Award-winning Southwest Florida restaurant group feeds guests improved dining experiences while supporting local musicians
“Music brings people together,” says Culinary Concepts bar manager Kevin Scarff, announcing the restaurant group’s new live entertainment line-up at Pazzo! Cucina Italiana and Yabba on Fifth Avenue South in Naples and at The Saloon in Estero at the Coconut Point Shopping Center. The new music series brings free, live music performances to fans and guests on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. All performances subject to change.
“Music is an international language and the best tool to bring people together,” believes Scarff, noting that live music works in perfect harmony with the restaurants’ finely-tuned menus. “Live entertainment is a new way to enhance dining experiences because music offers people visceral experiences in addition to the restaurant’s outstanding service, innovative cuisine and tasty cocktails,” he says, adding that fostering a thriving live music scene ultimately feeds into improved experiences for staff, guests and the arts community.
The new live music schedule features a mix of intimate performances by well-known local musicians like vocalists Matty B., Tim Poindexter, Peter Andrews and Bill Colletti along with live bands Big Buck & the Biscuit Boys (Memphis-Delta Blues rock), Electric Lipstick (high energy dance), Wayward Souls (old time rock ‘n roll) and a one-time-only appearance by customer favorite Deb & The Dynamics (classic R&B and pop dance music).
A veteran music industry insider, Scarff has been booking musicians and live bands in Southwest Florida for more than 20 years. He’s the former owner of the well-liked Kaki’s nightclub in North Naples (now current location of Coopershawk Winery & Restaurant) and longtime Neapolitans will remember Scarff as a favorite bartender from the now closed Witches’ Brew restaurant and liquor store.
Pazzo! Cucina Italiana at 853 Fifth Avenue South welcomes singer Peter Andrews on Friday evenings from 8 until 11 until April 3, 2021. For reservations, call (239) 434-8494 or visit www.pazzoitalianacafe.com.
Yabba general manager Nick LeGuyander shares that popular vocalist Matty B. will perform every Friday through March 12, 2021 from 7 pm until 10 pm. The multi-talented instrumentalist plays horns, drums, keyboards and guitar while singing familiar rock songs ranging from the Beatles to Journey.
On Saturday evenings, live local bands will perform at Yabba at 711 Fifth Avenue South from 8:30 until 11:30 until March 31, 2021 on its elevated stage with a new advanced sound and lighting system that ensures clear, balanced music and enhanced lighting on the adjacent dance floor with spectacular views of the stage from virtually every seat in the house. There is no cover charge and no minimum purchase required, however, reservations are strongly recommended by calling (239) 262-5787 or online www.yabbaislandgrill.com.
Located at 23151 Village Shops Way, Suite 102 in Estero, The Saloon’s live music series will feature Matty B. Wednesdays from 6 pm until 9 pm and Saturdays 7 pm until 10 pm through mid-March and Peter Andrews performs on Saturday March 20, March 27 and April 3, 2021. For reservations, call (239) 949-2583 or online www.thesaloon.net
About Culinary Concepts
Founded in 1995, Culinary Concepts is an award-winning restaurant group based in Naples, Florida that owns and operates Chops City Grill, Pazzo! Cucina Italiana, Yabba Island Grill on Fifth Avenue South in Naples, Chops City Grill in Bonita Springs and The Saloon in Estero at the Coconut Point Shopping Center. For more information visit gr8food.net or call (239) 435-0090.