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Live music on Holmes Beach
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Live music on Holmes Beach

I told you about music on Bradendon Beach, so I'm going to circle back there and take a moment to mention Sharky's Seagrill, purveyors of fine food and live music.

It's right around the s-curve on Gulf Drive, and offers live music several nights a week until 11 p.m. and serves food until midnight.

From there, let's move on to Holmes Beach.

Surprisingly, the first venue you'll find is Hairs to You. Yes, hair. It's a hair salon by day and a beer and wine saloon at night. They offer live music and even karaoke throughout the week in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. I pride myself in being one of the first acts to set up and play in their window stage.

Right next door is the Paradise Cafe, formerly Paradise Bagel, before they moved four doors down in the complex, added square footage and increased their capacity for their Wednesday night spaghetti dinner. It's on certain spaghetti nights you'll find a featured crooner adding ambience to what is possibly the best deal on a quality home-cooked meal around.

The Anna Maria Beach Cafe resides at the Manatee Public Beach and features a total face-lift courtesy of it's new proprietors. They've got a pretty extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, live entertainment and the best address of any restaurant in town - right where the action is at the public beach. This is actually the first place I sang on the island and where I've met many of the people I now call my friends and colleagues.

Across the street from the public beach is Skinny's, world-reknowned for its burgers and onion rings at noon when accompanied by an ice cold beer (draft or bottle) as well. They were among the first on the island to pitch a tent in the parking lot and start offering live music in the evenings.

Martiniville is next on the list and the newest restaurant (opening sometime in 2010).  It's located on Gulf Drive, just past the Marina Drive intersection and features a gourmet menu, upscale, hand shaken drinks and live music on their weatherproof courtyard stage...it's really something to see, the buildout looks tremendous, the food is good and they feature a good line-up of entertainment.

Continuing down Gulf Drive, you'll find Anna Maria Island's revered Beach Bistro, featuring a chef-driven gourmet menu, sunset views and the occasional musician, singing for his delectable supper in Murphy's Bar (adjacent to the main dining area).

If you round the corner at one of the cross streets and head back to Marina Drive, you happen upon Duffy's, evidence of an almighty being who loves me and doesn't wish for me to have to drive too far to get a great burger cheap. It occasionally plays live music as well.

The Plaza just North of Gulf Drive houses possibly the most iconic live music venue on the island, for good reason...they have an awesome track record of bringing the absolute best party bands to the island. On any given week, you can see an authentic reggae, blues, country, top-40 dance and of course, rock band. Everyone of them are loud, everyone in there is drinking quickly served cocktails for the full liquor bar and smoking like chimneys and if you close the place, you're gonna have a story to tell...I'm talking of course about D Coy Ducks...

There's your Holmes Beach line-up. We'll finish circling Anna Maria Island in part three of ths brief live-music tour.

Check out more of Mike Sales' live music picks at:

Twelve places to catch live music on Bradenton Beach

Live music in the City of Anna Maria

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Manatee County Businesses