Southwest Floridians: We're in the full swing of event season. Check out some outstanding musical choices for the rest of this week around Lee County. Be sure to tune in next week for more picks. (While you're in the area, you could also join us for an open house if you're looking to make a move!)
Tedeschi Trucks Band- April 12
The Tedeschi Trucks Band has always had a 'family vibe', owing in part to the fact that its two bandleaders (lead vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and lead guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks) have been married for two decades. That vibe may be warm and relaxed, but make no mistake about it: these guys & gals will blow you away. I've had the privilege of seeing them three times myself, the last time being at Chatanooga's historic Tivioli Theater, and I'd say it exceeded my expectations. Not only can these guys jam and rock: their powerful backing vocal, brass, wind, and keyboard sections give them access to an expanse of sounds most bands can only dream about. The dual-pronged attack of percussionists hfghfhf at times left my head spinning. Don't sleep on TTB! This concert takes place in the Barbara B. Mann Concert Hall on the campus of Florida Southwestern in Fort Myers. Tickets start at 55 dollars and are worth every penny.
Closing Trivia: Derek Trucks cut his teeth playing with the final incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band alongside the likes of Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbidge, Gregg Allman, and Butch Trucks. Oteil and his brother Kofi would later go on to join the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010. (You might also know Oteil from his splendid recent work with Dead and Company, which has obviously become his primary pursuit.)
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JJ Grey (Solo)- April 13
JJ Grey and his band Mofro had a stroke of bad luck last time they were fated to play around here. Hurricane Irma made landfall just one day after they were slated to play at Big Orange Festival in Punta Gorda, FL. That event (which I recommended on this blog of course!) was also to feature Los Lobos and several other quality acts. Naturally it was canceled amid the entire state's hurricane preparations. Southwest Floridians will eagerly to welcome Mr. JJ Grey back for a solo show next Saturday at the Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs. It isn't one to miss, as Mr. Grey's soulful voice and warm stage presence never fail to impress. Tickets range from a the bargain price of $25 dollars to $55+fees if you prefer table service.
Closing Trivia: JJ grew up outside of Jacksonville and is intimately familiar with Florida's swamps, trails, towns, and beaches. His homegrown storytelling and folk sensibility always makes an audience feel welcome.
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Molly Hatchet- April 14
Jacksonville natives Molly Hatchet formed in 1971 and have toured this country and world playing their brand of hard Southern Rock ever since. Like many rock bands from that era, they've relaxed the touring schedule in their later years. Nonetheless, diehard fans still exist and you might even spot the odd teenager sporting one of their iconic T-shirts once in a while! Regardless of your level of fandom, if you're in the area this storied legacy act deserves your support. Best of all the event is free because they're headlining Cape Coral Bike Night! Vendors and various motorcycles (and people) of all shapes and sizes will be in attendance. Head on over to the Cape for some classic rock n' roll.
Closing Trivia: Those not intimately familiar with the band will probably still recognize their signature 1979 hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster", the lead single from their second studio album.
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