Coming December 9-11, 2022! The Fort Myers Blues & BBQ Festival is a unique 3 day music and food festival experience combining the love of Blues & Rock music talent, delicious BBQ & other food, beer & full liquor bars at the scenic waterfront of the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers. There’s plenty to do with a loaded festival marketplace showcasing fine cigars, jewelry, artistic treasures for you, your home, yard and office. Admission is free!
The Fort Myers Blues & BBQ Festival begins Friday, December 10 with hours 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the River District of downtown Fort Myers. Attendees will enjoy a multitude of areas to rest and relax at either high-top bar tables, under the festival’s large beer garden tent or near the music. Bring your dog pal, as the festival grounds are pet-friendly.
Where is the River District? The River District, a.k.a. downtown Fort Myers, is the heart of the city and ranks as the top destination packed full of charm! Travelers can find it between Edison Bridge and Caloosahatchee Bridge.
GPS Address: 1400 Hendry Street, Fort Myers Florida 33901
FROM HWY 41 Southbound
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Tampa’s Damon Fowler, a masterful singer, guitar player and songwriter, has absorbed the best of and furthered the work of the region’s definitive artists. A hard driving troubadour, his music is steeped with soul and representative of the many styles that make up the roots of American music. He has gained the respect of his peers given his featured slot in Butch Truck’s Freight Train band and his side gig as guitarist in the Dickey Betts Band. Critics have compared Fowler’s guitar work to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar is reminiscent of the late Duane Allman. Fowler can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, and his lyrical work on lap steel and dobro makes him a stand out performer among the legions of guitar heroes. His new release, ALAFIA MOON, combines all the influences that have shaped his distinctive blues career.
On the strength of Fowler’s hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, the Florida native started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with music journalists extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. All of these attributes have helped further define Damon Fowler as one of the great Southern artists of his time.
Formed in 2017 and hailing from Pompano Beach, Shaw Davis & The Black Ties feature an incendiary fusion of Progressive Hard Rock and Roots Rock that embodies the soul found within Blues Rock icons of the 60s and 70s. After a steady dose of touring the United States, performing over 300 shows in a two year span, the band has begun to carve their way into the national touring scene.
Dubbed as one of the “Top 50 Rock & Blues Artists You Must Hear In 2019” by Rock & Blues Muse, Shaw Davis & The Black Ties teamed up with Grammy Award-winner Paul Nelson (known for his work with Johnny Winter) to record Red Sun Rebellion set to release in February 2021 on Sony Orchard. The record unleashes a pioneering blend of retro soundscapes with modern Hard Rock progressivism, embracing influence from the likes of Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Rage Against The Machine, and Rival Sons.
Released in the fall of 2018, the bands second album Tales From The West was nominated for three Independent Blues Music awards and debuted at #20 on the RMR Blues Rock chart. The power trio has become a mainstay on the national club circuit and have performed alongside the likes of Foghat, The Guess Who, Blackberry Smoke, The Georgia Satellites, Bishop Gunn, Walter Trout, Eric Tessmer, Samantha Fish and Blue Oyster Cult.
J.P. Soars is soaring high, touring the world after releasing a new studio album last Fall, LET GO OF THE REINS, produced by Tab Benoit on Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou label. Soars was also nominated for “Blues Rock Artist of the Year” in the 40th annual Blues Music Awards, alongside blues music heavyweights Billy Gibbons, Eric Gales, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Tinsley Ellis, rounding out the Blues Rock category.