Arts & Entertainment

2015 Visitors' Annual guide: Entertainment

Performing arts and live music abound from Marco Island to Cape Coral.

BY January 5, 2015


The laid-back resort ambiance of the Gulfshore hides a delightful secret: a calendar brimming with symphonic, pops, Broadway, dance and opera performances. Our two impressive indie film festivals grow larger each year, and our live theater companies keep getting rave reviews by The Wall Street Journal and other top critics.

Whether your taste runs to black-tie evenings, karaoke clubs or something in between, the Gulfshore cultural scene is bursting at its seams. See and be seen on opening nights at our impressive performing arts halls, and then savor the casual feel of the street music, food and craft booths at our many cultural festivals.

“The Bard” is alive and well here, presenting excellent Shakespeare productions, and we enjoy two world-class symphony orchestras, the Naples Philharmonic and the Southwest Florida Symphony.

Thousands bring their lawn chairs on Sunday afternoons to Naples’ Cambier Park to hear the Naples Concert Band. And there’s lots more, including evening jazz concerts at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, free concerts in Fort Myers’ Centennial Park and the Riverside Park band shell in Bonita Springs.

Here’s a sampling. Check your current issue of Gulfshore Life for show times all along the Gulfshore, all year long.



Performing Arts

THE MARCO PLAYERS, 1055 N. Collier Blvd., (239) 642-7270. Provides theatrical productions that benefit the community, volunteers and local organizations.

Live Music/Dancing

SNOOK INN, 1215 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 394-3313. Casual entertainment or live music daily. Check website for schedule.

STAN’S IDLE HOUR, 221 Goodland Drive, Goodland, (239) 394-3041.



Performing Arts

ARTIS—NAPLES, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. Home to the Naples Philharmonic. Hosts more than 300 events per year, including concerts, performances, exhibitions and educational events.

CLASSIC CHAMBER CONCERTS, (239) 434-8505. Provides world-class musicians and concerts at the Sugden Community Theatre.

GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE, 755 Eighth Ave. S., (866) 811-4111, (239) 261-7529. Offers educational opportunities and high-quality theater, from classics to contemporary works.

THE NAPLES PLAYERS, 701 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-7990, (239) 434-7340. Creates and performs high-quality, affordable amateur theater.

OPERA NAPLES, 2408 Linwood Ave., (239) 963-9050. Stages operas with professional artists and supports opera education for local artists.

THEATREZONE, 13275 Livingston Road, (888) 966-3352. Professional equity theater company presenting musicals and world premieres.

Live Music/Dancing

BITES in the Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. Live music 7-10 p.m. nightly, 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

BLUE MARTINI, 9114 Strada Place, (239) 591-2583. Live music, drink specials, dancing, outdoor patio bar, stage room and VIP area.

CAMPIELLO RISTORANTE & BAR, 1177 Third St. S., (239) 435-1166. Live jazz music throughout the week.

BAR, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5, (239) 592-0050. Latin night on Fri- days from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Nooshi Lounge on Saturday nights. Provides live entertainment. Stylish dress, two full bars. Outdoor seating and lounge.

RUSTY’S RAW BAR & GRILL, 2700 Immokalee Road, Suite 13, (239) 263- 9464. Provides live entertainment.

SOUTH STREET, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 4, (239) 435-9333. Live music throughout the week. Karaoke on Tuesdays, reggae on Sundays and open-mic on Thursdays.

SUNSET BEACH BAR & GRILL at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Solo guitarist Wednesday through Saturday.

YABBA ISLAND GRILL, 711 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 262-5787. DJ and dancing Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.



Performing Arts

CENTERS FOR THE ARTS BONITA SPRINGS, 26100 Old 41 Road, (239) 495-8989. Provides art expression and education, featuring eight studios, an art library and two galleries.

Live Music/Dancing

SNEAKY PETE’S, 3465 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 498-8887. Live entertainment seven nights a week, including karaoke on Mondays.

THE STAGE, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 405-8566. Dining and dancing. Open Thursday through Saturday.



Performing Arts

CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772- 5862. Live performances, adult and children’s educational programs.

Live Music/Dancing

THE JOINT AT CAPE HARBOUR, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 108, (239) 542-0123. Waterfront cabana bar with live music Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

MONKEY BAR AND STEAKHOUSE, 1428 Lafayette St., (239) 549-8800. Live entertainment seven nights a week.



Performing Arts

BARBARA B. MANN PERFORMING ARTS HALL, 13350 Edison Parkway, (239) 481-4849. Presents a variety
of touring productions, including Broadway shows, musicals, plays, dance and ballet programs, and concerts.

BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATRE, 1380 Colonial Blvd., (239) 278-4422. Features buffet dining and Broad- way’s best musicals in a 450-seat dinner theatre. Includes Off Broadway Palm Theatre, a 100-seat black-box theater.

FGCU THEATRELAB, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., (239) 590-7268. Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts stages productions in this black-box theater.

FLORIDA REPERTORY THEATRE, 2267 First St., (239) 332-4488. Professional regional theater company that produces Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning comedies, dramas and musicals. Named “one of America’s top repertory companies” by The Wall Street Journal.

GULF COAST SYMPHONY, (239) 277- 1700. Community orchestra that performs a variety of classical and pop performances at local venues.

LEE COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Facilitates and nurtures the creation and education of arts and culture, and promotes area artists and organizations. Live performances, monthly art exhibits, festivals and other events.

SEMINOLE GULF RAILWAY, 2805 Colonial Blvd., (239) 275-8487. Theatrical troupe presents a murder mystery aboard a moving train; guests help solve the crime while enjoying five courses. Reservations required.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY, 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103, (239) 418-1500. Performing since
 1961, presenting classical and pops concerts November through April.

THEATRE CONSPIRACY, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 936-3239. Performs works including world premieres and Southwest Florida premieres.

Live Music/Dancing

BUDDHA BAR, 12701 McGregor Blvd., (239) 482-8565. Live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m. Ages 21 and older.

CITY TAVERN, 2206 Bay St., (239) 226- 1133. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

CLUB 1527, 1527 Hendry St., (239) 770-8368. Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

GROOVE STREET GRILLE, 8595 College Parkway, Suite 300, (239) 437-2743. Open Thursday through Saturday.

THE INDIGO ROOM, 2219 Main St., (239) 332-0014. Karaoke and dancing. Open until 2 a.m.

SPIRITS OF BACCHUS, 1406 Hendry St., (239) 689-2675. Late nights Monday through Saturday.


LAUGH-IN COMEDY CAFE, 8595 College Parkway, Suite 300, (239) 479-5233. Featuring national touring comedians. 21 and up.


Live Music/Dancing

THE COTTAGE BEACH BAR & GULF- SHORE GRILL, 1250 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-5440. Live music Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the over-21 crowd.

DOC FORD’S FORT MYERS BEACH RUM BAR & GRILLE, 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, (239) 765-9660. Live bands every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

SMOKIN’ OYSTER BREWERY, 340 Old San Carlos Blvd., (239) 463-3474. Live music from 6-10 p.m. on the outside deck.

VALERIE’S LOUNGE & LIQUORS, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., (239) 466-7788. Live entertainment from local and touring bands.



Performing Arts

BIG ARTS CENTER, 900 Dunlop Road, (239) 395-0900. Schein Performance Hall, 409-seat concert hall, galleries, sculpture garden, classes, workshops, concerts, speakers and more.

BIG ARTS HERB STRAUSS THEATER, 2200 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-6862. The 164-seat theater presents shows ranging from comedy and vaudeville to musicals and drama.

Live Music/Dancing

THE JAC BAR, The Jacaranda, 1223 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-1771. Live entertainment nightly.

KEYLIME BISTRO, 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-4000. Live entertainment seven days and nights.

RC OTTER’S ISLAND EATS, 11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-1142. Live entertainment daily.


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