Sarasota and Manatee counties continue to recover from Hurricane Ian, with many businesses in the area back up and running, including local music venues. (Though many are still feeling its effects; a benefit show was announced after the print deadline for local musician Berry Duane Oakley, whose storm-damaged home Monday night in Joyland; more information here.) Downtown Sarasota’s The Bay Park is still in place to kick off its 10-day at the Bay Grand Opening celebration this weekend, including a free concert by the pop-rock band formed by Bradenton and national hit, We the Kings, on Saturday.
Other musicians heading to Sarasota-Manatee this week include bachata singer and recent Billboard Latin Music Award nominee Luis Vargas and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lilly Winwood, daughter of Steve Winwood. . And of course, there will be plenty of shows featuring some of the many talented musicians who call Florida home. Here are the highlights of this week. Event details are subject to change.
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The Lakewood Ranch brewery and venue Big Top Brewers Collective, formerly known as Naughty Monk, is set to welcome Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lilly Winwood as part of its live music lineup this week. If Winwood’s last name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the daughter of Grammy-winning Steve Winwood, Traffic’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and his solo career (“Higher Love “). Lilly is an accomplished musician herself, showcasing an Americana-infused singer-songwriter style on this year’s album “Talking Walls” and 2021’s “Time Well Spent.” Dana Lawrence and Vital Humor will perform also. 7 p.m. Friday; Big Top Brewers Collective, 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton; 941-708-2966; bigtopbrewing.com
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After recent visits from other well-known bachata musicians such as Monchy and Joe Veras, another big name in the genre from the Dominican Republic, Luis Vargas, is coming to Sarasota. Playing bachata since the 1980s, Vargas was also the subject of the 2005 documentary “Santo Domingo Blues” and last month earned a nomination for Tropical Album of the Year at the Billboard Latin Music Award for “Grandes of La Bachata: Vol. IV” with Frank Reyes. . Vargas has also collaborated in recent years with bachata superstar Romeo Santos, who will headline Tampa’s Amalie Arena later this month, appearing on his albums “Utopia” and “Formula, Vol. 1.” 10 p.m. Friday; Bombon Restaurant & Lounge, 1118 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota; $50; tickeri.com
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We the kings
Formed in Bradenton (their band name comes from Martha B. King Middle School) before achieving national success, We the Kings return to the area to perform a free gig as part of the 10 Days of the Bay opening festivities . The pop-rock group shot to fame in the 2000s with songs such as the platinum-selling single “Check Yes Juliet” and Demi Lovato’s collab “We’ll Be a Dream.” They still remain active today, releasing the EP “SAGA” last year, and regularly pay homage to their home, with their 2018 holiday album “Season’s Greetings from the Sandbar” featuring a tropical rendition of “Silent Night”. with the sound of crashing waves. on the island of Anna Maria. 8 p.m. Saturday; The Bay, 655 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; free, but reservation recommended; 10baysatthebay.org
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Big Top’s Sarasota location, meanwhile, will host Americana band Have Gun, Will Travel this weekend. Hailing from Bradenton, the group is one of Sarasota-Manatee’s most successful musical groups, enjoying coverage from outlets such as NPR and No Depression and having their music appear on shows such as “The Good Wife” and “The Ranch”. The band released their latest EP “Silver Sounds” last month, featuring previously released singles “Buyer’s Remorse” and “Melancholy Moon (Everything Dies)”, as well as “Our Fair City”, paying homage to Bradenton with references to landmarks like the Riverwalk and Village of the Arts. 7 p.m. Saturday; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com
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Paul Gavin and the Writers’ Corner
The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s Monday Night Jazz Cabaret series, featuring concerts by musicians from the genre held at the Florida Studio Theater’s John C. Court Cabaret, continues with Paul Gavin & the Writer’s Corner. The Tampa-based drummer’s project features original music from area composers, featuring saxophonist Zach Bornheimer, pianist Zach Bartholomew and bassist Mauricio Rodriguez. Attendees will hear the stories behind the composers’ music as well as music performed by the composers themselves, spanning jazz, funk, Latin and jazz rock. Doors at 6:30 p.m., dinner/aperitif, show at 7:30 p.m. Monday; John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St., Sarasota; $34 to $39; 941-260-9951; jazzclubsarasota.org
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Igor & Elvis red
Sarasota County restaurant and blues venue Englewoods on Dearborn is set to host Siberian surf rock band Igor & Red Elvises this week. Growing up in the former Soviet Union, Igor Yuzov fell in love with the forbidden sounds of rock ‘n’ roll and founded Red Elvises after moving to California, releasing albums like 1996’s “Grooving to the Moscow Beat” and ” Surfing Siberia The band is still going strong, releasing new albums throughout the 2010s, with this Englewood show kicking off a string of Florida tour dates that includes shows from Sarasota, Bradenton and Punta Gorda in late October and early Nov. 7 p.m. Wednesday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $7; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com
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Big Al and the Heavyweights
Englewoods on Dearborn’s live music lineup this week also includes Louisiana blues band Big Al and the Heavyweights. The group is fronted by “Big Al” Lauro, who played in the 90s with Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule as an unknown blues band. Big Al and the Heavyweights often pay homage to their Louisiana home on their records, including tracks like “Cajun Roux” and “Hey, Hey Mardi Gras”, and most recently released this year’s album “Love One Another”. . Can’t do this show? The band are also scheduled to play Bradenton’s Cottonmouth on October 21 and Big Top in Sarasota on October 23. 7 p.m. Thursday, October 20; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $5; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com
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In addition to celebrating the completion of its patio renovations, Fogartyville will this week host a performance by guitarist, singer and Florida native Walter Parks. The musician was invited by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in 2020 to perform folk music from the Okefenokee Swamp area of Georgia. Parks’ resume also includes performances with Richie Havens of Woodstock fame, both while his band The Nudes toured with him and later as Havens’ guitarist. doors 6:15 p.m., show 7 p.m. Oct. 20; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $18, $15 members, $9 students 13 and over; 941-894-6469; fogartyville.org
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