Brian Kelley, Brody Jenner and more


Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley steps out on his own for a solo show in Fort Myers. Reality TV star Brody Jenner DJs at Bonita Springs’ new party in the park. And Andrey Boreyko bows out as maestro of the Naples Philharmonic with Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2”.

These are just three of the biggest concerts coming to Southwest Florida in May. And there’s a lot more going on too.

Here are our picks for the best concerts to see in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and the rest of Southwest Florida. We’ll update as more shows are announced.

The special consensus

Award-winning acoustic bluegrass band led by banjo player Greg Cahill. The Special Consensus has been making music since the 70s. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1. $37-$46. Bonita Springs Center for the Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or

“Boreyko Leads Rachmaninoff”

Andrey Boreyko concludes his eight years as Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra with this concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva. The program also includes Glazunov’s “Autumn of the Seasons” and Karłowicz’s “Symphony in E Minor” (“Renaissance”). 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 5-6. $55 to $79. Negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900 or

Pam Taylor and the flying “V”

Energetic roots rock from guitarist/singer/songwriter Pam Taylor and “basscussionist” Peter Von. 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Free. The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers. 333-2225 or

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Legends Concert Series

Tribute bands Alter Eagles and Night Moves celebrate the music of the Eagles and Bob Seger at the monthly outdoor music festival. Legends raises money for The Fallen Officers, a foundation that provides scholarships, financial aid, and more to the families and departments of police officers killed in the line of duty. This month’s show begins earlier than usual with a scholarship ceremony on behalf of the fallen officers, followed by the bands. 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Door opens at 4 p.m. $22 to $100. There will also be food trucks. Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples.

Sophie Talvik

The singer-songwriter’s delicate music has been compared to ‘Laurel Canyon’ era folk artists such as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Buffy Sainte-Marie. ACMA member Dan Philgreen opens. 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. $12 to $18. The Americana Community Music Association listening room inside All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto”

The Gulf Coast Symphony and five opera singers perform Verdi’s tragic opera about a sour-tongued court jester with an all-consuming desire for revenge. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. $45 – $85. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, South Fort Myers. 481-4849 or

Chris Cagle

Country singer whose hits include “Got My Country On”, “Laredo”, “Chicks Dig It” and “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out”. 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. $38 and $74. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

Rotary rock, blues and blues

Five local bands perform at this ninth annual fundraiser hosted by the Lehigh Acres Rotary Club and the Lehigh Acres Foundation. On the program: Shore Nuff (rock), Checker’d Past (blues), Hitt N Run (rock), Deep Freyed (blues and classic rock) and Southern Sophisticats (blues and roots). Food and beverages will be sold including chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, Mexican food, beer, wine and soda. From noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Free. Chairs and blankets are encouraged (no coolers). Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres. 455-5894 or


The chart-topping Mexican singer-songwriter is bringing his “Por Amor A Ustedes” world tour to the Hertz Arena. Alex Fernandez opens. 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. $64 to $164. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 948-7825 or

Camerata concert

The new Naples Chamber Music Orchestra gives its last concert of the season. The program includes Vivaldi’s “Summer” in “The Four Seasons”, Handel’s “Harp Concerto in B-flat Major” (featuring Noa Michaels on harp) and the US premiere of “Rhapsody on a Theme of Albinoni for Violin, Cello and Harpsicord” (with Boris Sandler on violin, Adam Satinsky on cello and Bella Gutshtein on harpsichord). 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. $40. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 Park Shore Drive, Naples. For tickets, call 596-8404 or email [email protected]

Except You EP released

Local thrash-punk band Except You perform and release their new EP, “Never Relax”. Not to mention New York band Taking Meds and local rockers Roxx Revolt & The Velvets. 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. $5 up front, $8 at the door (or $25-$30 for a set that includes a shirt and sticker). Nice Guys Pizza, 1334 Cape Coral Parkway E., Downtown Cape Coral. 549-7542 or

J Balvin

POSTPONED – The Grammy-winning Colombian singer’s hits include the No. 1 single ‘I Like It’ (featuring Cardi B and Bad Bunny) and the No. 3 single ‘Mi Gente’. The concert was scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 948-7825 or

“Rock & Roll and the String Quartet”

Guitarist, singer, songwriter and storyteller Andrew Lipke returns for more rock music with a string quartet. They will perform at four venues in Southwest Florida: Shell Point’s Tribby Center in South Fort Myers (7 p.m. Thursday, May 12. $40), Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers ( 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13. $30), Gulf Theater in Punta Gorda (7 p.m. Saturday, May 14. $25), and Bell Tower Shops south of Fort Myers (5 p.m. Sunday, May 15. $25). Learn more at

Brody Jenner plays the party in the park

Reality star Brody Jenner (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “The Hills”) DJs at the new outdoor concert Party in the Park. Opening acts are singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy and DJ Devin Lucien. There will also be food trucks and alcoholic beverages. Hosted by DJ M Dot. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 13. $20 to $40 ($100 for admission and a meeting with Jenner). Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

JP Soars and the Red Hots

Popular bluesman from Boca Raton and his band, whose influences include blues greats Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker, but also Slayer, Black Sabbath, Hank Williams and Tito Puente. Soars won the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where he also won the Albert King Award for Best Guitarist. 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. $10. The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers. 333-2225 or

Memphis Lightning

High energy roots, blues and rock band led by Grammy nominated Darren “Big Red” Thiboutot. The outdoor show is part of the ongoing Backyard Bluesfest series. Opening acts are Tommy Lee Cook & The Buckingham Blues Band and another band to be announced. The show starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. $15. Buckingham Blues Bar, 5641 Buckingham Road, Buckingham. 693-7111 or

Joe Nichols and Parmalee

Country stars play the ‘Party in the Park’ concert series after a Fort Myers Mighty Mussels baseball game. The game starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The $30-$32 admission includes both the game and the show. Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, south of Fort Myers. 768-4210 or

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line

Country singer Brian Kelley steps away from his main band, Florida Georgia Line, for this solo show with the opening act of The Boat Boys. 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. $20 to $30. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

Gulf Coast Harmonizers

The all-male Barbershop Chorus performs. 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. $25. Culture Park Theater, 528 Culture Park Boulevard, Cape Coral. 772-5862 or

HOWL 13 Years Anniversary Party

The tattoo studio and music venue celebrates its 13th anniversary with live rock and metal music from Bargain Bin Heroes, Roxx Revolts & The Velvets, Emerald Vision and Dizygote. 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. $13. HOWL, 4160 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. 332-0161 or

Naples Philharmonic Summer Show

Conductor Radu Paponiu conducts the Professional Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Naples on Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5”, Griffes’ “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” and more. The concert also features the winner of the Naples Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Annual Concerto Competition. 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. $15 to $29. Negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900 or

Moonlight Bandits

Country rap duo Dusty “Tex” Dahlgren and Brett “Bird” Brooks, better known as the Moonshine Bandits. Their hits include “Outback”, “For the Outlawz” and “Red, White & Boozed”. 9 p.m. Thursday, May 26. General admission $22, $50 for reserved seating. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

Little Eddie and the Big Fingers

The Naples blues band plays energetic delta blues, Chicago blues, rocking blues, boogie woogie and 1950s rock ‘n’ roll. 8-11pm Friday, May 27. Free. The rooftop sculpture garden at the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or


Christian glam-metal band known for 80s hits “Honestly”, “Calling On You” and “To Hell with the Devil”. 9 p.m. on Friday, May 27. General admission $27, $60 for reserved seating. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

Los Palominos

The Grammy-winning Tex-Mex band plays polkas, rancheros, boleros, corridos, dance-worthy cumbias and more. Plus opening acts Zamorales, DJ Angel and DJ Chuy Gomez. 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 28. $45. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

Brit Floyd

Popular Pink Floyd tribute show filled with lasers, flying pigs, and plenty of prog rock tunes from the classic band. 8 p.m. Sunday, May 29. $45 – $65. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 948-7825 or

Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells is an arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Email him at [email protected] or connect on Facebook (, Twitter (@charlesrunnells) and Instagram (@crunnells1).


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