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Degraw/Grammer Tour to perform at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed, Billboard chart topping recording artist Andy Grammer have announced co-headlining 2016 North American Fall Tour dates.  

Kicking off at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 28th in Bethel, NY, the opening show will mark a homecoming performance for DeGraw, who hails from South Fallsburg, NY, and a return for Andy to his home state of New York.  The multi-city trek will also include shows in major theater venues across the US including the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, The Fillmore in Philadelphia, and the Orpheum Theatre in Boston.  The Tour includes a November 7th concert at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.

Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter.  He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over 1 million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: I Don’t Want To Be, Follow Through, and the title-track, Chariot. Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles In Love With A Girl, which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified We Belong Together.  In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites.  His third studio album, Sweeter, was released in September 2011 and produced the smash single, Not Over You, co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.  The track reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum.  In 2013, DeGraw released his fourth studio album, Make A Move, which included the hit song Best I Ever Had, and garnered rave reviews from such publications as Billboard, People and Entertainment Weekly amongst many others.  In addition, Gavin was nominated for his first Grammy for We Both Know, the song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the 2013 film, Safe Haven.  Since then, he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel, while also working on new music expected to be released later this year.  

Los Angeles-born, New York-raised singer-songwriter Andy Grammer has gone from hustling street performer to multi-platinum selling recording artist. He has released two albums Andy Grammer and Magazines or Novels producing debut top 10 hit singles including “Fine by Me” and certified triple-platinum No. 1 single “Honey, I’m Good” garnering over 70 million views on the music video, and recipient of a BMI Award for “50 Best Performing Songs of the Year.” Most recently, Grammer released “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” which went certified gold and dazzled the Billboard Top 100 charts.


– The DeGraw/Grammer Tour will make its stop at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on November 7, 2016.  The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers, FL.  Tickets are currently on sale at the Box Office, by phone at (239) 481-4849 or online at


Mango Mania!

The tasty two-day event is one the whole family can come and enjoy.

The tasty two-day event is one the whole family can come and enjoy.

Get your MangoMania on at the 20th Annual MangoMania Fruit Festival in Pine Island!

Recognized as the largest mango growing area in the United States, Pine Island is hosting its beloved fruit fair on July 16 and 17 at 10 am at the German American Social Club, located at 2010 Pine Island Road.

The tasty two-day event is one the whole family can come and enjoy.  More than 10,000 people visit the festival each year and enjoy food and recipe contest, great music, arts and crafts, children’s games, and educational programs about tropical fruits and much more.

Join the festivities and sink your teeth into locally grown fruit at the Greater Pine Island Chamber Mango Tasting Booth.  Stop by the local and professional recipe contest tent to see what the competitors have cooked up this year with their mango recipes.  And enjoy the entertainment on the main stage with local musicians.

Children can enjoy the bounce house, face painting, the arts and crafts tent, a mango toss, the hula-hoop contest and even a mango pie-eating contest.

The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce and the local community all join forces to put the 2016 MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair together and invite you, your friends and your family to come and celebrate.

Tickets are $6 (at the gate) for adults and children under 10 are FREE.  Advanced tickets can be purchased for $5 at the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce.

– For more information, contact the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce at (239) 283-0888 or visit!