The BLUES PIG Band has been playing classic blues tunes from Chicago, Texas, and New Orleans since 1997.
The BLUES PIG Band first came on to the local music scene in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida in 1997. Many players have come and gone, but Sizzlin’ Steve (lead guitar and vocals) and Big Jim (bass, guitar and vocals) have kept BLUES PIG going, traveling up and down the West Coast of Florida. The band is dedicated to the vintage sound and style of the 1950’s and 1960’s, using tube amps and acoustic drums. Over the years, BLUES PIG has opened for national blues acts (Larry Garner, Lil’ Ed and Blues Imperials) at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, and have had repeated performances at Kojak’s Palmetto Bluesfest. Other notable performances were “Blues-a-Palooza” at Hernando Beach, the Venice Blues Crawl, and the Longboat Key Kiwanis Lawn Party (9 years running). BLUES PIG has a strong fan base on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, having had long-standing gigs at notorious clubs such as the old D. Coy Ducks and Tiny’s Lounge, as well as having multiple appearances at festivals on Bridge Street (Bradenton Beach), the Tango Lounge on St. Armand’s Circle (Sarasota) and the Longboat Key Historical Society’s “Old Fashioned Fish Fry”.
On the Sarasota/ Bradenton mainland, they were frequent performers at the Flying Dog Cafe, the Broadway Bar, the High Side Cafe, Deli Lane Cafe, as well as the “Pork Butts and Blues” festival at the VFW in Ellenton.
There have been many great club owners and many talented musicians that have helped BLUES PIG evolve into the band it is today. Their time, energy, and support have kept the blues alive. This website is a tribute to many of the great individuals who were fans, supporters, promoters, and players in this thing called “The BLUES PIG Band.”