games, science fiction, artwork and pop culture, erupts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at the Leon County Main Library, 200 West Park Ave. Activities include talks by local artists and hands-on workshops, tied to this year’s theme, “Fantastic Tales”. CosmicCon programming includes:

How to Create a Mini Comic with Nathan Archer at 11am – Learn how to create a comic book with artist, cartoonist and graphic designer Nathan Archer.

Silkscreen workshop at 1 p.m. – Screen print your own tote bag with materials provided.

Q&A with the artists and activity with Lapis Lantern Studios at 1:30 p.m. – Artist Rayna Sassano, founder of Lapis Lantern Studios, will talk about her work and her creative process. Stick around after the Q&A for a hands-on activity to create your own CosmicCon character badge. The “Illuminating Illustrations of Lapis Lantern Studio” exhibit featuring works by Sassano is on view at the Main Library through September 13.

All library locations will host activities including free comic giveaways, escape rooms, mini escape challenges, cosplay photo booths, unicorn slime, and mini comic stations. There’s also a CosmicCon Graphic Novel Reading Challenge running throughout August. Everything is presented by the Leon County government.

For a complete lineup of programming, visit

The Grant Teeple Trio perform a mix of jazz, blues and funk at Blue Tavern from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022.

4. Grant Teeple Trio, Saturday Jam, World Music stay lively at Blue Tavern

The Grant Teeple Trio performs a mix of jazz, blues, and funk from 8-11 p.m. Friday, August 26 at Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe St. They will be playing mostly original music, with a healthy dose of songs you know and love. The band includes Grant Teeple on saxophone/guitar/vocals; Reese Cloud on bass and Carson Degner on drums. $5 cover.

Get ready for the Blue Tavern Saturday Jam with the 4th Annual Saturday Old Time Jam from 4-6 p.m. hosted by Steve Hodges. The jammin’ continues from 8-11pm with Frank Graham, Mark Patton and Ken Gemmer singing originals and covers you probably won’t hear anywhere else. $5 cover.

Brian Zepeda presents Seminole Legends and Songs at the Blue Tavern at 8 p.m. September 1, 2022.

World Music Night returns from 8-10 p.m. Thursday with Seminole Legends and Songs featuring Brian Zepeda. During the school year, the Music Center of the Americas presents its World Music First Thursdays concert series in partnership with Blue Tavern. Traditional artist and musician Brian Zepeda presents an evening of storytelling, song and artwork recounting and celebrating the complex past and vibrant present of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. $5 cover.

The sign leading to Letchworth-Love Mounds State Archaeological Park where the Letchworth Mounds, a sacred site of Native Americans, are protected by park rangers.

5. Explore the Letchworth-Love Mounds on Public Archeology Day

See ongoing archaeological work at Letchworth-Love Mounds State Archaeological Park, 4500 Sunray Road South, during Archeology Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 27.

Letchwork-Love Mounds State Archaeological Park features some of the largest Indigenous earthworks in Florida, but what do we know about the people who built them? Archaeologists are working to answer these questions about Native American cultures in Florida. Activities include a guided tour of the site, a look at an active dig, and educational exhibits from local organizations including the Panhandle Archaeological Society in Tallahassee (PAST). The event is included with park admission of $3 per vehicle.

Tallahassee Community Friends of Old-Time Dance kicks off a new dance season at the Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts on Friday August 2022. Shown here, The Family Contra Dance during the 2017 Florida Folk Festival at Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs.

6. Tallahassee Community Friends of Old-Time Dance is moving

Tallahassee Community Friends of Old-Time Dance kicks off a new dance season at the Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts, 1400 N. Monroe St., from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, August 26.

The Runaway Biscuits will play old tunes live and Vicki Morrison will call the dances. Community dances have resumed at the Seniors Center on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. The counter dance is an American folk dance suitable for beginners for all ages. It shares many moves with square dancing (like swinging your partner and do-so-do) and is danced in long lines to live music.

Bands and callers vary each month. No dancing experience is necessary and you don’t need to bring a partner. Those new to counter dancing are encouraged to come at 7:15 p.m., when a beginner’s lesson will be taught. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors over 50, $6 for students, free for those under 12.

Admission is cash or check at the door. Newcomers enter your 2nd dance for free.


The Great Oaks pub in Southwood: The Keith Taylor Band returns from 7-10 p.m. Friday, August 26 for a show at The Great Oaks Pub, 3750 Grove Park Drive. Weather permitting, they will be outside on the gazebo. The 6-piece band performs a variety of musical genres including soul, R&B, Americana, and classic rock. No cover, full bar and goodies from chef Dustin from the kitchen. Call 850-942-4653 for reservations.

Square Mug Cafe at Railroad Square: Local acoustic duo Hot Tamale will feature 6 new Hot Tamale songs, plus plenty of other music, originals and covers. The show runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26. Admission is free, but they will accept tips and donations for the benefit of the neighborhood pantry.

Fire Betty’s Arcade Bar: Tallahassee’s favorite party band is back! The Groove Merchants return to Fire Betty’s, 1122 Thomasville Road, at 8 p.m. Friday, playing dance hits from the 80s, 90s and now. Let’s start the Time Warp again! Come catch a live screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 p.m. Saturday. Audience participation is encouraged, a $10 ticket includes a complementary prop bag. Visit

Oyster City Brewing Company: Aaron Sorin and Tony Young of The Young Bucks will perform an acoustic “happy hour” from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, August 25 at Tallahassee’s Oyster City Brewing Company. They will be joined on stage by Jason Davis on percussion. OCBC is located at 603 W. Gaines St. There is no entrance fee and the event is open to all ages. For more information, call 850-629-4518.

An upcoming event? Email details to [email protected]

Never miss a story: Subscribe to the Tallahassee Democrat using the link at the top of the page.

Comments are closed.