On Friday, the River District’s bars, patios and shops will be featuring Latin music from 7 p.m. until closing. It’s all part of this month’s Music Walk, and here’s reasons 11 through 17 why you should be there for the festivities:
11. Patio de Leon is home to Morgan House, Space 39, Indigo Room and Downtown House of Pizza. These four Patio de Leon businesses have teamed up to bring to Caminata Musical Latina Grupo Espali, a 12 piece Latin band. Grupo Espali is the newest Salsa orchestra in southwest Florida.
“With a full ensemble of brass, rhythm section with latin percussion, and three great young vocalists, Grupo Espali has a strong professional sound guaranteed to please it’s audience,” says director Kevin Quiles. “Very different from the rest, Grupo Espali is focused on sending a positive message through its wonderful lyrics and music. Don’t be surprised if you hear a familiar song as well as new originals. Young dynamic musicians are what Grupo Espali has incorporated to create and execute this vision.”
12. Savvy on First is right next door to Arts for ACT Gallery and across the street from Enjewel. Says owner Lisa Boucher, “Savvy on First provides a fabulous shopping experience for the discriminating and savvy customer at a sensible price. We bring together over 200 artisans to bring you the most current, unique and clever creations, including … art work, unique clothing, gift items, jewelry, handbags and home decor. We carefully select one-of-a-kind pieces that will evoke feelings of joy, amazement, humor and wonder.”
13. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is featuring Ellie Lopez.
14. The Veranda is the one of the River District’s premier restaurants. During Music Walk, you can enjoy the musical stylings of Gary Goetz at their famous Piano Bar.
15. Vino de Notte is featuring latin vocalists Sarahi and Miguel Angel.
16. Latin DJ Shorty Girl will be on First Street.
17. Public Art Walking Tour. What does Fire Dance symbolize? Who made the statues of Edison, Ford and Firestone in the fountain at the entrance to Centennial Park? What’s up with all those art panels on the Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage? What’s the significance of all those words that are cut into the bronze drums that sit at the foot of the steps to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center? There are more than a dozen public artworks located in the downtown Fort Myers River Distict. Each has its own fascinating story and now you can incorporate a Public Art Walking Tour into your Music Walk by either printing off the guide or accessing it through your iPad or laptop.
Tune into WINK News 6 this Friday morning from 8-9 a.m. for the monthly Music Walk morning show feature.
Music Walk partners and venues include: HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, Spirits of Bacchus, Space 39, Red Rock Saloon, United Cafe, French Connection Cafe, The Franklin Shops, Enjewel, Happenings Magazine, Hotel Indigo, Twisted Vine Bistro, Indigo Room, Harborside Event Center, Coloring The World, City Tavern, Downtown House of Pizza, World Famous Cigar Bar, HideawaySports Bar, Morgan House, The Veranda Restaurant, Market America Realty, Main Street Antiques, WinkNews6, Classic Rock 94.5, CoolHand Luc’s, Lush Bakery, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Charme, What’s Up Dogs, and AmeriDry.
Music Walk is organized by Andy Howl of HOWLGallery/Tattoo, with help from Dee Hohimer, Suzy Lewis, and Jamie Kuser of Happenings Magazine. Music Walk is a River District Alliance event. Visit www.riverdistrictevents.com for more info.