Top 8 Favorite Sarasota-Bradenton-Charlotte Concerts, July 15-21
Where to watch the performances of musicians who live or visit the Sarasota-Bradenton-Charlotte area.
JP Soars and the Red Hots
The Sarasota County restaurant and blues venue Englewoods on Dearborn’s live music lineup this week features South Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter JP Soars and his band the Red Hots. Soars, who was nominated for the Contemporary Blues Male Artist Blues Music Award earlier this year, recently released the feature film “Let Go of the Reins” produced by Tab Benoit in 2019, its follow-up to “Southbound I-95” by 2018. Alongside his solo career, he also performed in the Southern Hospitality supergroup with Grammy-nominated pianist Victor Wainwright and compatriot Floridian Damon Fowler. 7 p.m. Thursday July 15; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $ 7; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com
Local reggae favorites Jah Movement will perform their weekly concert at the Gator Club in downtown Sarasota, alongside Rodney’s Jamaican Grill in Palmetto and Celtic Ray Irish pub / venue in Punta Gorda. The group includes soul singer Shantel Norman as well as Damie Caines, who performed with another popular reggae group in the area, Democracy, alongside his late father, Oswald Caines. Jah Movement performs regularly at other venues and festivals in Florida, including his own annual homage to reggae block party Osfest. 9:30 p.m. Thursday; The Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, Sarasota; 941-366-5969; facebook.com/thegatorclubsrq; 9:30 p.m. Friday; Rodney’s Jamaican Grill, 814 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto; rodneysjamaicangrillinc.com; 9 p.m. Saturday; Celtic Ray Public House, 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda; 941-916-9115; celticray.net
Doug Deming and the jewel tones
Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones will be performing in multiple venues across Sarasota-Manatee this week. Although the blues group is based in the region, they have a national fan base, earning a Blues Blast Music Award nomination for Blues Band in 2019. They also reached number three on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart for their 2018 album “Complicated Mess”, guests including Kim Wilson and the late Little Charlie Baty. Thursday 6 p.m. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverfront Blvd. # 120, Bradenton; 941-896-9660; mattisons.com; 6 p.m. Friday; Riviera Dunes Dockside, 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto; 941-304-3689; rivieradunesdockside.com; 7 p.m. Saturday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com; 5 p.m. Sunday; Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez; 941-798-9404; thecortezkitchen.com
This weekend, South Bradenton’s restaurant and food court, Cottonmouth, features a performance by Packrat’s Smokehouse, the self-proclaimed Florida swamp blues band from New Smyrna Beach. Formed in the late 1980s, the band was first known as Smokehouse, releasing the much-loved 1995 album “Cadillac in the Swamp”. In 1998, they released the follow-up “Edge of the Swamp” and changed their name to Packrat’s Smokehouse, which they have since played under, most recently released in 2019 “Men of the Swamp Live”. 7 p.m. Friday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; $ 10, $ 20 day of; 941-243-3735; cottonmouthsoul.com
Cafe in the Park, located in Payne Park in downtown Sarasota, is slated to host a concert by Cuban-born musician, currently Sarasota resident, Renesito Avich. The performer was born in Santiago de Cuba before settling in the region and is known to play very Cuban: a guitar with three groups of two strings each for a total of six strings. Avich released the album “A Solo” in 2018 and also maintains his own YouTube channel. 7:30 p.m. Friday; Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota; 941-361-3032; cafeinthepark.org
Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio
One of the area’s most popular bands, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, will perform this week’s The Twisted Fork of Port Charlotte and Motorworks Brewing of Bradenton. The rock group is led by Twinkle Schascle Yochim, who signed with Warner Bros. in the 90s, and released the album “Haunted by Real Life” under the name Schascle. Twinkle was also a member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern, and can be heard on the recent archive album “Official Bootleg Volume 1”. twistedfork.net; Saturday at 7 p.m. Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton; 941-567-6218; motorworksbrewing.com
Bluesman RJ Howson will be performing in multiple venues this weekend, including The Blue Rooster and Big Top for his Blues & Brews series. Howson started out in the Chicago blues hub before moving to Sarasota-Manatee and now ranks among one of the area’s most prolific live artists, also releasing the feature film “Set It Free”. Howson is expected to be joined at his Big Top show by keyboardist Mike Kach, known for his longtime musical collaboration with Dickey Betts. 8 p.m. Friday; Le Coq Bleu, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $ 5; 941-388-7539; blueroostersrq.com; 7 p.m. Saturday; Hart’s Landing, 920 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota; hartslanding.net; 2 p.m. Sunday; Big Top Brewing Company, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com
Tributes to the grateful dead
Two local breweries will feature live music from bands known to play the music of Grateful Dead rock icons this weekend, with Big Top hosting Dead Set Florida and Motorworks featuring Ship of Fools. Dead Set hails from Tampa Bay and performs tracks from the Dead, Jerry Garcia Band and other favorites. Ship of Fools, meanwhile, hails from the Sarasota area and plays music for the dead as well as contemporaries of the time. Saturday afternoon; Big Top Brewing Company, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com; 3 p.m. Sunday; Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton; 941-567-6218; motorworksbrewing.com
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