BILL O'NEIL: On the Town - Looking beyond season for performing arts

Bill O'Neill, Collier Citizen Newspaper Columnist. / SUBMITTED

Bill O'Neill, Collier Citizen Newspaper Columnist. / SUBMITTED

It’s time to get in the last licks on the busy performing arts season and start thinking about venues that don’t shut down for the summer. The Sunday Times had its annual supplement describing summer festivals and special events nationwide, and there was exactly one event listed in Florida -- a chamber concert event in Jacksonville.

First Fridays at Mercato will hopefully continue. The last time we visited on a first Friday, the weather was so cool that anyone who ventured out for the music quickly headed for one of the bars. Last week it was hot, but not too hot to enjoy the offerings. There was a lounge singer at the plaza with a pleasant voice. He was completely supported by recorded backup, but that’s the business these days. At the other end of the street, Little Eddy and the Fat Fingers were all live. These boys were tight and soulful. They will be appearing at venues around town all summer - you won’t be sorry to catch them.

The Philharmonic is at or near the end of its season. We had to miss the first half of the concert Saturday night. Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony took up the second half. I love the Philharmonic Orchestra, I think they are a great asset to our community and god bless ‘em. That said, the Mozart was lackluster, lacking any sprightliness or charm. The varying moods of the music were only hinted at, the dynamics were muted. I seem to be in a minority in this opinion. The audience seemed to appreciate the performance, giving a standing ovation - but then, standing ovations are so common these days even for mediocre performances that their presence or absence is not a very good guide to quality.

TheatreZone gives a gift to the year-rounders with “I Love my Wife” in June. The Naples Players are presenting “Annie” this summer in collaboration with their KidzAct program. The Naple B”each Resort will presumably be offering its outdoor concerts. Bayshore Landing should be open all summer, and this would be the time to take the opportunity to visit this laudable live venue. Otherwise, time to stock up on videos.

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tabithac writes:

You've missed someone, Bill. The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (formerly Art League of Bonita Springs) has performances scheduled as part of the 'Live at the Promenade' series this summer and they're all half price!!! July 15 join John Frinzi & John Patti for "Island Sounds" at 7pm. August 19 Erin Dunbar and Jessie Garcia bring us red hot dance with "Summer Sizzle" at 7pm. And, September 16 former Harry Connick Jr Band jazz musician, Dan Miller, brings us the Dan Miller Jazz Quintet at 7pm. Tickets for all of these events are $15 members/ $20 non members and can be purchased by calling 495-8989. For more info visit

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