Family Soup – Jul. 19 @ 10pm

Family Soup – Jul. 19 @ 10pm

Family Soup is a three-piece “Power Trio” consisting of Jason Wedlock, Toby Lindberg, and Pete Gilroy playing a wide variety of covers. Family Soup also brings in other “Family Members” for larger shows and/or “special” events.

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Lauren Mitchell – Sat. July 20 @ 6pm

Lauren Mitchell – Sat. July 20 @ 6pm

Lauren Mitchell is no stranger to the Bradenton blues scene, but lately she’s been sharing her gifts with folks all around the country, and most recently at a performance at the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba! In September 2018, Lauren and her band returned from a 6,000 mile U.S. tour that had her sharing the stage with Buddy Guy and Lurrie Bell. Her 2017 release, “Desire” was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy Award Winning producer Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray). That album garnered her two Blues Blast Award Nominations, as well as high praise from the Blues/Soul/Roots community, including a comparison to the late Etta James by Grammy Award Winner Josh Sklair, guitarist, producer, and music director for the last 25 years of Etta’s career. Ms Mitchell has been on the rise since the release of her first album, “Please Come Home” in 2013, which was followed by a 2014 win to represent the Suncoast Blues Society in Memphis.

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Hayden Fogle – Fri. July 26 @ 7pm

Hayden Fogle – Fri. July 26 @ 7pm

Hayden discovered the blues at an early age while living in Mississippi and started playing guitar just before his 9th Birthday. He was birthed into the music scene at age 12 when blues legend Buddy Guy invited him to play alongside him for a sold-out show at the one of the largest music venues in his hometown of Buffalo, NY.

Hayden Fogle and his band hit music scene in 2014 and by May 2016 was named the third best Blues Band by the ALL WNY Music Awards. Hayden’s goal was to put together a band of some of the best musicians in town to play real, no-holds-barred Electric Blues by pulling from Hayden’s greatest influences which include Buddy Guy, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Albert Collins.

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Charlie Wheeler Band – Fri. Aug. 2 @ 7pm

Charlie Wheeler Band – Fri. Aug. 2 @ 7pm

The hills of Northern PA are an unforgiving place. Hailing from a small town called Ridgway, PA, the CWB exudes a toughness and desperation that can only be cultivated in the working class environs from which they hail. Their driving brand of hard driving groove-rock is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of Pearl Jam.
Powered by the rhythm section of Rad Akers on Drums (Big Leg Emma) and Dave Fink on Bass (That Dog In Egypt), Charlie Wheeler describes his trio as a “song first” type of band. While expansive, improvisational jamming is a key component to their live show, their third album “Rewind” is a solid group of structured songs which allow Wheeler to tear into his vocal and lead guitar work with reckless, pent up hostility.

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Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils – Sat. Aug. 10 @ 6pm

Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils – Sat. Aug. 10 @ 6pm

“Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils sound like they made a serendipitous wrong turn on their way to the juke joint and wound up in a countrypolitan cathedral instead. It’s beautiful and ever so haunting. Westwood’s voice is sexy and strong as it applies the seduction over the band’s groove and thoughtful reserve…..And the Handsome Devils lay it down as pretty as their golden haired captain. It’s honky-tonk with a little less honky. It’s atmospheric yet immediate and approachable. It packs a wallop” – Rochester City Newspaper

At the heart of the band is Jennifer Westwood and guitarist Dylan Dunbar, who share an affection for gospel, Texas blues, Stax, and Muscle Shoals era artists. Jennifer cut her teeth on gospel in Detroit before hitting the gritty local bars that set her career in motion; along the way performing back up for acts including Motown’s Carl Carlton, adding several Detroit Music Awards to her credit, including one for work with Sponge (Sony) frontman Vin Dombroski on a traditional country recording (Lalar V).

Dylan Dunbar spent his teen years refining his chops in local blues joints, moving on to perform with W.C. Handy award winners such as Chef Chris and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, as well as country artist Whitey Morgan. His dynamic playing style is a compliment to Jennifer’s broad vocal range and unique sound that invokes influences ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Big Mama Thorton.

The last couple years have seen them performing across the country rather than at home in the rustbelt, growing a family of fans from New York to Texas. They’ve been on bills with acts such as Hayes Carll, Paul Thorn, Dale Watson, Delbert McClinton, and have performed alongside Patti Smith (with her bandmates backing Smith as well); grateful for every opportunity the road has afforded them.

Fully embracing the character and spirit of Detroit, they consider it an honor to represent a talent filled city of rugged determination, faith and hard working people.

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The Sauce Boss – Sun. Aug. 11 @ 1pm

The Sauce Boss – Sun. Aug. 11 @ 1pm

Over a million miles on the road, over 200,000 bowls of gumbo served for free, thousands of gigs, tons of hot sauce, scores of free concerts at homeless shelters..Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his high energy, gumbo stirring, swamp funk to the gig. For those who don’t know about the Sauce Boss, he brings his own hot sauce to the gig, and he cooks gumbo while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he’s added some new flavors to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo, and feeds everybody… he will also be playing a drum kit with his feet. “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.”

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