Top 11 concert picks for Sarasota-Bradenton-Charlotte: Jan. 13-19

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SIRSY.
SIRSY.

SIRSY

Hailing from upstate New York, indie-rock act SIRSY continues to tour Florida, including Punta Gorda's Celtic Ray this week. Comprising vocalist-drummer Melanie Krahmer and guitarist Rich Libutti, SIRSY has a sound larger than one might expect from a duo, with the pair known to play multiple instruments live. Releasing the full-length "Coming Into Frame," with its opening track "Cannonball" used in the Showtime series "Shameless," the group has also released the 2019 EP "Like a Drum" and the 2020 single "Astronauts." 9 p.m. Friday; Celtic Ray Public House, 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda; 941-916-9115; celticray.net

Damon Fowler.
Damon Fowler.

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

The three-day festival at downtown Sarasota's J.D. Hamel Park will feature food, drinks and live music, including some of Florida's most acclaimed blues artists. Guitarists and singer-songwriters Damon Fowler and Selwyn Birchwood, who both released Billboard blues album chart-topping records last year, are scheduled to play Saturday, while Fowler's Southern Hospitality bandmate J.P. Soars performs Sunday. Other performers will include Kettle of Fish, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio and Ronnie Dee & the Super Stars. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; J.D. Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota; free admission; seafoodfestivals.com

Freddie Jackson

The free Palmetto Multicultural Festival is set to return this year to Sutton Park, with R&B singer Freddie Jackson serving as the headliner. Jackson rose to fame in the '80s with No. 1 R&B hits such as "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)," the title track from his platinum 1985 album, and "You are My Lady," which earned him a Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Grammy nomination the same year he was nominated for Best New Artist. He's continued to release music in the following years, including the 2018 album "Love Signals" and 2010's "For You." 2-6 p.m. Saturday; Sutton Park, 1036 Sixth St. W., Palmetto; free admission; 941-723-4988; facebook.com/palmettocra

J.P. Soars.
J.P. Soars.

J.P. Soars Gypsy Blue Revue with Anne Harris and Jason Ricci

The Blue Rooster will host a show featuring Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter J.P. Soars joined by two other acclaimed blues artists, violinist Anne Harris and harmonica player Jason Ricci. Soars has received multiple Blues Music Awards nominations, while Harris has earned praise as both a solo artist and playing with other musicians including Otis Taylor, and Ricci is a two-time Blues Music Award winner who also performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Soars and his group The Red Hots will also play Englewoods on Dearborn at 6 p.m. Tuesday ($7 cover charge.) 8 p.m. Saturday; The Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $35; 941-388-7539; blueroostersrq.com

Johnny Sansone

Bradenton Southern food restaurant and venue Cottonmouth will host New Orleans blues singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Sansone for a concert. Sansone's instruments of choice include the harmonica and accordion, earning multiple Blues Music Award nominations for the latter, and winning Song of the Year for the title track to his 2011 album "The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too." His most recent full-length is 2018's "Hopeland," produced by Anders Osborne and featuring him and the North Mississippi Allstars' Cody and Luther Dickinson. 6 p.m. Saturday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; $15; 941-243-3735; facebook.com/cottonmouthsoul

Dana Lawrence.
Dana Lawrence.

Dana Lawrence Birthday Bash

Sarasota brewery and venue Big Top Brewing Company will hold a show celebrating area musician Dana Lawrence's birthday. Lawrence is known to many as the frontman for popular Sarasota rock group Kettle of Fish, who will perform at the birthday bash. The band is set to be joined by special guest Chris Anderson, a Sarasota-raised guitarist and singer-songwriter who was also formerly a longtime member of the Tampa-formed "Green Grass & High Tides" Southern rockers the Outlaws. 7 p.m. Saturday; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com

Alex Han.
Alex Han.

Shred the Love Fundraiser

Sarasota's Music Compound hosts this fundraiser organized by students and featuring Grammy-nominated saxophonist Alex Han, with proceeds supporting scholarships for area youth who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 or whose parents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Han, whose 2017 full-length "Spirit" earned a Best Contemporary Instrumental Grammy nomination, will perform along with hip-hop jazz group The Ruckus Late Night's. Other bands and solo artists will also perform at the event, which will feature food, art and a silent auction. 6 p.m. Saturday; Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; $15; 941-379-9100; musiccompound.com

The Righteous Brothers.
The Righteous Brothers.

The Righteous Brothers

Van Wezel hosts famed soul duo The Righteous Brothers, which features original member Bill Medley joined by Bucky Heard, following co-founder Bobby Hatfield's death in 2003. The group rose to fame in the '60s with hits such as "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" and their rendition of "Unchained Melody," with both songs experiencing renewed popularity decades later for their use in "Top Gun" and "Ghost" and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, with The Righteous Brothers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Don't be surprised if you also hear "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," Medley's duet with Jennifer Warnes from "Dirty Dancing," which was a No. 1 hit and earned him a Grammy. 7 p.m. Sunday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $37-$77; 941-263-6799; vanwezel.org

David Wilcox.
David Wilcox.

David Wilcox

Fogartyville's live music lineup this week includes folk singer-songwriter and guitarist David Wilcox. He was signed to A&M Records from the release of his 1989 album "How Did You Find Me Here" through the early '90s, and has had his songs covered by other musicians including k.d. lang ("My Old Addiction.") His most recent album was 2018's "The View from the Edge," with Wilcox also winning the Overall Grand Prize and Best Folk Song Award at the USA Songwriting Competition that same year. 7 p.m. Sunday; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $30, $25 members, $15 students; 941-894-6469; fogartyville.org

Selwyn Birchwood.
Selwyn Birchwood.

Selwyn Birchwood

Along with Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Selwyn Birchwood is scheduled to play The Blue Rooster and Englewoods on Dearborn. Last year, the singer-songwriter and guitarist released the full-length "Living in a Burning House," his third for renowned blues label Alligator Records, which topped the Billboard blues albums charts. He also earned a Contemporary Blues Male Artist Blues Music Award nomination last year, winning a Best New Artist Debut award in 2015 for his first Alligator album "Don't Call No Ambulance." The Blue Rooster show will be an acoustic night with a trio, according to the venue. 7 p.m. Tuesday; The Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota; $10; 941-388-7539; blueroostersrq.com; 7 p.m. Wednesday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $10; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com

Duane Betts.
Duane Betts.

Duane Betts, Johnny Stachela and Berry Duane Oakley

Three members of the rock group Allman Betts Band – including ones with ties to Sarasota-Manatee – will visit Osprey's The Point for an acoustic show on the waterfront restaurant's back lawn. Duane Betts is a Sarasota native and the son of Allman Brothers Band founding member and longtime Sarasota County resident Dickey Betts, while Berry Duane Oakley has lived in Venice and is the son of fellow Allman Brothers founding member, the late Berry Oakley. Johnny Stachela, who also plays in the Allman Betts Band that's released the albums "Down to the River" and "Bless Your Heart," joins them. 6 p.m. Wednesday; The Point, 131 Bayview Drive, Osprey; no cover; 941-786-3890; eviesonline.com

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