Looking for live music? Here are some of my best bets for touring bands, original tunes, big acts and otherwise cool or interesting shows in Southwest Florida.
Every Sunday: Songwriters Circle, weekly event where local songwriters get together, perform their original songs and get feedback from the group. Anyone is welcome. Just bring your guitar! 2-5 p.m. Free.
Oct. 7: Grant Peeples, the singer-songwriter describes himself as a “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, (and) a Buddhist with a gun below the seat.” Joe Virga opens. 7 p.m. $15.
Oct. 14: Danika Holmes, singer-songwriter with an optimistic view of life and a belief in the power of a good song. She performs with guitarist Jeb Hart. Scott Lee Dozier opens. 7 p.m. $15.
Oct. 21: Woji and Kozloff, the musical duo returns for another ACMA show. 7 p.m. $15.
Oct. 28: David Massengil, dulcimer-playing Tennessee native who joined the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1976 and plays everything from tender love ballads to political story songs. Joe Virga opens. 7 p.m. $15.
The Americana Community Music Association Listening Room inside All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. americanacma.org
Oct. 22: The Temptations and The Four Tops, the legendary male vocal groups perform 60s hits such as “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love.” 7 p.m. $59-$125.
Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1111 or artisnaples.org
BARBARA B. MANN PERFORMING ARTS HALL
Oct. 21: “Classical Mystery Tour,” the touring Beatles tribute plays the Fab Four’s classics backed by the Southwest Florida Symphony. 7:30 p.m. $28-$92.
Oct. 29: “A Hogwarts Halloween,” a family-friendly, not-too-spooky Halloween concert with Gulf Coast Symphony performing music from the Harry Potter movies and other Halloween and movie favorites. 1 p.m. $10.
Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com
THE BARREL ROOM
Every Thursday: The Dan Miller & Lew Del Gatto Quartet, featuring trumpeter Miller (who has toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis and more) and saxman Del Gatto (formerly of the Saturday Night Live band) playing jazz every week in this local quartet. 7-11:30 p.m. Free.
Every Sunday: Jazz Brunch, Jazz duo Joe Delaney and Brandon Robertson set the mood for this weekly brunch. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with cost of brunch.
Bluesman Chris O’Leary (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Oct. 7: Chris O’Leary Band, award-winning bluesman O’Leary used to be lead singer for The Band drummer/singer Levon Helm’s other band, The Barnburners. 9 p.m. $5.
Oct. 13: Biscuit Miller and The Mix, Blues Music Award-winning blues, funk and soul from Indianapolis. 9 p.m. $5.
Oct. 20: Alex Zayas Band, blues from the Barcelona native and his touring band. 9 p.m. $5.
Oct. 21: Packrat’s Smokehouse, touring Florida swamp blues act from New Smyrna Beach. 9 p.m. $5.
Oct. 27: Reverend Raven and The Chain Smoking Altar Boys, Chicago blues act influenced by Otis Rush, Albert King and more. 9 p.m. $5.
Oct. 28: Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Alachua harmonica and keyboard player Little Mike plays blues, roots music and rock. 9 p.m. $5.
The Barrel Room, 2214 Bay St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-2225 or barrelroomfortmyers.com
Oct 4, 11, 18 and 25: Scotty Bryan, local trop-rock singer/guitarist who plays obscure Jimmy Buffett tunes, other trop-rock covers and his own originals. 6:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 5, 14, 19 and 28: The Hipnauticals, Matlacha band known for its hip originals and covers played in the style of old-fashioned swing music, R&B and rock with an upright bass and more. 7 p.m. Free.
Oct. 7 and 21: Brother Love, local blues band that plays covers and originals. 7 p.m. Free.
Oct. 12 and 26: Deb & The Dynamics, popular and long-running local blues and soul band. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 13 and 27: Mike Imbasciani and his BluezRockers, the young Southwest Florida bluesman has been singing and playing guitar professionally since age 5. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Bert’s Bar & Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. 282-3232 or bertsbar.us
BUCKINGHAM BLUES BAR
Ongoing: Open Stage Blues Jam, twice-weekly blues jam open to all musicians and hosted by bar owner and bluesman Tommy Lee Cook. 3-6 p.m. every Sunday, 8-11 p.m. every Wednesday. Free.
Oct. 6: The Rev. Billy Wirtz, the South Carolina singer/pianist/comedian who calls himself “the Victor Borge of the blues” and “the Master of the 88-key Disaster.” He plays funny, irreverent blues songs with titles such as “Female Problems,” “Sleeper Hold on Satan,” “Honky Tonk Hermaphrodite,” “Grandma’s Behind the Wheel” and “Hey You Little Bastards, Get Off My Lawn.” 8-11 p.m. $10.
Marbin (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Oct. 7: Marbin, progressive jazz-rock instrumental band from Chicago. 8-11 p.m. $10.
Oct. 13: The Rusty Wright Band, exuberant rock-tinged blues and roots act from Winter Haven. 8-11 p.m. $10.
Oct. 20: John Nemeth, Memphis-based blues/rock/soul band. 8-11 p.m. $12.
Buckingham Blues Bar, 5641 Buckingham Road, Buckingham. 693-7111 or buckinghambar.com
Oct. 5, 19 and 26: Gatlin, former Nashville recording duo that plays everything from Broadway to pop to — yes — country music. 7-9:30 p.m. $5.
Oct. 13: George Orr, Rod Stewart look-alike who brings the raspy-voiced pop singer to life with witty, funny banter in between songs like “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Maggie May.” 7-9:30 p.m. $15.
Oct. 14: Alter Ego Band, local 11-piece band that plays covers of rock, disco, Motown and pop hits from the 60s to the 90s. Includes a horn section with three or four players. 7-9:30 p.m. $5.
Oct. 20: Classic Rock Show, team-up of Journey tribute band Never Stop Believin’ and Bon Jovi tribute band Livin’ On a Prayer. 7-9:30 p.m. $15.
Oct. 27: The Goldtones, quartet sings four-part harmony on doo-wop and oldies tunes. 7 p.m. $5.
Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral. 549-3000 or capecabaret.com
CAPE CORAL BREWING COMPANY
Every Sunday: Open jam session, all musicians and singers are welcome to come and perform at this weekly music event. Plus they get a free pint for playing! 2-6 p.m. Free.
Cape Coral Brewing Company, 839 Miramar St., downtown Cape Coral. 257-1033 or capecoralbrewing.com
CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS BONITA SPRINGS
Oct. 21: Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers, explosive blues and roots rock. 8 p.m. $22-$32.
Victor Wainwright of Victor Wainwright & The Train (Photo: Donna Criswell)
Oct. 28: Victor Wainwright & The Train, Wainwright sings and boogie-woogies on his keyboard in this high-energy blues act. 8 p.m. $25-$35.
Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org
CIGAR BAR LIVE
Every Wednesday: The Electric Mud, the gritty and soulful rock band from Fort Myers plays during Ladies Night. 9 p.m. to midnight. Free.
Cigar Bar Live, 1508 Hendry St., downtown Fort Myers. 337-4662 or worldfamouscigarbar.com/live
Pop Evil (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Oct. 28: Cape Fright Night, third-annual fest featuring headliners Pop Evil and performances by shock illusionist Dan Sperry and opening acts 10 Years and Otherwise. 6-11 p.m. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door and include front-row viewing and a private, side-stage bar.
Dixie Roadhouse, 1023 S.E. 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral. 541-7900 or thedixie.com
Lita Ford with her band, (from left) guitarist Patrick Kennison, bassist Marty O’Brien and drummer Bobby Rock. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
DOWNTOWN CAPE CORAL
Oct. 14: Cape Coral Bike Night with Lita Ford, the hard-rock star performs at this outdoor event featuring vendors, food, more live bands and lots of motorcycles. Ford’s hits include “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever” (with Ozzy Osbourne). 5-10 p.m. $5.
Downtown Cape Coral on Southeast 47th Terrace, just east of Coronado Parkway. ccbikenight.com
DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS (THE RIVER DISTRICT)
Oct. 20: Music Walk, monthly music festival with bands in the streets and inside the bars and venues. 6-10 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. Free.
Downtown Fort Myers. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com
FORT MYERS BREWING COMPANY
Oct. 4: Bobby James, singer-songwriter plays acoustic country covers and originals. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 11: The Westland Brothers, Michigan pop-country due with brothers Brett Dame and Coty Bouchard. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 18: Jeff Lyons, local acoustic musician who plays some originals and a variety of covers from Danzig to Britney Spears. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 20: Good Bad Kids, trio that plays a high-energy, rough-and-rowdy mix of folk-rock, bluegrass and rockabilly. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
Fort Myers Brewing Company, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Unit 28, south Fort Myers. 313-6576 or fmbrew.com
GEORGE & WENDY’S SANIBEL SEAFOOD GRILLE
Oct. 6 and 20: Rex Bongo Band, local blues, roots-music and swamp country-rock trio. 9 p.m. to midnight. Free.
Oct. 7 and 21: The Pitbull of Blues Band, frontman Josh Rowand — otherwise known as The Pitbull of Blues — and his high-energy band known for its fun mix of traditional and original blues. 9 p.m. to midnight. Free.
Josh Rowand, otherwise known as The Pitbull of Blues (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Oct. 14: Dan Miller, the local jazz trumpeter has toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and Tom Jones. 9 p.m. to midnight. Free.
Oct. 13 and 27: Soulixer, local funk/rock act influenced by bands such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cage the Elephant. 9 p.m. to midnight. Free.
George & Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille, 2499 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island. 395-1263 or sanibelseafoodgrille.com
Oct. 29: Newsboys, the Christian pop-rock band headlines the Big Church Night Out Tour with Sidewalk Prophets, 7Eventh Time Down, Blanca, Derek Minor, Brock Gill, Jamison Strain and Adam Agee (of Audio Adrenaline). 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.). $18-$45.
Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 948-7825 or germainarena.com
Every Thursday: HOWL Open Jam, local musicians jam together with host Frankie Colt, a house drum kit and some surprises (including comedy and burlesque performances). 8-11 p.m. $5.
Oct. 7: Deadman’s Gambit, the Fort Lauderdale hard rock/metal band performs and releases its new CD. Plus A Dying Light and Grasping at the Shadow. 8 p.m. $5.
Oct. 14: Earthworm Von Doom, the Baltimore noise/doom metal band brings its tour to Fort Myers. Plus local opening acts Psychic Dose and Hellfrost. 8-11 p.m. $5.
Oct. 24: The Devil’s Cut, Michigan rock band on tour. Plus opening acts Opposite States and The Kimberly’s. 8-11 p.m. $5.
HOWL, 4160 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. 332-0161 or howlftmyers.com
Oct. 3,10, 17, 24 and 31: Big Sky, trio Kenny Cox, Rick Russell and Tracey Mosley play rootsy covers and originals incorporating piano, harmonica, stringed instruments and “a whole lotta song singing.” 5 p.m. Free.
Oct. 7. 14, 21 and 28: Ron Howard & The Invisibles, one-man band Ron Howard plays rap, rock, pop and country originals and covers. 12:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: Stringtown, original roots music and covers blending blues, country, New Orleans jazz, gospel and more. 4 p.m. Free.
Miceli’s Waterfront Restaurant, 3930 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. 282-8233 or micelis-italian.com
OLD SOUL BREWING
Oct. 21: Old Soul Songwriters Go Round (Rock Version), four songwriters tell stories and perform acoustic versions of their rock songs. 8-10 p.m. Free.
Old Soul Brewing, 10970 S Cleveland Ave., Suite 402, Fort Myers. 334-4334 or facebook.com/OldSoulBrewing
Country singer/songwriter RaeLynn (Photo: KYLE GRANTHAM/THE NEWS JOURNAL)
Oct. 1, RaeLynn, the Nashville hitmaker behind “God Made Girls,” “Love Triangle” and “Lies” (co-written with Miranda Lambert) performs poolside on the last day of the annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. 1 p.m. $20.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, 275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. island-hopper.fortmyers-sanibel.com
POINT YBEL BREWING COMPANY
Every Thursday: Hunter Dahlen, Fort Myers jazz musician who sings and plays guitar, violin and viola. 7-10 p.m. Free.
Oct. 6: SOWFLO, popular local surf-rock-reggae band known for its good vibes, lighthearted melodies and a name that comes from a contraction of “Southwest Florida.” Opening act is Higher Education. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10-$15.
Oct. 20: Wilder Sons, Naples quartet with a beachy alt-rock sound featuring catchy melodies, upbeat rhythms and complex musicianship. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 27: The Woodwork, funky indie quartet featuring fingerstyle guitar, exotic rhythms and tight harmonies. The band was started by Naples singer/guitarist Taylor Freydberg of acoustic/folk bands The Wholetones and Stringfellow. 8 p.m. Free.
Point Ybel Brewing Company, 16120 San Carlos Blvd., south Fort Myers. 603-6535 or facebook.com/PointYbelBrew
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Oct. 13-14: 239 Punk/Ska/Reggae Fest, the seventh-annual fest boasts two days of punk, ska and reggae bands, including F!, The No Name Ska Band, Guerrilla Panic, Offset Era, Suburban Swamp Kids, Bargain Bin Heroes, Unchecked Aggression, Abortion Twins and more. Starts at 8 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Saturday. Free.
Oct. 27: Didges Christ Superdrum, Sarasota experimental rock/electronica band that describes its music as “tribal drumming and didgeridoo, electronic trance freakshow … for the ancestors to dance to.” 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free.
Rack’em Spirits & Times, 1011 S.E. 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral. facebook.com/RackemspiritsandTimes
THE RANCH CONCERT HALL & SALOON
Oct. 7, Craig Campbell, country singer known for hits such as “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” “Fish” and “Family Man.” 9 p.m. $24-$56.
Country singer Craig Campbell (Photo: Daniel Williams)
Oct. 13: Chris Janson, country singer-songwriter whose tunes have been covered by Tim McGraw and more. 9 p.m. $35-$67.
Oct. 21: The Lacs, the hip-hop country act brings its Deplorable Tour to Fort Myers with opening acts Big Smo, Saving Abel, Shotgun Shane and Demun Jones. 9 p.m. $30-$56.
Oct. 25: Matisyahu, the beat-boxing reggae star returns for his second Fort Myers show this year. The Jewish-American musician often blends Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock, hip hop and beatboxing. Mastiyahu — Hebrew for “Gift of God” — rose to fame with the groundbreaking 2005 album “Live at Stubb’s.” His 2009 album “Light” reached No. 1 on the reggae charts and stayed there for 34 weeks. Opening acts are Common King and Orphan. 9 p.m. $22.50 in advance, $27.50 on show day. VIP tickets are $79-$139.
Oct. 27: William Michael Morgan, the Mississippi country singer-songwriter performs. 9 p.m. $24-$56.
Oct. 28: Cody Johnson, country singer known for “With You I Am” and more. 9 p.m. $16-$46.
The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers.com
SEMINOLE CASINO HOTEL
Oct. 21: The Village People, the campy 70s icons perform “YMCA,” “Macho Man” and more. 8 p.m. $55.
Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee. 800-218-0007 or seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
The Apocalypse Blues Revue are (clockwise from top left) Tony Rombola, Shannon Larkin, Ray “Rayfer John” Cerbone and Brian Carpenter. (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Oct. 6: Apocalypse Blues Revue, the Cape Coral blues-rock band featuring two members of Godsmack plays this fundraiser for musician Toni Hall-Mcenery and her battle with cancer. The band will play an acoustic set. The show also features The Collective, Bill Metts and Hall-Mcenery herself performing with her duo Scott & Toni. Takes place in the Dolphin Room with the full restaurant menu available. Tickets are $15 and available at eventbrite.com/e/benefit-for-toni-hall-mcenery-.
The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. 995-2141 or or shellfactory.com
Wilder Sons (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER
Oct. 14: Wilder Sons, Naples quartet with a beachy alt-rock sound featuring catchy melodies, upbeat rhythms and complex musicianship. Part of the Noteworthy Concert Series. Naples Beach Brewery provides the brews. 8 p.m. $5.
Oct. 20: The Copper Tones, Fort Lauderdale band that plays roots music mixed with soul, rock, Americana and more. Part of the Noteworthy Concert Series. Islamorada Beer Company provides the brews. 8 p.m. $5.
Oct. 27: The Late Ones, The Hawaii-based roots reggae band plays the Noteworthy Concert Series. Kona Brewing Company provides the beer. 8 p.m. $5.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or sbdac.com
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EVENT CENTER
Oct. 8: Frank Sinatra tribute dinner show, tribute artist Ray Livosi brings Ol’ Blue Eyes to life onstage. 6-10 p.m. $25-$60.
Oct. 11: BoDeans, the rock band performs “Closer to Free” and more. $25-$40. 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
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Oct. 13: Stevie Wonder tribute show, tribute artist Guy Smith mimics the look and sound of the musical genius. 6-10 p.m. $25-$70.
Oct. 14: Don McLean, the singer-songwriter best known for the epic 70s hit “American Pie.” 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) $52-$77.
Oct. 15: Mushroomhead, the creepy masked metal band returns to Southwest Florida. 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) $20-$38.
Southwest Florida Event Center (formerly Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center), 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. 245-9910 or swflpac.com
Every Thursday: Space Jam, weekly soul/funk jam open to everyone. 8 p.m. to midnight. Free.
Space 39 Art Bar & Martini Lounge, 39 Patio de Leon, downtown Fort Myers. 204-9949 or space39artbar.com
SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION ARENA
Oct. 29: Chicago, the hit-making pop rockers Chicago are the first major band to play the new arena. Chicago’s many ’70s and ’80s hits include “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “25 or 6 to 4” and “If You Leave Me Now.” The touring version of the band features a mix of founding members and newer members, but not popular lead singer Peter Cetera, who left the band in 1985.7 p.m. $39-$118. For tickets: 481-4849 or visit bbmannpah.com.
Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the Florida SouthWestern State College Campus, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or fswarena.com
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