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End of an Era for Kettle of Fish

| Suncoast Post Staff |

After 18 1/2 years, one of Sarasota’s great bands, Kettle of Fish is ending it’s run of playing the deck at Siesta Key Oyster Bar On Wednesday nights.  It’s the end of an era.

On June 1st  Dana Lawrence, Thorson Moore and Chris Guertin will play the “last dance” at Siesta Key Oyster Bar. 

Kettle of Fish

Kettle of Fish got its start in Sarasota in 2004 when they took over Wednesday nights at SKOB. Over the years they have had special guests including Mark Knight from Bango Tango, Duane Betts, Chuck Negron, Matraca Berg, members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, members of Bad Company and many many more. 

The original trio has lost two of its members as Sanderson Poe and Mason Dunn have passed on,  and recently guitarist Greg Poulos has moved to join them. The band will have a moment of silence in their honor.

Dana Lawrence has been working the one constant all those years, while Kettle of Fish bassist Chris Guertin, former Kettle guitarist Thorson Moore and Andy Wallace from Roger Waters’ band will be joining in the celebration 

Kettle will be playing 7-11. The Bobby Schneck Trio will be taking over Wednesday nights, while Dana Lawrence will continue to play solo as SKOB Thursdays 2-6.  

From the Kettle of Fish website:  Kettle of Fish plays festiblues, the kind of festival music that features blues, soul, and funk with the energy of rock n roll. They make old songs new again, and their originals sound like classics. Kettle is one of the hottest live acts in Southwest Florida, headlining to thousands, and opening for such acts as Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Dickey Betts (three times, and he even called the band “intimidating”) and many more playing originals and deep track covers.

Kettle of Fish

Kettle has been led by singer and principal songwriter Dana Lawrence since its inception in 2001. Current members include Greg Poulos returning on guitar (formerly with the Freddie King Band, the Venturas, Rock Bottom). Chris Guertin returns to bass duties and vocals after a hiatus. Guertin was a member of the Big Kahuna Band and Musical Director on Princess Cruises. Pat McDonald on drums (toured with Charlie Daniels for 20 years). Robin Swenson on keys (Four Seasons, Aretha Franklin). Other honorary members include Thorson Moore, Kevin Miller, Bob Dielman and Lei Stanhope on guitars, Garrett Dawson on drums/percussion, Andy Wallace or Matthew Frost on keys, Jimmie Fadden (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) on drums and harmonicas and other friends from the road.

Special events have included headlining the GABBA Festival at the great Cox Capital Theater in Macon, Georgia, headlining the Myakka River Blues Fest (twice), Wanee Fest in Live Oak, Sarasota Blues Fest, Venice Blues Fest, Suncoast Blues Fest, Gulfcoast Rhythm & Ribfest, Bradenton Blues Fest and numerous regional festivals.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar
5238 Ocean Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34242
941 346-5443

Photos from Dana Lawrence

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