Top 9 local concert picks, Dec. 16-22

Albert Castiglia.

Albert Castiglia

South Florida blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Albert Castiglia will go to two of the world’s prime blues spots, Englewoods on Dearborn and The Blue Rooster, this week. Castiglia performed in legendary bluesman Junior Wells’ band earlier than embarking on a solo profession, most just lately releasing final 12 months’s “Wild and Free,” which gained a Blues Blast Music Award for Live Blues Album and was recorded at Boca Raton’s The Funky Biscuit. He beforehand put out 2019’s “Masterpiece,” successful final 12 months’s Blues Music Award for Blues Rock Album. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $7; 941-475-7501;; 8 p.m. Friday; The Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $18; 941-388-7539;

Mike Zito.

Mike Zito

Another acclaimed blues rock musician, Mike Zito, is about to play each The Blue Rooster and Englewoods on Dearborn this week. The guitarist and singer-songwriter scored two Blues Music Awards wins earlier this 12 months: Blues Rock Artist, and Blues Rock Album for 2019’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry,” which noticed Zito joined by a few of the largest names in blues, performing the music of the rock legend. This 12 months additionally noticed the discharge of Zito’s newest full-length “Resurrection” on Gulf Coast Records, which Zito co-founded. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; The Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $25; 941-388-7539;; 7 p.m. Wednesday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $10; 941-475-7501;



A Mingus Holiday with the Michael Ross 5

Fogartyville hosts this concert paying tribute to legendary jazz musician Charles Mingus, with fellow jazz bassist Michael Ross and his group performing Mingus’ music, a couple of of Ross’ originals and “a few hipper vacation tunes.” Ross has been a fixture of the Florida jazz scene for many years, from becoming a member of the group Liquid Bebop within the early ’80s to the present day. He’ll be joined at this present by Daniel Jordan (tenor sax, flute), David Pate (tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute), Anthony Aldissi (piano) and John Jenkins (drums.) 8 p.m. Friday; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $20, $18 members, $10 college students; 941-894-6469;

Selwyn Birchwood.

Bradenton Riverwalk Seafood & Music Festival

The inaugural three-day pageant at Bradenton’s Riverwalk Pavilion will function recent seafood and dwell music, together with considered one of Florida’s most acclaimed blues artists. Blues Music Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter Selwyn Birchwood, whose newest Alligator Records full-length “Living in a Burning House” topped the Billboard blues album charts earlier this 12 months, will headline Saturday. Other performers will embrace Sarasota-Manatee’s personal Kettle of Fish, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio and Dean Johanesen. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton; free admission;


Musiq Soulchild.

Musiq Soulchild

Sarasota vacation occasion Miracle on twenty seventh Street will function toy and garments giveaways (whereas provides final), in addition to a particular concert headlined by Grammy-nominated R&B performer Musiq Soulchild. The singer-songwriter rose to fame within the early ‘00s with the platinum albums “Aijuswanaseing” and “Juslisen,” featuring the Top 3 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop singles such as “Love” and “Halfcrazy.” He’s continued to remain busy since, just lately showing on this 12 months’s Soul Train Music Awards as a performer within the Soul Cypher. The concert is free, however entry is first-come, first-served and pending venue capability; go to Miracle on twenty seventh Street’s Eventbrite web page to register. 9 a.m. giveaway, 1 p.m. concert Saturday; Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 thirty fourth St., Sarasota; free

Sean Chambers.

Sean Chambers

The Blue Rooster’s dwell music lineup this weekend can be set to incorporate Sean Chambers. Earlier this 12 months, the Florida blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter launched his newest album “That’s What I’m Talkin About: Tribute to Hubert Sumlin,” with Chambers spending years within the legendary Chicago blues musician Sumlin’s group as a bandleader and guitarist. Chambers later launched into a profitable solo profession, with “That’s What I’m Talkin About” and his prior 2018 full-length “Welcome to My Blues” each cracking the Top 10 on Billboard’s blues albums chart. 8 p.m. Saturday; The Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $15; 941-388-7539;


Rev. Billy C. Wirtz.

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz/Steve Arvey

Bradenton Southern meals spot and venue Cottonmouth will function a double-bill of two favorites within the Florida blues and roots rock scene. Along with internet hosting the fashionable Rhythm Revival weekly radio present on WMNF, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz has a devoted following as a musician, mixing irreverent lyrics with severe boogie-woogie piano chops. He’ll be joined by Steve Arvey, who began out within the Chicago blues scene earlier than later relocating to Sarasota-Manatee and turning into one of many space’s greatest regarded bluesmen. 6 p.m. Saturday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 twelfth St. W., Bradenton; $10; 941-243-3735;

John McEuen.

John McEuen

Downtown Sarasota comedy membership McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre hosts this concert that includes founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member and former Bradenton resident John McEuen, which additionally serves as a 76th birthday celebration for McEuen. During his time with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which he left in 2017, multi-instrumentalist McEuen carried out on data such because the 1972 platinum collaborative album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and gained a Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy for a rendition of “Earl’s Breakdown.” McEuen’s additionally had a prolific profession as a solo artist, and gained his second Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for his work on Steve Martin’s 2009 document “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.” 7 p.m. Monday; McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $37; 941-925-3869;

Daniela Soledade.

Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar

Jazz Club of Sarasota’s Monday Night Jazz Cabaret collection, held in Florida Studio Theatre’s John C. Court Cabaret, continues with Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro and now based mostly in St. Pete, singer Soledade launched her debut album “A Moment of You” in 2019, that includes songs in each English and Portuguese. Guitarist Najar is one other of Tampa Bay’s best-known musicians within the jazz scene, releasing quite a few albums of his personal together with 2018’s “Under Paris Skies” paying tribute to the French metropolis and 2017’s “Christmas in December.” 6:30 p.m. (doorways, dinner/drinks), 7:30 p.m. (present) Monday; John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First Street, Sarasota; $34-$39; 941-260-9951;

If you might be an space musician who’d wish to be thought-about for this checklist, please electronic mail [email protected] along with your occasion data a minimum of per week prematurely. Show schedules are topic to vary; verify venues/pages prematurely to verify or for questions on COVID-19 protocols.

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