St. Armands Circle announces performance lineup for Sarasota Arts LIVE event

The arts-focused inaugural event will feature performances from local theatre groups, classical musicians, Nashville recording artists and more on Saturday, Sept. 18


SARASOTA, Fla. – St. Armands Circle, in collaboration with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, announced on Tuesday, a lineup of nationally acclaimed acts scheduled to perform at the inaugural Sarasota Arts LIVE event on Sept. 18. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The confirmed lineup features notable pillars of the Sarasota arts community, including the West Coast Black Theatre Troup, Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Florida Studio Theatre and national recording artist, The Alan Grant Band.

The arts-focused event will pair an extraordinary ensemble of performances with immersive artist pop-ups spread throughout the district’s lush central Circle Park, allowing attendees to jaunt from booth to booth while connecting with local artists, taking in live painting sessions and interactive exhibits.

“St. Armands Circle has remained a standout destination for unrivaled summer fun, food, music and shopping. Our Sol of the Circle event series was instrumental in this year’s efforts, and we expect things to only get better with the kick-off of Sarasota Arts LIVE on Sept. 18,” said Geoffrey Michel, Chairman of the St. Armands Business Improvement District (BID). “We hope the community will join us for this first-of-its-kind special event.”

Sarasota Arts LIVE will serve as a crescendo for St. Armands Circle’s Sol of the Circle series, a four-month calendar of recurring and unique events hosted around the renowned shopping district. The summer-long celebration was an effort by the St. Armands Circle Association and St. Armands BID to invite locals and tourists alike to indulge and make unforgettable memories on the Circle.

“Bringing the arts to historic St. Armands Circle was an easy decision,” said Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota. “Together, we have been able to create a new featured event to spotlight the very best of Sarasota’s vibrant arts community. We’re excited to share this with attendees and hope the event will become an institution for years to come.”

For more information about Sol of the Circle, please visit

About St. Armands Circle

Opened in 1926, Saint Armands Circle is the vision of its founder, circus magnate John Ringling. It’s nestled between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, just seven minutes from downtown Sarasota. Awarded the Certificate of Excellence, Saint Armand’s boasts 140+ merchants to offer a wide range of retail and food options for locals and tourists who visit the shopping destination each year. It combines the latest trends with the area’s deep roots in the circus, creating a unique experience in an open-air coastal setting. 

About the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is a member-powered organization that serves as an advocate for arts and culture in Sarasota County.  Founded in 1986 by a group of committed citizens, the Alliance has administered more than $26 million in grants to area artists and arts organizations. The Alliance works to ensure arts and culture remain essential to the continuing development of a vibrant, creative community. This is achieved through arts advocacy, education, and community outreach.


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