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Stargazer: Big acts often overlook Sunshine State this year

June 12, 2014

By Dave Osborn, Naples Daily News, Fla.

June 12--Southwest Florida receives its fair share of performers breezing down this way.

Yet maybe the distance of traveling into the Sunshine State keeps some away.

In the last month or two, Jack Johnson and Boston recently performed in northeast Florida, at St. Augustine Amphitheatre just south of Jacksonville. It was enough for the musicians to dip their toes into the state -- maybe to say they were there, and then move north.

That seems a bit mystifying, considering Florida is one of the most populous states in the U.S. (fourth behind California, Texas and New York, and we'll pass the Empire State in the next decade).

Naples and Fort Myers fans certainly aren't left out in the cold. Of course; if our favorite entertainers aren't heading our way, we can head to Miami, Tampa or Orlando.

Other groups often will book part of their U.S. tours without including Florida, at first.

Fleetwood Mac didn't announce dates in Florida until later; the band is scheduled to wrap up its tour in December in Sunrise and Tampa.

Jack White's new critically acclaimed album, "Lazaretto," was released Tuesday, and the Detroit native kicked off his tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday before heading to Europe and returning to crisscross the United States. No Florida dates.

The hot Canadian band Arcade Fire recently announced new dates on its Reflektor Tour and again skipped Florida.

Even so, it's not like Southwest Florida is a musical wasteland, of course. Stars from Elton John to Kid Rock have found their way to Germain Arena, and local venues will continue to book solid acts.

Fort Rock outside JetBlue Park in Fort Myers in April was a huge success. It sold out, with more than 12,500 screaming rock fans clamoring to hear the likes of Rob Zombie, Korn and Seether. Fort Rock promoters, who also brought Rock Wave to JetBlue in September, promise more all-day shows.

Tickets and shows

Tickets already are on sale for upcoming shows in Southwest Florida and nearby:

Barbara B. Mann -- Happy Together Tour, featuring Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, 8 p.m. Saturday. $52.47 to $84.27.; Brian Regan, 7 p.m.June 22. $47.95; 3 Doors Down, 8 p.m.Sept. 6. $29.50-$62.50; and Lewis Black, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 11. $36-$66; "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour," Feb. 5. $37.50-$57.50.

Tampa Bay Times Forum -- tampabaytimes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 7 p.m.Sept. 21. $46.05-$146.70.

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa -- livenation. com: Lionel Richie, 7:30 p.m.July 14. $40 to $150.50; OneRepublic, 7 p.m.Aug. 16. $21; Dave Matthews Band, 7 p.m.July 16. $52.85 to $89.70.


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