Coconut Falls Tiki Bar and Grill in Fort Myers keeps the blues alive every Sunday.
The popular blues concert series continues in 2021 with Albert Castiglia on Jan. 3; Kellie Rucker, Steve Arvey and Biscuit Miller on Jan. 10; Sean Chambers on Jan. 17; The Rusty Wright Band on Jan. 24 and JP Soars & the Redhots on Jan. 31. All shows run Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 with $5 off your entree purchase.
As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Albert Castiglia. With his latest album, the aptly named Masterpiece, he celebrates an unforeseen triumph — a connection with a daughter he never knew he had..
Kellie Rucker’s command of the blues harp and her powerful singing voice have made her a key ingredient on recordings and live shows with legendary blues guitarist B.B. Chung King and Grammy nominee, Jon Butcher. Her work can also be found on discs by such diverse artists as L.A. Guns, Corey Stevens, B.B. Chung King and the Buddaheads, TV Commercials and film. Born in Oklahoma City, Rucker and her family moved often, making stops in Texas, Virginia and the Florida Keys before settling in Mystic, Ct.
Steve Arvey began his career playing the Chicago blues circuit during the ‘70s. During that period he shared the stage with many of the legendary blues masters from the Windy City. Now living in Florida, Steve is a fixture at major festivals and nightclubs throughout the South, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also considered by many to be one of the top cigar box guitar players in the world today.
Following on the success of Wishbone comes his fourth studio album, Chicken Grease. This time around Biscuit has teamed up with producer Ben Elliot, who has recorded, mixed and produced artists for over 25 years. Ben is known for his expertise in diverse musical genres, having recorded classic artists such as Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, and specializes in the blues genre. Biscuit and his band, The Mix, have been touring extensively ever since winning his first BMA in 2012.
Florida born Sean Chambers began his career in the blues back in 1998 when he toured with the legendary Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader until 2003. During Sean’s tenure with Sumlin, Britain’s own Guitarist magazine named Chambers as “One of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.” In 2018, Sean Chambers released his seventh album Welcome To My Blues.
For guitarist and singer Rusty Wright, it’s “all about the moment,” commanding the stage to deliver the musical heat, the infectious grooves and penetratingly sincere songs that have earned the Florida musician a national audience and recognition as a master blues artist in the International Blues Hall of Fame. Wright’s progressive sound hints of iconic blues legends while staying contemporary and vibrant. Story songs, fiery improvisations, catchy duets with soulful, soaring vocals and sly, tongue-in-cheek lyrics are the trademark of this guitar slinger’s blues-infused muse.
J.P. Soars is soaring high, touring the world after releasing a new studio album last fall, Let Go of the Reins, produced by Tab Benoit on Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou label. Soars was also nominated for “Blues Rock Artist of the Year” in the 40th annual Blues Music Awards.
Coconut Falls Tiki Bar and Grill is located at 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. For more info, call 239-990-9901, visit www.coconutfalls.com or follow them on Facebook.