Nuit de la Musique providing needed assistance to some of its key professionals

By | November 19, 2022

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tonight in downtown Fort Myers, bartenders have been out entrance for a musical stroll as some have fewer prospects. This implies decrease suggestions and a few even misplaced their jobs after Ian.

We have seen so many companies in Southwest Florida shut after the hurricane as a result of November is the beginning of vacationer season and people open location staff nonetheless depend on suggestions.

Almost two months since Hurricane Ian and downtown Fort Myers remains to be selecting up the items. Vacant eating places and but, a block or two away, some collect over music and a cocktail.

“All of us have good power and we’re all able to get again to work.”

Bartenders get again to work the night time of the downtown Fort Myers Music Stroll.

“Seeing all of our regulars that we often see and being with the group proper now – that is actually necessary to us,” stated Hannah Dieren, bartender at Metropolis Tavern. “We’re glad to be right here and we’re glad to generate income for everybody.”

Earn cash for among the most necessary professions downtown. Bartenders who in any other case work beneath the identical roof take part.

“We meet these individuals, construct good relationships with them as a substitute of simply being with our individuals,” stated Chloe Sorensen, bartender at Metropolis Tavern. “So I meet different bartenders and we share our comparable pursuits and issues that we’re going via too.

Going via powerful instances as some have been out of labor since Ian.

“It has been powerful however, like I stated, the group has introduced us collectively and I am unable to watch for the city tavern to be open once more,” Sorensen stated.

And a brief drive from the Alliance for the Arts, extra music helps.

“Every time one thing huge occurs, everybody calls on musicians to come back over and volunteer their time,” says Doug Harris, proprietor of College Of Rock Fort Myers.

Solely this time for the opposite musicians.

“This is a chance for us to offer again to them,” Harris stated. “Particularly these guys who misplaced. Among the functions I get, they misplaced 80-100% of their gigs and simply would not have any revenue. For lots of these guys, that is their solely supply of revenue.”

A supply of revenue that’s slowly coming again for some.

“I believe it is time for individuals right here to have enjoyable, to cease enthusiastic about what is going on on,” stated Eddie Latour, proprietor of Good Guys Manufacturing.

However irrespective of the stage, these artists get again to work.

“I simply need downtown Fort Myers to be the very best it may be,” Sorensen says. “And I believe he is simply going to come back again higher and stronger than ever.”