Friday Fest, the free outdoor summer concert series presented by the Van Wezel Performing Arts center, kicked off in June with the first of four free concerts. The concerts take place from 5 to 9 pm on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Free to the public, the events include food & beverage vendors and beautiful sunsets over Sarasota Bay. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome at all Friday Fest concerts; in case of rain, the concerts will move indoors to the Van Wezel’s grand foyer or main stage.
If you missed the first summer concert on June 22, there are 3 more still to come:
Coming up on July 27 is Florida’s own 8-piece band Reverend Barry & the Funk, featuring 3 Grammy-nominated musicians. Reverend Barry & the Funk present high-energy original music and covers of popular funk & soul music including Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Kool & the Gang, and Prince.
On August 17, Sarasota’s popular Rebel Heart will feature popular country songs as well as pop, rock, dance and blues hits. The 5-piece Rebel Heart presents a must-see country rock performance.
Wrapping up the summer series on Sept. 14 will be the Dr. Dave Band, featuring high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo and fiddle. The Dr. Dave Band received the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Musical Group from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
For more information, visit http://www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/.
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail (route 41) near downtown Sarasota.