Come enjoy the sounds of Space Coast local, Chris Kahl, on Friday, May 3 as the Brevard Zoo kicks off Evenings at Art of Sand. Kahl, who started performing steadily around Central Florida during the late 1990’s, will bring his Floridiana-style music to the exhibit with a blend of acoustic folk and Florida themes. In 2000, his song “Bring Us Together” was used in a regional television advertisement. During his musical career, he also toured in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.

After returning to Florida, Kahl released the album Orange Blossom Memories in 2006. In this nostalgic ode to his home state, he includes songs about the Florida good life and the state’s history. His song “Floridiana Hotel” was honored as one of the Top 10 New Florida Songs of 2006. He followed that up in 2007 with his songs “Native Land” and the “Ballad of Harry Morgan” both landing in the Top 10 New Florida Songs. His newest Florida-themed album, Sunshine Kid, was released in March 2009. This album contains “Out on Cedar Key,” which was a winner of the Will McLean Florida Songwriting Contest. Kahl also works as an Artist in Residence with Brevard Schools to teach Florida history and songwriting to elementary school students.

For the first four Fridays in May from 6 to 9 p.m., guests are invited to take in Wild Florida: Past, Present and Future as the sun sets at Evenings at Art of Sand. Created by eight international sand sculptors, these 13 incredible sand sculptures trace the history of people and wildlife in Florida. Hear the sounds of a time gone by as you view this breathtaking collaboration of art and history—just in time to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s first exploration of North America. Cost for this exhibit is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Price only includes admission to the exhibit. The Zoo will not be open during the evening.

The Art of Sand exhibit at the Brevard Zoo is presented by Toyota of Melbourne and Lexus of Melbourne.