February 17 – 19

Port Charlotte Seafood & Music Festival

Join us for the inaugural Port Charlotte Seafood & Music Festival the weekend of February 17-19, 2023. The event will be held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in Port Charlotte, FL. The event will be nothing but fun, relaxation, great food and amazing live musical performances along with some shopping for arts and crafts and fine products! Festivities start Friday evening from 4pm-10pm and continue through the weekend with music, food, art and crafts on Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

While eating, listen to the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Performances at the 2022 event were by:  Dana Lawrence of Kettle of Fish (Americana, rock), Kara Nally Band (blues, funk, soul), Frank Bang (Chicago blues), West Coast Steel Pan Band (Calypso, reggae), Sean Chambers (blues, rock), Soul Circus Cowboys (Southern rock), Damon Fowler (blues), Gas House Gorillas (rock), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul), David Chastain Band (blues) and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (American Country Blues).  The Band Performance Schedule will be shown to the right as the 2023 event nears.  Click on the image for an enlarged, easier-to-read version.  

And additional ‘bonus’ at the event will be a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products. Between the live music performances – come browse!  Examples of the types of work you will find also is shown in the column to the right.

All this is for YOU!  So gather family and friends and pets — Yes, the event is pet-friendly! — and come enjoy a beautiful spring weekend on Florida’s west coast at the Port Charlotte Seafood & Music Festival.

Dates & Times

  • Friday, 4:00 pm
    – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, 11:00 am
    – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, 11:00 am
    – 6:00 pm




Entertainment Directory

  • Damon Fowler
  • David Chastain Band
  • Frank Bang
  • Gas House Gorillas
  • Kara Nally Band
  • Sean Chambers
  • Soul Circus Cowboys
  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
  • Sarasota Steel Pan Band
  • Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio
  • Dana Lawrence
  • Damon Fowler

    Damon Fowler

    Sat FEB 26: 7:30-9pm; Sat MAR 12: 8:30-10pm;

    Tampa’s Damon Fowler, a masterful singer, guitar player and songwriter, has absorbed the best of and furthered the work of the region’s definitive artists.  A hard driving troubadour, his music is steeped with soul and representative of the many styles that make up the roots of American music. He has gained the respect of his peers given his featured slot in Butch Truck’s Freight Train band and his side gig as guitarist in the Dickey Betts Band.  Critics have compared Fowler’s guitar work to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar is reminiscent of the late Duane Allman. Fowler can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, and his lyrical work on lap steel and dobro makes him a stand out performer among the legions of guitar heroes.  His new release, ALAFIA MOON, combines all the influences that have shaped his distinctive blues career. 

    On the strength of Fowler’s hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, the Florida native started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with music journalists extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. All of these attributes have helped further define Damon Fowler as one of the great Southern artists of his time.

  • David Chastain Band

    David Chastain Band

    Sun MAR 13: 12:30-2pm; Sun MAR 20: 12:30-2pm; SUN May 15: 2:30-4pm;

    Dave has developed a style all his own and has written, recorded, and released three albums, “Rockin’ Roulette” (1980), “Something for the Pain” (1992), and “The Legacy” (2004-2005). The band also has “Live at the Contemporary Arts Center” (2003).  Dave plows a path between the rootsy and the revolutionary.

    Dave is a legendary songwriter who now calls Florida home. He is considered by many to be one of  the best blues guitarist in the industry. It has been said by some that his every performance is a soul stirring, spontaneous healing experience.

  • Frank Bang

    Frank Bang

    Fri FEB: 8:30-10pm

    Former Buddy Guy guitarist and Chicago native Frank Bang combines fiery guitar work and powerful and emotional vocal performances with rich songwriting and showmanship.

    Sirius XM Bluesville featured artist & guest DJ on tour now throughout Florida and the US!

  • Gas House Gorillas

    Gas House Gorillas

    Sat MAR 12: 2:30-4pm

    The GASHOUSE GORILLAS are a five piece Female fronted ROCK band out of the Sarasota/Charlotte county

  • Kara Nally Band

    Kara Nally Band

    Fri FEB 25: 3:30-5pm; Fri MAR 11: 4:40-6pm;

    5 Piece Band of Friends that loves to see you having as much fun as we are!

  • Sean Chambers

    Sean Chambers

    Sun MAR 13: 4:30-6; Fri MAR 18: 8:30-10pm; Sat APR 23: 2:30-4pm; FRI May 13: 8:30-10pm;

    Florida-born Sean Chambers is an American blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Sean began his career in 1998 when he toured with the legendary Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader until 2003.  During his time with Hubert Sumlin, Sean was named by Britain’s Guitarist Magazine as “one of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.”

    His main guitar playing influences are the work of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his early professional music experience was gained while touring for four years backing Hubert Sumlin. Chambers has worked with a variety of amazingly-talented blues musicians.

  • Soul Circus Cowboys

    Soul Circus Cowboys

    Sun FEB 6: 2:30-4pm’

    Powerful vocals, gripping Southern rock, and gritty, heartfelt performances have defined Soul Circus Cowboys since their beginning. Spanning an eclectic array of musical tastes, influences and styles merged with diverse life experiences, Florida-based Soul Circus Cowboys is the band to watch.

    Formed in Tampa by lead singer and songwriter Billy McKnight in 2009 and produced by Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter Frank Myers, Soul Circus Cowboys has since refined their sound, with a vision revolving around larger-than-life performances and gasoline-drenched Southern Country Rock. Frontman Billy McKnight is joined by the powerful voice of singer and rhythm guitarist Dewey Buxton, lead guitarist Ron Zebron (three-time winner of the Mid-Atlantic Best Rock Guitarist award), unadulterated lover of music and bassist James Caulk, and passionate and powerful drummer Jesse Pullen.

    Soul Circus Cowboys have become known as a diverse collection of sounds, styles, and captivatingly well-told stories. Each band member’s past is deeply interwoven with the resulting sound and produces a moving, gripping record that you can’t help but sing along to. They’ve had three Billboard charting songs, “Tailgate Country,” “I Can’t Imagine,” and “I Stand.” They topped the Country Music Channel video charts with their music video “I Stand,” which is approaching 1M views, and play to packed music venues and festivals across Florida every week.

    Thoroughly genuine and phenomenally talented. They are the Soul Circus Cowboys.

  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

    The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

    Saturday May 29, 2021: 8:30-10pm

    The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a three-piece American country blues band from Brown County, Indiana. They play more than 250 dates per year at venues ranging from bars to festivals. To date, they have released ten albums and one EP

  • Sarasota Steel Pan Band

    Sarasota Steel Pan Band

    Sat FEB 26: 11:30-1pm

    The Sarasota Steel Pan Band is a group of professional musicians creating tropical music with a wide musical range of seven steel pans. They play a wide variety of musical genres including, but not limited to: Calypso, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Latin-Brazilian, Rock, Pop and children’s songs. They know how to get a crowd on their feet!

  • Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio

    Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio

    Fri FEB 25: 5:30-7pm

    Twinkle has devoted her life to music. She was signed to Warner Brothers for her debut album “Haunted By Real Life” and it gained attention on the jazz / pop charts with the title song. She has a music video titled “Can’t Get Love With Money” that was featured on VH1. Also, her sensual song “Garden of Love,” accompanied a love scene on the daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Warner/Reprise records featured her on the cover of Billboard Magazine.

    Twinkle is an accomplished career musician and songwriter, well versed in any genre, she is a critically acclaimed and authentic Rock Soul and Blues singer. This sun kissed Florida beach beauty is the total package! Twinkle is a feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul …

  • Dana Lawrence

    GENRE:  Americana – Rock

    Dana Lawrence is probably best known as the founder and principal songwriter for “Kettle of Fish” and the Tom Petty tribute band “Free Fallin’”:  He also is founder of a third group – “Prodigal Son”. At the Port Charlotte Seafood and Music Festival on February 18, 2022 he will be joined by a special guest and friend Kara Nally for the last part of his performance.  Do come see and enjoy!

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