Festival to fill Cape Coral with the Blues this weekend
The festival has become a haven for thousands of Blues lovers who gather on the grounds of Cape Coral’s German-American Social Club each year. Those who attend enjoy a day of live music, browsing vendors, and soaking in the atmosphere.
Each year the festival mixes a diverse group of both national and local acts to fill the day with genuine Blues music. This year the headline act for the festival will be Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King. The Texas band has been a mainstay on the Blues live circuit all around the world. With King’s soulful vocals and Kubek’s fiery guitar work, the band has been a favorite to Blues fans since 1991.
This year’s festival will also present such acts as; Samantha Fish, Tommy Lee Cook and the Boys of Buckingham with Candace Zona, Southern Hospitality, Ellie Lee and Blue Fury, and local band Deb & The Dynamics, who will feature special guest Deborah Coleman. This will be Coleman’s second time playing the festival; she headlined the show in 2004.
Deb and the Dynamics have become a mainstay in Southwest Florida, performing at a variety of clubs and events around the area. The group has also become a staple at the festival. For this year’s festival, the band the band has hooked up with Cape Coral’s Trafalgar Middle School’s Choir for a special performance that they say will sure to amaze the audience.
Created by the Matlacha Mariners, the Southwest Florida Blues Festival has become an event not only to bring the Blues to Southwest Florida, but also to support local charities and non-profit organizations in the area. Each year, money raised from the festival goes back to the community through such causes as music education, youth groups, scholarships grants, senior citizen support networks and other local charities, “We want this event to have an impact on the community. We not only want people to come out and have a good time, but also to give back to such places as the Food Pantry, the Children’s Recreation Center, and more,” says event Co-Coordinator Jerry Tolliver.
This will be Tolliver’s ninth year with the event. Tolliver says each year it amazes him how many people come out and attend the festival, “We see between 2,500 and 3,500 people each year at the festival. It is unbelievable to look out in the crowd and see that many people in this area enjoying the Blues every year.”
Gates open for the festival this Saturday at 11:30am, with the entertainment beginning at 11:45am. Advanced tickets are available for purchase for $15 either online or at the following locations until 5pm on Friday:
- Traders Hitching Post in Pine Island- (239) 283-4040
- First Note Music in Cape Coral- (239) 573-3636
- Rainbow Records in Cape Coral- (239) 458-4000
- Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce in Pine Island- (239) 283-0888
Tickets will also be available at the gate on the day of the festival at a cost of $20. The costs for tickets are also tax deductible.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Blues Festival, you can visit their website at www.matlachamariners.org.
Complete schedule for the festival entertainment
11:45am - 12:15pm: Pre Show Festivities
12:30pm- 1:30pm: Ellie Lee and Blues Fury
1:45pm - 3:00pm: Deb & The Dynamics with Special Guest Deborah Coleman
3:15pm - 4:30pm: Southern Hospitality
4:45pm - 6:00pm: Tommy Lee Cook & The Boys of Buckingham
6:15pm - 7:30pm: Samantha Fish
7:45pm - 9:00pm: Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King