Live Music On Sanibel & Captiva Island

Relax here on Sanibel and Captiva island, grab a drink or two and enjoy the island vibe. Almost every bar and restaurant in town has a local musician playing during their busy hours of the week.

Popular Venues

We’ve found the top 7 venues that consistently have live music acts come in and play, as well as, have talented musicians play. All 7 places give you the option to get up and dance to the music, or sit and relax while the music is played. Either way, we are sure you are going to enjoy these spots!

Outdoor seating and live music at The Tipsy Turtle Restaurant and Bar on Sanibel Island

The Tipsy Turtle Restaurant And Bar

Emerce yourself in the turtle culture of moving at your own pace, enjoying the sun, and island vibes. Inside you will find yourself surrounded by photos, paintings, and sculptures of turtles varying in colors, shapes, and sizes. Guests have the option of dining inside or outside (which is partially covered). If you choose to dine outside, feel free to bring your furry friend(s), as pets are welcome to join you. Daily, The Tipsy Turtle hosts a musical guest that will either play inside or outside.

Address: 1223 Periwinkle Way Building B, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Phone: (239) 472-1771

Keylime Bistro – Closed till 2024

In the heart of the Historic Captiva Island Inn Village, you’ll find the award-winning Keylime Bistro. Enjoy the island ambiance either inside where the decorations are vibrant with color or outside where the music is playing and the sand is between your toes. After dinner, be sure to stick around and enjoy the music and grab a bite of their famous key lime pie.

Address: 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924 | Phone: (239) 395-4000

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille – Sanibel

One of the most popular seafood restaurants in town. In 2021 Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille were awarded first place in the nation for “Everyday Eats” on Tripadvisor. Their restaurant provides a laid-back, casual dining experience with food that is unique and delicious. They are also one of the more popular rum bars in the area, serving up premium rum flights for guests to enjoy.

Address: 2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Phone:(239) 472-8311

Traders Restaurant

Delicious coastal-style seafood and steaks, delectable drinks, superb wine, and scrumptious desserts are just a few reasons to visit this great restaurant. Both locals and tourists have enjoyed the delightful cuisine and stunning store. Before you grad dinner, be sure to stop by their shop, filled with art pieces and knick-knacks. Most of all, be sure to come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their live entertainment (They may have live music other days of the week however, these two are the most popular).

Address: 1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Phone:(239) 472-7242

Mudbugs Cajun Kitchen

This New Orleans-inspired restaurant has a full menu dedicated to classic cajun fairs such as crawfish boils, muffulettas, and jambalaya. Inside the restaurant looks like a mini Mardi Gras has been happening with lights and masks covering the walls. Tuesday through Sunday around 5 pm is when you will catch their rotating live performers.

Address: 1473 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Phone:(239) 472-2221

The Mucky Duck Restaurant

You can nearly dine on the beach here… I mean you practically are on the beach… but not really. Inside guests are greeted by an atmosphere identical to an English Pub. Their English pub serves a variety of American and British foods, for all to enjoy. Outside, they typically have nightly live music in the evening for guests to enjoy.

Address: 11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924 | Phone:(239) 472-3434

Popular Performers

These performers deserve lots of respect for having a high social following, performing multiple times a week, and just plain rocking!

Sheena Brook

Her solo acts consist of her, a guitar, and a microphone… and some audience participation. Sheena has a full range of musical styles she plays, most of her song selections come from the crowd. But, you can also catch her playing some of her own songs.

Danny Morgan

Danny is always rocking out to the classic hit rock songs. Whether the songs need him to bring a lot of energy or are just chill, he plays them all.

Chariot Duo

This lovely duo focuses on heartfelt acoustic takes on classic oldies and modern favorites. Their delightful melodies bring joy and peace to listeners’ ears.

Bernie Hyland

Kick back and relax, while listening to the sweet rifts coming from Bernie Hyland. His solo performance only needs a guitar and a microphone, to bring you classic rock hits.

Peter Redpath (Aka Sunset Tunes)

An acoustic guitar, a solid microphone, and his soft voice are all Peter needs. His sets include classic soft rock hits, perfect for easing into a beautiful evening.

Marvilla Marzan & Jerry Stawski

As a duo, they bring a lot of soul to their music. Jerry elegantly places the piano, while Marvilla sings with all her passion.

Renata Band

If this group is playing at your venue, be ready for everyone to get up and dance. This dance and funk group plays all the top funk songs from the classics to modern funk.

The Sound Machine

Their 5 piece funk/dance/pop group, playing popular upbeat songs from yesterday and today. They aim to get everyone up and dancing by the end of the night!

Aaron Akulis

You’ll find Aaron jamming out to classic rock songs, alternative rock songs, and maybe even a few of his own. Every so often you may see him with his band, but for the most part, he plays solo.

Rex Bongo Band

Play an entire range of blues, roots, & swamp country rock. Their group loves putting on a show and talking to the crowd in between songs.

Cruzan Vibes

If you are in the mood for some island-style music, then you have found your group. Whether they solo as a steel drummer or bring the whole band. You are sure to enjoy the sweet island tones coming from Cruzan Vibes.

Dusk Duo

Performing an astounding variety of classic jazz, pop, and rock music. This husband and wife are a classic Pop duo, both are talented singers and musicians.

Tribal Love

As a band, they perform Reggae, Soca, and Top 40 music hits. They bring a lot of energy to the crowd and truly have a passion for music.

Marc Vee

Specializing in the calm sounds of island-inspired soft rock music. Marc vee either takes classic hits and jazzes them up a bit or will play some of his own tunes.

Jenny Ve

Your modern pop, rock, and RnB hits solo artist. Her setlist is made to fit the vibe of any venue she performs at.

Obe Gonzalez

Playing all the top rock songs from throughout the years and even some pop hits from today. He’s a one-man show of just him and his guitar.

CJ Matthews

CJ Matthew, formally known as “Sol Rydah,” is a singer-songwriter from North Florida. His current acts are a combination of country-rock songs, soft rock, and some of his own music.

Just Chris Taggart

Specializes in guitar dubbing, where he will record parts of songs (live) and have the rift or beat play in the background, while he plays the main rift and sings. He will typically have the audience select his songs or a genre for him to play, but when they don’t he usually sticks with classic rock songs.

Danny Sinoff

You’ll either find him as a solo act, playing piano and singing or as part of a small jazz ensemble. Danny is a well-known smooth acoustic jazz performer, that is sure to deliver an excellent performance.

Bill Beck

“I now provide what I like to call ‘Acousticlectic’ music, where anything goes, Abba to Zappa, if you will. ” – Bill Beck

Solo artist Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons

“NJ born, FL transplant, raised on James Taylor, the Beatles, and Motown. Lover of all music. Play all kinds of music, some you’d never expect to hear on an acoustic guitar. Enjoy seeing the moment of realization on people’s faces when they figure out the song I’m playing. Current influences include Dave Matthews, Ray Lamontagne, Van Morrison, Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, and many more. Seeing & hearing is believing!” – Jeff Lyons

Duo performers Reckless Saints

Reckless Saints

This husband and wife team runs the gamut from engaging acoustic folk to driving bluesy tunes, with hints of twang sprinkled in. They are a lively and fun duo to watch, with plenty of energy and original songs.

solo performer James Prather

James Prather

His set ranges from classics from the 50s all the way to current rock and country hits. As a guitarist and vocalist, James takes his solo act all around SWFL.

Live Music In Other Parts Of Southwest Florida

There are tons of other places in Southwest Florida with live music that you won’t want to miss out on!

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