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While the patrons of the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe may be more accustomed to hearing R&B and soul at WBTT, the blues holds an esteemed place in the history and culture of black music and the local arts organization. is delighted to present it.

On September 3, local blues fans will have the opportunity – for one night only – to hear an emerging Latin American artist and his band, the José Ramirez Band, as he brings his passionate brand of blues to Sarasota. .

Nominated at the 2021 Blues Music Awards for Best Emerging Artist Album (“Here I Come”), Ramirez took second place at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge 2020 in Memphis after qualifying for the semi-finals against more than 230 groups from all over the world. He has performed in legendary venues around the world, most notably at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, where Buddy Guy himself joined him on stage. His appearance at the WBTT will be his last show in the United States before launching his third European tour.

Ramirez is a recording artist for Delmark, the first Latin American to sign with the famous Chicago-based blues label. His previous two European tours included more than 45 concerts in England, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.

“Certainly WBTT has carved out a niche for itself with an emphasis on R&B and soul music, but black artists have been responsible for the creation and development of the blues genre since its birth in the 1800s,” said the founder and artistic director of WBTT, Nate Jacobs. “We are delighted to welcome an exciting young artist like José Ramirez – whose blues is heavily influenced by R&B and soul – and to give local music fans a taste of the evolution of the genre today. “

The show will take place on Friday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the OEW (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota). Tickets cost $ 27 (including ticket fees). To learn more about the OEW or to purchase tickets, visit westcoastblacktheatre.org or call 941-366-1505.

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