The monthly Music Walk event returns December 18 for its fifth night. The monthly Saturday event features live music at over 18 venues, including restaurants, galleries and bars, plus a variety of street performers all over the newly renovated downtown Fort Myers River District. Music Walk Venues and performers showcase a range of music, from acoustic soloists to punk rock, piano, steel drums and saxophone.
The event is the largest of its kind regionally and has helped to prove that the Fort Myers River District is the new center of arts and culture in Southwest Florida, said Andy Howl of the HOWL Gallery. Music Walk is an all ages event that starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. at many venues. There is plenty of free parking downtown.
Music Walk partners and venues include: HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, Red Rock Saloon, Spirits of Bacchus, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Space 39, daas Gallery, Cafe Matisse, French Connection Cafe, Enjewel, Happenings Magazine, Hotel Indigo, Twisted Vine Bistro (formerly H2), Indigo Room, Harborside Event Center, Coloring The World, City Tavern, Downtown House of Pizza, World Famous Cigar Bar, Hideaway Sports Bar, Morgan House, The Veranda Restaurant, Market America Realty, and Edward Jones Financial.
The Fort Myers Music Walk debut in August was a major success, bringing out from 3,000 to 5,000 attendees. The event is organized by Andy Howl of Howl Gallery/Tattoo and supervised by former South Beach gallery owner Dee Hohimer. Music Walk exists under the umbrella of the River District Alliance, a non-profit organization that manages downtown events and brings together business owners in the River District.
Highlights of the Saturday, December 18th Music Walk include:
Sprits of Bacchus - Jazz Fusion by Kashmir
HOWL Gallery/Tattoo - Featuring indie/punk bands Ancient Whales and Wolfhunter.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center - Featuring a Beatles tribute concert.
The Cigar Bar - Live music by Clockwork, outside from 7-10. Danny Shepard and Blue Mercury performing inside at 10.
Indigo Room - Live rockabilly music by Memphis56.
French Connection - Blues and Classis Rock by Mike Imbasciani.
The Veranda - Gary Goetz performs at the world famous Piano Bar.
City Tavern - Live music by Headcount, starts at 10pm
Twisted Vine (formerly H2) - Live music by Patrick Jerome
Hotel Indigo - Father Al and the Jazz Congregation on the rooftop lounge
The event is kicked off at 7 with an outdoor performance by the North Fort Myers High School Drumline. For more information visit the Music Walk website: www.fortmyersmusicwalk.com.