Diso Saturday Night Fever


There is one thing about DISCO, it is always ready to be ‘dusted off’ & come out of the closet for a night!!!  DISCO has become part of our “Pop Culture” and iconic images of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, still pop up in main stream media.  As KoolContinue Reading

Michael Allman Band


The Michael Allman Band is a hot group.  They play some great places in Florida and around the country.  When I heard that the band was going to be playing in the Sarasota / Bradenton / Anna Maria Island area I was surprised and excited.  I asked Mark Bartlett, General Manager of the Swordfish Grill how he got the Michael Allman Band to play at this great Cortez venue.  His answer, “I asked Michael and he said yes!”  That’s all it took…..a phone call and a little Facebook messaging!

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Tim Calandra


Sarasota Film Society is proud to announce a new partnership with The Florida Blues and Music Festival for the local musical portion of this year’s event, taking place on October 26th at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Sarasota Film Society will present performances from Big T & The Tornados at the event, along with Ladies Sing The Blues (LSTB).

LSTB is a local group of female vocalists, founded in 2011 by Steve Arvey. Arvey’s intention was to bring together a group of the area’s most talented female musicians to perform on the same stage, with the goal of raising money for Sarasota-based charities. The ladies have done an incredible job raising awareness and funds for important local causes to date, and continue to entertain and enlighten the community as they use their unique talents and sultry vocals for a good cause.

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Yappy Hour 2013


Satchel’s Last Resort is a sanctuary dedicated to the care of over 100 last chance animals which are divided into two groups: GUESTS and RESIDENTS.   The guests are available for adoption.    The residents are animals who, for one reason or another, are not considered adoptable and will live the remainder of their lives at the shelter (hence the name Satchel’s Last  Resort).   Yappy Hour  2013!

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Giving Cancer the Blues



Sarasota, FL – The Cabana Inn will present “Giving Cancer the Blues” taking place
at the Cabana Inn on June 29, 2013, and featuring an amazing line-up of Sarasota’s finest musicians: Kettle of Fish, Twinkle, RJ Howson, Berry Duane Oakley and Skylab, Ship of Fools, Kara Nally, Randy Stevens, Savanna Wright, and many special appearances throughout the day.

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Lauren Mitchell Band


Ocean Blues had a unique buzz last night.  You could feel the anticipation in the air as the crowd waited for Lauren Mitchell to take the stage.  Lots of folks hadn’t seen Lauren in awhile.  She had just returned from her first international tour which included stops in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and our neighbors up north in Canada. And, as ever, she and her band were smokin’ hot!

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Kettle of Fish


A Great Day At The Myakka River!
Photos by Mark Kracker

To quote Steve Arvey-
“After it’s all said and done, it’s really about the beauty of the Myakka River….After everybody left, I sat and I finally got a second to kick back and thank God and all the people that were blessed to be a part of the celebration of this incredible river and how we all shared in friendship, life and music this day…..I sat for a long while and wished so many more people can see this fantastic river one day.  Thank you Snook Haven for believing in me and helping me and the Suncoast Blues Society to put this fest together.”

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Karen Klarich


Karen and The Big Bad Wolve’s Open Jam Debut !

What a huge surprise last night.  A last minute invite from Leslie SRQ brought Laurie and I to Holmes Beach and the debut of a new Jam….. Karen and The Big Bad Wolve’s!  The setting was perfect, the views of the Gulf of Mexico were breathtaking, the music was refreshing and the over 200 folks in attendance had an awesome time.  Families that were walking the beach had a special treat last night.

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Myakka Blues Festiva


For Immediate Release:

Snook Haven, Florida Ave Ales and The Suncoast Blues Society present the Second Annual Myakka Blues Festival.

The Second Annual Myakka River Blues Festival will be held at Snook Haven in Venice on Memorial Day May 27th from 11-7 pm. This venue is located right on the Myakka River. Kettle Of Fish will be headlining the 2013 festival. George Worthmore, RJ Howson, Bob Dielman, Steve Arvey, Belmont and Jones and Roger Hurricane Wilson will also be performing. This festival will feature a wide variety of blues reaching from the Acoustic sound of the1920’s and 30’s all the way to today’s modern sounds in the blues. This will be a membership drive event for the Suncoast Blues Society.

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Sarasota Film Festival


The most exciting 10 day event of the year in our area starts Friday, April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 14.  The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 180 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendlyContinue Reading


Tuesday, March 26th @6pm. Primo Ristorante! $20.00 Donation (ALL Proceeds to to the Amercian Business Woman’s Association…….Karen Greenley, Lani “C,” Savannah Brady, Meredith Garofalo, Gwen Fogt, Christine Berstling, Rebecca Byrd, Karyn Denham, Lauren Mitchell, Carolyn Davis, Melanie Massell, Kara Nally, Syl Vee, Sudie Brattli, KSue, Professor Michael Hensley & MusicalContinue Reading