Best live music concerts in Sarasota, Bradenton, Englewood area

After hosting a concert last week by this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Bonnie Raitt (who just scored four more Grammy nominations), Sarasota’s Van Wezel will have another busy week post-Thanksgiving. Allman Family Revival, a tribute to the late Allman Brothers Band co-founder and onetime Manatee County resident Gregg Allman featuring his son Devon Allman and several other musicians, returns to the venue along with Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Dave Koz’s Christmas tour, one of many winter holiday events set to take place locally both onstage and beyond.

Other notable concerts include a national name in country music and a guitarist/singer-songwriter nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards returning to Sarasota’s Big Top Brewing Company, and one of this year’s Bradenton Blues Festival performers playing a headlining show ahead of the Dec. 2-4 festival. Here are this week’s highlights. Event details are subject to change.

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Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors with Billy Flynn

Mark Hummel.

Bradenton restaurant and blues venue Cottonmouth’s live music lineup kicks off this week with Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors and Billy Flynn. Harmonica player and singer-songwriter Hummel’s accolades include a Best Blues Album Grammy nomination for 2013’s “Remembering Little Walter,” which he performed on and produced, also winning an Album of the Year Blues Music Award for the tribute to the blues harmonica legend. Guitarist and singer-songwriter Flynn, meanwhile, has had a lengthy career both as a solo performer and backing musician, including on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack to the 2008 film “Cadillac Records” starring Beyoncé. 7 p.m. Friday; Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton; $25 advance, $30 day of; 941-243-3735;

Hymn for Her

Wayne Waxing and Lucy Tight of Hymn for Her.

Alt-Americana act Hymn for Her returns to one of their favorite local venues, Cafe in the Park in downtown Sarasota’s Payne Park, for a show the night after Thanksgiving. Featuring husband and wife Wayne Waxing and Lucy Tight, the group toured Europe earlier this year, which they previously visited when they played England’s massive music festival Glastonbury in 2017. Hymn for Her has also earned recognition from Rolling Stone, which named the track “Blue Balloons” from their 2018 album “Pop-n-Downers” one of the 10 best country and Americana songs of that week. 7 p.m. Friday; Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota; free; 941-361-3032;

Aūto Kania

Aūto Kania.

After recently throwing an EP release show at Big Top Brewers Collective, Sarasota psychedelic/experimental rock group Aūto Kania will return to the Lakewood Ranch taproom and venue. Bassist Jack Berry says this show will celebrate his and guitarist-vocalist Tamás Nagy’s birthdays, as well as what would’ve been the 80th birthday of Jimi Hendrix, with a Hendrix tribute set with special guests. Also featuring drummer Jared Johnson, Aūto Kania takes influence from ’60s and ’70s music “while incorporating hints of European folklore and jazz in an abstractly modern style.” 7 p.m. Friday; Big Top Brewers Collective, 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton; free; 941-708-2966;

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Dave Koz and Friends

Dave Koz.

Grammy-nominated smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, joined by musician friends, will return to Van Wezel on his 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour. Earlier this year, he also released his latest Christmas album “Dave Koz & Friends: Christmas Ballads,” with a tracklist ranging from traditional holiday favorites such as “Silent Night” to a medley of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and “Imagine.” Trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Peter White and vocalist Rebecca Jade, who all appear on the album, are set to join Koz along with pianist Keiko Matsui. 8 p.m. Saturday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $62-$87; 941-263-6799;

J.P. Soars and the Red Hots

J.P. Soars.

For its Blues & Brews Sunday concert series, Sarasota brewery and venue Big Top Brewing Company will welcome South Florida guitarist/singer-songwriter J.P. Soars and his band the Red Hots. The group earned four Blues Music Awards nominations earlier this year, including Band of the Year, B.B. King Entertainer and Instrumentalist — Guitar for Soars, and Instrumentalist — Drums for Chris Peet. Along with leading his own band, Soars has also played in the supergroup Southern Hospitality with Grammy-nominated pianist Victor Wainwright and fellow Floridian Damon Fowler. 3 p.m. Sunday; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-371-2939;

Allman Family Revival

Allman Family Revival.

This celebration of the late Gregg Allman, founding Allman Brothers Band member and onetime Manatee County resident, hosted by his son and fellow musician Devon Allman, returns to Van Wezel. He’ll be joined by other musicians including Sarasota native Duane Betts, son of ABB co-founder/Sarasota County resident Dickey Betts, and Maggie Rose, who Devon recently collaborated with on a cover of the Jackson Browne-penned song “These Days” that Gregg also recorded for his 1973 solo debut “Laid Back.” Other performers will include Donavon Frankenreiter, Jimmy Hall, Larry McCray, Alex Orbison and The River Kittens, with support from The Meters’ George Porter Jr. and his group the Runnin’ Pardners. 8 p.m. Monday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $60-$94; 941-263-6799;

Terry Hanck Band

Terry Hanck.

Sarasota County restaurant and blues venue Englewoods on Dearborn’s live music lineup this week will include saxophonist and singer-songwriter Terry Hanck. The winner of multiple Blues Music Awards, including back-to-back in the Instrumentalist — Horns category in 2016 and 2017, Hanck most recently released 2019’s “I Still Get Excited,” featuring special guests such as Rick Estrin, Chris Cain and Tracy Nelson. Other musicians Hanck has performed with include Elvin Bishop, touring with him for a decade and later reuniting with him on Bishop’s 2011 live album “Raisin’ Hell Revue.” 6 p.m. Wednesday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $7; 941-475-7501;

Tyler Rich

Tyler Rich.

Big Top Brewing Company has become a new favorite local venue for concerts by national names in country music, with Tyler Rich returning for his second show there this year. The country singer is known for his romantic singles “The Difference” and “Leave Her Wild,” inspired by his relationship with actress Sabina Gadecki. Both songs appeared on his 2020 debut album “Two Thousand Miles,” which he’s since followed up with new singles including “Better Than You’re Used To” and “Thinkin’ We’re in Love,” the latter featuring Quebec singer Marie-Mai. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; $12-$69; 941-371-2939;

Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations

Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations.

After a recent string of European dates, and before they perform at Bradenton Blues Festival and the following day’s Blues Brunch at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations will play a headlining show at Englewoods on Dearborn. The Kansas-based band draws from a variety of genres, describing their sound as spanning “a Hill Country stomp through cranked-up Fender Twins to Nick Cave riffing on ‘Led Zeppelin III’ or the Laurel Canyon sound filtered through a Southern swamp.” That range can be heard on the group’s debut full-length, 2020’s “My Getaway.” 6 p.m. Thursday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; free; 941-475-7501;

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