Top 8 Favorite Sarasota-Bradenton-Charlotte Concerts, August 19-25


Jah movement

Local reggae favorites Jah Movement are set to play their weekly concert at the Gator Club in downtown Sarasota and Rodney’s Jamaican Grill in Palmetto. The group includes soul singer Shantel Norman as well as Damie Caines, who used to perform 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 August 19; The Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, Sarasota; 941-366-5969;; 9 p.m. Friday; Rodney’s Jamaican Grill, 814 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto; $ 10; 941-981-3214;

Doug Deming and the jewel tones.

Doug Deming and the jewel tones

Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones perform several Sarasota-Manatee shows 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,” featuring guests including Kim Wilson and Little Charlie Baty. Thursday 6 p.m. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverfront Blvd. # 120, Bradenton; 941-896-9660; 6 p.m. Friday; Riviera Dunes Dockside, 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto; 941-304-3689;; 7 p.m. Saturday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; 941-475-7501;; 3 p.m. Sunday; Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez; 941-798-9404;; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota; 941-330-0440;

David Julia.

David Julia Band

Sarasota’s restaurant and blues spot, The Blue Rooster, this weekend features Central Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter David Julia. Having performed since the age of seven, Julia has already built a musical career beyond her teenage years, competing in the Memphis International Blues Challenge and winning famous fans like acclaimed blues guitarist Bob Margolin. His admirers also include blues-rock artist Mike Zito, who produced Julia’s feature film “Inspired” in 2018, featuring originals as well as covers of songs by musicians such as Albert Castiglia, JP Soars and Tab Benoit. 8 p.m. Friday; Le Coq Bleu, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $ 10; 941-388-7539;

Joël DaSilva.

Joel DaSilva

The Charlotte County Irish Pub Celtic Ray’s live music program this weekend features Joel DaSilva. The South Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter visits the venue after the release of his latest album “Against the Grain” this year, featuring a mix of blues and rock influences, including a cover of the rockers’ song. Cage the Elephant “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” Along with his solo career, DaSilva has also been a member of rockabilly-influenced group The Hep Cat Boo Daddies, which has performed with musicians such as BB King and The White Stripes. 9 p.m. Friday; Celtic Ray Public House, 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda; 941-916-9115;

RJ Howson.

RJ Howson and his friends

Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter RJ Howson will perform this weekend at the Bradenton Restaurant and Concert Hall, Cottonmouth, as well as the Sarasota Big Top Brewery for his Blues and Brews Sunday concert series. Howson performed in the Chicago blues hub before moving to Sarasota-Manatee, and now ranks among the area’s most prolific performers. He will be joined at Big Top by keyboardist and vocalist Mike Kach, known for his longtime musical collaboration with Allman Brothers Band founding guitarist Dickey Betts, appearing on the recent archival album. “Official Bootleg Volume 1.” 7:30 p.m. Friday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; 941-243-3735;; 2 p.m. Sunday; Big Top Brewing Company, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota; 941-371-2939;

Pulley Rebecca.

Rebekah Poulie and Ronny Elliott

Fogartyville hosts a show featuring two of Tampa Bay’s best singer-songwriters, Rebekah Pulley and Ronny Elliott. Pulley released his latest album “The Sea of ​​Everything” in 2019, with the opening track “Central Avenue: The City” paying homage to his decades-old home, St. Petersburg. Elliott has released records like “I’ve Been Meaning to Write” from 2012 and the two are frequent contributors, with the tracks “Nobody’s Cool Anymore” and “Jackpot City” appearing on both artists’ albums. 8 p.m. Saturday; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $ 15, $ 12 for members, $ 7.50 for students, $ 10 live; 941-894-6469;

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio.

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, one of the most popular musical groups in the Sarasota area, will also be playing Big Top this weekend. 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 “Official Bootleg Volume 1”.



Cottonmouth’s live music lineup this weekend also includes Ariella, formerly known as Ari and the Alibis, this weekend. Starring soul singer Ariella McManus, the act has a sound that mixes genres such as soul, blues, jazz and funk, and has been headlining other local venues including the Florida Studio Theater and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Ariella is also slated to serve as the musical act for the Blues Brunch at this year’s Bradenton Blues Festival. 6.30 p.m. Saturday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; $ 20 up front, $ 25 per day; 941-243-3735;

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