Top 6 Favorite Sarasota-Bradenton-Charlotte Concerts, December 9-15
After playing at the Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival Last weekFlorida native and guitarist / songwriter Selwyn Birchwood returns to the area for a performance at Sarasota County Restaurant and Englewoods Blues Hall on Dearborn. Earlier this year, Birchwood released his latest album “Living in a Burning House”, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Album chart and is his third for acclaimed blues label Alligator Records. His debut, âDon’t Call No Ambulanceâ of 2014, won the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist for the first time, with Birchwood earning his latest nomination this year in the Contemporary Blues Male Artist category. 7 p.m. Thursday, December 9; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $ 10; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com
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Singer-songwriter Sam Woolf, who reached the 13th season finale of “American Idol” while a student at Braden River High School, will return to the area for a show this week at the Blue. Rooster of Sarasota. Woolf continued to pursue a musical career after âAmerican Idolâ just earlier this year releasing his latest single, the easygoing âGood Ol Timesâ. Woolf still performs occasionally in the Sarasota area, including in February 2020 at the Bradenton Area River Regatta, which other hometown heroes We the Kings played the year before. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Le Coq Bleu, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $ 10; 941-388-7539; blueroostersrq.com
Flor de Toloache
New York mariachi band Flor de Toloache will visit The Ringling for a performance at the historic Asolo Theater. The group won a Grammy nomination for Best Latin, Urban or Alternative Rock for their most recent album, “Indestructible” of 2019, with guests including John Legend and Miguel and covers including “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt. Flor de Toloache has already won a Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero / Mariachi Album for their 2017 album “Las Caras Lindas”, also garnering attention for their 2016 Small NPR Music Office Concert and on tour with the other Black Keys group, Dan Auerbach, The Arcs. 7:30 p.m. Friday; The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; $ 25 to $ 35 (members save 10%); 941-360-7399; ringling.org
After recently opening for blues-rocker George thorogood at Sarasota’s Van Wezel, guitarist / singer-songwriter and former Anna Maria Island resident Damon Fowler is set to return to the area for a headlining show at Bradenton’s Cottonmouth. Fowler scored a # 1 Billboard blues album with this year’s entirety “Alafia Moon”, taking its name from the Alafia River in Hillsborough County, near where he now lives. Along with his solo work, Fowler has also performed in groups including the groups of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts and Butch Trucks. 7 p.m. on Friday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; Advance of $ 20, day of $ 30; 941-243-3735; facebook.com/cottonmouthsoul
The Bradenton Gulf Island concert series returns this week to the Anna Maria Island Center with reggae band The Wailers, whose name is synonymous with their work with genre giant Bob Marley. The group was nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album earlier this year for ‘One World’ in 2020, with guest stars including Bob Marley’s children, Cedella and Julian Marley, grandson Skip Marley and the star. reggae Shaggy. Currently led by Aston Barrett Jr., son of bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, the band will perform a set that includes clips from Bob Marley’s catalog as well as their own songs. The show takes place outside; bring your own chairs. 6 p.m. Saturday; Central Island Anna Maria, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria; $ 35 to $ 45; 941-778-1908; centerami.org
JP Soars and the Red Hots
Englewoods on Dearborn’s live music lineup this week will also feature South Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter JP Soars. The artist, 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 âfrom 2018.â Along with his solo career, he has also performed in the Southern Hospitality supergroup with Grammy-nominated pianist Victor Wainwright and Damon Fowler. 7 p.m. Wednesday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; 7 $; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com
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