Biggest April concerts in Fort Myers, Naples: Eli Young Band, Piano Guys, Pink Floyd tribute

Charles Runnells
Naples Daily News

Smooth-jazz king Kenny G takes flight with "Songbird" and other mega-hits at Immokalee's Seminole Casino Hotel. Rapper Wiz Khalifa plays a student show at FGCU. And the most awarded act in Christian-music history, Steven Curtis Chapman, performs and tells stories at a Fort Myers church.

Those are just three of the biggest concerts coming to Southwest Florida this April. And there are a lot more shows happening, too. 

Here are our picks for the top concerts to see in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and the rest of Southwest Florida.

“Hard Travelin’ with Woody”

Last chance to see this musical, multimedia play featuring the words, music and art of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, written and performed by Randy Noojin. Now through Sunday, April 3. $40-$50. Players Circle Theater at The Shell Factory, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 800-3292 or playerscircletheater.com

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Felix Cavaliere

Singer/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere leads this version of his '60s pop-rock group, The Rascals, whose hits included “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “People Got To Be Free” and “A Beautiful Morning.” 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 1. $53-$88. Southwest Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. 245-9910 or facebook.com/swflec

Previously: Southwest Florida Event Center reopens in Bonita Springs

And:Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere still groovin’, to perform in Bonita

Warrant

Glam-metal stars whose 1980s and '90s hits included “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven” and “Down Boys.” Former Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason handles the vocals originally performed by the late Jani Lane. 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2. $30 for general admission, $70 for reserved seating. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers.com

Terry Hanck

The electric blues saxophonist, singer and songwriter won best horn player in the 2016 and 2017 Blues Music Awards. This outdoor music fest also includes Tommy Lee Cook & The Buckingham Blues Band and another act to be announced. 2-8 p.m. Saturday, April 2. $15. The outdoor stage at Buckingham Blues Bar, 5641 Buckingham Road, Buckingham. 693-7111 or buckinghambar.com

Tribby Arts Center concerts

Mnozil Brass

The new, $25 million arts center opens to the public for the first time with three April concerts. First up: Mnozil Brass on Saturday, April 2. The Austrian brass group plays classical, jazz and other musical styles. That show will be followed by viola and piano duo Michael Kloz and Grigorios Zamparas (Thursday, April 14) and Bay Kings Band (Thursday, April 21). All shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 for Mnozil Brass and $40 for the other two concerts. Several lectures are also open to the public and cost $15 each. Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point Retirement Community, 17281 On Par Blvd., south Fort Myers. 415-5667 or TribbyArtsCenter.com

Annie Wenz and Rod MacDonald

Florida singer-songwriters Wenz and MacDonald share the stage for a night of acoustic folk and Americana. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2. $12-$18. The Americana Community Music Association Listening Room inside All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. americanacma.org

Wiz Khalifa

The Pittsburgh rapper/singer performs at FGCU’s outdoor Eagle Fest. The concert is only open to FGCU students and faculty or their guests. IDs will be checked at the door. The duo Loud Luxury (“Body”) opens. Khalifa’s hits include “Black and Yellow,” “See You Again,” “Say Yeah” and “Young, Wild & Free.” 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. $45-$50 ($25-$30 for students). FGCU Rec Field 1 at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd S., Estero. fgcutix.com 

Victor Wainwright & The Train

The popular American singer/songwriter/pianist has won pianist of the year several times at the Blues Music Awards. Tommy Lee Cook & The Buckingham Blues Band opens. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3. $25-$30. The backyard stage at Buckingham Blues Bar, 5641 Buckingham Road, Buckingham. 693-7111 or buckinghambar.com

TAG concert

Kristen Noble,16, sings a self-written song entitled "Simple Math" during a rehearsal with members of Cypress Lake High School's TAG vocal group Monday evening November 1, 2021.

Cypress Lake High’s award-winning The A Cappella Group (TAG) performs a fundraising concert for the group. There's also a silent auction. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. $10 ($6 for ages 18 and younger). The auditorium at Cypress Lake High School, 6750 Panther Lane, south Fort Myers. linktr.ee/TAGCypress

More about TAG: Before The Voice and American Idol, they sang for the same Fort Myers vocal group

Rock for Equality

The annual “microfest” returns after a two-year hiatus with food, artisan vendors and two “dueling stages” of local rap and rock acts. The lineup includes rap acts Ronin Earthclan, Just Bee, Ivan the Hippy, Jay Deru and XNVIX, and rock acts Except You, Cam, Supergold and Frankie Orion. The fundraiser benefits Love Your Rebellion and the McGregor Clinic. 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 2. $5 at the door. Ollies Pub, 1019 Cape Coral Parkway E., Cape Coral. loveyourrebellion.org/rock-for-equality

More: Rock For Equality music festival returns April 2 to Ollie's Pub in Cape Coral

Legends Concert Series

Tribute act Chicago Rewired plays the music of rock band Chicago

Tribute acts Chicago Rewired and China Grove celebrate the music of The Doobie Brothers and Chicago at the monthly outdoor music fest. Legends raises money for The Fallen Officers, a foundation that provides scholarships, financial assistance and more to the families and departments of police officers killed in the line of duty. 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Gate open at 4:30 p.m. $22-$100. There will also be food trucks. Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. legendsconcertseries.com

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Maestro Andrey Boreyko leads the touring orchestra on Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” Grieg’s “Symphony in C Minor” and more. Rising piano star Bruce Liu joins them for Chopin’s concerto. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3. $79-$155. Masks and either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1111 or artisnaples.org

Kenny G (SOLD OUT)

Kenny G

The Grammy-winning pop-jazz saxophonist became one of the best-selling musical artists of all time with his string of smooth-sounding songs and albums in the 80s and 90s, including the Top 10 singles “Songbird,” “Forever in Love” and “Silhouette.” 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3. $119. Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. 658-1313 or seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

Mastersingers anniversary concert

The 80-voice Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers celebrate its 20th anniversary with both new works and classic pieces, including John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” Mozart’s “Dies Irae” from “Requiem” and the commissioned work “Heaven’s Glories Shine” by Anthony Maglione. They’ll also celebrate five years for City of Palms Youth Choir and one year for the Intermezzo Choir. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3. $25 ($15 for students). First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, 9751 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. 288-2535 or mastersingersfm.com

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

The musical collective plays covers of pop songs in swing, jazz, blues and other vintage genres. 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. $49-$83. Negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1111 or artisnaples.org

BIG ARTS Community Chorus

Director Ellen Whitten leads the Sanibel Island chorus in their annual spring concert. 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. $18.50. BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island. 395-0900 or bigarts.org

 Steven Curtis Chapman

Gatehouse file photo

The singer-songwriter is the most-awarded act in Christian music history with 59 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards and 49 No. 1 radio hits. Chapman will tell stories and perform hits from his more than 30-year career.7 p.m. Friday, April 8. $15 ($50 for early entry). First Assembly of God, 4701 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers. awakeningevents.com/scc

Melissa Errico

The popular singer, writer and Broadway star returns to the MACC. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. $45. Music & Arts Community Center, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers. 277-1700 or gulfcoastsymphony.org

Bonita Springs Shrimp & Music Festival

 Blues and blues-rock bands perform at this new outdoor fest that also features fresh seafood dishes and a marketplace with arts, crafts and more. Meat and vegetarian dishes available, as well as desserts, fruit drinks and alcoholic beverages. The lineup includes Sean Chambers, Annika Chambers, Rockin’ Jake, Memphis Lightning, Frank Bang and ZZ Top tribute Trezz Hombres. The event takes place at Bonita Springs Poker Room, but it’s not organized by that venue. 3-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8-10. Free. Bonita Springs Poker Room, 28010 Race Track Road. seafoodfestivals.com

Gulfshore Ballet

The classical ballet school joins Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra for this night of Spanish works, including excerpts from “Don Quixote” and “Paquita.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Music & Arts Community Center, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers. 277-1700 or gulfcoastsymphony.org

Fred Sunwalk

The Brazilian blues-rocker plays festivals all over Brazil, the United States and Europe. He’s known for his passion, groove and virtuoso guitar skills. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9. $10 at the door. The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers. 333-2225 or barrelroomfortmyers.com

ARTFLO Music and Arts Festival

The Spin Doctors, with lead singer Chris Barron (center), will perform at the Wellmont in Montclair on Jan. 24.

It’s the '90s all over again with this new outdoor festival featuring several popular bands from that decade. The lineup includes Soul Asylum, Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne and Fastball, plus other musical acts. The festival also features a large art-merchant section, food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, April 9. Free. Bring your own chair, but no coolers, backpacks or pets allowed. Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. 658-1313 or seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

Camerata concert

Naples’ new chamber music orchestra performs a special program observing Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program includes poetry and spoken-word pieces interwoven with musical performances by the 14-member ensemble, including Mozart's “Adagio and Fugue in C Minor,” Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio No. 2” and various songs created by people who lived in ghettos and concentration camps during World War II. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10. $40. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 Park Shore Drive, Naples. For tickets, call 596-8404 or email cn@cameratanaples.org.

Lee County Community Band

The 60-member concert band wraps up its 2021-22 season with a program of audience favorites called “Finale Treasures,” including Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” the jazz standard “Sentimental Journey” and highlights from the musical “Jersey Boys.” 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Free (although donations are accepted). Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. leecountyband.org

Weedeater

North Carolina stoner-metal band Weedeater

The riff-packed stoner-metal band from North Carolina plays Cape Coral, along with opening acts Rebelmatic and Adam Faucett. 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday, April 10. $20. Nice Guys Pizza, 1334 Cape Coral Parkway E., downtown Cape Coral.  549-7542 or facebook.com/NiceGuysPizza

“Considering Matthew Shepard”

Professional chorus Choral Artistry performs the Southwest Florida premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s oratorio about Matthew Shepard, the gay college student who was beaten, tortured and left to die in a 1998 hate crime. The work is loosely modeled on a Bach passion and uses Shepard’s journal, interviews with his parents and news clippings for its libretto. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10. $20-$30 ($5 for students). Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral. choralartistry.org

The Floyd Experience

This 10-member touring band bills itself as “the ultimate U.S. Pink Floyd experience.” The 90-minute concert brings the prog-rock legends to life with precise recreations of their music, a video wall, lasers and synchronized lighting. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14. $27-$57. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

Jonathan Edwards

 The country and folk singer-songwriter is best known for his upbeat, anthemic 1971 hit “Sunshine.” 8 p.m. Friday, April 15. $32-$42. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org

Vickie Vaughn Band

High-energy bluegrass act that plays originals, instrumentals and covers by everyone from Bill Monroe to Bob Dylan. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15. $45-$50. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or sbdac.com

Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac

 A live band recreates the sounds of Fleetwood Mac’s classic rock album “Rumours,” note for note. 8 p.m. Friday, April 15. $27-$57. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com 

George Worthmore and the Dive-bombers

George Worthmore and the Dive-bombers

Frontman George Worthmore is a Blues Hall of Fame inductee who’s played guitar with Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Platters and more. His trio plays a mix of country, rock and other genres with an emphasis on high-level guitar playing. Singer/songwriters Pete Bensen and Glen Sabatka open. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16. $12-$18. The Americana Community Music Association Listening Room inside All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. americanacma.org

Beer in the Bushes

New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen plays this year's Beer in the Bushes.

New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen headlines the annual concert fundraiser for the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. The outdoor event, returning for the first time since the start of the pandemic, also includes food trucks and craft-beer tastings from local breweries. 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 16. $90. Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel Island. beerinthebushes.com

Sinoff Sings Bing

Popular Southwest Florida jazz singer/pianist Danny Sinoff performs the songs of Bing Crosby with his trio. 7 p.m. Monday, April 18. $15-$25. Sinoff plays a different themed concert every Monday. Players Circle Theater at The Shell Factory, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 800-3292 or playerscircletheater.com

A 420 Celebration

This 4/20 party includes food, vendors, artists, giveaways and live music by Jenni B, K-Sea, Brian Markley & Co. and Sideshow Bob. 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Free. Up In Smoke, 1059 Pine Island Road, Unit 2, Cape Coral. facebook.com/jennibe420

“The Gambler Returns Ultimate Kenny Rogers Tribute”

Tribute artist Alan Turner recreates the look and sound of country legend Kenny Rogers. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. $35-$49. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org

Aaron Diehl Trio

Virtuoso jazz pianist Aaron Diehl

The virtuoso jazz pianist and his trio perform. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22. $45. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or sbdac.com

Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra’s Earth Day concert

 The professional orchestra celebrates Earth Day with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6” (aka “Pastoral”), Anna Clyne’s “Restless Oceans” and more. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22. $35-$41. Music & Arts Community Center, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers. 277-1700 or gulfcoastsymphony.org

Naples Philharmonic Masterworks concert

The professional orchestra performs Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 5” and more. Carlos Izcaray conducts. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22-23. $44-$74 ($15 for students). Negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1111 or artisnaples.org

Eli Young Band

The Texas country band’s hits include “Saltwater Gospel,” “Drunk Last Night,” “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23. $31 and $69. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers.com

Rock the Arches

Shaun Miller of local reggae band Faded Roots

A dozen reggae, rock, pop, blues and funk bands play two stages at this third-annual fundraiser for Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches. The nonprofit wants to build a replica of the 16-foot-high stone arch that once greeted visitors to Fort Myers Beach. The lineup includes Faded Roots, Electric Lipstick, Unforgiven Country Band, Siren, Forged in Fire and Section 8. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Free. Lani Kai Island Resort, 1400 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. bit.ly/3NtAtfx

“Masterworks 4”

Southwest Florida Symphony performs Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” Korngold’s “Violin Concerto” and Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4.” Radu Paponiu conducts. He’s one of several guest conductors being considered for the symphony’s next music director. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. $15-$109. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

“Tosca”

Gulfshore Opera performs the Puccini classic with lush sets and costumes, a full orchestra and a chorus. They’ll perform at Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda (7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. $35-$65), Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center in south Fort Myers (7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. $25-$100) and Artis-Naples (7 p.m. Friday, April 29. $59-$99). The professional opera company will be joined by the Naples Philharmonic orchestra in Fort Myers and Naples. Learn more at gulfshoreopera.org.

Southern Grand Slam Music Festival

Dylan Scott and Justin Moore headline the two-day, outdoor country-music festival. Other performers include Jon Langston, Tobacco Rd Band, Texas Hill Band and Jim Brown. Starts at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22-23 (gates open at 1 p.m.). $55 per day or $95 for both days (plus applicable taxes and fees). Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. 305-761-8860 or Eventbrite.com

Fort Fest

Country singer Jacob Bryant

New country-music festival Fort Fest features local and national acts, including Alex Key (“Barstools and Saddles”), Hayden Coffman (“Better Off”), Jacob Bryant (“Pour Whiskey on My Grave”) and more. 4-9 p.m. Saturday, April 23. $30-$40 ($100 for VIP). Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. fort-life.com

“My Favorite Things—A Salute to Richard Rodgers”

Gulf Coast Symphony performs a tribute to the songs of the Broadway legend best known for his songwriting partnerships with Lorenz Hart (“Pal Joey,” “A Connecticut Yankee”) and especially Oscar Hammerstein (“The King and I”, “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific” and many more). 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24. $39-$85. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

Blues and country singer Crystal Shawanda

Crystal Shawanda

The Canadian blues and country act performs with opening act the Marty Stokes Band. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24. $20 cover, plus a minimum $10 food or drink purchase. Reservations recommended. Cape Cabaret Dinner Theater, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral. 549-3000 or capecabaret.com

Get Happy! Joan Ellison Sings Judy Garland

Award-winning singer/actor Ellison and the Punta Gorda Symphony celebrate the beloved “The Wizard of Oz” star with symphonic arrangements of “Get Happy!” “Over The Rainbow,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and other Judy Garland hits. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24. $65 ($15 for youth and students). The concert will be followed by an after-party featuring food, dancing and a live jazz band. Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. 941-205-5996 or PGSymphony.org

The Movement

The chart-topping Philadelphia alternative-reggae band fuses rock, reggae, hip-hop and acoustic music. Pacific Dub and Seranation open9 p.m. Thursday, April 28. $20. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers.com

Local H

Local H

Rock band best known for their 1996 radio hit “Bound For the Floor” and its gold-selling album “As Good As Dead.” 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28. $10-$15. Buddha LIVE, 12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. outertix.com/buddhalive

The Piano Guys

Boundary-stretching quartet whose blend of classical and pop music has turned them into YouTube and Spotify sensations. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. $63-$95. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

Wycliffe Gordon

Versatile trombonist best-known for his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of jazz maestro Wynton Marsalis. He plays everything from big band to gospel. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. $45-$50. $225 for a table for four, $450 for a table for eight. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or sbdac.com

Cape Concert in the Park

Southwest Florida cover band The Lineup Band plays this free outdoor concert featuring drinks, a food truck (to be announced) and a view of the sunset. 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Free. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral. 573-3128 or facebook.com/capecoralspecialevents

Serpentine Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire tribute Serpentine Fire

Southwest Florida Symphony plays orchestral versions of Earth, Wind & Fire songs with touring tribute act Serpentine Fire. The setlist includes “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “After the Love Has Gone” and “Let’s Groove Tonight.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. $17-$111. Limited seats available. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

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