Top 5 concert picks for shows this week in Sarasota, Bradenton, Englewood, Port Charlotte

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This week's top Sarasota and Bradenton concerts include a few showcases of notable accomplishments for locally based musicians. First, alt-Americana act Hymn for Her will play their first show back in the States since touring Europe (where they previously performed at England music festival Glastonbury) at Sarasota's Cafe in the Park. Then psychedelic/prog/funk-rockers Physical Plant play a release show for their new album "Hot Future" at Bradenton's Oscura.

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Other notable shows include a Nashville musician and former Sarasota County resident performing along with a national name in television and stand-up comedy, and a blues group that earned four Blues Music Awards nominations earlier this year including Band of the Year coming to town. Here are this week's highlights.

Hymn for Her

Hymn for Her.
Hymn for Her.

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After recently touring Europe, alt-Americana act Hymn for Her will return to Sarasota's Cafe in the Park, located in Payne Park, for their first show back in the States. Featuring husband and wife Wayne Waxing and Lucy Tight, the group previously visited Europe when they were chosen to play England's massive music festival Glastonbury in 2017. Hymn for Her has also earned recognition from Rolling Stone, which named the track "Blue Balloons" from their 2018 album "Pop-n-Downers" one of the 10 best country and Americana songs of that week. 7 p.m. Friday; Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota; 941-361-3032; cafeinthepark.org

John Salaway

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After playing Troll Music in Venice last week with fellow Nashville-based musician Phantom Lady, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Salaway will perform another area show at Port Charlotte's The Twisted Fork. Salaway grew up in Sarasota County before moving to Nashville, where he's worked professionally for years, including releasing last year's album "Salvation" featuring Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee and former Cage the Elephant member Lincoln Parish. Get there early to see comedian Jimmie "JJ" Walker of "Good Times" fame, also performing in the night of music and comedy that starts at 6:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Friday; The Twisted Fork, 2208 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte; free, VIP tickets available; 941-235-3675; twistedfork.net

Physical Plant album release show

Physical Plant.
Physical Plant.

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Since recently reopening, Bradenton cafe and venue Oscura has hosted album release shows for nationally signed indie-emo band Camp Trash and progressive/indie rock group In Transit (whose members include Oscura co-owner Ben Bakker.) This week, it'll host another such concert featuring Sarasota psych/prog/funk-rockers Physical Plant, celebrating the release of their new album "Hot Future," the follow-up to their 2018 debut full-length "What's Laid Down." The group will be joined by Sarasota singer-songwriter Lesa Silvermore and St. Pete rockers Beach Terror. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show Saturday; Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton; $10 advance, $12 day of; 941-201-4950; facebook.com/oscuralive

Valerie Gillespie Ensemble

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Jazz Club of Sarasota's Monday Night Jazz Cabaret series, featuring concerts by musicians in the genre held in Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret, continues with Valerie Gillespie Ensemble. Along with singing and playing saxophone, among other instruments, Gillespie has also been an adjunct faculty member at University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College and Florida Southern College. Set to join her at this show are bassist Steve Boisen, drummer Jean Bolduc and keyboardist Jody Marsh. 6:30 p.m. (doors, dinner/drinks), 7:30 p.m. (show) Monday; John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St., Sarasota; $34-$39; 941-260-9951; jazzclubsarasota.org

J.P. Soars and the Red Hots

J.P. Soars.
J.P. Soars.

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