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Live music returns to area establishments

By Staff | May 14, 2020

One of the simple pleasures in life is making a return to area establishments — live music.

While technology has certainly given music lovers millions of tunes accessible by a push of a button, there’s nothing quite like taking in the sounds of a smooth bass line, strum of a guitar or stroke of the keys live and in person.

Establishments around Cape Coral are now welcoming back their favorite crooners and bands – some in a minimized fashion — to entertain residents who could use some time to drift away from their stressful surroundings.

On Friday night, Fathoms will have a duo from Stolen Fruit-usually a four-piece band – performing from 6 to 9 p.m. in their outdoor area. On Tuesday, a duo from Soapy Tuna will also perform live from 6 to 9 p.m.

Bringing back live music will hopefully help draw people, safely, to local businesses reopening in the wake pandemic restrictions and closures.

“It’s very important for us to have live entertainment back,”said Valeria Zanella-Voisin, partner and marketing director for Fathoms and sister restaurant, Gather. “It’s a little bit of normalcy, a sign of things coming back. It’s still not the same, but it’s a little sense of normality. It’s really nice.”

Usually, Fathoms brings in large “big band” style acts to perform which drew large crowds. Now they have decided to bring in smaller groups to ensure social distancing practices for the musicians as well as their patrons – though their outdoor venue is the perfect place to social distance and take in entertainment.

They also will be adding additional outdoor seating, at proper distances, to create more room for patrons.

“We’re bringing in only duos right now,” Zanella-Voisin said. “We’re slowly taking baby steps in order to bring back the music.”

Inside, Fathoms has distanced its tables and is sanitizing all surfaces as often as possible and especially after patrons leave and new ones come in.

Their large outdoor space has been a great help in getting up and running again, Zanella-Voisin said.

She said patrons have been very grateful for their outdoor seating availability and have been respectful of social distancing and good hygiene.

“We have the benefit of having so much outdoor space,” Zanella-Voisin said.

At first, Fathoms did not open the inside of its restaurant. Zanella-Voisin said they wanted to become more familiar and comfortable with this new way of life. Now, they are open inside, and with more confidence.

“We feel more safe, and we have everything more under control in terms of staff and how we proceed with all of these guidelines,” Zanella-Voisin said. “Now that we feel more confident, we’ve opened our dining room.”

Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood, also with outdoor seating, offered live music this past weekend and will do so again Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ricky Reinoso will be performing all weekend, playing “a little bit of everything” and a few originals – just him and his keyboard.

Live music is always an attraction to tempt people out of their homes to an outdoor venue to take in some great music. Kerry Krieg, owner of Fish Tale Grill, said that was just the case last weekend.

“People definitely want to get out and listen to some live music right now,” Krieg said. “So it definitely helped us last weekend.”

The restaurant known for its fresh seafood selections and market next door, said they’re making the best out of a tough situation of being able to only work at 25 percent capacity.

Inside, the restaurant can hold about 25 people maximum, and roughly 60 between the two decks depending on party size and being able to maintain social distancing standards.

“We’re still at a point where I feel like people are still a little afraid to come out,” Krieg said. “People are coming out, but there are still those who are still waiting. We’ve just got to be positive.”

Other locations in the Cape that will offer live music include:

n Ralph’s Place at 1305 Cape Coral Parkway: Backlash Duo on Patio Friday, Delta Crossing Duo on patio Saturday

n Paradise Tiki Hut at 1502 Miramar St.: Torched on Friday night, Bad Latitude on Saturday night and “Sunday Funday” on Sunday afternoon

Fathoms is at 5785 Cape Harbour Drive.

Fish Tale Grill is at 1229 SE 47th Terrace.

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