Back and blue: The Sarasota Blues Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with the hottest line-up in its long and storied history

Published November 4, 2010 20th Annual Sarasota Blues Festival 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 6, Ed Smith Stadium Complex, Festival Grounds, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, 954-4101 ext. 5454 or, $22 advance, $27 day of show. Way back in 1990, the Sarasota Blues Society decided to give SRQ the blues in a big way by launching […]

Fresh Muphins at Mattison’s: A local restaurant chain gives original music a spin

Published July 14, 2010 Sarasota-Bradenton’s three Mattison’s restaurants are not the first establishments people think of when seeking a good local original live set. A walk past downtown Sarasota’s City Grille usually reveals a piano man breaking out, well “Piano Man,” or some aging rockers taking “Mustang Sally” for a ride. But that notion could soon […]

Making money from scratch: How the Vinyl Music Festival is bringing Sarasota together to rethink its economic game

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, July 14, 2010   Downtown Sarasota is not currently known as the heart of electronic music in Southwest Florida — far from it. But that title could soon be earned if the promoters behind Vinyl Music Festival stay on their current trajectory. Since last year’s inaugural celebration, VMF has more than doubled it’s number […]

Band of brothers: Before signing with Universal Republic, Boyce Avenue achieved world notoriety DIY-style

Published May 27, 2010 “All We Have Left” by Boyce Avenue will be available on iTunes and June 15. It’s no secret that the Internet has changed how the music industry operates. Bands can now do most of the duties formerly reserved for major record labels — promoting, booking, recording and distributing — right from their […]

Music Review: Dan Rixon’s In My Head

Published January 6, 2010 Sarasota float-around guitarist Dan Rixon unleashed a solo project in December with help from a number of other local hired guns. The album, fittingly called In My Head, is heavily Pink Floyd-inspired, especially Wall-ish, with random infant squeals, droning machines and thunderstorms filling the breaks between songs to add some natural rhythms to the […]

Milking it: The 1st Annual Harvey Milk Festival aims to entertain while getting the word out about the fight for LGBT civil rights

Published May 20, 2010 “My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you.” Harvey Milk Festival 1-10 p.m. Sat., May 22, Rosemary District, 5th St. and Central Ave., Sarasota, 228-4872; The Milk Collection Art Opening: 6-9 p.m. Fri., May 21, Pure Luxe, 513 Central Ave., Sarasota, 364-5800 or Shannon Fortner sits in her home […]