Join us on February 3-5, 2023 at the Italian American Club for the 2nd Annual Naples Seafood & Music Festival. Festivities begin Friday evening from 4pm-10pm and continue Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. General admission is FREE!
Select from delectable foods cooked on site incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors. A variety of seafood entrees and vegetarian dishes will be available, along with a diversity of side dishes and desserts, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to musical entertainment consisting of live on-stage performances by some of the most creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit. Enjoy music in the genres of rock, R&B, blues, jazz, Americana, funk, soul and more. The incredible band talents paraticipating in the 2022 event included: Brenda Watty & Her Peeps (jazz, R&B, Motown), JP Soars & The Red Hots (Americana, rock), the David Chastain Band (blues), the West Coast Steel Pan Band (calypso, reggae), Gas House Gorillas (rock), Memphis Lightning (roots rock), Sean Chambers (blues, rock), Mr. Sipp (blues, gospel), Frank Band (Chicago blues), Soul Circus Cowboys (Southern rock) and Damon Fowler (blues). As the 2023 event nears, please check back as the Band Performance Schedule will be posted in the column to the right. Click on the image for an enlarged version.
Between performances shop a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products! Examples of some of the works you will find are shown in the column to the right.
Come be a part of the celebration and joy of the weekend. Relax, eat well and be caressed by wonderful live music performances. Go home Sunday night refreshed! Remember: You are the reason for the event!
NOTE: This event and the grounds of the Italian American Club are pet-friendly!
Brenda Joyce Watty was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She began singing in Gospel Choir at a young age and later moved to NYC to study voice where she joined other musicians in the music business. Brenda studied under the direction of June Monterio, a nationally recognized vocal coach.
After her studies she began to sing with the girls group The Toys which had the hit song “A Lovers Concerto.” Now discovered, Brenda began performing with The Marvelettes that had the hit single “Please Mr. Postman.” Her career now blossoming, Brenda went on tour with groups including: The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Crystals, Bo Didley, Ricky Nelson of the Ozzie And Harriett show, Desmond Wilson of the Sanford and Son show and many more.
Ms. Watty, now living in Sarasota, travels and performs in her one Women Show “It’s My Time” and sings with local groups in the Jazz, Pop, Dance and R&B genres.
In 2018 Brenda released her Solo Album “Its My Time”with the hit single “Girls Night Out.” In June 2019 Brenda returned from performing in Europe after promoting her solo album where she was showcased at Midem Festival at the Cotton Club in Cannes, France. Presently, Brenda is rehearsing with her band Brenda Watty & Her Peeps for a US tour.
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.
Dave has developed a style all his own and has written, recorded, and released three albums, “Rockin’ Roulette” (1980), “Something for the Pain” (1992), and “The Legacy” (2004-2005). The band also has “Live at the Contemporary Arts Center” (2003). Dave plows a path between the rootsy and the revolutionary.
Dave is a legendary songwriter who now calls Florida home. He is considered by many to be one of the best blues guitarist in the industry. It has been said by some that his every performance is a soul stirring, spontaneous healing experience.
Former Buddy Guy guitarist and Chicago native Frank Bang combines fiery guitar work and powerful and emotional vocal performances with rich songwriting and showmanship.
Sirius XM Bluesville featured artist & guest DJ on tour now throughout Florida and the US!
The GASHOUSE GORILLAS are a five piece Female fronted ROCK band out of the Sarasota/Charlotte county
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.
Castro Coleman, aka: “Mr. Sipp – The Mississippi Blues Child” was born in the small town of McComb, MS. He began playing guitar at the tender age of 6. Through hard work and perseverance, Mr. Sipp has become a Delta Blues force to be reckoned with! Being recognized for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, musicianship, ability to produce records and entertain Fans with an upbeat, outlandish show all make Mr. Sipp “The Total Package.” With over 125 recording credits to his name, Mr. Sipp has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy ® nominated projects.
Mr. Sipp spent 22 years in the Gospel Music Business as a Recording Artist and a Producer! Since his BIG WIN at The International Blues Challenge in 2014 and the release of his debut Blues CD, “It’s My Guitar,” the music community has been abuzz and welcomed him with open arms! On his debut, Mr. Sipp sings all vocals and plays all instruments – on the entire record! Made listing the credits easy. Yes sir, when God was handing out musical talent, Mr. Sipp apparently was at the head of the line!
On his release, his debut recording for Malaco Records entitled “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Mr. Sipp once again handles all of the vocals and plays numerous instruments. However this time around he is joined by other reputable Malaco Mississippi “Hitmen.” All songs with the exception of one are originals and his diverse style of music separates this record from many of the other recent “cookie cutter” Delta Blues recordings. Mr. Sipp is proudly endorsed by Ernie Ball Strings and Epiphone Guitars which he plays exclusively.
Florida-born Sean Chambers is an American blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Sean began his career in 1998 when he toured with the legendary Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader until 2003. During his time with Hubert Sumlin, Sean was named by Britain’s Guitarist Magazine as “one of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.”
His main guitar playing influences are the work of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his early professional music experience was gained while touring for four years backing Hubert Sumlin. Chambers has worked with a variety of amazingly-talented blues musicians.
Powerful vocals, gripping Southern rock, and gritty, heartfelt performances have defined Soul Circus Cowboys since their beginning. Spanning an eclectic array of musical tastes, influences and styles merged with diverse life experiences, Florida-based Soul Circus Cowboys is the band to watch.
Formed in Tampa by lead singer and songwriter Billy McKnight in 2009 and produced by Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter Frank Myers, Soul Circus Cowboys has since refined their sound, with a vision revolving around larger-than-life performances and gasoline-drenched Southern Country Rock. Frontman Billy McKnight is joined by the powerful voice of singer and rhythm guitarist Dewey Buxton, lead guitarist Ron Zebron (three-time winner of the Mid-Atlantic Best Rock Guitarist award), unadulterated lover of music and bassist James Caulk, and passionate and powerful drummer Jesse Pullen.
Soul Circus Cowboys have become known as a diverse collection of sounds, styles, and captivatingly well-told stories. Each band member’s past is deeply interwoven with the resulting sound and produces a moving, gripping record that you can’t help but sing along to. They’ve had three Billboard charting songs, “Tailgate Country,” “I Can’t Imagine,” and “I Stand.” They topped the Country Music Channel video charts with their music video “I Stand,” which is approaching 1M views, and play to packed music venues and festivals across Florida every week.
Thoroughly genuine and phenomenally talented. They are the Soul Circus Cowboys.