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Publisher’s Spotlight Winding down
Theatre season is going strong right now but will be winding down as the month goes along. Many of our local theatre companies will be producing their final shows of the season in April, while we do have a handful who keep the stage lights burning year round. The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents Andorra on its Fort Myers stage March 29 through April 14. Second Chances the Thrift Shop Musical opens April 4 at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers and plays through May 12. In Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse gives us Holmes & Watson now through April 20 at The Norris Center. Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers has extended the run of Million Dollar Quartet to April 21. The Naples Players production of Guys and Dolls will continue its run at the Sugden Theatre in Naples through April 7 in Blackburn Hall. Meanwhile in the Tobye Studio, the Naples Players present Always a Bridesmaid March 27 through April 20. At Florida Gulf Coast University, Life is a Dream will be staged April 5 - 14 at the TheatreLab in the Arts Complex. The national tour of Disney’s The Lion King returns to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers for a three-week run April 3 - 21. In Naples, TheatreZone wraps up its season with And the World Goes Round playing April 25 through May 5. Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral has an active calendar again in April. Broken Hearts (a musical revue) will be performed April 5 - 14. Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor will then be on stage April 26 through May 5. The Charlotte Players present Sex Please, We’re 60 at the Langdon Playhouse in Port Charlotte April 11 28. Native Gardens opens April 5 at Florida Repertory Theatre’s ArtStage Studio Theatre in Fort Myers. The show has been extended and will play through May 19. In the Off Broadway Palm Theatre, Mama Won’t Fly is on stage now through April 28.
4 - April 2019
Hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since Mercato opened in Naples. Mercato will host a big celebration throughout the month of April. Additionally, our friends at Bell Tower in Fort Myers are unveiling their total redesign. The public is invited to meet the new Bell Tower on April 13 for FestiBell. Congratulations to both shopping destinations on their achievements.
IN THIS ISSUE
We have a tremendous amount of choices to catch national acts as they bring their tours to Southwest Florida. At The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers, the music schedule includes Collie Buddz, Tracy Byrd, John Michael Montgomery, Pop Evil, Everlast, Doug Stone, Craig Campbell, Dylan Scott, Colt Ford, The Original Wailers and Citizen Cope. The Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee welcomes KC & The Sunshine Band with special guests Village People for an outdoor concert on April 6. Kathy and I just caught both of those acts on the inaugural sailing of the Ultimate Disco Cruise in February, and SW Florida concert goers are in for an enjoyable show. At Hertz Arena in Estero, the concert schedule includes Kelsea Ballerini, Bad Bunny, Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Hank Williams Jr., Hillsong, Chayanne and Brit Floyd. Other performers scheduled to appear at various venues in our part of Florida include John Mellencamp, Jefferson Starship, Melissa Etheridge, The Rippingtons, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, Jackson Browne, Night Ranger, Leslie Odom Jr., Micky Dolenz, Vertical Horizon, Psychedelic Furs, Parachute, The Drifters, Thompson Square, Colton Dixon, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Russell Dickerson, Uncle Kracker, Adam Ant, Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo, Gary Allan, Fastball, Art Garfunkel, Montgomery Gentry and many more. Rock on,
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Andorra LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA
In honor of Holocaust remembrance month, The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents the Southwest Florida premiere of Andorra by Max Frisch opening March 29 and running through April 14. Artistic director Annette Trossbach says, “The citizens of Andorra don't come bearing tiki torches, swastikas, or burning crosses or wearing white hoods. They are not war criminals. They are everyday citizens that are complicit through neglect, ignorance, and casual racism and prejudice; in their selfishness and intolerance, they are barely aware of how they have treated Andre … except Andre's father, who, in his cowardice, set the entire story into motion.” One of the most oft-produced plays in Europe, this parable about racism and prejudice is a great example of epic-theater. Set in fictionalized Andorra, Andre is adopted by a teacher and raised as a Jew. Throughout the play, Andre is faced with outright prejudice and complicit silence from his fellow townspeople. Frisch's message is loud and clear: prejudice happens in every country, both in the past and the present, and we must learn to accept everyone's differences if
Danica Murray as Barblin and Steven Coe as Andri.
Rob Green as The Teacher photos by Paula Sisk 6 - April 2019
we are to lead happy, productive lives. The Laboratory Theater has new seating: Rows A, B, and C are on the floor; Rows D and above are on risers. Andorra plays from March 29 to April 14 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. Performance dates are as follows: March 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., March 31 at 2 p.m.; April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.; April 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. On April 4, a community talkback will be held. “The Vocabulary of
Prejudice” immediately following the performance will feature a Holocaust survivor, a camp liberator, and a former member of Hitler youth. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239218-0481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a 2019-2020 season pass. For more information visit www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District. Happenings Magazine
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April 2019 - 7
Million Dollar Quartet
at Florida Repertory Theatre
Florida Repertory Theatre presents Million Dollar Quartet, Jeremy Sevelovitz as Carl Perkins (Florida Rep debut), and Brady Broadway's rock 'n' roll sensation, playing now through April 21 in the Wease as Jerry Lee Lewis (Shear Madness). Also in the cast are Historic Arcade Theatre. Julie Kavanagh as Dyanne (Too Marvelous for Words), Daniel Bailey Based on a true story, Memphis record proplaying bass (Florida Rep debut) and David ducer Sam Phillips brought four of his newest Sonneborn on drums (Florida Rep debut). clients together for a jam session one night in Associate artistic director and ensemble 1956: Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny member Jason Parrish (The 25th Annual Cash, and Elvis Presley. The famed recording Putnam County Spelling Bee) directs Million session made music history. "Million Dollar Dollar Quartet and is joined by resident set Quartet" took Broadway by storm and is an designer Jordan Moore (Cabaret), ensemble electrifying glimpse of the four legends before costume designer Stephanie Genda (Cabaret), they were rock 'n' roll icons. The musical fealighting designer Julie Duro (Twelve Angry tures more than 20 rock 'n' roll hits, including Men), sound designer Katie Lowe (Damascus), “Blue Suede Shoes,” "Hound Dog," “Sixteen music director David Sonneborn (Florida Rep Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire” and many more. debut) and stage manager Kathleen Barrett "This musical is like nothing the Arcade (Florida Rep debut). Theatre has ever seen," said artistic director Tickets for the musical are selling faster Greg Longenhagen. "Not only will the music than any production in Florida Rep's recent blow the roof off of the Arcade, but the story is history, and the run has already been extended compelling, and the look at these four musito a fifth week. Ticket prices are $65 and $59 cians at the start of their iconic careers is due to overwhelming demand. Tickets are touching, funny, and extremely exciting. Elvis available online at www.floridarep.org and Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and through the box office at 239-332-4488. Box Johnny Cash changed the music industry, and office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 I can't wait for you to hear their story and their a.m. – 5 p.m. New this season, Florida Rep's Million Dollar Quartet cast music." parking lot will open two hours before each photos by Joe Dafeldecker Florida Rep has assembled an A-list cast performance and offers guests limited free for the musical, several of them playing their parking across the street from the Arcade roles for a fifth, sixth, or tenth time. Florida Rep ensemble member, Theatre. Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Brendan Powers, returns this season as record producer, Sam Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay Street between Phillips (Hay Fever), and is joined by Joe Boover as Elvis (Florida Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River Rep debut), Gregg Hammer as Johnny Cash (Florida Rep debut), District. 8 - April 2019
Always A Bridesmaid THE NAPLES PLAYERS
The Naples Players and Naples marvelously flawed as well as Garage Door present the comedy wonderfully funny, loyal, and Always a Bridesmaid in Tobye loving. Four of them have been Studio Theatre which opens March friends since seventh grade 27 and runs through April 20. and, at some point, have promIn this hilarious comedic romp, ised each other to be bridesfour friends have sworn to keep the maids at each of their wedpromise they made on the night of dings. their Senior Prom: to be in each Of course, their expectations other’s weddings. More than 30 at the time of the promise was years later, they’re determined to that they would easily fulfill the honor that vow ... no matter what. promises by participating in four Directed by beloved Naples ceremonies. Now, decades Players veteran director Dallas later, there have been more Dunnagan, the Always a Bridesmaid trips to the altar than anyone cast includes Jo Atkinson as Deedra expected; and we are about to Wingate, Pamela Austin as Monette witness Monette’s latest. The Gentry, Rebecca Borchardt as Kari fifth strong woman runs the Ames-Bissette, Karen Ezrine as Historic Laurelton Oaks, a wedSedalia Ellicott, Linda Mizeur as ding venue in Virginia that the The Naples Playersʼ actresses Pamela Austin, Judy Scribner, Charlie Collins and Judy Scribner as four have become regulars at, Linda Mizeur and Jo Atkinson perform in Always a Bridesmaid, Libby Ruth Ames. and the sixth is the daughter of which runs March 27 - April 20. Photo by Neubek Photographers “This is a play about friendship, the only one who has been in a sisterhood, and the promise these satisfying marriage all this time. girlfriends made to one another as teens—and their lifelong bond as She introduces each of the four scenes as she tipples her champagne ever-lasting friends,” shares Dallas Dunnagan. just before her own first (and hopefully only) fling at marriage. For those who have enjoyed decades-long friendships and pinkyAlways a Bridesmaid runs March 27 – April 20 in the Tobye Studio swear promises, this heartwarming comedy is sure to delight. Written Theatre at Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South in Naples. A speby the prolific and widely known trio of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope cial “Girls Night Out” evening at the theatre is set for April 20. Tickets and Jamie Wooten, Always a Bridesmaid follows the lives and friendare $40 and are available for purchase at www.NaplesPlayers.org or ship of six very strong Southern women who are both determined and by contacting the box office at 239-263-7990.
Guys & Dolls plays through April 7 in Naples
The Naples Players announce the cast for the upcoming classic musical production, Guys & Dolls, which runs now through April 7 in Blackburn Hall at The Naples Players Sugden Theatre. The artistic duet that led the creative and musical direction behind TNP’s sell-out productions, Chicago and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, are leading the charge once again on Guys & Dolls. Naples favorite Dawn Lebrecht Fornara is directing/choreographing and paired with the masterful musical direction of Charles Fornara. Guys & Dolls is a classic American musical featuring some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes, including the hilarious “Adelaide’s Lament,” the romantic “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” the exuberant “If I Were a Bell,” and the classic “Luck Be a Lady.” Performing in this masterful and unforgettable musical, are cast members: Amy Hughes and Jesse Hughes, another married couple remembered for their notable performances in TNP’s Music Man as Marian and Harold Hill, play Sarah Brown and Sky Masterson respectively. TNP newcomer David Shaffer is Nathan Detroit and Jessica Walck 10 - April 2019
(Sylvia, Chicago) is Miss Adelaide. Reprising the successful and memorable TNP Guys & Dolls production from 15 years ago, Joseph Loiacono returns to perform as Arvide Abernathy again as well as Jim Corsica as Nicely-Nicely Johnson. Bev Canell, oft referred to with the upmost admiration as “The General” within the walls of the Sugden Community Theatre, is reprising her unforgettable role as General Cartwright. Completing the cast is Len Becker as Harry the Horse, Bob Patteri as Big Jule, Paul Lopresti plays Lieutenant Brannigan, Jason Eugenides is Benny Southstreet, Evelyn Kasper is Agatha, and Jack Weld as Rusty Charlie. Ensemble members include: Gaby Biagi, Mackenzie Black, Julia Cornwall, Sophia Costa, Adam Fasano, Frankie Federico, Jeremy Giovinazzo, Wiefta Jean, Kevin Kenneally, Elizabeth Marcantonio, Harry McCartney, Stephanie Nelson, Jack Norkeliunas, Ella Pflaumer, Thomas Richardson, Ryan Roberge, Logan Szittai, Sharon True, Perry Ventro, Lindsey Walsh and Elyse Yun. Sugden Theatre is located at 701 5th Avenue South in Naples. Tickets are available at www.NaplesPlayers.org or by calling 239-263-7990. Happenings Magazine
April 2019 - 11
And the World Goes Round THEATRE
at TheatreZone in Naples
Fans of the musicals Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman will enjoy the musical The World Goes ‘Round at TheatreZone in Naples playing April 25 through May 5. The show is a stunning review from the songbook of the multiple Tony Award-winning team of comCharles Laura poser John Kander and lyricist Logan Hodos Fred Ebb, who wrote these musicals and many others. The duo also scored several movies, including New York, New York, and wrote songs for Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. And the World Goes ‘Round won Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. Patrick “This upbeat show is filled with Kayley Sullivan humor, romance, drama and lots Stevens of dancing,” said TheatreZone founding artistic director Mark Danni. “It’s a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going.” In the story, five individuals find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. The nonstop hit parade features unforgettable gems, including “Mr. Cellophane,” “Maybe This Time,” “All That Jazz” and “How Lucky Can You Get,” seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo performance of musical theatre. The cast includes Charles Logan, recently seen at TheatreZone in the title role of George M. Cohan in George M! and as Bill in Me & My Girl and who has performed at Radio City Music Hall in the Christmas Spectacular; Carolann Sanita VanderMeer, who toured as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and interna-
tionally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story; Kayley Stevens, who was principal/dance captain on Holland America Cruise Line and appeared at TheatreZone last season in Copacabana and Me & My Girl; Patrick Sullivan, whose Broadway credits include Julian in 42nd Street, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and various roles in Titanic; and singer, actor, improv artist Carolann and cabarista Laura Hodos, who was the first Sanita performer to create a solo cabaret show for VanderMeer Walt Disney World as a part of the Disney Event Group and Disney Institute. The cast will also perform “out of character” at TheatreZone’s Broadway & Happy Hour afternoon cabaret series from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at Moorings Park auditorium, 120 Moorings Park Drive. They will sing their favorite tunes, including songs they audition with. The cabaret starts with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Show tickets range from $50 to $75, while Broadway & Happy Hour tickets are $35. They may be purchased at www.theatre.zone or by calling the box office at 888966-3352 x1. TheatreZone is in residence at the 250-seat G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples campus, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples.
The Lion King in Fort Myers April 3 - 21
Casting has been announced for the return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King to Fort Myers. The Lion King will leap onto the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW stage on Wednesday, April 3 for a 3-week engagement through Sunday, April 21. Disney’s The Lion King is part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series. The production features Spencer Plachy as Scar,”Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa, Nick Cordileone as Timon, Greg Jackson as Zazu, Tony Freeman as Pumbaa,”Jared Dixon as Simba, Nia Holloway as Nala, Keith Bennett as Banzai, Martina Sykes as Shenzi and Robbie Swift as Ed. The role 12 - April 2019
of Rafiki will be played by Buyi Zama (4/314) and Mukelisiwe Goba (4/16 – 4/21). The role of Young Simba is alternated between Richard Phillips, Jr. and Walter Russell III. The role of Young Nala is alternated between Brilyn Johnston and Celina Smith. Rounding out the cast are Derek Adams, Kayla Rose Aimable, Andrew Arrington, William John Austin, Kyle R. Banks, Eric Bean, Jr, Thabani Buthelezi, Sasha Caicedo, Chante Carmel, Sean Aaron Carmon, Kyle Robert Carter, Thembelihle Cele, Daniela Cobb, Erynn Marie Dickerson, Ntomb’khona Dlamini,
JoAnna Marie Ford, Deidrea Halley, William James Jr., Kolin Jerron, Alia Kache, Jane King, Brandon A. McCall, Christopher L. Mc Kenzie, Jr., Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Aaron Nelson, Sihle Ngema, Phylicia Pearl, Christopher Sams, Jordan Samuels, Robb Sapp, Kaylin Seckel, Mpume Sikakane, Jennifer Theriot, Courtney Thomas, Shacura Wade and Zola Williams. Tickets are available at the box office at 13350 FSW Parkway, online at www.bbmannpah.com and by phone at 239-481-4849. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 239-4893033 x 3104. Happenings Magazine
CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY
The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation’s
David Whalen in Holmes & Watson. Photo by Matthew A. Schipper, Naples Creative, Naples Aerial
Holmes & Watson
Mystery takes the stage at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples with its latest production Holmes and Watson. Filled with frauds, fakes and charlatans all claiming to be the real Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson is on a mission to solve the mystery of the “real Sherlock Holmes.” Packed with twists and turns, the adventure plays now through April 20. The show is directed by Andrew Paul, who previously directed The Hound of the Baskervilles from the 2017 Gulfshore Playhouse season. The cast includes: • Jeffrey Binder (Watson) – A 15-year Broadway veteran, whose New York credits include Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King and George Banks in the hit musical Mary Poppins, both performed at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street. • David Whalen (Dr. Evans) – Most recently starring in the Showtime miniseries, The Loudest Voice in the Room with Russel Crowe and Naomi Watts, Whalen has appeared in more than 100 productions across the country. • Christopher Kelly (Holmes Happenings Magazine
1/Fonseca) – Appearing in Tony Award-winning theatres across the United States, Kelly’s film and TV credits include Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Damages and Brothers of the Borderland. • Gregory Johnstone (Holmes 3/The Client) – Also a regular at the Kinetic Theatre with director Andrew Paul, Johnstone is a veteran stage and screen actor, previously starring in One Dollar, The Great One and The Last Witch Hunter. • John Glowacki (Holmes 2) – A recent graduate of NYU’s graduate acting program, Glowacki previously served as stage manger at the Milwaukee Public Theatre. • Joanna Strapp (Matron) – No stranger to Sherlock Holmes, Strapp’s credits include Sherlock’s Last Case at Kinetic Theatre Company as well as Blithe Spirit, Fallen Angels at North Coast Rep and Steel Magnolias at The Laguna Playhouse. For tickets, visit online at www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or contact 866-811-4111. Gulfshore Playhouse performs in The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples.
April 19 8 pm
April 20 3 & 8 pm
April 21 3 pm
Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd. • Cape Coral
April 2019 - 13
Cultural Park Theater wraps up
Broadway season with hit songs and laughter
By Michael Moran Broken Hearts is a musical revue based on our Jersey Girls and Brooklyn Boys revues. The show brings a classic collection of top hits from the 1950s and 60s to the Cultural Park Theater. This show takes you back to the decade when rock and roll was king, music was played on 45s and teenagers danced with American Bandstand. From Buddy Holly to Elvis to The Drifters and many more, the musical hits of the 1950s are favorites among all generations. Songs includes such favorites such as "At the Hop," "Rock Around the Clock" and "Jailhouse Rock" as well as the romantic hits "Unchained Melody" and "The Great Pretender.” This high energy, foot-tapping showcase of the rock and roll’s glory days will be performed Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinees from April 5 through April 14. Join us for what I am sure will be a night out no one will want to miss. And now the part of our concert season I have waited for all year takes the stage for four performances April 19 through April 21.
Note, we have added an extra Saturday matinee to this show just to make room so everyone can catch this incredible performance. Since 2013, Peter J. Fogel has been the national touring star of the hit comedy, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! And now he brings to the Cultural Park stage, his hilarious autobiographical tale… Til Death Do Us Part… You First! True Confessions about Marriage, Sex, & other things that end prematurely (directed by Chazz Palminteri). Eternal bachelor Peter Fogel has major commitment issues as the love of his life has just broken up with him on Valentine’s Day. He senses his own mortality and after much soul searching decides to revisit the scene of all his romantic disasters. Fogel mixes his signature wit along with riotous relatable characters and takes us on a whirlwind comedic journey of searching for your soulmate and the meaning of a real commitment. Young or old, divorced or married… if you’ve even been single (and that’s everyone) … and want to experience (again) the feeling of finding that Special Person to spend the rest of your life with — then you’ll want to fasten your seat belt for 75 minutes of Non-Stop laughs with Peter Fogel’s ‘Til Death Do Us
Part … You First. Finally, the madcap comedy, Lend Me A Tenor, has enough screwball humor to have earned it three Tony awards and passionate audiences. The story revolves around the Cleveland Grand Opera Company as it gets ready to welcome the greatest tenor in the world for a one-night performance of Otello. When the star passes out, another character gets into the Otello costume to fool the audience and save the show. Two Otellos end up running around the stage in costume while two women run around in lingerie, each thinking she is with the real opera star. Written by Ken Ludwig, this show is a remarkable piece of theatre" Personally, I think farce is by far my favorite style of theater, I think it takes something very special to be able to pull it off. Lend Me A Tenor will hit the Cultural Park stage on April 26 with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 5. Contact the box office for tickets at 239772-5862. Tickets for Broadway Season shows are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors, with student and group rates available. All concert season tickets are $21. Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. Michael Moran is the executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company
THE CHARLOTTE PLAYERS
‘Sex’ on stage at Langdon Playhouse Charlotte Players is not handing out Claritin this allergy season, but there will be a different kind of pill on stage at the Langdon Playhouse. In Sex Please, We’re 60, a medication mix-up figures prominently at Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast. Successful for many years, Mrs. Stancliffe annually entertains a familiar group of guests (nearly all women). Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud “Bud the Stud” Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons, which the prim and proper Mrs. Stancliffe steadfastly denies. Meanwhile, her other neighbor and would-be suitor, Henry Mitchell, is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called “Venusia” to increase the libido of menopausal women. When the untested pill is mixed up with Bud’s Viagra, strange things happen as the bawdy, rollicking romp begins. Director Jessie Reter-Choate is bringing Sex Please, We’re 60 to the Langdon Playhouse in Port Charlotte for an April 11 - 28 run. Broadway World calls the play “a saucy, senior scandal.” Playwrights Michael and Susan Parker found their niche writing plays 14 - April 2019
placing familiar British farce situations in an American setting. Their plays are stereotypical sex comedies, with nonsensical plots and suggestive names, like “The Sensuous Senator,” “There’s a Burglar in the My Bed,” and “Whose Wives are They Anyway.” The result, in every case, is a good deal of fun. Tickets are $20 and may be ordered at www.charlotteplayers.org or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Earlier in the month, the Players’ traveling troupe will entertain at a Murder Mystery Dinner presented by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce at La Fiorentina Steakhouse Italiana. Held on Thursday, April 4, the event is billed as “a clever concoction of chaos, crime and cocktails.” Guests are invited to help solve the “Romanian Uranium Mystery.” A Romanian count is “missing,” the third victim of scam involving a uranium mine in New Mexico. Tickets are $60 per person, including tax and gratuity, and may be purchased through the chamber at 941-639-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org. La Fiorentina is at 10361 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Happenings Magazine
ANDORRA THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA PRESENTS
MARCH 29, 30 APRIL 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13
By Max Frisch
at 8 p.m.
MARCH 31, APRIL 7, 14 at 2 p.m.
Half Price Preview
Sponsored by Ella Nayor & Jeffrey Cull
1634 Woodford Ave. Downtown Fort Myers
April 2019 - 15
Life is a Dream THEATRE
BOWER SCHOOL OF MUSIC & THE ARTS
on stage April 5-14 at FGCU
The Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Theatre Program will present Life is a Dream by Calderón de la Barca and directed by theatre professor Barry Cavin in TheatreLab in the Arts Complex at FGCU from April 5 - 14. In the year 1635, one of history’s greatest playwrights pens a drama filled with passion for revenge, passion for honor, and passion for duty defined by love. More than that, Calderon writes a story that questions the very nature of reality and the roles we play as we seek to exert our influence upon the uncer-
tain world around us. Our contemporary production of this Spanish Golden Age classic is as fresh and pertinent as the day of its conception. Performances will be April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7, 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. There will also be a discussion with the cast and crew following the 2 p.m. performance on April 13. Tickets for this event are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available for purchase online at www.fgcu.edu/CAS/BSMA, or at the door.
Florida Rep to close its season with Native Gardens in ArtStage Studio
Florida Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Native Gardens, playing April 5 to May 19 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. The discounted previews are April 2 - 4 and are nearly sold out. One of the hottest new plays in America right now, Native Gardens is a brand-new hot-button comedy that pits neighbor against neighbor. When rising career professionals, Pablo and Tania, move in next door to deep-rooted D.C. socialites, Frank and Virginia, they try their best to be welcoming. However, when a questionable fence line threatens Frank’s prizewinning orchids, the gardening gloves come off and civility turns into a backyard turf war! “This backyard comedy is 16 - April 2019
sure to resonate with our Florida Rep audiences,” said Florida Rep artistic director Greg Longenhagen. “The play delivers funny, timely, and madcap characters whose behavior harkens back to the era of the great American sitcom by delivering a pinch of pathos before it’s all over.” Native Gardens stars ensemble member V. Craig Heidenreich and Carol Halstead (Florida Rep debut) as Frank and Virginia Butley, and Anthony Martinez (Florida Rep debut) and Jennifer Paredes (Florida Rep debut) as Pablo and Tania. The cast also includes Alberto Gayoso (Florida Rep debut), Isaella Cintron (Doublewide) and Chance Cintron (Florida Rep’s conservatory) who function as a landscaping crew
hired to work in the adjoining backyards. Stefan P. Novinski makes his Florida Rep mainstage directorial debut with Native Gardens after directing a reading in the theatre’s PlayLab Festival in 2017. Novinski is joined by ensemble set designer Ray Recht (Sylvia), costume designer Dina Perez (Too Marvelous for Words), lighting designer Eli Carnahan (Florida Rep debut), sound designer Katie Lowe (Damascus) and ensemble stage manager Amy Massari (Tenderly”). Tickets are priced at $55 and $35 for discounted previews, and are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Florida Rep's parking lot will open two hours before each performance and offers guests limited free parking across the street from the Arcade Theatre. Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District.
April 2019 - 17
Second Chances: THEATRE
The Thrift Shop Musical at Broadway Palm
Broadway Palm is thrilled to present Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical playing April 4 through May 12. This funny, yet inspirational, musical comedy is written by Broadway Palm’s founder, Tom Ross Prather. The production made its debut in the Off Broadway Palm in 2015 and has played to rave reviews at other theatres across the country. Based on his true experiences at a local thrift shop, Tom Prather’s Second Chances will take you on a journey through a poignant and amusing year of operation at a church thrift shop. You’ll meet the hilarious lead clerk who always brings sunshine to the day with humor, the couple who work in the collection area who discover that you can find love later in life, the young mother and new shop manager trying to start over, and more. As the seasons change, so does the loveable, yet quirky, group. And when the thrift shop is threatened to be sold by the greedy landlord, the team won’t stand for it. See how they band together to save the shop and in the process, discover it’s not just old treasures that are getting second chances. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. Tickets are $45 to $70 with group prices
available. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Off Broadway Palm: Mama Won’t Fly
The Off Broadway Palm an underwear museum and more! Theatre presents Mama Won’t Directing Mama Won’t Fly is Fly playing now through April Karen Goldberg who has a BA in 28. Theatre from FSU, is a founding Laugh your way across the member of Theatre Conspiracy where USA with this ferociously funny she has directed 22 productions, and comedy by the writers of The she directed the first two shows ever Savannah Sipping Society and produced at the Off Broadway Palm. The Hallelujah Girls. Goldberg also performed at the A race against the clock Florida Repertory Theatre as Mrs. begins when Savannah Sprunt Daigle in The Bad Seed. Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to The Off Broadway Palm is an intiget her feisty mother all the way mate 100-seat theatre, located in the from Alabama to California in main lobby of Broadway Palm. time for her brother’s wedding. Performances are Tuesday through Savannah’s problem: Mama Sunday evenings with select matiWon’t Fly. So three generations nees. embark on a hilarious road trip Ticket prices range from $39 to Katie Pankow as Hayley, Donna Schulte as Norleen, Dena where they meet family, friends $59 with group discounts available Galyean as Savannah and Kristofer Holz as The Trucker and strangers along the way. for parties of 20 or more. Tickets are Laugh along this wild ride as now on sale and can be reserved by they navigate a wild series of misadventures including a mad dash calling (239) 278-4422, visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or in peracross the desert in a stolen 18-wheeler, a near-fatal encounter at son at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. 18 - April 2019
DAAS Co-Op Gallery’s first
group exhibit at new location
In the month of April, DAAS possible thus representing Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is the artistic community of hosting its very first meet and southwest Florida in the best greet reception at its new locaway possible,” adds tion, in the Butterfly Estates in Acevedo, who directs and downtown Fort Myers. curates all the exhibitions for The group exhibition, the space. appropriately entitled “A New Originally, DAAS Co-Op Beginning,” features the art of counted on 2,400 square the gallery members, some feet of space, which allowed who have been a part of the for ample ways to showcase project since it opened its the artworks, conduct classdoors in 2016 at the former es, parties, etc. Even though location. The opening receptheir new location is smaller tion is scheduled for Friday, at slightly over 1,500 square April 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. The feet, the membership of the exhibition will be on display gallery is thrilled with the from April 2 to 27. move. “We will adjust and This event marks the third adapt. That is what we’ve year of business for this coopalways done,” says co-owner erative gallery. In April of 2016, and visual artist Xavier visual artists David Acevedo Brignoni. “We will have the and Xavier Brignoni founded same quality product and DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is now located inside the Butterfly the DAAS Co-Op as an effort amazing displays, as well as Estates at 1815 Fowler St., Fort Myers. to provide local artists a space all the exciting exhibitions where they could work in as a and events. The space will team in a cooperative system. not be a limitation to what Since its inception, the gallery has won two awards and estabwe will accomplish,” concludes Brignoni. lished itself as one of the main artistic venues of southwest Florida. The new DAAS Co-Op is located at 1815 Fowler St., Unit 3, in “We had great years at the [former] location, but we feel like we Fort Myers (inside the Butterfly Estates campus). New business belong here in now [in the Butterfly Estates],” says Acevedo, who hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery sees the Gardner’s Park location, as the area is called, as an upwill open to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 10 and-coming section of town. “As a cultural venue, we try our best a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can be found at to present our locally-made inventory in the most appealing way www.daascoop.com or by calling 239-590-8645.
FGCU Senior Projects exhibit opens April 19
The Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries of the Bower School of Music & the Arts presents Senior Projects, Spring 2019 Exhibition, with an opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Wasmer Art Gallery in the Arts Complex and ArtLab Gallery in the west side of the Library Building. Each student will give a brief presentation about their exhibition beginning at 5 p.m. in the U. Tobe Recital Hall in the Music Building on the FGCU campus. The exhibition runs through May 3, and is made possible with the support of the Layden Family Foundation and The Smith Family Foundation of Estero. 20 - April 2019
At the end of their studies, each art major completes a senior project in which he or she successfully executes a body of work combining their knowledge of techniques and concepts while drawing on the research of historical and contemporary artists. The completed projects are presented in an exhibition open to the University community and the public. Morgan T. Paine and Michael Salmond are the faculty mentors for this group of graduates. Senior Projects students this semester are: Isabella Baquerizo, Joshua Coe, Marlissa Curley, Courtney Drymon, Aimee Farmer, Emily Gonzalez, Camden Gordon, Julia Hancock, Kaitlyn Handley, Alyssa Hershman,
Angela Holmlund, Raquel Holness, Kevin Hugh-Sam, Michelle Marrell, Christopher McDonald, Sebastian Melendez, Audrey Mobley, Allana Nagy, Juliana Newman, Darice Pollard, Hadassa Romero, Sean Shinham, Lauren Tolan, Renia Williams-Simmons. The Wasmer Art Gallery is in the Arts Complex on FGCU’s main campus at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. Parking for visitors to the gallery is available in Lot 7. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For further information on this exhibition and others, go to artgallery.fgcu.edu or call (239) 590-7199.
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Joe LeMay, Jeff Kriberscheck at ACT Gallery
Arts for ACT Gallery will feature Cape Coral artist Joe LeMay in the main gallery and artist Jeff Kriberscheck in the White Gallery in April. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. during the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk. After graduating in 2007 from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Joe LeMay returned to Fort Myers and began working in freelance illustration. Although, his gallery work draws upon his background in illustration, it branches out into several different styles and techniques. Recent work is inspired by the love of travel that Joe and his wife Meagan share. The pieces are inspired by the sites, wildlife and
ON THE COVER: Jeff Kriberscheck
architecture encountered in journeys around the world. The resulting artwork is derived from a combination of photography and painting that are interwoven to convey the story of these journeys. Joe is currently living and working in Cape Coral. A graduate of Ringling School of Art & Design and Tampa Technical Institute, Jeff Kriberscheck began his career as a graphic designer for Gulfshore Life magazine. Working his way up to advertising art director, Jeff created award-winning features and advertising layouts for some of the publications most prestigious clients. Leaving the publication in 2002, he set out on his own as a freelance graphic designer and over the course of 13 years created logos, illustrations and advertising layouts for various businesses and publications. In 2006, Jeff illustrated his first children's book The Great Monkey Adventure by author Erin Rabon. The second children's book A Rainy Day Tale was published in 2010, this time with Jeff taking the reins as author and illustrator. In 2015, Jeff illustrated his third children's book Furry Oscar Finds a Home
written by Sue Tomko. Throughout the course of his career, Jeff spent his "spare time" honing his skills as a fine artist; his true passion. Combining his love for illustration and painting with the skills he acquired as a graphic designer, Jeff's work reflects his own whimsical style, depicting the world around us. ACT Gallery is also featuring new works by over 25 co-op artists. These exhibits continue until April 29. Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers.
Quilters, fused glass at Cape Coral Library
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The latest exhibit in the Cape Coral Public Library art gallery will run now through May 5. The library is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace. The shows are organized by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. The Art Quilters Unlimited exhibit on the walls of the gallery consists of two separate themes. The first part is titled “Reflections on Hurricane Irma” and features the work of a dozen artists, who each created a piece of art that utilized torn pool cage screening and that
reflected their own experience during the devastating storm of September 2017. The second part of the exhibit, called “Resist: Interpretations and Techniques,” includes artwork by members of the guild who use “resist” techniques, a fiber arts term that refers to various methods of creating pattern on fabric or yarn. Fused glass by June F. Bennett will be featured in the display cases in the library gallery. Judy Van Inwegen’s fused glass will also be on display in the gallery cases.
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Naples National Art Show winners ART
The Naples Art Association named the 2019 Naples National Art Show awards recipients in late February. Best oof Show and $2,000 prize was awardede to artist Merab Gagiladze. The Best 2D and $500 prize went to Stacy Barter. The Best 3D and $500 prize was presented to Kimberly Willcox. Awards of Distinction 2D and $200 were awarded to each of the following artists: Joseph Barron, Bonny Hawley, Ronna Katz, Carmen Lagos and Steve Wewerka. Awards of Distinction 3D and $200 were awarded to each of the following artists: Steven Kolodny, Derrick Crossland, Galina Lambert, Gail Markiewicz and Debra Steidel. The Naples National Art Show is held each year in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South in downtown Naples. Because of its national ranking and the beautiful weather in southwest Florida during this time of year, the Naples National is a juried art show that draws 190 of the finest artists in the country who apply in 18 categories including painting, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, metal, sculpture, and wood and over 20,000 attendees. For more information about the Naples Art Association, visit www.NaplesArt.org or call 239-262-6517.
Art in the Park
The final Art in the Park of this season will take place Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cambier Park. The Naples Art Association hosts the seasonal event every month from November through April to showcase local artists. Pictured is dichroic glass artist Callie Spilane at the March event. 24 - April 2019
Merab Gagiladze won best of show in the 2019 Naples National Art Show.
NAA hosts For the Love of Art event on April 6
The Naples Art Association is thrilled to announce that solo saxophonist Jim Blackburn; Father Al & The Jazz Congregation; and pianist Tony Oberto are scheduled to perform at its upcoming For the Love of Art event – A 65th Anniversary Celebration – scheduled for Saturday, April 6 beginning at 7 p.m. at the NAA, located at 585 Park St. in Naples. “With this year’s For the Love of Art also serving as our 65th Anniversary Party, the entertainment and overall atmosphere will be even more decadent and energetic than ever before,” said Aimee Schlehr, NAA CEO and executive director. “We invite everyone in the community to join us to celebrate the history of the NAA and its anticipated, colorful future.” For the Love of Art attendees will be invited to get dolled up in
their finest flapper dress or threepiece suit and take a step back in time as the NAA transforms into a roaring ‘20s speakeasy for this highly-anticipated event. In addition to live artist demonstrations, the evening will include musical performances, the opportunity to take a chance at several gaming tables, and fabulous cuisine fit for a Gatsby soiree. For the Love of Art raises funds to provide art education for everyone – no matter their socioeconomic background. With that in mind, there will be a special Fund-ANeed for Children’s ARTScool, community outreach programs, and art supplies throughout the evening as well. For the Love of Art tickets are $150 per person and $1250 for groups of 10 and can be purchased by visiting www.NaplesArt.org.
Pictures in Paradise, Art in April
“The Wave” by James Schwabel is part of the Pictures in Paradise exhibit
The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda continues its seasonal schedule in April. Pictures in Paradise annual digital photography exhibit is on display now through April 24 in the Main Gallery. In addition to the physical exhibit, a separate online exhibit titled “A Week in Paradise” will be on display at visulartcenter.org. The public is invited to attend the opening wine and cheese reception for Pictures in Paradise on Thursday, April 4 at 5 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center. The Visual Arts Center and Fishermen’s Village are teaming up for the annual Arts in April event. This yea it will be held is April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fishermen's Village. Stroll the promenade and discover original works of art by local artists. Enjoy art demonstrations, shopping, dining and entertainment. Fishermen’s Village is located at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. The event is free to attend. The Visual Arts Center is located at 210 Maud St. in Punta Gorda (across from Fishermen’s Village) Gallery and gift shop hours: Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more info visit online at www.visualartcenter.org or call 941-639-8810.
Fine Art & Crafts Show Presented by Naples Artcrafters
Saturday, April 13th Last Show of Season - More Than 80 Juried Artists
580 8th Street South, Naples just south of 5th Avenue
Celebrating Fine Art & Artists for 50 Years! 10 am to 4 pm Free Admission & Parking
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SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER
Richard Tsao fashion exhibit International fashion comes to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Richard Tsao’s “Accidental Designer.” This exhibition will features decades of Tsao’s most influential fashion designs. Experience works that have been revered by the New York Times and the MoMa on Friday, April 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. during Art Walk. Tsao’s fashion designs are inspired by the beauty of hand-woven, iridescent Thai silk and he employs their magnificent colors in his creations to illuminate the wearer. His classic timeless designs, are infused with elements of traditional Southeast Asian mixed with fun MOD elements. His signature “cocoon” jackets are handcrafted from 7 yards of handwoven silk and shirred into smart, sleek, jacket sheaths that mold the shape of the body. Because of Tsao’s love and fascination for the handmade since childhood, his designs are exquisitely crafted in Thailand, with special attention to details. Richard Tsao was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, and is of Chinese heritage. Since art school, Tsao dedicated him-
self to his painting and in time became recognized for the raw beauty of his signature process-based paintings of radiant monochrome tableaux. The power of intense, vibrant and nuanced color is at the heart of Tsao’s talent as both an artist and a designer. Tsao’s most influential modern art works were created through a process directed by the artist that mimics nature’s passage and its encounters with the unexpected along the way. In Tsao’s custom designed Flood Room, or painting studio, he created a space that combined the elements of water, movement and heat. After slowly becoming established as an artist, he launched a parallel career in the late 1990s as a designer of women’s apparel, creating jewel-toned jackets inspired by the rich palette of hand woven Thai silk. This exhibit closes April 23. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.
Richard Tsao at work
Gala on the Rooftop April 4
Lois Selfon: Nature Schmature
See nature through the brush strokes of Lois Selfon in the exhibition “Nature, Schmature: A Co-dependency Art Show.” Celebrate the show’s opening night in the Capital Gallery on Friday, April 5 from 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. Lois Selfon is renowned for her artistically designed and colorful gardens. Her works feature unique plants organically grown in both Naples and 26 - April 2019
the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, where she lives on 90 acres of forest in the summer. For art education, Lois has studied at the Museum of American Art, at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., Artis-Naples, the Naples Art Association and extensive private study with nationally recognized artists/teachers from Santa Fe, North Carolina and Miami.
Celebrate the unveiling of Sidney’s, the new rooftop venue and sculpture garden at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. On Thursday, April 4, take part in the Gala on the Rooftop, starting with cocktails at 6 p.m. Be present for the rooftop’s reveal and help support the Davis Art Center’s programming. Sidney’s on the Rooftop will be a performance and event venue that overlooks the Caloosahatchee River and downtown Fort Myers. The Gala on the Rooftop will be the unveiling of the space, scheduled to open to the public later in 2019. The evening will include cocktails on the rooftop, a fine dining experience in the Grand Atrium, and innovative music and theatrical performances. The evening will also include a live and silent auction, which will raise money for rooftop completion and programming. It will also include temporary sculpture installations, which will be unveiled during the Gala on the Rooftop. Seasonal sculpture installations will be unveiled upon opening to
the public. The April 4 gala fundraiser will utilize the entire Art Center while introducing guests to the rooftop. Additional work on the Sculpture Garden will continue after the gala, and before Sidney’s is open to the public. Tickets are $250 each. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly toward operational costs for arts education programming, art shows, concerts, and special events, plus rooftop development and maintenance. Co-chairs of the event are Dwayne Bergmann, Marc Collins, Fran Fenning and Todd Schusterman. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden will be an extension of the art center's existing programs. It will include catering and event capabilities by chefs Mike and Karen Gavala of G3 Catering, the exclusive caterer of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The sculpture garden will be available to the public for viewing on a regular basis and there will also be a stage for regular concerts and events located on the rooftop. Happenings Magazine
COCO Art Gallery reception April 4 COCO Art Gallery In May, the special welcomes visitors on exhibit will feature Thursday, April 4 from 5 Discovery Day Academy. to 7 p.m. for a free Located at Coconut gallery reception. Point Mall in Estero, Guests will enjoy April’s COCO Art Gallery is a fresh new art exhibit, cooperative operated by free drinks, food, live the Art Council of music and meet the Southwest Florida. It is a artists. 7,000 square foot, yearGil Sanchez is the round venue for exhibiting featured artist April 6 and selling the work of the and 7. Born in El artists who are members Salvador, Gil came to of the Art Council's 20 affilCalifornia in 1990 where iate organizations. he worked an learned Participating artists offer the English language. oil, pastel, acrylic and He then moved to watercolor paintings, phoNaples in 1993. “I have tography, ceramics, always liked to draw and Nantucket baskets, Shaker paint, skills that came boxes, glass, textiles, jewGil Sanchez naturally to me,” says elry, fiber art and more. Gil. Artwork is changed out After a tragic accident in 2016 at a construction site, Gil monthly, so be sure to visit often to view our artists' exciting was no longer able to work. After a long hospital stay, he soon new offerings. started to paint. He took on restoring sculptures. After The gallery is located at 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero Hurricane Irma, he decided to create life-size sculptures him(located next to Panera). Gallery hours April through self. “Now I work on my art every day,” he adds. September are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 The Southwest Florida Pastel Society will have a special p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For further details, visit online exhibit April 9 – 21. at www.cocoartgallery.com or call 239-949-3073.
Americana Community Music Association Inc.
Sharon Goldman April 6 Chuck Williams opens
8 Ball Aitken
April 13 Bill Steel opens
Jefferson Ross April 27 Ray Cerbone opens
Pay at the door. The ACMA is a not for profit and funded by tax deductible donations. Check website for more info & visit YouTube on any of these artists. $10 - $15 donation per concert.
Concerts held at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation
2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m.
INFO: 239-691-4069 Happenings Magazine
Songwriters at Sunset Lovers Key State Park
April 4 at 5:45 pm - free
Bill Metts, Ross Jordan, Bob Williams
Songwriters on the Plaza Library, Downtown Fort Myers April 9 at 6 pm - free Chuck Williams, David Hintz and Ross Jordan
Songwriters at the Library South County Library, Estero April 13 at 2 pm - free Songwriters Showcase
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Harbour View Gallery to feature ART
Mickie Timmons, Karen Vernon
Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral will welcome featured artists Mickie Timmons (paintings) and Karen Vernon (glass) at a reception on Tuesday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mickie Timmons started painting five years after retiring from the newspaper industry. During her professional career, she designed and coordinated promotional advertising for the various departments of the newspaper, winning numerous regional and national
awards. She became the and shapes of glass that first female president and create some of her most publisher of the favorite pieces. Chillicothe (Ohio) Karen started down this Gazette, a Gannett newsslippery slope from making paper, finishing her jewelry from her gem purcareer at the Cincinnati chases when traveling (Ohio) Enquirer. She and abroad as well as the counher husband have one tryside. What started as a son, Jay, who resides in hobby almost turned into a Virginia with his family. full time job. While particiShe has received sevpating in a local craft show, eral honorable mention she met an artist with the and merit awards at the most incredible handmade annual Pine Island Art glass beads. Shows, in addition to a She holds a bachelor's first place and People’s degree in mechanical engiChoice award at a Cape neering from Purdue Coral Art Show. University and a master's Along with selling her degree in business manageMickie Timmons artwork on display at galment from Indiana leries, she also takes Wesleyan. After spending 35 commissions to paint. years in Indiana, she transAs a child, Karen Vernon’s first purchase ferred with her company to Michigan and was a turquoise blue, hobnail ashtray from a Maryland for the remainder of her career. farm yard sale. She says she has been She’s retired and resides in Estero since hooked on all types of glass since that day. 2008. Her previous life as an engineer requires that Their work will be on display through April. her art be very precise, but working in the The gallery is located at 5789 Cape Harbour glass medium has shown her that mold is Drive, suite 104, in the Shops at Cape broken. She loves mixing the colors, textures Harbour in Cape Coral.
Naples Artcrafters to wrap up season April 13 in Cambier Park
The Naples Artcrafters will host their final juried fine art and craft show of the season on Saturday, April 13. The event showcases the work of 90 juried local artists and craftsmen who will be selling their paintings, jewelry, pottery, art glass, sculptures and more in lovely Cambier Park, which is located on 8th Street South, just one block south of 5th Ave South in downtown Naples. Meet well known and emerging Naples’ artists in this celebration of creativity. It will be a wonderful opportunity to shop local and support your artists. Admission is free, and free parking is nearby. The April 13 show runs 28 - April 2019
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Naples Artcrafters was founded in 1966 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of local artists and the encouragement of the development of artistic endeavors in the Naples area. They are committed to promoting excellence in fine arts and crafts within the community. The group provides local artists and craftsmen a venue for displaying and selling their work by sponsoring juried outdoor shows during the season. Each year, the organization provides financial contributions to area schools with six grants. For more information about the local group, visit www.naplesartcrafters.com.
Bonny Hawley is among the numerous artists at the Naples Artcrafters shows.
APRIL CALENDAR MON - 1
AURA The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Four Leaf Strummers Banjo Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007
Rod Stewart tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000
Pictures in Paradise Digital Photography exhibit Through April 24 The Visual Arts Center 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda In addition to the physical exhibit, a separate online exhibit titled “A Week in Paradise” will be on display at www.visualartcenter.org 941-639-8810. Stardust Memories Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 p.m. 239-823-7240 2018-19 Classic Chamber Concert Polonsky, Shifrin, Wiley The Naples Players - Blackburn Hall 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 8 p.m. 239-263-7990 Crank Ups Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454
TUE - 2
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Island Sounds of Jimmy G, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Mama Won’t Fly Through April 28 Off Broadway Palm Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Naples Players: Guys & Dolls Through April 7 Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, 239-263-7990 Harbour View Gallery artists reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral, Artists Mickie Timmons and Karen Vernon, 6 - 8 p.m. 239-540-5789 Naples Players: Always a Bridesmaid Through April 20 Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Avenue S., Naples 239-263-7990 Jam Session - 6 pm Collaboration - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 School Of Rock April 2 - 7 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, 239-597-1900 30 - April 2019
Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
The Lion King plays April 3 - 21 a the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW in Fort Myers. For tickets, call 239-481-4849. Pictured is Gerald Caesar as “Simba” in The Lion King North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer. Million Dollar Quartet Through April 21 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Michael D’Amore The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454 Stardust Memories Big Band Riverside Park, Bonita Springs 7 to 9 pm, $5 suggested contribution, 239-823-7240
Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141. Disney's The Lion King April 3 - 21 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 239-481-4849 Sunset Celebration Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy Celebrate the beauty of a SW Florida sunset, while listening to live music on the beach from 3 p.m. to sunset. Food trucks, vendors selling arts & crafts, jewelry, gift items & much more! Free admission. 239-574-0806
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The Future of Art: Student Exhibits April 3 – 26 Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers Opening Reception Elementary & Middle Schools April 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. Opening Reception High Schools April 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. 239-939-2787
“ART ALIVE” 1st Wednesday Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours Naples Art District Consists of 60+ professional artists from 5 - 8 p.m. Look for the magenta and white art flags. 239-289-5070, Go to www.NaplesArtDistrict.com for directions
Kenny Giardino Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007
Motown, 50s, 60s tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 David C. Johnson & Lisa V. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Cahlua and Cream The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Beach Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change April 4 - 6 FSW State College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers www.brownpapertickets.com The Gala on the Rooftop The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers 6 p.m. 239-333-1933 Ben Allen Band Mercato, 9132 Strada Place, Naples 6 - 9 p.m. 239-254-1080 "MIXED MEDIA" Gallery Show Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral Open house 5 - 7 p.m. free and open to the public serving wine & hors d'oeuvres. 239-772-5657 Thursday Night Live - Jory Lyle Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers 6 to 8 p.m. www.belltowerfl.com Wine & Cheese Reception for Pictures in Paradise The Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda 5 p.m. 941-639-8810. Shell Point Performing Arts Series: Siberian Virtuosi The Village Church Auditorium, Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-454-2067
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Andorra Through, April 20 The Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers 239-218-0481
Gulfshore Playhouse: Holmes and Watson Through April 20 The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples, 866-811-4111
11th Annual World Wine Tour Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers A fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida in partnership with Bell Tower Shops. Wine lovers will travel the world, tasting over 20 outstanding domestic and international wines, taking in tunes by New Beginnings Events and light bites from participating Bell Tower restaurants. 6 p.m. www.belltowerFL.com
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon - 3 p.m. & Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007
The Country Artists Tribute Show The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-985-9839 Second Chances The Thrift Shop Musical Through May 12 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 String Chamber Ensembles U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers free,, 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 The Del Prados Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy 6:30 p.m. 239-574-0806 COCO Gallery reception COCO Art Gallery at Coconut Point, 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero, 5 - 7 p.m., 239-949-3073 ACMA Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Acoustic Concert Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, Seating is available for the first 80 people. Additional seating is available on the sand. 5:45 p.m. Bill Metts, Ross Jordan, Bob Williams www.friendsofloverskey.org Andorra Through April 14 Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers 239-218-0481
FRI - 5
Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers Rain or shine. 6 -10 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Native Gardens Through May 19 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Richard Tsao: Accidental Designer The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers The retrospective art show from Ricard Tsao, opening at 6 p.m. 239-333-1933 ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., Fort Myers Joe LeMay and Jeff Kriberscheck, 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239-337-5050 Lois Selfon Art exhibit The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers Nature, Schmature: A Co-dependency Art Show, 6 p.m. 239-333-1933 Manhattan Piano Trio Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Tickets are $10 for public and $7 for students at fgcu.edu/concerts 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Just for Laughs 10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Happenings Magazine
DAAS group show opening DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, 1815 Fowler St., unit 3, Fort Myers Opening reception at new location, 6 - 10 p.m. 239-590-8645 Life is a Dream April 5 - 14 TheatreLab, Arts Complex, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Fort Myers Tickets $10 for general public and $7 for students, fgcu.edu/theatrelab 239-745-4268 Broken Hearts April 5 - 14 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral 239-772-5862 John Michael Montgomery The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors at 7 p.m., 239-985-9839 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Symphonic Mastersingers First Presbyterian Church, 9751 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 7 p.m., www,mastersingersfm.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Country Express Band, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Del Holt Exhibition-Tranovich Gallery April 5-25 Center for Visual Arts 26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 6 - 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Neil Zirconia, a Neil Diamond tribute Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 6 p.m. www.EdisonFord.org. Exhibition-Showers & Flowers April 5-25 Center for Visual Arts 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs Reception and Campus Wide Open House: Friday, April 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 JP Soars and the Red Hots The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Friday Night Concert Series Karibbean Groove Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Richie C - 6 pm Live Wire - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m.,239-540-8454
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APRIL CALENDAR FRI - 5 CONTINUED
Musical Moment Series Sirens by the Sea Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs Bonita Bay Singers & Paradise Coastmen. 3 - 5 p.m. 239-495-8989
Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Bee Gees tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566
SAT - 6
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon - 4 p.m. and Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 5 - 9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Guardian Angels for Special Populations: Fashion Show and Auction Westin Resort and Convention Center, Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral 11 a.m., 239-574-0574 Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Iconic Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m.,239-540-8454 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 RJ Howson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Cardenales The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-985-9839 Frankie Valli Tribute Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 The Sunset Celebration -Hester Prynn Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Art in the Park 585 Park Street, Naples A Naples juried art show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 239-262-6517 ACMA - Sharon Goldman All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m., 239-691-4069 Manny T The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com 32 - April 2019
Mecato in Naples will host Circo Mercato on Saturday, April 13 from 3:30 to 9 p.m. The Naples Players Reader’s Theatre: An Evening with Natalie King The Naples Players 701 5th Avenue South, Naples Come and celebrate some of the best works of Natalie King, a long-time Naples Players volunteer and award-winning one-act playwright. 2 - 5 p.m. 239-263-7990 GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes, live cooking by chefs. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787 Downtown Hoedown with Joe Diffie and Confederate Railroad City Marketplace Punta Gorda In addition to great music and a great cause, the Downtown Hoedown will feature great BBQ with other food choices, as well as refreshing beverages. 2 - 11 p.m. www.pgdowntownhoedown.com Naples City Live 2019 1465 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples The Best Up-and-Coming Artists, Local Breweries, Food Trucks, and More! 4 p.m. www.nclfestival.com KC and the Sunshine Band with Village People Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee 506 S 1st St, Immokalee 8 p.m. 800-514-ETIX Celebrate Bonita Riverside Park 10540 Reynolds Rd, Bonita Springs 4 - 9 p.m. www.cityofbonitasprings.org The Classix Band - 6 pm The Goldtones - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000
SUN - 7
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Steve Flagg, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007
Spin Zone The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 3 - 6 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Car Cruise-In Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero See your favorite makes and models of classic, exotic and custom cars lakeside near WINK Playland. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-948-3766 10th Annual BBQ, Bands & Brew Centennial Park 2000 W. First St, Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.leebuilderscare.com Gulf Coast Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-877-6090 Naples Players Reader’s Theatre; A Funny Little Thing Called Love The Naples Players 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 7 p.m. 239-263-7990
Shore Patrol Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454
MON - 8
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Jackson Browne Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 pm 239-597-1900 Crank Ups Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454 Gershwin With A Twist! The Norris Center 755 8th Ave S., Naples The music of George and Ira Gershwin… like you’ve never heard it. 7 p.m. 239-213-3049
TUE - 9
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Island Sounds of Jimmy G, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Opera Naples Academy Concert Wang Opera Center 2408 Linwood Ave., Naples 7:30 p.m. 239-963-9050
Ben Allen Band Bell Tower Shops, 13499 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 1 - 4 p.m., free, 239-489-1221
Songwriters on the Plaza Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Free songwriter showcase will feature Chuck Williams, David Hintz, Ross Jordan. 6 p.m. 239-479-4636
Taste of North Fort Myers The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers Food, music and fun! 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.tasteofnorthfortmyers.com
Jam Session - 6 pm Michael D’Amore - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000
Jazz Ensembles U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This concert is free and open to the public 3 p.m. 239-745-4268
Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Lee County Community Band Cape Coral High School 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard 3 p.m. www.leecountyband.org
Rusty Wright The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Happenings Magazine
Haydn and Beethoven April 9 & 14 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900
Chamber & University Choirs U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This concert is free and open to the public, 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268
Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454
Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
WED - 10
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Fort Myers Film Festival 2019 April 10 – 14 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers The Black Tie Red Carpet Opening Night Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style at 7 p.m. The evening begins with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for drinks, mingling, and musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. 239-333-1933 Erich Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 The Hit Men April 10 - 12 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. & 8 :30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Brass & Wind Chamber Ensembles U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This concert is free and open to the public, 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Old 41 Band The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Kenny Giardino Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454
THU - 11
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Charlotte Players: Sex Please, We’re Sixty Through April 28 Langdon Playhouse, 1100 Market Circle, Port Charlotte 941-255-1022 Happenings Magazine
Luau On The Beach Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach Friends of Lovers Key will be hosting a Luau on the beach, with appetizers, a choice of a pig roast or chicken and deserts, dancing to steel drum music and games. The fee will be $60 per person for non-FOLKs members, and $55 per person for FOLKs members. Reservations at Eventbrite.com. 5;30 - 8:30 p.m. 239-463-0128 Carpenter Plays the Casavant Organ April 11 - 12 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Jason Gray in Concert The Acoustic Storytime Solo Tour Naples Seventh Day Adventist Church 5050 Davis Blvd Naples, $10. 7 p.m. 239-213-3351 VITO Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Evening on 5th 5th Avenue South An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of 5th Avenue South, plus dining, shopping, and more., 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 239-692-8436 Roberto Díaz, viola, (Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series) Wang Opera Center 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples 7:30 p.m. 239-963-9050 Red Hannah The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Neil Diamond tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 An Evening in Italy Amavida, 7650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers Hosted by Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation and featuring the music of Atilio Marinelli. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. www.eventbrite.com
FRI - 12
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Dan Meadows 5-9 pm center court. 941-575-3007 Friday Night Concert Series with Rockin’ Horse Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 April 2019 - 33
APRIL CALENDAR FRI - 12 CONTINUED
Circo Mercato featuring Circus Transformus Mercato, 9132 Strada Place, Naples Come one, come all to the greatest show in Naples! Ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages will be mesmerized, mystified and amused by aerial acts, balancing acts, contortion, juggling, stilt walkers, games, face painters, live music and more. Join us for a carnival themed day of family-fun with performances by Circus Transformus at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Circus inspired fare including giant hot pretzels, snow cones, cotton candy and more will also be available for sale. 239-254-1080
Bob Seger, Cher, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Johnny & Patti - 6 pm Electric Lipstick - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Red Hannah Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m.,239-540-8454
Atilio Marinelli - 6 pm Legends of Motown - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000
Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Mystery Walk Downtown Fort Myers Join the Mystery every second Friday of the month in the River District from 6-8 pm. Registration begins at First and Hendry Streets in front of Iberia Bank. Free to play, participants receive first clue of the mystery location & scorecard www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Ring of Fire Exhibit Reception Cape Coral Arts Studio 4533 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral April's featured exhibit is "Ring of Fire" by the FL Society of Goldsmiths & the SW FL Glass Beadmakers, which opens on April 5 and will be on display through April 25. A reception to meet the artists will be held on April 12 from 5-7 p.m. at 239-574-0802. Cinco de Mayor Yappy Hour Bell Tower Shops, 13499 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 6 - 8 p.m., center court, 239-489-1221 Bad Bunny Hertz Arena 1000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 8 p.m. 239-948-7825 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900
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Saturday, April 13 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Galleries of Crayton Cove in Naples will host Art After Dark offering live music by Michael Colligan & Friends while showcasing some of the artists newest works of art. A unique charming business community located where 8th St. S. & 12th Ave. S. meet at the flagpole near Naples Bay, all within a one-block walk. Kat Riggins & Blues Revival The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myer Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida: Some Strings Attached St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Bonita Springs, 7 p.m. www.symphonicchorale.org
SAT - 13
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda National Slide Guitar Champion Kraig Kenning, Noon-4 p.m. & Bruce & Tiki D, 5-9 p.m., center court. Hook Kids on Fishing, 10 a.m.-noon. 941-575-3007
ACMA Songwriters at the Library South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, Songwriters Showcase, 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Rocker Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m.,239-540-8454 ACMA - 8 Ball Aitken All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m., 239-691-4069 ABBA tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566
Jory Lyle & Company The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com The Naples Players Summer 2019 Auditions - Mamma Mia! The Musical The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave South, Naples - Blackburn Hall 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Auditions are free and walk-ins are always welcome. 239-434-7340 ext. 125 Cape Coral Bike Night SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department is proud to bring you Cape Bike Night! Motorcycle enthusiasts can get together and listen to live bands, eat great food, and just have fun at this great event! 5 - 10 p.m. www.ccbikenight.com Art After Dark The Galleries of Crayton Cove will host Art After Dark offering live music by Michael Colligan & Friends while viewing some of the artists newest works of art. A unique charming business community located where 8th St. S. & 12th Ave. S. meet at the flagpole near Naples Bay, all within a one-block walk. 6 – 9 p.m. www.GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com
Charlotte Chorale Concert: Puttin' on the Glitz Charlotte Performing Arts Center 701 Carmalita St, Punta Gorda $25 adults, students: $10. 4 p.m. 941-204-0033. Leslie Odom, Jr. Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Sunset Celebration - Standard Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Del Prados The Shell Factory and Nature Park, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 5:30 dinner, 6:30p.m. music starts- In the Dolphin Room, $9 at the door. 239-995-3999 Festi-Bell Bell Tower Shops, 13499 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Island Doctor music at 1 p.m, kids activities at 2 p.m., Brian Markley performs at 3 p.m., The Nostaljah Band performs at 5 p.m., 239-489-1221 Blooms & Brews 2019 Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples Sit back with friends and enjoy live music by The Woodwork while savoring a variety of local craft brews in your own commemorative Blooms & Brews 2019 glass, included with every ticket. Food will be available for purchase. 6 – 10 p.m. $35 Garden Members; $50 Non-Members; $15 designated drivers. 239-325-1354 Earth Day Celebration Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way,Naples Food trucks, music, exhibitors and vendors will be on site throughout the day. 10 a.m. 3 p.m. 239-262-0304 Naples Artcrafters: Fine Arts & Craft Show Cambier Park., Naples Final show of the season. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., www.naplesartcrafters.com
Punta Gorda Spring Fest 2019 Lawn of the Fourpoints by Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda 12.30 - 6 pm - Deb and the Dynamics provide the musical curtain to a fun event on the great lawn of the Tiki, Free admission. 941-639 3720 Albert Castiglia Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Tribute to Great Legends with Jimmy Mazz and Friends Top Rocker Field, 9510 Thunder Road, Fort Myers A benefit concert by SW Florida Military Museum & Library and the Dr. Piper Center for Social Services. 5 p.m., Tickets $25, 239-887-1639
Pop Evil with Memphis Mayfire The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-985-9839
Jodie DeSalvo April 15 - 16 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900
SW Florida Concert Band South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Rd, Fort Myers 2 p.m. www.SWFLConcertBand.org
TUE - 16
Naples Concert Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 513-582-4031 Bonita Springs Concert Band Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita 2 p.m. bonitaspringsconcertband.com
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Island Sounds of Jimmy G, noon – 3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Michael D’Amore The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
SWFL Big Band Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero 3 - 5 p.m. 239-948-3766
Ben Crawford: Broadway and Beyond April 16 - 20 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007
Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Jam Session - 6 pm Lonza Bartlett Band - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral 239-549-3000
Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225
Galaxy Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454
SUN - 14
Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida: Some Strings Attached Faith United Methodist Church, Fort Myers, 4 p.m. www. symphonicchorale.org Blues and Bloodys Sunday Concert Series The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, noon, www.thecenterbar.com
MON - 15
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Mark Gorka, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Wind Orchestra Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 First St., Fort Myers free, 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268
Symphony Orchestra U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers free, 3 p.m. 239-745-4268
Crank Ups Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454
Bluegrass Concert Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 3 p.m., 239-939-2787
Naples Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 - 8:45 p.m. 239-597-3240
Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: Chrysalis Chamber Players The Woodlands - Grand Cypress Room, Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239- 454-2067 Mike Imbasciani blues jam Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454
WED - 17
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m & Singer Mark Gorka, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007
Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Kenny Giardino Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454 Greg Miller & The Tributes Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000
THU - 18
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. & Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 CSN, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Pearl & Princess Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 AURA The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Percussion Ensembles U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers free and open to the public 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268
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Randy Stephens & The Groove Makers The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225
Stars on Ice Hertz Arena 1000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825
Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Third Thursday Wine Walk (formerly Alive After Five) Downtown Punta Gorda , Punta Gorda, FL Every third Thursday from 5 to 8 the downtown merchants bring you live music, artists and demoing, food trucks, other entertainment through out downtown. 5 - 8 p.m. 941-391-4856
Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Jimmy Niteclub - 6 pm The Goldtones - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000
Art and Poetry Networking Event The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers Take part in the monthly Art and Poetry Networking Event from Gulf Coast Leisure! 8 p.m. 239-333-1933
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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vini Contreras, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Eagles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Half Step Down Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, Richie C - 6 pm Galaxy - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 The Marcus Roberts Trio The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-333-1933 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Till Death Do Us Part... You First! April 19 - 21 Cultural Park Theatre 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral 239-772-5862 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-4635900 Senior Projects, Spring 2019 Exhibition opening and reception Student presentations at U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building with a reception to follow in the Arts Complex Lobby and ArtLab Gallery, FGCU 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Ft. Myers. Free and open to the public 36 - April 2019
Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566
Stars on Ice comes to Hertz Arena in Estero on April 18 at 7 p.m. Skaters will include Olympic Bronze Medalist and National Champion Mirai Nagasu. Photo by Getty Images 5 p.m. 239-590-7199 Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6-10 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Friday Night Concert SeriesElectric Lipstick Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 TC Carr and The Bolts of Blue The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225
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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Steve Flagg, noon-4 p.m. & Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 The Sunset Celebration - Wild Boyz Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 A benefit concert featuring Eirinn Abu, Pedro Alfonso and Manny Lopez! Cambier Park, Naples 3 p.m. 239-842-5406 Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m.,239-540-8454
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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 N.Y. Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 4 - 7 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jazz Society Concert Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-254-9674
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Alan Cumming Artisâ€”Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Senior Projects, Spring 2019 Exhibition April 22-May 3 Wasmer Art Gallery and ArtLab Gallery, FGCU 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Ft. Myers This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Thursday 239-590-7199 Symphonic Band Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 First St., Fort Myers Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268
Crank Ups Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454
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Chamber Choir Bower Chapel, 120 Moorings Park Dr., Naples Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 David Tecce The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454 Jam Session - 6 pm Collaboration - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Naples Space Festival April 23 - 28 Various locations in Naples and Immokalee, Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. www.thenaplesspacefestival.com
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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 11:30 a.m.-2: Fort Myers Beach Film Festival April 24 - 28 Various locations, Fort Myers Beach www.fmbfilmfest.com Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Gather Mercato, 9132 Strada Place, Naples An intimate music series on the Bravo lawn, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 239-254-1080 Jazz & Poetry Night Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E, Naples 6 p.m. Free admission, RSVP at CollierMuseums.com/events 239-252-8242 Carmen April 24 - 25 Artisâ€”Naples,5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Opera Naples with the Naples Philharmonic. 7:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Happenings Magazine
Erich Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 All That Jazz Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 The Immigration Project Play April 24,-28 The Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers An original play by The Laboratory Theater of Florida based on the real-life stories of Southwest Florida immigrants.(239-218-0481 Kenny Giardino Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454 Old 41 Band The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Elvis tribute and more Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 TheatreZone: And the World Goes Around Through May 5 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 888-966-3352 x1 Elvis tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Piano Ensemble U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This concert is free and open to the public, 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Del Prados The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers The Del Prados are back! 5:30 dinner, 6:30 p.m. music starts- In the Dolphin Room, $9 at the door. 239-995-3999
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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Museum Night Out: Retro Game Night Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Avenue South, Naples 6 p.m. Free admission, RSVP at CollierMuseums.com, 239-252-8419 Moonchild Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m.,239-540-8454 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Fort Myers Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition and Music Festival April 26 - 27 Downtown Fort Myers, Fort Myers The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center welcome you to their 6th Annual Florida BarB-Que Association sanctioned Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival! Teams from across the Southeast will prepare their most succulent barbecue in hopes of winning the grand champion prize. Browse local retail vendors, enjoy delicious barbecue, listen to great bands, and watch the young ones have a blast in the Kids Zone! $1 per person. 239-333-1933 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Friday Night Concert Series Neon Summer Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Lend Me A Tenor Through May 5 Cultural Park Theatre 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral 239-772-5862 Jimmy Keys The Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S., Naples 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. $25. 239-213-3049 VITO Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000
Kelsea Ballerini Hertz Arena 1000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 7 p.m. 239-948-7825
Coconut Point Concert - Altar Eagles Coconut Point 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero 6 - 9 p.m. 239-992-9966.
Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Joe “Survival” Caruso, Bootsy Taylor The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225
Red Hannah The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Colton The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
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APRIL CALENDAR FRI - 26 CONTINUED Temptations, Four Tops tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566
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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon - 4 p.m. & Singer Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m, center court. Arts in April, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 941575-3007 ACMA - Jefferson Ross All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 7 p.m., 239-691-4069 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Earth Day Birthday Bash Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers We'll have craft beer tasting, bands, food trucks, educational programs, plenty of crafts and games. 10 a.m. 239-275-3435 Tamiami Trail 91st Anniversary Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway, Everglades City 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission CollierMuseums.com Southern Express Band The Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S., Naples A premier Florida Bluegrass Band featuring one of the best bluegrass vocalists and 3-time Florida Fiddling Champion. 7 p.m. 239-213-3049 Southwest Florida Symphony: Symphony Fantastique Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849
Sunset Celebration - Wild Boyz Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m.,239-540-8454 Punta Gorda Block Party Downtown Punta Gorda The Drifters headline. 3 stages. noon - 10 p.m. www.puntagordablockparty.info Everlast The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-985-9839 21st Birthday of the Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City There will be antique cars, Laundry Cart Races, a Walking Tour of historic buildings, Dixie Land Band music, arts & crafts, and lunch before the Birthday Cake is served. And, it is the 91st Anniversary of the Opening of the Tamiami Trail which made southwest Florida accessible. For information www.evergladeshistorical.org 239-252-5026 Arts in April Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 941-575-3007 The Naples Players presents “Film Noire Night” Comedy Night with Stage 2 Improv The Naples Players Tobye Studio 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 8 p.m. 239-263-7990 Scott Holt Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 The Classix Band - 6 pm Soul System - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000
Motown Girls of Galaxy The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566
SUN - 28
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Top Shelf Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Shop, Sip & Stroll Tarpon Point Marina, 5971 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral Drinks, food, music and shopping, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.tarponpoint.com N.Y. Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 3 - 6 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com RIOULT Dance New York Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Dvoák's Dumky Trio Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias: Beyond the Fluffy World Tour Suncoast Credit Union Arena at FSW, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-481-4849
Gulf Coast Symphony: Cirque de la Symphonie Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Newsboys & Michael W. Smith Hertz Arena 1000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 6 p.m. 239-948-7825 Jazz Society Concert Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-254-9674 Downtown Car Cruise-In Downtown Fort Myers, noon - 4 pm. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Sunday Funday with The Freecoasters Mercato, 9132 Strada Place, Naples 1 -3 p.m. 239-254-1080
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Mandy Gonzalez Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Crank Ups Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454
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Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 David Tecce The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 - 9 p.m.,239-540-8454 Jam Session - 6 pm Collaboration - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000
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BBQ, Bands & Brew April 7
Chasing Dallas, The Echo, Deb & The Dynamics and Bite the Bullet will be performing at the 10th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew festival on Sunday, April 7 in Fort Myers. A highlight of each year’s event is an impressive lineup of Southwest Florida’s top pit masters competing for the title of “Best BBQ in Town.” Famous Dave’s, Jonesez BBQ, Dave’s Bangin’ BBQ, Addiction BBQ and BurgerQue have confirmed their attendance, as well as Artisan Gelato by Norman Love and Scirrotto’s Cinnamon City. Additional vendors include Sattler’s Leather Crafts & Hats, Reel Islander Apparel, Costco and Homes for Heroes of Southwest Florida. BBQ, Bands & Brew will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St. in downtown Fort Myers. Admission is $10 per person, and children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance or at the gate. The festival is a major fundraising
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event of Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) that provides emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. In addition to music and food at BBQ, Bands & Brew, younger guests can enjoy a children’s play area with face-painting and games. A cornhole tournament with cash prizes starts at noon. Pre-registration for the cornhole tournament is available at BBQBandsAndBrew.com. All Star Equipment Rentals & Sales is returning as the presenting sponsor for BBQ, Bands & Brew. Major sponsors include Argos, Ferguson, Juniper Landscaping, Storm Smart and Sunset Pools. Supporting sponsors include Barraco and Associates, Brent’s Music & Sound, Cape Coral Plumbing Company, D.R. Horton, EnviroStruct, Five County
Insurance, Franzese Plumbing, Garden Street Portables, Grabber Construction Products, Gulf Western Roofing, Haines A/C & Refrigeration, Honc Industries, Hughes, Snell & Co., IBERIABANK, Latite Roofing, LCEC, Lee Drywall, Lightning Wireless Solutions, LSI Companies, Inc., Minto Communities, Nilles Design Group, Norris Furniture & Interiors, Paul Homes, Pavese Law Firm, Plumbing Solutions of Southwest Florida, Preferred Materials, Waste Pro and Wright Construction Group. Media partners include Happenings Magazine, 95.3 OLZ, Y100.1, Cat Country 107.1, 105.5 The Beat, WINK, Ft. Myers Magazine, Florida Weekly, CarterPritchett Advertising and Air Corp. Beverage Partners include Aqua Systems, Budweiser, Coastal Beverage and Suncoast Beverage Sales. Priority Marketing is the event’s promotions partner. For ticket information, visit www.BBQBandsAndBrew.com or call 239-938-0056.
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AMERICANA COMMUNITY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Sharon Goldman, 8 Ball Aitken, Jefferson Ross The season is still going strong at the Americana Community Music Association. The ACMA has six shows in four locations in April. The ACMA rents the All Faiths Congregation on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers for its touring artists shows. Each show has a local songwriter open for the headliner. The ACMA also hosts very popular free concerts in three more locations that present three local songwriters in a round robin format.
fails to entertain with his warm whiskey voice and extraordinary finger picking. Join us for a wonderful evening. Ray Cerbone opens for Jefferson Ross. He plays mostly fingerstyle guitar. With his original songs, Ray’s music crosses several genres from storyteller ballads to folk, and country based fun songs to blues. Ray is also the lead singer for the nationally touring band, The Apocalypse Blues Revue.
Shows located at All Faiths
The ACMA welcomes Sharon Goldman on April 6. Sharon is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter whose "intense, insightful, vivid" storytelling is a "clinic in how to paint an indelible picture with the simplest images and symbols," says Alan Young, New York Music Daily. Over several well-received albums released over the past decade, she has combined heartfelt portraits and memorable lyrics with unforgettable melodies and expressive vocals — taking a folk/pop sensibility to new artistic heights. She performs regularly at house concerts, folk coffeehouses, festivals, arts and cultural venues and community centers. Sharon was honored with a showcase spot at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference; a finalist spot at the 2017 South Florida Folk Festival songwriting competition and three Honorable Mentions at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. Chuck Williams will open for her. He has been appearing throughout New England and in recent years has gone coast to coast with his music. He has been traveling to coffeehouses, performing arts centers and festivals sowing seeds of his songs along the way. Chuck has mastered is how to pull at Americana heartstrings and tell rootsy stories through his simple and effective novella type lyrics. Chuck has a personable singing style and it's not done to impress but express. 8 Ball Aitken comes to Fort Myers on April 13. Australian slide-guitarist and songwriter 8 Ball Aitken has spent more than a decade on the road playing 200+ shows each year worldwide. He tours either with his band, or as a one-man-show. 8 Ball's 2018 album release 42 - April 2019
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8 Ball Aitken Swamp Blues hit #2 on the Australian Blues charts and single High Water hit #1 on the Australian AMRAP Radio Charts. 8 Ball is special to the ACMA. He was the first musician to play at the All Faiths venue. ACMA musician Bill Steel opens for 8 Ball Aitken. The ACMA welcomes southern folk artist Jefferson Ross on April 27. Ross is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. Based in The Peach State, Jefferson travels throughout the U.S. and Europe performing his original music and sharing his art. Jefferson is an ACMA favorite. He's been with the ACMA since the beginning and never
The next Songwriters at Sunset is April 4 and features Bill Metts, Ross Jordan and Bob Williams. This free show starts at 5:45 p.m. At Lovers Key State Park. Be sure to give yourself an extra 30 minutes to park and take the tram to the beach. The show is free parking is $8 per car. FOLKS (Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.) has joined with the ACMA to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. The concerts will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Seating is available for the first 80 people. Additional seating is also available on the sand. The FOLKS group will offer a beach BBQ fundraiser at the show. Ross Jordan has been writing songs since he picked up a guitar at age 10. He went on to study music and classical guitar at Rutgers University. His songs reflect the regional influences from all of the parts of the country that he has lived from New Jersey to the West Coast o the Midwest and now Southwest Florida, His songs feature catchy tunes and lyrics and audience members can often be seen dancing and swaying and singing along while he performs. Bob Williams’ original songs and the stories behind his songs always brings a smile as a teenager Bob began writing his own music. Pulling elements from folk rock and country rock, Bob created a sound all of his own. Bob's songs are personal. Irreverent. Funny. Sad. And most importantly, true to his heart. Bob performs regularly solo and with the Pearl Street Band. Bob has released his second album, Ain’t Sorry Yet. Bill Metts says, “I started playing guitar when I was 19 during the country blues revival of the late 60s. I fell in love continued on page 43
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with the music of Taj Mahall, Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson and others of that ilk. Just about everything that I have done since then has been in that down home finger-picking style. I had the honor of being asked to perform at the annual Mississippi John Hurt Blues Festival in Avalon, Ms. in 2011. All types of music move me I but prefer to play and sing traditional Americana roots music.”
Songwriters on the Plaza
The Lee County Library has joined with the ACMA to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts will take place in the amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza. Bring a chair or a blanket, shows will be moved indoors depending on weather. If needed the show will be indoor in the South Building that is attached to Talking Books Library. The address is 1651 Lee St., next to the Second Street parking lot. The next Songwriters on the Plaza in downtown Fort Myers will be April 9 at 6 p.m. and feature Chuck Williams, David Hintz and Ross Jordan (see article on page 55). Songwriters at the Library The final Songwriters at the Library of the season will take place April 13 at 2 p.m. at the South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway in Estero. Come hear great original acoustic music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase. Helping them close out the season will be multiple ACMA artists along with a closing all star jam. This event is also free.
Singer Songwriter Circle
Singer songwriters circle is held every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation at 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. The circle is for acoustic songwriters of all levels. Songs and experiences are shared in a non-judgmental, casual atmosphere. No membership required. All are welcome to come and play or just to listen. The Americana Community Music Association provides a venue for local and touring artists, many are award winning performers in the Americana/Folk community. All shows are in a quiet, intimate setting and every show is a meet and greet with the artists. YouTube any of these artists and be prepared to be impressed by the talent that is available to you all year round for a cost of $10$15 donation. The ACMA is a non-sectarian not for profit organization. Most concerts are held at All Faiths Congregation located at 2756 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. all shows start at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.americanacma.org Happenings Magazine
Siberian Virtuosi April 4 at Shell Point
Shell Point welcomes Siberian Virtuosi on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at The Village Church on The Island. Eleven violinists and a pianist comprise the award-winning Siberian Virtuosi, the State Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha, acclaimed for their energy, unique arrangements and virtuosity. The ensemble has gained an increasing popularity in Russia and around the world since it was founded in 1994, winning numerous international awards in
Russia, France, Italy and Hungary. Their eclectic repertoire combines Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi with de Sarasate, Shor, Sibelius and many more. During this concert, you’ll not only hear the Siberian Virtuosi’s masterful execution of well-known classical pieces, but you’ll also enjoy music by special guests and featured clarinetist Julian Milkis. For tickets and more information, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 239454-2067
Chrysalis Chamber Players April 16 Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers presents Chrysalis Chamber Players on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands. The Chrysalis Chamber Players is a nonprofit chamber music ensemble offering a kaleidoscope of high-caliber chamber music. Its members and founders are from South Florida, featuring trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, flutist Meghan Brachle and pianist Catherine Lan. The group collaborates with a variety of other musicians in innovative programs in Florida and across the country, performing a range of works by classical and contemporary composers at venues including the Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Verbier and Lucerne Festivals in Switzerland, and with the Louisville, Naples, New World and Richmond symphonies, among others. Mary Elizabeth Bowden is principal trumpet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
Chrysalis Chamber Players
Meghan Brachle has performed with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Boca Sinfonia, Symphony of the Americas and the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra. Catherine Lan conducts master classes in the United States, Singapore and Thailand, and serves on the faculty of Broward College and Palm Beach Atlantic University. A co-founder/artistic director of Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples, Catherine also performs with Steinway Artist Tao Lin as Duo Beaux Arts. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 239-454-2067. April 2019 - 43
Gulf Coast Symphony gala April 5
The Gulf Coast Symphony will be hosting its annual gala on April 5 to celebrate 24 years of “Creating Community Through Music.” The historic grounds of idyllic Shangrila Springs will be filled with sounds of music, the fragrant aroma of sizzling food and laughter. Guests will enjoy a casino gaming area, dancing to the music of Heat Latin Jazz, and watching the evening’s headliner—a performance by America’s Got Talent Magician & Mentalist Dan
Stapleton. The bar will feature a “Shangrila” specialty cocktail. There will be a live auction and silent auction, to help the organization raise money to support MusicWorks! and its other community engagement and education programs. Everyone is invited to come enjoy a Night of Delights celebrating your community orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony. The event will be held at the historic Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5.
General admission tickets are $100. VIP tickets are $150 (Includes special VIP area with open bar, a commemorative gift and a $50 tax-deductible donation to the symphony) Established in 1996, the Gulf Coast Symphony is led by music and executive Director Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz Event sponsorships packages are available. For more information, call 239-2771700 or visit www.GulfCoastSymphony.org
Symphonic Chorale concludes season April 12 & 14
The Symphonic Chorale’s will conclude its eighth season with the premiere of “Blue Squills,” a new composition by popular American composer Eric William Barnum, who will be in Southwest Florida for the premiere. Two free admission concerts will be performed on Friday, April 12 in Bonita Springs at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 14 in Fort Myers at Faith United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Dr. Trent Brown will conduct, accomTrent Brown panied by a small string ensemble led by Southwest Florida Symphony concertmaster Reiko Niiya. “We are honored to conclude our season with this new work by Eric Barnum and to have him as our guest for these concerts to share with us and our audiences his vision for this beautiful text by poet Sarah Teasdale,” said Symphonic Chorale artistic director Trent R. Brown. “To have a composer of his stature and reputation in the world of choral music here to work with The Chorale is very special.” Born in 1979, composer and conductor Eric William Barnum is also director of choral music at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and he holds a DMA in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin. He continues to explore new ground in choral music for choirs of all kinds (from professional to youth
choirs) to provide “intensely meaningful experiences for singers and audiences.” His passion, his voice and his vision continues to gain popularity and his music is recognized widely around the world. Besides the new Barnum composition, the concert will also feature other popular Barnum works, as well as excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s B Minor Mass, Rene Clausen’s “Oh, My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” and more. Eric William Branum As a gift to the community and so everyone can enjoy quality choral music, the Chorale Board has committed to performing our Chorale-produced concerts without admission charge. However, these concerts are not without cost and this finale concert with a new commission work and a professional string ensemble is our most expensive concert of this season. A free will offering will be taken at the concert and your generous support is greatly appreciated. Tickets may be printed and donations can be made at www.SymphonicChorale.org. (tickets are not required for admission.) Call the chorale at 239-560-5695 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org about becoming a Challenge Match Sponsor of this or any of our concerts by matching the free will offering collected at a performance.
Bonita Springs Concert Band performs April 14 The final concert of the season by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park on Old 41 Road in downtown Old Bonita. The excitement of the band has been outstanding this season. The 90 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith, who retired after 44 - April 2019
24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band. Gary says, “the talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 90.” Mike Davis, who performed with the band in November, will be back to narrate “The Greatest Generation.” Davis headed all musical productions at Disney World and then Disney International. He will also
sing “God Bless the USA.” The band will perform “The Dark Knight,” “The Lion King” and “Circus Days Gallop.” Join the band for another exciting performance. Bring your lawn chairs and a friend on Sunday, April 14. To follow the band online, visit www.bonitaspringsconcertband.com. Happenings Magazine
Southwest Florida Symphony to perform season finale April 27 The Southwest Florida Symphony closes its 58th season with flair that includes a guest violinist of extraordinary stature on Saturday, April 27 with Masterworks V: Fantastique! at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. The performance happens at 7:30 p.m., with Maestro Kabaretti’s highly popular pre-concert lecture taking place at 6:30 p.m. These lectures are offered in order to better educate audiences about the pieces being performed and often feature a guest artist Q & A and demonstrations. Masterworks V: Fantastique! is conducted by the Southwest Florida Symphony’s internationally renowned music director Maestro Nir Kabaretti and features Hector Berlioz’s famous Symphonie Fantastique and contemporary Giora Schmidt composer, Noam Sheriff’s compelling piece, Akeda. Punctuating the program is Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto with guest artist Giora Schmidt, who has performed with the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestras among others. In recital and chamber music, Giora Schmidt has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo's Musashino Cultural Hall. Festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, the Santa Fe and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, Bard Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music and Music Academy of the West. He has collaborated with eminent musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree.
Born in Philadelphia to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. A graduate of the Juilliard School, his teachers have included Geoffrey Michaels, Patinka Kopec, Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman; with additional guidance from Pinchas Zukerman. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, Giora was on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Perlman Music Program and recently appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM.) Through technology and social media, he continues to find new ways of reaching young violinists and music lovers around the world. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, The Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders award, and was a Starling Fellow at the Juilliard School. Tickets cost between $25 and $105 per person and may be purchased online at www.swflso.org, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Symphony Box Office at (239) 418-1500 or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.
Lee County Band to play April 7
The Lee County Community Band will present “April in Paradise,” its last concert of the season, at 3 p.m. on April 7 at Cape Coral High School. Get ready for an afternoon of exuberant, toe tapping, sing-a-long fun! Under the baton of Richard Bradstreet, the band will be in top form as it performs Dixieland, lively marches, patriotic favorites, Broadway hits, and more. Selections include “Satchmo!,” a tribute to Louis Armstrong; Big Band Polka and The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Happenings Magazine
including themes from Jesus Christ Superstar; Don't Cry for Me, Argentina; and Phantom of the Opera. The Lee County Band has been entertaining Southwest Florida audiences since 1885, and enjoys a large, loyal, and enthusiastic audience. Arrive early and enjoy this final concert of the band’s 133rd season. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. The band will resume rehearsals in October, and its first performance of the 2019-20 season will on Nov. 10. All will be
at Cape Coral High School at 3 p.m. Cape Coral High School is located t 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard, one block north of Veterans Parkway. The 60-member band is comprised of professional and amateur musicians from all walks of life who reside in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. For more information, please phone John Fenn at 239-4546430. For additional information, visit them on Facebook and at www.leecountyband.org.
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Cirque de la Symphonie
joins Gulf Coast Symphony
The magic of cirque comes to the concert hall with Gulf Coast Symphony. The most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world—aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen – perform to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music. Cirque de la Symphonie is a performance the whole family will enjoy, mixing amazing visual acts with live music. Cirque de la Symphonie
will be on April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. Tickets start at only $29. There will be a pre-concert dinner at 5 p.m. in the Judd Pavilion at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $35 per person. Dinner proceeds benefit MusicWorks! and the Gulf Coast Symphony’s education initiatives. Make it a complete evening with dinner and a concert. For ticket information, call 239-481-4849 or visit at www.gulfcoastsymphony.org.
Manhattan Piano Trio at FGCU
Manhattan Piano Trio will perform April 5 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Nisita Concert Series, U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available at fgcu.edu/concerts or by calling 239-745-4268
Fashion show April 6 in Cape Coral
The Guardian Angels for Special Populations is hosting their 11th Annual Fashion Show and Auction. This year’s event will be held at the Westin Resort and Convention Center at Marina Village South Cape on Saturday, April 6, Doors open at 10 a.m. and the event begins at 11 a.m. Special Pops program participants will be the fashion models proudly showing the fabulous summer designs from JC Penney. Fashion Show and Auction attendees will be tempted by the 46 - April 2019
Silent Auction, Pic-a-Prize Game, Wine Pull, Grab Bags, as well as trying their luck on the 50/50 drawing, and our grand prize square board game or Lotto Board Raffle. The live auction will be hosted by Fox 4 News anchor Patrick Nolan. Tickets are $40 in advance only. Tickets are available at (239) 5740574, the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center, 410 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, online at www.myspecialpops.org or at Pop’s Café located in Cape Coral City Hall.
Symphonic Mastersingers present Faure and Vivaldi
The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers perform their end of season concert, Faure and Vivaldi with the Mastersingers, on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, 9751 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. The choral ensemble will be joined by the Mastersingers Festival Orchestra in a program that includes Gabriel Faure’s stunningly beautiful setting of the requiem along with Antonio Vivaldi’s popular Gloria. In addition to the well-loved masterworks, the repertoire will also include a performance of the winning composition of the inaugural Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company Prize, Before You Kissed Me by Dr. Zack Stanton. The composer competition is the Mastersingers latest community initiative, and Stanton’s work was selected from over 200 pieces submitted. Stanton, a professor at the University of Iowa, set the music for this composition to a Sara Teasdale poem. This concert marks not only
the completion of the group’s 18th season, but also, the end of Jeff Faux’s nine-year run as artistic director. Says director Faux, “Through my time with the Mastersingers I have been most proud of how we have connected with the fabric of our community. We have produced concerts with music that has never been performed in Southwest Florida, and we have given singers of all ages the opportunity to sing in a high-quality community-based ensemble.” While Faux is directing his final domestic concert as artistic director, he will lead the group in singing the same pieces in Paris in June of 2019. The touring Mastersingers along with members of Faux’s church choir from First Presbyterian Church of Bonita will perform at L'église de la Madeleine, the very church that employed Gabriel Faure when he composed the Requiem. Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at www.mastersingersfm.com. Happenings Magazine
LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC IN
Some of the places to hear live music in SW Florida.
The Barrel Room
915 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-945-7555
2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-333-2225
Bert’s Bar & Grill
4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha • 239-282-3232
2059 Tamiami Trail East Naples • 239-774-6060
Blue Monkey Bar & Grille
7550 Mission Hills Drive suite 326, Naples 239-597-2583
Buckingham Blues Bar
5641 Buckingham Road Fort Myers 239-693-7111
The Buddha Bar
12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-482-8565
4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral 239-549-3000
The Cigar Bar
Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers 239-267-6020
The Center Bar at The Promenade
26811 S. Bay Drive #128 Bonita Springs 239-325-3583
1270 Estero Blvd., Ft Myers Beach 239-765-5440
1520 Broadway, Fort Myers 239-337-3446 300 W. Retta Espl, Punta Gorda 941-639-9695
1233 Periwinkle, Sanibel 239-472-1771
The Keys Bar & Grille
9905 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort Myers 239-433-3323
Lakehouse Bar & Grill
3401 Bay Commons Drive, Bonita Springs 239-948-4400
24851 S. Tamiami Tr #7 Bonita Springs 239-495-3800
The Nauti Mermaid 5961 Silver King Blvd. Cape Coral 239-541-5600
Nervous Nellie’s 1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-8077
The Shell Factory 2787 N. Tamiami Trail North Fort Myers 239-995-2141
Smokin Oyster Brewery 340 Old San Carlos For Myers Beach 239-463-3474
3465 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs 239-498-8887
9144 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs 239-405-8566
1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers 239-344-6147
Tiki at Wyndham Garden
18051 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers 239-267-7900
1502 Miramar St. Cape Coral 239-540-8454
Pete’s Time Out
2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-3257 1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5900
Rhythm House Fishermen’s Village The 16440 S. Tamiami Trail
19030 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-313-6012
Paradise Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key
255 13th Avenue S., Naples • 239-649-8200
1200 W. Retta Esplan. Punta Gorda 941-639-8721
Shark Bar & Grill
Old Naples Pub
5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral 239-542-0123
506 S. 1st St., Immokalee 800-218-0007
6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5711
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill
1023 SE 47th Terrace Cape Coral 239-541-7900
Seminole Casino Hotel
Fort Myers 239-466-8326
Tiki Bar at Days Inn Twisted Vine Bistro 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-226-1687
The Village Pub
4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707
3380 Mercantile Ave., Naples • 239-263-6777
Yucatan Beach Stand
250 Old San Carlos Fort Myers Beach 239-333-4386 April 2019 - 47
Marcus Roberts Trio wraps up Jazzy Nights on April 19
Marcus Roberts Trio
World-renowned contemporary jazz musicians the Marcus Roberts Trio showcase their swinging sound and vibrant jazz piano on Friday, April 19. Take part in the final Jazzy Nights concert of the season featuring the genius of modern piano. The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. While most jazz trios have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form at any time. And they do this with lightning quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations. The trio is known for having almost telepathic communication on the stage. The Marcus Roberts Trio is a longterm musical partnership between pianist
Marcus Roberts, drummer Jason Marsalis, and bassist Rodney Jordan. One of the most enjoyable aspects of watching this trio perform is that it is so evident that these three musicians are really having fun playing together and listening to each other. Pianist/composer Marcus Roberts has been hailed “the genius of the modern piano”. Marcus Roberts has won numerous awards and competitions over the years, but the one that is most personally meaningful to him is the Helen Keller Award for Personal Achievement. Cocktails start at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. For tickets and info, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239 333 1933
SW Florida Concert Band to play April 14
The Southwest Florida Concert Band will perform a concert Traveling Through Music on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers. The 50-member community band will open the concert with an upbeat arrangement by Robert Sheldon based on the theme of the Arkansas Traveler. The band will play a grooving Latin number called Carnival in Sao Paulo that will be hard to sit still for, and then feature one of our trumpet players in a solo number. There will be a stirring march from Italy called “Florentiner” and we will perform “What A Wonderful World” with a saxophone solo. The band will play a Jamaican folk suite of three movements that is certain to give you the laid back feel of the Caribbean Islands. The music will take guests on a journey through the Wonderful World of Disney. The program will also include some music from Greece and a dynamic and memorable arrangement of “Curtain Call.” The brass quintet will show up to play a couple of numbers to round out the program. The band will conclude the last concert of the season with “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” All concerts are free with donations accepted. Information on the group, the scholarship program, and other performances can be found at SWFLConcertBand.org
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Lonestar at Seminole Casino Lonestar performed many of their No. 1 hits March 17 at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. Pictured is lead singer Richie McDonald. Photo by Jamie Kuser
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IN SW FLORIDA
Hertz Arena, Estero
Marshall Tucker Band
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
B. B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers
Hertz Arena, Estero
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
Hammond Stadium, Ft Myers
Jefferson Starship SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
MAR. 29 & 30
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
MAR. 30 Tracy Byrd
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
Tarpon Point, Cape Coral
JJ Grey & Mofro
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda
John Michael Montgomery
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
KC & The Sunshine Band, Village People Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee
Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad Downtown Punta Gorda
Jackson Browne Artis–Naples
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
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Dirty Dozen Brass Band Floridians get nine chances to see Night Ranger in April. Night Ranger will perform two shows April 10 at the Key West Theater. Night Ranger will then travel to the Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs for a concert on April 11. Next is the April 12 show at Florida Theater in Jacksonville. The band will perform April 14 - 16 at Disneyʼs Epcot in Orlando. Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater will host Night Ranger on April 19. The state tour wraps up April 20 in Melbourne. Pictured, from left, are band members Eric Levy (keyboards), Brad Gillis (guitar), Jack Blades (bass and vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums & vocals) and Keri Kelli (guitar).
Leslie Odom Jr.
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
Charlotte County Fairgrounds
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
Kelsea Ballerini Hertz Arena, Estero
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers Punta Gorda Block Party
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
Newsboys & Michael W. Smith Hertz Arena, Estero
Doug Stone & Friends The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
Hank Williams Jr. Hertz Arena, Estero
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
Russell Dickerson & Uncle Kracker
Hammond Stadium, Ft Myers
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
Big Cypress Celebration
MAY 17 Colt Ford
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
Toad the Wet Sprocket SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
The Original Wailers The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers
MAY 24 Fastball
SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita
B. B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers
Hertz Arena, Estero
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers Happenings Magazine
John Michael Montgomery, Craig Campbell at The Ranch
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers continues its full schedule of concerts in the coming months. Tracy Byrd performs March 30 as part of the Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series. Tracy Byrd became a household name on the country music scene in 1993 when his third single, called “Holdin’ Heaven,” off of his MCA Records, self-titled debut album, hit #1 on the Billboard country charts. The album also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck’s “Someone to Give my Love to” cementing Byrd as a traditional country troubadour. The debut album went on to be certified gold, a reward signifying sales in excess of 500,000 copies. John Michael Montgomery will play April 5 as part of the Sam Galloway Concert Series. John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music’s most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his
Craig Campbell - May 4
John Michael Montgomery - April 5 proven knack for picking hits. The Sam Galloway Concert Series presents Craig Campbell May 4 at The Ranch. In a day and age defined by instant gratification, it can be hard to remember that good things come to those who wait. But not for Wheelhouse Records singer-songwriter Craig Campbell. Long praised as a modern link to the traditional values of Country’s past, Campbell’s been waiting to release a new collection of music for five long years – and now that wait is finally over. Dylan Scott’s performance on May 11 is also part of the Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series. With his romantic, platinum certified #1 hit “My Girl,” and gold certified Top 5 smash “Hooked,” Scott has certainly done that, paying his dues and transforming real-life experience into chart-topping success. Now with the album Dylan Scott Deluxe Edition, a new chapter begins. The Sam Galloway Concert Series
welcomes Colt Ford back to The Ranch on May 17. The Sam Galloway Concert Series was started in the fall of 2014 to help bring awareness to Community Cooperative (The Soup Kitchen) and the good work they do in the community. The concert series features rock and country artists on a regular basis at the venue. Portions of the profits of each concert go to help Community Cooperative feed the community. For every pound of food donated, Sam Galloway Ford donates $1 to Community Cooperative. Concert goers are also encouraged to bring canned food items to the concerts at The Ranch. Other shows on the concert schedule at The Ranch include Pop Evil on April 14, Everlast on April 27, Doug Stone & Friends Unplugged on May 3, The Original Wailers on May 23 and Citizen Cope on June 27. For tickets & details, visit www.theranchfortmyers.com. The Ranch can be reached at 239-985-9839. For most concerts, the doors open at 7 p.m. at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Colt Ford - May 17
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KC & The Sunshine Band will perform April 6 at Seminole Casino Hotel in immokalee.
KC & The Sunshine Band,
Village People at Seminole Casino
Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents KC & The Sunshine Band with special guests Village People live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. All seats are reserved for this outdoor concert. Advance tickets are on sale for $60 and $25. VIP seating is available for $139 and includes priority seating and complimentary beer, wine and soda. KC & the Sunshine Band have been entertaining audiences around the world for over 37 years, and have sold in excess of 100 million records. Their first record, “Blow Your Whistle,” made the top 15 on the R&B chart. Their second album, “KC & The Sunshine Band,” was released in 1975, went triple platinum and contained the #1 hits “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes” and “Rock Your Baby.” The group’s third album, “Part 3,” released in 1976, also went triple plat52 - April 2019
inum and contained the #1 singles “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Shake Your Booty” and “Keep It Comin’ Love.” KC & The Sunshine Band became the first act to score four #1 pop singles in one 12month period since the Beatles in 1964. Three of those singles crossed over to become #1 R&B, as well. In the years since, KC & The Sunshine Band’s music has been featured on more than 200 motion picture film sound-
tracks, including the landmark “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. For 40 years, the music of Village People has been putting smiles on the faces of fans all around the world. Their hits have become part of the international songbook – and heard in commercials from Pepsi to Wonderful Pistachios. In fact, the iconic “Y.M.C.A” (along with its dance) is featured at almost every party, wedding, bar mitzvah, and sporting event. With hits like “San Francisco/In Hollywood,” “Macho Man,” “Y.M.C.A.,” “In the Navy” and “Go West,” Village People sold more than 100 million records worldwide and earned many awards including the American Music Award-Favorite Musical Group 1979. Tickets are now available by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.moreinparadise.com or www.jaytv.com/florida. Attendees must be 21 years of age and over for VIP seating. Other sections are open to all ages. Happenings Magazine
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Flower Power Cruise
The Hollies, The Zombies, Herman’s Hermits, The Turtles, Arlo Guthrie, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, Rare Earth, Vanilla Fudge & more
The annual Flower Power Cruise will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2020 when it sails from Miami to the British Virgin Islands and The Bahamas. The Celebrity Infinity will sail March 28 through April 4 for seven days and nights of live music and celebrity interactive events. The 2020 artist lineup includes The Hollies, The Zombies, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Boone, The Turtles, Arlo Guthrie,
The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, Rare Earth, Vanilla Fudge and many more. Bookings for the 2020 cruise will open up on April 11.
Happenings Magazine readers can save hundreds of dollars on cabin prices by booking online at www.flowerpowercruise.com/happenings or call 844-700-3569 and be sure to use the promo code “Happenings.” The Flower Power Cruise is one of many themed cruises produced by StarVista Live.
70s Rock & Romance Cruise 2020 lineup
The fourth annual 70s Rock & Romance Cruise has expanded to seven days for 2020. Sailing aboard the Celebrity Infinity Feb. 15 - 22 from Miami, it has stops in San Juan and Dominican Republic. The musical lineup so far includes Cheap Trick, America, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Randy Bachman (founder of Bachman Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who), Todd Rundgren, Jefferson Starship, Rita Coolidge, Ambrosia, Pablo Cruise, Stephen Bishop, Peter Beckett’s Player and more. Bookings for the 2020 cruise will begin April 4. Happenings Magazine readers can save hundreds of dollars on cabin prices by booking online at www.rockandromancecruise.com/happenings or call 844-466-7625 and be sure to mention the promo code “Happenings.” The 70s Rock & Romance Cruise is one of many themed cruises produced by StarVista Live.
Country Music Cruise sails Jan. 25
StarVista Live is bringing back real countime, and 2020 will be no exception. You’ll try music again next January and they would enjoy gospel shows, dances, pool concerts, love to have you join them on the Country cooking demonstrations, game shows, artist Music Cruise. They’re excited to bring some Q&As, interactive game shows and so much new faces to The Country Music Cruise more. As always, we’ll have our fabulous including Tracy Lawrence, Randy Owen, cruise host Lorianne Crook along for the ride Pam Tillis, David Frizzell, John Berry and to help us get to know these artists a bit betBen & Noel Haggard. ter. They couldn’t contain everyone’s exciteIn 2020, the ship departs from Ft. ment for Jeff Foxworthy in 2019, so they’ve Lauderdale on Jan. 25 and returns on Feb. 1, brought his Blue Collar Comedy co-star Larry making ports of call in St. Maarten, San Juan the Cable Guy onboard. And of course, The and Half Moon Cay. Once again, it’ll be Country Music Cruise wouldn’t be complete aboard the beautifully appointed Holland without perennial favorites including The Oak America Line Nieuw Amsterdam. Ridge Boys, Larry, Steve & Rudy—The Happenings Magazine readers can save Gatlin Brothers, Moe Bandy, Johnny Lee, T. hundreds of dollars on cabin prices by bookTracy Lawrence Graham Brown, and so many more. ing at www.countrymusiccruise.com/happenThe Country Music Cruise is all about ings or call 866-476-2879 and be sure to use being surrounded by real country music and having a real good the promo code “Happenings.” Happenings Magazine
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FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT
Lionel Lewis was a featured artist at Arts for ACT Gallery in March.
Victoria Emery was among the handful of artists on display in Bootleggers Alley during MarchĘźs Art Walk.
FIRST FRIDAYS EVERY MONTH (rain or shine) 6 - 10 PM
The next Art Walk is Friday, April 5.
Songwriters on the Plaza April 9 The next Songwriters on the Plaza will be Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. and feature Chuck Williams, David Hintz and Ross Jordan. The Lee County Library has joined with the ACMA to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts will take place in the amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza. Bring a chair or a blanket, shows will be moved indoors depending on weather. If needed the show will be indoor in the South Building that is attached to Talking Books Library. The address is 1651 Lee St., next to the Second Street Parking lot. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate songwriters showcase. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. Chuck Williams has been appearing throughout New England and in recent years has gone coast to coast with his music. He has been traveling to coffee houses, performing arts centers and festivals sowing seeds of his songs along the way. Chuck has mastered is how to pull at Americana heartstrings and tell rootsy stories through his simple and effective novella type lyrics. Chuck has a personable singing style and it's not done to impress but express. 54 - April 2019
David Hintz has been performing and writing songs since the mid 1960s. For reasons he will never quite understand, he put away pen and guitar for many years until the early 21st century. So after a 25 year hiatus David was coerced into going to an open mic in Fort Myers. Scared to death and being extremely shy he performed a few of his original songs and the world hasnâ€™t been the same since. His songs are about love found and lost, divorce, peace, politics, religion, equality and rebirth. David writes and performs straight from the heart. Whatever the song topic the message is never sugar coated. He is always working on new material and is currently working on a new collection of original music. Ross Jordon has been writing songs since he picked up a guitar at age 10. He went on to study music and classical guitar at Rutgers University. His songs reflect the regional influences from all of the parts of the country that he has lived from New Jersey to the West Coast to the Midwest and now Southwest Florida, His songs feature catchy tunes and lyrics and audience members can often be seen dancing and swaying and singing along while he performs. Visit www.americanacma.org for more details. Happenings Magazine
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Smoke on the Water
Great music and delicious barbecue return to the Fort Myers River Basin at the 6th Annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival. Experience one of the best barbecue and music festival in Southwest Florida on Friday, April 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Myers River Basin. Attendees can stroll through the Fort Myers River Basin while enjoying great music and fun for the whole family. Event goers can purchase barbecue from one of the many cook teams from across the South. In addition, patrons can help decide which barbecue cook team will take home “People’s Choice” for the best pork. Plus, enjoy local sweets, food, and retail vendors of all kinds. Enjoy music from acts like Sheena Brook, Rosaline and The
Electric Mud, and shop from one of the many retail vendors. Experience the festivities for a suggested $1 per person donation, or purchase VIP tickets for Saturday that include a covered picnic area near the stage, one meal, three drink tickets, private portopotty/bathroom, and a T-shirt. Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival is a Florida BBQ Association Sanctioned Competition. It includes professional teams from all across the Southeast who fire up their smokers for a chance at the Grand Champion title. As a sanctioned contest, Smoke on the Water is a qualifier for the Jack Daniels Invitational Draw and the FBA’s new championship contest, the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational. The 6th annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue & Music Festival promises an authentic experience of craft barbecue, beer, and bands. For more information, www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.
Fort Myers Film Festival April 10 - 14
The Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off its ninth season on April 10 with the Florida premiere of “A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story” at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. Jones grew up playing his trumpet on the streets of New Orleans and eventually became the solo trumpeter for Harry Connick, Jr., touring and recording with Connick for more than 20 years. The famed trumpeter also will attend the showing and will perform a jazz concert alongside local jazz greats at the after party. The red carpet party rolls out at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, mingling and musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the movie at 7 p.m. Jones and film56 - April 2019
maker Cameron Washington also will be featured guests at the event. Tickets are $25 for the movie only or $150 for the show and afterparty, which will include the jazz concert by Jones, drinks and hors d’oeuvres by G3 Catering. The event benefits The Raddatz Foundation and Florida Arts, Inc. Tickets are available at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at www.sbdac.com “A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story” is the first independent film to be shown during the four-day festival April 10 14, which will feature more than 50 films by local and international filmmakers shown at a variety of venues, including the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Florida
SouthWestern College and the IMAG. Parties and dinners also are planned at Blu Sushi, Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone and other select locations. “This is a rare opportunity for local residents to see films that you won’t see in large theaters, including some local films about our area. See one or see them all – there’s plenty of entertainment for everyone, with independent films of great significance, some that will move you in ways you’d never imagine,” said Fort Myers Film Festival founder Eric Raddatz. Tickets are $10 per film. An all-access VIP membeship to all events and parties is $295 per person and is available at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com Happenings Magazine
Neil Diamond tribute April 5
Neil Zirconia, a Neil Diamond tribute entertainer, will perform at the next Edison and Ford Winter Estates' Rhythm on the River celebration at 6 p.m. on April 5. Zirconia, dubbed the ultimate "Faux Diamond," will perform Neil Diamond hits in the river pavilion along the Caloosahatchee. The pavilion offers space for guests to show off their dance skills, take in a beautiful river
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view and a chance to see a spectacular sunset. A cash bar will be available. All guests should bring a folding lawn chair, as seating will not be provided. Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for Edison Ford members and $20 for nonmembers and may be reserved online at www.EdisonFord.org or the ticket counter at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
on the Plaza Fort Myers Library, First Street, Downtown
Second Tuesday of each month 6 to 7:30 pm
Bring a chair or blanket. Shows will be moved indoors depending on weather. www.AmericanACMA.org
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1st Street Deli
Diners at the Seminole Casino Immokalee will enjoy the 1st Street Deli. The authentic New York-style delicatessen brings a distinctly unique dining concept to the casino, featuring deli pickles, fresh bread and sandwiches bigger than your appetite. Offerings include piled high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, reubens, hot paninis, hamburgers and salads. Opens 10 a.m. daily.
506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill
Capt'n Fishbones at The Shell Factory has moderately priced lunches, dinners and a full selection of cocktails. We serve Florida favorites like shrimp, crab cakes, fish fries, burgers and sandwiches. Enjoy the great tropical weather at Dogbones Café or the Swamp Bar and Patio where even the four legged "children" are welcome. Large group rates are available for lunches, dinners, special events and meetings. We’re open daily at 11 a.m. with daily specials and Happy Hour all day, every day. Hear live entertainment in the Swamp Patio daily 4 7 p.m. Classic car shows every Thursday 4 - 7 p.m.
2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com
Cape Cabaret offers dining, dancing and live music Tuesday through Saturday. We feature a full dinner menu prepared by executive chef Ryan Cook, two full bars, two hardwood dance floors and live music from the ‘50s to the ‘90s. See your favorite bands perform on our 30-foot stage equipped with the latest state of the art sound and light systems. Have your next private party or corporate event in our ballroom or banquet room. Happy Hour & Early Bird Specials 4 to 5:30 p.m. Entrees, house wines, wells all at 50% discount. Walk-ins always welcome or call reservation hotline.
4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral 239-549-3000 www.capecabaret.com
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Deep Lagoon Seafood
Nestled in the heart of Florida lies a place just off the beaten path where the drinks are colder, the fish is fresher and the food is tastier. Where you can breathe easy, be casual and take in the sights and sounds of everything that is “Real Florida.” A Fresh Twist on Coastal Casual, we feature a wide variety of menu options to satisfy the appetite of any guest. We offer the freshest product available, with daily deliveries from our local fishing partner Island Crab Company. Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm featuring small plates from $6 - $9.
10395 Tamiami Trail N, Naples 239-631-6266 14040 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-689-5474 www.deeplagoon.com
Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee has unveiled a completely redesigned EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill that enhances the dining experience and offers new and exciting menu selections. The new interior design of the EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill is elegant yet comfortable and features a theaterstyle kitchen that allows for transparency as chefs prepare dishes “from scratch” to the table. The EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill menu features contemporary regional cuisines utilizing the freshest selections of Prime aged beef, fresh seafood, and an array of locally-sourced produce. The wide-ranging menu offers pastas, house made soups, steaks, seafood and chef specialty items including award- winning fajitas, pork osso bucco and the ever-popular braised short rib pot roast.
506 South 1st St., Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
Asian-inspired upscale restaurant Lucky Mi Noodle House at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee has unveiled several creative new menu items that further enhance the dining experience. In addition to Avocado Tempura, Sesame Seared Tuna, and Shanghai Ribs, Lucky Mi has added hot rocks house specials that allow guests to cook their own entrees to perfection at the table on volcanic rock heated to 575 degrees.
506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
Ichiban Japanese & Chinese
Located at the entrance to the Hotel Indigo, we offer a wide selection of Japanese and Chinese menu items. Stop by for lunch or dinner. They are open six days a week (closed Sundays).
1520 Broadway, #105, Downtown Fort Myers 239-334-6991 www.IchibanDowntownFortMyers.com
Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford
Located on the historic Caloosahatchee River and offering the best riverfront dining experience and sunset views, Pinchers at the Marina at Edison Ford is the place for the freshest seafood. Caught from local waters by local fishermen, Pinchers brings the best catch from the water to the table. With 2 for 1 Happy Hour all day every day and kids eat free, Pinchers is Florida Seafood, Florida Style. Pinchers has 13 Florida locations including Key West, Tin City Naples, Bonita Springs, Tarpon Point Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach and Gulf Coast Town Center.
2360 West First St., Fort Myers 239-245-7049 www.pinchersusa.com
Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort
There's always something to do at the Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at the Dolphin Key Resort. Located in Downtown Cape Coral, the biggest Tiki bar in the world offers live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday, Key West Style Relax Wednesday and Thursday, Light outdoor atmosphere, so family, and friends two or four legged are welcome. Great food menu, with Florida Specials, pool table,TVs. Open 7 days. Kitchen open late.
1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 239-540-8454 www.dolphinkeyresort.com
Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse
With a goal of bringing a first-class experience and barbeque product Texas Tony’s Rib and Brew House was born. Tony Phelan grew up in Texas, took those roots and his love of Texas barbeque and set out on a plan of introducing a unique brand of barbeque to Southwest Florida. Taking a combination of Hickory and Oak woods to smoke with and cooking at low temperatures, it created the perfect formula for Award-Winning Barbeque. Texas Tony’s barbeque is “all about the rub and the ring.” The rub is made from his secret recipe. The ring occurs when you smoke meat over a long period of time; the pink is where the smoke has permeated the meat.
4519 Tamiami Trail E., Naples 239-732-8392 738 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral 239-347-7033 www.texastonys.com
Twisted Vine Bistro
Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic River District, prides itself on an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with more than 30 wines by the glass. Twisted Vine Bistro grows our house herbs and spices in our courtyard garden! We can accommodate small private event parties for after hours, social gatherings or rehearsal dinners. Dinner is served seven nights a week. The Twisted Vine Bistro has expanded with the opening of The Barrel Room featuring live music and a late menu. The Barrel Room offers a jazz brunch on Sundays. Additionally, the Barrel Room is available to rent for private events.
2214 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-226-1687 www.twistedvinebistro.com
239-228-3983 for private events at The Barrel Room
The Veranda's romantic setting in two turn-of-the-century homes, combined with our Southern Regional Cuisine, an extensive wine list, and first class service staff will provide you with the most unique dining experience in SW Florida. Celebrating 40 years in business, The Veranda is consistently honored as one of the most award-winning restaurants in the area.
2122 Second St., Fort Myers 239-332-2065 www.verandarestaurant.com
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RC Smith 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Erik Myers 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Norm Stulz 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
THU - 4
Reno Collier 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Ben Gleib 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Norm Stulz - 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone
FRI - 5
Reno Collier 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Ben Gleib 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
Norm Stulz - 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
SAT - 6
Reno Collier 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Ben Gleib 7 & 9 .m. Off the Hook Comedy Norm Stulz 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
COMEDY CLUB CALENDAR THU - 11
WED - 17
SAT - 20
Erik Myers 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
Dolf Ziggler 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
Jamie Kennedy 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
Ken Evans 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe
Rich Guzzi 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone
FRI - 12
Ken Evans 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Shawn Wayans 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Rich Guzzi 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
SAT - 13
Ken Evans 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Shawn Wayans 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Rich Guzzi 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
Laugh In Lineup #16 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe
Greg Hahn 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
THU - 18
Brian Scolaro 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe
WED - 10
Jimmy Keys 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Rich Guzzi 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
THU - 25
Jamie Kennedy 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
Ian Bagg 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
Brian Scolaro 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe
Greg Hahn 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
Off the Hook Comedy Club 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, unit #1100, Naples 239-389-6901 offthehookcomedy.com
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The Comedy Zone at Visani Restaurant
* schedules subject to change
Jimmie Walker - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
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Greg Hahn 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone
Laugh In Comedy Cafe
Comedy Club calendar online at HappeningsMagazine.net
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WED - 24
8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers 239-479-5233 laughincomedycafe.com
2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte 941-764-3463 visani.net
Greg Hahn 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
Jamie Kennedy 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
SUN - 7
Ben Gleib 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy
Brian Scolaro 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe
Jimmie Walker - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Collin Moulton 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
Tammy Pescatelli 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe
Collin Moulton - 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone
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Tammy Pescatelli 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Ian Bagg 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Collin Moulton 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
SAT - 27
Tammy Pescatelli 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Ian Bagg 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Collin Moulton 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone
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Ian Bagg 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Happenings Magazine
The Revivalists will play the Key West Amphitheater April 6. Photo by Zackery Michael
Key West offers a great opportunity for travelers to explore the uniqueness of Key West and see some of their favorite national artists perform in concert (indoors and outside). At least four concert venues host national artists. They include the Tennessee Williams Theatre at 5901 College Road, the Key West Theater at 512 Eaton St., the city-owned Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront Park and the Sunset Green Event Lawn at 24 North Hotel at 3820 N. Roosevelt Blvd. At the Key West Theater, the music schedule includes Night Ranger on April 10 (two shows), Richard Marx on April 14, Edwin McCain on April 16, The Psychedelic Furs on April 19, Martin Barre celebrates 50 years of Jethro Tull featuring Clive Bunker, Dee Palmer and special guests on May 2. David Crosby & Friends are scheduled for May 24. The theater will host the Key West Blues Festival on May 25. For tickets and other show info at the Key West Theater, visit online at www.thekeywesttheater.com.
The Beach Boys will play April 4 at Sunset Green Event Lawn at 24 North Hotel.
Slightly Stoopid will perform at Key West Amphitheater June 9.
As for the outdoor venues ... The Beach Boys will perform at the Sunset Green Event Lawn on April 4. The gates open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. At the Key West Amphitheater, The Revivalists with Rayland Baxter are scheduled to perform April 6. Slightly Stoopid has been added to the amphitheater concert schedule. They will play June 9, along with Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and Hirie. Located at the new Truman Waterfront, the Key West Amphitheater is situated near Fort Zachary with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from the top of the lawn - don't miss the world famous Key West Sunset on show day. With a grassy general admission lawn, intimate reserved seats, and a one of kind panoramic backdrop, the amphitheater provides the perfect entertainment space for all music fans. For tickets to Rams Head concerts at Sunset Green Event Lawn and Key West Ampitheater, visit www.keywestconcertseries.com. April 2019 - 61
Taste of the Keys April 15
People eager to savor the flavors of the multifaceted Florida Keys can do so at the 24th annual Taste of Key West, a tempting tasting set for 6-9 p.m. Monday, April 15. The eclectic feast takes place at Mallory Square, the waterfront home of Key West’s world-renowned nightly Sunset Celebration. It traditionally showcases indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbeaninfluenced cuisine, fresh-off-the-boat local seafood, vegetarian dishes and European fare. Chefs from more than 50 local restaurants and catering companies typically participate, donating their time and talent to create offerings that include gourmet delights, casual tidbits and decadent desserts. “Foodies” can complement the delicacies with their choice of more than 100 beers and wines available for sampling. In addition, a kids’ zone is planned to entertain young attendees.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Biking or walking to the event is suggested, but limited parking may be available at Mallory Square. General admission to Taste of Key West is free. Attendees can purchase $25 packages that include either a plate, commemorative wine glass or pint beer glass and 20 tickets to be exchanged for food and beverages. “Tastes” typically “cost” three to six tickets each. Other options range from a “date night” package for two people to a company package for five people. Additional food tickets can be purchased as well. Advance tickets are available at www.keystix.ticketforce.com. As well as its flavors, the culinary celebration displays Key West’s caring spirit. The feast is a benefit for the Florida Keys’ A.H. of Monroe County that focuses on accessible healthcare, affordable housing and AIDS/HIV services. For more info, visit online at www.ahmonroe.org.
Key West Songwriters
Festival runs May 8 - 12
The 24th Annual Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's Key West Songwriters Festival, presented by BMI will take place May 8 12. The Key West Songwriters Festival will feature top hit-makers alongside up and coming talent in the most iconic venues in the southernmost point in the U.S. The festival revolves around five days and nights where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. The main stage Duval Street concert artists featuring national recording artists will also be announced soon. Attendees will have the chance to
check out more than 200 songwriters playing more than 50 shows, most of which are free of charge. VIP packages are available. Experience the festival like a rock star with unprecedented access to all things Key West Songwriters Music Festival. With your VIP pass you won’t have to synchronize your watch to get tickets to the best shows, because you will already have them. Tickets will be on sale soon. For a complete listing of shows, venues, sponsoring hotels, local businesses, participating songwriters and more, visit online at www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.
Seth Alley was among the songwriters at the 2018 festival. Photo by Jamie Kuser
Afro Roots Fest April 18 - 20 Audiences can celebrate world music with an emphasis on Cuban rhythms during the annual Afro Roots Fest showcase in Key West. Music and film events are planned Thursday through Saturday, April 18 - 20, in multiple venues around the island. The cultural kaleidoscope is to begin at 9 p.m. Thursday with a kick-off party at the Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead St., featuring live music by Electric Piquete. The critically acclaimed Latin funk and fusion band is known for its innovative originals and interpretations drawing on Afro-Caribbean, jazz and rock influences. There is no cover charge for the show and everyone age 21 and over is welcome. The focus turns to film Friday, April 19, 62 - April 2019
with a 6 p.m. showing of the musical documentary “Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World” at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. The film spotlights the world-renowned Cuban guitarist and singer who was an original member of the iconic Cuban band known as the Buena Vista Social Club. A questionand-answer session with the director, Cynthia Biestek, and a reception for film fans are to follow the screening. Tickets are $10 each. The Studios of Key West also is the setting for a Saturday night concert of Cuban music by Cortadito, whose traditional stylings have evoked comparisons to the Buena Vista Social Club. Renowned for performing standards from the early 20th century, the band is to introduce melodies from its latest release,
“Canciones de Julio.” Ticket prices for the 8 p.m. show range from $32 to $55 per person. Following the concert, music lovers can head to the Green Parrot for a 10 p.m. afterparty showcasing the distinctive sound of the Spam Allstars, whose music has been called everything from a blend of electronica, AfroCuban and hip-hop to a “descarga” or Latin jam. The Afro Roots Fest also features events in Islamorada and Key Largo. A Memorial Day weekend concert is planned Sunday, May 26, at Islamorada’s Florida Keys Brewing Co. in the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District. Key Largo’s festival event is scheduled for June 28-29 at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center.
Key West Blues Festival
Yoga & Wellness Fest
Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
Annual Ocean Fest
May 25 This spring, the Key West Blues Festival has recruited the best of Key West's blues performers to offer you an exclusive concert experience. See some of Key West's best blues musicians such as Bill Blue, Caffeine Carl, Ericson Holt, Michelle Dravis, Andy Westcott, Daryl Brooke, Joey Marchiano & Rick Fusco and special guests: Jeff Clark, Wayne Sorbelli & Karri Daley. www.thekeywesttheater.com
May 3 - 5 If one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, then the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade features colorful sculptural floats, tricycles with exotically costumed riders, fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art — all powered by human effort alone — and are to follow a route along the length of Duval Street. www.papioskineticparade.com
April 4 - 7 Enjoy a weekend that combines the best of this legendary tropical island culture with whole body wellness - mind, body and spirit. From Friday evening’s opening party to Sunday afternoon’s breathtaking celebration, the Yoga and Wellness festival is one to savor. Attend individual events or a three-day VIP Festival Pass, which includes exclusive VIP access to all four festival events over three days, plus an exclusive VIP celebration and a goodie bag to enhance the mind and body experience. www.keywestyogaandwellnessfest.com April 13 From 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and Truman Waterfront. Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment as we explore conservation exhibits, view and purchase wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks, and listen to live music all while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. www.mote.org
Paul Arsenault Exhibit
Through April 30 Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society, the work of artist Paul Arsenault is to be featured at a special opening reception on February 22 from 6–7PM in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. “Coastal Trade: Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West” is an exhibit of over 30 of Arsenault’s paintings that are a window into the pioneering days of southwest Florida’s maritime trading networks, presented along with artifacts from Arsenault’s personal collection and the Society’s archives. Exhibit runs through April 30. www.kwahs.org
Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration April 19 - 28
With activities such as a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys. www.fla-keys.com
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