Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thursday: The Instigators at The Irish Rover

It's relaxing to go out on Thursday night, as the work week winds down. A nice way to ease into the weekend is to check out The Instigators at The Irish Rover in Gulf Gate on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10PM. This is an unusual band, which creatively blends reggae and world music sounds with sometimes ethereal, sometimes rocking riffs.

Formed in Sarasota in1982, The Instigators were the first reggae band in the area. As they slowly built an appreciative fan base, they developed into one of Southwest Florida's most popular bands. In 1985 they recorded their album Between the Worlds and while touring the southeastern part of the country they were asked to open shows for some of Reggae’s biggest names including Jimmy Cliff, Third World, King Sunny Ade, and Steel Pulse.

Fast forward to this Season when The Instigators returned as a band to Sarasota, with a packed-house reunion concert at The Irish Rover, where they continue to play on Thursday nights. The $5 cover charge is well worth this unique live music experience. These are all top-notch musicians, some of whom you'll recognize from other bands they play with around town.

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