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.