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Bitten by the blues

Bluestar -- a well-known blues band in Sarasota

Monday night I dragged myself out of the house at 9 p.m., and went to the opening of Ocean Blues (well, it was a soft opening for media-types and friends I think; the actual opening was on Tuesday night if I’ve got my facts straight). Ocean Blues is a restaurant/bar/music venue on Hillview; I think it’s the same location as the former New York New York joint that bit the dust last year or so; and there’s actually some space for dancing … .

Anyway, at the bar, I ran into Laura Daniel Gale — the visionary behind Black Diamond Burlesque. She and I both were wearing necklaces with lots of keys on necklaces around our necks. Mine happened to be handcuff keys, but um, wait, that’s a whole other story.

Bradenton bluesman R.J. Howson sat in with Blustar for a set or two.

Anyway, I wrote about the blues — hearing them … not having them … for this week’s Sense and the City column out today on page 33E TICKET section, Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Or you can read it online by clicking Sarasota’s new house of blues.

Posted on August 4th, 2011Comments RSS Feed
2 Responses to Bitten by the blues
  1. I just came from the Sunday night blues jam at the Meadows Pub and it was a blast. Check it out, MC. It’s from 6-9p Sunday nights, no cover, good food and drink, plenty of free parking, and a low-key setting with different groups and individuals jamming together.

  2. Oh, very good to know about, Karen. Thanks for the scoop.


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