Top 10 Favorite Sarasota-Bradenton-Charlotte Concerts, January 13-19


Hailing from upstate New York, indie rock band SIRSY continues their Florida tour, including Celtic Ray from Punta Gorda this week. Comprised of singer-drummer Melanie Krahmer and guitarist Rich Libutti, SIRSY has a wider sound than one would expect from a duo, with the duo known for playing multiple instruments live. Releasing the feature film “Coming Into Frame”, with its opening track “Cannonball” used in the Showtime series “Shameless”, the group also released the 2019 EP “Like a Drum” and the 2020 single “Astronauts”. 9 p.m. on Friday; Celtic Ray Public House, 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda; 941-916-9115;

Damon Fowler.

Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival

The three-day festival at JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota will feature food, drink and live music, including some of Florida’s most acclaimed blues artists. Guitarists and singer-songwriters Damon Fowler and Selwyn Birchwood, who both broke Billboard blues records last year, are scheduled to perform on Saturday, while Fowler’s Southern Hospitality teammate JP Soars will perform on Sunday. Other artists will include Kettle of Fish, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, and Ronnie Dee & the Super Stars. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota; free entry;

Freddie Jackson.

Freddie jackson

The free multicultural Palmetto festival is set to return to Sutton Park this year, with R&B singer Freddie Jackson headlining. Jackson rose to fame in the ’80s with No.1 R&B hits such as “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)”, the title track from his 1985 platinum album, and “You are My Lady”, which he won. earning an award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, a Grammy nomination for men the same year he was nominated for Best New Artist. He continued to release music over the following years, including the 2018 album “Love Signals” and 2010 “For You”. 2 pm-6pm Saturday; Sutton Park, 1036 Sixth St. W., Palmetto; free entry; 941-723-4988;

JP flies away.

JP Soars Gypsy Blue Revue with Anne Harris and Jason Ricci

The Blue Rooster will host a performance featuring Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter JP Soars, joined by two other acclaimed blues artists, violinist Anne Harris and harmonica Jason Ricci. Soars has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations, while Harris has received accolades both as a solo artist and performing with other musicians, including Otis Taylor, and Ricci is a two-time Blues Music Award winner who has also performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. induction for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Soars and his band The Red Hots will also perform at Englewoods on Dearborn at 6 p.m. Tuesday (cover cost $ 7.) 8 p.m. Saturday; Le Coq Bleu, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $ 35; 941-388-7539;

Johnny Sansone.

Johnny sansone

Bradenton Southern Restaurant and Food Hall, Cottonmouth, will host New Orleans singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Sansone for a concert. Sansone’s favorite instruments include the harmonica and accordion, earning several Blues Music Award nominations for the latter, and winning song of the year for the title track on his 2011 album “The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too “. His most recent feature film is ‘Hopeland’ from 2018, produced by Anders Osborne and starring him and Cody and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. 6 p.m. Saturday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; $ 15; 941-243-3735;

Dana Laurent.

Dana Lawrence birthday party

The Sarasota Big Top Brewing Company brewery and site will host a show celebrating the birthday of local musician Dana Lawrence. Lawrence is known to many as the frontman of popular Sarasota rock group Kettle of Fish, which will perform at the birthday party. The group is expected to be joined by special guest Chris Anderson, a Sarasota-raised guitarist and singer-songwriter who was also a long-time former member of the Southern Rockers of “Green Grass & High Tides,” the Outlaws. 7 p.m. Saturday; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-371-2939;

Alex Han.

Shred the Love Fundraiser

Sarasota Music Complex is hosting this student-run fundraiser featuring Grammy-nominated saxophonist Alex Han, the proceeds of which support scholarships for area youth who have lost loved ones to COVID- 19 or whose parents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Han, whose 2017 feature “Spirit” won a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrument, will perform with hip-hop jazz group The Ruckus Late Night’s. Other groups and solo artists will also perform at the event, which will feature food, art and a silent auction. 6 p.m. Saturday; Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; $ 15; 941-379-9100;

The Righteous Brothers.

The Righteous Brothers

Van Wezel hosts the famous soul duo The Righteous Brothers, which includes original member Bill Medley joined by Bucky Heard, after the death of co-founder Bobby Hatfield in 2003. The group rose to fame in the 1960s with hits such as ” You’ve Lost that Lovin ‘Feelin’ “and their rendition of” Unchained Melody “, both songs rising in popularity decades later for their use in” Top Gun “and” Ghost “and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame , with The Righteous Brothers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Don’t be surprised if you also hear “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, the Medley duet with Jennifer Warnes from “Dirty Dancing “, which was a No. 1 hit and won him a Grammy. 7 p.m. Sunday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $ 37 to $ 77; 941-263-6799;

David Wilcox.

David Wilcox

Fogartyville’s live music lineup this week includes folk singer-songwriter and guitarist David Wilcox. He signed to A&M Records from the release of his 1989 album “How Did You Find Me Here” until the early 90s, and his songs were covered by other musicians including kd lang (“My Old Addiction Her most recent album was “The View from the Edge” in 2018, with Wilcox also winning the Global Grand Prize and the Best Folk Song Award at the United States Songwriting Competition that same year. 7 p.m. Sunday; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $ 30, $ 25 members, $ 15 students; 941-894-6469;

Selwyn Birch.

Selwyn Birch

In addition to the Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Selwyn Birchwood is set to perform The Blue Rooster and Englewoods on Dearborn. Last year, the singer-songwriter and guitarist released the feature film “Living in a Burning House,” his third for acclaimed blues label Alligator Records, which topped the Billboard blues album charts. He also won a Contemporary Blues Male Artist Blues Music Award nomination last year, winning the Best New Artist award in 2015 for his Alligator debut album “Don’t Call No Ambulance”. The Blue Rooster show will be an acoustic night with a trio, depending on the venue. 7 p.m. Tuesday; Le Coq Bleu, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $ 10; 941-388-7539;; 7 p.m. Wednesday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $ 10; 941-475-7501;

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