Why wait for Friday for the weekend to start when there is so much good music in Lakeland on Thursdays like today? If I had the night free, I’d follow a tuneful route from Dixieland to Downtown that would include:
- Patio 850, where Brian Sutherland is playing one of his last two local shows before moving to Nashville. (The other one is at the same venue on Friday.)
- Hillcrest Coffee, to catch Brett Foster and Victoria Longoria along with in-house talent.
- Pink Piano to hear Sumner Curtis, whose upbeat persona matches his crisp vocals. I first heard him at a Polk Theatre Elvis Tribute, where I was impressed by his soulful duet with:
- Raney Wade, playing at Fresco’s tonight, another standout at that Polk Theatre event.
- Mike Hafer on solo keyboards at Lakeland Loft. (I still haven’t been there. Maybe it’s the dress code?)
- Molly McHugh’s, where Dan Signor Project is joined by fiddler Kelly Halloran. After that, time to head home and shed the clothes, which always seem extra smokey after a pint at Molly’s.
Other musical highlights this week include:
- Dark Side of the Spoon, a tribute to Pink Floyd and optional Floyd-theme dinner at LkldLive on Saturday.
- The Great Outdoor Jam, a festival at the Maddox Ranch today through Sunday.
- Rita Youngman, whose folk music is informed by her Seminole heritage, joins Jon Corneal at Hillcrest Coffee Saturday evening.
And here’s the full music calendar:
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