Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Ticket to Ride

Photos by Frank Steiger Photography and Val Simon

Photos by Frank Steiger Photography and Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

She’s got a ticket to r-i-ide, but…we don’t care a ticket was not needed for excellent entertainment on a recent Saturday evening! In fact, there was great music, great weather, great food and entry into the event, the Island Rock’s Concert at Veterans Community Park was free! By the end of the evening it is estimated more than a 1,000 residents and visitors took advantage of the free concert (no ticket needed) put on by the City of Marco Island and First Integrity Bank of Florida.

Starting off the event was the ever-popular Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band followed by the bluesy-rock style of Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers. The headliner, “The NoWhere Band,” brought the crowd to their feet dancing, applauding and during their final, yelling for an encore.

The Beatles tribute band works hard bringing the audience in with authentic style costumes and instruments, they started off with Ed Sullivan’s recording introducing the Beatles to America for the very first-time. By the time the show ended, The NoWhere Band had gone through at least three decades of music with coordinating costume changes. Attesting to the crowd’s approval, everyone from



little children to seniors danced, swayed or cheered.

The event was organized by members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, City of Marco Island Special Events Coordinator Samantha Malloy, Ken Hodsdon- Southwest Entertainment, Steve Reynolds-Island Paradise DJ and Val Simon-Coastal Breeze News. Food and beverage was provided by Uncle Dans Kettle Corn – PRAC, Sami’s Pizza – Civitan Club, Wild Jimmy’s – MI Boxing Club, Fire & Rice – City of Hope Team for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Marco Island Kiwanis, Rotary and Key clubs also participated. Businesses and organizations that contributed to the success of the event include the Needles Group, Key West Express, Julios’ Pest Control, the Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Rec Department. The Police Department and Fire Department were present.

Malloy said, “Our goal was to provide an event that the whole community could enjoy. What is better than an evening in the park with great food and entertainment? Our committee worked hard in putting this together. We appreciate the participation of local businesses and non-profit organizations which helped make this event a success! Our next Island Rocks concert will be held Saturday, May 27th. I hope everyone puts it on their calendar and we will see them there!”

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