Your dream outdoor concert? Naples readers, news staffs tell us

Collier County has a shiny new outdoor stadium with concert potential in the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, and it has already been given an outdoor concert test drive with the Ben Allen Band on July 3.

With the heat of summer — and the height of hurricane season right behind it — don’t expect those concerts too soon.

So when the weather cools off, who should play its expansive stadium (capacity 3,900, with a field that can add 10,000 seats and party deck and berms capable of another 700)? We asked readers and the staffs of the Naples Daily News and the News-Press to give us their idea of an outdoor dream concert. 

The responses were not only a refresher course on what bands are shaking local hips but a great introduction to music we want to hear more of. In several cases, it was a great re-introduction to music we knew we loved but had forgotten.

The online version of this story links to at least one song, wherever possible, by each band, so readers can take a ride on the musical learning curve.

Peter Frampton Credit Amy Harris

At the philharmonic in Naples, (I saw) his performance there on the acoustic/solo tour before his farewell tour. What a fantastic form of entertainment — told stories about his songs and career. He’s one of the few performers that smiles all the time like he truly loves his craft ! Amazing experience!

— David Zillinger, Naples

It does look like Peter is off the road and not singing, but he has a new instrumental disc out, “Peter Frampton Forgets the Words,” with tunes like “Reckoner” that remind people what a smooth guitar player he is.

Jeff Zelevansky | Associated Press file photoAC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, left, and Angus Young perform at Madison Square Garden in New York in November 2008. AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. The popular outdoor event will also include Interpol, David Guetta and Florence + the Machine over two weekends. It takes place in a desert in Indio, California.

How about AC/DC?

They’re hard-rock legends and two members actually live in Florida — singer Brian Johnson lives in Sarasota and bassist Cliff Williams right here in Fort Myers. But I don’t think AC/DC has ever played Southwest Florida. If they have, it’s been at least a couple of decades.

“Back in Black” was one of the first rock albums I ever owned, but I’ve somehow never seen AC/DC live. How awesome would it be to see Angus Young strutting around in his schoolboy uniform? And to shout out the lyrics to “You Shook Me All Night Long” in an arena packed with rock fans? I need to cross this off my bucket list ASAP.

— Charles Runnells, arts and entertainment writer, The News-Press 

The last tour we found was in 2016. Still, the death of Malcolm Young in 2017 hasn’t cooled touring ardor for this iconic band, and they’re talking a post-COVID tour with their 2020 disc, “Power Up.” This would be the perfect place to start.

Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers performs for viewers during the Democratic National Convention at the Wisconsin Center.

Maggie Rogers

My dream star to play in SWFL is Maggie Rogers. Her folk-pop vibe reminds me of where I came from, where I’m going and all the people I’ve been between. Her voice is honey, her lyrics are magic and her live performances are world-class.

— Andrew Atkins, food & features reporter, Naples Daily News

Maggie, who sang a heartfelt acoustic version of “Back in My Body” for the opening night of the National Democratic Convention, has lots of fans but only one tour date. She’s at the outdoor Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California. We’re an open-air venue, too, Maggie. Just saying. 

The Strokes

I’m going to time-travel. I’ll take The Strokes from 2004, please. Or The Killers from 2005. Or, gasp, Kanye (West) from 2011 (“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is a Top 3 for me).

If the above doesn’t satisfy, just put The Strokes/Julian Casablancas. 

— Thaddeus Mast, staff writer, Naples Daily News

You can’t go home again, Tad. But you can see the 2021 version of The Strokes at the III Points Festival in Miami on Oct. 22. And they’re free for a couple days before that event kicks off their autumn tour for “The New Abnormal.”

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