As we bid farewell to February and enter March, it will be one other packed, different and star-studded week for live shows in our space. Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Corridor, as an illustration, will host a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter with a number of hit songs (and a music pageant) to her title, in addition to one of many greatest crossover successes in classical music.
This week additionally marks the return of an annual reggae block celebration, headlined by a Grammy-winning group with a music that is been performed on tv and film screens for many years. An Anna Maria Island live performance sequence will characteristic a giant title in ’70s rock, whereas one other live performance sequence in Sarasota centering on indie music returns with an up-and-coming act from proper right here in Florida. Listed here are this week’s highlights. Occasion particulars are topic to alter.
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Joyland throws its second annual Mardi Gras celebration at its new location off College Parkway, that includes reside music by blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Anthony Gomes. Born in Toronto to a French-Canadian mom and Portuguese father, Gomes now resides within the St. Louis space and launched his newest Billboard blues album chart-topping full-length “Excessive Voltage Blues” final yr. Together with Gomes, the Mardi Gras celebration will even characteristic free masks and beads till they’re gone. 9:30 p.m. Friday; Joyland, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Highway, Sarasota; $20.90 advance, $25 day of, $31.35 ages 18-20; 941-210-4110; joylandsarasota.com
The Tannahill Weavers
Celebrating 55 years since their origin in 2023, the normal Scottish group The Tannahill Weavers go to Fogartyville this weekend. Hailing from Paisley, Scotland and named after the city’s weaving trade and Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, The Tannahill Weavers are generally known as one of many premier performers of the nation’s conventional music. The group nonetheless options two unique members: guitarist/lead vocalist Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie (flute, whistles, bodhrán and concord vocals.) 7 p.m. doorways, 8 p.m. present Friday; Fogartyville Group Media and Arts Middle, 525 Kumquat Courtroom, Sarasota; $30, $25 members, $15 college students ages 13 and up; 941-894-6469; fogartyville.org
The annual block celebration Osfest, held by native reggae favorites Jah Motion in honor of the late Democracy Reggae Band member (and Jah Motion frontman Damie Caines’ father) Oswald “Ham” Caines, returns to downtown Sarasota. Jamaican band Internal Circle, greatest recognized for the music “Dangerous Boys” that later grew to become the theme to the present “Cops” and the “Dangerous Boys” movies (and served because the title observe to their Finest Reggae Album Grammy-winning full-length), headline. Kumar Bent, previously of Grammy-nominated reggae group Raging Fyah, additionally performs together with Jah Motion, Propaganjah, Juliette Mills, Soul Goal, Youth Motion and a number of DJs. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday; The Gator Membership, 1490 Major St., Sarasota; $40, $100 VIP, free below age 12; jahmovement.com
Grand Funk Railroad
The Middle of Anna Maria Island’s Bradenton Gulf Island Live performance Collection continues with basic rockers (and Homer Simpson’s favourite band) Grand Funk Railroad. The group rose to fame within the early ’70s with their No. 1 hits “We’re an American Band” and their rendition of “The Loco-Movement,” together with different songs together with “Some Sort of Fantastic.” The group not contains lead singer/guitarist Mark Farner, who additionally visited Manatee County for Palmetto’s Fourth of July fest in 2019, however does nonetheless characteristic fellow founding members, drummer/vocalist Don Brewer and bassist Mel Schacher. 6 p.m. doorways, 7 p.m. present Saturday; The Middle of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria; $65 and up; 941-778-1908; centerami.org
Wealthy Redmond, Keio Stroud
Joyland additionally hosts an occasion this weekend showcasing a number of drummers, together with two primarily based within the music hub of Nashville who’ve labored with big-name artists. Wealthy Redmond, who’s recorded and toured with artists comparable to nation star Jason Aldean, is ready to seem together with Keio Stroud, whose credit embrace touring with famed nation duo Large & Wealthy. Dave Stark, president of the Florida Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and a Sarasota County resident, will even carry out. 3 p.m. Sunday; Joyland, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Highway, Sarasota; $30, $20 Percussive Arts Society members, free ages 12 and below; 941-210-4110; joylandsarasota.com
Abbie Gardner and Marc Douglas Berardo
Fogartyville additionally hosts a double-bill of folks musicians, Abbie Gardner and Marc Douglas Berardo, this week. Dobro participant Gardner is thought each for her work as a member of the trio Pink Molly and as a solo artist, together with final yr’s album “Dobrosinger.” Singer-songwriter Berardo’s first regular music gig was at a biker bar in Butler Seaside, Florida in 1988 and he has carried out ever since, releasing albums together with “Whalebone,” that includes Gardner on the music “My Errors.” 6 p.m. doorways, 7 p.m. present Sunday; Fogartyville Group Media and Arts Middle, 525 Kumquat Courtroom, Sarasota; $22, $18 members, $11 college students ages 13 and up; 941-894-6469; fogartyville.org
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan will return to Van Wezel this week for “an intimate night of songs and storytelling,” accompanied by cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith. McLachlan rose to prominence along with her 1993 album “Fumbling In the direction of Ecstasy,” which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this yr, and had her greatest industrial success with 1997’s “Surfacing,” that includes the hit singles “Angel,” “Adia” and the Finest Feminine Pop Vocal Efficiency Grammy-winning “Constructing a Thriller.” McLachlan’s different accomplishments embrace founding the touring music pageant Lilith Honest and singing the Oscar-nominated “Toy Story 2” observe “When She Liked Me.” 8 p.m. Tuesday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Corridor, 777 N. Tamiami Path, Sarasota; $74-$145; 941-263-6799; vanwezel.org
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma additionally performs at Van Wezel this week, becoming a member of the Sarasota Orchestra and visitor conductor Peter Oundjian for a live performance. A 19-time Grammy winner in genres together with classical, folks and world music, Yo-Yo Ma has additionally carried out on movie soundtracks such because the Oscar-winning rating for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and collaborated with different musicians, together with with Miley Cyrus and Elton John on a canopy of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Issues.” He is turn into a well known popular culture persona within the course of, showing on exhibits comparable to “Desus & Mero” and cameoing as himself in final yr’s movie “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story.” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2; Van Wezel Performing Arts Corridor, 777 N. Tamiami Path, Sarasota; offered out; 941-953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org
The live performance sequence Ringling Underground, held in The Ringling’s courtyard and that includes indie music acts and free admission for college students, returns with Cathedral Bells headlining this month. The Orlando dream-pop group began as a solo challenge of Matt Messore, previously of Florida emo favorites You Blew It!, earlier than turning into a full-fledged band with releases together with the 2021 full-length “Ether” and up to date single “Clinging to the Floor” with Rew. Miami-Tampa psych-pop group Blonde Gents and Sarasota’s Me Umbra additionally carry out. 8 p.m. Thursday; The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Highway, Sarasota; $15, free members/college students with ID; 941-359-7500; ringling.org
After just lately enjoying Bradenton’s Birdrock Taco Shack, and shortly earlier than opening for nation singer Corey Kent at Sarasota’s Large High, upstate New York pop-rock group SIRSY will carry out one other native headlining date at Punta Gorda’s Celtic Ray. Comprising vocalist-drummer Melanie Krahmer and guitarist Wealthy Libutti, SIRSY has a sound bigger than one may anticipate from a duo, with the pair recognized to play a number of devices reside. The group’s releases embrace the full-length “Coming Into Body,” with the opening observe “Cannonball” showing on the Showtime sequence “Shameless.” 8 p.m. Thursday; Celtic Ray Public Home, 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda; 941-916-9115; celticray.web
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