Tropical Audubon Society’s Conservation Concert series returns on Jan. 25 with Take Sixx inaugurating the Birding organization’s 11th annual signature concert series.
For just as many years running, Take Sixx has been the opening night act on the storied Doc Thomas House Keystone Stage, albeit in various incarnations. Tropical Audubon Society’s Doc Thomas House is located at 5530 Sunset Dr.
Welcome back Take Sixx founding members Dr. Steve Chavoustie (keyboards/harmonica), Harold Norman (drums) and Dr. Ron Sancetta (vocals) together with band mates Luz Angela (vocals/guitar), Dr. Enrique Hernandez (bass guitar) and Aaron Whitman (lead guitar).
“We enjoy the intimate venue here; we feel strongly about supporting an organization that helps protect Biscayne Bay and the Everglades, and we know the funds that are raised stay right here in our own backyard,” Dr. Chavoustie said.
It was Chavoustie’s enthusiasm that planted the seed for Tropical Audubon’s Conservation Concert series. While attending a memorial service for a family friend at the house in 2009, he noticed the 20; by 30-foot chickee was in dire need of repair. He immediately volunteered, “Let’s hold concerts here and raise the money for a new thatch!”
Since the inaugural concert in January 2010, the chickee has been re- thatched twice and countless other much-needed repairs and improvements have been made to the historic house and Steinberg Nature Center grounds.
Chavoustie and his band mates encourage the community to turn out on Jan. 25 to enjoy the group’s rich repertoire of classic and contemporary hits under the Audubon oaks.
Taco Fresh Food Truck will be present along with the donation Bird Bar featuring Island Coastal Lager craft brew and a bevy of international wines courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co.
Picnic tables are available on a first-come basis. Gates open at 7p.m; music begins at 7:30 p.m.; lights out at 10 p.m.
Admission is $10 donation per person, children 12 and under are free Proceeds benefit capital improvements to the Steinberg Nature Center grounds and historic buildings.
Limited free parking is available via the 55th Avenue auto gate; free parking along 56th Avenue; metered parking on Sunset Drive; various garage and valet parking options within 1-3 blocks; Metrorail service to South Miami Station.
Tropical Audubon Society works to conserve and restore natural South Florida ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats through advocacy and education for the benefit of biological diversity and humanity itself. Tropical Audubon Society facilitates its mission via conservation, education, historic preservation and recreation.
To host a private event on the Steinberg Nature Center campus, in the shady picnic grove, under the iconic chickee or in the historic doc Thomas House, sebd email to email@example.com.
2020 ConCon Schedule: Saturday, Jan. 25, Take Sixx; Saturday, Feb. 29, Plan B; Saturday, Mar. 28, Been there, Done That, and Saturday, Apr. 25, Birdstock.