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Publisher’s Spotlight

Peace, love & music

If you were born in the 1950s or earlier, you probably “remember” The Sixties and the great music from that decade. For those younger Baby Boomers (like me), you were too young to appreciate the great sounds, but hopefully fell in love with them later. This month, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of that famous event of peace, love and music called Woodstock. As a big fan of outdoor music festivals, I wish I had been old enough to experience that moment in history first hand. (Alas, I was only 6 at the time, and my free-spirited parents didn’t see fit to travel to upstate New York for Woodstock.) Whether you lived or experienced that decade or not, a lot of great music and artists came from that period and influenced future music makers. You will notice in this month’s magazine we feature a few events (and a special band) that are taking place in August to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Those events include a three-day (indoor) festival in Punta Gorda, a Hippiefest concert in Clearwater and an outdoor music festival in Brooksville (north of Tampa). It doesn’t matter if you like 60s music so much; more importantly, remember to live your life with peace, love and music.

Live theatre

A handful of our local troupes continue to stay active this summer. Here’s a look at some of the theatrical productions in and around Southwest Florida. Beauty and The Beast continues through Aug. 10 at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers. That will be followed by the national tour of the hit musical Once, which plays Aug. 22 through Sept. 28. The conservatory program at Florida Repertory Theatre presents Spring Awakening Aug. 9 - 17 in Fort Myers. The world premiere of DMV opens Aug. 9 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers. This production runs through Aug. 25. In Cape Coral, catch seven one-act plays at the Cultural Park Theatre. 4 - August 2019

Seven by Simonelli runs Aug. 16 - 18. The Studio Players give us Venus in Fur Aug. 23 - Sept. 6 at the Golden Gate Community Center in Naples. Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts kicks off its season with a production of Harvey, playing Aug. 15 - 25. The Charlotte Players take to the high seas with a mystery cruise Aug. 10.

Cabins selling fast

For those of you who like live music and theme cruises, we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the 2019 sailing of the Malt Shop Cruise this fall and the 2020 sailing of the Flower Power Cruise next March are both officially sold out. But, on the good side ... there’s still a few cabins left for the Soul Train Cruise Jan. 18 - 25, the Country Music Cruise Jan. 25 - Feb. 1, the Ultimate Disco Cruise Feb. 10 - 15 and the 70s Rock and Romance Cruise Feb. 15 - 22. Two of our favorites include the Disco Cruise and the 70s Rock Cruise. Kathy and I have been on both of them, and thoroughly enjoy the fellowship and music. Besides the live performances, cruisers get to interact with the artists. StarVista Live, who produces these music cruises, carefully selects artists that want to spend time with their fans. It’s like getting a meet and greet pass or a VIP pass for five or seven days with some of your favorite artists. For example ... Cheap Trick, America and Don Felder top the long list of artists aboard the next 70s Rock and Romance Cruise. KC and the Sunshine Band and the Commodores lead the massive lineup for the Ultimate Disco Cruise (which also has one of the best Bee Gees tribute bands we’ve ever seen). The Country Music Cruise performers include Larry the Cable Guy, Randy Owen, Tracy Lawrence and many more. The Jacksons and the Isley Brothers lead the long list of artists onboard the Soul Train Cruise. So, don’t delay. Book your cabin before these cruises sell out. Bonus ... you can save hundreds of dollars on your cabin by using the promo code “Happenings.” Visit our website for more details at www.HappeningsMagazine.net. Rock on,

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Florida Rep’s

THEATRE

Spring

conservatory program presents

Awakening

Florida Repertory Theatre’s Education Department presents Spring Awakening with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. The eight-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical is the next offering in the conservatory program, and runs Aug. 9 - 11 and Aug. 15 - 17 in the Historic Arcade Theatre. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll that has been exhilarating audiences across the nation since it took Broadway by storm in 2006. The coming of age story for a group of teens is told through music that Entertainment Weekly called "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade!" “Spring Awakening is based on the play of the same name and is well over 100 years old,” said education director Kody C. Jones. “The reason that this piece has stayed so universally reverent, topical, and imperative is that it deals with the same taboo

Photos by Joe Dafeldecker

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subjects that we are still challenged with in 2019. Using this show as a vehicle for artistic interpretation and self-enlightenment, the cast is able to channel these deep themes and struggles in every adolescent life and bring that poignancy to the stage in a way that resonates with both teens and adults.” Set in Germany in 1891, Spring Awakening follows a group of teens as they begin to navigate the murky waters of adolescence, puberty and self-discovery. The teens fall in and out of love, rebel against the adults in their lives, and discover the joy and the pain adulthood brings. The musical deals very frankly with issues that face teens today, and does so with a one-of-a-kind score, fresh choreography, fully-developed characters, and a timeless story. “It’s a vivid, intense piece of dramatic literature that addresses head on many

of the challenges that young people faced then and now,” says Florida Rep artistic director Greg Longenhagen. “While the main characters that inhabit the world of the play are teenagers, the themes are quite adult in nature. In an effort to prepare audiences, we’ve included a parental advisory for explicit content label on the production. I am proud that Kody and our Education Department continue to raise the bar by exploring timely topics that concern our children’s safety, well-being, and happiness. As a father, I can’t think of anything more precious or important than our children.” Tickets are $10 for students with a valid ID and $25//$20 for adults. Tickets are available online at www.FloridaRepEducation.org or by calling the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll free at 877-787-8053. Happenings Magazine


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DMV opens Aug. 9 Stacy Stauffer, Gerri Benzing and Art Keene. Photo by Paula Sisk

at Laboratory Theater

The world premiere of D.M.V. opens Aug. 9 at The Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers. After 30 years of working at the Fort Myers Department of Motor Vehicles, Bernice has one last day of work before retiring with a full pension. She’s already sold her home, packed her belongings, and celebrated, rather heavily, with her co-workers. Unfortunately, things go slightly awry. What follows is a laugh riot of what happens every day at virtually every D.M.V. Lab Theater’s artistic director Annette Trossbach says, “It's always a special treat to work directly with a playwright on a new play. It's a wonder to see that play leap off the page and come to life before your eyes, and to be able to perfect moments and characters with the creator him- or herself. In this case, I am delighted to once again collaborate with my friend, playwright Zalman Velvel, with whom I've shared some of the most thoughtful conversations over the years on topics such as theater, religion, economics, world history, and storytelling. And I thank the talented Carmen Crussard for signing on to helm this comedy that was born of Mr. Velvel’s many visits to the DMV and his interviews with staff members at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Fort Myers and elsewhere.” 8 - August 2019

Director Carmen Crussard adds, “Working at the Lab is always a welcome adventure. I appreciate the opportunity to be creative and to collaborate with a great team to build characters whom the world has never met before (unless they happened to be at the DMV that day). It is really nice to work with an original script and have access to the playwright who is flexible so I can really bring my vision and this story to life.” The theater has new seating. Rows A, B, and C are on the floor, and rows D and above are on risers. D.M.V. plays Aug. 9 - 25 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. It stars Gerrie Benzing, Sam Bostic, Stacy Stauffer, Todd Lyman, Mike Dinko, David Cooley, Art Keene and Margaret Cooley. It is directed by Carmen Crussard (Play On!, And the Winner Is…, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940). Performance dates are Aug. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase online at Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239-2180481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a 2019-2020 season pass. For more info, visit LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com

or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.

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CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

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September 13 - 22

September 27 to October 6

October 25 to November 3

December 11 - 15

January 10 - 19

February 7 - 16

February 28 to March 8

March 20 - 29

April 3 - 12

April 24 to May 3

TICKETS: adults $22 • seniors $19 • students $16 • children under 12 $10

CULTURAL PARK THEATER 528 Cultural Park Blvd.

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THEATRE

National tour of Once coming to Fort Myers

Once, the musical that broke new ground on Broadway, will begin rehearsals in Fort Myers in early August to prepare for its upcoming performances later in the month. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. The musical is based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name which was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Hansard and Irglová. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. It’s emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, and Once draws you in from the very first note. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us. This tour will include the pre-show onstage bar atmosphere where the performers play random selections each night, and the audience can be on stage with their drinks and interact with the musicians. J. Michael Zygo, who performed in the Broadway production as the Emcee, will be recreating the original staging and movement by John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett, respectively. As an original Broadway and Off-Broadway cast member, he feels a special attachment to the incredible work realized by the original cast and creative team. Zygo’s recent credits include director of Once at Pittsburgh CLO, music director / associate choreographer of Once at The 10 - August 2019

Fulton Theatre / Virginia Repertory Theatre. He was also featured on the Grammy Award winning cast album of Once. The cast is led by Jack Gerhard as Guy and Mariah Lotz as Girl. Jack is a recent graduate of Rider University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous regional credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Mariah is also a graduate of Rider University and has premiered numerous new shows in New York and was part of the Rising Star program at Fifth Avenue Theatre. The ensemble includes Todd Aulwurm (Bank Manager/Cello/Guitar), Carrie Lyn Brandon (Swing), Carlos Castillo (Andrej/Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukulele), Trevor Craft (Svec/Mandolin/ Guitar/Drums/Banjo), Richard Daniel (Da/Mandolin), Elleon Dobias (Ex Girlfriend/ Violin), Emily Gregonis (Reza/Violin), Caleb Hartsfield (Emcee/Guitar), Jody Alan Lee (Swing), Sam Saint Ours (Swing), Jon Patrick Penick (Billy/Guitar), Marta Rymer (Swing), Matthew Staley (Eamon/Guitar/Piano/Cajon) and Tracy Thomas (Baruska/Accordian). The production features scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (Aida, An American in Paris, Carousel, Mary Poppins) with additional designs by Southwest Florida BroadwayWorld winner Evan Adamson (Mamma Mia), lighting design by Russell A. Thompson (international tour of The Wizard of Oz, US tours Million Dollar Quartet, Fiddler on the Roof) and sound design by David Temby (Clearwing Productions/national tour of Memphis). The tour will open at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers Aug. 22 and play through Sept. 28, and then begins the traveling portion of the tour at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers on Oct. 5. Once is produced by APEX Touring. Tickets can be reserved by calling 239278-4422, visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Happenings Magazine


Venus in Fur on stage on Naples Atilio Marinelli and Anne Tomela

Cultural Park Theater

wraps up summer with concert, one-act plays

By Michael Moran

As the summer winds up, Cultural Park is going out with its own brand of fireworks as we welcome Atilio Marinelli and Anne Tormela to the stage with their amazing voices as he pays tribute to Elvis Sinatra, Tom Jones, Mario Lanza, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Their unique voices will send the audiences out with their hearts full of song, memories and yes romance as Mr. Romantico himself takes our stage. Finally, we bring the outrageous comedy of playwright Joe Simonelli to the stage with Seven By Simonelli. This fast paced series of seven one-act plays will leave everyone with a smile and plenty of laughs as our summer season comes to an end. But don’t go away, season ticket sales opened on July 15 for the 57th Culliton Gunterberg Broadway Season which starts Sept. 13 through Sept. 22. First will be the family classic musical, The Little Mermaid, followed by the Florida premiere of Joe Simonelli’s The Ghost in the Meadow (Sept. 27 through Oct. 6). Fans of old-fashioned ghost stories will enjoy this creepy thriller. When two sisters relocate from Manhattan to an old farm house in upstate New York, they soon realize that they may not be Happenings Magazine

alone in the house. An old boyfriend drops in to visit and when the strange occurrences continue he calls on the services of a psychic colleague to try to quell the restless spirits. An old fashioned thriller written just for the stage ... Simonelli has written an atmospheric piece that delivers plenty of chills with a liberal dose of tension breaking comic relief. A real Halloween treat! Following will be the opening of another classic play, On Golden Pond, followed by Same Time Next Year, The Owl and the Pussycat and Nana’s Naughty Knickers. Attached to these is our family favorite, “A Spectacular Christmas Revue,” followed by a new musical revue of “A Passage to Ireland,” which will take you through a journey of Irish culture with music old and new celebrating the best of the Emerald Isle. The season highlights two major musicals: Dan Grogan’s Nunsense (Jan. 10 through Jan. 19) and the Broadway hit musical Urinetown (Feb. 28 through March 8.) Season tickets and packages can be purchased through the box office at the theater located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, or call 239-772-5862 Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.

The Studio Players present Venus in Fur by David Ives Aug. 23 - Sept. 8 Directed by Anna Segreto, the local production stars Maddy Hayes & Steven Coe. Desperate to find an actress to play the female lead in his adaptation of the classic tale of sadomasochism, Venus in Fur, a beleaguered playwright/director auditions a vulgar and equally desperate actress. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda piques the playwright’s interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. The Studio Players performs at The Golden Gate Community Center's Joan Jenks Auditorium, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. For tickets and information, call 239-398-9192 or visit online at www.thestudioplayers.org

Theatre Conspiracy to present Harvey

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts kicks off its 26th consecutive season in August, which includes beloved classics, comedic favorites and awardwinning new plays from the most popular unknown playwrights. Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic comedy by Mary Chase and directed by Bill Taylor, will be performed Aug. 15 – 25. The local production stars Brendan Powers, Rachel Burrtram, Miguel Cintron, Lauren Drexler, Dena Galyean, Joann Haley, Stephen Hooper, Scott Thompson and Patrick Day. Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. Performances will be Aug. 15 - 17, 22 - 24 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 239-9392787, visit 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, or go to www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre. August 2019 - 11


THEATRE

Gary Seddon plays a detective trying to solve the murder.

Charlotte Players mystery cruise sails again

By Dan Mearns

There’s not much time left to get tickets for the Charlotte Players’ second “Murder Mystery on the High Seas” cruise, which sets sail from Fishermen’s Village on Saturday, Aug. 10. Players community outreach coordinator Lori Wagner-Ryan said there were less than 50 tickets left as of July 10, and she predicted another sell-out. “Enjoyment was had by all who attended our fist Murder Mystery Cruise last month,” she said. It was sold out and we luckily were able to add two more cruises (in August and October) before the end of the year. Customers will enjoy a relaxing cruise where they will be entertained by the cast while watching a nice sunset and snacking on various sweets.” Tickets are $50, which includes a variety of desserts with water and soda. A cash bar will also be available. The boat is located at King Fisher Fleet, on the dockside of Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. For tickets, call 941-255-1022 or visit www.charlotteplayers.org. The boat will leave the dock promptly at 7:30 p.m. and return to port at 9:30 p.m. Passengers are encouraged to consider arriving about 7 p.m. for safe boarding. When the boat is under way, Charlotte Players actors will present the murder mystery to solve, moving from the lower deck to the upper. As darkness approaches, a passenger will be found dead and several people on board will become suspects. The murderer must be discovered and face judgment before the evening adventure ends. Celebrating its 59th anniversary in 2019, Charlotte Players is 12 - August 2019

Jim Choate plays a nasty pirate on the first Charlotte Players murder mystery cruise.

a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing a rich tradition of providing and promoting professional theater arts through the avenues of educational programs and entertainment productions that enrich the community in Charlotte County and Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.charlotteplayers.org. Happenings Magazine


THEATRE

Beauty and the Beast

on stage at Broadway Palm in Fort Myers

Broadway Palm presents a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast playing now through Aug. 10. Bring the entire family as this magical tale comes to life on stage with unforgettable characters, astonishing sets and costumes, and a spectacular score. The classic tale as old as time tells of Belle, a young woman in a small town, and a beast, who is really a young prince under a spell. If the beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. Time is running out and if the beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed forever. The spirited, headstrong Belle enters the beast's castle after he imprisons her father and with the help of his enchanted servants, Belle begins to draw the coldhearted beast out of his isolation. See all

your favorite characters including Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Lumiere and more! The beloved songs include “Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” “Something There” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The cast includes James Arthur Douglas as the Beast, Jennie Nasser as Belle, Travis C. Brown as Lumiere, Frank Hughes as Cogsworth, Shannon Connolly as Mrs. Potts and Drew Stairs as Gaston. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. Tickets are $45 to $70 with group prices available. There is a summer special and tickets for anyone 18 and under are just $20 for the meal and the show. Tickets can be reserved by calling 239-278-4422, visiting online at www.BroadwayPalm.com or at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

James Arthur Douglas as the Beast and Jennie Nasser as Belle

Application deadline July 31 for Naples playwright competition

The Naples Players' Readers Theatre is accepting original one-act scripts for its 16th Annual "An Evening of New Plays" contest for Southwest Florida playwrights. In addition to having their play cast and performed at TNP's "An Evening of New Plays" on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., finalists will each receive a performance royalty, memorial plaque, and tickets to TNP's "An Evening of New Plays." Winners will have the opportunity for their plays to be cast, directed, and staged at one of the most highly-rated theatres in the country. Deadline for submission is July 31, and winners will be notified by Oct. 31. "It's a fan14 - August 2019

tastic opportunity for talented playwrights to get their work in front of an audience," shares Jessica Walck, associate artistic director. Readers Theatre is devoted to developing playwrights, directors, and actors through staged readings of original works as well as fresh and inventive one-acts. The Readers Theatre program allows The Naples Players to test new plays before producing them and provides critical feedback to playwrights, along with access to performance and directing opportunities through flexible and shortened rehearsal processes and augmented performance demands. Both veteran and novice actors, directors, and playwrights can

call Readers Theatre home, and this flexibility helps Readers Theatre remain as one of the foundational programs of The Naples Players. Only non-musical one-acts are accepted. Only one play per writer can be submitted. To submit a play, playwrights must submit three copies of their script in standard stage play format to: "An Evening of New Plays 2020," The Naples Players, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. Plays may also be submitted electronically to: tnpreaderstheatre@gmail.com. For scripts to be returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA World Premiere Comedy

by Zalman Velvel

AUG. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 8 p.m. AUG. 18 & 25 at 2 p.m.

www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com

239-218-0481

1634 Woodford Ave. Downtown Fort Myers

AMERICANA COMMUNITY MUSIC ASSOCIATION Fort Myers home for original Americana music!

Florida Music Food Initiative Benefit

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The 502’s

Grant Peeples

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Cliff Eberhardt

Friction Farm

OCTOBER 5

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Carlene Thissen opens

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Mike Laureanno Mindy Simmons opens

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Houseboat Jim opens

AUGUST 24

David Hintz opens

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Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show 7 p.m.

Shows at All Faiths Unitarian Cong., 2756 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers info 239-691-4069 www.AmericanACMA.org $15 donation at door Happenings Magazine

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ART

Patrick Conolly exhibit at ACT

Altars, Shrines and Cabinets of Curiosities features 15 artists

Arts for ACT Gallery will host an artists reception on Aug. 2 for the opening of an exhibit featuring Patrick Conolly and a group exhibit for Altars, Shrines and Cabinets of Curiosities. Patrick Conolly has dabbled with the arts all his life. Using acrylics, his art appears spontaneously from his imagination. Most of Conolly’s recent works celebrate and reflect the unique beauty of Southwest Florida. He plays with the surface of his canvases, making them smooth and shiny. His line

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work is minimal, while his colors are bright. His large works are simple, while the smaller works are filled with detail. His more recent paintings include “redefining” earlier works, some of which are one-of-a-kind prints, while others are something quite new. He has created a numbered series called Conolly’s Folly. In the Altars, Shrines and Cabinets of Curiosities exhibit, artists pay homage to loved ones, their muses, as points of power or religious focus. Some are mystical most are fashioned from found objects and created with found objects. The objects used in the shire are dear to the creator or connected to the deity or person in the altar. Cabinets of Curiosities can be a collection of notable objects encased in an altered cabinet. Collections can be historical, religious or antiques. Creating an altar or shrine or cabinet of curiosity is a sacred act of power and grace. These pieces create and show devotion, love and loss and connects us with life energy. You can expect to see an array of eclectic, surreal and whimsical altars, shrines and cabinets of curiosities. This exhibit continues through Monday, Sept. 2. Arts for ACT Gallery

Patrick Conolly

is located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. The opening will be held from 6 to 10 pm. on Friday, Aug. 2 in conjunction with Art Walk. For more information, call the gallery at 239-337-5050.

Two new exhibits opening in Bonita Springs in August

Centers for the Arts An opening reception will Bonita Springs will be held Thursday, Aug. 29 host an opening recepfrom 6 to 8 p.m. for a second tion Friday, Aug. 2 exhibit featuring artist Karen from 6 to 8 p.m. for Seide. “The focus of my artBeing Human exhibit. work is inspire love and healHuman kind has ing. I use color to cause a amazing capacities for healing affect on the mind and compassion, humility the body. In addition to color I and empathy. We also enjoy incorporating various have our limitations. shapes, textures, and jewelry Artists are asked to to embellish acrylic and oil look into the nature of paintings,” says Seide. Marnie Becker portraiture and the The Center for Visual Arts human experience to reveal truths about what is located at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita it means to “be human.” Springs. Call 239-495-8989 for more details. 16 - August 2019

Karen Seide

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ART

Red exhibit at DAAS

In the month of August, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts features the work of member artists who were challenged to create a piece following a very interesting prospectus. The theme of the exhibition is the color red, as in red-hot sensuality or passion, but open to each artist’s interpretation. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk. The exhibition will be on display until Aug. 31. Martha Dodd is one of the gallery’s primary artists. Her approach to painting is realistic with a taste of fantasy. For the Red exhibition, she used her talents to produce a stunning portrait entitled Natasha. “This is a painting of a longtime friend of mine. It personifies her as someone who is deeply passionate about life, and makes the most of every moment. She is a world traveler, an artist, a business woman and rides horses. At the same time she can reveal a vulnerability in this image, says Dodd, who has been a member of DAAS Co-Op for the past two years. “I wanted to emphasize the intensity of the reds against the other cooler colors, in order to make the painting really sizzle,” concludes the artist. Sydney Roper is one of the gallery’s

With the piece “Two Minutes After,” founding member and gallery president David Acevedo, proposes a more sensual and risky approach to the exhibition’s theme. The title may suggest a situation after a sexual encounter, or perhaps a completely different moment for the nude male portrayed in the painting. Regardless, the artist is known to include suggestions and symbols in his work in order to provoke thought and conversation amongst the viewers. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception during August’s Art Walk. DAAS CoOp is located at 1815 Fowler St., Unit 3, in Fort Myers. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. More information can be found at www.daascoop.com or by calling 239-590-8645.

Sydney Roper

three-dimensional artists. Her medium of preference is clay, but she is also an avid painter. Her primary piece for the Red exhibition is entitled “To Have and to Hold.” This piece is a strong statement at can be interpreted in many ways. Roper, who resides in Labelle, enjoys making functional pieces as well as sculptural works that can be interpreted in more than one way, depending on the viewer’s perspective.

David Acevedo

Arts in August set for Aug. 24

at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda

Doug Michalski at the last Arts in August event at Fishermenʼs Village.

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The Visual Arts Center’s current exhibit, The Member’s Showcase, features an in-depth focus on 50 Visual Arts Center artist members. Each artist has their own five feet of wall space to express their unique artistic style and medium through a curated selection of artwork. The Member’s Showcase is on display in the galleries now through Aug. 9. The Visual Arts Center is located at 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda, and can be reached at (941) 639-8810. The galleries are always free and open to the public. Check out the website at www.VisualArtCenter.org for details on events,

exhibits, classes, workshops and more. The Visual Arts Center and Fishermen’s Village will team up again this year to present Arts in August. This special event will be held Saturday, Aug 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts in August is the Visual Arts Center's biannual art festival at Fisherman’s Village. Stroll the promenade and discover original works of art by local artists. Enjoy art demonstrations, shopping, dining and entertainment. Free parking, free admission. Located at Fishermen's Village, 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-639-8810.

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Frame Gallery & Gifts, Lorne’s Gallery in Cape Coral Cape Coral gallery owners Barbara and Lorne Hosack have spent most of their lives producing and selling coastal art. This family operation owns and operates Lorne’s Gallery at Tarpon Point Marina and Frame Gallery & Gifts on Del Prado Boulevard. Aside from being extremely interesting to pass through and look at all the sundries at Lorne's Gallery the view of all the wonderful boats and restaurants is something that looks like it should be in Naples. If you spend five minutes sauntering through the 3,000 squarefoot gallery, you won't have seen it all. There's so much to see. With over 500 pictures stacked here and there and over 20,000 images in print exclusive to Lorne's Gallery and their other gallery, Frame Gallery and Gifts, there's too much to comprehend. Additionally, the galleries offer high end printing. They have thousands of images that are exclusive to them. “That means that we own the originals, we own the printing rights, and we do the printing ourselves,” says Lorne. “And then after printing, they are the framers we frame small we frame big and we frame with our customers in mind. We are picky with our art and with the framing process.” The main gallery, that's been located on Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral for 29

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years, is across from Wal-mart and approximately 5,000 square feet. For those customers who have a hard time deciding what image they will like in their home, they offer something called a 24-hour check out. This allows the buyer to take a framed piece of art home or several and look at that them in their own environment. This really helps an individual find the perfect piece for their home. Frame Gallery and Gifts is located at 1830 Del Prado Blvd. in Cape Coral, and can be reached by calling 239-5745111. Lorne’s Gallery is located in unit 105 at the Marina Village at Tarpon Point in Cape Coral and can be reached by calling 239-945-0866. Visit online at www.framegalleryandgifts.com

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ART

Davis Art Center to showcase pieces from private collectors

Eight surreal and fantasy artists featured in Capital Gallery

Bob Rauschenberg

Experience two spectacArt Center team to become ular exhibitions in August at acquainted with area collecthe Sidney & Berne Davis tors and to cultivate relationArt Center in downtown Fort ships with them. It is a treasMyers. ure to learn from each collecIn the main gallery, distor why they collect and who cover “Fort Myers Collects,” they collect. In the Capital an exhibition developed to Gallery, local surrealistic and show the most engaging fantasy artists Dharma and eclectic art that is priLefevre, Danielle Branchaud, vately owned by several of Ananda Warrick, Ndola Pensy, area art collectors. Katie Vance, Michelle The Capital Gallery Caraway, Amanda Howell and (upstairs) will showcase a Jeannie Coons have joined group show “Reimagined,” together to create featuring surreal and fantasy “Reimagined” a show that art by eight incredibly talentillustrates how the fantastical ed artists. inspires artistic creation. “Fort Myers Collects” Fantasy art has always been was developed to show the rooted in lore, culture and relimost engaging and eclectic gious art that can be traced all art that is privately owned by the way back to Greek and several of favorite area colRoman times. From fantastical lectors of art, and will offer creatures, heroes, and epic visitors a look inside the legends these themes are Danielle Branchaud hearts and minds of regional dynamic and fluid and invite collectors in Southwest the viewer into a world of fanFlorida. The paintings are tastical daydreams. In the late made available to the Sidney & Berne Davis 1970s, fantasy art came more to the forefront Art Center by members of the community for with a surge in interest with movies, games art lovers to enjoy and will include several and album covers. Over the years, fantastical pieces that have been donated to the center and surrealism has felt a reawakening and is in recent years. “Fort Myers Collects” is a becoming a huge inspiration for modern unique opportunity to share with the commuartists that breathe new life into these agesnity some of these collectors’ most loved posold chimeras and mythos. sessions. Planning of the exhibition and the These exhibitions will open on Friday, works that were selected by the collectors Aug. 2 during Art Walk from 6 – 10 p.m. The best illustrate their passion and love for colSidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at lecting. 2301 First St. in the historic downtown River Most importantly, working on “Fort Myers District. Admission is $1 entry donation. For Collects” has provided a chance for the Davis more, visit sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.

New exhibit opens Aug. 29 at FGCU Open to Interpretation: Selections from the Permanent Collection will be on display at the Wasmer Art Gallery at FGCU Aug. 29 – Oct. 3. A reception and curators' talk will take place Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. In celebration of new donations to the FGCU Art Galleries, guest curators were asked to activate the FGCU Permanent Collection through their own lens. Open to Interpretation provides insight into how the collection has been formed and is being used. The exhibition has three parts; Recent Gifts, Three Rooms, and Unexpected Forms. Recent Gifts features artists who have recently exhibited at FGCU such as Jen Ray, 20 - August 2019

Mally Khorasantchi and Linda Hall. On display is also a new sculpture by Nancy Wilkins and a print by Édouard Manet from a gift by Edwin L. and Marlene Lyons to the FGCU Library Archives and Special Collections. Three Rooms are three arrangements of artworks that mimic how art collector Robert Feir has the works displayed in his home. The 18 artworks are a small selection of Feir’s bequest to the Permanent Collection. Unexpected Forms is a selection of works from the Permanent Collection curated by FGCU Art major, Farrah Alkhadra. Artists in the exhibition include Tom Nakashima, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval and Joyce Crain.

“Logic Array” by Joyce Crain (from the Microchip Series)

For more info, call 239-590-7199 or visit www.fgcu.edu/artgalleries

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ART

ARTScool, Your Choice exhibits

at the Naples Art Association

By Aimee Schlehr What a wonderful summer we’ve had, filled with amazing works created by inspired children and guided by our professional artists during ARTScool. ARTScool exhibition opens Aug. 12 at the Naples Art Association, the upcoming ARTScool Student exhibition featuring newly created artwork from the 21st annual summer arts program for children and teens. ARTScool intern David Paul curated the ARTScool exhibition. He is a long-time participant in the ARTScool program. “I started ARTScool classes when I was 7 years old,” said David Paul. “Once I turned 15, I became an ARTScool intern. When senior year rolled Darrel Austinʼs “Tigress in Moonlight” is part of the around, I began to think last summer Fantastical Art of Cʼmon exhibit July 15 - Aug. 2 might have been the last time I got to be at NAA. Then I remembered the tunity for local artists to present their artwork opportunity available to high school students to a large audience with no jury process when they graduate which is to become the requirement. The exhibition is called “Your ARTScool head intern and so I went for it.” Choice” because the artists and spectators The ARTScool exhibition will be on view make the choices. Artists decide which artAug. 12 through Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 work they will exhibit while gallery viewers p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Naples attending the reception decide who will Art Association’s Gallery 104. Admission is receive the awards. The exhibition runs Aug. free. 19 through Sept. 25 and will be installed We also had the privilege to feature the throughout Naples Art Association galleries on private collection of the Golisano Children’s both levels. The reception will be held Aug. Museum of Naples, and we are thrilled at the 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. when $1,000 in total prospect of what is still yet to come! cash prizes will be awarded by popular vote We are delighted to present our new webdone at the reception. Join us! site. We have been hard at work redesigning As part of our commitment to providing the site so it’s easy to use and enjoyable professional development to artists, the while you are there. Visit us at Naples Art Association hosts a variety of www.Naplesart.org. Aside from the new interjuried and non-juried exhibitions throughout active home page, you will also find a new, the year. If you are looking for ways to get very simple to navigate fall art class schedule your art in front of a new audience and that is open for registration. Sessions begin increase recognition, we invite you to particiOct. 7 and run through May 23, offering new pate in some of the many showcase opportuinstructors, new choices and all the inspired, nities we offer. We are currently in the challenging and insightful experiences we process of a call for artists for juried shows have become known for. that are coming this fall. Our much-anticipated non-juried exhibition Our next juried exhibition, Touchable Art, aptly named Your Choice, provides an oppor-

The Touchable Art exhibition will feature artwork by sighted, visually impaired and blind artists in October.

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is seeking artists to submit up to four pieces for the jury process. Art is generally considered to be a visual experience, but our appreciation of art does not need to come purely from sight. Touching is a basic instinct and a way to experience objects, gather information and build awareness. The Touchable Art exhibition will feature artwork by sighted, visually impaired and blind artists. Shaking off the traditional gallerygoer behavior, visitors are encouraged to use their sense of touch to explore the exhibition. The exhibition will be Oct. 4 - 17 and will be the feature of the Fredrick O. Watson Gallery at Naples Art Association. Reception will be held Oct 3 from 5:30 7:30 p.m.. Cash awards totaling $350 will be announced at the reception. Call for artist deadline is Sept. 27. For more information, go to www.naplesart.org and click on “Call for Artists.” For our extraordinary ticketed events in the coming season, Scene to be Seen in November, Dinner with Artists in October, January and April and For the Love of Art in March, we are actively seeking sponsors. Be featured and showcased across the associated platforms, giving your company the opportunity to speak to these exceptional audiences. For more info, contact Mary Visgilio at 239-262-6517 x115 or by email at mary.visgilio@naplesart.org. We are already booking our fabulous, art-filled facility rentals for season and there is limited availability, so we are encouraging you to get yours booked now. Contact Mary Visgilio for that too. The Naples Art Association’s primary goal is to serve as a working art center where the community can access art education, activities and events for all ages and learn about art through exhibitions and educational outreach. We encourage you to join us by investing in the arts and, in turn, in our community. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Naples Art Association. Aimee Schlehr is CEO and executive director of the Naples Art Association

This yearʼs Your Choice exhibit runs Aug. 19 - Sept. 25 with an opening reception Aug. 16. Pictured is last yearʼs reception.

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AUGUST CALENDAR THU - 1

Joey Gilmore Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Waterfront Music Jam Session Guitar Army at Gilchrist Park 400 West Retta Espl., Punta Gorda 6 - 10 p.m. every Thursday

Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

SAT - 3

Pearl & Princess Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Through Aug. 10 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Michael D’Amore The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Concert: Soulixer Mercato 9132 Strada Pl, Naples Soulixer is a 3-piece cosmic concoction of indie rock and soul. 6 p.m. 239-254-1080 Ghostbird Theatre: 3 by James Brock Aug. 1 - 3 and 8 - 10 Koreshan State Historic Site Theater 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 8 p.m. 239-992-0311

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Fort Myers Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers Always on the first Friday, visit the many galleries, exhibitions, and performances. Rain or shine. 6-10 p.m. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Richie C Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl, Punta Gorda Singer Rita Beach, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 24 - August 2019

NightBird - the ultimate tribute to Stevie Nicks, will debut at The Ranch Concert Hall in Fort Myers on Saturday, Aug. 3. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. NightBird band members are Angela Chang - lead vocals, Mark Chang - lead guitar/vocals, Dustin Melton – drums, Troy Royer - bass/vocals, Karen Quint Kalvin - keyboard/vocals, Moe Pereira – percussion and Liz Heath - background vocals. For tickets, visit online at www.theranchfortmyers.com or call 239-985-9839. Photo by Denise Thomas Carter The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Being Human Exhibit August 2 - 15 Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs Reception Aug. 2 from 6 - 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 The Alex Lopez Xpress Band Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Birds, Birds, Birds exhibit Aug. 2 - 22 Cape Coral Arts Studio, 4533 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral Reception Aug. 9 from 5 - 7 p.m. 239-574-0802 Vanishing Point exhibit Aug. 2 - 22 Cape Coral Arts Studio, 4533 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral Featuring artist Richard Stanton. Reception Aug. 9 from 5 - 7 p.m. 239-574-0802 Red exhibit opens DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, 1815 Fowler St., unit 3, Fort Myers Opening reception, 6 - 10 p.m. 239-590-8645

Collective Group exhibit Aug. 2 - 29 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers The Fort Myers Collects Group Exhibit features some of the most exquisite works from local art collectors, opening Friday, Reception Aug. 2 from 6 - 10 p.m. 239-333-1933 Reimagined Group Art Show Aug. 2 - 29 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers The show explores folklore and mythology through the eyes of artists Dharma Lefevre, Danielle Branchaud, Amanda Warrick, Ndola Pensy, Katie Vance, Michelle Caraway, Amanda Howell, Jeannie Coons and Willow DeArmas. 239-333-1933 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., Fort Myers Patrick Conolly; Altars, Shrines and Cabinets of Curiosities group exhibit, 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239337-5050

GreenMarket Every Saturday Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. 10 a.m. 239-939-2787 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Atilio Marinelli - 6 p.m. Alter Ego - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Joey “Pitbull of Blues” Rowand The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Naples Jazz Society Concert Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave., Naples 1 p.m. www.naplesjazzsociety.com Nightbird - Tribute to Stevie Nicks The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors at 7 p.m. 239-985-9839 Sunset Celebration with Double Standard Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Singer Dan Meadows, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Adam Mac, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 80s Night with 80 Caliber Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, Best dressed 80s contest, win a night stay at the resort, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Happenings Magazine


Joey Fiato 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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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 An Evening of Motown with The Ex-Bachelors Naples Bay Resort & Marina 1500 5th Ave S, Naples 7 p.m. Summer concert series at The Pointe, Online reservations only NaplesBayResort.com/Concerts Don Mopsick & Roy Gerson - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 AURA The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 5 - 8 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com MYFE Band Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

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Talking Tough with Frankie & Angela DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts 1815 Fowler St Unit 3, Fort Myers Talking Tough with Frankie & Angela is a weekly live that showcases original music, features artists and events, and discusses relevant topics each week. Viewers are invited to take part in the weekly topic discussion. 7:30 p.m. 239- 590-8645

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Jazz Jam Session Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 6 p.m., 239-549-3000

WED - 7

AURA The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com SWFL Wax exhibit United Arts Council of Collier County 953 4th Avenue North, Naples Opening reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Meet the exhibiting artists and watch artist Madeline Sugerman give a cold-wax demonstration. Artists Sherrie Adam, Sherry Degennaro, Deborah B. Kristoff, Carol Lutgen, Madeline Sugerman, Marquelynn Raposa, Christine Reichow, Trish Tinsley and Beverly Yankwitt. 239-254-8242 Captain Pat Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 8 p.m., 239-540-8454 Greg Miller & The Tributes Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Frank Bang & Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m., Dolphin Room, 239-995-3999

THU - 8

Top Shelf Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Evenings on 5th & Sidewalk Sales Fifth Avenue South, Naples An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of 5th Avenue South, plus dining, shopping and more. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 239-692-8436 Colton The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com DJ Savage - Music Trivia Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

FRI - 9

The Eyes Have It Members Exhibit Aug. 9 - 31 Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Opening Reception: Aug. 9 from 5-7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Staged Readings Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 TC Carr & The Bolts of Blue The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Mystery Walk Downtown Fort Myers Join the Mystery every second Friday of the month from 6-8 pm. Registration begins at First and Hendry Streets in front of Iberia Bank. Free to play, participants receive the first clue of the mystery location and scorecard! www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

Iconic Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Laboratory Theater of Florida presents DMV Aug. 9 - 25 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers 239-218-0481

Mr. Romantic & The Diva August 9 - 11 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral Atilio Marinelli and Anne Tormela sing everything from Pop standards, oldies, rock & roll to Popera. 239-772-5862

The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239463-5900 Johnny & Patti - 6 p.m. Girls of Motown - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

Old 41 Band 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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FRI - 9 CONTINUED Spring Awakening Aug. 9 - 11 and Aug. 15 -17 Florida Repertory Theatre Conservatory Program Arcade Theatre, Bay Street, Fort Myers, 239-332-4488

Theatre Conspiracy: Harvey Aug. 15 - 25 Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-939-2787 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

SAT - 10

Songs and Stories From The Beatles to Bluegrass Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories about The Beatles, Emmylou Harris and more with Barry & Holly Tashian. 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Dazzling Del Rays Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Marty Stokes Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Bad Latitude Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Naples Jazz Society Concert Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave., Naples 1 p.m. www.naplesjazzsociety.com Gatsby/Escanaba Auditions The Naples Players 701 5th Ave S, Naples Auditions will be from noon-4 p.m. Both shows are auditioning on the same day and you may do one or both. 239-434-7340 ext. 125 Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com The Sunset Celebration - Remedy Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Annual BaconFest Trolley Event Big John's Plaza, Cape Coral Dress up and you could win 4 tickets to the next trolley event. 7 p.m. www.southcapeentertainment.com 26 - August 2019

The Dazzling Del Rays will perform Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral. Call 239-5493000 for more info.

TikiFest Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda JP’s Island Duo, Tiki Tom & L.A., Sunny Jim White, Hula Dancers, family fun from noon - 4 p.m. Highway 1 Trio, 5 - 9 p.m. 941-575-3007

Back To Chicago Naples Bay Resort & Marina 1500 5th Ave S, Naples The area’s true musical tribute to the famous band Chicago. Do you remember ”25 or 6 to 4,” “Beginnings,” “Does Anybody Know What Time it Is” $45. 7 p.m., online only at www.naplesbayresort.com

Charlotte Players: Murder Mystery on the High Seas! Fisherman's Village-King Fisher Fleet, 1200 West Retta Esplanade STE 16A in Punta Gorda The sailing vessel is one of the King Fisher fleet. It will leave promptly at 7:30 pm and bring you back to port at 9:30 pm. 941-639-0969

TUE - 13

SUN - 11

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Singer Rita Beach, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Don Mopsick & Roy Gerson - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Blues and Bloodys Concert Series The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, Betty Fox Band, Collaboration Band, noon - 7 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Top Shelf Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

Jazz Jam Session Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 6 p.m., 239-549-3000

WED - 14

Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Captain Pat Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 8 p.m., 239-540-8454 Greg Miller & The Tributes Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m., Dolphin Room, 239-995-3999 Frank Bang & Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225

Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Michael D’Amore Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Red Hannah The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com 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. We have many restaurants, pubs and places whereby you can duck in and out of the heat or rain. Merchants stay open till 8 p.m. for your shopping pleasure. 5 - 8 p.m. 941-391-4856 Open Mic Bonita! Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, Bonita Springs Songwriters, poets, slam poets, performance artists, playwrights, authors and short story writers, and stand-up comedians will take the stage to share their work with the audience. Tickets: $10 (10% off for current CFABS Members) 7 p.m. 239-495-8989

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The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Richie C - 6 p.m. Elvis and more tributes - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Happenings Magazine


Half Step Down Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Gulf Coast Symphony: Give My Regards To Broadway Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849

SummerJazz on the Gulf 851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples Free concert on the Watkins Lawn featuring Pocket Change. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 239-261-2222

Mark Telesca Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 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

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Tiki Tom, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Your Choice exhibit reception Naples Art Association 585 Park St., Naples Exhibit runs Aug. 19 - Sept. 25, reception 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 239-262-6517

Not Guilty Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

Seven by Simonelli Aug. 16 - 18 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral Seven one-act plays by Joe Simonelli, 239-772-5862 Punta Gorda Woodstock Aug. 16 -18 Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center 75 Taylor St, Punta Gorda 941-833-5444 www.puntagordawoodstock.com Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public. 6-10 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

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Jory Lyle & Co. The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

SAT - 17

Electric Lipstick Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Pedro Arevalo & Friends The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Naples Jazz Society Concert Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave., Naples There’s nothing happier than a toetapping Dixieland tune – and nothing sadder than a sorrowful blues. These are truly American culture at its best! 1 p.m. www.naplesjazzsociety.com Florida Music Food Initiative Benefit Concert ACMA Listening Room @ All Faiths 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Come on out to enjoy good music, good friends and good fun all for the cost of a few food items. 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org

Songwriters 4 Vets Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs Join us for a country concert for a cause! Seven Nashville country songwriters, alongside Southwest Florida musician Ben Allen, will perform and share the stories behind their hit songs to honor and benefit local and national veterans. 8 p.m. www.songwriters4vets.com “Dog Days of Summer” Dinner Dance Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy. Music by Tammy Truitt, 5:30 – 10 p.m., $30, 813-419-3613 wwwcapecoralsocialclub.org, The Sunset Celebration - Wildlins Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

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Laughter is the Best Medicine Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-278-4422

Manny T The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141

The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series Josh Ward & Cody Weaver The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-985-9839

SUN - 18

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Singer Dave Powers, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Don Mopsick & Roy Gerson - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Nostal Jah The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 5 - 8 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

MON - 19

Global Sustainable Design Aug. 19 - Sept. 5 ArtLab at FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Fort Myers This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 239-590-7199 Global Sustainable Design Aug. 19 - Sept. 5 ArtLab in the west side of the Library building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers Exhibit free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m .- 4 p.m. 239-590-7199

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Jazz Jam Session Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 6 p.m., 239-549-3000 28 - August 2019

Pocket Change will play Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Summer Jazz on the Gulf at Naples Beach Hotel & Gulf Club. Admission is free.

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Love That Dress! Embassy Suites Fort Myers, Estero Love That Dress! is the ultimate feelgood shopping spree of the year offering new and gently-loved dresses, shoes, handbags, and accessories at nominal prices to benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee. 6 p.m. General Admission $30 www.lovethatdressleecounty.com Frank Bang & Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m., Dolphin Room, 239-995-3999 Laurie & Rusty Wright The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Captain Pat Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 8 p.m., 239-540-8454 Greg Miller & The Tributes Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

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Once Aug. 22 - Sept. 28 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422 New York Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com DJ Savage - Music Trivia Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Global Sustainable Design reception ArtLab in the west side of the Library building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers This is free and open to the public. 5 p.m. 239-590-7199 Jerry B Dance Party Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Love That Dress - Collier The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Love That Dress! is one of Pace Collier's biggest events of the year and we can never have too many volunteers. 239-657-2400 www.pacecenter.org/collier Soul System Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Sounds of Summer – Singer Songwriter Competition Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers The competition focuses on original musicians in the singer-songwriter genre. This yearly event invites performers in the genre to enter for a chance to win great prizes. 7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 239-333-1933 Dockta D The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Cottrell, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Riverside 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. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 The Studio Players: Venus in Fur Through Sept. 8 Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples 239-398-9192

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Brian Smalley in Concert ACMA Listening Room @ All Faiths 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Naples Jazz Society Concert Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave., Naples There’s nothing happier than a toetapping Dixieland tune – and nothing sadder than a sorrowful blues. These are truly American culture at its best! 1 p.m. www.naplesjazzsociety.com Sunset Celebration with Double Standard Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Arts In August Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Fine art, craft vendors, demonstrations and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Live music with Dave Heveron noon– 4 p.m. & Singer Chris G, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Eric Steckel The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Spin Zone The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Neil Diamond tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, Neil Zirconia, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Bite The Bullet Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

SUN - 25

A Toast to TenacityHonoring Women’s Suffrage Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Join us for a toast, great company, a special performance from The Agitators and refreshments in the gallery after the program. While the event is free, an RSVP is requested. 5 - 7 p.m. 239-939-2787

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Don Mopsick & Roy Gerson - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 New York Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 5 - 8 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Tiki Tom, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Southwest Florida Blues Society Regional IBC competition DJ’s Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Doors at noon SWFBS regional IBC “Road to Memphis” Challenge. General Admission: $12, $5 SWFBS members (with valid membership card) Join/ Renew at the door Raffles; 50/50, Blues fest tickets & more. Noon. 239-466-8326 Shore Patrol Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

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Hope by Song Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers 6 p.m. in amphitheater. Their words are used to create songs of struggle and hope. 239-479-4636

TUE - 27

Jazz Jam Session Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 6 p.m., 239-549-3000

WED - 28

Pietro Iannotti Shell Point Retirement Community, The Grand Cypress Room at the Woodlands 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-454-2067 Greg Miller & The Tributes Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Wendy Renee 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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AUGUST CALENDAR WED - 28 CONTINUED Captain Pat Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 8 p.m., 239-540-8454

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Espl., Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Frank Bang & Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225

Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141

Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m., Dolphin Room, 239-995-3999

Jason Haram Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

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Open to Interpretation: Selections from the Permanent Collection opening reception Wasmer Art Gallery, Arts Complex, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Fort Myers This event is free and open to the public, 5 p.m. Exhibit runs to Oct. 3 239-590-7199 David C. Johnson & Lisa V. The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

The final performance in the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Shell Point in Fort Myers will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 28 with Italian pianist Pietro Iannotti. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 239-454-2067 or visit www.shellpoint.org/summer. Pearl & Princess Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

DJ Savage - Music Trivia Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

FRI - 30

Thursday Night L!VE Bell Tower Shops 13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers Join us at Center Court for the return of the Faded Roots Band, from 6 to 8pm. Be sure to bring the lawn chairs and the entire family, plus enjoy a beer and wine bar for purchase from Grimaldi's! & Remember as always, entry is free! 6 - 8 p.m. 239-489-1221

Relentless Fire Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

Karen Seide Exhibition Aug. 29 - Dec. 7 Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd Reception Aug. 29 from 6 - 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Jose Ramirez The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

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The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239463-5900

Aquarium exhibit Aug. 30 - Sept. 26 Cape Coral Arts Studio, 4533 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral Reception: Sept. 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. 239-574-0802 Open to Interpretation: Selections from the Permanent Collection Aug. 30 - Oct. 3 Wasmer Art Gallery, Arts Complex, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Fort Myers This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 239-590-7199

Crazy Fingers: Grateful Dead tribute The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 5-9 p. Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Richie C - 6 p.m. Rockin Horse - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

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The Sunset Celebration - Remedy Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Old 41 Band The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Naples Jazz Society Summer Concert Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave., Naples There’s nothing happier than a toetapping Dixieland tune – and nothing sadder than a sorrowful blues. These are truly American culture at its best! 1 p.m. www.naplesjazzsociety.com Armed Forces of Funny Stand Up Comedy Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers You've checked in to Alliance for the Arts before It’s surefire laughs with The Armed Forces of Funny, a collection of some of the funniest comedians from military families across the country. The cost is $20 per show or $15 for Alliance members. About the Armed Forces of Funny Line-Up The Armed Forces of funny is a locked and loaded night of comedy featuring Brendan Jay, Brett James, Rudy Wilson and Duncan Jay. 8 p.m. 239-939-2787 Soapy Tuna Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Robert Gonnelli - 6 p.m. The Goldtones - 7 pm Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

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MUSIC Punta Gorda Woodstock Aug. 16-18 The Bean on 41 Coffee Shop is moving forward with plans to co-sponsor a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Weekend in Punta Gorda starting Friday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. The event is a three-day tribute and trip back to the magical happenings which occurred in upstate New York in August 1969. Over a dozen bands are scheduled to perform ranging from solo & duo acts up to full scale bands for the evening shows. Tiki Tom Entertainment is producing the event in collaboration with local businesses and community leaders to help bring people to Punta Gorda for a weekend of “fun and flashing-back.” “Woodstock itself came down to ‘three days of peace, love, and music,’” said Tom Watson, promoter of the event. “This is chance for all of us to reconvene, 50 years later, mind you, and remember a time when time stood still for 350,000-plus people who showed up in ’69.” “We have created a great event for August. An air-conditioned Woodstock Weekend in Punta Gorda,” Watson says. “We plan to tie in local businesses to really showcase Charlotte Harbor & Punta Gorda.” Watson says having the event air-conditioned and indoors will make it more appealing and easier to enjoy. “The cool comfort of the show is a draw of course, but what we’re most excited about is the music line-up.” The show has bands from Delray Beach, Sarasota, Vero Beach, Cape Coral and of course Charlotte County. Friday’s activities run 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday’s activities will run 9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Band lineup & ticket info is at www.puntagordawoodstock.com. 32 - August 2019

Paisley Craze is currently in the middle of their 2019 Peace & Love Tour and adding new dates regularly. Photo by Dylan Jon Wade Cox Photography

Paisley Craze spreads

peace & love in Florida

The Peace & Love Tour is coming to a city near you. Paisley Craze is a five-piece band featuring special artists playing all your favorite music from the Woodstock era. Band members include Bob Dielman on guitar, Dave Mankes on keys, Kenny Crawley on drums, Marty Bednar on bass, vocalist Donna Lamoureaux and vocalist Robert Garcia. Having all come out of and through the ‘60s and ‘70s, this group of artists was inspired by the music of the ‘60s and Woodstock. They’ve cut their own records, played thousands of gigs and traveled the world. But now, they are coming together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a moment that changed history. So whether you want to just relax, sit back, and groove to the music, or get out on the dance floor and party to the break of dawn,

come out and celebrate the music that changed the world. Doors often open early for fans to enjoy awesome pre-show festivities including Woodstock trivia, tie-dye merchandise, photo booths and more. Upcoming Florida tour dates include Fort Walton Beach on July 30, Ocala on Aug. 1, Sarasota on Aug. 2, The Villages on Aug. 6 and Sept. 5 and 12, Punta Gorda on Aug. 16, Tampa on Aug. 18, Lake Placid on Sept. 20, Venice on Oct. 4, 12 and 25, Leesburg on Oct. 20, Ellenton on Oct. 26, Cape Haze on Nov. 1, Summerfield on Nov. 9, Sebring on Nov. 16, Port Charlotte on Nov. 23, Naples on Dec. 4 and more in 2020 (including Labelle in January and North Fort Myers in February). For their complete schedule, visit www.paisleycraze.com.

Spirit of Woodstock in Brooksville Spirit of Woodstock festival will be Aug. 16 - 18 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, Florida. Featured musical artists that weekend include The Hummingbirds, Russ Bowers Isn’t Dead Yet, Tony Tyler Trance, Cadillac Cowboys, Bus Fulla Monkeys, LC Williams & the Driver, Kettle of Fish, Alex Lopez Xpress Band, Uncle John’s Band,

Yesterdayze, Moonflower - The Spirit of Santana and Peace of Woodstock. Spirit of Woodstock is a music event which benefits the beautiful and rustic Sertoma Youth Ranch. This is an incredible three day and three night camping optional festival located just off I-75 at exit 293 (north of Tampa). For more info, visit www.spiritofwoodstock.org.

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Give My Regards to GULF COAST SYMPHONY

Broadway Aug. 17

Two local favorites join the Gulf Coast Symphony for the Give My Regards to Broadway! concert on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Mark Sanders and Carolann Sanita join the Gulf Coast Symphony for a delightful program of Broadway favorites. From toe-tapping tunes to memorable ballads, these two singers will bring their charm and talents to some of Broadway’s best songs. Carolann Mark Sanders is a South Florida resident Sanita who has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world, including regular performances with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Mark was seen as Perchik on the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof and recently portrayed ‘Bud’ Johnson in the critically acclaimed production of The Bridges of Madison County at SlowBurn

Theatre Company in Ft. Lauderdale. Carolann Sanita is a New York City native now living in Naples. She has toured as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. Established in 1996, the Gulf Coast Symphony, led by music & executive director Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz, is one of the most Mark Sanders dynamic community orchestras in the United States. These two world-renowned singers will be in Southwest Florida one night only, performing at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW Aug. 17. For tickets, call 239-481-4849 or visit www.GulfCoastSymphony.org. Tickets start at just $29.

Tiki Fest Aug. 10 at Fishermen’s Village

Fishermen’s Village presents its fourth annual Tiki Fest on Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Promising to be a full afternoon of family friendly tiki fun. Event admission and parking are free. Some highlights of the event include trop rock music featuring the JP’s Island duo, steel drum music by Sunny Jim White, variety music by Tiki Tom and L.A.

Daniels, the Waikiki Hula Dancers show, photos with international mermaid Faith Lynn, Jeff the “Tiki” juggler, face painting, tiki games, limbo, sand art creations, tiki decor and tropical clothing shopping, Hawaiian leis giveaways and more. Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda. Visit online at www.fishville.com or call 941639-8721.

L.A. Daniels and Tiki Tom

Naples Bay Resort summer concerts Aug. 4 & 11

The Naples Bay Resort & Marina has expanded its popular indoor concert series to the summer months. Enjoy the sounds of Motown and a Chicago tribute band at The Pointe, an intimate, waterfront venue located at 1500 Fifth Avenue South in Naples. The summer series kicked off in June and wraps up in August. An evening of Motown will be presented Sunday, Aug. 4 by The Ex-Bachelors. The show will run from 7 to 9 p.m. The Ex Bachelors were formed as an original group of talented musicians playing some great original songs and also some of their favorite rock & roll and blues songs. The Ex-Bachelors are a six-piece Motown and soul band. 34 - August 2019

Back to Chicago - A legacy of rock and horns, plays Sunday, Aug. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Back To Chicago is the area’s only true musical tribute to the famous band Chicago. Concert attendees can enjoy an evening of a legacy of rock and horns dedicated to providing a musical experience next to none. The unique indoor venue is intimate for the entertainers, and the room is set up to emulate the style of cabaret theater shows. Tickets are $45 for each concert. For those interested in dinner and a concert, those tickets are $85 each. Buffet dinner is followed by the tribute concert (dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are subject to sales tax and booking fee. For more details and ticket reservations, visit www.naplesbayresort.com/concerts.

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Shannon Arnold named artistic director of Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers has holiday concerts in December at the Community named Shannon Arnold as the group’s new artistic Church on Sanibel, the Readings and Carols concert director. She takes over the podium from long-time for charity at New Hope Presbyterian in Fort Myers, conductor Jeff Faux as the fourth director in the and will, once again, join the Gulf Coast Symphony organization’s 19-year history, a season billed as at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall for Deck Passing the Baton. the Halls. The choir will also provide the carols at the Arnold, who recently relocated to Southwest lighting of the city of Fort Myers Christmas tree. Florida from Philadelphia, is currently serving as The Mastersingers will be a sanctioned event of director of the Good Shepherd United Methodist the Edison Festival of Light in February at St. Church Chancel Choir and Bell Choir in North Fort Michael’s Lutheran Church for a performance that Myers. will travel through time examining milestone invenArnold completed her undergraduate degree in tions and significant pieces of music that accompaMusic Education at Penn State University where, as nied them. a junior, she was chosen choral conducting intern to The 19th season culminates with two performlead the chamber ensemble, Sine Nomine. After ances in April celebrating the 250th anniversary of completing her undergraduate studies, she taught Beethoven’s birth. The program will feature superior rated ensembles at Fort Pierce Central Beethoven’s Mass in C along with the winning comHigh School in Fort Pierce, Florida. After four years position from the 2nd annual Sanibel-Captiva Trust of teaching, Shannon moved to Philadelphia and Prize in Choral Competition. Shannon Arnold received her master’s degree in Choral Conducting In talking with Shannon about her appointment at Temple University. After her first year at Temple, as director, she said, “Working with an ensemble she was awarded the Robert Page Conducting Scholarship. In addilike the Mastersingers is an incredible opportunity. I am excited to tion to her fine conducting skills, Arnold is also an accomplished continue their illustrious history of performing masterworks at a high pianist. level. I look forward to building relationships with the members as “We are very lucky to have brought in a musician of Shannon’s well as the entire Fort Myers community.” caliber. She comes in with a new voice, a new energy, that will help This promises to be yet another entertaining season from the us to continue to grow and capitalize on the recent successes the Mastersingers as the baton is passed to a new conductor while the group has enjoyed,” said Mastersingers president Anthony Contino. fine musicianship, well-loved masterworks, and cutting edge new In Arnold’s first season, the group will perform its usual array of choral repertoire continue. For information on how to audition to masterworks and imaginative programming that has come to define become a member of the group, or for complete information on the the area’s premier choral ensemble. The group performs its traditional season schedule visit www.mastersingersfm.com.

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AMERICANA COMMUNITY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

Benefit, food drive Aug. 17; Brian Smalley plays Aug. 24

The Americana Community Music Association has a great lineup for August. A benefit concert and food drive is planned for Saturday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. Once again the fine musicians associated with the Florida Music Food Initiative are donating their time and talent to feed the hungry in Lee County. The ACMA is donating the space, and organizers hope that the ACMA audience and members will do the rest. Come on out to enjoy good music, good friends and good fun all for the cost of a few food items. That night’s lineup includes The Dunn Deal, Joe Virga, James Hawkins, Peg & Em, Frankie J & The Chicken Parade. To find out more about the program, visit online at www.floridamusicfoodinitiative.org. The ACMA welcomes Brian Smalley back to its listening room on Aug. 24. With his lightening fast fingers and innovative lyrics a Brian Smalley show is always amazing!. We can't wait to have him back in our neck of the woods! Brian Smalley lives in Florida. Where is Brian from? That’s a trickA benefit concert and food drive will be held Aug. 17. That nightʼs ier question to answer. By the time he turned 18 his family lineup includes The Dunn Deal, Joe Virga, James Hawkins, Peg & Em, had moved all across the country more than twenty times. Frankie J & The Chicken Parade. So, it’s no surprise that wander-lust found its way into Brian’s soul, as well as into his music. His acoustic novel "Chickens Pigs" based in Civil War era Florida was named Houseboat Jim Visone will open the show...banjo? guitar? Best Florida Folk CD of 2013 by the Florida Times-Union. His Originals or well loved covers? One just never knows with latest CD "Key" is an acoustic novel set in the Florida Keys Houseboat Jim, but fans know it will be awesome. telling the fictional story of Painter Kellet & Compass Rose. Other upcoming ACMA shows include The 502s on Sept. Brian's music borrows from old-time flat-pick guitar and new7, Grant Peeples on Sept 14, Cliff Eberhardt on Oct. 5, grass, but his style is hard to pigeon-hole. He sings with a Friction Farm on Oct. 12, Mike Laureanno on Oct. 19 and soulful, earthy voice, and his live performances tend to be Violet Bell & Omar Ruiz-Lopez on Oct. 26. just that: Lively! The ACMA 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 to $15 donation. The headliners are touring “under the wire, should be famous” musicians. Each show has a local songwriter that performs at a professional level open for the headliner. Singer songwriters circles are 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 is required. All are welcome to come and play or just to listen. 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., and all shows start at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.americanacma.org. Brian Smalley

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SW Florida Blues Society competition Aug. 25

The Southwest Florida Blues Society presents the Annual Southwest Florida Regional International Blues Challenge (IBC) competition on Sunday, Aug. 25 at DJ’s Rhythm House & Dinner Club in Fort Myers. Artists who entered the regional competition are hoping this will be their “Road to Memphis” to compete in the International Blues Challenge. The Memphis challenge has grown to showcase more than 260 acts from 40 states and 16 countries covering four continents. Winning the Southwest Florida Blues Society’s regional IBC competition and competing in Memphis has provided artists with some (if not all of the following; • This challenge is for bands who are interested in a higher level of regional, national and International visibility. • This event creates a scenario where the winners will be in a better position to negotiate new gigs and potential touring options. • This opportunity could lead to signing with a major record label or gaining the recognition needed to work with some of the industry’s leading agents, promoters and producers. • There are hundreds, if not thousands of bands, that compete worldwide every year for this opportunity, and you can only get there when you've been selected by an official Blues Foundation affiliate member and the

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The Marty Stokes Band has been a frequent winner of the peopleʼs choice award.

Southwest Florida Blues Society is a Blues Foundation affiliate member. This is not a jam session. Each act is competing for their chance to go to the IBC in Memphis to showcase their talent by representing the Southwest Florida Blues Society. Acts will be adjudicated by independent judges from different areas of the music and entertainment industry. Each act will be ballot scored according to the Blues Foundation’s established standards covering specifics such

as blues content, instrumental talent, vocal talent, stage presence, and originality. The competition will be structured to replicate the Memphis IBC as much as possible with sets ranging from 20-30 minutes and 5-10 minute change outs. The winning band will receive $1,000 travel assistance to compete in the Memphis IBC. The solo/duo and youth acts will receive $600 in travel assistance. The SWFBS will also present a “People’s Choice Award.” Fans are encouraged to come out and vote for their favorite act. Entry registrations forms are available through the blues society online at www.swfbs.org, and artist registrations will close on Aug. 15. Space is limited. SWFBS will guarantee a slot in the competition to the first four bands, first three solo/duo acts, and the first two youth acts. The local competition will be Sunday, Aug. 25. Doors will open at noon, and the music begins at 1 pm. Admission is $12 for general public and $5 for current members of the SW Florida Blues Society (you can join or renew your membership at the door). Raffles and prize drawings will take place throughout the event. The annual IBC event is sponsored by Happenings Magazine and the SW Florida Blues Society. DJ’s Rhythm House is located at 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers.

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Singer-songwriter competition Aug. 23

There’s still time to register to compete

The 2018 winner was songwriter Kyle Anne Dugan (second from right) pictured with judges and host.

The Summer Singer-Songwriter Competition is back for its third year at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. On Friday, Aug. 23, experience an evening of original music from local and national competitors. See performers play for a chance to win a spot at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest plus bragging rights, prizes and a trophy. Singer-songwriters have been invited to submit an original song to be considered for this year’s competition. The most remarkable performances are pre-selected to play live at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center during the Summer SingerSongwriter Competition.

The panel of judges select a grand prize winner, who will receive a performance spot at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, plus a trophy and a prize generously donated by an area business! The audience will also have a chance to participate when they vote for the people’s choice winner, who will receive a trophy and a prize generously donated by an area business. Submission deadline is Aug. 13. The competition on Aug. 23 starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. Visit www.sbdac.com for more details.

Alex Lopez, Steepwater Band at Center for the Performing Arts in Bonita Springs

“Musical Moments” series. Musical Moments The music never stops at the Center for presents Back to the Future on Sunday, Sept. Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. A variety of 1 at 3 p.m. in Moe Auditorium. This program musical events, comedy, theatre and films are highlights outstanding student performers scheduled through the summer and into the throughout the Southwest Florida region, fall. including competition winners. Delicious comAlex Lopez Xpress will perform Friday, Aug. plimentary tastings are served during intermis2 at 8 p.m. at Hinman Auditorium. sion. Join us for an extraordinary afternoon. Critics have called Alex Lopez "a powerful Tickets are $25. instrumentalist, a first-class songwriter capable The Steepwater Band is scheduled to perof revitalizing the blues for a new generation." form Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. in Hinman In 2017, Alex released his third album Auditorium "Slowdown" which was hailed by Europe's Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Blues Magazine as one of the best blues Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to albums of the year. With his band the Xpress, early British blues, combined with a modern, Alex is renowned for his high-energy and audiraw and gutsy musical approach. Although the ence engaging shows. band got their start as devotees of delta blues, The Alex Lopez Xpress brings their brand of they have since been expanding on their influrocking blues to Bonita performing songs from ences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia their three albums. Alex's critically acclaimed to Americana, from jazz to ‘50s rock n’ roll. album "Slowdown" was called one of 2017's They have toured and shared the stage with best and reviews hail him as a first class songacts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco writer and guitarist capable of revitalizing the Alex Lopez and many more. blues genre for the next generation. Their latest album Shake Your Faith has a Performing with his exceptionally talented wide range of sounds from straight ahead rock band "The Xpress" this is sure to be a show n roll to a psychedelic samba, and lyrical direction that extends from you don't want to miss. Tickets for Alex Lopez Xpress start at $20. love to murder. This album is the true meaning of just that. An album On select Thursdays throughout the 2019-2020 season, the cen- a collective piece of music that’s meant to be heard front to back. ters will host OMB! (Open Mic Bonita!) Songwriters, poets, slam Saylors adds “The way the whole record flows, it’s like one long poets, performance artists, playwrights, authors and short story writsong… takes you on a little journey.” Tickets for Steepwater Band ers, stand-up comedians…they want you! If writing words is your art, start at $20. they want to give you five minutes of stage time to share with our To purchase tickets and for more event information, call 239-495audience and there are prizes. The event is free for performers. The 8989 or visit online at www.artcenterbonita.org. The Center for next OMB will be Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at Moe Auditorium. Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita. The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents its regular

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LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC IN

Backstreets

SW FLORIDA

915 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-945-7555

The Barrel Room 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-333-2225

Bert’s Bar & Grill 4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha 239-282-3232

Blue Monkey Bar & Grille

7550 Mission Hills Dr suite 326, Naples 239-597-2583

Buckingham Blues Bar

5641 Buckingham Rd Fort Myers 239-693-7111

The Buddha Bar

12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-482-8565

Cape Cabaret

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 Bonita Springs 239-325-3583

Coconut Falls Tiki 17200 S. Tamiami Tr. Fort Myers 239-990-9901

Fishermen’s Village Seminole 1200 W. Retta Esplan. Casino Hotel Punta Gorda 941-639-8721

Hurricane Charley’s

300 W. Retta Espl, Punta Gorda 941-639-9695

The Jac

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

Lansdowne Street

24851 S. Tamiami Tr #7 Bonita Springs 239-495-3800

The Nauti Mermaid 5961 Silver King Blvd. Cape Coral 239-541-5600

2787 N. Tamiami Trail North Fort Myers 239-995-2141

Smokin Oyster Brewery 340 Old San Carlos For Myers Beach 239-463-3474

Sneaky Pete’s

3465 Bonita Beach Rd Bonita Springs 239-498-8887

The Stage

9144 Bonita Beach Rd Bonita Springs 239-405-8566

Ter-Tini’s

1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers 239-344-6147

Tiki Bar at Days Inn

255 13th Avenue S., Naples • 239-649-8200

Paradise Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key 1502 Miramar St. Cape Coral 239-540-8454

Dixie Roadhouse

5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral 239-542-0123

The Shell Factory

Old Naples Pub

Pete’s Time Out

Fathoms

1410 Pine Ridge Road Naples 239-435-9333

Tiki at Wyndham Garden

1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-8077

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

1023 SE 47th Terrace Cape Coral 239-541-7900

South Street

Nervous Nellie’s

The Cottage

1270 Estero Blvd., Ft Myers Beach 239-765-5440

506 S. 1st St., Immokalee 800-218-0007

2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-3257 1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5900

DJ’s Rhythm House

16440 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers 239-466-8326

6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5711

18051 S. Tamiami Tr Fort Myers 239-267-7900

Twisted Vine Bistro 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-226-1687

The Village Pub

4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707

Whiskey Park

3380 Mercantile Ave., Naples • 239-263-6777

Yucatan Beach Stand

250 Old San Carlos Fort Myers Beach 239-333-4386

Some of the places to hear live music in SW Florida.

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ISLAND HOPPER Songwriter Fest Sept. 20 - 29

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Sept. 20 - 29, takes place over 10 days and offers a range of free performances. The event kicks off on Captiva Island Sept. 20 - 22, moves to downtown Fort Myers Sept. 22 - 26 and ends at Fort Myers Beach Sept. 27 - 29.

So far, 60 artists have been confirmed for the 2019 festival including Sam Williams, the 21-year-old grandson of legendary Hank Williams, and Sawyer Fredericks, the season 8 winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” who will both perform on Captiva.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush, Gulf Coast Symphony at Island Hopper

Kristian Bush, half of the multi-platinum selling country duo Sugarland, will perform Sept. 22 with the Gulf Coast Symphony as part of the sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. Bush, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, and the symphony, celebrating its 25th anniversary, will perform on stage at Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers. “We’re excited to showcase our community’s outstanding Gulf Coast Symphony with the star power and talent of Kristian Bush,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This addition to this year’s Island Hopper lineup can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime performance, not to be missed.” Kristian Bush was part of the first and second festivals in 2014 and 2015. The release of ticket prices and other festival details will be available on the new version of the Island Hopper mobile app. Find out more fest details at www.islandhopperfest.com.

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Frank Myers has been a regular participant in the annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. Pictured is Frank Myers at the 2015 festival. Photo by Jamie Kuser

Frank Myers at preview party

A special Island Hopper preview party is scheduled for Aug. 8, and you can register to win free tickets by visiting www.catcountry1071.com. The special event will take place at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford in downtown Fort Myers. A special performance will be given by songwriter Frank Myers. His hit songs include "I'm Already There" and "My Front Porch Looking In" recorded by Lonestar, "I Swear" recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and "You and I" recorded by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle. Frank J. Myers is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but moved to Nashville in 1981 to pursue a career in music. He got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven in 1981 and worked with Eddy for 9 years. It was with Eddy that Frank started writing, playing and co-producing sessions. They had two number ones, five number twos and three top tens with songs such as “I Got Mexico,”

“Bayou Boys,” “You Should’ve Been Gone By Now,” “Sometimes A Lady” and many others. It was in 1982 though, that Frank had his first single (a song he wrote by himself) with “You And I” for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle which stayed number one for four weeks Country, number two for six weeks on AC and number 6 for four weeks on pop. It was during his time with Eddy Raven that Frank met Gary Baker. They had their first number one together in 1993 with “Once Upon A Lifetime” by Alabama. Gary and Frank recorded one album for MCG/Curb Records as Baker & Myers and were three-time nominees for Duo of the Year at the ACM’s and CMA’s. Their greatest accomplishment as writers together came when John Michael Montgomery recorded “I Swear,” which was number one for four weeks on the country charts. Visit www.catcountry1071.com to register for your free ticket today. This is an invitation only event. Happenings Magazine


IN CONCERT

PERFORMANCES

NOV. 2

Sammy Hagar, Night Ranger

IN SW FLORIDA & SUN COAST

Hertz Arena, Estero

John Abbott Band

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

AUG. 16 Hippiefest

Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

Alice Cooper

NOV. 3

AUG. 17

Josh Ward

B.B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

NOV. 15

Iron Butterfly

UB40

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

James Otto, Wyatt Durrette

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

AUG. 20

Ted Nugent

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

AUG. 24

Artimus Pyle Band

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

AUG. 29

Pure Prairie League

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

SEP. 6

The Alarm, Modern English

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

SEP. 14

Amy Grant

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

SEP. 19

Disturbed

Hertz Arena, Estero

Tiffany

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

SEP. 20

Julio Iglesias

Hertz Arena, Estero

SEP. 21 Lee Brice

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

Terry Sylvester

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Hinman Auditorium, Bonita Terry Sylvester of The Hollies will perform Sept. 21 at Hinman Auditorium at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. For tickets, call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org

SEP. 22

Kristian Bush

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest at Florida Rep, Ft Myers

SEP. 25 Tesla

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

SEP. 27 Hardy

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

Deep Purple

Mahaffey Theater, St. Pete

SEP. 28

Creedʼs Scott Stapp The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

Alabama, Don McLean Hertz Arena, Estero

OCT. 2

Godsmack

Hertz Arena, Estero

OCT. 5

Casey Donahew Band The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

OCT. 9

Love & Theft

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

OCT. 11

Marty Stuart

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

OCT. 18

ZZ Top & Cheap Trick Hertz Arena, Estero

Mitchell Tenpenny

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

OCT. 19

Billy Currington

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

OCT. 26

Wynonna & Big Noise Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Big Orange Music Fest Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

OCT. 30

Here Come the Mummies

NOV. 15 - 17

Mindi Abair Wine & Music Festival

Downtown Punta Gorda

NOV. 16

The LACS, Black Stone Cherry, The Josephines

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

NOV. 20

John Oates

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

NOV. 22

Randy Houser

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

NOV. 24

Marc Anthony

Hertz Arena, Estero

DEC. 8

Trisha Yearwood Artis–Naples

DEC. 13

Lee Greenwood

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

DEC. 14

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

DEC. 19

NOV. 1

Sebastian Bach

Darius Rucker & Lady Antebellum Tiburon, Naples

The Gatlin Brothers Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

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Josh Ward, Lee Brice at The Ranch Concert Hall

The performance schedule is filling up this summer and fall at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. The Sam Galloway Concert Series presents country artists Josh Ward on Aug. 17, Lee Brice on Sept. 21, Hardy on Sept. 27, the Casey Donahew Band on Oct. 5, Mitchell Tenpenny on Oct. 18, Josh Abbott Band, The Lacs & Black Stone Cherry on Nov. 16 and Randy Houser on Nov. 22. Rocker Sebastian Bach will perform as part of the concert series on Nov. 1. Other shows scheduled at The Ranch (not part of the Sam Galloway series) are Nightbird - The Ultimate Tribute Band to Stevie Nicks on Aug. 3, Creed’s Scott Stapp on Sept. 28, Billy Currington on Oct. 19 and Pig Floyd on Dec. 21. “All grit and no quit.” These are the deeply rooted words that Josh Ward lives by to an absolute fault. An anchored mindset that has led this Texas country music rising star from a drifter’s adolescence to the jeopardous game of the rodeo circuit to the punishing toil of the Texas oil fields, and on into the fickle arms of the music business. Some might argue whether it is having nine consecutive #1 hit singles in Texas under his belt that has garnered him staying power, or that he is killing it in the social media world with over 2 million views on YouTube and over 3 million streams globally on Spotify. Maybe it’s his 3 venerated album releases, or maybe because he can not only bat a full house on a 200 plus dates a year touring average, but also rope in crowds on a first time performance in an unfamiliar town. While impressive, all those distinctions can come and go in the world of music. When Lee Brice isn’t selling out arenas, writing and recording songs, or building a new brand like American Born whiskey — you’ll find him with his wife Sara, two young boys, Takoda and Ryker, and daughter,

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Lee Brice

Trulee Nanette. With more than 12 million in RIAA certified sales, Lee has achieved Gold and Platinum on every album and single released, with “A Woman Like You” reaching Double Platinum status. Gold album certifications include: Love Like Crazy, Hard2Love and I Don’t Dance. Single certifications include “I Don’t Dance” and “A Woman Like You,” with “That Don’t Sound Like You” reaching double Platinum. With well over 2 billion spins on Pandora, Lee Brice was inducted into the streaming service’s ‘Billionaires Club’ on June 8. The “Rumor” singer, who is now among the Top 25 most-streamed country artists of all time on Pandora, is only the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive the Pandora Billionaire plaque and puts Lee in company with not only Urban, but legends including Johnny Cash and Fleetwood Mac, and pop phenoms such as John Legend. Big Loud artist Hardy grew up on classic rock in Philadelphia, Miss., a town of about 7,500 in the country setting of Neshoba County. So when fans hear the music on his four-song EP for the label, This Ole Boy, they’re getting the real deal. The songs are bold and proud, the voice is commanding and the lyrics are centered on farms, in the backwoods and mostly in America’s heartland. “I love that lifestyle, and that’s what I want to talk about,” he says unapologetically. “I’m not really a love song dude. If I’m going down that road, it’s a song like ‘This Ole Boy’ where it’s a redneck-in-love kind of thing. People that are like me, or people who still live in small towns, still love that and want to hear that. That’s why I’m who I am as an artist.” Hardy’s artistic identity is notably focused on This Ole Boy. His voice is gritty in “4×4,” soulful in the background vocals of “This Ole Boy” and edgy in the stack of Hardy harmonies in “Rednecker.” Texas music sensation Casey Donahew has painstakingly carved out an impressive niche for himself on the country music scene over the past decade, attracting a solid base of loyal fans who flock to his legendary live shows. Building his career from the ground up one show at a time, he’s managed to perform on countless stages night after night in front of thousands, topped the Texas music charts

Josh Ward several times, released four albums independently to critical acclaim, and forged a path all his own through the music scene without the aid or muscle of a major record label or power-suit management company. And the release of his latest CD, “Double Wide Dream,” may just push him to heights he never could have imagined when he first plugged in on stage at the Thirsty Armadillo bar back in Fort Worth’s Stockyards in the fall of 2002. Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved mainstream success as front man of Skid Row from 1987 to 1996. He continues a solo career, acted on Broadway, and has made appearances in film and television. Sebastian Bach’s Nov. 1 stop in Fort Myers is part of his 30th anniversary tour in which he performs the first record “Skid Row” in its entirety. 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. 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. August 2019 - 43


IN CONCERT

Alabama Sept. 28

Sammy Hagar & The Circle - Nov. 2

ZZ Top - Oct. 18

Alabama, Julio Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Sammy Hagar & ZZ Top at Hertz Arena

Officials at Hertz Arena in Estero have announced a solid schedule of concerts for the second half of 2019. They include Disturbed on Sept. 19, Julio Iglesias on Sept. 20, Alabama with special guest Don McLean on Sept. 28, Godsmack on Oct. 2, ZZ Top with Cheap Trick on Oct. 18, Sammy Hagar & The Circle with special guest Night Ranger on Nov. 2 and Marc Anthony on Nov. 24. Additionally, Hertz Arena welcomes comedian Jim Gaffigan on Dec. 29. It's been 50 years since Randy, Jeff and Teddy, left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing

music in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. It is a classic American tale of rags to riches. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars that went on to sell 80 million albums while changing the face and sound of country music. Quality songs that have become the soundtrack for American life are the foundation for Alabama’s stellar career. Alabama introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience that has inspired many of today's brightest country stars including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

While their music continues to stand the test of time, their numbers and stats are beyond compare. Fifty years since starting the band, Alabama has charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row and have won over 179 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, and ACM Awards. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have their own star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are also world-class philanthropists who have raised over $250 million for charity. For tickets, visit www.hertzarena.com or www.ticketmaster.com. For group sales, call 239-948-7825.

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Hippiefest celebrates 50 anniversary of Woodstock

It's peace, love, happiness and an evening full of great music that has stood the test of time as the immensely popular Hippiefest: 50th Anniversary Woodstock Celebration with Ten Years After (“I’d Love to Change the World,” “I’m Going Home”), Big Brother and The Holding Company (“Piece of My Heart,” “Down on Me”), Vanilla Fudge (“You Keep Me Hanging On,” “Season of the Witch”), and Henry Gross (“Shannon,” “One More Time”) comes to Clearwater for one night only to the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. British blues-rock quartet Ten Years After originally consisted of Alvin Lee, guitar and vocals; Chick Churchill, keyboards; Leo Lyons, bass; and Ric Lee, drums. The group was formed in 1967. Ten Years After's U.S. breakthrough came as a result of their appearance at Woodstock, at which they played a nine-minute version of “I'm Going Home.” 44 - August 2019

Big Brother and the Holding Company is considered one of the original, first wave of great psychedelic bands that came out of San Francisco in 1965. The embryo that was to become Big Brother and the Holding Company began when Peter Albin, a 21 year old, aspiring folk blues guitarist, met Sam Andrew, a 23 year old guitarist who’d been in bands since his teens in Okinawa and had studied languages and philosophy at University of SF and the Sorbonne. With the help of their friend, future manager and concert promoter Chet Helms, Big Brother and The Holding Company was born. They auditioned several singers but it wasn’t until Chet Helms convinced Janis Joplin to come to San Francisco that the band was complete. Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create "psychedelic symphonic rock," an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. Tickets are available by calling 727-7917400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. Happenings Magazine


SEMINOLE CASINO HOTEL

Wynonna & The Big Noise Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents an evening with Wynonna and The Big Noise live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide during her remarkable 34-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo "The Judds," Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline." The iconic performer has received more than 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”

Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. Advance tickets are on sale now for $87 and are available at the casino, on www.jaytv.com or by calling 800-514-etix. Attendees must be 21 years of age.

Here Come the Mummies Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents the eight-piece funkrock band Here Come the Mummies live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. The Here Come the Mummies concert at Seminole Casino Hotel is part of the group’s “The Dark Matter Tour,” which will visit 25 states. Last year, HCTM’s “Wicked Never Rest Tour” saw sold-out shows. Also in 2018, the group released the live record “All Excess” featuring all-new material. Here Come the Mummies is known for its high-energy live perform-

ances of its “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave.” HCTM has opened for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick. The band has rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Suwannee Hulaween, and Riverbend; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Advance tickets are on sale now for $40 and are available by phone at 1800-514-ETIX or online at www.moreinparadise.com or jaytv.com/florida.

Lee Greenwood, Gatlin Brothers holiday shows Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents two separate Christmas shows starring two iconic country acts in December at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. Country music icon Lee Greenwood will be live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Entitled “Lee Greenwood: A Tennessee Christmas,” the concert will be a holiday treat for fans of Greenwood, a country pop legend with more than 30 albums to his credit. The concert will showcase his warm interpretations of Christmas favorites as well as a rousing rendition of his signature hit “God Bless the USA.” With seven #1 songs and 25 charted singles, Greenwood’s hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out”, “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” ”She’s Lyin,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going Going Gone,” “You Got A Good Love Comin,” “Fools Gold,” and “Mornin Ride.” Several crossover hits include “Touch & Go Crazy,” “IOU,” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me.” An additional duet with Suzy Bogguss, “Hopelessly Yours,” was nominated for a Grammy. Greenwood has won numerous awards including Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, 1983 and 1984, and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.” He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for writing “God Bless the USA.” Advance tickets for Lee Greenwood are on Lee Greenwood sale now for $64.

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Country music legends The Gatlin Brothers will perform at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. The Gatlin Brothers will perform all their hits as well as favorite Christmas and holiday songs during this country Christmas concert. Larry, Steve and Rudy, the Gatlin The Gatlin Brothers Brothers, are a Grammy Award-winning trio who have dazzled audiences for more than 60 years with a lifetime of notable achievements including: a Grammy for Best Country Song (“Broken Lady”), three ACM awards for Single of the Year (“All The Gold in California”), Album of the Year (“Straight Ahead”), and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, along with five nominations for CMA Vocal Group of the year, Single, Album and Male Vocalist of the Year. The Gatlin Brothers’ hits include: “Broken Lady, “All the Gold In California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Love Is Just A Game,” and “Night Time Magic.” Advance tickets for The Gatlin Brothers are on sale now for $69. Tickets for both shows are available by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.moreinparadise.com or www.jaytv.com/florida. Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. August 2019 - 45


AUGUST THU - 1

Mike McCarthy 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Jeff Dye 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Greg Morton 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 2

Mike McCarthy 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Jeff Dye 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Greg Morton 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 3

Mike McCarthy 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Jeff Dye 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Greg Morton 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 4

Jeff Dye 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 7

RC Smith 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Matt Rife 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Ron Feingold 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 8

Tommy Loma 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe 46 - August 2019

COMEDY CLUB CALENDAR THU - 8 continued

THU - 15

TUE - 20

SAT - 24

Vic DiBetetto 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Jay Larson 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 21

Colin Kane 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Matt Rife 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

FRI - 9

Tommy Loma 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Felipe Esparza 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Vic DiBetetto 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 10

Tommy Loma 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Felipe Esparza 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Vic DiBetetto 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 11

Felipe Esparza 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 14

Drew Thomas 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Mike Pantzer 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Drew Thomas 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 16

Mike Pantzer 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Jay Larson 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Mike Calta Show 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 17

Mike Pantzer 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Jay Larson 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Drew Thomas 7 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 18

Jay Larson 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Laugh In Comedy Cafe 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers 239-479-5233 laughincomedycafe.com

Off the Hook Comedy Club 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, unit #1100, Naples 239-389-6901 offthehookcomedy.com

The Comedy Zone at Visani Restaurant 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte 941-764-3463 visani.net

Comedy Club calendar online at

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Cindy Kaza 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone Brian Aldridge 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Cindy Kaza 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Maryellen Hooper 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 22

Sean Finnerty 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Colin Kane 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Maryellen Hooper 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 23

Sean Finnerty 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Colin Kane 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Maryellen Hooper 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Sean Finnerty 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Maryellen Hooper 7 p.m. The Comedy Zone

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Colin Kane 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 28

Mitch Fatel 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Mike Armstrong 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 29

Nick Griffin 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Mitch Fatel 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Mike Armstrong 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 30

Nick Griffin 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Mitch Fatel 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Mike Armstrong 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 31

Nick Griffin 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Mitch Fatel 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Mike Armstrong 7 p.m. The Comedy Zone

* schedules subject to change

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FIRST FRIDAYS EVERY MONTH (rain or shine) 6 - 10 PM

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Friday, Aug. 2.

TOP: Artist Terry Lynn Spry (pictured) took first place honors with her piece “Mirage” at the July group show at Arts for ACT Gallery. Second place went to Susan Carlo, and third place was won by Rebecca Sandbek. Susan Mills earned an honorable mention.

RIGHT: John “Crusher” Healy was the featured artist in July in the second floor Capital Gallery of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

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FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT

Florida Rep buys Arcade Theatre, Bradford block and adjacent lot The Bradford building on First Street (between Lee and Hendry). Photos by Joe Dafeldecker

Florida Repertory Theatre’s leadership and Board of Directors announced it has purchased the Bradford block in downtown Fort Myers, which contains the Historic Arcade Theatre, ArtStage Studio Theatre, and other Florida Rep facilities, as well as the parking lot across Bay Street. This milestone purchase was made possible by multiple transformational gifts from a group of anonymous donors, given solely for the company to purchase the property. The acquisition secures the company’s future into its next 21 years and beyond. “For the first time in our 21-year history, we will own the theatre and the parking lot,” said Florida Rep Board chairman Marc Laviolette. “It gives us the self-determination which we never had and the opportunity to apply for grant dollars that were unavailable because we didn’t own our facility.” In addition to the theatre's two stages, other facilities, and the parking lot, the Bradford block contains 20 commercial units and 42 residential units. Florida Rep currently rents 12 of the residential units for visiting artists working at the theatre. The 110,000 square foot parking lot is essential to the theatre’s daily operations and is a significant selling point for patrons visiting downtown six nights per week during the theatre’s busy season. The acquisition of the parking lot puts the theatre in 50 - August 2019

control of its usage and ensures that no matter how downtown continues to grow, theatre patrons will always have a place to park when coming to the theatre. Florida Repertory Theatre is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and it has set up a separate LLC with appropriate professional management to maintain, operate and oversee the acquired, non-theatre-related real estate. Talks with Bill Smith, Inc., the longtime owner of the downtown property, began in early 2019 and progressed smoothly throughout the due diligence and contracting process. “We are so pleased to be able to work with the Smith family to do this deal,” Longenhagen said. “They saw this as an opportunity to preserve not only the history of the Bradford property but also to cement Florida Repertory Theatre’s legacy as part of the cultural fabric of downtown. The Smith Family has always been a partner in Florida Rep’s success, and we are honored to take on the property and to honor their 40-year history as its owner.” The theatre’s 2019-2020 season is set to open Sept. 24 with the musical Always…Patsy Cline in the ArtStage Studio Theatre and Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway on Oct. 29 in the Historic Arcade Theatre. Tickets and subscriptions The Bradford building at the corner of First are available at 239-332-4488 and online and Hendry streets. at www.FloridaRep.org.

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DINING

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

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. 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

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

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill

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

Lucky Mi

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

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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

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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

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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KEY WEST

Jerry Critz, left, provides Britain Johnson, 10, an opportunity to handle a Florida lobster during Lobsterfest 2013. Photo by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Lobsterfest Aug. 8 - 11

Lobster lovers can satisfy their crustacean cravings in Key West Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 8 - 11, during the 23rd annual Key West Lobsterfest. The flavorful festival celebrates the Aug. 6 start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a long weekend of tasty events, highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street. The first offering on the festival “menu” is a traditional lobster boil at The Roof above the Waterfront Brewery, 201 William St. in the Key West Historic Seaport. Set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, the event features lobster paired with shrimp, andouille sausage, crawfish, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Other attractions include live entertainment and libation specials. Space is limited and reservations are required. Subsequent Lobsterfest events include Friday afternoon’s “Fiesta de Langosta” pool party at the Havana Cabana Resort,

3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; the Friday night “Duval Crawl” of 12 downtown Key West watering holes to benefit a local scholarship fund; and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday, Aug. 11, at First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery, 301 Whitehead St. Fans can sample lobster dishes of all sorts at the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair, set for noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 10 in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval Street. During this enticing festival “entrée,” chefs from 16 local restaurants and bars are to prepare and serve lobster specialties ranging from tempting appetizers to traditional dinners with all the trimmings. A free outdoor concert is slated for 1 - 10:30 p.m. to entertain lobster-loving attendees. From a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets, performers including Cool Breeze and the Durtbags are to rock the block. For event & ticketing info, visit www.keywestlobsterfest.com

Allman Betts Band Oct. 28 The sons of Gregg Allman (Devon Allman) and Dickey Betts (Duane Betts) have joined forces to form The Allman Betts Band. The Oct. 28 show features new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. Sunset Green Event Lawn is a new multipurpose event space located

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at 24 North Hotel. The concert is presented by Rams Heads Promotions. Sunset Green will transform into a music venue providing food, drinks, state of the art sound and production creating the ultimate concert experience. Vacation packages are available through 24 North Hotel featuring discounted hotel rates and more. For tickets and info visit online at www.keywestconcertseries.com Happenings Magazine


UPCOMING EVENTS

IN

Annual Brewfest

Womenfest

Amy Grant in concert

SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon

Aug. 29 - Sept. 2 Nearly 200 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this “tasty” annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event (Aug. 31) are some of the offered activities. www.keywestbrewfest.com Sept. 15 Amy Grant has been strumming her way through a 30-plus year adventure as a singersongwriter, author, television host and speaker. Grant was most recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. In April 2016, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her first pop hit, “Baby Baby,” with a worldwide release of a new version of the song featuring pop sensation and fellow Capitol Music Group recording artist Tori Kelly. Show starts 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m. www.thekeywesttheater.com

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KEY WEST

Sept. 4 - 8 Each year thousands of ladies come together over the Labor Day weekend and stay for a wide range of activities and events during four days of revelry and fun. Key West welcomes women from across the globe to an annual celebration that has become one of the largest gatherings of lesbians and friends in North America’s Womenfest. www.gaykeywestfl.com

Oct. 10 & 11 This event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events including a 10k and 5k are planned. www.somomarathon.com

Annual Fantasy Fest

Oct. 18 - 27 This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats. 2019 marks the 40th year for the festival. www.fantasyfest.com

Goombay Festival

Oct. 18 & 19 Held in Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively, family-friendly Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets. Visitors can experience sights, sounds and flavors recalling Key West’s Bahamian heritage. Free event, noon to midnight both days. www.fantasyfest.com

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