WSLR Events

When you buy tickets in advance for a WSLR show at Fogartyville, your name will be at Will Call at the door and you will have a seat reserved. You will not receive tickets in the mail. Reserved seats will only be held for 10 minutes after the published start time of the show. If your party purchases tickets separately but would like to sit together – please give us a call or send us an email to let us know. This will help save confusion on the day of the show. Student tickets are available at ½ price for all WSLR shows and kids under 12 are free with an adult. If you are attending the show with students – purchase adult tickets online – then either call 894-6469 or email info@wslr.org to let us know the total number in your party so we make sure we have seats for you. Look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!



Louisiana Gumbo Dance Party!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 7:30pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $8/$10
Sarasota  Florida
United States
Featuring Kid Red and the Pontchartrain All-Stars and the Gumbo Boogie Band. The Big Easy comes to life with all things New Orleans, it's like your own made to order Mardi Gras, complete with the beads. From the traditional jazz and pop of Louis Armstrong to the funk of the Meters to the rhythm and blues of Dr. John and Professor Longhair these bands bring the energy and celebration of a night on Bourbon St. to WSLR. Wear your dancing shoes! Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet!!!

Rod MacDonald

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:00pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $10 adv/$12 day of show
Sarasota  Florida
United States
Singer/songwriter Rod MacDonald was a big part of the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs. After graduating from Columbia Law School and joining the staff of Newsweek, MacDonald elected to become a folksinger in the 1970s. Via the Fast Folk Music Cooperative, MacDonald was an important part of the rebirth of the folk scene in New York in the 1980s. MacDonald's songwriting influences include Phil Ochs, Richard Fariña, and Bob Dylan. True to the folk tradition, MacDonald is not afraid to get political, take chances, and perhaps shock some people. Songs like "American Jerusalem," "White Buffalo," and "Every Living Thing" have been covered by his peers and his elders. MacDonald's place in the folk hall of fame is assured by his "A Sailor's Prayer," a hymn-styled tune that many people have mistaken for a traditional song.
Performer Website: 
Rod MacDonald's Website

Renesito Avich LIVE

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00pm
$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota  Florida
United States
Let's bring some energy to the room as Renesito records a live album at Fogartyville! Cuban-born Renesito Avich is a world-class tres player. He was the guitarist for the legendary band of Salsa “Elito Revé y su Charangón”, touring in Europe and America. He was musical director of the renowned Troubadour Eduardo Sosa and also participated as arranger and performer of his latest album “Mañanitas Montañas “ which was nominated for a Cubadisco Award in 2014. He is among the members of the ALL STAR project, “Buena Vista troubadours”, where he developed a successful tour of Caribbean countries as French Guyana, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Surinam.

Jim Lauderdale

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:00pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $20/$25
Sarasota  Florida
United States
Two-time Grammy-winning singer and master songwriter Jim Lauderdale is both a "songwriter's songwriter," who's written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who's enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he's created a body work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock. Along the way he's won awards, garnered critical acclaim, and earned himself an engaged fan base. In 2010, Jim was honored with the SESAC Inspiration Award. Most recently, he received the prestigious American Eagle Award from the National Music Council along with Kris Kristofferson.
Performer Website: 
Jim's Website

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
Ace's, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd, Bradenton
Tickets: $8/$10
Sarasota  Florida
United States
Crimmins brings The Hookers out to blast the room with Dixieland horns, rowdy ragtime piano and gypsy jazz guitar. Crooning and boozing the night away, he delivers everything you would expect from a man who claims to be possessed by the ghost of an old vaudevillian accordion player. Songs jump with a 1920's gaudiness, reminiscent of tawdry, dangerous jazz. While devious lyrics can mirror the sinister Charlestons they accompany, Crimmins also has a grab bag of unjaded torch songs at his disposal, spotlighting the loneliness of a life spent in the shadows.

Jon Stickley Trio

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:00pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $12 adv/$15 day of show
Sarasota  Florida
United States
The Jon Stickley Trio has been making waves with the independent and fan-funded release of their 2nd album, Lost at Last, this past October. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers.
Performer Website: 
Jon Stickley Trio

Brock McGuire Band

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $15 adv/$20 day of show
Sarasota  Florida
United States
BROCK McGUIRE BAND is fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire. Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years through their joint work with Moving Cloud. Manus is also a founding member of Buttons & Bows, and both bands, ranking among Ireland’s finest, have helped to introduce international audiences to the virtuosity of their playing. Performing with the BROCK McGUIRE BAND are two outstanding musicians: Dublin based Garry O’Meara, a brilliant banjo, mandolin player & vocalist; and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger from Newport, County Tipperary.
Performer Website: 
Brock McGuire Band

WSLR's Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $15 adv/$20 day of show
Sarasota  Florida
United States
Over the last several years, Justin Johnson has become one of the most recognizable performing musicians of the cigar box guitar and homemade/handmade music movement. A highly accomplished musician, Justin plays a wide variety of handmade instruments created by builders and craftspeople all over the world, frequently switching between different instruments on stage all while weaving a masterful tapestry of sound and spoken word. A regular headliner at cigar box guitar festivals around the country and also overseas, Justin has a deep commitment to preserving and rediscovering what is often referred to as “Roots” music. He has also focused his activities on holding instructional workshops and creating educational materials to help others learn to play music on these amazing instruments.
Performer Website: 
Justin Johnson

Grant Sings Guy

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $10 adv/$12 day of show
Sarasota  Florida
United States
An Evening of Grant Peeples' interpretation of Guy Clark songs. A self-described “vegetarian that watches NASCAR, and tree-hugger with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” as well as their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” Third Coast Magazine’s John Conquest says “Peeples is unusually literate, unusually honest. And the only songwriter I have ever called ‘ruthless.’”
Performer Website: 
Grant Peeples

Zoe Lewis

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota  Florida
United States
A worldbeat-vaudeville extravaganza! ZOE LEWIS is a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Troubadour, vaudevillian, storyteller, adventurer, singer-songwriter! WINNER of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Award in 2003, NEW FOLK WINNER 2002 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and 2001 Falconridge Folk Festival AUDIENCE FAVORITE.
Performer Website: 
Zoe Lewis

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