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The Jose Ramirez Band Returns to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Pictured: The Jose Ramirez Band returns to WBTT’s stage on September 30. Photo by Sorcha Augustine

Ask Jose Ramirez, Latin America’s number one blues artist, what life is like on the road and this is what he’ll give you. “It’s crazy, it’s exciting, it’s hectic, it’s exhausting, it’s frustrating, it’s passionate, it’s a combination of everything. It makes me feel alive, both in positive and negative ways. We really, really just do this for the love of it,” says Ramirez. “Touring musicians are not becoming rich out here, especially in the blues and jazz genre. That’s not why we do it.”

They do it, because for musicians like Ramirez, it’s their dream. They do it because it’s all that they’ve ever wanted to do–even if it’s often an uphill battle. “People usually see the nice fancy parts of the shows–the green room photos or the photos on stage, but people don’t usually see all the driving involved and the sleepless nights and the eating poorly on the road or sometimes not at all because you have to leave at that instant to get to your next gig,” says Ramirez. “At the end of the day, I guess we do it because we love it.”

Costa Rica is not what one would call a “hotbed” of blues music. And yet, that’s where Ramirez hails from, where his dream of being a touring blues musician began. Spurned on by his father’s love of the blues, Ramirez worked at his craft until emigrating to the United States just under 10 years ago. Now 35, Ramirez has released two studio albums, including 2022’s “Major League Blues” under a contract with Chicago’s Delmark Records and has toured extensively around the country and Europe. Ramirez is currently in the midst of a “hybrid tour” of sorts–he spent this summer touring Europe before heading back stateside this fall, where on September 30, he will return to the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Donnelly Theatre with The Jose Ramirez Band for the third time in three years. “It’s a great feeling every time we return to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. There’s always been great chemistry between my band and the people at the theater and the crowds,” says Ramirez. “Personally it feels like coming home, because I used to live in Tampa Bay and play locally in the area.”

The Donnelly Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Campus, 1012 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, Box office: 941-366-1505.


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This Week's SRQ DAILY Editions

Friday Weekend Edition – Sep 22, 2023

The First Line •  The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Presents its 48th Season •  Sarasota Pride Announces Spectacular Outdoor Festival on October 21st in the Vibrant Rosemary District •  Sarasota Orchestra Opens 75th Anniversary Season with Free Family Concert •  Florida's Paradise Coast will Resonate with the Heritage, Sounds, Dances, and Visual Arts of the Hispanic community. •  The Stage at Payne Park Holds first Consortium Meeting  •  The Jose Ramirez Band Returns to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe •  Seven Photographers Win Annual Sunset Photo Contest •  Florida Studio Theatre Opens 2023-2024 Winter Cabaret Series with Up on the Roof •  Florida Studio Theatre Opens 2023-2024 Winter Cabaret Series with Up on the Roof

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition – Sep 21, 2023

Magic Moments •  Discover Natural Sarasota - Rothenbach Park •  Halfacre Construction Company Celebrates Groundbreaking for Carlos E. Haile Middle School  •  Finding Salt of The Earth at Salt Your Soul Co. in Sarasota •  Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market Named No. 1 in Florida •  Paint the Town Fresh this October •  Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to Host Dedication Reception, Ribbon Cutting and Board Installation at the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys and Girls Club on September 28

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition – Sep 20, 2023

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Launches Empower Potential Campaign •  Seniors with Dementia Create Art to Raise Funds for Alzheimer's Association at Adult Day Center •  Manatee Clerk with HOPE Family Services Offers a Free Seminar About Domestic Violence  •  Senior Friendship Centers Inspires Self-Discovery and Connection to Combat National Epidemic of Loneliness •  Grant Provides Funding for Increased Mental Health Services in Sarasota, Manatee Counties •  Ghouls Save the World on Halloween •  Shumaker Supports Community as Part of Its Literacy Campaign; Gifts Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Funds for Great Futures Academy Initiatives •  Child Protection Center Awarded Grant for Expanding Child Abuse Prevention Education •  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Grants $6,200 to Mayors Feed the Hungry to Update Computer System and Website •  One Year Stronger $3.5 Million in Hurricane Ian Relief

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition – Sep 19, 2023

Wine Tasting Dinner Experience - Every Month Available at UTC & Anna Maria Location •  Discover Natural Sarasota - Pompano Trailhead •  One Brew at a Time •  Lakeside Bites opens in The Yard in Downtown Wellen  •  Bijou Garden Cafe Extends Prix Fixe Menu •  Let Nostalgia Take the Wheel •  Tzeva Presents A Second Evening of A Journey Of Flavors, A Four-Course Wine Dinner Series •  Tuesday, September 19 is National Voter Registration Day •  Sage Restaurant Announces First Wine Dinner of the Season with ZD Wines

Monday Business Edition – Sep 18, 2023

Pieces of Our Past •  Christopher Alan Homes Launches Home Sales in Creekside Run at Babcock Ranch  •  Time to Request 2024 Vote by Mail Ballots for Manatee Elections is Now •  2023-2024 Board of Directors for the Limelight District •  New Gulf Front Luxury Estate in Sarasota Closes for Full Asking Price of $13.95 Million •  Jordan Chancey and Sarah Whisnant Earn Numerous Real Estate Awards  •  Local Physicians Raising Awareness of New Childhood Obesity Guidelines •  Ford-Coates Receives Finance Award •  EDC of Sarasota County Celebrates Local Achievements with 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon  •  Passenger Numbers Continue to Soar at SRQ Airport

Saturday Perspectives Edition – Sep 16, 2023

Twelve Days •  Science and Social Studies Scores a Mixed Bag

Saturday Perspectives Edition – Sep 16, 2023

Friday Weekend Edition – Sep 15, 2023

Last Day to Nominate a Young Professional! •  A Very Late Arrival •  New-ish Non-Fiction Book Review of Killers of the Flower Moon •  Antiques and Adventure on Palm Avenue •  The Velveteen Rabbit at Florida Studio Theatre •  Discover Sarasota Tours Fall Tours and Special Events

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