6 p.m. Saturday; Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $20 (free for children age 12 and younger); 809-6082; savingaustinsbabyblues.myevent.com. Courtesy photo of Dickey Betts by Frank Serio.‘Saving Austin’s Baby Blue’s’
Allman Brothers Band founding member and Sarasota resident Dickey Betts — the singer, songwriter and guitar hero responsible for such classics as “Ramblin’ Man,” “Blue Sky” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” — is headlining the “Saving Austin’s Baby Blue’s” concert benefit Saturday at Robarts Arena with his backing group Great Southern. Chris Anderson of the Outlaws is also among the ace talent on the lineup. Read more.
11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; Old School Bar and Grill; 1991 Main St., Sarasota; 915-4695; facebook.com/OldschoolSarasotaOld School Bar and Grill opening weekend bash
Old School Bar and Grill joins the downtown Sarasota nightlife scene with an opening weekend bash featuring a performance by the Nashville-based neoclassic rock act The Chris Weaver Band on Friday and Saturday. Read more.
6-9 p.m. Friday; Lakewood Ranch Main Street; free; 907-9243; lakewoodranch.com.Music on Main
Singer Melanie Massell will fill the air with jazz standards, bluesy ballads and torch songs at the Music on Main free monthly event in Lakewood Ranch. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, but are asked to please leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, too, but must be kept on a short leash.
10:30 p.m. Friday; Prana Restaurant & Lounge, 1118 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota; $20 general admission, $40 VIP, $5 off with donation to clothing drive; 330-4838; toohotttoofast.com.‘Too Hott Too Fast’
Bust out your skimpy summer duds for a good cause: “Too Hott Too Fast” is a benefit party Friday at Prana Restaurant & Lounge for Designing Daughters and Designing Women Boutique, a local charity with a mission to grow funding for Sarasota's arts and human services. Read more.
8 p.m. Friday; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center; 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $10 in advance, $12 at the door; 587-6588; sarasotapeacenter.org.Jonathan Byrd
Jonathan Byrd is one-half of the soaring new Americana duo The Barn Birds, but he'll be flying solo when he plays at a WSLR benefit Friday night at Fogartyville.
The Distillery Tavern, 450 Old Main St., Bradenton; 745-8433; the-distillery.com.Bar Tab: The Distillery Tavern
The tavern ranges from highly relaxed to wild and crazy depending on the day and time. The fun and friendly bartenders, all men since the days of the old location, seem to have a gift for consistently making The Distillery the right place for the right time. The walls are decorated with black and white photos of Main Street. The pictures show the area when it still went by the name “Bradentown.” These and other vintage touches enhance the laid-back vibe, but get the giant jukebox blasting Top 40 smashes later in the evening and The Distillery feels like a banging nightclub. Read more.
Weekend Picks Sept. 6-8
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