Weekend Sounds January 20-22

The Applebutter Express
The Applebutter Express
Dawn Kitterman
BRADENTON — It’s another big weekend for live music across Manatee and Sarasota counties. With multiple bands lined up at area venues each day this weekend, 941’s live music fans will find no shortage of stellar show options! Check out the Bradenton Times Weekend Sounds to see what bands you can catch and where.
 
The Applebutter Express
Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen
Friday: 7-10 p.m. 
 
The Applebutter Express will kick off Cottonmouth's VOTA all-Saturday bluegrass festival with a live performance in Cottonmouth’s garden on Friday evening. The Applebutter Express has gained a national following, but its beginnings can be traced right back here to Bradenton, Florida. The group's founding members, Shannon and Kyle Biss, met in 2004 while Kyle was working at a local record shop. In 2010, then-bass player Kyle picked up a ukulele with the intention of learning songs to sing and harmonize with his girlfriend Shannon for fun. From there the pair moved on to live performances. In no time the eclectic, tuneful duo—now known as The Applebutter Express—was the talk of Tampa. 
 
The band has grown to include members Zach Rogers (bass) in 2015 and Jason Baker (fiddle) in 2020. The group has performed numerous live shows since its beginnings and has performed extensively on the festival circuits. Cover is $5.

About the Venue
Located in Bradenton Village of the Arts, Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen has quickly become one of Bradenton, Florida’s more popular outdoor music venues. Music is hosted on their intimate 80-seat capacity patio garden, a perfect setting under the branches of towering live oaks in the heart of VOTA. Known for his eclectic southern dining, Chef Dave Shiplett puts his creative spin on southern classics serving up his brand of southern soul food in this 100-year-old cottage that doubles as an art gallery. The venue offers craft beer, wine, a list of creative hard ciders, and non-alcoholic beverages. Reservations are recommended due to limited capacity. 1114 12th Street West, Bradenton.

Clover’s Revenge 
Café in the Park
Friday: 7-9 p.m.

Clover's Revenge brings a mix of two Irish musical traditions: acoustic pub music and Celtic punk rock. Utilizing simple instrumentation, the trio creates an explosive sound, with detailed harmonic lines, and complex rhythms. Steeped? – no, their Irish speed folk is pickled in the traditions of the Dubliners, Pogues, Silly Wizard, and Flogging Molly. The band insists upon high-speed, technical traditional tunes and punk rock badassery. Featuring Beau Wilberding's percussion on the Cajon drum, Zach Johnson on guitar and vocals, and John Barron on vocals, mandolin, and guitar. High energy, high fun. No cover. 

About the Venue
Located in Payne Park, downtown Sarasota, Cafe in the Park captures the spirit of a quintessential urban cafe terrace. It's the perfect place for a great coffee, a fresh sandwich, and live music. The family-friendly spot has menu selections of healthy café-style food, non-alcoholic beverages, beer, and wine, all served in a community park setting. Truly a great place to catch a live show. Please no outside food or drink. 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

Clover's Revenge

Rye Road
Motorworks Brewing 
Friday: 7-11 p.m. 
 
Rye Road returns to the beer garden stage of Motorworks Brewing this Friday! Rye Road has been rocking audiences up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida for over a decade. Their sound is a unique blend of new country and rock. The band features Pete Tamburin's emotional vocals and country-influenced guitar, drummer Dan Garrido’s solid rhythms and amazing high harmonies, the energetic and booming bass lines of Bryant Crawford, and the soaring keyboards of Tim Meyer. Catchy, accessible melodies under lyrics that everyone can relate to. No cover.
 
About the Venue
Since its opening in 2014, Motorworks Brewing has become one of the most awarded breweries in Florida, with over 22 national and international medals. With 20+ beers on draught, a full liquor bar, wine, and a rotating batch of seasonal and specialty brews available, Motorworks is a great place to join friends for a fresh pint of beer or a cocktail. Its tree-canopied Beer Garden hosts a raised deck, games, an outdoor stage, ample patio seating, and plenty of room to dance. Food offerings from local food trucks. 1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, near the Village of the Arts.

Rye Road Band

The Schmitz Brothers Band 
3 Keys Brewing & Eatery
Saturday: 7-10 p.m.
 
This Friday, The Schmitz Brothers Band returns to the beer garden of 3 Keys Brewing. The Schmitz Brothers Band is a dynamic family band with skilled musicianship and memorable harmonies. Band members include father Dave Schmitz on guitar and vocals, twin sons Tim and Dave on guitar, bass and vocals, and long-time professional area percussionist, Phil Anderson, on drums. For more than a decade, The Schmitz Brothers Band has been performing for local audiences a catalog of classic rock and blues-based music along with reggae, jazz, bluegrass, and band originals. No cover. 
 
About the Venue
Located in Bradenton off of east Manatee Avenue, 3 Keys Brewing is a family-friendly brewery with a full kitchen serving up gourmet-style pub fare. Offering an inviting social atmosphere and weekly list of entertainment, music, and food and drink specials. Enjoy their expansive front porch or take in the sounds of the beer garden with a beverage in hand...oh, and bring your 4-legged friends! 2505 Manatee Ave East, Bradenton.

The Schmitz Brothers Band 

Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio  
Big Top Brewing Company 
Saturday: 7-10 p.m.

Locally-based singer and performer Twinkle has worked with Aerosmith, Dickie Betts, Rod Stewart, Gregg Allman, and countless others. In the 90s, she was signed to Warner Brothers for her debut album Haunted by Real Life produced by Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd) which gained ready attention on the jazz/pop charts for its title song. Rock Soul Radio members are lead vocalist Twinkle, guitarist Lenny Brooks, bassist Tony LeClerc, and Benny Puckett on drums. Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio was named area's best local band in TBT  Editor's Pick—Best of Manatee Bradenton Awards 2021. No cover.

About the Venue
Big Top Brewing Company is a Sarasota-based production brewery. Valuing their great town and its great history, they set out to add in great local beer. A compliment to Sarasota’s historical associations with The Ringling Circus, performing arts, famous architecture, the best art and design schools, and world-renowned tourism, Big Top Brewing artistically crafts world-class beers, inspired by their hometown. Featuring brewing, tasting, BBQ, and live music from some of the area’s best performers. A great outdoor venue with an expansive beer garden and porch bar. 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. 

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio

The Divebombers 
Jiggs Landing Outpost
Saturday: 3-6 p.m.
 
The Divebombers is a honky-tonk trio made of musician George Worthmore on electric guitar, Nat Langston on acoustic guitar, and Chad Clifford playing acoustic bass. The band performs music from the likes of George Jones, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Non-Fat Elvis, and more. Electric guitarist Worthmore is a New York Blues Hall of Fame and Suncoast Blues Challenge winner and 2017 International Blues Challenge semifinalist. The Divebombers are "Toe tappin' knee slappin' foot-stompin' good ol' American music." Cover $5. 
 
About the Venue
Jiggs Landing Outpost is located inside the Manatee County Park, Jiggs Landing. The outpost features a public boat ramp, fishing, cabin rentals, kayak and canoe rentals, bait shop, and a small café — but they are also a live music venue! The outdoor venue is on the Evers Reservoir and Braden River with prime views of the sunset. Enjoy a beautiful natural venue in a historic area in the heart of East Manatee. Café offers a light menu, adult and soft beverages, snacks, and Big Olaf ice cream. 6106 63rd Street East, Bradenton.

The Divebombers

Damon Fowler Band
Big Top Brewing Company
Sunday: 3-6 p.m. 
 
Damon Fowler Band returns to the Big Top for Sunday Blues and Brews! Fowler is a masterful singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His music is representative of the many styles that make up the roots of American music. Critics have compared Fowler's guitar work to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar is reminiscent of the late Duane Allman. Fowler is known for his fiery guitar runs, while his lyrical work on lap steel and dobro makes him a stand-out performer among guitar heroes. 
 
The Florida native's hybrid of roots rock, blues, songwriting, and vocals has earned him professional accolades from fellow artists and music journalists alike and a nomination for the 2022 Blues Music Awards.
 
The Damon Fowler Band features Fowler, drummer Justin Headley, and bassist Chuck Riley. No cover.

Damon Fowler Band

22N 
88 Live Piano Bar  
Sunday: 5-8 p.m.
 
If you are looking to wrap up your weekend with a party, then you should head to 88 Live Piano Bar Sunday evening for 22N. The band plays music from the full spectrum of genres and generations. From pop, country and rock to metal, disco, and Top 40, if you’ve heard it on the radio, they probably play it. 22N is a high-energy group made of five musicians including a female lead singer. The group utilizes video screens and effect lighting to amplify their show. Some artists they cover include Bruno Mars, Pink, Adele, AC/DC, The Cult, Beastie Boys, Journey, Tom Petty, Maroon 5, Motley Crew, Prince, Def Leppard, Queen, Cranberries, and so, so many more! Cover $10.
 
About the Venue
88 Live Piano Bar is one of Bradenton’s newest live entertainment hot spots. Steeped in ambiance, the 5000-square-foot venue has already hosted some of the area’s finest musicians and entertainers to sold-out shows. Featuring a light menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and pizzas, the family-owned venue "loves and lives music" in an atmosphere described as "classy and sassy." 6640 Cortez Road West Suite A, Bradenton.

22N

Dirty Byrd
Gilligan's Island Bar
Sunday: 6-10 p.m. 
 
Dirty Byrd returns this Sunday to Gilligan's on Siesta! The Sarasota-based jam band performs blues, R&B, funk, jazz, rock, southern rock, and more. Led by two seasoned local musicians, Brian Byrd (pedal steel guitar and lead vocals) and Thorson Moore (electric guitar and vocals), and joined by talented musicians Damon Owens (percussion/drums) and Andrew Glasgow (electric bass). The band's shows frequently include some of the area’s most talented musicians as guest performers creating shows that are unique each time the band takes the stage. No cover. 

Sarasota native Brian Byrd has been performing nearly all of his life. He began his music career on the drums at age two. Byrd has performed with numerous bands in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and has built a large following across Florida's Gulf Coast. His true passion—and perhaps what the musician is most known for—is the pedal steel guitar; however, his stage presence and vocals don't go unnoticed against his many years of experience with his favored instrument. 
 
Thorson Moore is best known for his distinctive tone and invaluable guitar skill. The guitarist began as a drummer but later evolved into a highly experienced professional guitar player. Having performed and recorded with various bands and artists, played to festival crowds, and released an album of his own in 2014 entitled, Mr. Nobody, Thorson is a guitarist who carries a reputation not built upon raw talent and a genius intuition of music alone, but years of impassioned dedication to the instrument. 
 
About the Venue:
Founded in 2001, Gilligan’s Island Bar prides itself on serving quality food, cocktails, and great service. The venue hosts live music on its front deck, and offers back patio seating, a tiki bar, and a fire pit for cooler nights. The flickering tiki torches, palm trees, and cool Gulf breezes are exactly what you have been looking for. Located on Siesta Key, 5253 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota.

Dirty Byrd

For more local music listings in Bradenton and throughout the area, check out GoTonight.com or download the GoTonight app. Know of an awesome local venue or upcoming show?

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