Top 6 Favorite Sarasota-Bradenton-Charlotte Concerts, August 5-11


Albert Castiglia

Sarasota County restaurant and blues spot Englewoods on Dearborn’s live music lineup this week includes Albert Castiglia. The South Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter played in legendary bluesman Junior Wells before embarking on a solo career, recently releasing “Wild and Free” last year, which won a Blues Blast Music Award for the Live Blues album and was recorded in Boca. Raton’s Funky Biscuit. Castiglia previously released the 2019 “Masterpiece” which earned him a Blues Music Award for the Blues Rock album last year. Thursday August 5 at 7 p.m. Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $ 7; 941-475-7501;

RJ Howson.

RJ Howson and Mike Kach

RJ Howson and Mike Kach are playing the Sarasota BBQ at Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse this week, with the Big Top Brewing Company for their Blues and Brews Sunday concert series. Guitarist and singer-songwriter Howson performed in the Chicago blues hub before moving to Sarasota-Manatee, and is now one of the area’s most prolific performers. The same goes for keyboardist and vocalist Kach, also known for his longtime musical collaboration with Allman Brothers Band founding guitarist Dickey Betts, appearing on the recent archival album “Official Bootleg Volume 1”. 941-312-5969;; Sunday at 2 p.m. Big Top Brewing Company, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota; 941-371-2939;

Doug Deming and the jewel tones.

Doug Deming and the jewel tones

Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones will perform this week at both downtown Mattison venues, Bradenton and Sarasota. 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,” featuring guest 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; 7 p.m. Wednesday; Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota; 941-330-0440;

Have Gun, Will Travel with, from left to right, Danny Burke, JP Beaubien, Scott Anderson and Matt Burke.

Burke brothers trio

The Burke Brothers Trio, made up of singer-songwriter / guitarist Matt Burke and bassist Danny Burke, as well as guitarist Scott Anderson of Bradenton Americana Have Gun, Will Travel, are set to perform in Cottonmouth this weekend. Have Gun, Will Travel ranks among the most successful bands in Sarasota-Manatee, garnering positive reviews from outlets like NPR and No Depression and their music appearing on shows such as CBS’s “The Good Wife” and ” The Ranch ”from Netflix. The group released the studio album “Strange Chemistry” in 2019, as well as the collection of demos “Raw Materials: Home Demos” last year. 6.30 p.m. Friday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; $ 10, $ 15 the day of; 941-243-3735;

José Ramírez.

José Ramírez

Rising blues star Jose Ramirez is performing at Sarasota’s restaurant and blues venue The Blue Rooster, as well as Big Top this weekend. Ramirez won a Blues Music Award nomination for Best Emerging Artist Album this year for his 2020 debut “Here I Come,” with Ramirez and his band also coming in second at last year’s International Blues Challenge. Having started performing in his native Costa Rica before eventually moving to America, Ramirez also had a stint as a guitarist in the band of blues singer Sarasota-Manatee Lauren Mitchell. 8 p.m. Friday; Le Coq Bleu, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $ 5; 941-388-7539;; 7 p.m. Saturday; Big Top Brewing Company, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota; 941-371-2939;

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio.

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio are broadcasting Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse this weekend, as well as the Venice Brewery Off the Wagon. The Sarasota-area 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 “Official Bootleg Volume 1”. Saturday afternoon ; Off the Wagon Brewery & Kitchen, 2107 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice; $ 5, VIP table at $ 8; 941-497-2048;

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