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Funk with James Varnado at Flying Dog

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Nationally-acclaimed drummer James Varnado brings his New Orleans-flavored funk band to Flying Dog Cafe in Bradenton. COURTESY PHOTO

The Flying Dog Café, which has supported local music for a decade and recently moved from Tallevast to Cortez Road in Bradenton, will host a performance Friday by the Sarasota-based James Varnado Funk Band. The high-energy, improv funk/jazz ensemble with a sound that can keep a dance floor on fire is propelled by New Orleans native Varnado, one of the most talented and versatile drummers in the region.

The new Flying Dog location boasts a larger stage, better sound system and superior lights. The cafe also now has a full-liquor license, and, in addition to the regular menu, offers freshly baked pizzas. “Our goal here at the Flying Dog Café is we want to be one of your social destinations,” says co-owner Bruce Famiglio. “We want to earn your trust and we realize that we are powered by the passion of our fans.”

8 p.m. Friday; Flying Dog Café, 419 Cortez Road, Bradenton; $5 (includes token worth $2 towards first drink); 727-9663; theflyingdogcafe.com.

Last modified: March 21, 2014
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