hip hop

Courtesy of Chris Daniels

The “Sounds of Summer” concert series at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers continues July 27 with a performance from Southwest Florida Hip Hop artist Chris Daniels.  The concert also serves as the official release party for Daniels’ new album, “Sweet Release: When Doves Cry Too.”  We’ll get a sneak preview as we hear tracks from the new album and explore our region’s vibrant hip hop scene and the deeply personal meanings and experiences that have inspired Daniels’ music.

Photo courtesy of Chris Daniels

With the stage name of Chris Daniels, a Southwest Florida hip-hop artist is hoping his music will get people to stop living in fear and get out and follow their passion.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Daniels moved to Southwest Florida to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 and decided to stay. He writes about his experiences and the things he deals with in day-to-day life, which makes his music special — and relatable.

Colin McCann

In recent decades, Southwest Florida has experienced rapid growth and development. As the area has continued to grow, so has the local music scene.

Photos via WGCU Public Media

Violins, banjos, and washtubs are rarely the go-to instruments of pop music, but at WGCU's Twisted Strings event Saturday, groups from South Florida and beyond are using combinations of classic sounds and unusual instruments and stylings to create new and genre-bending music.