Sunset Blues Crawl



Donation of $5 per person

A community event host by Habitat for Humanity of South Sarasota. For the last few years, this Friday night event was in downtown Venice. the kickoff event to the main Venice Blues Festival held on Saturday.

There will be 3 bands performing-

Alex Lopez Express-

Alex Lopez is an acclaimed guitarist and emerging artist quickly taking the blues/rock scene by storm. Alex was born in the heartland of Rock n Roll Cleveland Ohio and started playing keyboards before becoming inspired by British blues/rock bands to master the guitar. Influenced by greats like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix, Alex spent young adulthood performing in clubs and recording original songs in small studios while polishing his songwriting skills. Since his move to Florida to attend college, Alex spent years as the vocalist and lead guitarist of the wildly popular rock band Reminiscion before striking out on his own.

.Alex Lopez and the Xpress adds that special charisma in concerts brimming with a fresh energy that has electrified audiences up and down While its roots may be in the blues, the band has fashioned its own extraordinary sound they’ve dubbed “alternative blues mixology”—a tightly woven blend of musical genres including rock, funk, Americana, and even a hint of country. With a thrumming bassline, powerful drumbeat and mastery of the keyboard.

Henry Lawrence with the Steve Arvey Band-

Henry Lawrence spent 13 years with Oakland Raiders as an offensive lineman, earning 3 Super Bowls Rings. But, his passion is Music. 

Henry grew up on a farm and even then, was competitive. He tried to pick more produce than his mom, but could never do it. Produce, packing, shipping, restaurants, bars, he’s done a little of everything he says, but his true love is singing. “I’ve been singing all my life,” says the football star and life-long Palmetto, FL resident. “My older brother taught me…and my mom – she could sure hit those high notes.”

Henry grew up with Gospel, loves it still today, but his repertoire has expanded to everything from Motown and R&B to country and jazz.

“I sing any song I like,” Henry says. “But I put my own spin on it.”

He has a lot of favorites, ‘old-school songs’ he calls ‘em, which just happen to be on his latest CD, titled “Heart and Soul.” He didn’t cut it to get rich, just “to get it in the hands of the people and make ‘em smile.”“And I can’t get out the door without singing Mustang Sally,” he says, rolling his eyes and nodding his head as most musicians do with an overplayed tune. But he does it. And people love him.

Steve Arvey

 Mostly raised in The Chicago area. Arvey re-located to Havana Cuba in 1958 where he lived with his family until 1961. His father Erwin B Arvey had a business in Cuba and had to leave after political pressure from the Castro Regime. Returning to Chicago Arvey grew up in Chicago and was surrounded by music due to his mother Celeste Ravel who was a former jazz singer in the Wayne King Orchestra. Steve's first exposure to music was from blues music that was played on Maxwell Street in Chicago. In 1978 Arvey moved to Florida where he met Delta Blues Guitar Player Ben Andrews and then started playing bass with Bo Diddley. Steve also worked around the Gainesville area of Florida with Saxophonist Robert Hunter. During summer months he would return to Chicago where he worked as a sideman playing bass behind such notable musicians such as Jr Wells, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Big Smokey Smothers, Homesick James, Sammy Fender, Detroit Jr, Lucky Lopez, and many others. In 1981 he formed his own band named West Side Heat and toured around the Midwest. in 1984 he recorded his first record "Crazy Mixed Up World"

After the release of this Album Steve toured with the band both internationally and nationally until the band broke up in 1990. Steve then became active in a number of solo projects. From being in the Chicago group The Celtic Rovers, forming a rock cover band named Monkey Chow, and recording and playing with Kraig Kenning. In 1997 he recorded a CD with Kenning entitled Pass The Hat. During this time period, Steve has appeared at The Chicago Blues Fest, either with his band or other members, ten times. The band West Side Heat reformed in 1997 and started doing reunion gigs. In the year 2001 Steve recorded his album Fine Line which got him major airplay in the U.K. and Australia. Steve did his first tour in Australia in 2002.

 Steve's Popularity in Australia got him a slot on the 2005 Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival and was signed to Warner International and appeared on The compilation CD from that festival which included tracks from Dave Matthews, REM, Jack Johnson, and other notable artists. In 2012 Steve formed a group named The Delta Swamp Rats which featured the Cigar Box Guitar. This group's Raw sound which was labeled "Mississippi Delta Funk" raised Steve Arvey's popularity in the Cigar Box Guitar/Americana World.

Victoria Ginty and Ladyhawke

With a style that fuses swampy Blues, R&B, Soul, and Americana, Victoria and her Ladyhawke band perform a number of original compositions and tasty covers sure to satiate the palette of the most avid of music connoisseurs. As a signed recording artist with BMG before the contraction of the recording industry, Victoria had a number #1 record on worldwide charts for 13 weeks and was nominated for "Singer-Songwriter of the Year" and "Video of the Year" with the Academy of Independent Recording Artists.

Formed in the Spring of 2015, Victoria Ginty and her band have quickly become South Shore's favorite as indicated by the number of "friends and fans" that travel across several counties to see them perform. Steadily adding new venues to their calendar and new songs to their repertoire, they're expanding beyond the immediate local scene to encompass the entire peninsula of Florida. Notable venues and festivals where they have performed include The Manatee Festival of The Arts, The Sun City Winter Fest, Aces Live, The Firehouse Cultural Center, The Blue Rooster SRQ, and Englewoods on Dearborn, Ka'Tiki Sunset Beach, and the Blues Concert Series at the Promenade in Bonita Springs.

Victoria and the band will be heading to Memphis, TN in January 2019 to represent the Suncoast Blues Society at the IBC (International Blues Competition) at the Best Band category. The Suncoast Blues Society band have performed well in this competition, many who have placed first and second at this event. Victoria Ginty and Ladyhawk could be the latest successful band from the area.