About This Event
While patrons of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe may be more accustomed to hearing R&B and soul at WBTT, the blues holds an esteemed place in Black music history and culture and the local arts organization is thrilled to feature it. On September 3, local fans of the blues will have the opportunity – for one night only – to hear an emerging Latin American artist and his group, the José Ramirez Band, as it brings its soul and R&B-influenced brand of blues to Sarasota. Ramirez is a Delmark recording artist—the first Latin American to sign with the renowned Chicago-based blues label. A 2021 Blues Music Awards nominee for Best Emerging Artist Album (“Here I Come”), Ramirez earned second place in The Blues Foundation’s 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis after advancing to the semi-finals against over 230 bands from around the world. He has played at legendary venues around the world, including Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, where Buddy Guy himself joined him on stage. His appearance at WBTT will be his last show in the U.S. before launching his third European tour. The show takes place on Friday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. at WBTT (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota). Tickets are $27 (including ticket fee). For more about WBTT or to purchase tickets, go to westcoastblacktheatre.org or call 941-366-1505.