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AVRIL LAVIGNE RETURNING

Photo Courtesy: Sony Music

Pop-punk rocker Avril Lavigne had taken a break from music for a couple of years to focus on her health.  The singer, who was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2014, recently let her fans know via Instagram that new music is finally on its way.

“I’m really happy to announce that I am now working on new music and I will be releasing a new album in 2017.  It hasn’t just been a hard battle, but it’s also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally,” Lavigne wrote.

The new album set to release in 2017 is her first since 2013’s self-titled work, “I can’t wait to open up and share my heart with you!  I’m excited for you guys to hear the new songs,” she added.

Lavigne, 32, also thanked fans for their “patience and support during my time away through my battle with Lyme Disease,” and noted that she’s still making it “a priority” to raise awareness and fight the disease through the Avril Lavigne Foundation.

Although she’s experienced several life-changing events, the Girlfriend singer has turned up for big events, especially ones that are meaningful to her.  She has stayed friendly with ex-husband and Nickleback’s Chad Kroeger, walking arm-in-arm at Clive Davis’ pre-GRAMMY gala and the Juno Awards, as well as hitting the studio with him on numerous occasions.

RAW TUNES BY THE PRODIGY

Photo Courtesy: XL Recordings

After a lackluster 2016, 2017 is looking good for The Prodigy— one of the most revered acts in electronic music since the 90s.  The band just recently took to social media and announced new music for 2017.

The British electronic group that was one of the pioneers of the big beat genre that became mainstream in the 2000s is giving fans what they want with new music this year.  They have been a rarity on stage so far, but things are looking up.  Already, The Prodigy is set to headline 2017’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami and EXIT’s new Sea Star Fest in Croatia.

The Prodigy are pioneers in the electronic music, and paved the road since 1997 with The Fat of the Land redefining the genre.  The band’s last album was The Day Is My Enemy that came out in 2015 and took six years to record.  Then, frontman Liam Howlett stated in interviews that this will be their final studio album and the band will focus mostly on releasing EPs from then on.

That might mean that the band won’t be releasing a full-fledged studio album this year.  But definitely some loud, raw tunes to headbang and groove to.

BRANTLEY GILBERT DOESN’T SLEEP

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Brantley Gilbert has shared new details surrounding his 2017 album, The Devil Don’t Sleep.  Set for release on January 27, the new release will include 16 songs on the regular disc and 10 more on a deluxe edition.

Gilbert’s new music will offer insight into the rugged singer’s trials and tribulations over the past few years.  This project is a new chapter in his journey.

“A lot has happened,” Gilbert says in a press release.  “And anyone who knows me knows that every album is another chapter of my life.  Even though it’s my life, even though some of what I write about is very specific to what happens to me, I think the challenges, the places where we figure things out are all the same — no matter what we’re facing, realizations all mean the same things.”

The deluxe edition includes tracks that are several years old and two previously unreleased songs, You Promised and I’ve Been There Before, with Gilbert and his team describing the additional disc as one that “captures the roots of his songwriting and the essence of his blistering live shows.”

“Life isn’t just chapters,” the singer explains.  “What happens before influences what happens next…but with these CDs, I feel like it’s the story and then more of the story.  You know, depending on how deep you want to go, it’s a way to understand the journey to The Devil Don’t Sleep.”

Gilbert will cross the U.S. in 2017 on his tour supporting the album, with Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis joining him on the road.  The Devil Don’t Sleep is the follow up to 2014’s Just As I Am, which includes the No. 1 hits Bottoms Up and One Hell of an Amen.

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MIKE IMBASCIANI & THE BLUEZ ROCKERS

Mike Imbasciani is a 20-year-old with an old musical soul. A classic rock and blues music aficionado, Mike is all about Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and much more.  He and his band the Bluez Rockerz entertain audiences with a large repertoire of great tunes, sprinkled with a few originals.  Jive with them on:

– January 5: 6:30 pm at Rhythm House in Fort Myers, FL.

– January 6 & 24: 6:30 pm at Tiki Hut Bar & Grill in Cape Coral, FL.

– January 11: 7 pm at The Turtle Club Blues in Punta Gorda, FL.

– January 13 & 27: 7:30 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.

– January 21: 11:30 am at the Bacon Jam Festival in Centennial Park in Fort Myers, FL.

– January 28: 11:30 am at Bert’s Black Widow Harley Davidson in Port Charlotte, FL.

– January 28: 9 pm at Big Blue Brewing in Cape Coral, FL.

THE DEL PRADO’S

The Del Prado’s are a Southwest Florida Oldies Tribute group playing music from the 50’s and 60’s.  The band came together in 2002 and has performed with a slew of artists including The Platters, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, The Mystics and many more.

– January 5: 6:30 pm at the Cape Coral Yacht Club in Cape Coral, FL.

– January 8: 6:30 pm at the Colosseum in Naples, FL.

– January 14: 6:30 pm at the Rhythm House and Dinner Club in Cape Coral, FL.

– January 21: 6:30 – 9:30 pm at The Shell Factory’s Dolphin Room in Fort Myers, FL.

– January 24: 7 pm at The Stage in Bonita Springs, FL.

GARY & KERRI

Gary & Kerri is a dynamic musical duo mixing country and rock-n-roll!  Gary Harvey is a guitar player that has played with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters and Willie Nelson.  Kerri Lynn fell in love with music while singing in her church choir, and since then catapulted into the top 40 scene.  She sang backup for Rod Stewart and has musical influences including everything from Patsy Cline to Melissa Etheridge.  Enjoy the sweet sounds of Gary & Kerri on:

– January 22 & 29: 3 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.