Island Hopper Songwriter Festival starts tonight with many artists performing on Captiva Island. Besides the acclaimed headliners such as Jerrod Neimann, Rodney Atkins, and Kristian Bush of Sugarland, did you this years lineup includes many locals from SW Florida? Sheena Brook, Ayla Lynn, Carlene Thissen, Katie Lyon, and Keefe Klug are just some of the local talent performing for us this year. Check out the schedule at many locations on Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, and Downtown Fort Myers, click here. Island Hopper runs from Sept. 20-29 – always a great time!
Real Estate Spotlight 401 Lagoon Drive, Sanibel
Dynamic home on Sanibel Island’s east end with beach access just over a block away. This property offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a home office, a large living area with open kitchen, and interior stairs leading to the pool/spa and ground floor lanai area. Both screened and open air decks off the main living area offer great outdoor living options. The private pool and spa area is fully screened with additional exterior stairs leading to the main living area and outside shower area off the oversized garage. Private lawn and garden area fully surrounded by mature hedging. The home is offered turnkey furnished with all furniture and accessories – just bring your personal items! More Information.
Bubble Room Emporium New Store Grand Opening
With over one year of renovations now complete, the new Bubble Room Emporium is set to open tomorrow, Saturday, August 24th. Located across the street from the famed restaurant, the new emporium location now has over 2000sf of floor space – nearly 3 times larger than their old store. In addition to the cool merchandise the Bubble Room Emporium is known for, customers can now enjoy viewing some vintage antiquities, including a carnival shooting gallery, carnival cars, and an arcade fortune teller. A visit to this cool store is a must. 15000 Captiva Drive, Captiva, FL www.bubbleroomrestaurant.com.
Vacation Rental Spotlight Tarpon Beach #103, Sanibel Island
Recently remodeled, this kitchen is a cook’s dream with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and is completely equipped with cookware and serveware for preparing meals and entertaining guests. The unit has solid surface flooring throughout, an open living area with a modern yet warm feel and a comfy outdoor seating/dining area on the private screened-in lanai. Visit www.SanibelHoliday.com for more information!
George Harrison All Things Must Pass - 1970
With Lennon/McCartney standing on the garden hose of George Harrison’s songwriting career throughout most of Beatlemania, the guitarist celebrated his former band’s demise with a triple-LP deluge. While nothing on All Things Must Pass touches the garment-hem of “Something” or “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” clearly there was a great deal of quality inventory to unload—the “unintentional plagiarism” of “My Sweet Lord” aside—and the first two-thirds of the album (nobody ever listens to that awful jammy third platter) overcomes its dated mysticism. George was self-critical enough to know that his thin voice couldn’t carry a set this ambitious, and so recruited sonic drywall installer Phil Spector to liberally drip syrup all over the album’s dark-tinged Krishna folk-rock. Nevertheless, even recent remasterings make Spector’s echo-drenched symphonics sound endearingly bleached-out, a technical shortcoming that no doubt influenced the many lo-fi orchestras that have riddled the indiescape. George Harrison will forever be the patron saint of rock’n’roll underdogs, and All Things Must Pass is his Confessions. –Rob Mitchum