With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center’s Firehouse Pub brings a variety of talented performers to the South Shore. You can see live music, comedy shows and more. All of this is offered close to home so you do not have to fight traffic or pay for parking to have a great night. You will not want to miss some of the great shows that the Firehouse Pub is offering this February.

First up, The Rumba Brothers will offer Latin Love Songs on Saturday, February 11. Jose Velez Fernandez and Luis Alfredo-Garcia are the Rumba Brothers. They have been playing together for nearly 20 years. They started their musical friendship when they were students at UCF. The Rumba Brothers will play a mixture of Latin love songs to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

If you like comedy, get your tickets now for Comedy Night on Friday, February 17. While the comedians have not yet been announced, the comedy shows at the Firehouse Pub sell out early, so don’t miss your chance for a good time. Next, come see Valerie Gillespie on Saturday, February 18. Jazz musician, Gillespie is living the Lush Life- this is the title of her newest CD with the Valerie Gillespie Ensemble. The CD and this show will offer her signature saxophone and sentimental take on new and classic jazz songs. Gillespie has played all over the U.S.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the music shows are either $18 or $23 if you are a member and buy advance tickets or $23 to $28 if you buy at the door. Tickets for the comedy show are either $15 to $18 if you are a member for advance tickets or $20 to $25 at the door.
Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center said, “February is our month of romance at the Firehouse Pub. Start your Valentine week on Saturday, February 11 with Latin Love Songs by the Rumba Brothers and continue the love on Saturday, February 18 with French love songs by Valerie Gillespie. The Firehouse Pub is a perfect date night.”

The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 645-7651 or visit firehouseculturalcenter.org.

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