The best concerts happening in Sarasota and Manatee counties this week.
One of the busiest places in Sarasota-Manatee in recent years, the Big Top Brewing Company will have an even more hectic weekend of live music than usual. Country singer Trey Lewis, fresh off tour with Kid Rock, plays there on Friday, followed by noted Bradenton Americana band Have Gun, Will Travel on Saturday and Blues Music Award-nominated guitarist/songwriter Damon Fowler on Saturday. Sunday.
It’s not the only venue hosting notable concerts this week, however, as Bradenton’s Birdrock Taco Shack hosts another recent Blues Music Award nominee and the return of a string of Sarasota singer-songwriter listening rooms. Here are the highlights of this week. Event details are subject to change.
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Big Top Brewing Company has become a somewhat unlikely venue for concerts by national names in country music, having hosted acts like LoCash and Tyler Rich (who returns there Dec. 1), which continues when it hosts Trey Lewis this weekend. week. Lewis’ breakout single was 2020’s “D—ed Down in Dallas,” which profanely laments a lover’s promiscuity and reached No. 12 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart. Since then, he’s released other singles like “Single Again” and the 2021 EP “Shut the Door,” and just performed with Kid Rock on his Bad Reputation Tour. 6 p.m. Friday; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; $15; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com
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The Listening Room of Sarasota, which has hosted several concerts featuring nationally touring musicians in an intimate setting, returns with Tim Easton. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s most recent album was 2021’s “You Don’t Really Know Me,” but Easton has released numerous full-length albums, featuring contributions from musicians including Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty and Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers, and several Wilco members. Those interested in attending the show, or future shows showcasing musicians in a similar singer-songwriter style, should email [email protected] and request a reservation and be added to their email list. 6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show Saturday; Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; $20 suggested donation
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Have a gun, it will travel
He will also play at Big Top this weekend Have Gun, Will Travel, shortly before the release of the US group’s latest EP “Silver Sounds” on September 30. Hailing from Bradenton, the band is one of Sarasota-Manatee’s most successful musical acts, earning coverage from outlets including NPR and No Depression and having their music featured on shows like “The Good Wife” and “The Ranch.” “Silver Sounds” features previously released singles “Buyer’s Remorse” and “Melancholy Moon (Everything Dies)” as well as “Our Fair City,” which pays homage to Bradenton with references to such landmarks as the Riverwalk and Pueblo de las Artes. . 7 p.m. Saturday; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com
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Guitarist, singer-songwriter and former Anna Maria Island resident Damon Fowler will close Big Top’s weekend of live music. Last year, Fowler released his latest full-length album “Alafia Moon,” which topped Billboard’s Blues Albums chart and earned a Blues Music Award nomination earlier this year for Blues Rock Album. Along with his solo career, Fowler has also played in the supergroup Southern Hospitality with Grammy-nominated pianist Victor Wainwright and fellow Florida JP Soars, and in the groups of founding Allman Brothers Band members Dickey Betts and the late Butch Trucks. 3 p.m. Sunday; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com
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Another recent Blues Music Award nominee comes to town when Popa Chubby visits the Village of the Arts’ Birdrock Taco Shack. The guitarist and singer-songwriter’s 2021 full-length album “Tinfoil Hat” earned a nomination for Blues Rock Album; two genres in which he has credentials, having released multiple albums on the esteemed blues label Blind Pig Records and played with legendary punk rocker Richard Hell. He also shows no signs of slowing down, as he released another new album, “Emotional Gangster,” this year. If he can’t make it to this show, Popa Chubby will also play in Port Charlotte on September 30th. Wednesday at 7 pm; Birdrock Taco Shack, 1213 13th Ave. W., Bradenton; $25 in advance, $35 the day of; 941-545-9966; facebook.com/birdrocktaco
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Sarasota-based Fogartyville’s eclectic live music lineup continues with Celtic roots group Kalos. The lineup consists of violinist Ryan McKasson, former winner of the USA Scottish National Violin Championships; guitarist and vocalist Eric McDonald; and accordionist Jeremiah McLane. Along with working together, all three members have performed with other groups and/or released solo albums. 6:15 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show on Thursday, September 29; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $20, $18 members, $10 students ages 13 and up; 941-894-6469; fogartyville.org
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