The best live music concerts in the Sarasota, Bradenton and Punta Gorda area
It’s another week of high-profile live music in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, with a mix of genres from local, national and even international musicians. On Friday, for example, Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona, winners of a Latin Grammy and a Billboard Latin Music Award, play at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, while British duo The Black Feathers visit Fogartyville. Media and Arts Center nearby.
In Manatee County, meanwhile, Oscura hosts punks from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Cliffdiver, for a headlining show en route to playing The Fest in Gainesville. It’s the start of a busy week for the newly reopened Bradenton cafe and venue which also includes an album release show for a local band and a concert on October 31st, for those who haven’t yet Halloween Plans. Here are the highlights of this week. Event details are subject to change.
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People of Zona
Sarasota has hosted several concerts featuring big names in Latin music in recent weeks, and now it’s hosting another at the city’s best-known venue, with Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona playing Van Wezel. Rising to fame for his appearance on Enrique Iglesias’ 2014 hit “Bailando,” as well as his 2015 #1 US Tropical Airplay singles “La Gozadera” and “Traidora,” both featuring Marc Anthony, Gente de Zona has won multiple Latin Grammys and Billboard Latin Music Awards. Earlier this year, the duo released their latest album ‘De Menor a Mayor’, featuring their platinum single ‘Muchacha’ with singer Becky G. 8 pm Friday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $40 or more; 941-304-9377; tickeri.com
Cliffdiver, Michael Cera Palin
Update: cliff diver posted on social media Friday afternoon that they are canceling their Oscura show due to a health issue involving their drummer.
On their way to perform at Gainesville’s annual punk extravaganza Fest this weekend, Cliffdiver will play a headlining show at the Oscura in Bradenton. The Tulsa, Oklahoma band’s sound blends emo, pop-punk and ska, featuring Florida’s Skatune Network on the opening track “New Vegas Bomb” from their debut album “Exercise Your Demons,” released earlier this year on SideOneDummy Records. They’ll be joined by Atlanta’s Michael Cera Palin, whose discography includes an emo-punk rendition of Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy.” Indie rockers Youth Antics from Parrish also perform. 7 p.m. Friday; Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton; $12 in advance, $15 on the day; 941-201-4950; oscura.live
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The black feathers
Fogartyville is hosting folk duo The Black Feathers, hailing from Gloucestershire, England and consisting of songwriters Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, for a concert this weekend. The duo toured the United States after releasing their latest album ‘Angel Dust & Cyanide’ earlier this year, featuring originals as well as a twangy cover of Portishead’s classic ‘Glory Box’ as their lead single. Sarasota husband and wife duo Lazy Daisies open the show. doors 7:15 p.m., show 8 p.m. Friday; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $18, $15 members, $9 students 13 and over; 941-894-6469; fogartyville.org
Foolish Relics Album Release Show
Oscura’s live music lineup this weekend will also include a concert by Bradenton ska band Foolish Relics, celebrating the release of their recent album. The group released the feature film “Too Old?” earlier in October, with notable songs including its title track (which also features the band’s name in its lyrics) and the anti-bullying anthem “Words on Bathroom Walls,” featuring Catbite’s Brittany Luna. Sarasota punk rockers The Hellians and Bradenton singer-songwriter Emily Roff will also perform at the show. 7 p.m. Saturday; Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton; $8; 941-201-4950; oscura.live
Igor & Elvis red
Siberian surf rock band Igor & Red Elvises’ Florida tour continues. 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. Igor and Red Elvises are also set to play the Birdrock Taco Shack in Bradenton next weekend. 7 p.m. Sunday; Café Munchies 420, 6639 Superior Ave., Sarasota; 941-303-3304; facebook.com/munchies420fl; 7 p.m. Wednesday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $7; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com; 8 p.m. Thursday, November 3; Celtic Ray Public House, 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda; 941-916-9115; celticray.net
Roxx Revolt and the velvets
Oscura wraps up this year’s Halloween weekend with a show taking place October 31 itself, featuring rock bands from all over Southwest Florida. Napoli-formed glam rock ‘n’ roll band Roxx Revolt & the Velvets, who Sarasota-Manatee locals may remember from their performance last year at what is now known as Pride | Be Fabulous Arts & Music Festival, headlining. They will be joined by Tampa-based PMTiger, who released the album “My Love Music” earlier this year, and Sarasota alternative rock/punk/ska band Neverless. 7 p.m. Monday; Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton; $8; 941-201-4950; oscura.live
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Gypsy Blue Revue by JP Soars with Anne Harris
The Bradenton Cottonmouth restaurant, which has become one of the best places to see national blues artists locally in recent years, will this week host JP Soars’ Gypsy Blue Revue with Anne Harris. South Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter Soars earned four Blues Music Award nominations this year with his band the Red Hots, including Band of the Year and BB King Entertainer. Violinist and singer-songwriter Harris, meanwhile, has performed both as a solo musician, recently releasing “Roots” in 2019, and alongside other artists, including the Blues Music winner Award, Otis Taylor. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; $25 in advance, $30 on the day; 941-243-3735; facebook.com/cottonmouthsoul
Ringling Underground, the Ringling courtyard concert series that features hip and up-and-coming musicians and is free for students, continues this month. Headlining the November concert will be Miami electronic act Jean Jacket, who was previously selected to perform at that city’s III Points music festival. St. Pete band lo-fi and recent Best Creative Loafing in the Bay Winners Chlorinefields will also perform, alongside Sarasota psych-prog-funk rockers Physical Plant. 8 p.m. Nov. 3; The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; $15, free students with ID/members; 941-359-5700; ringling.org
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