May 13 – 15

Punta Gorda Crab & Music Festival

Outdoor food and fun await at the 1st Annual Punta Gorda Crab & Music Festival at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on May 13-15, 2022. Come be a part of the fun, food, festivities and relaxation beginning Friday evening from 4pm-10pm continuing Saturday 11am-10pm and finishing Sunday 11am-6pm. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by Theatre Odyssey. General admission is FREE!!! 

This crab and music festival is created like an outstanding meal that incorporates and blends the finest ingredients. Choose entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) cooked fresh onsite. Add on with a diversity of side dishes and of course – scrumptious desserts! Select from both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 

Then sit back and be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Performers in 2021 were: Sarasota Steel Pan Band (jazz, Caribbean), China Grove (Doobie Brothers Tribute Band), Trezz Hombres (ZZ Top Tribute Band), The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell (Americana, rock, variety), Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae), Brenda Watty & Her Peeps (jazz, R&B, Motown), Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band), the US Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute Band), Out of the Blue (classic rock, Yacht rock, blues), Double Your Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute Band), and Dr. Dave Band (country rock, bluegrass). Check back in 2022 as the event approaches for the updated Band Performance Schedule.

The final ‘seasoning’ is shopping a marketplace of arts and crafts (e.g., painting, mixed-media, glass), gourmet food items and specialty products. Enjoy during the breaks between band performances!

“Normal” is oh so good, isn’t it! Come join us and enjoy “normal” once again!

NOTE: Bands and performance times subject to change –
please check back periodically!

NOTE: Pets ARE allowed at the event!!!

Driving Directions

Event location: Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Parking Information

Please see parking map to the right. Click on the map for a larger version. There is limited on the event-site parking for $15.

Also, please note the Charlotte Harbor Events & Conference Center has a “Gathering of Quilts – Quilt Show” on Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday. Thereafter, the lot should be open and available each day.

Sponsors

Dates & Times

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

Admission

Free

Location

Entertainment Directory

  • Damon Fowler
  • David Chastain Band
  • Hummingbirds
  • Sean Chambers
  • Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell
  • 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.

  • Hummingbirds

    Hummingbirds

    The Hummingbirds are husband-wife team S.G. and Rachel Wood. Born and raised in Detroit, now residing in Tampa, their music is both northern and southern Americana, blending both grit, and self reliance with hospitality, and charm. They play old guitars through old amps, bang drums, and even pluck banjos sometimes. Their live stage chemistry and organic duo harmonies immediately captivate and charm audience members while Rachel’s solid command of rhythm guitar, peppered with S.G.’s thoughtful lead work, keep their songs rolling in true Americana form. 

    S.G. and Rachel were fans of classic country music, as well as myriad of other genres when they started their band in the early 2000’s. And while they continue to draw on these influences, what comes out in their own songwriting is a hybrid sound all their own, genuine & playful, earnest & soulful. Their songs twist through tales of loss & heartache, while others whisper sounds of hope, love, and journeys from the road.

    Through the past years, The Hummingbirds have been doing it all. They’ve played for small crowds in smoky bars, and large concert venues for hundreds of people. They present their songs to welcoming audiences at hospitals and intimate house concerts. They enjoy the excitement of singing live on radio and performing at festivals throughout the country. Their enthusiasm for music and songwriting has even lead them to found a songwriting workshop in Northern Michigan for other songwriters passionate about the craft called, “Above The Bridge Songwriter’s Weekend.”

  • 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.

  • Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell

    Performances: SUN Jan 9: 12:30-2pm; SAT Jan 15: 12:30-2pm; SUN Jan 23: 12:30-2pm;
    • Callie Chappell:  vocals, acoustic/electric guitar
    • Kevin Thompson: vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, mandolin
    • Zack Yoder; vocals, electric guitar
    • Dave Peirce: Pedal Steel
    • JP Coley: bass
    • Steve Aposstoli: drums

    Genres:  Americana, Rock, Bluegrass, R&B

    The Whole band is a mix of many of the Sarasota area’s most talented musicians.  Quickly gathering a large local fan base, they have just released their first CD:  “The Whole Band: Live at Blase’ Cafe“.

    Their live show is something to behold, with an amazing blend of original music and mind-blowing versions of covers that showcase the exceptional vocals and musicality of the Whole Band. Their roots are wide, weaving in Americana, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and R&B.  With super tight three-part harmonies, poignant original lyrics and a groove all their own, they always leave listeners with a smile and a natural high.

    Lead singer, Callie Chappell is an award-winning songwriter with a soulful, soaring voice that goes right to the heart. On super-smooth lead vocals and adding incredible guitar skills and songwriting is Kevin Thompson.  Add the young prodigy, Zack Yoder (he can play and sing anything) to the mix and the blend is complete and heavenly!

    Dave Peirce is a world-class pedal steel player that can play any style the band throws at him.  Master of the groove, J.P. Coley plays stand-up bass and electric bass guitar.  Finally, keeping it all together is the very much in demand and versatile Steve Apostoli on drums and cajon.

    Fans have described the band as “magical”, “amazing”, “the best band around”, “tight”, “a love fest” and “fun”!

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