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Jiggs Touchdown of Bradenton plots the course of its live performance sequence | East County

So my days of massive live shows are just about executed.

Far within the rearview mirror had been a string of Bruce Springsteen live shows because the Boss was No. 1 in my e-book.

Throw in KISS at Madison Sq. Backyard (my buddy and I had been 18 on the time and subsequently by far the oldest individuals within the enviornment), Lynyrd Skynyrd (a couple of days earlier than the band’s aircraft went down), Barry Manilow (when he was nonetheless singing his jingles corresponding to “Like a Good Neighbor,” of “Caught on Band-Assist”), Blood, Sweat and Tears, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Chuck Berry, Gretchen Wilson, Coronary heart, Journey, George Thorogood.

I left a great a part of my listening to at a Rush live performance.

I had Elvis tickets for his live performance at Madison Sq. Backyard on Saturday. He died Tuesday earlier than.

Stay music was my ardour, or I ought to say reside leisure. I beloved seeing individuals showcase their expertise, and that may imply a stroll on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco for the road entertainers or a couple of drinks on the Slippery Noodle, Indianapolis’ oldest blues rock membership.

And, as a crusty outdated man may say, boy has the world modified.

After discovering out it could value me $263 for a behind-the-stage Bruce Springsteen ticket at Amalie Area in Tampa on Feb. 1, I gave late rites to my huge live performance hopes. I’ll sit down and hearth up my turntable as an alternative.

My consideration now turns to small venues. That may imply bars and eating places, or group occasions.

It is robust, although, as a result of fewer foods and drinks institutions can afford reside leisure. The alternatives are on the market, although, in the event you look.

One such alternative is correct right here in East County. On a Sunday drive, I ended by Jiggs Touchdown, which is positioned at 6106 63rd St. E., Bradenton, to check out the surroundings. I used to be shocked to see {that a} duo referred to as the Bluegrass Pirates had been arrange on the small stage alongside the lake. Higher but, they had been good. Actual good.

So if you have not been to Jiggs Touchdown for some time, you may wish to know they’ve reside music 3-6 pm Wednesdays by way of Sundays. The Friday and Saturday music carries a $5 cowl cost if you wish to sit in entrance of the stage or instantly round it. The opposite days are free.

Denise Kleiner owns the concession service at Jiggs Touchdown and she or he hoped the reside music would deliver extra individuals to the realm, and maybe stimulate progress in different elements of the park, together with the rental of fishing deal with, boats and cabins.

It definitely ought to generate some added enterprise by way of grownup drinks. I had a couple of myself.

Kleiner has proceeded cautiously when it got here to deliver reside music to the Manatee County park.

“We don’t play any heavy rock,” she mentioned. “And we do have a digital decibel meter.”

She’s solely acquired one noise grievance in 2022, and that was a well mannered one.

“I’ve began sluggish (with the music) to determine my market,” she mentioned.

She bumped into one drawback lately she did not anticipate.

A person had introduced a toddler to the park to make use of the playground on a Saturday. The Friday and Saturday reveals have a $5 cowl cost as a result of these bands have extra musicians and are dearer to e-book.

Hal Meyers fires up his banjo at Jiggs Touchdown. (Picture by Jay Heater)

When the person got here to the concession stand to purchase a beer, he was requested to pay the duvet cost. He grew to become offended, saying he wasn’t there to hearken to the music. He then submitted a grievance with the county.

Kleiner mentioned county representatives determined it was an remoted incident and did not take any motion. Nonetheless, Kleiner now designates an “leisure space,” the place you might be requested to pay the duvet cost to sit down in that space to benefit from the music. The playground and pavilion areas are outdoors that space and subsequently not affected by the duvet cost.

Usually, Kleiner mentioned those that have been attending the reside reveals perceive that to ensure that her to get musicians, she has to discover a approach to pay them.

“The bands are fairly costly, but it surely’s attention-grabbing as a result of we have just about hit it out of the park,” she mentioned. “Most individuals don’t have any drawback with a $5 cowl cost.”

The venue has averaged 40 to 50 individuals throughout reside leisure. No music is performed after darkish.

It was an enthralling venue for the Bluegrass Pirates, with Hal Meyers and Cindie Breeze offering the leisure. It was very folksy, however vigorous as nicely.

I appeared by way of a listing of songs on their play listing, and located an attention-grabbing combine corresponding to “Secret Agent Man,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Candy House Alabama” together with extra bluegrass oriented songs corresponding to “Say Nothing at All and “Wabash Cannonball.”

“Persons are already asking us to have them again,” Kleiner mentioned. “They’ve already developed their very own following.”

Different performers are doing the identical, so it seems the sequence will proceed.

With individuals fishing from the banks of the Braden River, all of the birds performing their each day flyover, the solar dropping low within the sky, and Completely satisfied Hour costs, it was good.

If you wish to know extra concerning the music lineup or the leases, go to the Jiggs Touchdown Fb web page at They’re contemplating to begin an open mic evening on Mondays starting in December.

“In case you are in search of one thing to do (and you reside in East County), this is not too far,” Kleiner mentioned.

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