Cock-a-doodle-do! The chickens are belting it out at the rockin’ Sarasota barnyard — the Blue Rooster, that is. Considered by many to be Sarasota’s premier spot for live blues, the Blue Rooster plays host to many regional bands. The other night I was privy to see Cedric Burnside, the grandson of legendary Dellta Blues singer-songwriter R.L. Burnside.
Burnside did not disappoint. He ramped up his grandfather’s Mississippi Hill Country style with a little bit of funk, a lot of R & B, and danceable tunes that pulled people out onto the floor to shake it up. Even a few of the seniors from Bradenton stepped out on the dance floor to get funky alongside the younger generation also shakin’ a tail feather. It’s no wonder that Burnside has been nominated for for a Grammy in the Best Blues Album category. His talent is likely to be as legendary as his grandfather’s. Check out his winning sound on “Descendants of Hill Country.”
When the Blue Rooster opened last year, the owners made it clear they wanted a spot with a premier sound system, a restaurant with fresh, simple ingredients, and a reputation for bringing the blues to town. They offer a “sleek, high-energy option for Southern comfort food, live bands, and down-home cocktails.” No wonder Sarasota’s music fans are crowing about this great hot spot.
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”