Southwest Florida is one of the up and coming growing scenes for those wanting a more laid back, intimate LGBTQ+ experience. The nightlife is casual, classy, and full of life. From stunning outdoor venues to sweeping dance floors to small lounges, this area is beginning to prove it is more than just a place to retire. It’s a haven for those wishing to enjoy entertainment from a smaller scale as opposed to the larger scenes of the Miami, Tampa, or Orlando areas.
From the piano to the guitar and back to the mic, the versatility of S.W. Florida musicians is incredible. Live piano is the creme de la creme for some, while others enjoy rock and alternative beats. You can have it all as you partake of this area’s culture. Dig in and explore the beauty of this area.
Marc Collins can be seen on the piano throughout many charitable events, especially for the Community Fund. He will always tickle the ivories as you savor the sounds and the bubbles. His sweeping and moving melodic sounds will relax and ease any travel tensions. Gypsy Songbird Nicole D’Andrea brings a soothing rich set to her performances. Nicole’s smooth pop and guitar blend combined with her range will grab your attention. Don’t miss her whether at the Rhythm House or the Outrigger Beach Resort.
The Robert Williamson Band is an eclectic mix of rock and modern hits to anchor the stage weekly in Naples’ Cavo Lounge. Vocals and solid band sounds come together to make an unforgettable experience. The top 40 hits are not just cookie cutter style for them. Their transitions are flawless.
Divas in this region are given the power to be creative. They are welcomed with open arms to numerous venues of all kinds. The art is respected and appreciated within this lovely community. Queens perform for both the traditional LGBTQ establishments as well as for ladies nights and other events held from weekly to quarterly.
Mya Valentine Lords, Alexis Cicconi, and Lisa Renee take the stage on ladies at night Cavo Lounge in Naples. They dazzle the floor with their antics. Alexis sweeps through the room with her amazing hair and jewels. Alexia’s gowns are second to none and she always has a class of sass unmatched in this region. Mya revels in neon, color, makeup and illustrious body paint.
Joining Lisa Renee, Alyssa Lemay and TP Lords bring the diva heat and beat to Bambusa Bar & Grill. The Miami Connection is a themed show not to be missed. This Southwest/Southeast Florida blended cast draws the attention of many locals and commands the room from start to finish. You should expect to see lots of beautiful outfits and glamorous moves as they strut their stuff. Nicole Philips, Nikki Adams, and Danyel Vasquez also make appearances at Bambusa. Ginger Snapps, Alyssa Lemay and Tara Newhole bring Rascals back in Fort Myers. The divas are going to shake it and throw down an epic night.
DJ’s in Southwest Florida know how to rock the beats. There are college nights, fundraisers for local charities, and even a latex fetish community event in Fort Myers. You will be thrilled and surprised by the diversity here. Come in for the beautiful beaches but stay out for the amazing DJ’s.
DJ Chris Friday spins for the Wicked party held for FGCU students. Every Wednesday, the community gathers together to bring one of the first LGBT college dance nights to Southwest Florida. Ravers and glovers will be right at home with this beautiful mix of posh and alternative. DJ Jayson Chancey takes the sounds to the beach. Here, you can taste the rainbow on Ft. Myers beach with the sounds of house. The Rainbow Room at Nauti Parrot Dock Bar transforms regularly into an all-out dance party.
Pearl and Princess are a music review that stage mashups throughout the area. With Motown as their forte, they bring a blast from the past to the dance floor. Their sweet sounded musical journey is not to be missed. Rhythm House frequently brings them in for Motown and Pop nights. Your load will be lightened as you enjoy the heart of soul in the heat of the night.
If a good laugh is or a ranting joker is your jive, be sure not to miss out on the local comedy scene. Behind the spotlight is a group of local comedians that stand together while also kidding around about each other. Take a seat both during the weeknights and on weekends. Be ready to laugh senselessly as the punchlines pop.
Dougie Almeida, Nadeem Awad, and Matt Derndack take the stage of Rhythm House. Dougie will remind you of a middle aged guy with a wacky sense of humor. Matt brings the show together while Nadeem punks the entire room. RC Smith, Chris Cope, and Larry Venturino take the stage with guest performers at Laugh In Comedy Cafe in Fort Myers. Amateur comedians also fill the stage for the open mic night.
Mike Marino, Cocoa Brown, and Brien Spina are regulars at Off the Hook. Donned in a leather jacket, Cocoa will grab your attention with her witty routine. Mike’s Bronx-style humor will leave you gasping for air. Brien (the owner) has created a comedy haven for the locals to enjoy the greats as well as the regional amateurs. Don’t miss a night seeing these spectacular people. Local Latin comedy favorite La Pauti makes regular appearances in sweet realness. Check them out at Pizzando Lobo for “Ser Mujer Esta Brutal”.
Southwest Florida surprises and delights all the way. Cabaret and dance are the masterpiece of small venues and lounges from North Port to North Naples. Battle technique is on display routinely. House, Krump, and Lite Feet exhibitions are here for the enjoyment. Punking and whacking are in dance offs and workshops. Be sure not to miss a single moment.
“Welcome to the Neighborhood” is where many dancers blend their talents together for a fare like no other. Hans Abelard Pierre teaches Battle Technique at this Footnotes event in Lehigh Acres. Mona Lee manages the Freestyle moves. Rich Herrera instructs and throws down the House. Keister K-sole Crenshaw III and Mjay Hype Roberts show the area that Lite Feet movement is entrancing. Jiqueon Ware brings the Krump style. This group says to the world: “This is your dance, and you should be the ones to live it on the dance floor”.
Giana Montoya has a unique niche for holiday burlesque and cabaret. Her philosophy of a jolly Santa comes from her knowing that he can spot a bad girl from a mile away. Her performances and classes can be picked up at Rumba Dance Company Fort Myers. Freckles Galore is a Puerto Rican angel who brings tropical realness to the burlesque stage. Her smile, outfits, props and performances are second to none. You can catch her at the Gator Club.
Gabrielle Landsden has joined others in the cast of Rocky Horror at the New Phoenix Theatre. Auditions were also held for “Lips Together, Teeth Apart”, a play about the family of a gay man who died from complications of AIDS while being part of the Fire Island community. This theatre troupe is one of the most progressive and illustriously fun in the Ft. Myers area. Don’t miss them as they show off all of their performing arts in fabulous rotating shows throughout the year.
LGBT Entertainment in Southwest Florida is Paradise
Building rapport through a stellar repertoire. You will find so much for entertainment in the Paradise Coastal region that you will continue coming back again and again. Southwest Florida delights again and again in varieties of settings. The fun never stops and the fabulousness flares on night to night and weekend to weekend.
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