After a cold blast making its way through the Suncoast, the weekend weather was perfect for the 3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood Festival! Walking up to the fest, the aroma of fresh seafood was in the air! Shrimp, lobster rolls, fresh stone crab, hush puppies and many other dishes by local seafood restaurants like Sarasota favorite Walt’s Fish Market were being consumed everywhere you looked. There were artists selling their wares and baubles, clowns making balloons for the kids, and tables under the trees just to chill out.
Sarasota came out in big numbers down Gulfstream Avenue for food and music. Speaking of music, on Saturday the lineup started with RJ Howson, then the Sarasota Steel Pan Band. Hard Luck Society and closing out with headliner Twinkle and her band Rock Soul Radio. Twinkle has grown up in the SRQ and the locals know what a treasure we have with her world class voice! The crowd was ready and waiting to rock! Twinkle and her crew did not disappoint! They brought their “A” game and had the crowd on their feet.
Sunday’s roster was Mike Tozier, Sarasota’s own jam band Kettle of Fish, Tampa/St. Pete’s wildly popular Black Honkeys and closing out the festival, Rev Barry & the Funk. Sunday’s crowd seemed even bigger than Saturday if that is possible. Kettle of Fish had the jam happening with some Allman Brothers along with originals. New to the Sarasota music scene, The Black Honkeys played an array of rock, R&B and funk with their great horn section and Nicole & Bro Phil workin’ lead vocals. Sarasota now has seen what has crowds lovin’ the Honkeys that were voted best jam band for 2017 Best of the Bay! Thanks Sarasota for making another great turnout for the Sarasota Seafood Festival! Keep supporting local live music! We look forward to the 4th Annual in 2019!
photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography