Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ron Kraemer, Blues Man

Blues man Ron Kraemer is a newcomer to the Sarasota live music scene. He relocated here about a year ago from Trenton, NJ, where he and his band, The Hurricanes, attracted an enthusiastic following.

In a relatively short amount of time, he's found a number of local Sarasota musicians whose chops resonate with his style of jazz and blues playing. He's now booked for several upcoming Sunday evenings at the Legacy Grille, an outdoor sports bar just south of Stickney Point on S. Tamiami Trail opposite the Gulf Gate neighborhood.

Tonight we spent a breezy hour listening to Ron Kraemer's duo (with Mark Neuenschwander on upright bass) performing at Legacy Grille. The setting was quite pleasant given its proximity to busy Tamiami Trail, and we even enjoyed a view of the setting sun over Siesta Key.

Kraemer's understated stage presence belies impressive instrumental mastery as he runs up and down the neck of his jazz guitar with focus and fluidity. Towards the end of several hard-driving songs, he pulls back and re-addresses the guitar with a light and subtle touch, creating a surprising, gentle landing. Hard to describe, you'll just have to head down to Legacy Grille next Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30PM and listen for yourselves.


  1. I've seen Ron Kraemer & The Hurricanes on stages across the northeast and in Florida. Ron and his boys never let you down. His jazz-inflected swing blues is a big wall of dance-able smooth. Check 'em out, and tell your friends.

  2. Ron Kraemer has been one of the outstanding and swingin'est players in the SouthJersey-Phila area for years. Must check him out in Fla. ! -(jumpblues lover, phila.,PA)

  3. I used to play bass with Uncle Ronnie before he left for sunny Florida. Good jumpin blues, loads of fun.

  4. Looking forward to hearing Ron in Florida. He used to help run our blues jam night up in our South Jersey bar and restaurant. What a treat! Always a professional.