Can you believe it is already 2015?
Time flies when you’re having fun! 2014 was an amazing year for The Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, and we can’t wait to see what will come in 2015. Kicking off the year with a bang is their annual Concert Series. Starting in January and ending in March, mark your calendars for all four great events, all featuring some of the best talents in the Southwest Florida area.
All concerts will be held on beautiful Fort Myers Beach, Florida, less than a mile from us at Gulf View Manor, in the Propeller Lounge at Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Boulevard.
On January 22, 2015 singer and keyboard player Al Holland kicks off the Concert Series. As a former member of The Platters, Al Holland is masterfully skilled in oldies, rhythm & blues and Motown sounds. A Detroit native, Holland has been involved with music all of his life. After years of violin lessons, Holland also became proficient in the cello and even played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A fixture now in Southwest Florida, Holland is sure to please audiences who love smooth sounds and those who can’t resist the urge to kick up their feet.
Following Al Holland is the Florida Southwestern State College Jazz Ensemble on February 5, 2015. As one of the premiere jazz organizations in the State of Florida, this college jazz ensemble is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the country. The Jazz Buccaneers perform works from all eras of the Jazz story, beginning to end, top to bottom. Be treated to the sounds of Dixieland, the Jazz age, the Swing era favorites, Be-bop, Cool jazz, Hard Bop, Free Jazz and Fusion. Come celebrate America’s very own art music: Jazz!
The third concert of the 2015 series presents The Speedbumps, “the most authentic ‘50s Rock and Roll you can hear and see in Southwest Florida”. Come on by on February 19, 2015 to watch The Speedbumps perform “Rockabilly and Roll” music. With Rick Howard as the guitarist/vocalist, Mike Ash on “slap” bass and Drummer Bill E. Peterson, you most definitely cannot forget to bring your dancing shoes.
The final concert on March 5, 2015 celebrates the music of local singer and songwriter Jo List and Friends. List will perform with Michael Oakland, a guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with a distinctly Tropic-Jazzy, Bluesy-Bossa flair. In her career, List has performed with the likes of Count Basie, Muddy Waters, and James Montgomery, some of the many talented musicians with whom she has shared the stage and studio.
Location: Propeller Lounge at Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Boulevard.
The concerts will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ticket prices are $25 per performance or $89 for all four concerts in the series if purchased by January 16.
Costs are tax deductible as donations to the Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts.
Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.
Call Georgia Reinmuth 239-463-3600, ext. 242