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Here is a list of upcoming events. It's extensive and we're sure you'll find something you like.

* Oct. 6 When the one-hit-wonders of the late ‘90s are feeling enough nostalgic love to make comebacks (LFO, Third Eye Blind, I’m talking to you), then it only makes sense for the Backstreet Boys to dip their toes in the reunion waters with a new album “This Is Us.”

* Oct. 9 Sure you are as likely to see Bono on CSPAN as in a music video, but that doesn’t mean U2 has lost a step. Folks labeled the four Irish rockers “the biggest band in the world” 20 years ago and they haven’t done anything to let go of that crown. Expect a non-stop anthem sing-a-long at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

* Oct. 10 The 12th annual Columbus Day parade kicks off at St. John Neumann High School at 10 a.m.

* Oct. 12 All month long Billy Swamp Safari is offering 50 percent off their swamp buggy tour for folks willing to take the ride in costume. So give your Halloween get up a test run.

* Oct. 16 Spike Jonze takes Maurice Sendak’s 10-sentence long children’s classic and turns into a fantastical movie. Can it live up to our childhood memories?

* Oct. 17 Zombies unite. The dead are rising again in Fort Myers for Zombicon 2009. Dress up as a zombie and meet up on First Street for a night of the living dead.

* Oct. 18 Whiskey River take our minds! Music icon Willie Nelson brings his special blend of country to the Naples Philharmonic Center for what is becoming an annual trip to Southwest Florida. Should be

* Oct. 19 He isn’t a household name, but Leonard Cohen’s legacy is that of one of the greatest pop songwriters of the 20th century. See him live at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

* Oct. 22nd. Southern rock’s enduring popularity owes a lot to Lynyrd Skynyrd. “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” alone cemented the Jacksonville band’s legacy as one of the genre’s premiere acts. Catch them at Germain Arena.

* Oct. 24 One of the most uniquely Naples events — swamp buggy racing — returns for its 60th year. The annual swamp buggy parade through downtown Naples is followed by the Saturday time trials and the Budweiser Fall Classic on Oct. 25.

* Oct. 26 Hear the best local talent sing their original songs at Bayshore Coffee Company’s open mic night held every Monday. Or showcase your stuff by taking the stage to perform your own work.

* Oct 29 FGCU hosts its first ever Bird Bash, a country music concert at Germain Arena featuring Luke Bryan, whose 2007 single “All My Friends Say” was a country radio hit.The show also features Corey Smith and Candy Coburn.

* Oct. 31 It’s Halloween, which means you have just the excuse you need to dress up like this guy. Just don’t go as Sarah Palin. That was so last year.


* Oct. 9 Bluegrass star Dan Paisley and Southern Grass play at the Norris Center

* Oct. 14 The Naples Players start their new season with “Lend Me a Tenor”

* Oct. 18 Naples Concert Band starts their season at the Cambier Park bandshell

* Oct. 19 Dutch DJ Tiesto, debuts his album “Kaleidoscope” at Sway

* Oct. 24 Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club host an all species fishing tournament to benefit amputees.


Upcoming events worth keeping on your radar

* Nov. 3-8 Taylor Hicks in “Grease” at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

* Nov. 5-8 Naples International Film Festival at Silverspot at Mercato

* Nov. 14 Jimmy Buffett at Amway Arena in Orlando

* Nov. 18 The music of Led Zeppelin at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

* Nov. 20 “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” opens in theaters

* Nov. 27 Roger Daltry at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

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