Now that tourist season’s slowed, you might be wondering what’s left to do in Fort Myers. You’ll be happy to hear that the fun never stops at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center! From June – August, beat the heat at the Sounds of Summer concert series. This bi-weekly event features some of SWFL best entertainers! Check out who’s featured at this year’s sizzling summer concerts at SBDAC.
June Concerts Feature Indie, Folk, & Alt Country Favorites
The month of June kicks off the first two summer concerts at SBDAC. The opening night show features two of SWFL’s most widely known female musicians, Frankie Colt & Sarah Hadeka! You might know Frankie from hosting various open mic nights around town or from her recent feature in Ft. Myers Magazine. Frankie’s quirky onstage persona and heartfelt songs have made her a fan favorite at local venues. The same can be said about Sarah Hadeka. Sarah’s debut album, Here I Am, is a beautiful blend of pop and indie songs all written and recorded by the artist herself. Sarah’s relentlessly authentic brand of singer/songwriter tunes makes her an amazing performer to experience. Experience their grandeur on Friday, June 9th.
Then, on June 23rd, alt country band Rosaline takes the stage supported by opening act Kyle Anne Duggan. Rosaline formed over 4 years ago, and have been honing their sound ever since. Their debut album, One Stoplight Town, is due out this year, and is expected to make a big splash in the SWFL music scene. Opening act Kyle Anne Duggan made a splash of her own with her EP, Florida, that was released last year. Kyle’s sweet, lulling melodies perfectly accent her lyricism and dynamic guitar playing. See this incredible combo live on Friday, June 23rd.
July Performers Bring Funk, Reggae, & Soul to Downtown
July’s summer concerts will have you feeling like you’re in a tropical paradise. What better setting than SWFL to bring together funk, reggae, and soul? That’s why Strange Arrangement is coming back to wow audiences with their funky, energetic performance! The Brothers Van Kirk have been the frontmen of Strange Arrangement since its inception, and their spunky songs are always entertaining. Enjoy their performance on Friday, July 14th.
The second showcase taking place in July brings together local favorite The Freecoasters and the widely-celebrated Ries Brothers. Hailing from right here in Ft. Myers, The Freecoasters know how to get audiences grooving to smooth reggae and soul rhythms. Frontwoman Claire Liparulo delivers stunning vocal performances every time, which compliments the melodic intonations of headlining act, the Ries Brothers. The Ries Brothers are two incredibly talented musicians from Clearwater, FL who have just finished their own headlining tour, after opening for bands like the Allman Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and The Family Stone. Don’t miss this tremendous lineup on Friday, July 28th.
August Shows Set the Mood & Get Competitive
The last summer concerts to grace the stage at SBDAC will be sure to set the mood for season. First, enjoy the seductive sounds of crooner Danny Sinoff with accompanying act Morgan Marie & Alec Prorock. Danny is best known as the resident performer at the Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers, and his remarkable vocal resemblance to Frank Sinatra. Opening act Morgan Marie is the perfect match for Danny’s low-key coolness. The duo have their own jazz fusion sound that makes the audience feel like they just entered a speakeasy. Witness these amazing acts on Friday, August 11th.
The final August showcase will bring out the best musicians in SWFL for the Summer Singer/Songwriter Competition. Hosted by SBDAC, this competition asks orginal artists 18 and up to enter for a chance to win Grand Prize or People’s Choice. The Grand Prize winner will receive 12 hours of recording in the brand new Six Fingers Studio inside the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, plus a performance spot at the Island Hopper Singer/Songwriter Fest. The People’s Choice winner will receive 10 hours of recording in the brand new Six Fingers Studio inside the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Entries will be accepted from June 9th – August 12th.
Hot Summer Concerts
Now there’s no reason to ask: what am I going to do this summer? With the Sounds of Summer concert series taking place from June – August, there will be at least 2 fantastic concerts each month for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. Don’t miss these hot summer shows! Tickets are just $5 per concert. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.