Weekend Sounds May 19-21

Dawn Kitterman
BRADENTON — It's a big weekend for music across Bradenton and Sarasota this weekend. Sarasota’s favorite synth-rock band MeteorEYES is coming to downtown Bradenton, while Have Gun, Will Travel will mark the Friendly City’s Birthday with a show in the Village of the Arts. TEN-76 will take to Motorwork’s beer garden stage, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones drop its newest live release, and the Damon Fowler Band returns to the Big Top!… and there’s more where that came from! Check out the Bradenton Times Weekend Sounds to see what bands you can catch and where.

Motorworks Brewing
Friday: 7-11 p.m.
TEN-76 is a high-energy rock band covering classic rock, punk and modern rock. Formed during the pandemic in 2020, the 5-piece is composed of local musicians ranging in age from 18-21—but don’t let their ages fool you, this band comes with tons of talent and stage presence to impress. From its Lakewood Ranch home base, TEN-76 has been increasing its local exposure, performing from a growing list of local venue stages, while also growing its fanbase to more than 1.5k Facebook followers. 

Composed of female lead singer, Lauren Wampler, joined by Gavin Burns on guitar and vocals, Kyle Wampler on rhythm guitar and vocals, drummer Tyler Strum, and bassist Matthew Gilkison, the young group has also volunteered their talents and time for multiple local charities helping to raise funds to support causes such as breast cancer awareness, fire victims, veterans, first responders, and children in need.

The band performs an ever-expanding setlist of covers from 80s/90s rock, classic and punk rock, including music from Blink 182, Van Halen, Guns n Roses, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, and more. This up-and-coming local band is totally worth checking out! 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.

Friday: 7-11 p.m. 

Sarasota alternative synth-rock band MeteorEYES will perform this Friday at OSCURA, with accompanying performances by Movie Props and Stick the Landing

Led by Sarasota's mystical vocal powerhouse Shannon Fortner, MeteorEYES brings a musical experience of its own design. The three-piece electro-rock-synth-pop group includes drummer David Warren Curran and guitarist George Bikos. 

As the Founder of Harvey Milk Festival, now FabAF, Fortner and her bandmates are known for combining their talents, music, and activism in order to create fellowship and share a message of acceptance of both self and one another within the community.

MeteorEYES’s lush synth landscapes and driving post-punk energy draw listeners into a world transformed. Veiled in mystery, the original music invites audiences to question the masks we all wear in society, while boldly daring to create a fellowship of solidarity toward basic human equality.

About the Venue:
OSCURA is "the place to go for wet drinks, hot food, and good music." Since reopening last year as a reimagined coffee café and music venue in the historic neighborhood of Old Manatee, it has become one of music fans' top places to be in Bradenton. OSCURA-old is back with an expanded menu—including happy hours, Sunday brunches, more live music, flea markets and other entertainment events. 816 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton. 

Have Gun, Will Travel 
Birdrock Taco Shack 
Friday: 7-10 p.m. 

What better way to celebrate Bradenton’s 120th birthday than with your favorite local band, Have Gun, Will Travel in Bradenton's Village of the Arts? The nationally acclaimed Alternative rock/folk band known for its indie rock, classic country, hints-of-punk, Americana sound will perform at Birdrock this Friday night. 

Born of Bradenton, references to its hometown roots can be found tucked into several of its original songs, with a direct nod in the title of its 2009 album, Postcards from the Friendly City. Its most recent and highly anticipated album, Silver Sounds, delivered to fans another tribute to Bradenton with "The ballad Our Fair City."

Formed in 2006, the band's members consist of brothers Matt Burke (singer-guitarist) and Daniel Burke (bassist), and longtime friends guitarist Scott Anderson, drummer JP Beaubien, and keyboardist Edward Stork. Lead vocalist Matt Burke's songwriting draws on Western themes of life and death, honor, and morality throughout the band's narrative songs. Cover is $5. 

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—also the owner of 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.

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones
Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen 
Saturday: 7-10 p.m. 
Join Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones for a special CD release party at Cottonmouth this Saturday! The local West Coast Swing and blues band’s new live album Groovin’ at Groove Now! was recorded live at the Atlantis Basel during the Groove Now! concert series in Basel, Switzerland. This dynamic and energetic performance by Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones promises to be the live recording longtime fans of the band have been waiting for. Guest musicians and award-winning saxophonists Terry Hanck and Sax Gordon, as well as renowned keyboardist Bill Heid, joined the trio for this special live recording. 

Band leader Deming is an American blues and roots guitarist/vocalist, having earned a Blues Blast Music Award nomination for Best Blues Band in 2013 and 2019. The band also reached No. 3 on Billboard’s blues albums chart for their 2018 record Complicated Mess. Accompanied by bassist Andrew Goham (formerly of the Bottom Feeders), and percussionist Zack Pomerleau (a seasoned musician born and raised in Auburn, Maine), this trio is rockin' rhythm & blues. No cover. 

About the Venue:
Located in Bradenton Village of the Arts, Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen has quickly become one of Bradenton’s more popular outdoor music venues. 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.

Jack'D Up
Clancy's Irish Sports Pub and Grill
Saturday: 6-10 p.m.

Jack’D UP is a multi-award-winning male and female-fronted rock band. In 2021, the group reformed with two new members and then received 3 different Reader Choice Awards as best band. The band consists of five talented musicians that have a blast playing live music (NO backtracks!). With four vocalists sharing songs, stellar harmonies, two incredible guitarists, and a driving rhythm section, every song gets you up and dancing.

What sets the band apart from others is the energy, fun, and excitement that comes off the stage and is instantly handed over to the dancing crowd. Each performed song includes the artist’s sound signatures, just like the original recording. No cover. 

About the Venue:
Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub is in Bradenton off Cortez Rd. Clancy’s is known for its bar-fare food, full liquor bar, live entertainment, and, most of all – fun! Their casual and relaxed atmosphere has been described as, "Irish Tavern meets Jimmy Buffet." Music is provided inside and outside, with their outdoor venue featuring a coastal vibe and famous Tiki-hut bar. 6218 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

Kettle of Fish
Big Top Brewing Company 
Saturday: 7-10 p.m. 
Over its years of performing, Kettle of Fish has shared the stage with numerous bands and musicians including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Roger Waters’ Band, Devon Allman, Pat Travers, Damon Fowler, and Dickey Betts, and they have played opening performances for artists such as Eddie Money, Molly Hatchet, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Trombone Shorty, the Marshall Tucker Band, Jimmy Buffett (at the famous Blue Heaven in Key West), and many more. 

Led by lead singer, guitarist, and band founder Dana Lawrence, Kettle of Fish delivers a sound that is a rootsy "blues rock with soul" that works to bring together soulful blues with the energy of rock n’ roll. If you like the sound of the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Otis Redding, Robert Cray, the Neville Brothers, Buddy Guy, Stevie Wonder, the Allman Brothers, or The Grateful Dead, you will love Kettle of Fish. No cover. 

Can’t make the Saturday show? You can catch Kettle of Fish this Sunday as well at Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse, 4-7 p.m., 19 East Road, Sarasota. 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 complement 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, and live music from some of the area’s best performers. A great outdoor venue with an expansive beer garden, porch bar, and food truck. 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. 

Damon Fowler Band
Big Top Brewing Company
Sunday: 3-6 p.m. 
The 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.

Moore Dirty Band 
Mandeville Beer Garden 
Sunday: 4-8 p.m. 
The Sarasota-based jam band performs blues, R&B, funk, jazz, rock, southern rock, and more. Moore Dirty Band is fronted by Thorson Moore (electric guitar and vocals), and joined by talented musicians Damon Owens (percussion/drums), Andrew Glasgow (electric bass), and Rafael Ruffus (keys, sax, flute, clarinet, melodica). 

Guitarist and vocalist 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. No cover. 

About the Venue:
Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota’s Rosemary District, Mandeville Beer Garden offers a rotating selection of local craft, domestic and import beers as well as a wine menu and full liquor bar. The venue hosts live music Friday-Sunday. The food menu includes elevated pub fare options. 428 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota. 

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?