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Blues of Desperation

Joe Bonamassa performing in London 2015. Photo Courtesy: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa performing in London 2015. Photo Courtesy: Marty Moffatt

Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa will kick off his US spring tour on February 13 and 17 in Fort Myers Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

In support of his latest studio album, Blues of Desperation, Bonamassa will entertain Southwest Florida with “a blues rock album of epic proportions.”

The talented musician once again shattered expectations with Blues of Desperation’s No. 1 Billboard Blues debut and his 16 No. 1 Blues album on the Billboard charts, more than any other artist in history.

Released March 2016, the record features all-original material, and it sees the maverick superstar guitarist, singer and songwriter tossing away the rule book as he continues to reinvent and redefine the blues-rock genre like no other artist working today.

“I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician,” says Bonamassa, “somebody who isn’t resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant.”

Writing sessions for Blues of Desperation took Bonamassa back to Nashville, where he’d composed Different Shades of Blue, to work with some of Music City’s top tunesmiths, people like James House, Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Jerry Flowers and Gary Nicholson.

“These are some of the best guys in the business,” Bonamassa raves.  “Lyrically, you’ll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness but there are also some poignant moments about getting away from the stressful, crazy demands of life and losing yourself with your special someone.  I think anybody will be able to relate.”

Blues of Desperation is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of This Train to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of The Valley Runs Low, on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. 

Throughout the record, Bonamassa’s epic guitar playing conjures up stirring benedictions and explosive exorcisms of sound.  Guitar fans everywhere (like those who recently voted Bonamassa “Best Blues Guitarist” in Guitar World magazine by an overwhelming margin) will consider Blues of Desperation a treasure trove of axe riches.

“There are some long solos on this record and even some mini-jams in the middle of a track where the band would just jive and crank it out,” he says. “[During those jams], we do a tip of the hat to Beck and Clapton from the ‘70s. I think guitar nerds and music fans like myself will love it.”

Joe Bonamassa continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.  His career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old.  Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years. 

Bonamassa’s tour schedule consistently hovers around 200 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he’s got.  There’s a case to be made that Joe Bonamassa, like another star who shared the same initials, is the hardest working man in show business.

– On February 13 & 17, Joe Bonamassa will perform at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers, FL.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call (239) 381-4849 or visit www.bbmannpah.com. 

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Pirate Fest!

Named the #2 Pirate Festival in the Country by USA Today.

Named the #2 Pirate Festival in the Country by USA Today.

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting families and pirates from near and far during the 11th annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival during Columbus Day weekend, October 7 – 9, 2016 on Old San Carlos Boulevard. 

Named the #2 Pirate Festival in the Country by USA Today, this family friendly event attracts thousands of people that come to enjoy the pirate bazaar, themed live music and performances, exhilarating live ship battles, children’s activities and the jolly Pub Quest (21+ event). Pirates and landlubbers both young and old are sure to walk away with memories to treasure. 

Visitors can look forward to live sea battles between several ships at Matanzas Pass, a cruise aboard Salty Sam’s Pieces of Eight, a replica Spanish galleon with interactive pirate show, and pie-eating and costume contests for adults and children.

Adult entry is $5.00 (Ages 12+) with all proceeds going towards The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and its affiliated charities.

Event sponsors include: Code Rum; Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites; Nervous Nellies; Old San Carlos Boulevard; Salty Sam’s Waterfront Adventures; Shipwreck Treasures & Motel; Smokin’ Oyster Brewery; Sunset Beach Tropical Grill; Yucatan Beach Stand.

If you are interested in participating as an performer or goods vendor please contact Belinda Hadcock at reelpirates@comcast.net or (239) 777-1727.

– For more information, visit www.fmbpiratefest.com.