Sunday, December 26, 2010

Frankie & Bain at Hub Baja Grille in Siesta Village

Topping off a day of holiday eating and visiting, we took an early evening stroll through Siesta Key Village Saturday night and were pleased to see Bain Beakley and Frankie Lombardi peforming as a duo at The Hub Baja Grille on Ocean Boulevard. Offering up a mix of covers and originals, the pair blended seamlessly, both players facile as usual with rhythm and lead guitar.

Bain's vocals resonate up from deep inside and power out into the sea air with a tone and volume unique to him. Frankie's sound is full of passion and intensity, showcased beautifully in his rendition of "Smile", a sweet original from his CD "Shank Songs".

Catch Frankie & Bain whenever you can, for the good music and good energy they project.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday: Shift Change at Mattison's City Grille

Noticing that T.C. and the Troublemakers were not playing at Mattison's City Grille in downtown Sarasota last night, we headed over there to check out the classic rock band, Shift Change, and were pleased to discover a high octane, very danceable, smooth blending 5-piece group that got the place rocking.

Memorable moments included covers of Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix (well, not so danceworthy, but deja vu-ish nonetheless), and other faves from the '70s. We're looking forward to finding Shift Change at other venues around Sarasota, now that we know they're keepers on the live music scene.