The free concert series at Caloosa Sound Amphitheater continues in October with the band Pablo Cruise.
Located adjacent to Luminary Hotel & Co. in downtown Fort Myers, the new riverfront Caloosa Sound Amphitheater kicked off its Rockin’ on the River concert series Sept. 13 with The Fixx. Organizers reported the first show sold out with 2,600 people.
The second half of the series includes country music legend Lorrie Morgan (Nov. 21); and contemporary swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (changed to Dec. 12).
Pablo Cruise performs Sunday, Oct. 30. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.
In addition to the free general admission tickets in the lawn area, concerts will now offer three paid ticket options: $20 general admission tickets that include an unassigned seat in a reserved area; VIP tickets starting at $35 that include a reserved seat in front of the stage (within the first five rows), one complimentary drink, and access to VIP restrooms; and $50 Super VIP tickets that include all VIP ticket benefits plus an exclusive meet-and-greet with the artist.
Free concerts in the Rockin’ on the River series will now include a charitable component to help support recovery from Hurricane Ian. When claiming their free ticket, concertgoers will have the opportunity to make a donation online and are also encouraged to bring canned food items to donate at the door. All funds and donated goods will go to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
“We’re thrilled the free concert series can continue uninterrupted, despite the hard hit from Hurricane Ian,” said Joe Collier, president and dounder of Mainsail Lodging & Development “We hope everyone comes out to enjoy a great show, support local hurricane relief efforts, and show some love to the downtown businesses that are relying on the community now more than ever.”
General admission tickets are free, with no additional service charges, but must be claimed in advance at www.CaloosaSoundAmp.com.
From 1975 to 1985, the band toured the United States, Canada and Japan extensively, welcoming fans to “Climb Aboard The Good Ship Pablo Cruise.” Reaching the top 10 with mega hits like “Whatcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye?” and “Love Will Find A Way” and several other top 20s, the band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectively and established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry. They also became the first rock band to grace the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, but by 1985 after completing several national tours and releasing seven studio albums, the band took a hiatus … one that lasted nearly 20 years.
Since getting back together in 2005, they have released two live CDs and a DVD.
Today, Pablo Cruise band members include founding members David Jenkins (guitar and vocals) and Cory Lerios (keys and vocals) and new members Larry Antonino (bass and vocals), Robbie Wyckoff (vocal and percussion) and Sergio Gonzalez (drums and percussion).
The result of a public-private partnership between Luminary Hotel & Co. and the City of Fort Myers, the Caloosa Sound Amphitheater is expected to draw a mix of residents and visitors downtown.
Located at 2101 Edwards Drive, the 4,000-capacity amphitheater opened this summer along the Caloosahatchee River, adjacent to Luminary Hotel & Co. and the Caloosa Sound Convention Center.