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Weekend Sounds: March 29-31


BRADENTON — It's another weekend, and you know what that means. If you guessed another great lineup of local, talented musicians in Manatee, Sarasota, and surrounding counties, you would be correct. Check out The Bradenton Times Weekend Sounds to see what bands you can catch at your favorite venues.

Music in the Park
Friday - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

As the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of soulRcoaster, Sheri’s soulful, intoxicatingly passionate vocals combined with rock star looks make her the real deal! This native New Yorker has the unique ability to connect with the audience. She commands the stage as only a true performer can, earning her a stellar reputation as a consummate entertainer. With a vocal range that can belt out a hard core rocking tune to a beautiful love song, Sheri’s energetic performance is contagious and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

In addition to fronting soulRcoaster, Sheri is an accomplished songwriter having had the pleasure of recording with some of rock's legends, including grammy award winning engineer/producer Bud Snyder. Her debut solo cd “Fate Steps In” is available on iTunes and features the late great “Dangerous” Dan Toler. No cover.

Weather permitting.

Music in the Park:

Bring a chair or blanket, friends, and your leashed pups to this free, family-friendly music series.

Fridays, March 22–April 26, 2024, 6–8 p.m.
At the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion
452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

2024 Music in the Park Schedule & Lineup:

March 22: Canceled due to weather Eric Von Band (Country)
March 29: soulRcoaster (Rock)
April 5: Glass Onion Beatles Band (Beatles Tribute)
April 12: Sweet Fleet (Fleetwood Mac Tribute)
April 19: MonkeyFinger (Rock)
April 26: Kristopher James (Singer/Songwriter)

Memphis Rub Band
Island Time Bar & Grill
Friday - 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Memphis Rub Band is a 4-piece band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area performing a blend of blues, rock, funk, and R&B. Starring Gary Drouin on guitar, Scott Matzke on bass and vocals, Dan Ryan on keys, and David Wells on drums/vocals, they perform both covers and original music. In 2018, Memphis Rub released their first album, ""Taste,"" and several tracks from the album have been played on area radio stations WMNF and WSLR, including ""Red Tide Blues."" No cover.

About the venue:

Island Time Bar and Grill is located on Anna Maria Island’s Bridge Street. Situated on the ground floor beneath the Bridge Street Bistro, Island Time Bar & Grill offers an open "no-walls" tropical indoor/outdoor beachside bar setting with welcoming gulf breezes. Their varied menu serves from their upstairs restaurant, Bridge Street Bistro, featuring fresh ingredients, surf-to-turf, and made-from-scratch recipes by chef Jimmy Lopatinski. Full bar, beachy cocktails, specialty, and classic margaritas, and cold beer! 

Funky Bonez
Friday - 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

The Funky Bones will have you on your feet, grooving to familiar beats and enjoying a night of soulful melodies. From Earth, Wind & Fire to Kool and The Gang, and even some Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa, the performance will take you on a musical journey through the decades.

The Funky Bones is more than just a party band.. They are an experience.

Cover $10.

About the venue:

Joyland Live Music Night Club in Sarasota is one of the area’s best experiences for live music. Our concert-quality sound system delivers premium sound fidelity, while elevated seating areas provide enhanced views of the stage and dancefloor. Concerts often feature national music artists.

Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night, along with dance music from the best DJs in Southwest Florida. Joyland is your favorite dance club to party with friends, meet new friends, dance, and enjoy the best live music in the Sarasota-Bradenton area.

Virgil Cain
Motorworks Brewing
Saturday - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A life-long passion for music has culminated into a tightly woven, professionally produced show by VIRGIL CAIN. A multi-talented musician, Virgil has drawn on over two decades of recording sessions and live performances to meticulously build a multi-layered show that appeals to most any audience.

It all started at the age of 5 with violin lessons in kindergarten. Age 13 came around and he discovered the electric guitar. Listening to guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson, Jimmy Page, Virgil found his way to playing guitar in original/cover bands in the 90’s. He began playing piano and keyboard parts on recorded songs too.

After one of the bands disbanded, Virgil played piano and acoustic guitar in local coffeehouses, singing stripped down versions of originals and original renditions of many songs. The solo show developed with influences from Billy Joel, Elton John and Coldplay on piano to Paul Simon, Dave Matthews and John Mayer on guitar.

With a passion for evolving a show, he discovered new technologies. Digital looping and sequencing created a full band sound from one musician. Songs would be built up live with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and electric violin parts built on top of each other. It's this "one man band" aspect of his performance that fascinates audiences whenever he plays and accounts for a good portion of what makes his show worth seeing. His stage presence, showmanship, appearance, and an easy ability to connect with an audience makes up another portion. But, it's Virgil’s talent as a musician, above all else, that garners the respect and admiration of an audience and rounds out the full package.

Virgil has performed his solo show for the last 20 years on the east coast in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia, Ohio, South Carolina, and Florida. This show allows him to focus solely on music to make a living and continues to expand every year. No cover.

About the venue:

Venue: BRADENTON’S BEER GARDEN AND TAPROOM - Join us for a lovely afternoon or evening in our famous Beer Garden under a 150-year-old oak tree or enjoy our Taproom that is full of our great beers, wine, spirits, and cocktails.

We strive to fine-tune award-winning craft beer delivered to satisfy anyone’s palate. Our beers and service are performance-driven, the same as the Hudson service center housed in our brewery during the 1940s and 50s.

Based on weather conditions, Live Music may be performed in the Taproom.

Igor & the Red Elvises
Birdrock Taco Shack
Saturday - 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

As an independent band, Red Elvises have produced 12 studio albums, two live albums, a live concert DVD, and a Greatest Hits compilation. Some of their most notable film contributions include music and or performances in “Six String Samurai”, “Mail Order Bride”, “Armageddon”, “Skippy”, “Melrose Place”, “Fastlane”, “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Extravaganza”, “VH-1 Behind the Music”, and “MTV”. Red Elvises have performed for large festivals, private parties, and played on massive stages such as 2005’s Live 8 Benefit Concert. No matter where they perform, Igor & Red Elvises always bring the party with them.

Cover $10 pre/$15 DOS

About the venue:

Located in Bradenton Florida's Village of the Arts, Birdrock Taco Shack is not your average taco joint, but a unique funky-fun taco spot and live music venue. Owner and chef David Shiplett (who also owns the popular Cottonmouth South Soul Kitchen) doesn't serve up just any tacos. Dave has worked as a Chef in San Francisco, San Diego, Sarasota, and now Bradenton. Dine inside the eclectic artsy shack or outdoors on the porch and back patio. Great food, cool people... and TACOS! 1213 13th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Divine AF
Saturday - 8:00 p.m. 

Formed in 2017, Divine AF’s engaging and original blend of indie-folk, rock, pop and World Beat grooves — highlighted by the group’s unique three-vocalist format — has endeared them to a wide array of fans.

A proudly LGBTQ+ all-female outfit, singers Kat Star Song, Suzie Hopes and Brittany Baldwin, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lova Michelle Patterson, bassist Seanna Makepeace, drummer Claire Franklin and newcomer Jules Rayne on lead guitar/mandolin, manage to move easily between playing massive LGBTQ+ events like St. Pete Pride — the biggest Pride event in the Southeast, where they shared the stage with Lisa Loeb — to mainstream stages, such as their recent gig supporting hip-hop star Waka Flocka Flame.

The group introduced itself with the 2018 album This Side of Desire, supporting the release with touring and festival appearances that took the band from NYC’s Bowery Electric to Minnesota’s Wookiefoot Shangri-La Festival.

“Beautifully Broken” expands on the promise of “This Side of Desire.”

From the anthemic, guitar-driven defiance of “Flo + Debb” to the evocative introspection of “Kintsugi,” the country-flavored yearning of “Running to Stand Still” and the haunting melodies and harmonies of “Woman on a Wire,” “Beautifully Broken” showcases a group of artists unafraid to work together toward a singular vision without sacrificing the influences, talents and contributions of each individual.

“ really displays some of the range this band is capable of,” says bassist Seanna Makepeace. “It makes a statement that we can be any genre that tickles our fancy, that we don’t have to choose one, and we’re still ourselves.”

Simply Greek Food Truck will be serving food beginning at 7 p.m.

Divine AF | Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15 members; $18 not-yet-members; $9 student (13+)

About the venue:

Fogartyville is a special gathering place for those who truly appreciate music and community. Nothing draws people together like a shared musical experience, and the listening room atmosphere at Fogartyville enables people to fully appreciate that experience.

Justin Layman
Cortez Kitchen
Sunday - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Justin Layman is a Singer/Songwriter from Sarasota Florida. He plays guitar and performs a unique style of music combining Folk, Rock, and R&B.

Justin has been performing since 2004 in original bands as well as cover bands all around the state of Florida. He is a member of the band The Curious Bedfellows alongside his wife Sara Nelms and percussionist Eddie James.

Justin has Recorded three albums ("Almost There," "02 03 Ten," & "You Shouldn't Look Like That"). No cover. 

About the venue:

Welcome to The Cortez Kitchen, your go-to spot for awesome seafood right here in the heart of Cortez! We’re all about serving up the freshest catches with that old Florida flavor. Our place is on the water, so you can enjoy your grub with a killer view. Check out our menu – we’ve got FRESH seafood, live music, and strong-but delicious cocktails. We love being part of the Cortez crew, so come hang with us and enjoy the flavors that everyone around here loves. Swing by The Cortez Kitchen for a laid-back dining experience where good eats are the main event.

For more local music listings in Bradenton and throughout the area, check out GoTonight.com or download the GoTonight app.

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