Ace's Live Music

Dear Loyal Patrons and Music Lovers:
Ace's Live has temporarily closed! It has permanently closed "The Barn" at it's current location. The building and land has been sold to another company and it will no longer be used as a music venue, restaurant or bar. The Ace's Live team has been in negotiations to relocate the bar, restaurant and music venue to a new location in the Bradenton area. We had hoped that the relocation deal would have been completed by the time of the land sale. However, more time is needed. Upon re-opening, Ace's Live will continue to be the leader in live music with a full liquor bar and kitchen, hosting the very best in national bands on a regular basis, along with great local talent. Please check back to this website and our Facebook page for further details on our future location. Thank you again to all of you for your tremendous support over the past 15 years and we'll see you soon!

Friday August 12 – Backtrack Blues Band CD Release Party – 8 pm


Backtrack Blues Band

CD Release Party

$5 Cover

The members of the Backtrack Blues Band have extensive experience in the blues music world which includes both performing at and producing blues music shows. The founder of the band, Sonny Charles, is the director of the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is one of the largest blues music events in the country. The Tampa Bay Blues Festival was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious “Keeping the Blues Alive” award (KBA) given by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

The band members consist of Sonny Charles on lead vocals and amplified and acoustic harmonicas. Kid Royal plays lead guitar and provides vocals. Little Johnny Walter also provides rhythm guitar and vocals. Joe Bencomo, a gifted jazz and blues percussionist, is the band’s drummer. Stick Davis performs on bass.

The band was co-founded by Sonny Charles and Little Johnny Walter in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1980. The band takes its name from the Little Walter instrumental, “Backtrack”‘; and the band is heavily influenced by the Chicago blues sounds of the 1950s. The members of the band are serious students of blues music history and give special acknowledgement to the great African American performers who transformed the course of modern popular music.

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