If you go
Bayshore Festival of the Arts
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Sugden Regional Park. Parking will be closed to the general public at Sugden Regional Park the days of the event; a trolley at the Collier County Government Complex will provide free shuttle service to attendees. Rides every 10 minutes.
All times are approximate.
10-10:15 a.m.: Lely High School JROTC Color Guard (Stage l)
10:15-11 a.m.: Lely High School Jazz Band (Stage I)
11-11:20 a.m.: Welcome (Stage ll)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Naples Daily News Jazz Band (Stage ll)
12:45-1:45 p.m.: Naples Concert Band (Stage l)
2-3:30 p.m.: Stu Shelton Trio, Rebecca Richardson Quartet and Bob Zottola’s Expandable Jazz Band (Stage II)
3:45-5 p.m.: United States Air Force Reserve Band (Stage l)
EAST NAPLES — You don’t have to dance to enjoy this weekend’s Bayshore Festival of the Arts.
But when you review the roster of this two-day festival, you may ultimately wish to dust off your flashiest footwear and prepare to cut the proverbial rug. A lengthy list of musicians are set to perform, including jazz and blues bands, the Opera Naples Young Artists, Conjunto Kafe salsa band, the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve and many more.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Sugden Regional Park in East Naples. Music will be continuous, and there is an art show with some 30 visual artists, including painters, sculptors and photographers — all of them local.
Admission is free.
Among the bands set to perform is West of Galway. The five-person group performs Irish folk music and was one of five finalists in the recent Ireland’s Battle of the Bands II. Jimmy McEvoy is one of West of Galway’s vocalists.
“It’s just going to be a great lineup of entertainers, local entertainers,” McEvoy said of the festival. “It’s great just to sit and listen. But sometimes people do get up and dance.”
All of the entertainers, as well as the artists, are local, added Chellie Doepke, the vice president of the board of directors of the Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center, which is presenting the festival in partnership with the Collier Redevelopment Agency.
Doepke said they are expecting 5,000 people to attend the two-day festival. Last year, the event was held on Bayshore Drive at a vacant field; this year, in a concession to the number of people — and also in an effort to better showcase the talents of the entertainers — the event has been moved to nearby Sugden Regional Park.
The move to Sugden Regional Park is also an indication of the need for an arts center on Bayshore Drive: hence, the effort that’s under way for a Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center. The plans for the proposed center include an auditorium, garden and educational wing.
“This is all about showcasing the local visual and performing artists of Collier County and we have and extraordinary amount of talent here in the county that are looking for venue,” Doepke said of the festival.
Also scheduled to perform at the festival is Bob Zottola’s Expandable Jazz Band, so named because the band’s numbers occasionally enlarge and shrink. The typical playlist includes Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin — big band, jazz favorites that are sure to bring audiences to their feet, Zottola said.
“It reminds them of the good old days, when they used to go out dancing,” he said.